"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."
--- J.P. Morgan
Now that 2011 is in full swing, we should probably be fully aware of what we intend to accomplish this year. Of course, we've made plans, goals, resolutions, or whatever you want to call them, to guide us toward our destination. We are keeping track of our progress, right? Perhaps a step back in time to when we would receive progress reports from school might help us to remember the importance of this timely checkup.
For some, it is not that we lack a mental wish list of the things we would like to accomplish in life, either with our business or personal success, but it is the lack of motivation. The something or someone to give us a good swift kick in the pants to get us going.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
--- Dale Carnegie
Some "experts" have predicted that we are out of the labeled recession that began in 2008 and are in the upswing mode in most markets. For some, that reality might not be felt yet. While it is easy to say, "Adapt a more positive mental attitude! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again," actually getting up the momentum can be quite a challenge.
"If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
--- Ray Kroc
While researching the lives of successful business people, writers of biographies have found that the majority of those who made it big always worked from a passion for something. Colonel Sanders wanted to make the best fried chicken. Andrew Carnegie wanted to provide the best in steel. Howard Schultz wanted to bring great coffee to the masses, and on and on it goes down the list of the greats.
Working for providing the best of whatever it is that you provide is the best shortcut to success. Reading updates in your field, teaching others your craft, and vowing to be the best, or at least in the top 10% in your field, are all great techniques that you can use to get to the top.
"I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team."
--- Lee Iacocca
The good news about motivational people is that they are carriers of a contagious bug. When you are on fire and passionate about your work, those around tend to warm up as well. In the 80s book, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Wess Roberts states that when Attila came to the campfire wearing a certain outfit, his followers then began wearing the same. They followed the actions of the leader. So too, your actions are being watched and emulated by your team members.
"Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers."
--- Elizabeth Arden
Get moving this week toward achieving one of your goals. Take positive action in your business and keep repeating those things that work. Once you find your groove, stay in it and keep on truckin'.
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