Whether you attribute it to Joe Louis, Loretta Lynne, or simply “unknown”, this is a favorite quote that I picked up along the way… “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.” We as people know the right thing to say – we hear it all the time. We as professionals know the right things to do to achieve grandiose goals, but are we truly willing to commit, sacrifice, and behave that way?
Success is Earned
People are always questioning and analyzing how they can grow and find success in their companies. The answer is simple. It all comes down to focus, discipline, sacrifice, and hard work.
It’s All About Execution
While we all might wish there was a shortcut to success, whether it be in weight loss, relationships, or anything else in our lives that requires a lot of work, the reality is that we will only get positive results on things we truly focus on. Create a vision around what success means for you and your organization. Decide on the most important elements of that success and what must be done to achieve them. Then prioritize your time, your energy, and your thoughts around those items. Everything else is no longer a priority. Apply a focus and discipline around only what is essential. Business success is not achieved on “bankers’ hours” or on the many day-to-day distractions we feel compelled to deal with daily. It is achieved by letting some things go, continuously confirming your focus on essential activities and commitment to your vision.