Hitting the Wall

When I ran my first marathon, I hit the legendary wall at 20 miles.

I guess no matter how much you prepare for something, until you’ve actually done it, you’re just not sure what to expect. I finished the race, but the last 6 miles were tough. It didn’t help that it was raining.

Just another reminder that in life there are always things we can’t control.

By the time I ran marathon #2 and marathon #3 I knew what to expect, and was able to adjust my training and preparation to avoid hitting the wall. And I actually finished feeling really strong.

When I started my first business back in 1998, I didn’t know what to expect.

I really didn’t know what I was doing, so I just did the best I could. My expectations were pretty realistic as a result. And, no wall encountered, just slow, steady growth.

However, when I started my second business in 2004…

It was an Internet-based business, something I had never done before. I had done a lot of preparation and research. I had hired a coach. I had a plan. And I was ready to knock it out of the park within 6 months so I could generate enough income to close my consulting business, which I was no longer passionate about.


Just as with the first marathon, even though I had prepared and thought I knew what to expect, there were MANY surprises, obstacles, hurdles, mistakes…all the things that go along with setting BIG goals, moving quickly, pushing hard, and wanting something so badly you can taste it.

I remember at one point my husband looking at me and saying, “Anyone else would have given up by now.”

But not me. It’s not in my DNA.

I also knew THE WALL almost always shows up when you’re jumping into something new, with big goals, gusto, passion, high hopes, and determination.

And I knew from my marathon days that the only way to handle THE WALL was to go through it.

So that’s what I did. And I’m glad because that business did reach my goals – it just took a little longer than I originally expected. Looking back, my expectations were pretty unrealistic considering I knew NOTHING about doing business online when I started.

As I have continued to build businesses, the wall shows up less and less.  I know better how to prepare.  I know exactly what to do. And now it works like clock-work, I know what I need to do to hit my goals, and it’s just a matter of doing it.

Have you hit “The Wall” in your business?

Did you start your business with high hopes of making it happen quickly? Working with lots of clients. Making great money. Never having to worry about going back to a job again. Total freedom and flexibility to do WHAT you want WHEN you want.

Maybe things started out okay, but then you got to a certain point, and it just seemed to stall out…You hit “the wall?”

And now you’re frustrated, because you know you have the potential. Problem is, you’re just not sure what to do to get past the wall and on to reaching your goals. And you’re certainly NOT ready or willing to give up. You may even be “toughing it out” like I did in that first marathon, but you’re not having fun.

I remember my parents who were at the finish line of that first marathon taking one look at me and saying something to the effect of “You look like hell” and then being genuinely concerned that I was okay. Maybe you, or your friends or family, are looking at you struggling in your business and saying or wondering the same thing.

The answer to “The Wall”

So how do you get past “the wall”?  In my experience, through experience. Yes, it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg dilemma. But it doesn’t have to be. Because that experience doesn’t have to be YOURS. You can learn from other people’s experience and adopt it, and actually bust through the wall pretty quickly, if you’re determined to.

About Debbie

Debbie worked in marketing for 32 years and ran a successful coaching and consulting business for 19. Now she helps people find greater happiness and success by learning how to Follow Inspiration.

4 comments on “Hitting the Wall

  1. Hi Debbie,
    I think it’s great how you manage to consistantly communicate to other people, what they are already thinking but have no idea what to do about it. I always find you news letters supportive and comforting.
    I’m so glad you never give up as well.
    Kind Regards
    (A fan in the U.K)

  2. Hi Debbie,

    I thought you were writing this post especially for me this week! You are so right about THE WALL showing up when you jump in to something with big goals, gusto and determination! If you are truly passionate about something, you will endure the rough times and understand that there will be obstacles along the path, put there to test your determination, and to make you stronger. There are lots of ways to get over the wall – you just have to WANT to do it! When you get that you will notice that the wall isn’t so insurmountable. Thank You.

  3. Ladies,
    I’m glad the post resonated with you. I was pretty sure I wasn’t the ONLY one encountering the wall. 🙂

    And yes, Kirsty, the key is WANTING to get over the wall and secondly, being willing to. It’s not always easy, but I can tell you it’s ALWAYS worth it.


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