The more you learn, the more you discover there is more to learn. – Diane Gray
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
At the beginning of each year many people want to press the reset button, make a fresh start, state resolutions, set goals and take action, whether it is related to work, career promotion, education, health, savings or relationships – to name a few.
These resolutions and goals are made with high levels of motivation and determination. They are said with such conviction; how could anyone doubt they would not be realised?
So why is it that some of the resolutions and goals have gone out the window by the end of January and many more have disappeared within three months?
The motivation has gone.
The determination lost.
Excuses in abundance have taken over conviction.
Successful people, whether it is in business, career, sport or life, have three principles in common and they know how important it is to not compromise on any of them. Now is a great time to look at them – at the start of 2017 and before the motivation and determination wanes completely.
Principle 1: Challenges are not meant to be easy.
Successful people know that to reach their goals they need to be persistent and consistent. They know there will be highs and lows. They know there will be setbacks and mistakes made where they have to press the reset button and let some things go and dig deeper to move forward. They know they need to be hardworking, patient and resilient against the naysayers and those who want to sabotage their success.
Principle 2: Success needs a strong WHY
Having a strong ‘why’ or purpose backing resolutions, goals and, ultimately, success is crucial to staying motivated, determined, persistent and consistent in taking the action needed to achieve the desired success. Successful people are very clear and certain on why their goals are important. They keep the purpose at the forefront of their mind so they don’t lose sight of the direction they are going in. Their belief in their ability to achieve the goals is strong and relentless. They hold on to their purpose tightly and possessively through the tough times like it is their lifeline in a rough sea.
Principle 3: Support is essential
Successful people know that it is much harder to achieve success on their own. They also know it is unnecessary to go it alone. To do so can be very lonely. They know problems come thick and fast if they start to think they need to do everything on their own even though, rationally, they know they can’t. They fully understand the importance of having the right support network around them. Time and time again they will make sure they have the right people who support them. These people fulfil the six critical roles.
- The Networker
The NETWORKER is the very social and know who is who in the zoo and what they are experts in, so as soon as a need arises, they are onto it. They want to help you find the right person and will make connections time and time again. And if they don’t know, they know someone who will.
- The Inspirer
The INSPIRER brings creativity and inspiration to you and your ideas. They help keep the flow of ideas coming and allow you the space to be your most outrageous. They will inspire you to remember your purpose. They want you to reach for the stars and will tolerate nothing less than this.
The QUESTIONER has a favourite question: ‘Where are you at?’ because they make sure your ideas turn into action and the work or your projects are completed. They will ask specific questions about your goals and your purpose. They will make sure you have a plan of action to achieve them.
- Devil’s Advocate
The DEVIL’S ADVOCATE plays an important part in ensuring you are aware of your own biases and assumptions so you stay open minded and grounded in continuous learning, exposing you to other perspectives, ideas and opinions. They will share perspectives you really don’t want to hear but need to.
- The Advocator
The ADVOCATOR will champion for you. They believe in you and what you are about. They ‘get’ you. They will be the ‘kick-up-the-backside’ motivator when you need it. They will hold the box of tissues for you in the tough times. They will tell you when you are out of order. They will keep you grounded. They will be there when others have gone.
- The Philosopher
The PHILOSPHER helps to broaden your awareness and knowledge of the impact you, what you believe and what you do (as well as what others believe and do), has on the world. They can bring a unique worldly perspective with lots of wisdom. They will challenge you to think beyond what is obvious and push you to discover what you don’t know yet.
When you have a team that comprises these six roles, start to notice how your goals are achieved much sooner and how patterns of years gone by are no longer holding you back.
Make this year your year, and do it with a strong team of supporters.
Success does not just come from reaching a goal alone, it comes from the experience of achieving it with others.