Wednesday, May 8, 2013

51 Weeks Of Pace: There Are Many Paths

And now- a change of pace, a guest post by Nora Rubinoff, who helps make Successfully Solo a great place for me to work! Enjoy- Barbara

On day three of the 5:30 am fitness boot camp that I'd enrolled in, I collapsed in my office mid-morning. I spent six hours (and goodness knows how many thousands of $) in the ER. My heart and blood are fine, thankfully. The doctor finally ruled it as exhaustion. There is something about getting hit with a 2 x 4 that knocks sense into most of us. It took me being found by my son, collapsed, on the floor in my office, to realize that maybe I'm pushing myself a little too hard. We're all our worst critics, right? I've certainly been my own. Full disclosure - I'm not so tough.

After getting rid of 55 pounds using Medifast (no, this isn't a commercial!) and 8 months of eating that way, I needed a break. I've been a speed walker and stair climber for about a year, but needed to up the ante as I went back to eating "real food." Strength training is something I knew I needed in order to continue to bring my metabolism back from life support. Boot camp seemed like the perfect solution. Time to rethink that decision. I think about how fortunate I am to not be dead, or still in the hospital. It's not worth crossing the finish line bloody and bruised. I’m reminded of the importance of pace, the importance of being kind to yourself first. That's a tough thing for many of us small business owners to remember.

There are many paths to the same destination. Many of us can self start and get ourselves to the finish line, in one state or another. We have a great deal to learn from each other, glancing at our friends and colleagues, on separate paths. Some of us walk parallel paths, some more simple routes, and still others, more strenuous climbs. What is important to learn along the way is that this is not a race, nor is the finish line truly your destination. To succeed,  we must remember that whether we are working at our business, trying to get rid of weight, or pursuing some other important objective, pacing ourselves – monitoring and conserving a bit of energy - will always serve us well.

This is not a race. It is a journey. Planning, forgiving our falls (and then getting back up and moving on), experimenting, changing direction and gleaning energy and inspiration from those around us will keep us in good stead. Pushing yourself beyond your limits might just  make your journey longer and more stressful, as it did mine, this week. Lighten your load by drawing knowledge and inspiration from those around you, and by being gentle with yourself.

Set a pace, and adjust as necessary. Be realistic. It won't make you weaker. It makes you stronger.

At Your Service Cincinnati principal Nora Rubinoff’s core services include online business management, social media management, WordPress support, online reputation management, project management, customer relationship management, customized e-mail marketing campaigns and productivity enhancement. Nora is a Mac and PC specialist. Nora is enthusiastic about architecting solutions that enable clients to make more out of their business day. Nora is a recipient of the Karen S. House Award for Regional Collaboration as well as the Women of Excellence Award, several state and local government proclamations and holds the IVAA EthicsCheck™ certification. Nora is a past board member for IVAA and serves on several community advisory boards.