“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
We’ve all heard it before. The fact of the matter is, you don’t see Olympian marathoners blow out of a race with the fastest mile they’ve run in their life. It’s a culmination of a 26.2 planned and calibrated effort.
We each have our own marathon. Your friends and family have their own respective marathon. We all should be constantly changing our paces based upon what the circumstances present us with.
Consistency is the game changer for all of us, despite what we’re after. Whether you’re looking to lose 30 pounds or want to bench 400, both goals are achieved by time and attention to your goals.
It’s a series of events. Much like 200m in a marathon may not win or lose the race for you, the addition of many 200m added together will have a tremendous impact.
Staying on track is the single most transformative action we can make to alter our lives. There will always be something or an event that may drastically change our course, but consistent action will change our lives.
So we run our marathon. 200m at a time. It’s a small commitment, with smaller easy to do tasks. Start small. Change what is the easiest and most apparent for you, stay there. It becomes routine. Once that happens move to something else small. Focus on the things you find easiest to attain.
Take One Step at a Time
Sometimes it can be hard to break things down when we look at our physical potential, so let’s look at it financially. Imagine writing a check for $365, right now. It’s enough to grab your attention, even though it’s only a dollar a day. We spend $30+ weekly on stupid stuff we don’t even need!
Think about it from a bigger picture. That could be money spent to work on your nutrition, money spent working with someone regarding your own training program, or some quality one on one sessions with a trainer to help you reach your goals.
Too often we try to do too much, too quickly.
“Today is the day. I’m going back to the gym, I’m going to lift three days a week, I’m going to run daily.”
It’s too much to change everything so quickly. While the motivation can be inspiring and act as a spark for future successes, it’s a sure-fire pattern for failure.
Only once you build upon your small steps can you envision the mile. That’s how we must frame our thinking. Invest the $1.00 a day into yourself and at the end of the year you will have $365.
Make the first step easy. Wake up when your alarm goes off. Stretch in the morning. Drink a little less coffee. Whatever it is, make sure you attack it with 100% effort.
Spin your Flywheel
Building upon each step you build momentum. While initially it will be difficult to begin, once you gain traction and the wheel begins to spin things will become easier. Our small victories are each another push to our own flywheel. Slowly gaining power and drive that allows us to make future changes much easier.
Make your victories small and try to overcome them early in the day. Move on from there as the champion of the day. In each moment we can both push our flywheel forward and continue on our path to success or we can create friction, slowing our wheel down only to exert more effort to regain our momentum.
Start your day right. Hit your goal. Take on the day.
Let’s Change Your Path
Sometimes we need metaphors to frame our current actions and to keep us on track. For the most part you know what was just written, but there’s often a knowing a doing gap.
It’s because without structure there’s nothing to attach to. That’s why we’re giving you the marathon. It’s a metaphor, an over-arching guide to help us make sense of our actions.
At the end of each day, ask yourself,
“Am I running my marathon?”