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What it Takes to Accomplish Your Biggest Challenge

March 31, 2020

Tuesday Thoughts, Wisdom, Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Business, Female Athletes

Today’s blog post is my post from two years ago today. With the Coronavirus freezing our activities, businesses, and personal lives, I was interested to see what inspired my writing in March 2018. Interestingly the title was called “What it Takes to Accomplish Your Biggest Challenge.” At the time, my biggest challenge was a fitness goal, not surviving and praying everyone I love would survive a global pandemic, but the post has insights and inspiration to help you today if you are planning how to get through this economic low time with your business, finances, or life plan. What not many people know is I ran the Boston Marathon after only running one 13.1 mile race a month before because I got double bronchitis. Running the full distance took sheer determination, faith, training, and focus to complete it on the day of the marathon. Did I think I could cross the finish line? Yes, I did and I did just under the 6-hour limit to get my medal. So I know we will get through this challenge if we believe we will. As always, I pray this previous post motivates and inspires you.

March 2018 Blog Post

Last year at this time I was training to run in my first marathon – the historic, iconic Boston Marathon. It didn’t matter how much snow was falling from the sky or how cold the temperatures, I had to get outside and run to ‘put in the miles’ needed to train my body and mind to run 26.2 miles. Treadmill running only takes you so far in training. The outside elements and curvature of the roads are essential to prepare your lungs and legs.

What I remember most about taking on the biggest goal of my life was the innate focus that came along with preparing for running a marathon. Running had to become an essential part of my everyday routine to be ready. I had to focus harder in business to get work done so I could go out for long runs during the day. In my personal life, I needed to save downtime to spend with my family on non-long day weekend days and I had to treat my body with the perfect amount of food and water to be healthy enough to run for 6 hours.

As a woman entrepreneur, I have experienced that focus when I launched my two companies and when I added new services and benefits to help my customers. Dedicating a part of your life to any big purpose takes more than gleeful hope, it takes blood, sweat, and tears. If you are a woman entrepreneur today facing a big business challenge or even a first-time marathoner, dig deep, set a workable plan, stick to the plan and schedule the extra time you need to accomplish the challenge. Make sure you enjoy the journey no matter how hard days may become because, in the end, you will have accomplished something that amazes other people and even yourself.

What I can tell you today, as I watch other runners I know prepare for the 2018 Boston Marathon, is I wish I had to do it all again, train and run it. Not only to be a part of the most iconic race in America but to test my will, body, and spirit and remind myself any big goal in life is possible.

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