Young professionals who want raises and promotions from the company they work for have faith. What do I mean by faith? Having faith means, believing in something you have no proof of. Young potential execs set a goal, write a plan to achieve it and have faith it will happen.
So many times participants in my “Chasing Excellence” workshop leave the 3 day session with grand goals to rise to the top of their company. And of those who have the courage to put their goals into action, many will drop their ideas after a few weeks or months of not seeing the results they had hoped. They lack the faith needed to stick with it, to push on. And when you demonstrate a lack of faith, your supervisors and company leadership lose trust that you will ever follow through on anything.
Faith is all about measurements. It’s easier to keep the faith if we have something to show us we’re on the right track.
Let’s say your big picture is to live a healthy lifestyle. And to do that you’ve decided to put yourself on a diet and exercise plan to lose ten pounds. What measuring tool would you use to let you know you’re on track? A bathroom scale, right? You start your plan and after a few days you step on the scale and you see you lost 2 pounds—great, you’re the right track. After a few more days you step on the scale to find you lost a few more pounds—better yet! The scale builds faith you will reach your ten pound goal. No scale and you will have to use other, less accurate methods like notches on your belt. Or worse, you won’t have anything to go by. If this happens, you are very likely to stop pursuing your goal.
Having faith is about measurements; you need to put things into place that demonstrate you are on the right track.
If you ever want to read a really good book someday, read “The Game of Work” by Chuck Coonradt. In his book the author gives you methods of how to measure, or keep score, of how you are doing. The key is to put something, anything, into place to help you keep score.
Many thought leaders recommend this idea of a score board or score card. They work in so many ways. They show your progress, they help you keep the faith, they engage the people around you, they provide quick feedback.
People who have faith live in their imagination. They look at how good things can be. They don’t look backwards at what are limiting patterns, they look forward to unlimited possibilities. They have faith that this new idea or new initiative or new goal will not only work but be filled with rewards.
This is not dreamland, this is about living in your imagination and seeing how great things will be, taking that first leap and putting your idea into motion and then having a scorecard to measure your progress and help keep your faith.
Don’t let good ideas die on the vine. Have the courage to take action on your idea. Think about how good things will be. Use signposts to make sure you’re on the right path.
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