Jack Welch, the famous CEO of General Electric, once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own and live the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion through effective execution.” If you thought those were just “words”, when Welch retired in September 2000 and GE had a $402 billion market value.
Today GE – after going through several Welch relationships – has a market value of around $100 billion. They are a mere shadow of the Welch era.
Learning point #1: Regardless of the size or scope of your business, do you have a clear vision and are you “seriously” passionate and committed to making it a reality?
Jack Canfield, made famous by his Chicken Soup for the Soul book wrote in his other book, The Success Principles, that “Successful people do things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do. They don’t necessarily enjoy doing them, but they go ahead and do them anyway.” Many of you have heard me use a definition of self-discipline written by William Huxley in the 1800s. He described self-discipline as “Doing what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, even though you may not feel like doing it.” This definition is more important today when you consider all of the distractions and demands on our time that we deal with every day.
Learning point #2: Do your self-discipline skills need some strengthening for you to get the things you need to get done even though you may not enjoy doing them? Many of you also heard me say that self-improvement requires change and that change makes you uncomfortable, but nonetheless to succeed and grow you must embrace change and push yourself to be comfortable with it.
Finally, I have periodically shared with you my concept of the “7 inches between your ears” and the need to work diligently in clearing out the clutter so that there is room for the right stuff to take hold.
To be a success you must eliminate some of your old habits to make room for new skills and habits that are required to help you effectively execute passionately on your vision. Even though spring only comes once a year, cleaning out the clutter between those 7 inches is something you should be doing regularly so that your ability to grow is not hampered or slowed.