Archive | April, 2010

Marathon Missions

27 Apr

The London Marathon is an epic, annual event in UK running. This year, 37,000 runners took part and battled through the 26.2 distance in warm temperatures. Amongst them was my friend. At age 63 and with no previous experience, Ann completed the distance in a great time.

Despite trying to give me some credit for encouragement and helping during the arduous 6 months of training, a marathon is a personal journey that only you can achieve. Physical pain, mental challenges and emotional obstacles are all part of a long distance race.

Marathons can be compared to many elements of life. These include childbirth, moving house, marriage and a metaphor for life in general. Even if you aren’t a runner (or wannabe runner), marathons can teach you a lot about the key characteristics of the successful. Determination, motivation and commitment are essential to keep the body going through several hours of physical exertion. Similarly, these qualities are required for a person to achieve a goal in life.

Application of marathon principles to life makes you strong, gives you belief in yourself and makes you hungry for more. Much like running, a taste of success is inspiring and encourages further success.

Set yourself a target in life, a goal that feels almost overwhelming. Do you doubt yourself when you imagine yourself working towards this goal? Good. That’s how it is meant to feel. Humans achieve the most when they stretch themselves and are not in a ‘comfort zone’. Your goal doesn’t have to be a marathon (although great if it is!), but something that you have never achieved so far.

My fourth marathon could be my hardest yet. With a deferred entry for next year’s London Marathon, I am hoping to run my best time yet following my planned heart surgery later this summer.

Set yourself a marathon mission today. As it says on a banner towards the end of the marathon course, ‘You are only 3 miles from history’! You could be only 3 / 6/ 12 months from history.

Spring Clean Your Life

11 Apr

With the joys of Spring all around and the whiff of Summer oh-s0-close, it’s easy to get carried away with thoughts of holidays, lazy days in the sun and wishing time away until your next day off.

This time of year is the best time to spring clean your life. Start with your mind. I wrote a list of goals for 2010 on the 1st January and every month, I revisit this list, re-evaluate and reconsider. My life style has changed dramatically in the last few months, and hence my goals for the year have altered.

If any obstacles present themselves through out the year, it’s not time to sling in the towel and give up the fight. It’s time to take action and kick start the fire you felt in January when setting new year resolutions with passion. The example in my life is my health, my heart problem and the impact that has had on my ability to work and exercise. Since the deterioration of my health, I have actively taken steps to make positive changes in my life. These have included: attending a personal coaching course, spending time with friends and family, moving to a more suitable property for our lifestyle and business, employing a new member of staff and finding new enthusiasm about getting better as quickly as possible.

To spring clean your life, sit down and analysis where you have come in the first 3 months of this year. Where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months and by the end of December? How will you take steps to reach these goals ( adding in positive actions)? What can you remove from your life that is hindering you in some way? This may be removing yourself from difficult family member, non-helpful friend, seeking helping to change a negative mindset about a certain aspect of your life e.g. work stress, exercise or a relationship problem. Indulge yourself with some counselling, coaching, yoga or find a partner to take up a new hobby. April is perfect for getting out and blowing away the cobwebs of the British winter.

Dust off your pride, clean out the cupboards within your mind and give your body a blast to set you up for a wonderful 2010!