It’s Wednesday ya’ll!
I know I’ve been missing for a bit, but I totally underestimated the energy it would take to transition my life over to France and begin working with a new client. So, what have I been up to this last month (yes, it’s been an entire month)! Well here are a few things:
First, I downsized my entire apartment in NYC into three suitcases. My apartment in NYC isn’t very big, as you can imagine, but deciding what went into these suitcases was a test to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Then, I was off to Chicago, carrying all my bags, to run my first ever Chicago Marathon! This was my 5th marathon overall. It was very hot on marathon day, 80 degrees (~27 C) and sunny, which does not make for ideal running weather. Despite the autumn heat wave, I finished.
Finally, I made it Toulouse, set up my apartment and purchased the coolest collapsing bike - the BTWN Tilt 120. I got this style because the stairs to my apartment have a tight narrow curve, Where no typical bike will fit. I tried, I failed - the BTWN fits nicely. Take a look.
Something about taking photos in front of doors in Europe, right?
So you may have taken a guess that I’m typically an athletic type of person. The type who runs, bikes to work, and tortures themselves for hours on end to train for a race that I’ll never win - I won’t, I’m old and slow! But there’s glory in all of it, you set a goal, you achieve it! Whether it’s running, cycling, or any other sport, I believe having an athlete on your team is definitely a value add. Not everyone is active and athletic, there are many reasons people aren’t and that is completely fine. Let’s be real, running a marathon ain’t for everybody - I still ask myself, “Girl why? Find a different hobby!” However, throughout my training experiences, I’ve learned a lot about myself as an individual and I’ve started to understand how my athleticism shows up at work. Here are 3 things I’ve learned:
1 - My mental endurance is at an all time high during training. Some might call this determination, but I think it’s slightly nuanced. For example, running a marathon for an able-bodied person is simple, all one has to do is put one foot in front of the other. Physically, it’s achievable, but after 4 hours of doing that exact thing, your brain starts to play games with you. Making up excuses for you to stop, quit, or defer to try again another day. When I’m training I become hyperfocused on the goal or the task at hand and don’t get clouded by doubts. I know in training and in work, each step gets me closer to my goals.
2 - Agile planning becomes a tool for my way of life. We often say “plans are always wrong” inside the offices at August, although true, agile planning is critical to staying on task. Agile planning requires the ability to set milestones and goals week-to-week in pursuit of the bigger outcome. It requires close attention to smaller achievements and failures - bad run days, good nutrition days, low hydration days - and the ability to adjust the plan to continue on the path to success or iterate, constantly.
3 - I choose my discipline and my fate. Training for a marathon, no doubt takes discipline and commitment. At work we say, “I want someone on this who is committed to this business.” Sure, but training for a marathon tests your commitment to yourself and no one else. If I’m not disciplined, I’ll have a crappy race - it’ll hurt, it’ll be slow, and it will be no one’s fault but my own. In work, the fate is the same, my team is very supportive, but it is ultimately me who determines my success. At work discipline comes in the form of asking myself: “What am I focused on this week?” “What areas of growth am I working on now?” or “What should my achievements look like?”
That’s enough about me, what’s up with you? What lessons have you learned recently? What is motivating and driving you? Each one teach one! Reply to this email and share so we can learn better together.
That’s it for this week! I’ll be back in 2 Thursdays. Until then, stay warm and follow my adventures in France on Twitter: @krys_burnette