Biz Tip Thursday: Your Business is Like Running a Marathon
Sep 28, 2022
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Biz Tip Thursday: Your Business is Like Running a Marathon.
Hey girl, welcome to the purpose and pixie dust podcast. The podcast where we dive deep into our passions, our purpose and really unlock our potential with some pixie dust thrown in. What is pixie dust? You might ask, it's the fun and joy that gets unlocked when you're creating and owning your magic. I'm Lindsay Dollinger, dog, mama, Disney lover and high school spanish teacher who has used my magic to grow businesses while also working full time. I'm on a mission to help other women create and own your magic by building not only the business of your dreams, but also the life of your dreams while still juggling life, your full time job and all the things. So if you want more than this provincial life, let's use our glass slippers to break those glass ceilings and Sprinkle lots of pixie dust into our lives and businesses, Let's do this. Hello, Hello, welcome back to the purpose and pixie dust podcast, lindsey Dollinger. Here I am out walking Bella for this biz tip thursday, so if you hear crunching gravel instead of the normal asphalt driving in the background, that is why you might also hear, I feel like crickets, I don't know if they're crickets, frogs. Um I live out in the country um which is so funny last night, so long story short, my dog has some G. I. Issues, so we give her something that's like basically like dog pepto bismol an hour before she eats. Well, I get up at five to go to work, which means I get up at four to give her this medicine and my body now that I've gone back to school is just kind of naturally getting up anywhere from 2 to 4 in the morning and I let the dog out, give her her medicine and then we'll go back to bed for a couple hours, which I know is not optimal for my sleep, but I go to bed as early as I can, you know what I'm gonna do. But so anyway, I let my dog out last night, I think it was about 3 30 the frogs and I don't know what other kind of animals were so loud. It was almost deafening. Like I could hardly like, I'm sure my dog could barely hear me when I was like, okay, go potty. You know, like it was just, it was, I can't even describe it on here. But anyway, that's not why you popped out here today. So I wanted to share with you how my marathon training is going and how this is so much like my journey with business and it's probably very similar to your journey in business to maybe not, maybe you just kind of have taken off without any setbacks and I would say I'm jealous of you. But Also I feel like every setback that I've had is a learning experience. So I don't even know if I call them setbacks because I'm one of those people who, my mom and dad always told me everything happens for a reason, everything happens for a reason. And I do believe that like 99% of the time. Um do I believe things like my mom Had was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer when I was 10? No, like, I don't think that happened for a reason. Um I don't believe she died when I was 27 for a reason either. Um so I'm not, you know, to that extreme, but I do believe a lot of lessons that we learn in life and a lot of things that happen in our lives do happen for a reason, because there are lessons from them and am I very much shaped from that experience with my mom, 100% like my life would be 100% different if I didn't have that experience with my mom. So um anyway, also not why I wanted to come on here and talk to you, but the marathon training. So you guys know or maybe you don't, if this is your first episode or you don't follow me on social, which you should, let's connect, find me on, I. G get in this group on Facebook where we can chat the pixie dust or Yeah, the purpose and pixie dust podcast listener community is the Facebook group. It's free hop in there. Um but anyway, I am shining for my very first marathon and of course it's the Walt Disney World Marathon on January eight And this is something that has been on my bucket list or at least in the back of my mind since I ran my first half marathon in 2013. Um, and it's so interesting when I signed up for that half marathon in 2013, I was in a really interesting spot in my life. Um, I have never been a runner, like I was that girl in gym class who, I don't even know why I thought I could never run. I was chubby and, and well, I guess like middle school, I, I was the tallest girl in my class until fourth grade. I was tall and slender and then I didn't grow taller after fourth grade, I'm five ft three. Um, and then, so I just kind of grew out. So there you go. There's your mental image of me in middle school, definitely awkward. Um, I was a cheerleader though, which I have my stories about that too, but we'll save those for a different day. And so I don't know if it just was because of like poor body image or because I wasn't in any sports other than cheerleading and we never really did running that I just had this idea in my mind that I couldn't run. So I was a girl who walked, hey girl, I'm popping in here really quickly to tell you about a company that I have found that I'm obsessed with gut personal. It is a female founded and owned all the products are FDA tested and improved and the female founder was a registered diet. Well is a registered dietitian with years of experience healing women's gut symptoms and improving our gut health. Um I love that. It is female founded, funded and staffed and it is the first personalized supplements allowing you to create a customized protocol to address your symptoms, support your healing and optimize your gut health. I personally took the test online and there's a free quiz. 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You can also just go to their website and then type in code LindsayD at check out. Um, and that's L I N D S A Y so that you can get that percentage off. So check it out. Let me know what your quiz says what you ordered. Take a screenshot share with me. I'd love to talk to you about it and I hope you love the products as much as I do the mile run in gym class. You guys know, maybe maybe you're that girl too. I just never tried because I didn't have that belief in myself. Um and I kind of remember maybe my mom also being like, you know, I walked into, it's fine. I know she was just trying to help me, but I'm like, I wonder if I would have really liked it if I had tried. But anyway, so I was never a runner and My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 went through treatment was in remission for about four years and then it came back and it never went away. So we were out west on a family vacation. It was our last big family vacation before my mom got really sick. So this would have been probably July ish june June july 2013. We were in the South Dakota's Black hills and it was her favorite place. We went there twice. We went once when I was younger and then once in 2013 we drove it from Ohio. The worst tribe effort highly do not recommend. But I did it for my mom. She wanted to go, we went, we had a great time and while I was out there, I know, I think this is what happened, I think I saw a Facebook post for breast cancer um like the Susan B Coleman which is really active here in Columbus. They were putting together a team to fundraise for the columbus half marathon at this point I had run 15 K in my life and I say run very loosely. I probably walked in, let's be honest, that was our breast cancer, our local breast cancer walk. And I did a four and it was, it was either four K. Or four mile, I don't remember which beer run, where, where they gave you beer as at the water stations also and it was like august here in Ohio. Um also do not recommend. That sounded really fun. We dressed up into two. It was like we had a good time, but also like, you know, so anyway, that's what I had done at that point and I was like I'm gonna do this half marathon and of course my mom and she's always looked after me. I have had some health issues also, lung issues. I was born premature and one of my lungs was not developed. So I am very susceptible to pneumonia had it three times and been really, really sick in the ICU and I did breathing treatments. I also have um exercise induced asthma. So my mom is like, oh, like, I don't know, like we just want you to be safe, whatever. I'm like, you know what, I'm gonna sign up, I'm gonna train and if something happens, like I know my body, even though I do like to push it as far as I can. Oh, there's a dog walking down the road with people, so my dog's probably gonna bark, just fyi um So I'm gonna turn around and go the other way to try to be sly, but I'm like, you know what? I know my body and although I will push myself because I'm a very determined individual. You know, if something happens and I can't run it, I just, I won't run it, but I'll go ahead and sign up off Andres, you know, we'll do it, we'll do. And I did that. And I texted my best friend at the time were no longer we're no longer besties, you'll probably tell by this interaction that I'm gonna share. But I was like, oh my gosh, I just signed up for this half marathon in october I'm so excited. Like you better get up and be there with your your signs because I had seen on facebook the year before. One of our mutual friends had run it and she went down, her and her husband and they made these signs and her response back to me was um, there's no way you're gonna be able to finish, Why would you even sign up for that? L. O. L. And I, I just, I just remember this moment and I sat there looking at my phone in this hotel room in South Dakota and I'm supposed to be having this, you know, I mean, I know now last big vacation with my mom, but I knew that it would be one of the last for sure and it's like, first of all, like ruined my mood was so excited. I was like, you know what she said, I couldn't do it. Like maybe maybe you guys are right, like I shouldn't have done this, why did I do this? And then of course my mom's like, well, yes, you can. You know, so, and she's like, she's, you know, why do you even hang out with her? Why do you hang out with people who bring you down and like, we've been friends for so long. So that's another story for another day. Um but that's how I signed up for my first half marathon because there was something in my heart, pulling me to it and wanted to do it and I wasn't going to let anyone else, their negativity what they thought of me pull me down. So I I found a training plan, I talked to my friend in Chicago who was super supportive of literally everything that I do. We met in grad school. So I'm a message her because she's done half, I think she had done a full by that point. And so she gave me a name of Hal Higdon. He does running programs and yeah, I mean the rest is history. I followed that plan to a t I ran that half marathon. I got through it. I actually had a friend from college flying, she did it with me was kind of like a cheerleader for me. She runs marathons. She wanted to go so much faster than I did and my girlfriend, you can go if you want, but like slow and steady, slow, slow and steady wins the race for me. So that's what we did. And that was my first experience with a half marathon and That's very much well and I've run six since then and I also say that pretty loosely because there's another dog because I take walking breaks and everyone has been different. I've run the columbus one Four times. I have done the Disney Princess one twice and you know, every race is different. Every race training plan is different, but at the end of the day, what matters is I show up with a good attitude with a good mindset, prepared for that day's race and know that I did my best or look back and be like, okay, next time if there is a next time I know that I really have to do X, y Z. To train, better to prepare, better to feel my body better, And that's 100% has been my, my um journey with business the same way, like we have a plan, we create a plan, and are there days we don't show up to that plan because we're sick, yep, are there days where you do the things even when you don't want to, yep, like right now I'm out walking because I need to get in four miles whether it's a walk or run. So my little booty is out here walking and doing this because I got to do both of the things are there days where we have to choose which priority takes precedent for that day, because maybe we haven't planned well, or like today in my instance, my allergies are really bad, my throat's getting scratchy, so I don't really feel like the run and I don't want to push my body too much because I know in two days I have a six mile run and I want to feel really good for that six mile run versus getting in a, you know, so, so run walk today at four miles, does that make sense? So really prepping ourselves the best way we can and so fast forward to my marathon journey after that first race when I crossed that finish line, there's just something about the endorphins that get flowing during running and there's something about training for a race of miles that like, I know some people say that they don't train and they go out there and run it 110%. I could not do that, I could, I just know that about my body. I could not because I'm not, I never run unless I'm training for a race. And so my muscles just are not strong enough. And so think about those things in your business that you're not there yet. You're not at that level yet. But you need to train your skills every day by being consistent by showing up because you can't go out and run a 13 mile or a 26 mile race if you haven't put in the training up until then, if you haven't slowly added miles. Because here's the thing guys, if if you add miles too quick, you hurt yourself. And this is actually what I did. Um when was it then? In July. So I started like a pre-marathon training program because there are not really any couch to marathon drinking programs. It's like you have to be already to the physical point of being able to run. Gosh, at least three miles without stopping the one I'm following is at least six and it actually technically starts this weekend. So I have been training up until this point. I'm like, this is like your pre work, like this is like getting, you know, and in that time period I joined a Facebook group that was following another plan and they added miles on a little bit quicker than I'm used to because I have followed this Hal Higdon plan. Well, I followed him for the half marathon six times, so I'm like, and it works. So I'm like, okay, if that, if this plan works for that, I'm gonna follow his marathon plan to. But then there's this other guy, his name is, Jeff, Jeff Galloway, he is the one that run Disney recommends and he has you running not as many miles, but like through the week to build up, but making pretty big jumps on your long runs on the weekend, which would be okay if I were a consistent runner, but I'm not so I'm like, I need this more gradual. So that's something else to think about in your business. Do you need the baby step approach or are you able to take bigger leaps and bounds in your business? Just rip the band aid off and do something and just start adding it in to your daily habits or is that going to overwhelm you like in my race? Is that gonna hurt me, which it did. So I missed the first couple of weeks in june of the training program that I said builds pretty quickly. I missed that because I was on my cruise and I'm sorry, I'm not about, I did, I did bring workout clothes and my shoes for the intention of going to the workout room on the cruise ship. Let's be real. That did not happen. I'm like, I'm on this Disney cruise ship in Alaska. My butt is sleeping in and getting the room service like what? No, So I did not work out then at all besides my walking around the cruise ship and the ports. Um, so when I got home, I started in anyway, long story short, my knees got really inflamed, really painful to the point where I'm like, I did a run before we went on vacation the beginning of august to Virginia beach and I was literally like wincing in pain. So I'm like, okay, this is not, this is not okay. So I took off, I did bring clothes with me on that vacation to, to go before a run, never did took off ended up. I got bronchitis. Anyway, this was just my body and the university like you need to stop. So I took off a good solid three weeks of that training plan jumped back in and I have been modifying things until this week, This week I'm like, okay, I get to get back to the plan and to get my miles in one way or another, right? We can do that in our business to like if you are feeling like your body is literally telling you, you need to take a break, like you are getting sick or you are exhausted, you have other things happening in your life, it's okay to take a break, but we have to have that determination to get back in the game, like get, you know, get our head back in the right place, use the time that you are away from your business to really kind of figure things out, set up a good schedule and a plan and jump right in and follow the plan. Make the plan, follow the plan. I know it's not like I'm doing these marathon training's and not doing anything extra to educate myself. Like no, like I'm in this rundisney group, they have a podcast, they do zoom um like community check ins which I think is freaking awesome. They post accountability posts, like we get to have, you know, find, find the things that are going to support you on your journey. So in your business, you know, I have a brand new accountability group open, opening up um we're getting started the Day after Labor Day, so super soon get in that group for that accountability if you need some coaching reach out, I have coaching packages up right now, literally right this second that you could sign up for and start getting the coaching and the clarity that you need to take your business to the next level, like I do not run these what seem like impossible miles without a plan without training without knowing exactly what I need to do, how I need to fuel my body. I buy the shoes, I just bought new shoes last week. Guys, these are $200 shoes. I'm not even kidding you, I ran with them on for the first time. Um Tuesday, I was like, these shoes better be gold actually were super nice. So hopefully worth the money. Um you know, I buy like the proper nutrition running like when you're running that much, if you don't know, you have to supplement as you run. So they have like gel packs and gooey things and all sorts of stuff. So I just went and bought a bunch of those to try out different ones to see how my body reacts during my training runs. But like all of these things right now, this is your, you know, your trial run, this is you working through your blueprint, this is you getting ready for your game day for your race day, but you have to put in the work and you have to be okay with life happening. Making those choices which is a priority and investing in yourself, investing in those things. That's gonna make your run your business easier, safer, safer, run wise, Hopefully your business safe. But you guys, hopefully get what I'm saying when I'm putting down. So reach out to me if I can support you in any way, the ways that you can work with me, I have emailed them out a few times, but the doors for our the accountability group are closing on Tuesday because we're getting started on Tuesday. Um and if I have spots open for the V. I. P. Strategy calls, I don't know right at this moment if I do just because I'm taking this in advance, um but if I do, they will be linked in this podcast episode down at the bottom as well. Let's work together. Let's do this. Let me be your coach, let me be your trainer even bigger on a bigger one on one level and let's get the issue done. So go out there girl, creating on your magic. We'll talk soon. And that's a wrap on today's episode. I hope you're leaving today inspired princess to create own and spread your magic to the world. If you found by you in this episode or no, a girlfriend who needs to hear it, would you screenshot it and send it to her and if you're feeling really generous, pop it up on your I. G stories and tag me at Lindsay Dollinger so I can see you loved it and tell you. Thank you. I appreciate you. Now let's go do some amazing things. Bye bye
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