Updated: Oct 17
I recently started going for runs again. I have a specific circuit I like to run near my house: down a fire lane, past the park, and to the beach. It ends up being about 5 km. I have been focusing on my businesses so much that it is easy to let go of things that are important for well-being: sleep, quality food, and exercise are the first casualties of a busy schedule.
The first run wasn’t easy. It took mental and physical stamina to reach the end of the run. I wanted to give up multiple times, and I had to coach myself to focus on just taking the next step forward. It reminded me of when Terry Fox was asked how he ran a marathon a day. His answer was perfect: “I ran to the telephone pole, and when I arrived, I ran to the next one."
It’s hard not to feel a bit worried with everything going on in the economy and the world right now. The 2020s have been pretty rough for many people so far, with economic uncertainty in the air, war, and rising costs. The Terry Fox quote above is perfect for how I got through my run and how I move the needle on my business goals.
While I have a large goal in mind, it is hard to see the path forward to an abstract idea that could be years away from fruition. Shorter-term goals are much easier to accomplish. If you can see your next step forward, just take that. When you arrive, take one more. That is how success is generated.
If you keep up this routine, it doesn’t take long to see success. It can be easy to feel frustrated when you look at where you are versus where you want to be. However, if you look at where you are in comparison to where you were last year, the change becomes obvious and is motivation to keep moving forward to the next telephone pole and to continue building your future.
Some projects may take multiple years and may progress slower than you anticipate. That’s okay. Enjoy the process. Learn from it. Celebrate the successes. You are one step closer to achieving everything you dreamed of. Become a student of personal development, and your business goals will follow.
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