Am I Having Fun Yet?
Yesterday a friend and fellow business owner emailed me and asked me for the job description for my Chief Operating Officer (COO). Â I emailed him the following:
A very simple one.
- Protect my family/life from the business.
- Run everything
The COO is evaluated on the three P’s:
- People (staff/guests)
- Product (Quality)
- Pesos (Sales/Money/Labor/Costs)
His response? Â “Well shoot. Â Something so simple couldn’t possibly work.” Â Insert emoticon for sarcasm (we really need one!).
My triathlon training reflects my business philosophy.
- Have a plan
- Work the plan
Evaluation is equally simple:
- Am I a faster swimmer/cyclist/runner
- Are my race performances improving
- Am I healthy
There was a point in the last year when I stopped having fun. Â The training was hard, the expectations were high and the progress seemed slow. Â Despite the difficulty, I kept the faith that every hard day was a step closer to my goal. Â I knew one day the feeling of fun would return.
Two weeks after Ironman Louisville I have found my fun. Â The race exceeded my expectations and the pressure valve has released. Â Although I did not get my Kona slot, I am happy that the goal is within reach. Â I understand on a deeper level the work and it’s connection to my dreams.
Something so simple can work…