I’m about to share with you the #1 skill you need BEFORE you become successful (you’ll never guess what it is, so hang on with me til the end)!
This is going to be huge in the development of your success, so here it is:
The art of being uncomfortable in a process.
I know it’s not sexy.
Everybody might be telling you…
…hit it hard.
…have the right strategy.
…have the right formula.
…do it quick.
But, the truth is, as someone who’s been in business for 13 years founding and running a top 1% national level company, without having that PROCESS, I would not have been able to have the fortitude to be able to sustain any level of success.
Many think that when you’ve achieved certain a level of success or arrived at that place called “there” (which you learn doesn’t really exist!) that there are no more challenges that will require you to be uncomfortable.
If you’re like me, I have a planner that’s always beside me.
I plan my day to a “T” from my gratitude routine, to my family activities and everything I’m going to do during the day.
The last few weeks have been really challenging for me as I’ve had a lot of unexpected interruptions having to conclude a few relationships both personal and professional.
I’ve ended some collaborations. A few weeks ago, I changed almost 30%-40% of my internal staff.
I was under the weather and my dryer caught on fire. I was feeling pretty horrible. As I sat in my home office to do some work, my scanner in my home office went out.
What’s going on? I thought to myself.
Then, I got it. I remembered.
When so much stuff is going on, sometimes, we have to disengage and say: “What are you trying to teach me?”
What I needed to remember and had to remind myself about was the sign that hung in my very first office that said:
COMFORT IS THE ENEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT
I had wanted things to be comfortable, I wanted things to be normal and I wished that my staff’s performance was where it needed to be and that we could have stayed exactly the same and I didn’t have to make those tough decisions
But, as the dust got kicked up, I realized that I had settled into a process because of the historical success that we’ve had and because of the systems I rely on.
I was being challenged to go to the next level and be uncomfortable.
Despite all of this stuff going, I’ve seen our sales grow, our revenue doubled, I’ve seen our team’s momentum restored and an increase in their creativity and productivity.
What I want to be honest with you about is that I would never have been able to achieve, sustain or duplicate this success without going through the process during these tougher times.
I want to challenge you to step away from wanting to be successful so fast.
It took me two years to make my first 7-figures. Looking back, even that was too fast because I lost it all in 36 months and had to rebuild that organization!
I had obtained the financial rewards, but I didn’t recognize the gold in the process. As a result I was not able to sustain that success in those first couple of years.
Success is a process.
You’re going through things and it doesn’t feel good. Stay the course, because that is what is building you up in order to sustain, keep and grow the fruit of your success.
Fast and quick and easy might feel good at first, but they won’t carry you through to the end transformed, stronger, seasoned and able to sustain that success long-term when it matters most.
If you’ve been following me, lately, then you’ll know I started taking better care of my health and lost 6 dress sizes.
When I first started the boot camp with my trainer, we had a running portion. I saw some women shoot out of the gate and running fast. Look how fast they’re running, I would think with admiration, they’re so fast!
But, I soon saw that they would run out of steam half way around the course.
I learned that if I wanted to be able to finish the course, I needed to set a pace.
Set a pace that you can sustain.
As I started running with this group, over time I set my pace. Even though I wasn’t the leader of the pack, I increased my speed towards the end and I would end up in the front, not because I was competing with them, but because I paced myself to go the full distance and finish strong.
Are you pacing yourself to run the full distance?
Or, are you just sprinting right out of the gate with no longevity?
Many of us are just running our race going fast, hitting it hard and we’re not planning and allowing ourselves to be uncomfortable while striving for success at a pace that we can keep up.
There’s a presumption that we can predict a lot of stuff if we plan it (and, you know how I love my planner!)
But, the lesson is that some lessons only happen off-script and we have to learn from the process.
Success isn’t magic. It’s not overnight. And, we need to step back and win the wisdom that only comes through experience and consistent application.
Avoid the messages that are telling you that you’re doing it all wrong and that you need to be in a hurry, everything needs to be instant to be called successful.
It takes time to bake the good stuff.
Live On Purpose,