SerenDestiny #25: How Can We Create Velocity So We Achieve our Goals?

Today, I’m featuring a guest blog from Matt Leedham, who is co-founder of Velocity Consulting and who writes a weekly TGIF blog (This Goal Is Finished).

In addition to being a Director of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization), Matt is a specialist at helping people identify and achieve meaningful goals – no matter what. He believes the ability to create and maintain velocity is one of the keys to a rewarding life – and I agree.

Here’s that interview I did with Matt – which describes soemthing that helped me tap back into some SerenDestiny. And please check out Matt’s work at http://www.VelocityGoals.com

TGIF: This Goal is Finished Interview of Sam Horn by Matt Leedham . . . http://www.VelocityGoals.com

Our Achiever this week is the amazing Sam Horn. A six-time published author, public speaker, and a business dynamo, Sam is also an enthusiastic giver and a warm friend. Having met Sam personally, if you have a chance to see her speak or an opportunity to read her books, TAKE IT. Without further ado, Sam Horn!

What’s a TGIF for You?

In 2009, I made a commitment to compete in and complete the Waikiki Rough Water Swim. This is a 2.35 mile swim in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean along Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

What motivated you to do that?

I’m reminded of two quotes:

Johnny Depp – “Nobody wants to go out mid-sentence.”

Frank Sinatra – “You gotta live every day like it’s your last because one day you’ll be right.”

It’s amazing how we can lose velocity in our life and get caught up in commitments and responsibilities. Swimming once defined me. But this thing that I loved so much got lost in the midst of my busy life as a business owner who’s often on the road speaking. I chose this goal because of something I saw one morning in my home town of Reston, VA.

I live on a lovely lake, and every Memorial Day Weekend, we host a national open water swimming competition. From my porch, I could see the swimmers gathering near the starting line. The different age groups wore colored swim caps that indicated their age group and predicted finishing time.

BANG!

The starter’s pistol fires and the first group jumps in the lake – a group of young, athletic swimmers competing to win.

BANG!

The second group dives into the water – this time a group that is a few years older or not quite as fast.

This continued a number of times until the last group entered the race.

BANG!

The 80 and above age group jumped in and cut through the water. I thought to myself, “80 year olds?! What am I doing sitting on my porch?”

Why Did You Care About This?

What many people don’t know about me is that I used to swim competitively in college. In fact, I studied and majored in Recreation Administration, and paid my way through college by running recreation programs and coaching tennis and swim teams. I lived in Hawaii for 17 years and was in the ocean at least 4 times per week. Swimming was a big part of my life.

When you see 80-somethings out there being physically active, it reminds you of your own mortality. Not in a morbid way but in an “Am I taking advantage of my freedom and health or taking it for granted and wasting it?” kind of way.

Why Did You Select a Swimming Goal?

I realized there were no barriers to entry to getting back into swimming. It’s not hard on your knees. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or how out-of-shape you are. No expensive equipment. No excuses. Anyone can do it anytime they want.

What’s The Best Thing You Did to Kick-start That Goal?

Committing to a public event, race or competition and putting it on your calendar is the best way to get out of inertia and into motion.

Once you’ve literally and figuratively “signed up” and “paid up”, you’ve emotionally “signed on.” The goal becomes a given. Now, all you have to do is figure out how to reverse engineer from there how you plan to achieve it.

The best intentions of getting back into something you love (or starting something new) can fall by the wayside when dealing with the daily pressures of an obligation-packed life. Unless you have something tangible on your calendar you’re working towards that helps hold you accountable.

The Japanese have a strategic planning process known as Hoshin Kanri (which is literally translated to “shining metal, pointing direction” – or in other words, a compass). Part of the theory is that if you start with a problem and try to fix it, your mind will always remain focused on the problem which is a way of anchoring you in what was wrong.

But if you think of perfection (the future) vs. the problem (the past), you stay focused on your outcome, which means it’s no longer in question or in doubt. It’s assumed. Instead of getting distracted or detoured by daily “Should I – Shouldn’t I?” decisions, you’ve made up your mind to do this – all you have to do is stay on track.

Want to know . . . the rest of the story?

Visit http://www.VelocityGoals.com . . . and enjoy what happened next and enjoy finding out more about Matt Leedham’s valuable work.

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