Success without stress, the marathon way.

You are a student and you have a lot of exams but you don’t know how to cope with them. Your boss has given you so many things to work on that you can’t see the end of it. You are the boss or a freelancer, a designer, a lawyer and you are responsible for all decisions and tasks and your business and life depends on them.

What if you could manage all this without feeling stressed out?

You can learn from the marathon runners, how this can be achieved.

A marathon is a 42.19 km (26 miles and 285 yards) race. It is exhausting and it’s hard to finish, let alone win. Running a marathon is so hard that, if a runner is thinking during a race about how much he has to run there is a real danger of a heart attack.

Wait, if it’s true, why during the Olympic games we don’t see dead athletes laying all over the place?

The first thing a marathon athlete learns is how to focus. While he is running he focuses on something short, achievable, that is in his sight: the next hill, or the next road turn, or just that tree over there. Once there, the runner sets another near goal, and so on until the finish. He never ever thinks about the end of the race or how much has left.

This is the marathon way and can be applied at school, at work, in business, everywhere. I used it while I was a student and I am still using it today in business. Start applying it and get the stress out of your path to success.

For example, when we build a new app, we divide it into different components which are easier to focus on. Even then when I work on a specific component I further divide it into smaller parts for which I don’t need more than an hour or two to finish. Focusing on them keeps me motivated and at the end of the day I know that I achieved something.

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