How To Use the Walk + Run Strategy in Your Career and Turn the Tide in the Rat Race
I recently met with a good friend contemplating a career change.
He is stuck in a mildly profitable position requiring him to make great personal sacrifice in his family and broader life callings. He recognizes, wisely I might add, he needs to course correct before his current position steals away what is so valuable to him.
Many of us have sat in his chair before. We have, at one time or another, found ourselves in the rat race thinking that things will just work out and get better. For most of us, we find great difficulty maintaining our demanding careers with a real commitment to our marriages and families. We make little sacrifices here and there until our loved ones are numb to our absence. After a short season, it hurts less to be vacant and it firmly plants low expectations with our loved ones. What we find at the end of this path may include material wealth but will most likely reap a shattered family, or a distant one at best.
But how do you get off of the rat race without derailing your calling to provide and contribute to the world around you?
Give the walk + run strategy more than a passing glance for starters.
What is the walk + run strategy?
It’s actually quite simple. I learned about it as I started running to get in better shape and "burn" through my love of food instead of blobbing over with it. One of the difficulties with beginning a running regimen is that the strenuous nature of the exercise makes it very difficult to build up and make it a consistent habit. But the walk + run strategy helps bridge the gap. Using it, you walk for a set amount of minutes and run for a set amount of minutes. In the beginning you walk much more than you run. As you progress, you gradually increase the amount of minutes you spend running. Then by the end, you are running continuously.
The same idea can translate to our career path for some people and should be considered. It may also help you start your own side consulting gig or even start a new business (while you are working). Frankly, I have found this "pace" change pays dividends in several callings including marriage, children, and other important areas of focus.
First, will it benefit you?
If you know you need to course correct, the signs are obvious. But there is that nagging question in your mind asking, “if this is not it, what i