This week in my series on Successfully Enacting Change, I want to talk about what I consider to be the real focal point. I believe this is when whatever change you are seeking actually happens, it’s when you Decide To Succeed.
Previously we covered how to Define Your Goal, Determine Your Starting Point and how to accurately Develop A Plan and if you’ve not read those or a new reader, you can easily jump back and get caught up.
I spoke last week to two phenomenal groups of people in Natchitoches, LA and Lafayette, LA and while in my talks I only have so much time to hit each point, today I want to really dig in to what it means to Decide To Succeed.
My favorite example is of President Kennedy’s Moonshot Speech in which he basically said, “We WILL put a man on the moon by the end of this decade.” Oh yeah…he said that May 25, 1961 just less than three weeks after we’d put the first American in space. It was a pretty bold statement, but he made the decision. There was no backing down, no plan B and no exit strategy.
When Jose Canseco first came to the major leagues, his rookie season he barely missed joining the 30-30 club. For those of you who don’t follow baseball, that’s 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. It was first accomplished in 1922 by Ken Williams and was such a rare feat he was the only person to do it for the next 34 years. By the time Canseco came up, it had only been accomplished 11 times in the entire history of Major League Baseball.
In April 1988 he was asked what it felt like to be so close to the 30-30 club and miss. He responded by saying in the upcoming season he’d just join the 40-40 club. Some don’t think he knew it had never been done when he said it. But, he told reporters that spring that he would do it. On September 23, 1988, Canseco stole his 40th base to go along with 42 homes runs effectively creating the 40-40 club.
All because he decided to succeed. He had a clear vision of what he wanted. And this was long before the steroids became an issue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen.”
We’ve all set goals before, but have you truly decided to succeed; made the decision you’ll settle for nothing less than success.
It’s a powerful force and one you should have working for you—not against you.
You were born to be a superstar. Understand NOBODY is where they ultimately want to be as long as they are still breathing oxygen. But, if you truly want to change you can have the best plan in the world, know exactly where you want to go, but if you don’t Decide To Succeed, you’re destined for failure.