Last Saturday I completed a 5K Swimathon (that’s 200 lengths!), all by myself, to raise money for Marie Curie.
It was partly to support a Marie Curie nurse I know who’s been raising money for the charity, and also because it’s a cause I really believe in – supporting terminally ill people to be in their own homes at the end of their lives, surrounded by loved ones.
Lots of people get a kick out of running marathons, jumping out of planes and more, challenging themselves and raising money in the process. I don’t do much fundraising of this kind and even though I did a Swimathon a few years ago, I started off with quite some excitement and a lot of trepidation, rather like someone with a new business…
Although full of energy, it’s never that easy at first and it took me a while to get into my stride. After about 50 lengths I got into a good rhythm and it was enjoyable. But once I got to 100 and realised how much more there was to go, I hit a bit of a brick wall – rather like year four or five in business.
You might want to give up, but if you want to succeed and have a sustainable business and income, you just have to keep on going. Same with the Swimathon.
I was swimming alone and it can get lonely, but I had my husband and later a good friend there to give me some apple juice and encouragement, which was great. Rather like having a coach or other form of support in business.
At the end of the day though, you still have to do it yourself – and you just have to keep going, carrying on past the brick walls and enjoying the periods when all goes smoothly.
My Swimathon ended after 200 lengths. And it may be you come to an end point in your business when you want to let it go because the time is right, perhaps selling it or passing it on to your children. It may have been hard at times, it may have taken longer than you thought – but there’s a great sense of achievement knowing that you did it and succeeded. I was so pleased with myself when I did it (in 2 hours and 42 minutes) and managed to raise £815 for Marie Curie.
So if you really want to do something, jump in, splash out and then? Just keep on going.