Two weeks ago, I ran in the Country Music Half Marathon. It was my third half marathon and each time, I learn amazing lessons that can be applied to business and life.
Now, before you think I’m a life-long runner, I’m not. Yes, I played sports growing up, but running was never my thing. I only started running last year as a way to get in better shape. And now I’m hooked. (This post talks about how I got started running.)
In fact, I’m now convinced that if you want to be a business leader, you should consider running a half marathon or find another physical activity to tackle.
So, why should business leaders run? Here are seven good reasons:
- It gives you a chance to de-stress. In the winter, I often run at the end of the day, which gives me a great opportunity to wind down or relieve some of the stresses from my day. It’s amazing how the physical exertion can help you relax (or at least take out some frustration!). Some days, I really don’t want to get out
there, but I always feel better once I do. There simply is no better stress relief.
- Boosts creativity. Some of my best business and blogging ideas have come while I’m out running. Getting moving and away from the computer helps my mind to go free and allows the creative juices to flow. The change of scenery really helps too. You never know what you might see that will inspire you!
- Develops mental toughness. I’m going to be honest – running a half marathon is tough. But the mental challenges far outweigh the physical ones. It’s all about mindset. If you can overcome the mental obstacles in your way, it will be that much easier to tackle the hurdles in your business.
- Boosts confidence. Running has done great things for my self-esteem. Not only am I more fit, but it also feels pretty darn awesome to say you’ve run a half marathon. It’s an amazing accomplishment and it does wonders for your
confidence – personally and professionally.
- You meet awesome people. Since I train with a running group, I’ve made some wonderful friends as part of the experience. I run with people from all walks of life and people who are twice my age. And when you spend two hours running with people, you really get to know them! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed chatting with people who have different backgrounds and experiences. I think it makes me better.
- It’s fun! As business leaders, we need to remember to inject some fun into our lives. Running is a great way to do it. Races have such an electric atmosphere and the energy is contagious. The signs, the people, the costumes, the tailgating. It’s all a lot of fun. Even you don’t ever run a half marathon, you should go watch
one. It’s a total blast!
- Teaches you amazing business lessons. In addition to the things I’ve mentioned above, I think I’ve learned wonderful lessons throughout training and with each race I’ve run. In fact, there are two distinct things I learned this time around that I think are really applicable to business. Want to know what they are? Check out the video below.
Have you ever run a half marathon or do you do some other physical activity? How do you think it helps you be a better business leader?