This past weekend I completed my first triathlon in a gorgeous area 3 hours north of Toronto. It was an amazing day filled with sunshine and warmth but at times the actual race felt grueling and I wondered how I’d ever get through it.
Throughout parts of the race I often thought about you and how I can use my experience to help you improve your event business and skills.
In triathlons they have ‘transition’ points between each activity so you can put your shoes on and grab your bike. This is a critical part of the race because it’s easy to lose time and get frustrated, which affects your overall race time.
At first it seems simple to go from swimming to getting ready for the bike/run portion of the race, however I made some rookie mistakes that I have learned from. For example, my bathing suit wasn’t suitable for changing quickly and I was in such a rush that I put my shorts on backwards. 🙂
…I ended up losing valuable time in this transition because I hadn’t visualized the steps I’d take as I moved from activity to activity. But I didn’t let that stop me.
The same goes for business and event planning. Often you have to seamlessly transition from one portion of the event to the next, or tackle a business challenge you’ve never experienced before, and sometimes things don’t go as planned.
Unfortunately many people believe that building an event business is easy and it’ll happen quickly, but that’s not always the case. It’s important to have a vision for your business and then create a plan to make that vision a reality.
It’s also important to recognize that your plan won’t always go off as you’d hoped but if you stay the course then you’ll learn from your mistakes and it’ll make you a better event planner and business owner in the future.
The Benefits of Short Term Goal Setting
Goal setting doesn’t have to happen at the beginning of each year, and in fact I took a day last week to create a longer term vision for Event Planning Blueprint and created shorter term goals for the next 90 and 365 days, respectively.
Even if you’ve got goal setting down to a ‘T’, I encourage you to watch today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV, to learn new ways to setting and accomplishing your goals.
In the comments below, let me know how you celebrate your successes and share 3 goals you want to accomplish over the next 90 days.
Thank you so much for sharing your comments, for joining me each week, and for your words of encouragement while I was training for the triathlon.
I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!
P.S. Do you know another event planner who is struggling to accomplish her goals? Share this post with her because it may just be the missing link to her dreams becoming her reality. xo