When it feels like ten thousand steps

For the past eight weeks, I’ve been walking 10,000 steps a day. Yes, I’ve missed my goal about eight of the past 40 days, but most days have a minimum of 10K or more. Some days it seems to take no effort. Other days, I look down and it’s like, “Four hundred? I’ve only done 400 steps? I’m NEVER going to make it to ten thousand today!”

But then I start walking. Just 15 minutes. Just start moving one foot in front of the other. By the end of the first week, I had walked the equivalent of a marathon. Recently, I hit 1,000 stories worth of stairs: the equivalent of a skydiver. Today’s log is at 9,341, so I’ve got a few more steps to get in before I “call it a day” well walked.

As I was belaboring my 400 step horror and stamping about the neighborhood in a huff, I turned my thoughts to business and how the metaphor of 10,000 steps works for our small businesses as well. It is so easy to get overwhelmed. Especially, if you are in that “working two jobs diligently phase.” It’s a lot of work. A lot of extra hours. A lot of robbing Peter to pay Paul and then shaking all the cushions out to try to pay Mary her fair share as well.

For you who might just find yourself in a similar place, consider these few things:
1. The discipline to run this small business is not insurmountable if I take it in steady, daily chunks. Walking 10,000 steps a day can be done. Walking 70,000 steps in a day to “catch up” for the week, can not. Honest. It just can’t. Not by normal humans.

2. You don’t have to do it all at once. 15 minutes here. 15 minutes there. 30 minutes at a stretch here… these things all add up and suddenly you find that you’ve accomplished way more than you thought possible when you started the day (whether that was at 7 a.m. or 3 in the afternoon!)

3. Procrastination will kill your business faster than anything. You must MOVE to the next right action and the next one and the next one. You’ve got to have lists and a calendar that you actually use (start with 4 daily things).

4. Once a week, do a mind purge. Write it all down. Make that long list. Just get it out.

5. Once a day, set the “this has to get done” list. How many is on it? More than 10? Not realistic. Priorities, Honey. I said, “HAS” to get done. The HAS list is more like Three items.

6. So, now that you have your “HAS” list, what couple of things can you add as “Bonus”. Those “Bonus'” are your gold stars. They are mental adrenaline and when you hit those, it’s automatically a really good day.

7. Add some movement. You need to get up. Get outside. Move your bones. Clear your head. Sift your thoughts. Listen to birds, and frogs, and crickets. You need the sunshine, and the clouds, and even a little drizzle: you will be better all around for it.

So, have at it! I’ve got an item on my list waiting to be crossed off, but first a quick 700 steps. Yes, I know, I’m procrastinating, but only a wee little bit!

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