I’m definitely biased, but I can’t imagine a more perfect Venn diagram than business, life, and athletics.
On Sunday, I raced at Ironman 70.3 in Calgary.
Because of the pandemic, it had been two years (almost to the day) since I was able to compete. But that race isn’t something you can just get off the couch and go for. So, I kept training anyway.
And during that time I experienced a full spectrum of feelings–determination, elation, frustration, disappointment, annoyance.
More times than I can count I was ready to call it quits because I couldn’t connect the long-term hard work I was doing with the end result I was striving for.
And that’s where I see an overlap between business, life, and athletics.
We all have personal and professional goals. And the big, important ones take a ton of time and hard work to achieve.
Growing a business. Building a brand. Marketing a company. Creating strong, organic bonds with your members and target audience. Earning trust.
All of these things take time and commitment to do right. It’s not always an easy road. And in the midst of it all, it can sometimes be hard to connect the time and resources to the overall goal you’re striving for.
After all, there’s a reason people love instant gratification.
But, in life and business (and athletics), the greatest results come from sustained commitment and dedication over time.
So, my advice to you would be this.
Set a goal. Hold a vision. Trust the process.
Because business–like life–is a marathon, not a sprint. And the most meaningful results rarely come easily or quickly.
But the people who stay patient, dedicated, and focused on the bigger picture are the ones that get rewarded at the finish line.