Leadership Lessons Learned training for a marathon 3

15 miles makes 5 miles easy.  Another lesson i’ve learned while training is that enlarging your capacity gives you the ability to do the routine with greater ease.  When I first started running to get in shape to train for a marathon.  I couldn’t finish 3 miles without stopping.  The thought of running five miles regularly without being winded or stopping was beyond my ability.  As we’ve run, and continued to push farther and farther, it’s changed my perspective.  I’ve gone up to 15 miles, now when I go out an run a 5 mile run, it doesn’t even phase me.  Its comfortable, its refreshing, and it is not a strain on me.  Its all about perspective, if I’ve done something bigger and harder then things that use to be difficult i can do with ease.

As a leader we are faced with challenges all the time, and we question ourselves, can we do it? Will we accomplish it?  Its hard, complex, and tiring, but if we work hard and go there, allow ourselves to be enlarged then our capacity to handle things grows and gives us more opportunity, but if we look at the difficult and opt out, then we never get the chance to enlarge our capacity and change our perspective.

15 sure makes 5 a lot easier.  Go for it!

David

Leadership lessons learned training for a marathon 2


Leaders are most effective when they develop patience in the process. Many Leaders are “results oriented” people. We want results, and we want them yesterday. Growth never happens fast enough. Change never comes quick enough. We want what we want and we want it when we want it. The problem is things don’t happen that way. There is always a process to get from point A to point b.

We can’t deny the process, we can’t avoid the process, and we can’t eliminate the process. The key is to be patient in the process. Running a 100 yard dash is quick, you have an almost immediate result, but life is not like a sprint, it’s like a marathon, and believe me training for a marathon is a process.

I had a revelation about this the other day while reading the Bible. Something I had never thought of before, even though I’ve read the passage over and over again. Do you remember the passage when Jesus was at the climactic moment in his life, where he would have the internal wrestling match with His desire and God’s will? He took Peter, James, and John to the garden of Gethsemane with him, and he told him something, then he went to the garden to pray, just a few yards from them.

What He said to them is very important, we have had people do major series on what he said to them, we have preached meaningful messages about what He said to them, but we have missed what He actually said to them. We have asked the question, can you not pray for an hour? He did not ask them to pray, He ask them to wait. Wait and watch. He told the disciples to watch and wait. So what does this tell us? It tells us that it is important to wait and watch in the process.

In the process we need to learn patience, to wait on God with a faith filled positive attitude. We also need to learn to be attentive in the process. Pay attention what is going on in the process; if we do this we will save ourselves a lot of heartache, eliminating some surprises because we’re paying attention. We need to learn how to not let stress or pressure causes a weariness to drive us into sleep. One translation says they slept for sorrow. Did you ever get that feeling, if you could just go to sleep you would wake up and everything would be different. Only to awake and find that things are the same or worse. Stress makes us want to hide, to deny, and to give up in the process.

As I have been training, I have realized that on long runs several things can happen, you can get bored, you can get tired, and you can go into auto pilot mode. If we realize that the process is the most important part of this journey, even more so than the outcome. If we realize that if we pay attention, we can set ourselves up for success. If we realize that if we are attentive in the process, we can have some of the best ideas. You can come up with some of your most creative thoughts. We can’t sleep through the process, we can’t hurry the process, we can’t eliminate the process or deny the process, but we can have faith, patience, attention, and prosperity in the process. If we fulfill the process we will obtain the promise. I can’t run the 26.2 miles unless I go through the process of getting to that point. Don’t love the promise and hate the process. Love the process, and obtain the promise.

Leadership Lessons learned training for a marathon 1

There are many leadership lessons to be learned when your training to run in a marathon.  I will start with this one.  You can always do more than you think you can.  There is no doubt that we all have limitations, the problem is we think our limits are much smaller than they are.  We look at obstacles and make excuses instead of seeing opportunities and finding reasons to stretch.

Doing more than you think you can requires you to think.  Doing more than you think you can requires you to push all the way to the farthest places you’ve gone before and go farther.  When we get to places that are on the verge of beyond where we’ve been before our mind, our will, our emotions rebel against us.  That is precisely when we have to decide to lead, to realize and actualize the fact that we can do more than we thought we could.  Just keep going, stretch beyond, and don’t quit.  The advantage is it sets the bar higher and it makes the normal press seem much easier.

Right now, i am at the 15 mile wall, I have gotten to that point and both times gotten ill and had to stop, I am researching to figure our the problem and will continue to run and build up to i get past it.  I will run the 26.2 and will be able to say, I did more than I thought I could!

Press on!

David