I feel the need to apologize to both of my faithful readers for the lack of “startup-related” posts the last month or so. My original intent when I signed up to be a book review blogger was to write some insightful posts on how the book related to entrepreneurship and fit with my journey, but blogging is hard work!
Anyway, I wanted to write a brief post to break up the mass of book reviews that have and will continue to deface the front page of this blog…
I haven’t blogged about it here, but over the past few months I’ve been training for a triathlon. I actually completed the race last weekend (my first ever race of any sort), and the whole journey taught me quite a bit about goal setting.
First, I was amazed at how much more motivation and focus I gained from actually signing up for the race. Never mind the fact that I had been training for three months — once I mailed in my registration form, suddenly everything I did was going to impact my performance on race day.
I thought about my nutrition, my training, my downtime, my sleep in a whole new way. All of my energy could be focused on one goal, and it was powerful.
It also helped to have a specific day that I was training toward and approaching. It gave all of my workouts much more meaning, knowing that I was doing something to improve my time.
I’ve thought about applying this to my next development sprint with ClimbPoint, though at the moment I’m lacking motivation. I guess I need an inciting incident (the equivalent of a race registration form) to get me started, to move me to identify and start pursuing my next goal.
Which reminds me again how great A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is. Go buy it and read it if you haven’t yet. It’s a quick read.