Yep – you read that right! We signed up for a half marathon!
Why? And what does it have to do with entrepreneurship? Everything!
Are we crazy? Maybe – but no more so than any other entrepreneur!
In this episode we talk about the importance of setting a lofty, hard goal and the incremental steps we are taking to get there.
Signing up to run a marathon is a lot like signing up to be an entrepreneur! You need motivation to get to where you want to go!
We signed up to run the Half-Marathon Race at Disney World in January 2023.
Running an endurance race was high on each of our bucket lists. So why the heck to people do this in the first place?
Each of us have a different answer.
For Krystal, running this felt like a crazy thing to take on. Upon signing up she couldn’t even run a full mile straight (and training in the Texas heat is kicking her a$$).
So why, indeed…
Krystal’s family motto for years has been “We can do hard things.” And for her she wanted to do something hard and challenging and that was a self-inflicted challenge. These last few years there have been a lot of hard things both personally and professionally that she has had to endure:
- The dissolution of a partnership
- Ups and downs with a special needs child
- Still enduring a never ending pandemic
For this she just needed something that was her choice, a challenge that pushed her that she had control over. So she went for it and just asked:
What is the worst that could happen?
There are very few negative consequences to this. We get to cross something off our list, enjoy a fun weekend with friends at Disney World, push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, and accomplish something really difficult.
For Wendy it was a little different. She rows half marathons on a regular basis, so besides peer pressure, she had other motivating factors.
She wanted to push her body, but also can ignore the attraction that running around Disney in a cute pink tutu really has.
But at the end of the day, Wendy is in love with the process. The motivation of training for an endurance event. She finds it exhilarating and fun.
Being a goal driven entrepreneur, having milestones and something to strive towards is incredibly motivating.
When it comes to training there are a lot of parallels to setting goals to run a marathon and being one entrepreneur:
You have to honor the season of life that you are in.
Our training schedules are very different. Wendy works out early in the morning, and Krystal opts for late at night. The big difference? Krystal has small children and Wendy’s kids are older. The age of your kids and the season you find yourself in really effects how you show up in entrepreneurship, and in training.
You have to schedule your priorities.
For both of us, if it isn’t in the calendar, it simply does not get done. You have to set the calendar and set up your priorities for work or training ahead of time. Otherwise it simply will not get done.
You need to incorporate hard things and self care into your routine.
Whether it’s an endurance race or entrepreneurship, you need to set goals that push you beyond what you think your limits are. You need to work incrementally to get there, and you need to build in self care and rest along the way. And we cannot stress enough the importance of incorporating physical activity into your self care routine.
You have to set goals. You have to train to meet the goals. You have to do it if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Or even on days you don’t feel like it. That’s where you build resilience. That’s where you get the grit to keep going. Even when it sucks.
What you do today, matters significantly tomorrow.
Neither of us can wake up today and run a marathon. We have to do small things each day between now and race day to prepare. The same goes for your business. The small things you do today, pays off in dividends down the road, if you are intentional and strategic enough.
Have you set any lofty goals? Share them with us in our Facebook Group – Rebel On The Go!