The famed aerialist Zumbrati once walked a shaky tightrope across Niagara Falls despite a gusty wind that almost caused him to lose his footing. He was very relieved to have made it safely across. Waiting for him on the other side was a fan with a wheelbarrow.
“I believe you could walk back across pushing this wheelbarrow,” the fan said.
Zumbrati shook his head and said he was lucky to have made it across without a wheelbarrow.
“But I know you can do it,” the fan persisted. “Just give it a try.”
Zumbrati shook his head again but the fan kept after him.
Finally, Zumbrati said, “You really believe in me, don’t you?”
“Oh, I do,” said the fan.
“Okay then,” said Zumbrati, “get into the wheelbarrow and we’ll start.”
Now that’s commitment: Knowing what needs to be done, setting goals to get to that point, and following through.
The lazy, hazy days of summer are behind us. Folks are back from vacation, kids are back in school, schedules get back to some semblance of normal. With a little luck, that translates into fewer work disruptions and more opportunities to get things done.
So it’s a logical time to review your goals for the year and see where you stand. If you’re on track, it’s time to reinforce your ongoing effort with a renewed enthusiasm for the project or goal. If you’ve still got a long way to go, or even if you have to start all over again, remember that you still have several months until the year’s end, and success is still within your grasp.
Looming deadlines are a great incentive to accomplish. What seemed like a cinch a few months ago might look a lot more daunting, but don’t let that get in your way. Make your to-do list and get going.
Success depends on your commitment to your goals, whatever those goals may be. To evaluate your ability to commit, ask yourself these important questions:
One terrific source you might want to consider is a virtual training program, “Goals Mastery for Personal and Financial Success,” offered by sales and training guru Brian Tracy. His 12-part video training course covers personal goal setting, purpose in life, overcoming adversity, and a variety of pertinent topics. Check it out at www.briantracy.com/files/pages/goals/mastery/intro-offer-long.html. I guarantee Brian’s advice will inspire you to commit to your goals – and commit to success.
Mackay’s Moral: Don’t “fall” down on your goals – commit to a season of success.
Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.
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