- Think big - I only started running 3 years ago. Before that I would work out and eat healthily, but I hated running and would look at coworkers and friends who ran as crazy. Somehow, however, I began running and then signing up for races and then signing up for the marathon! I thought bigger than I ever imagined possible and am now training to run 26 miles!.
- Surround yourself with people who can support you - once I started running I realized that after running about 6-7 miles I got really bored. I needed the support of other runners who could push me when I was tired or unmotivated and vice versa. I joined a road runners group and got a trainer made up of people who had already run a marathon before to help me chart the path to my goal.
- Persevere through the ups and downs - marathon training has good days and bad days. Some training runs I feel great and some I don’t. It is staying committed to my goal, just like any leader would need to do, in order to keep going through the ups and downs of training and not quit.
- Work hard as there are no short cuts - marathon training takes discipline to ensure that you put in the necessary mileage each week to be fully trained. It also takes commitment to doing speed work and tempo work as well as the long runs to be really ready for the big day. Skipping out on runs or not doing the speed work won’t get you there and I don’t want to be ill trained on the day of the race.
- Stay mentally strong - as everyone tells me the marathon is more of a mental than physical exercise after a certain point (as is any leadership challenge). It is being able to shift out of the negative state of mind of self-doubt or uncertainty and stay focused on the end-goal to keep me moving to the finish line.
So what leadership trait out of the ones above can you put into practice to make you a stronger leader? How can you push the envelope to reach the goals you have in mind?