Have you ever heard the phrase, 'life is a marathon, not a sprint'? If you've heard it before or are hearing it for the first time, do you agree with it? Personally, I disagree... Think about it, life doesn’t happen at a slow and steady pace - especially if we are pursing something big and meaningful. A life of purpose requires a faster pace, and if we try to live life as a marathon at the pace required, we won't be able to handle it physically, emotionally or mentally. Now let’s dig a little deeper and start recalibrating to a sprinters pace and accelerate our path to our personal vision of success.
In our personal and professional lives, our 40 yard dash may be the most meticulously planned approach to achieving a goal, dream or vision. But what happens after first contact? What happens to our momentum and drive after the first obstacle or setback?
Sometimes the deadlines and big projects have to get done and working those late nights and weekends are required. And then there will be times when the office is a ghost town and there is time to catch our breath. It's almost like the changing of seasons... The seasons do change in life just as in nature. However, we can't be blind to them when they transition. Rather, we need to have awareness of the changing seasons to take full advantage of their benefits when they arrive.
Prior to launching Will Athletic and exploring the concept of the Inner Athlete, I had this idea of a business or corporate athlete stuck in my head. Sure, the excitement and experience of being on the field might not be there, but that sense of competition, desire for growth, and willingness to win absolutely existed. So how could we harness that athlete's mindset and apply it on a daily basis in the office? Seeing an article about making Corporate Athletes was something I had to check out.
The initial decision to workout along with setting a goal is the easy part, but how do we maintain the momentum to get there? How do we avoid having another New Year's Resolution fizzle out by week 2 or 3?
Finding time to recharge the batteries is critical in order to maintain our intensity and forward progress. It's also a chance for us to reward ourselves for our great progress - yes, we need to do that for ourselves too!
No matter if we compete in the board room, at home or on the field, our body is the vehicle that allows us to execute and win... If we want to maintain and build upon our successes of today, then it is imperative that we take care of ourselves and prioritize time for training, nutrition, and recovery.