Two Inseparable ‘Must Haves’ For Success- Do You Have Them?
The two most critical ingredients to building successful businesses and careers are so very elusive. Yet without these two factors thriving in tandem, failure is guaranteed. How do you rank against each?
I was in New York two weeks ago exploring opportunity I’d been approached about. It was intoxicating, and seductive. I resisted temptation, though, and left with absolute clarity about what I want and will do next in my career. Not for me the global stage. Rather, all my energies will be focused more locally, helping leaders accelerate growth – growth of businesses, market value, reputation, team success, careers. I am bursting with excitement about how I can best help do this. Here’s the key. Achieving ‘success’ is built around two simple yet critical traits every one of us must have to reach goals:
Hunger, and Resolve.
So simple, yet so elusive.
Every successful person I have met- people doing what they love to do in the way they want to do it- have been driven by an unrelenting hunger to achieve their ambition. It has eaten away, consistently and persistently. It has pushed them forward, picked them up from set-backs, driven long hours and sacrifice, perspiration and unwavering determination. Napoleon Hill calls it ‘desire.’ I prefer Tony Robbins’ ‘hunger.’ Whatever you call it, you’ll know it if you have it: it gnaws away, when awake or asleep.
But hunger is not enough. It’s gin without the tonic.
You must also have resolve. Napoleon Hill labels it Self-Discipline. I prefer David Maister’s ‘resolve.’ Individuals and businesses fail to achieve goals because they do not do the simple things, consistently, that will get them there. They know what needs to be done, but don’t do it. Now, Possums readers, I know you know exactly what I mean. We all do it. You do. I do. We get distracted by the ‘issues of the day.’ Or just forget to get it done. Or can’t be stuffed.
The very best thing about strategic planning is not the insights the process produces. Rather, the ’thinking’ brings invigorated resolve to actually get done the stuff that needs to be done to make progress. That resolve can fail quickly unless you have a ‘conscience’ checking in on you. It’s all about self-discipline, that leads to habits, that leads to persistence, and persistence always delivers… dum de de dum… wait for it…. results!
So- here’s the point.
Got any major goals you’re trying to achieve? Check in right now on your hunger for the outcome. Do you really, really want it? Is it burning away inside? Is your desire at boiling point? If not, can you ignite it? Yes? Good- go forth. No? Then STOP. Come up with a new goal, something that really juices you.
Then get very focused on your resolve, your absolute determination to do what’s needed to deliver that outcome- to do what you need to do, when you need to do it, even if you don’t feel like it. That’s self-discipline.
And if you really want to achieve goals for your business, team or career, then make sure you have a ‘conscience’ too – someone checking in and pushing you to keep on track.
I’m hungry right now- for 1 September to arrive- so I can start helping leaders accelerate growth. It’s a burning desire, and I’ll do whatever it takes to achieve my goal of building a viable business doing just that. No lofty ambition. Just a quiet, iron-clad intent to spend the next couple of years thriving, learning and growing – ‘helping leaders accelerate growth.’ Not 100 % sure what it means yet, but will do by 1 September.
Hunger and resolve: two inseparable must-haves for success. Check in on them regularly if you’re taking yourself seriously. Please.