Humans have the potential to be anything they want, becoming stagnant should never be an option. Thankfully my third consecutive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon was definitely not that. I had pushed myself to go beyond my limits and the result was empowering to say the least. The experience was as exhilarating as the ones I’ve had in the past and the run itself was challenging but very gratifying. After you’ve climbed up the ladder for long distance running to a reasonable ability, extracting even a smidgen of improvement in your performance becomes exponentially tougher. Which is why I was thrilled when I cut down two and a half minutes from my previous time. I clocked 1h 44m 01s, my best performance till date. God is Kind!
For me, every triumph is followed by gratitude for all that led me towards achieving what I set out to. In this case, I felt thankful for having a support system that enabled me to put in my time and energy into the marathon. Incidentally Bisleri was one of the sponsors for the marathon & having recently bagged the interior design and build assignment for Bisleri Towers just added on to the gratitude. For the longest time, I have used the Bisleri 250ml bottle for my practice runs. I couldn’t help but smile & feel grateful looking at that little bottle of Bisleri in my hand as it kept me going throughout the race.
Marathons can sometimes turn into networking events for some. But it was amazing to see a lot of people show up, all set to push their boundaries. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I believe there’s no limit on human potential & progress comes naturally when people truly believe in reaching beyond. It is for such individuals who understand the importance of growth that Dan Sullivan’s ideology of seeking progress over perfection comes in play. What this ideology indicates is that perfection is like a horizon, it’s a mental construct that can never be physically reached. Progress on the other hand lets you set the parameters to measure your growth and advancement.
This stands true for my experience with marathons & has also helped me through my journey with JTCPL Designs. Even as a startup, we didn’t just work towards making profits but aimed at progress in our processes, the quality of work and in expanding our capabilities as a team of individuals. I remember an interview where Messi was quoted saying, “It took me 17 years and 114 days to be an overnight success” and I couldn’t agree more. Success shouldn’t be something you dream of, but something you work hard towards.