Managing Success is The Same as Running a Marathon

Running for Success

Achieving your goals are the same as in completing a marathon.

It sounded cliche, but true. As an individual, entrepreneur, or even a company, managing success is the same as running a marathon. Hence the term, running for success.

Everyone is eager to start the race in regards to their goals. At the starting point, all of us are filled with excitement and enthusiasm.

For runners, our body is fuelled with endorphins while preparing us for the run.

As individuals, we’ll have plenty of ideas and energy on achieving our goals.

But, managing our success is NEVER a short-term process.

Setting Your Goals 

Prepare a clear objective of what you want to achieve.

There are plenty of running events happening these days.

To participate in a marathon it takes dedication, plenty of training, enough of rest, etc. And to be exact, it’s 42.195KM!

An average time for a runner to complete a marathon is between 4:22 to 5:00 hours. Some runners can complete a marathon easily, and for some, it’ll take a longer time.

Timing plays an important factor in all runs. Every minute second count! Even if it’s a second faster in their next run, it’s already an accomplishment!

It’s the same with success. Certain individuals tend to achieve success easily. While others will struggle.

You need to pen-down your goals so you know how to achieve them.

Set a plan that is measurable:

  • Timeline per task and when is the due date.
  • Time management: meetings, due dates, events, etc.
  • Set a reminder, guideline and checklist to track your achievements.
  • Monitor your achievements, regardless of how small they are.
  • Reflect on your achievements and how you may enhance your success.

Dealing With Difficulties

There’s always a way to resolve an obstacle.

The finishing line is every runner’s goal, regardless if it’s 5, 10 or 42KM. All runner will try to complete their run within the fastest time. However, even professional runners will face some challenges during the race such as legs cramps, overheating, trip over, falling down, etc.

In our career or personal journey, there will be plenty of setbacks and challenges along the way. How you overcome and solve these problems will set you aside. Monitoring your emotions plays a role in managing success.

Understanding your mistakes is never easy as we are emotional beings. Cry, scream, and release your frustration in any way (make sure it’s in a positive way). Once done, pull yourself back up and learn from the mistakes that you’ve made. No one is perfect, and forget about being perfect! Remember this phase, failure is the mother of success?

Discipline and Consistency

Be consistent. Discipline yourself to push through to the end.

As a runner, they will not forgo any training, even if they had won several marathons. After success, it’s extra harder for us to push ourselves forward because we had achieved our goals. Many of us will be on cloud 9, busy celebrating the post achievement success.

However, when reality hits, its back to square one all over again!

If you constantly work on your progress, you will not slack so easily. Most importantly, reducing procrastination.

Procrastination is the number 1 killer of all success. A runner will face difficulties in running and lost of stamina when they skip their training, even for an elite runner.

Never take your success for granted. Celebrate those successes as much as you want, but let’s not forget to keep moving.

Stay disciplined and be consistent with your plan. Amend, change and tweak your plan to see what suits you best.

Managing Success is The Same as Running a Marathon

It’s important to carry on with your progress if not, you’ll end up at the starting line again.

Regardless of any achievements we have, every individual’s journey is different. Don’t compare yourself with others as all of us have issues to deal with.

Be happy with your own journey, wear those battle scars proudly because it is YOUR story!

Every runner is happy with their achievements, running at a faster pace, being a top 10 runner, or just crossing the finish line.

It’s important for us to have consistency should we crave for further achievements just as managing success is the same as running a marathon.

Melissa Chan

A die hard coffee fan who enjoys reading European histories, a chatter box and will drive people nuts for non-stop talking!

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