It’s a lot easier to coast down a hill than it is to grind your way up – but which is better for you? The answer is; both are not only important but critical to you experience and the outcomes.
When you work out a muscle at the gym – you have to let it recover in order to see some growth. The same is true in business. When you’re biking up a hill you are working out a lot of muscles – some of which you are aware of and many that you are not. When you get to the top of a hill you take a rest and recover. Over the next day or two you are still recovering, and then you do it again. Over time your condition becomes stronger.
My clients set long, medium, and short term goals in such a way as to always be sprinting to the next milestone and resting before they move on. Even better; resting and celebrating – like taking your hands off the wheel and stretching them into the air, in the victory pose, while coasting at the top of a hill.
That power pose while coasting boosts testosterone – the dominance hormone and lowers cortisol – the stress hormone to give you a new sense of power and control over your results.
Getting stronger in business isn’t a marathon – it’s a series of sprints. It’s just as important to know when to dig in and grind it out, as it is to know when to rest and celebrate.
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Development in Kelowna, BC and is a certified values blueprint partner. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.