Top Performance Secrets21/05/2019
Five things running a marathon can teach you about business (and life)
With Kenya smashing records at the 2019 London Marathon, and the recent court ruling for World Champion 800m runner, South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the spotlight this month, we have our top sportsmen and women at the top of our minds. For those of us behind our desks who are not actually going to run a marathon ourselves (in the foreseeable future at least), we still have a lot to learn about performance – in business and in life – from our sports heroes. Here are our top five things to learn from running a marathon:
- Let quiet determination lead you.
Twende Kazi. This was the last communication Eliud Kipchoge had with the outside world before he went on to run the second fastest marathon time in history (he holds the world record too), and the fastest course time for the London Marathon – and become the only man in history to have won the London Marathon four times. He tweeted Twende Kazi – let’s go to work. Focused. Prepared. Realistic. Motivated. And then the performance of a lifetime.
- All good things take time.
No one sees the hours. The stress. The Sacrifice. But what you put in is what you get out – the daily training and practice is what gets you to the finish line. We’ve all heard of the 10,000-hour rule…that’s how long it takes to become an expert or to master a skill (and that’s 1250 working days). Be patient and put in the hours.
- Pace yourself.
Each mile you run can’t be the fastest mile you’ve ever run. Consistency is key. This is a common phrase in the business world. Consistency in words. Consistency in thought. Consistency in discipline. Don’t push yourself to the point you run out of steam before the home stretch. Set your pace, find your rhythm and clock in the miles towards the end goal.
- Be flexible.
Flexibility is learned and practiced, and it’s essential in order to avoid and curb injury. Stretching before and after performing will keep you in ideal condition. Translate what ‘stretching’ is to the business world – rest and recovery, which are equally important in conditioning for ultimate performance. Factoring in time to relax and restore before and after strenuous exertion (hard work) is a must.
- There will be ‘mind over matter’ moments.
Setbacks are a part of life and a part of business. Things never go exactly according to plan, and there will come a point where you hit a wall and somehow have to push through. Dig deep. Discover your grit. Everything above should give you enough momentum to push through the wall…determination, preparation, focus, and conditioning. Once you’re through the wall, the only thing that lies ahead is the ribbon.Read more Read less