I did it! I ran a marathon! I still can’t believe it’s over. I spent weeks training for the big day, and then it came. POOF it was over. And now I’m sitting in a coffee shop enjoying an iced vanilla latte wondering what to do next.
Have you ever accomplished a big goal? Have you ever accomplished something you didn’t think was possible? When it was all over, did you wonder what to do next?
I wrote a post several weeks ago about marathon training. I wrote about how accomplishing big goals requires small little goals. I wrote about the things people have to give up to accomplish their goals. But I wasn’t prepared for this, for after the race.
Right before I sat down to write this blog I called my cousin. He lives in Miami, and has been very successful. Recently, he sold a business for a lot of money. Ironically, he has struggled with this same problem – what to do after the race. As he put it, “For 20 years I was pressing hard for a goal. When I sold the business, I hit the goal. And then I didn’t know what to do next.”
Lucky for me, he has come out on the other side of this struggle, and had some advice. “A strict workout routine. I know it doesn’t sound like enough, but it’s amazing what structure will do for the rest of your day. You will be much more productive.”
At first it sounded silly to me. I’m not going to become an Olympic athlete. I’m not going to become a “professional marathoner.” I know that probably surprises you – me, the guy who finished the marathon a mere 3 hours after the winner, is not going to make “winning marathons” my life’s goal. But as I’ve sat here thinking about my cousin’s advice, Ken’s point is starting to make sense.
He was telling me that discipline breeds success. If you have discipline in one are of your life it will bleed over into other areas. Just like a little bit of yeast will spread throughout entire loaf of bread and make it rise – a little bit of discipline will spread throughout your life helping you make the most of every breath your breathe.
So I wrote all of this to tell you that I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I am going to be disciplined. Why? Because I’ve got the time. Might as well test my cousin’s theory and see if his wisdom can apply to me too.
What are you working toward accomplishing? What areas of your life could use just a little bit more discipline? Comment below to continue the discussion…