In a year where 35 year old Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (prounounced: EL-ee-OOD kip-CHOH-gə) did what no one believed possible, by breaking the 2-hour mark for the full marathon, anything now seems possible.
In reality, a person’s career and marathon running are more similar than one might think. Just like a person’s career, marathon running requires extensive planning and training.
Your career goal is to run a Fortune 500 Company, but you’re currently a Graduate, fresh out of University with a $20K+ student loan, and your only work experience is selling strawberries off the side of the road. Or that may have just been me...
Whatever your goals are, it will take time and preparation, because if you run 42km without training then you, sir or madam, leave me speechless.
It’s not a race to get to these career goals, it’s about putting one foot in front of the other and taking the right strides to get there. Just like in a marathon, your body is most likely going to hit a point where you feel like giving up, and you’ll even consider it because that idea seems better than carrying on with your lactic acid-filled legs, sore right shoulder and blistered up feet. In this same way, in your career, you’ll likely hit countless speed bumps on your way to reaching your goals.
When you do eventually reach your end goal, is this enough? Where do you go from there? Once you reach this goal you need to set a new one, just like when you hit your personal best for a marathon, otherwise you could become complacent.
Sometimes you’ll set an unrealistic one and you’ll have to reassess this, and sometimes you just plainly won’t be able to reach any of them. When this happens don’t lose motivation, just reassess, reload, and move onto the next.
With 2020 upon us, so too are our New Year’s resolutions. This could be the perfect time to reassess your aspirations for next year and your progress with any current life goals that you have.
“The world is actually full of challenges and we need to challenge ourselves. I took a challenge to run that fast. It consumes a lot of energy especially mentally. But I took myself and accepted to be challenged and I challenged the time.” - Eliud Kipchoge