A trail run includes different types of running surfaces, sand, deep gradients, grass, gravel, etc. In other words, you never know what you’re going to get. Since I had never done a run like this before, (Note to self, read the fine print next time), mentally I wasn’t prepared. However, about 10 minutes into the run, I realized that this could be a rather exciting challenge. I switched my mindset, really focused on the surface and directed my mind and body to adapt. What other choice did I have?
After about five and half miles, the end was in sight or was it? This was a 10K run (6.2 miles) but at mile six we noticed the finish line was much further ahead than anticipated. The race ended up being a 7.1-mile run. I made it, my daughter made it and we survived! So, what does this have to do with business and adapting? Everything!
- Adapt or Die. Business is all about being adaptable. Being ready and willing to adjust as needed. When I learned the run was a trail run, I could have said, “Forget it” and walked away. Instead I thought, “Let’s give it a go and see what’s ahead!” This attitude flows into my business mind whenever faced with a challenge. I believe that accepting a challenge and discovering what’s ahead is key to every win I’ve had in my professional life. If you’re unable to adapt, you’ll be left behind.
- Don’t focus on the obstacles. If I would have been flipping out over the type of run that was ahead, I would have expended unnecessary energy negatively impacting my run. Instead, I focused on what my end goal was, which was to finish the race. I began to visualize an true obstacle course and how much fun they are! I transferred that sense of fun to my run. Business is hard, there will be obstacles. Shift your mindset and you open the door for opportunities.
- A positive attitude goes far in any situation. Entering any situation with a negative attitude is a recipe for failure. I knew I likely wouldn’t win the race, but I knew I’d finish. Because of this experience, I was reminded that I can do anything I set my mind to! You will have setbacks in business, your attitude will make the difference in how you bounce back from those setbacks.
- Tough but good. Business is tough, period. Despite the tough aspects of business, there are so many great things about business. Who I am today is a result of being an entrepreneur! I’m the one that’s taken the risks, I’ve believed in the impossible and I saw things through despite how difficult each situation was. No doubt this run was tough, but I was incredibly proud when I finished. Business is no different, it’s tough but the rewards far outweigh the challenges.
Here’s to continued lessons learned and your business success!
Make it a great day!