Have you set your June goals?
Do you have a daily and weekly plan to achieve those goals?
Are you readily aware of the obstacles you may face?
Do you know what resources you may have or need in order to support you?
Remember, when you become absolutely, crystal clear about what you want and how you’re going to get it, you’ll achieve vastly more than the average person.
And that’s exactly why my purpose is to REACH, TEACH & INSPIRE women entrepreneurs.
Every goal I set, every plan I create, every task in my plan helps me reach my business goals and live out my true purpose. To help people reach their goals faster and quicker. I’ve made it a habit and so can you.
But, that’s not what I’m here to TEACH you about today. I’m here to REACH you with a really scary personal story and to TEACH you about the 7 fundamental skills I learned through this experience and INSPIRE you to use them in your business.
Entrepreneur Goes Baywatch Style on Young Ocean Swimmer
Boy, did my life guarding skills ever come in handy a few days ago! Over Memorial Day weekend, my family and I took a vacation to Atlantic Beach – a much needed vacation! In fact, we were there for over a week!
On Friday evening around 5:00, my Mom and I were soaking up the last few rays of sun – our favorite time of day to relax on the beach. We were relaxing, but the ocean waves were churning!! There were white caps all over the place, a strong undertow and current. We weren’t about to go past our ankles for a quick cool off and dip.
We noticed a Mom with three children walk out to the beach, fold out a chair and plop down a bag of towels. The middle child, a 6 year old boy, couldn’t get his shirt and flip flops off fast enough to run out into the water. The tide had gone out so the depth of the water was pretty deceiving. The water was fairly shallow for quite a few yards , but then took a pretty big dip among some awesomely powerful waves.
The little boy was having fun, getting a little too far out there for comfort, while Mom watched after and played with her 2 1/2 year old daughter on the beach, looking for shells. As women do, my Mom and I immediately passed judgment on this poor woman and said, out loud, “What is she thinking letting her child go out that far.” I would never do that”! A few times the sidetracked Mom would look up from baby girl and wave to her 6 year old who was beginning to flirt with danger.
The boy slowly drifted until he was directly in front of us, about 20+ yards away from his family’s little beach setup — and Mom.
I looked to my Mom and said, “I think I’m gonna have to go out there and get that boy.” Finally, the boy hit a spot where the bottom dropped, he clearly lost footing, waves started crashing from three directions on him and he began showing signs of struggle as he gave a weak attempt to freestyle swim back to a safer spot. As a trained lifeguard for 15 years, I knew as soon as he started swimming and bobbing I had to go in. Not only as a lifeguard, but as a human being I knew it was my duty to pull him to safety – and I firmly believed I could do it.
I stood up with my beach cover up on, ran to the edge of the water and shouted out, “Are you okay?” The boy couldn’t answer and probably didn’t hear me, so I made a split decision to go in after him.
I prayed to God to keep me safe, I told myself I was doing the right thing and I jumped in to pull the boy out of the water. Let me rewind….
Prior to jumping in the water, I had planned out in my head, and visualized, exactly how I would enter the water, get to the boy, grab him and pull him to safety.
Upon reaching the struggling boy, I could feel the current and undertow pulling at me as I dug my feet into the sand below and leaned forward to put my weight against the tough water. I picked up the visibly shaken boy and carried him to his mother – who was actually a bit defensive at first. She later ran over to apologize once her son told her he was in fact in danger and afraid.
So, how does this story relate to your success in business?
Let me share.
1. Know Your Purpose. As soon as the boy went out to the water, I instinctively knew I would rescue him a few minutes later. I watched the water, felt the direction of the wind and payed attention to the mother whose attention were on her 2 1/2 year old, and rightly so.
2. Plan. Before the boy reached a point of evident danger, I had already planned my every move, from jumping out of my chair to dropping him off to his Mom. I also had a clear picture of what those steps looked like.
3. Preparation. I had lifeguard training so I knew exactly how to execute the rescue, let alone be able to identify a struggling swimmer. As a result, I was confident in my ability to execute.
4. Decide. I made a split decision to rescue the boy. If I had waited 30 seconds longer, I would not have been strong enough to pull him to safety against mother nature.
5. Faith. I listed to my gut, that inner voice, who told me, before the boy ever got into trouble that I’d be rescuing him – no joke. I was not nervous, I was not scared. I had a job to do and I did it. I knew it was the right thing to do, I knew I was on the beach in that moment to carry out the rescue. I said a short prayer for God to take care of me.
6. Observe and Listen. My purpose was to save a struggling swimmer. I knew this based on the 5 points made above. I also observed what was taking place and listened to nature – who always has the answers.
7. Attitude. I politely dropped off the boy to his Mom and said, “I’m a lifeguard and that’s what I’m here for”, and returned to my seat on the beach. I didn’t tell her that she wasn’t watching her child and that I had spent the last 10 minutes plotting out how I was going to rescue him while she looked for shells.
My point – take every life experience and reflect on it. What is it showing you about how you must run your business in order to succeed beyond the average person. There were approximately 10 “average” people within rescuing distance of this 6 year old. I saved him while the other 9 had no idea what was going on.
You don’t have to worry so much about your competition, making the sale or earning more money – focus on your purpose and let it drive your every move.