In part 2 to last week’s episode, Wendy and Krystal dive in to the similarities and parallels of training for a marathon and of starting a business.
If you’ve done either, this episode will resonate with you.
If you missed Part 1: We signed up for a half marathon, you’ll want to go back and listen to that first!
1. You have to have a goal
And the goal has to have the commitment to push through hard things and do it over a long period of time to achieve it. You don’t just wake up to run a marathon or wake up to a million dollar business. You have to move beyond the ideation stage and into the implementation stage if you want to achieve the end goal.
2. Each will have obstacles that you have to work around
You have to schedule in your events and training. You have to plan. If you want to be successful it really takes planning. Same in business. You can just launch something, but if you launch with a plan you’ll see much more success. Having systems in place will make you more successful
3. The prep is more fun than the actual execution
It’s a ton of fun to buy new running shoes and to buy the tutu we are going to wear. Likewise, it’s fun to shop for a new computer and new pens for my office. None of that will result in any kinds of success. You need to do the thing. Even if you aren’t perfectly polished and put together doing it.
4. You need a support system
Both personal and professional – you need a support system in place. We are tremendously lucky that we have each other. But you need to have other business colleagues that you can bounce things off of – a professional network you can collaborate with. You need your cheer squad from your friends and family. Finally, you need people to be accountable to.
5. You need to have a purpose.
And it can’t be rooted in a vanity metric. If you are training for a marathon to lose weight, chances are you will fail. If you are doing it to achieve a goal and become a healthier version of you so that you can be there for your children – that’s a different kind of motivation. If you are going into online business for the sole purpose to make a lot of money, chances are you will fail. But if you go in so that you can make more money to provide more security for your family, or pay for college, suddenly the motivation is very different.
6. Everyone is an expert (even though they have never done it before)
Pay no attention to the commentary of those that are not in the arena, whether it’s running your business or running a marathon. There is more than one way to skin a cat, and there is certainly more than one way to run your business or train for a marathon. And not everyone’s advice will be relevant. Be sure to only take into account the opinions and advice from people who are where you want to be.
In the end, it’s not the intense things you do every day that will help you cross the finish line. It’s the small consistent things that you do between now and then that make a difference in the long run.
Can you think of anymore similarities in running an endurance race and running a business? Join us in Rebel On The Go Facebook Group and let us know!