No one in their right mind would brag about a 41:58 5K time—except me. It wasn’t that long ago that I wondered if I’d ever be able to run again. I tore my ACL skiing and was taken off the mountain in a stretcher sled. I was on crutches for 2 weeks, in physical therapy for a month and in a huge and expensive jointed knee brace during any physical activity for the next year.
I had two weeks from the time I signed up for this to the race date to train. And my cardio wasn’t good enough to run the whole time. So I ran some, I walked some, and I finished within my hoped-for timeframe. It didn’t matter to me that some people ran the race in half the time I did. This was a race against myself. And I plan to continue training to get an even better time for the next run.
Then today I came across this quote today that really struck a chord:
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ― Dean Karnazes
We can also apply this mantra to our business activities. Sometimes business is good and we’re just running along at a fast pace, living the dream so to speak. Other times we are moving at walking speed and doing just okay. And of course, I’m sure we’ve all had the dreaded times of crawling (few clients, low earnings) and thinking, “Maybe I’ll just give up and look for a job.”
But to be successful and achieve what we want for our business, we need to work on running; not crawling. And the way we can do this is much like how we train for a race (perseverance and with the goal of improving). We need evaluate our business systems and see what’s weak (our work quality, billing systems, marketing plan, etc.) and continually adjust and improve to the point where we can run the race and hopefully only slow down when we choose to.
One of the best ways we can improve our business is by learning from and connecting with others. We are lucky to have so many resources here at VA League at our disposal. Take advantage of them. From social hours to business development days to in-person retreats, don’t forget to reach out and give and receive help from your colleagues. Most importantly, never give up.