What Price Success?
What Price Success?
Paula is a very successful business person. She also works her ass off six days a week. She’s driven to be a super achiever. Her schedule looks something like this:
- Alarm goes off at 5:00 every morning and then two hours of planning and strategizing.
- A breakfast meeting or networking event most mornings.
- Client meetings or referral meetings until noon.
- A lunch meeting or another networking event.
- Delivering training or coaching from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
- Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes
- Another networking function or business dinner most evenings.
- After dinner spend an hour on administration/writing her blog/etc.
Damn! I get tired just looking at Paula’s schedule. No wonder she’s so successful. She earns it every day. She’s organized and focused. She does what needs to be done. There’s a price for being super successful and I realized that there’s a price that I am unwilling to pay. I don’t think I’m alone. That does not mean that I lack ambition. It just means that I am unwilling to be totally consumed by work.
Some of the motivational gurus want us to believe that our entire lives must be focused on achievement. I bought into this for years. I don’t even remember the number of times that I was the only person besides the flight crews on the airport shuttle before dawn. What a crock of baloney! I’ve come to realize that there’s a happy medium. Only you can determine what that is for you.
First take the time to decide what’s really important to you. What do you want to be when you grow up? What exactly do you want to accomplish personally and professionally? Write it down and chew on it for a bit. Make sure you’re really comfortable with your goals. Are they something you really, really want? OK. Then set your plans for achieving those goals. What’s it going to take to get what you want? Great! Write that down in step-by-step detail. Now sleep on it.
You can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Never doubt that. But there’s a price associated with that success. Be sure you understand exactly what that price is. Are you prepared to pay it? Do you want to be driven like Paula, and not have a personal life? Or are other things more important to you? Maybe family is more important than that promotion.
Understand that this is a very personal decision. You decide what constitutes success for you. Maybe you can have it all? I don’t know. I do know that my days of being on the road at four o’clock in the morning are over. If I can’t get it done during normal work hours, it will wait until tomorrow or it won’t get done. Yes, I have goals and ambitions … probably beyond the norm. I’m achieving those goals but at a price that I’m willing to pay.
So determine what you want, both personally and professionally. What’s it worth to you? What price success for you? Once you’re happy with your decision, go get it.
Oliver Connolly coaches and mentors sales managers. For more information please go to http://www.clevelstrategic.com