Sometimes what we need is a little inspiration to keep us chugging along towards our business growth goals. These five quotes have jumped out at me in my reading lately and I just had to share. You will see my core beliefs here. Our passion only comes to life in a transformational way when it is partnered with action.
1. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.
True passion comes from the inside out. The people who survive the business building journey through to success are the ones who simply couldn’t NOT do their business. When your motives on the inside drive powerful, strategic actions on the outside, you will have a winning outcome. It’s only a matter of time.
2. Dreams don’t work until you do. – John C. Maxwell
Making this business dream come to life involves rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done. There is no delegating leadership, and no shying away from your potential if you want to grow your business. I use the phrase Love Gift when I refer to the things we can do best to make the biggest impact in the world.
3. Collaboration is better than competition. – Mara Shorr
Those who want to travel fast go alone, but those who want to travel far go together. Yes, you will be breaking new ground and forging new pathways, but if you keep your tribe connected to the vision and inspire them to come with you, the journey will be more fruitful and more enjoyable along the way.
4. Strive for continuous improvements, instead of perfection. – Kim Collins
Persistence equals progress, so this is what we aspire to daily. It may seem noble and lofty to pursue perfection, but in reality this will see us falling every time. The aim of the game is never perfection, because it doesn’t actually exist. Working in grace towards ourselves and others will see us rise above every challenge in acceptance of reality.
5. A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill
For me, this is at the heart of making things happen. We all work hard. We all pursue goals. The question is, do we make ourselves accountable to achieve them by putting them on a calendar? It’s amazing how motivating a deadline can be. It’s all about standing up and taking responsibility for your unique gifts and strengths.
As much as I don’t want to burst your bubble, I have experienced firsthand the reality that passion alone is simply not enough. My world is filled with passionate people who love what they do and would do it for nothing. Indeed, some who actually pay to do it. While this is admirable and inspiring to a point, at the end of the day we have big gifts to live up to and big visions to fulfill, and these things can only happen when we take that seed of passion and turn it into a life mission directed by strategic, focussed action.