Up until a few years ago I believed that the faster I moved and the harder I worked, I would reach the Holy Grail of success. In today’s fast-paced world it was so easy to ramp myself up to follow the illusion of ambition. I put in long hours at work and self identified as a “high producer”. I became addicted to the thrill of creating at a fast pace. The endorphins would flow and I would announce unabashedly to my boss “I LOVE my job!” And at times I did love my job. But there was a cost.
Fast forward several years and everything is different – especially my perspective. I have learned that life is a marathon – not a sprint.
So what changed? I did. I took time off from working to slow right down. I call this my decompression phase. It took more than a couple of months but it was worth it. Not naturally being a fast-twitch gal, I slowed down to my natural pace. I chose to be an entrepreneur so I could set the speed and make the choices that are right for me. And voila, the stress hasn’t returned. Instead of running as fast as I can as much as I can, I now pace myself to enjoy the journey and soak up the learning.
Here are 7 things that will happen when you take the marathon route:
- With less stress, you show up as the best version of yourself
- You will soak up the view with greater awareness; the result is deeper learning
- It provides you time to navigate thoughtfully resulting in better decisions
- Instead of trying to prove yourself like the hare, you will be in better shape to confidently get to your goals (think tortoise)
- Others like you more – after all, who wants to be around someone who can’t sit still and listen
- It helps you avoid being in a reactive role as you anticipate what is ahead
- You won’t teeter on the edge of burn-out as you cross the finish lines of your projects and goals
And guess what? Today a client told me she discovered the “aha” of being a tortoise instead of a hare. The sprint was holding her back. As for me, I LOVE my job as a coach even more than my previous role.
What about you? Have you discovered the joys of running the marathon? Or are you still running the race as the fast-twitch hare? If so, how is it working for you? Would love to hear your story in the comments below.