Leaders use the word “it” in so many ways to communicate our thoughts to others. My last post was on working with people who don’t get “it.” The word “it” appears in many leadership exchanges and discussions like:
“Just go with it; Get over it; Make sure it is done right; Please take care of it; You can do it; Stick with it; It’s worth it; and See it through – I am counting on you” are just a few that come to mind.
“It” can be a powerful word if your team knows what the “it” is. Perhaps for you – it means making an important impact decision at your company or maybe it is a big personal decision. The decision to start something new is an important step if you are serious about changing it. Life is about making adjustments that help you become a better leader. Unfortunately, many people never get motivated to change unless something bad happens (i.e. losing a job or maybe having a heart attack.)
How many times have you thought about “it” and were planning to make the change but the fear of failure hit you or maybe you got some discouraging words from others. In many cases, the emotional comfort of holding on to an old way can be greater than the desire to push to a new level of leadership or performance. Simple example: I want to get in better shape but I just love to eat sweets more. The need for change is hindered by your level of comfort or appetite for the old way.
When you try to take on an improvement that may stretch you – your mind may focus on the negative aspects or potential risk of the challenge. That’s very natural to have those kind of feelings. The fear of failure can also be a positive force for change.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ~Mario Andretti
- You’ve tried that before… and it didn’t work
- That’s the way we have always done it – what’s wrong with it?
There is a difference between making a promise and a commitment. Nobel Prize winner Anatole France once said, “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
A dream is not a goal until “it” has a completion date. What goal have you put off? It may be time to make a real commitment – Why aren’t you going for it?