What’s Your Specialty?

business enduranceThe 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 paused.

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.