Getting Yourself Ready to play in the Major Leagues for 2010
The new decade is here – what is it you want to achieve for your business and yourself? As I discuss in my seminars, it's all about being clear on your top 3 goals and your mission. Getting ready to play in the major leagues. Of the tens of thousands of players who play elite university/colleage baseball, only 5,200 make it to the minor league system and only 750 of them make it to the Major Leagues. The difference is so small at this level of play – a minor leaguer can hit an 85 MPH fastball consistently but a major leaguer can handle the 90+MPH pitches. What does it take for YOU to play in the Major Leagues of your business? Many of my clients have felt tired, burnt out or uninspired after 2009 which was a brutal year for many people. However the downturn gave us an opportunity to cleanse ourselves of baggage, waste, fat and excuses and focus on what we really want for ourselves and our businesses. I enjoyed this Business Week article titled "Why Victims Can't Invent Anything" by Michael Maddock – the point is that when the going gets tough, the tough kick some ass and get creative. Bottom line, according to Maddock, is that if you complain about anything, you are playing the victim. Forget the complaints – look forward and map the vision of your dreams that will translate into actionable goals. I agree and I have seen with my clients (and even with myself) how fear can be a paralysis of the spirit of innovation. I am not suggesting you just charge ahead, damn the torpedos style, ignore risk and plunge head first. That would be reckless. Rather consider why it is you are doing what you are doing. Where does the passion meet the execution of your work? This Hedgehog (Jim Collins) , BHAG (Verne Harnish) or your "Why" (Simon Sinek) . I have worked with many entrepreneurs helping them set their top 3 goals. It's a fun process that clarifies the steps we need to take to execute on the bigger goals (I call these the "1 Foot Hurdles"). However when combined with the clear sense of purpose that the goals are propelling you towards the fulfillment of your business and/or personal fulfillment, this process takes on a deeper, more rewarding role in defining where we you want to end up and for what reasons. The outcome is greater commitment to achieving your goals. I wish you success in your endeavors to achieve your goals in 2010 and beyond!