Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Marathon Mindset

Hello y'all! 

What do Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Hall have in common? Or how about Kara Goucher and Steve Jobs- what similar qualities do they possess? It's no coincidence that Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs have been two of the most successful entrepreneurs nor is it a fluke that Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher are the best American marathoners. So what do these individuals have in common? They simply share the qualities and traits that are necessary to be successful. 

You're probably thinking that these people were merely lucky and were probably at the right place and at the right time, but I beg to differ. Some individuals are born leaders and thus are successful in life, but to be successful doesn't require the innate quality of being a leader- you can learn to be successful. 

Most marathoners are high achieving individuals and not because they run 26.2 miles, but because they have trained their mind in a special kind of way that allows them to push forward in the face of adversity. 

So what does the marathon mindset entail? And how can a marathon mindset make you successful? 

First, marathoners have a long term mindset. They're okay knowing that their goal of running 26.2 miles is not going to happen overnight. They understand that with enough effort and time, they will achieve their goals. They don't expect to see results instantly, rather they're accepting of delayed gratification.

Second, marathoners are able to break down goals into smaller ones. Most people get scared when they hear "26.2 miles," but marathoners realize that they can work up to those miles. They believe that if they can run a 5K, then they surely can run a full marathon. They acknowledge that the goal won't happen immediately, but that they will eventually accomplish it. 

Third, marathoners are able to break down tasks into smaller ones. They don't get overwhelmed by the amount of miles in a full marathon, they break it down into smaller chunks. For instance, they may tell themselves that a full marathon are two half marathons or they will keep their focus at one mile at a time. 

Fourth, marathoners understand that they must train in order to achieve their goal of running 26.2 miles. They don't make excuses for not being equipped to accomplish a marathon. Rather, they take the time to properly train and they accept that sometimes they might fail and not perform as well as they wished. 

And lastly, marathoners achieve their goals because they follow through with their long term mindset, they break down their goals to smaller and more achievable tasks and they train as hard and as long as they have to.

So how is the marathon mindset related to being successful in life? Well, as you can see, achievement is based largely on one's mindset. Did you notice that I did not mention the physical nature of marathon runners? Most runners would agree that the real challenge in running a marathon occurs in the head. It's like a mental warfare and battle with one's mind when running a race.

If you're able to keep a determined mind and put forward all of your commitment with absolutely no excuses, then you're on your way to being a successful person who is capable of running any race in life!

Do you agree with this analogy?

I'm grateful for warm coffee during 
the cold winter days. 

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  1. Thank you~!!! I needed that since I am training for my first Full now! I have ran two halfs and several 5ks, and i really think it is a mind game. I just pray I cross that line running!!!

    1. Hi Kelly! You will pass the finish line!! Just remember to train, train, train and everything will fall into place. Good luck!