Access Point: Be Consistent
"Getting yourself to play to your fullest potential requires consistent dedication and setting the example for that which you look for in other people."
- James McPartland
In my work with leaders, professional athletes, and executives, I am often asked the "how" question:
HOW do we grow, HOW do we get stronger, HOW do we get faster, HOW do we become more profitable, HOW do we get people to listen, HOW do we get customers to buy, HOW can we have our people do what they’ve committed to doing, and HOW can we get our team members to play at a higher level?
One response that elicits a myriad of questions is, "Keep hammering."
Further, I say, "Keep pounding away on yourself." Much as Michelangelo claimed to release David from the captivity of the marble block, I say to all, "Work on yourself, set the example, and let your life demonstrate that which you look for in other people."
Being YOU is a full time-job, and getting yourself to play the game of life to your fullest potential requires concentration, dedication, and complete focus. One does not go to the gym, return home to look in the mirror, and immediately see results. It is only after months of focused work, that leads us to look at our reflection and see improvement.
It is very difficult to change yourself, not impossible, yet it requires consistent work.
Changing someone else on the other hand is, simply put, impossible. But know that the process of continuous improvement finds us surrounded by like-minded people. When that happens, there is no need to ask "how" to change others. They are already at work on it. Often playing at a higher level is simply getting around the right crowd. Be consistent in that, along with working on yourself, and you're well on your way to creating a masterpiece.