Settings Goals: the similarities between running a half marathon and business

Laura Heatherly with Nashville’s Mayor Karl Dean. Mayor Dean started a great program called Walk 100 Miles to get people in Nashville moving!

As most of my friends know, I am an avid runner. I enjoy my daily runs as they keep me energized, relieve stress and help me sort out my business goals for the day.

This year, I am planning to run the country music half marathon in Nashville. I took the past two years off from running marathons as I felt I wasn’t focused or in the right frame of mind to go the distance. I’m really fired up about training and meeting the goal of finishing 13 miles without stopping!

Yesterday during my training run, I decided that running is actually similar to business. You set certain goals for yourself to run a certain distance, tackle tough hills, run without stopping and finishing the run.

In my business working for the T.J. Martell Foundation, I set goals for myself. I set my sights on particular projects, create lists of goals for those projects ( such as fundraising, sponsorships, donor outreach, etc. ) and then tackle those goals until I achieve them. Similar to running, there are tough areas in fundraising such as finding new donors and sponsors, keeping focused and meeting the fundraising budgets.

The great achievement that I find when I meet goals whether in running or in business is the personal satisfaction of making life better. My life is much healthier by running as I am more fit, have a great attitude, am a bit less stressed and feel fabulous. In fundraising, I’m helping to give hope and saving lives. These are great goals for 2014.

What a fun night!

Back Row (L to R) Chef Sam Tucker, Chef Bob Waggoner, Sheryl Crow, Gary Allan, Laura Heatherly (CEO, T.J. Martell Foundation), Luke Bryan, Chef Sean Brock
Front Row (L to R) Co-chair Bill Hearn (President, EMI Christian Group), Co-chair Tom Black, Co-chair John Esposito(President & CEO, Warner Music Nashville), Founder Billy Ray Hearn (Founder, EMI Christian Music Group)

Attendees of the 14th Annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner hosted by the T.J. Martell Foundation celebrated a night of exclusive wine and food pairings Monday night, April 29th that benefitted life-saving cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Labs at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The event has raised significant funds over the past 14 years pairing “Best Sellers” (popular chart-topping artists) with “Best Cellars” (some of the top wine collectors in the United States) who shared rare wines from their collections with guests at their tables.

Since the inaugural dinner was created by Nashville wine enthusiast and music executive Billy Ray Hearn in 1999, the Best Cellars Dinner has raised more than $1.65 million to support the foundation’s mission of funding ground-breaking leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet four-course dinner created by Bob Waggoner, Executive Chef of Watermark and Sean Brock, Executive Chef of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston and Husk in Nashville while featuring the world-class wines from the private collectors.  The Tom Black After Party featured performances by Warner Music Nashville Recording Artists Charlie Worsham and Brett Eldredge.

Vince Gill Guest Stars on Nashville!

We loved Vince Gill‘s guest spot on last night’s episode of Nashville on ABC! Did you miss it? We’re excited to honor Vince with the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award at our Honors Gala on March 10th, hosted by Charles Esten who plays Deacon Claybourne on the show and tickets are still available. Click here to buy your tickets today to see Vince and Charles in person!

Charles Esten