What’s Your Specialty?
The morning of my first ever outdoor training session I ran into an old acquaintance. She’s a delightful woman who hosted a Kids 4 Jesus club at a neighboring parish for her daughter and friends several years ago.
We talked about how we signed up for the training group and our history with triathlons. I mentioned that although this would be my first outdoor triathlon, I had done about 10 indoor triathlons.
She asked my specialty – run, swim, or bike?
I almost said “swim”, but hesitated. I recalled my disappointing swim at the indoor triathlon I competed last month. I learned a new flip turn and completely botched it numerous times, adding an extra minute to my swim time.
It was good I didn’t say, “swim”.
My friend and I shared a lane for the workout. Despite looking not too athletic, she sped past me with her graceful stroke. Apparently, she was a high school swimmer.
Run…no I knew it wasn’t the run. I endure running because I like biking and swimming. I had recently learned a better running form so my knee didn’t hurt.
So was it the bike? I thought it might be, until I recollected our bike time trail in the last training group. I was last to finish, even behind the normally slower girl.
Okay I’m embarrassed, just answer her!
“My specialty is that I can get through all of them.”
She said, “Oh, endurance”, and she pushed off the wall like a sleek dolphin for her first set.
I dialoged with myself during my swim workout.
- Yes, “endurance”.
- That’s right.
- I am mentally tough.
- I finish what I start.
- I am prudent to go at my pace so I complete the race.
- It’s “endurance” and “commitment”.
- Those ARE my specialties!
- I see it through the end.
- When I set my mind to something I am committed.
Aren’t those the exact qualities you need to be a successful mompreneur! It’s
- working smart,
- constantly learning, and
- developing business endurance
that gets you where you want to go.
It’s all good. I’m in the right place.
And by the time I pulled myself out of the pool, I let my shame drizzle down the drain. I stood up, pulled in my abdomen, moved my shoulders back, and proudly head to the showers.
Catholic Mompreneur’s Biz and Life Tip: Put your inadequacies aside and build on your strengths, so you can have the business and family life of your dreams.