Trust the Process
While many of you could probably care less about running, I'm going to make this relevant beyond that. Today I achieved something that I have not achieved for a very long time. I ran 7 miles at a 10:45/mi pace. Now, that might not seem like a big deal (or very fast), but first, I biked for an hour and half before I went running and second, the last time I ran that far even close to that fast was 2013 when I ran the first 10 miles of a half marathon under a 10:30 pace.
This whole thing is surprising to me because apparently you are supposed to run slower after you bike (leg turnover) and I've been hanging out around the 11:00-12:00/mi pace for most of my long runs. Now, that either means that I'm faster than I think I am or I'm am going to be an amazing triathlete. I'm thinking it's most likely the first possibility.
Also, I'm not supposed to care about how fast I'm running or biking or swimming right now, because that doesn't really matter. BUT coming from a running background it's REALLY hard not to get caught up in the numbers (I also swam 1500 meters in 47:00 this week which is a record for me).
How is this applicable if you aren't a runner? It's about learning to get out of your own way and trust the process. I've never been very good at this because I like to see immediate results (I'm an instant gratification cleaner too...if it's not visibly dirty, it doesn't get cleaned because that's not very satisfying). A process like training for a race, building your business, and practicing good habits are all a process. It's important to have a plan and follow it. While you are following that plan, focus on the immediate task at hand and try not to get too wrapped up in the bigger picture. You might be surprised at what happens!