When I was fourteen, I loved to snowboard. I was so into snowboarding that I hated the summers. I would watch videos of professional snowboarders over and over. One day, I was with my friend, Dan, watching our favorite snowboard video, Shadrach Meshach & Abednego, when he said, “How cool would it be to be sponsored like the guys on this video?”
That was all we needed for the possibilities of going to competitions and living the life of a sponsored snowboarder to start racing through our minds. Unfortunately, it was May, and there was no snow anywhere in the New England area.
But that wasn’t going to break our momentum. We had found our compelling goal and we were committed to taking action toward achieving our dream of becoming sponsored snowboarders. So, unknowingly, we created a concept called “Three Tangible Tasks Today.” On that very day of epiphany, we took three action steps to get us toward that goal. We did the following three things:
- We called a snowboard summer camp out in Mt. Hood Oregon, which is the Mecca of summer snowboarding, where all the best professionals train and you can pay to snowboard on some of the largest jumps and half-pipes in the world. We requested an info pack (this is pre-Internet stuff—ahhh, I’m old!) to get all the info on how to go to one of these snowboard camps.
- We got permission to play on my neighbor’s giant trampoline to practice our flips and spins during the summer so that way we’d be more improved before the snowboard season came.
- We committed to watching these snowboard videos every night so we could model exactly what the professionals were doing in the videos.
We ultimately went to snowboard camp together that July, and we improved more than I ever imagined we would. By the time we went back to snowboard camp the following summer, both Dan and I had become expert snowboarders and were sponsored by a start-up snowboard company that winter. It took us almost two years, but it was possible because we followed through on our Three Tangible Tasks Today. We took action that first day, rather than waiting and letting our enthusiasm fade.
Now look back at one of the three things that make you nauseous. What are Three Tangible Tasks you can do today to get you on the path to your goal? Remember, they have to be objectives—nothing too difficult but something that you can check off a list (think to-do’s). Write them out now and then get to them.