Monthly Archives: June 2007

So much for those lazy days of summer. (At least in this house.)

While I do have two trips planned, I’m in a “get as much done as possible” mode. I’m finishing up a new product I’ll be launching soon (stay tuned for more details, but if you have a web site that isn’t making you money, I think you’ll find this VERY helpful). Also, I’ve got a BIG, top-secret program planned for September. If you’ve been wanting to work with me, but didn’t know if you could afford it, then this program is perfect for you.

On top of that, I’ve landed a bunch of great new clients (if I told you their names, I know you’d recognize them).

So, while I’m excited that business is booming, it’s kind of a bummer I’m not able to kick back the way I did last summer. But it’s my choice. That’s the beauty of being in business for yourself — you can choose when you want to work hard or take a break.

I hope you enjoy today’s article, which is more on the mindset for owning a business.

What Marathons Can Teach You About Your Business Part 2

(You can read Part 1 here: http://www.michelepw.com/blog)

I finished walking my first marathon in San Diego a couple of weeks ago.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

But, it was also an amazing accomplishment.

One thing that struck me while hoofing it toward the finish line was the similarities between running a business and running a marathon (or in my case, walking a marathon). Here are 3 more (you can read the first 2 in Part 1).

3. There is no “should.” When you picture the type of people who do marathons, who do you see? Young, thin, athletic?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

There were people of all shapes and sizes, of all ages (there is an 80-99 year old class by the way) and some with pretty significant disabilities.

And, not only did they finish, but a lot of them beat the pants off of the people who more resembled the stereotypical marathon runner.

So how does this relate to business success? Continue reading

Well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I’m up on MySpace!

Actually, it’s not complete (so don’t go look at my profile quite yet!) When I was in Utah speaking last week, the 16-year-old daughter of my good friend Mary Pat Kavanagh (the director of Utah’s Shared Vision Network) helped me set up my account, add some graphics and get some music on there (the important things you know). If you can possibly find a teenager to help you, believe me it makes a HUGE difference.

My good friend Nancy Marmolejo, the Visibility Coach, has a great book on how business owners and entrepreneurs can use My Space to get leads, clients and cash! It’s a fast, easy read and I highly recommend it:

MichelePW.com/myspace

I’ll let you know when I get my MySpace ready for friends!

What Marathons Can Teach You About Your Business Part 1

I finished walking my first marathon in San Diego a week ago.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

But, it was also an amazing accomplishment.

One thing that struck me while hoofing it toward the finish line was the similarities between running a business and running a marathon (or in my case, walking a marathon). I’ll cover 5 altogether — 2 this week and 3 next.

1. It’s all about the mind. There was a quote posted around 18, 19 miles that said “I run marathons because after mile 20, it’s all about your mind.” Or something like that. (My cognitive skills were fading at that point.)

Basically, what that means is after you’ve walked 20 miles, there’s nothing left. You’re exhausted, your leg muscles are a tangled mass of pain and all you want to do is cry because you STILL have over 6 miles to go. Those are probably the longest 6 miles of your life.

So what keeps you going? Sheer willpower and determination.

You WILL cross that finish line. No matter what. So you keep going. Despite the pain and exhaustion.

This is the same way successful people feel about their businesses. They WILL be a success. No matter what. No matter that they’re feeling frustrated and depressed right now. No matter that they’ve just experienced a huge failure. They still get up and keep going.

And, because of that determination, they do become a success.

But actually it’s more than determination. They WANT to succeed. That’s really what it comes down to.

Think of it this way Continue reading

You’ll all be happy to know I survived the San Diego marathon last Sunday. (At least, I’M happy I finished.) I ended up completing in 7 hours and 4 minutes — definitely no where near the front but there were plenty of people behind me. Approximately 20,000 other brave souls were out there with me pushing their way through the pain to the finish line.

My only real “war wound” is a few blisters the size of watermelons on my feet. I’ve pretty much been limping around this week. But this weekend I was finally able to get out and start exercising again (I’m not good just sitting around).

Musings from the San Diego marathon

Walking the San Diego marathon was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I’m no stranger to long distance walking. I live in the mountains of Arizona and have done a number of strenuous hikes in my life, up and down (and up and down) mountains. I’ve hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon. My longest hike, until this past week, was 17 miles.

And I wasn’t at all prepared for San Diego.

In case you didn’t know, a marathon is 26.2 miles. I’m convinced that the human body wasn’t meant to walk/run much past 20 miles, especially in a racing situation. You have no time to stop, regroup, eat, rest etc. You just have to keep going and going,

Here I am, pretty early in the race (you can tell because I'm smiling)
Let me give you an example of what it’s like.

You’re somewhere between mile 15 and 16. Your legs and feet are throbbing with every step. And you’re starting to get very hungry. So hungry you pass a church with a sign on it that says “water, hot dogs, bathrooms.” And even though you don’t much like hot dogs, at that moment they sound like the most delicious thing in the world. However, you don’t get one because:

1. You’re not sure you can digest a hot dog without stopping to rest
2. You don’t actually see any hot dogs (and this one is actually more important than number 1, because if you HAD seen one, you probably would have chanced eating it and hoping your digestive system could handle it.)

So instead you eat this horrible thing called “Gu” which is basically gloppy sugar. Imagine this disgustingly sweet gushy stuff with the consistency of, well, glop, in your mouth. But not only do you eat it, you squeeze every last bit out of the wrapper because (and this is the worst part) –

You still have over 10 miles left to go.

But it gets much worse. Once you hit mile 20, there’s nothing left. You’re walking on sheer willpower by that time.

Six miles of sheer willpower. Battling through the pain that just gets worse with every step. You’re tired (but not hungry because by that time you’ve had enough sugar in the form of “Gu,” Acceleraid, which is like Gatoraid but tastes far worse, and a couple of Jolly Ranchers from one nice soul by the side of the road). And the only thing keeping you going is the thought you simply CANNOT be one of the ones who don’t finish.

But, there are rewards. Finishing is a reward. Knowing your mind can triumph over even the pain in your body is quite an accomplishment.

But there was another, unexpected reward. The renewal of my faith in the human race.

Many, many people came out to cheer us on. They stood on the side of the road and clapped and cheered. They held up signs “10 miles left to free beer” (you got free beer at the finishing line), “You can do it,” “You’re on your way.” They yelled out encouragement, and even lied on a few occasions. (“Mile 22 is right around the corner” when it’s really a bit farther then that, but at that point you REALLY NEED to hear Mile 22 is right around the corner.)

That's me on the left, my hubby Paul and marathon buddies Steph, Simon and Tara.

They gave us food — Jolly Ranchers, cookies, pretzels. One angel of a family cut up oranges and stood out there and handed them out to us. THEN they had to clean up all the orange rinds that were on the street. If I hadn’t been so tired (and sweaty) I probably would have kissed them.

These people were probably out there 4, 5, 6 hours. They took the time out of their busy lives to encourage and motivate us. And I can’t tell you what a difference that made.

I tried to thank them, but I think I looked more grumpy then anything. (And I’m not sure if I was even coherent at certain points.) So, this is my tribute and thank you to them (and if you’re reading this and you were one of the ones out there cheering on the San Diego marathoners, please know the grumpy-looking woman in the Bryce Canyon hat was REALLY grateful for your presence even if she didn’t look like she was.)

As humans, if we can still take time out of our lives to cheer on other people as they strive to reach their goals, and those goals have nothing to do with us, then there’s hope for us yet.