8 Words of Wisdom from a Total Stranger

by golda on May 31, 2012

8 Words of Wisdom from a Total Stranger

By Golda Smith

 
Early in the morning while most people where rolling over enjoying the day off and sleeping late on Memorial Day, I opened my eyes, didn’t negotiate with the clock, got dressed, laced up and headed for a run…it was 6am. While I was stretching, a noticed a very athletic older gentleman approaching me. With a smile on his face he said “how many miles you running today?” in a very familiar accent.
 
“Once around the park” was my response. Little did I realize the impact he would have on not only my running but my outlook on marketing and life.
 
As we were both stretching he asked if I ever ran the trails in the park to which I said no. I thought about it but never actually did it. It certainly would make for a more interesting workout and be much easier on my knees than the concrete I normally ran on.
 
I asked if I could join him on the trails and he said yes. “How many miles are we doing” I asked. “Seven or eight” he said with a smile on his face. In my head I was like “what did he just say?” But I smiled and said “great”.  
 
So off we start…NO idea what his name is!
 
From the beginning he was full of encouragement and guidance. Keep your head down and pace yourself. Good advice…sounds like my business coach. After a while, with the sweat pouring down my face and my legs feeling like I couldn't lift them any more I see a set of stairs to my right that seemed to extend into the heavens…okay maybe I’m exaggerating but that’s how I was feeling at the moment. My immediate thought was, “there’s no way I can run those steps!”
 
As we got closer though, my running partner said “I usually run up that hill but I’m not going to take you that way today” I looked to my left to see the hill he was talking about, which I totally missed before. My focus had been on the steps. I responded (very short of breath) “The stairs are easier than that hill?” to which he responded “Yeah man”.
 
Don’t Set Yourself Up For Failure
 
Again, he started speaking life into me with these 8 words…
“It’s not your body it’s just your mind”. Exactly what I needed to hear at just the right time!
 
He then said “don’t look to the end, just keep your head down and look a few steps ahead”…again, just the words I needed delivered right on time.

As a mother and a business owner, that was priceless wisdom. How many times have you started something, anything only to give up because you’re not getting results fast enough? Or you get weary and quit before seeing any results? You’re not getting the conversions through social media like you want so you get inconsistent or throw in the towel altogether. You’re trying to lose weight but the pounds are coming off fast enough so you sabotage your diet. No one is commenting to your blog posts so you figure you’re wasting your time.
 
What my running coach was teaching me was to not focus so far out to the end result that I set myself up for failure but focus on the few steps/tasks that I can visualize and get to the next step, then the next and eventually I’ll get to the end.
 
As we were in our last ¾ mile he kept telling me “you’re almost there”, and then he would take off running ahead a few yards. I never once asked him how far we were to the end. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other.
 
We ended up running 9.5 miles! Found out his name is William and he used to be one of the top athletes in Guyana, which is where my family is from.
 
Another lesson he reinforced in me is not to train alone…not in sports and not in business! So as you are navigating through the social media jungle, know that you don't have to do it alone. I am right here to walk along side you.
 
William made all the difference in my run that morning and as I ran yesterday, I imagined him running in front of me encouraging me and saying “you’re almost there”
 
 

Loving Yourself Through Business By Unplugging and Building RelationshipsGolda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" working with entrepreneurs to support them in the tasks that hold their businesses together. Are you on Twitter? Get your checklist, now. Don't tweet without this!

 

 

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1 Dr Mary Starr May 31, 2012 at 5:51 am

Golda; 
I so needed to hear those words at 530am this morning before my workout.  Having a coach helps you do things you never thought were possible.  Love this article. 
You are almost there!  – Dr. M  

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2 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Good morning Dr Starr! You got a 30min head start over me this morning. So glad this article helped you today, I know it helped me and others as well. We’re almost there…

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3 Amanda June 1, 2012 at 5:06 am

Sometimes it can really happen when strangers can influence on us somehow, or say something that can change my opinion or way of thinking

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4 Becca June 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

"It's not your body it's just your mind". Simple word and simple meaning but it has a great
impact to us and inspire us. thanks for the share.

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5 Claire June 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

Having a coach helps you do things you never thought were possible.  Love this article. 

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6 Brooke @ Love's Gumbo June 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Great article. Since you've installed your new facebook plugin, I'm wondering why this comment isn't in the facebook forum. BTW- How many miles do you normally run? 

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7 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
June 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Thanks and great question. I didn’t install that feature because it was conflicting with the comment plugin that’s already on my site. Hopefully Facebook will work out that little kink. With regards to my mileage, I usually run about 5 miles and on weekends about 7-9 but now that I’m training for a 1/2 marathon, I’ll be running longer distances.

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