Running is like business. You can do it by yourself. You can do it with a group. You can do it anywhere. Other than a good pair of running shoes or possible a telephone, you don’t need any special equipment. With these facts in mind, I figured learning to run or running a business wouldn’t be that difficult. After all, running is one of the most popular forms of fitness and there are so many small businesses out there. It couldn’t be that difficult with so many people involved in the sport, right?
Wrong! When I decided to get out there and just do it, I found it far more difficult than I’d anticipated. Who knew running (the sport or running a business) would be so hard? I realized, quickly, that I’d not only underestimated the sport itself, but my own ability to acclimate by just doing it.
You may find yourself in a similar situation, depending on what your overall goals are. It’s not fun feeling like we’re in over our head and goals are ripe for this. What do you do if this happens to you? Basically, you have three choices:
- Give up. Wow, this is so much harder than I thought! I was completely deluding myself into believing this is something I could do. No way can I accomplish this goal at this time in my life, so I’m going to set it aside and focus on something I feel more comfortable with.
- Blindly forge ahead. Okay, so this is harder than I thought, but that’s alright. This is my goal and I’m determined to reach it, so I’ll just forge ahead. Eventually, everything will sink in and I’ll be more comfortable and everything will be fine.
- Learn the game. Maybe you’re feeling a little discouraged, but you’re not ready to give up. You’re also not ready to forge ahead without more information. So you decide to learn the game, inform yourself, and then plan your strategy.
What are you learning to “run?” You might not be learning to run long distance, but you might be learning to run your business in slower economic times. Or you may be learning to run your Real Estate Business in a Real Estate market that is so very different than when you first learned it.
What are you going to do? Give up? Blindly forge ahead? Or learn the game? The choice is yours to make.