Lately I’ve been running.
I’ve never been a runner in my life — in fact, I have traumatic memories of huffing along the Boulder Creek Path in high school gym class, the mean gym teacher yelling at us to keep going. Needless to say, I didn’t run much after that.
I’ve always been active, but I’ve been more of the yoga/hiking/walking type. But for the past year or so I’ve been running. Regularly. And I love it. Whaaaaat?! I know. Who knew? I show up to run on Wednesdays at 5:30am with my group, even if it’s raining or freezing, because I want to stay that dedicated and committed. The morning I feel lazy and let myself sleep because running sounds hard is the morning it all begins to fall apart.
Yesterday morning I ran 6 miles, this morning I ran 4.5 up and down Mt. Tabor, our neighborhood volcano. I’m training for a half-marathon in September, which is totally insane to me every time I think about it, but when I look back and remember that I used to barely be able to run a mile, I know I’ll be able to do it. I run 3 times a week now and work out a couple days at my gym in addition to the running days, and my body has never felt better.
The reason I’m writing about this is because I feel like there’s a shift happening inside of me that I can apply to other areas of my life — business, personal, etc.
Getting better at running is taking time. And dedication. And practice and a heck of a lot of effort. And I’m realizing that the rest of my life isn’t so different– everything takes time and dedication and practice and effort. The only difference is that in the rest of my life (especially in my business) I expect instantaneous success and perfection.
Ding ding ding!
I wouldn’t be able to go from running 1 mile to running 13 miles overnight. That would be insane to think I could do that. So why do I expect that of myself in my business? Big a-ha moment over here.
I’m celebrating and congratulating myself for each new mile that I’m able to run in one chunk — why don’t I do that in my business, too? I’m so quick to move on to the next big thing that I hardly take the time to acknowledge how far I’ve actually come over the years.
I think a business might be like a marathon– it just takes time, training, dedication, commitment, and effort. If you’re patient and you put in the effort, the successes and the miles will add up into one pretty awesome life and career.
So, while I still have trouble calling myself “a runner” (I think of myself more as “someone who runs sometimes”… runners are, like, athletes!), I’m having a really good time proving to myself that I can indeed RUN, and that it’s fun, and that I am getting better over time. It’s a really good feeling.
Do you put pressure on yourself to be instantly perfect in your life? What would happen if you started taking your time and realizing that it’s ok for things not to happen overnight? I’d love to hear in the comments!
ps — I wrote a post on the Etsy blog that went live yesterday called Five Ways to Define and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms that you might be interested in. 134 comments in, people seem to be enjoying it and getting something out of it, so I thought I’d share it with you, too!