I preach it.
There are myriad reasons a certain human may or may not succeed in her new side-hustle (foreshadowing!), but one thing is certain:
All great things take time.
I won’t dash.
I won’t rush.
I won’t hurl my *anything* full speed ahead.
What will I do?
Thanks for asking.
Small daily steps.
It’s still how I live every facet of my life.
I refuse to be balls to the wall (we need a parallel phrase for our ladyparts).
I will never be described as “hard-core.”
Whether I’m feeling it on a given day or not, I’m persistent and consistent.
When TheChildNowTween was little she found my insistence on the saunter fascinating.
I’d refuse to run.
I’ll play tag with you. I’ll walk a marathon with you. I’ll spectate races FOR you. I’ll ambulate veryveryvery rapidly alongside you.
I’ll never run.
Not running, for me, equates to a work/life balance commitment.
I’m not entirely not nailing this notion right now.
I’ve sliiiid into burning the proverbial candle at both ends (AKA running myself ragged).
The fact I know better, however, gives me hope.
I’m confident I’ll re-find my sluggardly pace as I’m aware, when I start to scamper, it originates from a place of fear.
My goal is success; my goal is never to run.
Acknowledge plans don’t matter.
…just have a plan.
Many of us (in marathon training or) in startup launching get mired in the planning phase.
I was stuck in scrutiny, too, until life conspired to teach me the particular plan I possessed was less important than exiting the damn starting gate.
Pick and plunge! is my new motto.
Plot a plan of attack and GO!
Sure, I ‘correct course’ if necessary, but I never start tweaking without adequate feedback.
Deviation is tempting (‘if we take a shortcut perhaps we can get ahead of the others!!’) —don’t do it.
launch day approaches!
Startups are marathons in the best possible definition of the word.
As with the footraces, when we find our pace/get into the zone disruptions happen and we handle them with ease not panic.
We’re aware the amazing moments when skills and performance match will arrive and depart and it’s all OK.
As long as we never, ever, ever burst into a sprint.
- Are you ‘slow & steady’ with regards to marathon training AND your world of work?