Guess what? Overnight success is a BIG FAT LIE. It is a myth and does not exist! Success only happens when we do the right things consistently over an extended period of time… If you have ever read Jim Collin’s book “Good to Great” he calls this the Flywheel concept. That at first it is extremely difficult to push the lever and get the flywheel moving, but if you keep pushing soon momentum will take over.
I am convinced most people never live their dreams because they don’t have the grit to stay committed to the process. Commitment without a time limit leads to a Dream without a height limit. Most people have great ideas and great dreams, but most people never see those ideas and dreams manifest into reality because they don’t have the resolve to see them through. Dreams and ideas are easy. Everyone has dreams. Yet very few people actually live their dreams. Why? Because very few people are willing to stay consistent long enough to see results. A farmer doesn’t plant seeds and then after a week gets mad because they haven’t sprouted immediately so he ignores them and then goes and plants something else. No he understands it takes time for things to grow and during that process he waters them, fertilizes them, and is constantly removing the weeds so those plants can flourish. We must do that with our dreams, ideas, and our organizations.
Is it hard? You better believe it is hard. You have to hustle in those moments of waiting, you have to have faith, and you must be disciplined to stay committed to the process. Dreams without discipline are just fantasies and too many people are living fantasies when we were intended to turn those dreams into realities.
So how do we stay committed during the process?
1. Know where you want to end up.
It is important to picture what your dream would look like completed. Picture the end result… If the book was completed what would the cover look like, if the storefront was up and running how would it be laid out with all its products, if the website was running how would it function, what would your logo be, how would your week run if you were working your dream Full Time, design the house you want to build, or what is your perfect clothing size? Whatever your dream is start picturing the dream completed so that you have a target in mind.
2. Set Goals.
Goals are meant to be steps that lead to your dreams. Now that you know where you are heading start figuring out your first steps and give yourself a deadline to accomplish them. Create a list of 5 or so goals and give yourself 4 to 8 weeks to accomplish them. When you start attacking your goals in small chunks and in short spurts of time you become less overwhelmed and you naturally create momentum for yourself.
3. Figure out where you need to grow.
There are certain areas you will need to grow in to see your goals accomplished. Be honest with yourself and come up with a few things you need to develop to fulfill your goals you just set for yourself. Maybe you need to develop discipline to stay focused and use your time wisely, maybe you need to recruit a team and you need to work on vision casting, or maybe you need work on being more organized so you can accomplish your tasks with everything else you are working on. Do an honest assessment of yourself every time you set new goals and watch your goals get accomplished and leadership increase.
4. Do NOT Quit.
Just make the commitment now that you are committed to the process. Quiting is NOT an option and you ARE going to stay committed to the process.
Do the right things, the right way, consistently, and watch the growth happen in your organization and your life!