Last month, I did the Walk for Memories, to support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto…I do this walk for a few reasons, one is that my late mom had Alzheimer’s, two is it is in January, it is an indoor 2 kilometers walk, it is not that strenuous…in fact my walk to get to the Metro Convention Center, from St. Andrew subway station was maybe just as long!
Pre-walk events at the 2017 Walk for Memories Event:
I also do it to break up the winter blahs, it gets you out, socializing and doing something good in our community!
The walk happened on Saturday January 28th, from 10:30-11:30 with a registration and some festivities ahead of that, that began at 9 am.
When I set out to do the walk back in December, I did a couple of things that I would like to share with you today.
One was I set a goal, a fundraising goal. I had a goal of $500.00…
The key part to the goal was once it was in place, just put it out there and let go. I canvassed everyone I knew, that were good friends or family and work colleagues to donate. Some people in those circles came through and of course others did not, due to personal issues, or perhaps they are “giving fatigued”.
The key is to ask, ask, ask…
But in the end, the goal was surpassed. I had raised $770.00
They key is to have fun with the goal, lose the attachment and maybe, just maybe you have to remind people a few times.
The other key success factor in making good things happen is to have a buddy. I walked with my good friend and colleague, (Bob), he too walked in honour of his mom. He and I walked the walk together, plus we had a friendly fundraising competition between us and we cheered each other on to reach and surpass our goals.
One thing asking people for donations did, was it gets you connected to them differently, you can share your story of the connection you must Alzheimer’s and you can thank those that donate.
The other key success factor is make it fun…make any project, goal, challenge fun.
While on the walk route, I was high fiving the volunteers, having fun with them, engaging…
Plus, I was joking with my walking buddy along the way.
See the goal in mind, have a buddy to help you through it, make it fun, do it with the right intentions, and I promise you that whatever you want to accomplish you will!
So, remember this as I close…to achieve good results, you need to tap into the following recipe for success.
Getting warmed up for the walk at the Walk for Memories Event:
Have an end or goal in mind, keep the focus on not only getting to your goal, but surpassing it!
Be clear on your reason! Be clear on the why or the intention of why you are doing something. When you are clear on your why, and you remember that or remind yourself of that, you will overcome the challenges and obstacles much easier…
Enjoy the process:
Enjoy the journey! Make it fun, lose the emotional attachment and the notion that you must achieve the goal, but let the goal happen…just be in the state of enjoyment, whether it is work, a project, a challenge…seek to enjoy.
Ask for help:
Ask for help…ask for donations, ask for guidance, ask for support…it will make doing the work you need to do a little easier! Or get a buddy, or a team to join you, get that team involved, get an accountability partner to help you through it
For those that do help you, for those that do come along your journey, be sure to thank them. The other key people to thank were the volunteers that helped. One of my good friends was a volunteer, he told me he got up at 4 am to be at the Convention Centre for 7:45 am. It is so important to thank those along your journey, not just the people that donate money, but the people that are involved in your work, project, or challenge…
I say, have an “Attitude of Gratitude”!
When you add these all up, you get “GREAT” results!
Good luck on what it is you want to achieve in the year, days and months ahead!
David is an author, business coach and facilitator and was the former host/producer and creator of the Small Business Big Ideas Show heard weekly for over 9 years. David has taught thousands over the years in both the non-profit and for profit sectors and has coached hundreds of start-ups to make those important first steps. He specializes in teaching the 8 Keys to Success, How I got to Kiss the Stanley Cup and his new keynote called “A breakthrough-through the glass”- how to overcome the fear, plus he leads workshops in sales, marketing, market research, business plans, target marketing and customer service programs.
Note: The picture of the mountain climber was taken from Google Images…it’s purpose is to re-inforce successful thinking and not for commercial gain.