Back in February, Seth wrote a post entitled “Sprint!” in his blog:
The best way to overcome your fear of creativity, brainstorming, intelligent risk taking or navigating a tricky situation might be to sprint.
When we sprint, all the internal dialogue falls away and we just go as fast as we possibly can. When you’re sprinting you don’t feel that sore knee and you don’t worry that the ground isn’t perfectly level. You just run.
You can’t sprint forever. That’s what makes it sprinting. The brevity of the event is a key part of why it works.
A beautiful metaphor is one that just *works*. And this one does: I am not a sprinter, I’m a marathoner. Slow, focused, resistant to deviating off course. I don’t like the pain or discomfort of testing my limits.
What? No, I’m not talking about running, either.
Certainly when it’s necessary I can buckle down and hammer out what needs to be done. But I dread every moment, and no heart or gut-wrenching effort leaves me with the satisfaction of something that I’ve carefully planned for.
You can’t sprint every day but it’s probably a good idea to sprint regularly.
Sadly, this is what it takes to be great. Moving out of the comfort zone. The one big difference? With running, sprinting regularly makes it easier over time, you are actually training. I think that may be where the metaphor breaks down. I’m not so sure it ever gets ‘easy’ off the track.