A recent Runner’s World article featured interviews with CEO’s of major corporations. These are guys under immense pressure from their responsibilities. The temptation they all have in times past has been to work harder and longer. However, over time they realized they were hitting walls usually in health or sanity. They started doing the counterintuitive thing – they started getting out to run in their already busy schedules.
What did this do for them? It actually gave them more capacity to work and execute. They created some space to gain perspective and let their subconscious mind work on all their collected problems. They gained creative answers in the process. One guy got in the habit of creating lists he wrote down right after his run as new ideas emerged.
I have experienced this in my own life. Sometimes you are so close to the action you can’t see perspective. Your mind accumulates problems and is not synthesizing answers. Furthermore, I lack peace of mind and overall steadiness. I have found I always have time to work out. It pays me back the time I think I have lost in better execution.
Whether it is running, motorcycle riding or pitching horseshoes, elevate your game by making your pastime work for you. Think of it as having double return on your work.