(A special excerpt from The Go-To Person’s Guide to Success)
In 1961, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” opened on Broadway. During its run of 1,471 performances, the show won 7 Tony Awards and a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. The play (and subsequent movie) was great, despite the fact that nobody can succeed in business “without really trying.” Success in business (or anything else, for that matter) requires work – hard, focused, disciplined, and committed work. There are no shortcuts to success.
Success requires the proper use of certain knowledge and skills. Without the proper mental foundation, there’s no way your knowledge and skills will be used effectively. I refer to this foundation as “mental toughness.” Why? Because any level of success must be built upon it. Developing mental toughness is a choice.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? We are our single biggest asset, as well as our single biggest challenge. There are a number of factors as to what’s holding you back, but the single answer to start with is you.
My wife Paula and I, and our family want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and the happiest and healthiest New Year. This is that special time of year when we take stock of all of the good and important things in our lives and celebrate them with family and friends.
It’s also a time to remember those who meant so much to us who are still in our hearts and minds, but no longer at our holiday table.
Finally, it’s also that time when we look to the future. Forget making meaningless “resolutions.” Rather, start small – find just one thing you will do on a daily basis that will improve the quality of your life or someone else’s and just work on that. If you can do just that, you will build momentum into the year and far exceed any so-called “resolution” you would have normally given up on by February 1st!
I am blessed with the family I have and the life that God has given me the opportunity to choose to live. My wish for you is for you to choose to live that life that allows you to feel as good and as grateful as I feel.
There will be no Monday Morning Wake Up Call on Dec. 24th or 31st. I want you to spend every available minute celebrating and enjoying your life with those who are most important to you. Your business will be there waiting for you on January 2nd 2019!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Just before he died, renowned playwright George Bernard Shaw was asked to name a famous deceased man whom he missed the most. Shaw replied, “The man I miss the most is the man I could have been.” This was an interesting response from Shaw in his final days.
There is never a good time to question lost opportunities and go through the “would have, should have or could have” analysis. But imagine having to realize what you did not accomplish when you don’t have enough time left to change the outcome! Talk about a “worst case” scenario! So why wait until it is too late? You have the choice to take action now to begin to create the destiny you want.
First, create a description of the future you; how you want others to describe you and how you will create value for others and your company in your future role. Be specific – you want clarity. The clearer you are, the more likely it is that you will achieve your desired outcome.
Secondly, have confidence in your ability to be successful in creating the “you of tomorrow.” Have no doubt or fear. Start acting like that person right now – today. Will you make a mistake here and there? Of course, you always try to “learn from the experience.” Never let anyone talk you out of your dreams or try to hold you back. Remember the Met’s battle cry: “You’ve gotta believe!” Continue reading →
“That’s the way we always do it!” It’s a common phrase that many say. But if you can’t challenge that type of thinking, your organization will disappear into obscurity. Here’s how to change legacy thinking…
Today is Veterans Day. It is that one “official” day (unlike Memorial Day) that has been specifically earmarked for all of us to pay tribute to all American veterans – living or dead – who have served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Continue reading →
The biggest threat to businesses is complacency – that is, we learn to accept and live with the status quo. We allow our status quo to dictate whether or not we’ll succeed. Chris shares how successful entrepreneurs and business owners combat this silent business killer.
You can’t be a productive leader if all you are doing is solving other people’s problems. Learning how to take the “we” out of “we have a problem” and to set new rules for your team will make everyone more productive and efficient at problem-solving. Learn how…