Summer is here and for many of you that means family vacations, mid-year reviews, and setting new plans to finish the year strong. One trend I’m noticing this year is an uptick in activities related to production. Usually that is a great opportunity for business professionals to capitalize upon. This year it looks like more busyness than business.
I’m finding less people excited about the trends that create opportunities right in front of them. Many are feeling overwhelmed by issues and some are slacking on their fundamentals. Once that happens you become like a boxer on the ropes – it’s just a matter of time before you get knocked out.
As you hit halftime this year, if you are feeling very busy, consider some things you can do that consistently drive high production leaders to success:
- Be Coachable – the moment you believe you don’t need help is the first sign you are on the ropes
- Be Prepared – showing up for appointments and meetings without an agenda or purpose is a waste of everyone’s time
- Be On Time – while we are at it, showing up late is a real lack of respect for others and leaves a mark on your reputation
- Be Rested – sure you are working hard, but sleep is like the oil in your engine, without enough of it, you are grinding
- Be Fueled – a good night’s sleep must be combined with good foods and regular exercise if you hope to perform with energy
- Be a Hard Worker – I’ve never met a successful person who doesn’t work harder than the others he/she competes with
- Be Passionate – if you can’t combine your hard work with a passion that drives your will to win, you will never be a champion
- Be Committed – the road to success is littered with hardworking people who gave up just shy of achieving victory
- Be Humble – never forget to acknowledge the people who contribute to you and your dreams along the way
- Be Present – give your undivided attention to the person or task you have committed to each moment (yes, put the phone down)
Legendary Coach John Wooden built a college basketball empire at UCLA by focusing on the fundamentals. He defined success this way: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your very best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Why not pause today to get your fundamentals in order so you can give your very best to become the greatest that YOU are capable of becoming?