Running a Marathon or Small Business: 3 Tips to Help You to the Finish Line

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I was truly inspired by the story of a 100 year old man, Fauja Singh, who after 8 hours of running, made it to the finish line at the Toronto Marathon.  Though he finished last, he was determined, thus, earning a spot in the Guinness World Records.  After finishing the article, I thought about the similarities of preparing for a marathon to that of running a business.

As a woman in business with many responsibilities, here are 3 tips to help you to the finish line:

Stay Dedicated… it’s Key

As a marathon runner, a daily workout routine is imperative to condition your body.  This includes training early or late; maintaining a well-balanced and strict diet; and making adjustments in your routine to ensure your success.

In business, your focus is your company’s overall success.  This includes staying focused on your mission and vision, and exploring ways to improve the operations and efficiency of your business. What works best for you will be related to your objectives; what your product or service is as well as your personal operational style.

Set the Goal… and be ready to make changes

As a marathon runner, you’ve set your goals to win!  You are consistent and stick to your well thought out training routine.  It is important to be prepared for unforeseen obstacles along the way.  Embracing change will help you to cope with an unexpected injury, poor weather conditions preventing your workout or worse, losing a race.

In business, you must dedicate time each day to manage and grow your business.  It is important to monitor your progress in case you need to make minor or major changes.

Here are three tips to help you embrace change:

  1. When you are considering change in your overall operations, develop a clear focused vision of the outcome(s) you are striving to reach, and then proceed cautiously to reach your vision and goals.
  2. Embrace positive change and free yourself from processes that don’t work.  You are only hurting yourself and your business.
  3. Avoid Stagnation!  Change does not mean that the world is going to collapse around you.  Just go with the flow and see where change will take you. Remember that you control your life so do not let change control you.

Don’t do it alone… assemble your team

As a marathon runner, you’ll need to hire a coach.  A coach will keep you motivated; assist you in creating a customized training program; and cheer you to the finish line!

In business, having a staff in place is paramount.  As your business grows, so should your ‘tight grip’ on controlling every aspect of your business.  This attitude can cripple you!  It is important that you delegate non-core business tasks to your staff or consider outsourcing.

In conclusion, whether running a marathon or a business, you must have passion, preparation and confidence in your abilities.  Yes, the race is long and hard, but sweet success comes at the finish line.

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8 thoughts on “Running a Marathon or Small Business: 3 Tips to Help You to the Finish Line

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  2. I love the analogy of a marathon, how fitting. I never thought about the similarities, but you shared some critical parallels that make it easy to understand just how much of a race we’re running!

    1. Hi Kemya,
      Thanks for your comments. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about the comparisons either until I saw the clip of the couragous elderly man.  The inspiration for the article came from pondering his story. 

  3. That last part rang true for me. I am a health coach, working with young female entrepreneurs to Eat well. Be happy. Love life. I  love the work that I do and it helps me walk the walk and talk the talk as I am constantly connecting with people about taking action, prioritizing self care and pushing myself to grow and be more successful–so the conversations I have with my clients serves as a mirror to my life as well. And I have hired a business coach and work closely with a health coach. I, like my clients, am a work in progress and having that support and accountability is so key!

    Thanks for reminding people it’s okay, and in fact beneficial, to reach out to others for support. You have to have a strong team behind you to be successful. And if there are any young women entrepreneurs reading this and thinking “yes, how do I find time for the gym? I need to eat better but…” then I invite you to check me out at http://www.johannavoss.com.

    Thanks.
    Johanna

    1. Hey Johnna,
      I love your words, “I like my clients, am a work in progress…” I feel the same way. As a business consultant, I have to follow some of my own advice with my businesses.  I am glad that this article was a reminder for some… Thank you!

      I will visit your site this morning. 🙂 

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