I’m not sure if this warrants being under the ultra guides and advice section, but on reading a blog post by the COO of the company I work for in my ‘real-day paying job’, I thought it was a timely reminder and concept that can be used across both business and sport.
WARNING – THIS POST MAY ATTEMPT TO GET DEEP AND MEANINGFUL!
In some regards this follows on from a number of the other training advice articles and guides we have written, most notably about going through the motions in your training cycles. However in this instance, this post will be short and sweet – We just want to pose some questions to get you thinking about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
Do something everyday that scares you is something I’ve always tried to live by, and while each ‘boundary’ is different and personal to the individual, no matter how big or small it might be, it’s your comfort zone that you’re pushing yourself from. But in our running world, is it realistic to say do something different each day?
When thinking of this concept, we tend to think in rather grand scales, such as decide to run 100 miles, instead of ticking the 100km option. But these concepts can be very small, personal battles too. Andrew in his previous article entitled ‘Running the Perfect Race’ captured this very well.
Instead of walking the next hill, why not try to run it? If it scares you because you don’t know how you might feel afterwards, just give it a go because you can learn from the experience afterwards. What’s the worst that can happen? You surprise yourself and get to the top, or you manage to run half of it – it’s still half a hill you wouldn’t ordinarily have run.
Get up at 4:30am and run an extra 5kms, instead of getting up at 5am and see it as an opportunity. These little opportunities aren’t necessarily life changing things on a day-by-day basis, but over the course of a life-time, these small changes all add up to a pretty big change in the way you approach not only your running, but the way you lead your life. They say there is glass half-empty people and glass half-full people, which one are you?
People often talk about fate, or indeed luck. Some people are more lucky than others, or fate just seems to always work out for them. For me, fate is a result of choice and opportunity. If you’re presented with an opportunity, take it and choose to say yes – you never know here it might lead you and you get lucky.