Last month I kicked off the story of preparing to run the Sporting Life 10km race with my kids on Mother’s Day in support of Camp Oochigeas. I compared the preparation for the run to the journey to innovation.
I am thrilled to report that …
WE DID IT!!!
And I must admit, it was an incredibly uplifting experience!
Like anything you feel ill prepared for, I was scared. I hadn’t trained enough, I hadn’t eaten all of the right food, it was cold and windy, and my shoes were too new!
There were so many reasons and opportunities to just quit … but we didn’t.
Our success in crossing the finish line at 1:13 can be summed up in 2 words – running buddies.
My daughter Meg and her boyfriend Josh stayed with me every step of the way! I am certain if they hadn’t been by my side, I would have stopped and walked and not pushed myself as hard.
The same is true for the journey to innovation. You need to have a team around you, people you can count on for support, advice, and encouragement.
There is no question that the journey to innovation is difficult, but you’re ‘running buddies’ are there to help you not quit. Tough runs don’t last … tough runners do!
The last piece of this story is the most pivotal.
You cross the finish line. You are thrilled with your results. You feel great about what you have just accomplished … and then you hang up your shoes!?
Running, and the journey to innovation really have no finish line! If you stop for more than a couple of days, you will find yourself having to start over again from the beginning. Having done that a few times with running, believe me it’s a brutal and humiliating feeling!
On your journey to innovation, or in your next race … Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Thank you for all your support.