What was the most recent thing you did, completely?
Have you done something today where you saw “the thing” through to the end? Maybe it was a new business idea, a website improvement task, perhaps one of your “to-do list” items, a DIY project or a hobby.
STAY’ing the course is critical for success. Sticking to it (whatever it is) is the difference between success and failure, win or lose, happiness or regret. When it comes to business STAY’ing with “it” is at the core of success.
How do we STAY in business?
A million dollar (or pound) question. Those of us getting through this recession have made a variety of choices all of which, to a greater or lesser extent, have helped us STAY in business. Here are my suggestions for STAY’ing successful in business, from my recent talk at BNI Mayfair and NRG Networks:
I believe we will get through this recession by perseverance. This is defined by sticking with our decisions (good or bad). I think those of us striving for success in business have an ability to get up in the morning, and know each day brings new opportunities. I remember where this determination came from. I was about 7 years old. Swimming training in Africa happened all year round. I’m talking about the 1970s so there were no heated pools. Little Deon would ask his swimming coach to allow him to get out of the pool when it was cold. Little Deon would beg. He was never allowed. I had to STAY in the pool.
Fast forward 35 years and I realise now that Mr Palmer taught me a sense of seeing things through to the end. He taught me about working hard at something, for success. Mr Palmer taught me how to build inner determination. He helped me nurture an inherent ability to do something worthwhile for myself.
Tenacity and Awareness…
Stickability means nothing all on its own. The dictionary meaning of the word tenacity is, amongst other things, “a firmness of purpose”. And awareness means the “ability to perceive”. These two ingredients are crucial for business success. They ensure your stickability is grounded in consciousness. They are a measure of your stickability. They ensure your stickability is NOT blind optimism. I believe these core elements of success are inherent within us. Or at least latent, and if “a Mr. Palmer” comes along (good a mentor/coach) these elements will grow abundantly.
I remember my son when he was 7 months old. Naturally he is the best thing that ever happened to me. When William was learning to grab hold of toys, he would reach for the toy over and over again. He had a firmness of purpose. He was determined to grab the toy, to get hold of it. Coupled with this was his awareness (my interpretation) of his limitations, and the resources available to him. I say this as he would, in some instances, realise he wasn’t able to grab the toy. He would turn to someone around him (me) and look up. Without saying a word (of course he is 7 month old), I knew he wanted me to pick up the toy and give it to him. I suggest to you our own sense of purpose and consciousness is built within us, from our beginning.
Then there are our yahoo moments. At the same time William is grabbing for the toy I see within him an unbridled joy. He possesses an infectious happiness with “the grabbing” process, as well as his yahoo moment, when he has the toy in his hand. Success in business is enjoying the process as well as reaping the reward. The process is the end itself.
I suggest to you business success is having the ability to stick at it, with a tenacious firmness of purpose coupled with an awareness of your resources and your yahoo moments. STAY’ing is business success.