‘The greatest danger for most of us is not hat our aim is too high and
we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ ~ Michelangelo.
Here we are in the first full week of 2019, ready, willing and able to
go get those goals that we set for us, or in some cases, goals that someone
gave to us, however are those goals our real goals?
If we take a closer look at the quote by Michelangelo, are we kidding
ourselves by making an unrealistic goal? Not in the fact that it may be too
high, but rather is it one that does not stretch us?
“How successful will you be if you only use 7% of something?”
This was the question I asked a group of individuals during a training session. The answer is obvious: “Not very.” My reply: “Then why are you doing it?”
If you have not figured it out yet, you may be using only 7% of one of the most critical functions of business and are expecting to be successful without using the other 93%. What I am speaking about of course is ‘communication.’
As all of you can guess, especially if you have followed me for a while, I constantly challenge the status quo. More importantly, why are you not?
“The existing state of affairs.” is how the status quo is defined. It is interesting to note that the synonyms are ‘normalcy and normality.’ Also, one of the examples given is: “He is content with the ‘status quo and does not like change.” That is why I continually challenge the status quo; who wants to stay the same?
By challenging ‘normalcy’ it allows us to have an opportunity to have conversations about what is truly going on and how it may not be serving us anymore. Moreover, in today’s society, without challenging it one will find themselves always at least three steps behind the rest of society.
Them: “You are not going for it, are you?”
Me: “Why not?”
Them: “What if it blows up in your face and you have nothing?”
Me: “What if it doesn’t blow up and I have everything?”
How many successful people do you know that are negative thinkers and afraid of taking risks? How many people who are always thinking anything new is impossible have been able to achieve great things? Let me answer those questions for you, none.
Recently, at my advanced Toastmaster’s club, a gentleman had a 45-minute speech on “What is success and how does one go about finding it”?. This was a couple of days after posting an article by Mark Mason to my private group, The Action Suite Lounge, on the same subject. Therefore, how do we go about defining success?
Success is defined as, “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” along with, “the attainment of popularity or profit.” However, this goes against some of the most successful leaders of the world and what they think success is.
Do you remember the perfect presentation you did last week? Do you recall the perfect estimate you gave your biggest client last month? How about the last perfect day you had? I’m sorry, but you have not reached perfection. The reason is, it does not exist.
Perfect is a myth. We can get close, excellent, but we can’t reach it. Even its’ definition tells you so: ‘make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.’ I submit to you what we are doing is the bold part of the definition.