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”
Golda 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!