How many things do we put off until tomorrow or the next day only to find that months or years have passed and we are no further along than the day we first pushed the task to the side?
I’ve always wanted to run. Even when I was in high school, I used to watch our cross-country run team and wish I could participate. What I would give to experience that “runner’s high” that they all talk about. I wanted to lace up my tennis shoes and just enjoy the outdoors – it looked so glamorous! There was only one problem…I hated running.
Every year, I’d start by running on the treadmill a couple of days of the week, wouldn’t be very fast and wouldn’t get very far. It was hard for me to complete one single mile before absolutely losing my breath and having to step off for a break. I hated what running felt like, I hated how flushed my face got after only 10-15 minutes, I hated feeling my wobbly bits jiggle with each strike of my shoes and ultimately, would just quit after a week or two.
I wanted instant gratification. I wanted to be naturally great and each time I tried, I had to come to terms with the fact that if I wanted to be a runner, I was going to have to work hard to get there.
This same need for instant gratification bleeds into many other areas of my life. I wish I could be naturally good at everything I attempted. Unfortunately, I’m really not naturally good at much. It took hard work, dedication and even pushing through frustration to get where I am today.
I think a lot of us believe that we are either good at interviewing or not. The truth is interviewing is also an art that needs to be practiced and perfected. I’m sure there are those few special people that are able to jump into an interview without much preparation and come off pretty suave, but most of us need to take time to prepare.
There are so many aspects to interviewing and it would be foolish to leave any of those up to chance. Why wouldn’t you want to ensure that you stepped to the starting line of a race with hours of preparation under your belt? It’s because we don’t like the process of preparing.
Learn to love the process. The people that I would watch with wind in their hair, jogging for hours at a time did not all start as advanced runners. The people we see that have life figured out have already gone through that specific process and are now advanced in their fields, always improving and reaping the rewards of the level they are currently at.
I’m happy to announce that I stopped procrastinating! I’ve worked my way up to a consistent 4 miles at a 10-minute per mile speed! I’ve even had a small taste of the runner’s high, though I still step off the treadmill with a pretty winded demeanor. I’ll get there, and so will you!