Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?
Today at the Five Friends Business Summit, I talked about Sir Peter Blake leading Team New Zealand to successive victories in the America’s Cup yacht competition in 1995 and 2000. The key to this success was that Blake focused the team on one question which they asked about every thing that they did. The question was simply this: “Will it make the boat go faster?”
Every thing that they did and every decision that they made had to go through the filter of “Will it make the boat go faster?” This applied to the equipment that they chose, their training regimen, nutrition, crew composition – everything.
The British 8 man rowing team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics adopted the same strategy of “Will it make the boat go faster?” and it drove them to change everything about their strategy and daily activities. They credit this singular focus with their winning of the Gold Medal.
We can all simplify and focus using our version of that question. Look at your daily choices, activities, and decisions and ask yourself your own version of, “Will this make the boat go faster?”
- “Will this get me where I want to go?”
- “Will this help me to create positive relationships?”
- “Will this assist me in reaching my sales goal?
We all have a “boat” that we want to go faster.
Be sure that you are focused on doing those things that will accomplish your goals.