Hope she doesn’t mind me quoting her, but here’s what she wrote: “I think his triathlete training will be a huge asset. Shows he has a lot of energy, drive and commitment. He's not scared to take on a challenge.”
And after she wrote that, I was nodding my head and felt a little swell of pride in my chest (because we should all have realized by now that I’m living vicariously through Kevin). I agreed, and I hope that anyone out there who has publicly announced a dream that makes you a little sick to your stomach, can also relate.
So I started thinking of his training in terms of a job and how that might translate:
- Setting the overall Goal and all those milestones necessary along the way.
- It’s important to have a full understanding of the impact a project/job will have on the overall organization.
- Does it fulfill the corporate MVV (mission, vision and values).
- Create task list and associated milestones to reach goal.
- Regular and consistent checking to ensure that project is moving forward at the correct pace.
- Making sure your project doesn't break the bank, so to speak, and that your goals are met within the resource limits set.
- Ensuring that the milestones are met and making any necessary tweaks along the way to ensure overall success.
- Including those in adjacent or supportive departments within your company (Even though the primary person being managed/supervised is YOURSELF, you also need to look at those indirectly involved who can get in the way of meeting goals (family ;-))
Regardless of whether or not a goal is personal or professional, if there's no passion behind it, then the journey becomes all that more arduous.
Kevin has decided to become his own "champion" and thereby has become our "family champ"! Which I'm not sure where that leaves me....hmm....because another "Trappism" passed down generation after generation is "You're either house champ or house chump"... (I'm learning there is no "gray" when it comes to competition in his family! ha!)