Two Inseparable ‘Must Haves’ For Success- Do You Have Them?

119167965The 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.

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19 Responses to Two Inseparable ‘Must Haves’ For Success- Do You Have Them?

  1. Jacqui Barratt May 6, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks Chris as always spot on and that little kick to question yourself. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chris Savage May 6, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      Pleasure, Jacqui.

  2. Nico Abbruzzese May 6, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    As always your post arrives like water for thirst. Very clearly in need of re-ignition… Thank you

    • Chris Savage May 6, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      Good to hear, Nico!

  3. Richard Burrage May 6, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    So true, I’m starving!

    • Chris Savage May 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Good for you, Richard!

  4. Jaqui Lane May 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Chris, Like hunger and resolve…would add energy, but guess that is part of hunger and resolve.

    I’ve got something on my wall that I look at every day. Here’s the polite version
    Decide what it is you want. Write that down. Make a plan, and work on it every single day.
    Thanks for sharing. Very interested to see what 1 September brings.

    • Chris Savage May 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks Jaqui!

  5. Pod May 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    great insights, again, Chris

    See you tomorrow

    • Chris Savage May 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks, and will do! Chris

  6. michele May 7, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    Chris agree, but what happens when hunger and resolve mean you have to deal with people who are “in the way the end goal” and they know it!

    • Chris Savage May 7, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      Sometimes you have to be fricken brutal along the way ( with kindness too, but make tough decisions)

  7. Camille Heaney May 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Define ‘Successful’…..or have you written a post about that already? 😉

    • Chris Savage May 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Doing what you love to do with the people you want to do it with in a manner you control. That’ s my view of success. It’s all about the amount of joy you have in your life. Chris

      • Andy Lyons May 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

        “It’s all about the amount of joy you have in your life…”

  8. Matt May 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Inspiring as always Chris and spot on. Really enjoy reading your posts.

    • Chris Savage May 13, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks Matt. Chris

  9. Jayne Albiston May 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Gritty and to the point Chris. Spot on! Love it. Sorry to miss you in Sydney the other week. definitely hope to catch you next time unless you are in Melbourne next week? I am there for the week. J

    • Chris Savage May 13, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks Jayne! Am in Perth on Tuesday and Adelaide Wednesday, speaking on efficiency and effectiveness to the RCSA recuiters membership there….no Melbourne visit until 10 June when I am doing the same there, and then Brisbane 11 June. Chris

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