Put One Foot Forward


I read last year that the way to complete a half marathon is to put one foot forward. Yep, simple as that!

Whilst out this morning, I was struggling but determined to run at least 5km without stopping and this mantra kicked in - just put one foot forward. And that I did and I managed to complete 6km which is still a minuscule of what I should be running.

In our businesses and simply in our whole life, we can apply this mantra:

Put my question forward - how many times do you sit in a meeting and the most important question hasn't been asked. You have the question in your head and cheat the group by avoiding the consequence of the question.

Put myself forward - whether it's to offer help, volunteer your talent or to be the first follower (aka Dancing Guy video) to support someone achieve their endeavor.

Put my story forward - we know that stories are a powerful way to help people understand the information you're conveying. Ditch the big white screen or the handout and simply tell a story from the heart to get your message across to others.  

Put my idea forward - if you continue to get the same results due to repetitive behaviour its time to put your idea forward - it could make a difference.

Put One Foot Forward - if like me you are keen to live a long healthy life to see your kids and other important folk live a great life then you have to put one foot forward in the direction of exercise, moderation in choices and healthy food. I've not had a coffee for two weeks and I'm surviving!

 What will you put forward? Give it some thought and have meaning & purpose in your drive to keep putting it forward.


Do you set the pace?

Whilst out running this morning I realised we were running at a pace, faster than normal. I kept at this pace for a few kilometers and when I started to loose my stamina I slowed down and my running partner did the same. When we started our sprint intervals, I couldn't keep up; even for the 20 seconds that was required. However, when I took the one time lead, I broke the land record! 

My personality follows me everywhere, even in the early hours. I set the pace, like to be slightly in front and I know as soon as I fall back my 'follower' ability struggles. Thankfully my partner slows down and yells words of encouragement and challenges me!

If you set the pace in your organisation/team, does everyone follow you? How conscious are you of your every move: action, communication, social media comment and behaviour?

To be successful at setting the pace, for example 'asking others for feedback' requires you to be effective at consistently providing feedback - positive and corrective - demonstrating the pace you expect others to follow. 

Set the pace today and watch and listen - check who keeps up with you and those attempting to keep up - they may need some encouragement or maybe you need to change your pace to include them.

You're not out there to win a marathon rather your purpose is to get everyone over the finish line together, feeling good about them self and their contribution.