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.
Small shuffles forward + one layered upon the next = goal achievement.
Resisting the run has long been a part of my personal brand.
When TheChildNowTween was little she found my insistence on the saunter fascinating.
I’d slither down the slide. I’d play on the monkey bars. I’d slack line. I’d roller skate.
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?
Allie saysOctober 17, 2018 at 4:56 am
Ok you have piqued my interest!!! All of the running analogies really get me too 🙂 Looking forward to the big announcement. Whatever it is, I’m positive it will be fabulous!
Bea saysOctober 17, 2018 at 5:25 am
I find it hard to commit to the slow and steady when I can see others ahead of me sprinting.
Even if I know they may tire.
Andrea Eisen saysOctober 17, 2018 at 7:03 am
I’m not quite sure what I am. I’m just taking it as it comes.
But you. I love watching you thrive!!!
Margot Potter saysOctober 17, 2018 at 8:32 am
I try to remember that life is not a race. We create our finish lines and we choose the pathways. Great reminder, thank you!
Darlene saysOctober 17, 2018 at 8:48 am
I see life as a race where EVERYONE can win no-matter how fast or how slow they run! You win just by staying in the race and crossing that line!
Donna saysOctober 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm
Pelvic floor to the door? Hmm, nahhh … I tried. 😉 Always a pleasure to catch up with you, Carla. Keep hustlin’ …
messymimi saysOctober 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm
This is a lesson i need to learn over again. It’s not the first time, either.
cherylann saysOctober 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm
I like winning…so I run as fast as I can. My retirement status allows me to do whatever the hell I want to do!
Wendy saysOctober 18, 2018 at 6:55 am
I’m definitely not slow and steady–on and off the road, but changes in my body are forcing that! I’m starting to accept it but when I do get a burst of speed, I take full advantage! I wonder if I’ll ever get used to slowing down.
Renee saysOctober 23, 2018 at 5:21 am
My life quote has been life ain’t a track meet it’s a marathon, but I am guilty of running and running a lot lately mostly for work and none as exercise. Great reminder Carla!
Kelley Rose saysOctober 25, 2018 at 6:02 am
Everything you touch is better for it…..you’ve got this!
box35100 saysNovember 4, 2018 at 7:12 am
Life is a race and all of us are running fast or slow but we have to run no matter what. As you grow old you loose the pace but still we should try to not let it drop. keep sharing.
Farrah saysNovember 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm
I’m not much of a distance runner so I like sprinting when it comes to the literal exercise, but I’m all about the slow and steady/not giving up approach when it comes to life!