Early Sunday morning, I went for my weekly long run to train for an upcoming Boston Qualifier. At the beginning of the run, I looked up to my half-way point exactly 5 miles away: Navy Pier. The wind was to my back so the 7 minutes/mile pace was smooth, but I needed to keep that same pace on the way back as well. When looking at a major task such as a 10 miler, there is only one thought process that will help you finish strong:
I often take a step back to look at my goals and feel overwhelmed. The best way for me to overcome this feeling is to organize the goal into manageable portions, and take it one step at a time. The only reason that I did not end up calling an Uber to take me home half-way through the run because I focused on the present mile. If I spent time worrying about how far away Navy Pier was, I would have been too overwhelmed to keep going. If you want to run a marathon, you have to set a schedule, and take it one day at a time.
My boss at work once asked me during a project meeting "how do you eat an elephant?" I was a little caught off guard, because I had just finished expressing my concern with how big of a project we were about to take on. He answered for me by saying "one bite at a time." We ended up looking at this GIANT goal, and broke it up into chunks so that we could begin crushing each tiny goal systematically. By the end of the year, we looked back at this major system we had created and were impressed to see how much had been accomplished. This would have never been possible without breaking it up into small and manageable tasks.
Rome was not built in a day. Any major feat in life, whether in training or business, must be organized into manageable portions. As you can tell, I love running because it has a direct correlation to so many areas of life. If you would like to see a future article on a specific topic, feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading!
This was part 4/4 in a series that relates training to business. Here are the previous articles:
1. Your Mission
2. Crossing the Finish Line
3. Work Hard, Rest Easy