The San Francisco Marathon is held every year in July. It is a 26.2 mile marathon and generally draws over 24,000 runners. It is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and will take runners through some of the more famous and historic sites of San Francisco.
I am sure there is not a single runner who is participating in this race who started training for the marathon last week with expectations of finishing the race. Many of them have trained for years. At the very least, they have trained for months.
Actually, there is a 4 month marathon training program in Tom Hollands book The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time.
So there are ways to get up-to-speed quickly if you are willing to do the work, and you have a plan.
The same applies to business. Your success is in direct relation to how hard you are willing to work; how well you plan; how you implement strategies needed to achieve success; and how intense and focused you are on the plan.
Most business owners don’t take the approach of a marathon runner. They instead want to train for a week, and then run the marathon. In other words, they start a business with expectations of success within a very short period. When they don’t get the results they want, they are ready to quit. They want to find the shortcuts to success … and there aren’t any.
Anytime you start a business, you are running a marathon. And you have to train like you are running a marathon.
How do you train like you are running a marathon?
1. Work on staying extremely motivated. This is an area where many business owners struggle. It takes a lot of effort on some days to stay motivated and stay the course for the duration of the race.
2. Train smart. Reading, lifelong learning, attending seminars, and surrounding yourself with the right people will help you get to your destination much quicker than you can on your own.
3. Have a plan. I am not talking about a business plan. I am talking about a plan that will simply get you from where you are now to where you want to be. A step-by-step approach to running your business that will help you to make the best use of your time and eventually yield the results you want.
Just as in running a marathon, there are no shortcuts to creating and running a successful business. Only you can set the timeline for how long you are willing to train to become a successful business owner.
Just like in the San Francisco Marathon, you will have a lot of interesting experiences along the way as you journey towards victory and success in your business.