So many of us have aspirations to be successful, to make it to the top and to excel. Many of us reach those dreams through education, hard work and maybe even a break or two along the way. Many of us reach that dream by sheer will and discipline. So when we do reach that level, how do we stay there? Or better yet, how do we grow.
Over the years I have heard a lot of interesting quotes on the subject matter, two of which stand out to me over time.
The first being:
Whatever got you to where you are is no longer good enough to keep you there.
You either get better or worse, nobody stays the same.
As we look through the history of business, sports, music or just life in general, these two quotes seem to live out as truths year after year. When we think of one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Eric Clapton, actually having a guitar coach, we know that he is trying to improve every time he plays. Tom Brady won the Super Bowl for the fourth time with his New England Patriots a month ago, yet in his entire career he has never let the grass grow under his feet when it comes to improving. He is a dedicated student of the game, even though he is considered by many as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. Maybe that is the reason why.
So what is it that you do in order to improve and move forward? How can you stay at the top of your game and continue to grow. Everyday there are people out there that are vying for our success in the business world. They are attempting to take our place or take our market share. If you are in sales, remember, your top account is your competitors top prospect…and they will be doing everything they can in order to gain the business for their own. So it is imperative that you continue to hone your skills, that you continue to grow and reach for the next start, the next level, the next improvement in your game.
The world is changing ever so quickly each and every day. Sharpening your skills can keep you competitive and it is NOT a guarantee of success. We have people from all walks of life signing up for our classes. Doctors, Attorneys, Moms, Dads, Students, Engineers, Mechanics, Salespeople, CEO’s, and all kinds of individuals. Why? They are trying to improve their skills, get out of their comfort zone, add another tool to their tool belt of success.I personally learn from every class I teach. I read everyday to add something to what I do. I search the internet for ideas and successes, always trying to find what makes the successful, successful!
So my challenge to you is this: Do not rest on your laurels! Do not take where you are as being the place you will always be! Push yourself to the next level, push yourself to improve everyday, in your business life, your personal life and in your social life. If you are feeling down, lift yourself up, find an inspirational story or better yet, go lift someone else up. The greatest way to inspire yourself is by inspiring others!