4/27/12 Update

Even though I continue with my break from running this week, I am still learning some good lessons I hope will eventually pay off in my running. I guess spending time at Disney World one-on-one with a seven year-old might do that.
#1. Keep it simple. The first lesson came from yesterday deciding what parks to go to and what rides to ride. His decision-making was quite simple, go with what makes sense and seems right. Hungry? Find the nearest food and take a break. Thirsty? Find the nearest bottle of water. Hot? Go to a park with a water ride (or better yet, take a break from the parks and go swimming). Many times I think we try to plan or analyze too much, but Grant reminded me that many times accepting the obvious answer beats a whole lot of over thinking. Whether in business or running, I know I could benefit from taking a step back for a different perspective.
#2. Have fun. I know this seems pretty basic, but we often overlook what brings joy to either ourselves or those close to us. It was obvious that Grant had ideas in his head of what would be fun and he went for it. After the basics were taken care of (#1 above), he moved on to the next level. Work has recently contained information about playing to your strengths – taking advantage of natural ability and performing the tasks you most enjoy. Running can also be connected. Run routes you enjoy – whether that’s the scenery or company of others. Take advantage of what comes naturally and it seems so much less like a task.
#3. Don’t replace one-on-one time. Spending one-on-one time is great to get to know someone, even if you already know them. Spending time with Grant in an environment that encourages all to be kids was a great way to reconnect with him. As pointed out above, his likes and dislikes were obvious in a atmosphere in which he was comfortable. And spending time just with each other totally removed any group dynamics which may hinder such expression. I feel this is true for adults as well. Whether it’s leisure time, business travel or a run, spending time individually helps to know that person better.
I hope to remember these lessons that Grant pointed out so well.

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