As entrepreneurs, we have taken the time to craft a business plan, created standard operating procedures and put in place systems that have helped our companies run more efficiently and with less total effort. Each year, we re-assess how our businesses have performed and, even if the goals were met, we shoot to raise the bar even higher. This is one of the many ways that life as a business owner mirrors the life of an athlete, and, for those of us in the industry, those two lives are not exclusive.
Over the years, my coaches and I have worked with athletes of varying ability and with different goals. Some have been striving to make their sport a profession, while others chose sport to improve their health, increase mental clarity or scratch a much needed competitive itch they have.
Inevitably, goal date or event day arrives whether it is a cycling event, a triathlon or an ultramarathon -- or even the final weigh in for a weight loss goal that they have been striving for. As coaches, much like business leaders, we are continually analyzing data, assessing progress and making adjustments where necessary to end up at the ultimate goal. Once the event has passed, we then assess the effectiveness of an athlete’s training and event day factors. The factors we assess aren’t so different from the ones that we would consider in business.
Implementation - No matter how perfectly a plan is laid, it means absolutely nothing if you do not complete anything on the plan. In training, this can include, but is not limited to, training, recovery, taper, sleep quality, nutrition, hydration and equipment preparation. While completing some of these task could result in successful completion, missing any will likely lead to falling short of your ultimate goal.
Future Opportunities - Even with the clearest insight, it is impossible to foresee all factors that might occur over three months, a year or multiple years of preparation. Using these details over time might help you to find small details that you may not have considered or even realized were possible.
No matter if your goals are related to helping your business improve its performance or if you’re interested in improving your own athletic performance, the critical thinking required for success is very much the same. When you take time to reflect, analyze and recalibrate, you’re sure to reach whatever finish line you’re working toward in life.