Do you typically find yourself walking the last block of a training run or sprinting through to the very end? Do you find yourself performing the same way at the end of your annual work projects or assignments? This is week #2 of 4 in a series that compares training mindsets to business strategy.
Whenever we are preparing for a big race or event, we tend to exert a lot of energy during training sessions. Toward the end of every workout, our bodies have an instinctive survival mechanism to conserve energy by ending early. This is important to recognize that your mental mindset must overcome your bodies demands (barring physical pain which could do more harm than good). Hence the saying "mind over matter!" It is easy to sprint through the finish line on race day when you have a crowd of people cheering and your PR is on the line, but are you finishing strong every single training run to prepare for the big day? I would argue that a strong finish at the end of every training run is much more important than a strong finish on race day. Your inner strength is built from early morning workouts in the rain, not from the crowd on race day.
The same concept applies to your every day job. Most of us have long term projects that we are aiming to accomplish (ie. studying for a semester long class, an annual work project, building a new product, etc.) It is easy to begin every project with a vast amount of ideas, energy, and passion. The difficulty appears in the day to day grind of completing the micro-task that build up to the bigger picture project. Do you find yourself sprinting at the very end of a project to barely finish on time? The ideal project would have a sprint at the end of each work day to allow for a seamless transition at the very end. I would argue that a strong finish at the end of every work day is much more important than a strong finish at the end of the project.
There is a powerful correlation between training and business. It is easy to see that those who rise to the top of organizations tend to be fierce competitors who know how to work hard to crush goals and the competition. I hope this article has helped you view your daily routine as a mission instead of a burden!
"The Chicagoan" is the perfect long sleeve for training in the Windy City during the spring and winter months! It is a 100% polyester quarter-zip shirt, which makes it the ideal article of clothing for runners. Not only is it perfect for running, but its sleek black design stands in any urban area to match most of your daily clothes.