For the first three months of 2018, I trained for an endurance race under the supervision of Jesse Itzler, entrepreneur and endurance athlete extraordinaire.
The hitch? We had no idea what the race would consist of.
We didn’t know the length, time, obstacles, or any of the race details. Myself and 67 entrepreneurs from all over the world trained our physical endurance, our mindset, and all things entrepreneurship for 99 days.
Now that It’s been over a month since the race (you can find more of the story here), these are the things that (looking back) have affected my mood and mindset on my own entrepreneurial journey.
One Foot In Front of the Other
The biggest lesson? Just keep moving forward. No matter how slow or how far you get, give yourself the opportunity to keep moving.
My race turned out to be just over a half marathon (through sandy trails and vertical hills), 220 feet of bear crawls, 440 walking lunges, 220 pounds of sand bags, jumping through 275 tires, and 110 full burpees. PHEW!
When I thought I couldn’t go further, I told myself to take one more step. Then another.
Just like this race, entrepreneurship is a long journey with one obstacle after another. When the going gets hard, give yourself the opportunity to tackle one more task, go one more day, or write that next piece of content. Before you know it, you’ll have accomplished something beyond your wildest dreams!
Reset Your Goals
During the race, we were on the clock for four hours. I set a goal and as soon as I hit it, I reset that goal.
My goal was to do 10 laps and I ended up crushing 11. This ended up being just over 13 miles PLUS all the obstacles. Words cannot express how proud I was to get this far.
When you’re on this entrepreneurial journey set small goal (like emailing your list this week, reaching out to 3 potential clients, etc.) then reset the goal when you’ve reached the milestone. Just like taking one step after the other, you’ll gain some serious momentum by hitting and exceeding your goals!
Gratitude and Support
Without the encouragement from the group, 99% of us wouldn’t have gone as far if we hadn’t had the entire team rallying us.
There were team members walking the course, encouraging and cheering us on, calling us by name, and more. All of those things gave me an extra push and the drive to keep moving forward.
In entrepreneurship, receive the support. If you need help, ask for it. As a collective, we have the expertise, knowledge, and insight to move mountains. Thank the people who have helped you and acknowledge their efforts. Learn more about the effectiveness of gratitude and incorporate these mindset shifts into your morning routine.
This is truly about community over competition and I’m honored to be on this journey with you.
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