Challenge The Change
No change – no progress!
Nobody would seriously state that they don’t want to have progress in life. But how many are really having progress?
In a moment, four simple tools to achieve the desired progress will be pinpointed.
In many different forums, it has been mentioned that the unwillingness to leave the comfort zone is one of the main reason why people do not progress or even fail in life. Experienced business people talk about progress as the only alternative. Repeating the same results over and over again is the same as going backward.
In my blog post the 1st of September, it was mentioned that,
“Life is like a marathon race”
……and a couple of reasons were given why it is like that. However, the greatest explanation and totally endorsing my opinion, revealed by Andrew Johnston when giving business education to young students.
Watch his Tedx Talks video here and you will get a new and fantastic view of how to approach challenges in life. It could be any challenge.
Personally, I get very excited when watching the video because seven years ago I took the decision to train for my first marathon, as the only way to not cheat myself in in my physical training. To run 26.2 miles or 42,195 meters, you just don´t make it without a proper plan and training. Since then I have made 17 marathons and will continue to make minimum two marathons per year until my body tells me that it’s enough.
It sounds weird but at the age of 63 I’m now catching an eye on the world record holder of the oldest marathon runner, Fauja Singh, who 2011 at the age of 100 years completed the Toronto Marathon.
It’s All About The Small Things…
One of the most quoted statements in the entrepreneurial environment is the one of Thomas Edison after a lot of failures in his intent to invent the electric light bulb.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Analyzing the statement what Thomas Edison actually said, is exactly what Andrew Johnston is saying in his Ted video.
“It’s not about doing the OCCASIONAL BIG things, it’s all about doing the CONSISTENT SMALL things” – Andrew Johnston.
Year after year, decade after decade, it’s all repeated again:
Being entrepreneurial is all about progressing step by step, failing and correcting, trying again, again and again until the final goal has been achieved.
Even though Thomas Edison was approached by people trying to turn him down after having failed 10,000 times, he just carried on his project. His conviction to reach his goal was stronger than the obstacles and therefore at the end he was successful.
Training for a marathon requires the same mindset. You have to look into a lot of small details, such as eating right, hydration, rest properly and the exercise itself.
You are on mission and you need to take it seriously.
Even if it’s raining, it’s cold outside or for any other reason your little “voice” behind your ear tells you to skip the training, you know that it isn’t acceptable.
Some people argue that by reading and studying they will get all the necessary knowledge to run their business successfully. The classical example brought up by Andrew Johnston in his video, learning to ride a bicycle is not only a question of reading a textbook about the theory behind the technique to apply. I don’t know any person mastering bike riding without “painful” trial and error practice.
The seven key factors for successful entrepreneurship to run a business, such as….
Character – Life skills – Passion – Work ethics – Persistence – Determination – Consistency
…..go for any activity you would like to perform seriously in life. If they are not in place, your goals will be achieved with difficulty or not achieved at all. Whatever project you have in the pipeline, try it out and you will find how important these seven key elements really are.
No big things but so very important!
This brings us to the point to wrap it all up into the four tools to achieve your desired progress. This apply to any activity in life, from personal topics to business tasks:
True desire – without a TRUE desire nothing will happen. What is a TRUE desire? Well, in our society we all have a tendency to follow certain trend leaders and sometimes we “adopt” these leaders’ opinion, as they were our own. This doesn’t mean that trend leaders are bad as they often can inspire to something that become our own desire later on. Referring to marathon training, if you don’t have a true desire to make it, it will be extremely difficult to truly commit yourself to strictly follow the laid out training program, which sometimes can be tough and painful.
A real plan – Nothing can be done without a real plan, which means a challenging but realistic and detailed plan. Based on my starting point when constructing my training program for my first marathon race, I had to consider where I was physically and also mentally. If I had gone for a program to run under 3 hours for sure I had failed because it shouldn’t have been realistic. If you start a business and go for 1 million in profit within 2 months, most probably you will fail. A real plan also needs to cover all aspects of the business, and not only the core part producing the income. A real plan for marathon cannot only cover the pure exercise but also aspects of food eating, hydrating, mental training, etc. Running a business successfully is a multitask topic, and you must have this covered properly in your plan.
Determination – This is a necessary mindset you need to have during your exciting journey. If a True desire and A real plan are properly in place, an important part of the necessary determination mindset is already there. You will struggle during the project, and your correct mindset will help you to execute with the necessary determination. It could be something like that your first product launch or marketing campaign failed. Based on your obtained experience and implemented strategies you will be able to analyze rapidly the reason behind the failure, and you just continue by doing some small changes in the set-up. The same way Thomas Edison tried thousands of different materials for his light bulb until he finally found the correct one. As a marathon runner, you will face failures multiple of times. It’s normal and at the same time you have all the tools to make the necessary corrections.
Persistence – If Determination is a mindset, Persistence is how to materialize this mindset. The most famous example when it comes to marathon running is the well-known “wall” which will appear around mile 18 or 19 (kilometer 29 – 31). Al energy is gone and your body has to use accumulated carbohydrates as main source of fuel. “The wall” is always there and will always be there waiting for you. However, you can train on how to afford “the wall” in a better way. A professional runner will also hit “the wall” but as a spectator you will never notice it, because they are so well trained on how to behave when “the wall” appears. Exactly the same goes for business. How many times during your lifetime have you had the opportunity to experience a global financial crisis? During these years of turbulence you will never see a Warren Buffett or a Richard Branson to go bankruptcy. Do you know why? By a well-established Determination and a well-executed Persistence, they have trained and learned how to hit “the wall”.
Chance Or Change
We are all different, we all have different goals in life and we all behave in different ways.
But when it comes to progress there is only one way:
Challenge the Change
….and do not rely on the chance.
Have you ever gambled in a casino, starting with $100 and went out with $1,000 in your hand? Have you ever tried Lotto where the jackpot can be astronomical high, and had the luck to be the owner of said jackpot? Have you even won any significant amount of money in any lottery?
Don’t worry if your answer is “no”. You belong to the group of a huge majority.
So, why should the scheme be different for other opportunities in life?
If your desire is to run a marathon, well, you know what to do. If your desire is to improve your relationship, well, you have the tools to make a plan. If your desire is to be your own boss, well, then you also can use the provided tools to achieve the goal.
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