This week I will hit a milestone worth talking about. 600 days ago I set out to walk 10,000 steps a day.
Jared Easley asked me what impact my walking streak has had on my business. At the time, I didn’t have a good answer. I hadn’t thought about it.
Thanks to Jared, I have put together thoughts and observations about the impact walking over 6 million steps in 600 days has had on me.
The most obvious answer is exercise, but it is much bigger than that.
Discipline. The ability to do something you don’t necessarily want to do to get an outcome that is important to you.
Connection. I’ve used the time while walking to talk to other people. If I am not listening to an audiobook, I am on the phone with someone. This has allowed me to keep in contact with people more often than I would otherwise.
Reflection and Anticipation. Daily walks force me to get away and reflect. Some of my toughest problems have been solved on walks. Some of my best ideas of come on walks.
Commitment. Sticking with something for so long, no matter what happens, is powerful.
Outside of the bigger lessons I have learned, here are some more observations.
-You will get a better connection to the place you live if you explore it every day by foot.
-Most people come home from work and sit down and watch television for hours. I see it when I walk by their house.
-It is fun to watch your neighborhood and local parks change during the seasons throughout the year.
-One pair of expensive shoes will last three times as long as cheap shoes.
Hopefully, this episode will inspire you to tie up your shoes and start walking.
A special thank you to Amy Robles for joining me for the interview portion of this episode.