A Dream Plus a Plan…Becomes a Goal: Anthony McCarley’s Inspiring New Documentary
After spending two decades as a senior executive at multiple global corporations, Anthony McCarley took a leap of faith and left the corporate world to focus on successful startups. While working on his first startup, he trained for and completed numerous open water swimming achievements, including completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, achieving the Grand Slam of Open Water Swimming, and completing four Oceans Seven channels. His previous documentary film, RIO, was a finalist for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year and praised for its powerful imagery and inspiring portrayal of his journey during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay.
In this new documentary film, “A Dream Plus a Plan…Becomes a Goal,” he shares his story of fulfilling his boyhood dream to swim the English Channel at the age of 54.
One of the key lessons Anthony shares is the importance of having a clear goal and a well-defined plan. For his swim across the English Channel, he spent years researching, training, and preparing, creating a detailed plan that accounted for every possible scenario. This same approach can be applied to achieving any dream or goal, whether it’s starting a business, writing a book, or running a marathon. By breaking down the goal into smaller, achievable steps and creating a timeline for completion, you can turn your dream into a concrete plan.
Another important lesson Anthony shares is the importance of resilience and persistence. Despite facing numerous setbacks and challenges during his swim across the English Channel, Anthony never gave up. He credits his ability to stay focused and motivated to his years of experience in the corporate world, where he learned the value of perseverance and determination. In the face of obstacles, it’s important to stay committed to your goal and be willing to adapt and adjust your plan as needed.
Prior to the release of his new film, Anthony shared on Facebook:
“One of the key benefits from this tumor-in-the-head challenge is a focus on living life with more urgency. Taking no moment for granted. Over the few years just before COVID, had a heavy load of giving keynotes (mostly in the U.S., but also in Europe). Was very careful not to let the presentation leak into the public. Spurred by tumor-caused awareness of the ever more quickly ticking clock, decided to put a version of it out there. Out here. Who knows when the last day will be. Who knows when the last keynote will happen. Might as well share now. Living with urgency.”
This highlights the importance of living in the present moment and cherishing every second of our lives and how we should strive to make the most of every opportunity we have.
“A Dream Plus a Plan…Becomes a Goal” is a must-watch documentary film for anyone who aspires to achieve their dreams and goals. Through the inspiring story of Anthony McCarley’s journey to swim the English Channel and his transferable lessons from the corporate world to open water swimming, viewers can gain valuable insights and strategies for realizing their own ambitions.
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