If you were to take an honest assessment of where your organization, team or business is, would you boldly say that it accurately reflects the level of effort, time and energy you invest?
With the current trajectory, do you see your wildest dreams coming to pass?
John Maxwell pointed out that the organization grows to the next to which the leader grows.
I thought about this after careful self-reflection and observing my surroundings:
- Some people at the gym spend more time on their phones than on the business of running or lifting weights while others push themselves to the limits.
- Soccer stars such as Ronaldo state that once other players leave the training pitch, it is their time to perfect their craft.
- I have seen employees who spend extra hours at work after their day deliverables to learn more about their industry or the organization.
There are overriding reasons why some people faced with similar circumstances, resources and opportunities make it while others fail dismally. Don’t get me wrong, some people are crooks, but here we are talking of all matters being equal. This also tells me that talent is overrated, it takes more to be world-class in what you do than just talent.
I would like to suggest a few pointers that you can rate yourself against to determine if you are indeed giving it your all:
- Self-belief: You must believe that you have what it takes to change your situation. If you see yourself as inferior, your current situation will continue to overwhelm you. Nelson Mandela once said, “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Your journey should be that of self-belief, perseverance, and hard work. Usain Bolt stated that he knew and believed at the age of 15 that he will become an Olympic world champion
- Set standards: Your today must be better than your yesterday. Don’t settle for small stuff. Yes, you will feel down and want to talk yourself out of your dreams but the standard you set for yourself should propel you forward and define the next level. Athletes measure themselves against their last best and they train hard to beat their last measure of performance.
- Focus on value generation: In whatever you do, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff. Make sure that 20% of your efforts produce 80% of your results. The challenge is that most of us go through the day being busy without discernible impact on value-generating activities. Like our friends in the gym, will 80% focus on the cellphone give you six-pack?
- Know your optimal performance time: Related to the above, monitor your energy levels. It is important to align your value-generating activities to the times of the day when you are at your highest peak. Personally, I am more energized in the early hours of the morning, that is when I get most done. This does not mean you do nothing during other times of the day, but it helps to prioritize better.
- Just do it: As Will Rogers said, “don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”. Rather face what you need to do and get it over with. That negative voice will always be there to discourage you. You have to learn to shut it down and just do it. It takes no magic wand to do that – it takes practice.
Remember we build our greatness one day at a time. At the end of each day and week, ask yourself, have I given my all to that which I claim to be important to me.
Tex Hlalele is a Personal Mastery, Leadership & Organisational Effectiveness Specialist. Book Tex to help you and your team gain insights and possibilities for individual learning and organizational advancement on +2764 656 6174 or visit http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html. He is the author of the book, Face the person in the mirror.