I would like to introduce you to someone that could change your life from this day forward. In their eyes you might see the confident look of a person who has paid the price to get where they are, a person that looked at where they were and then into the future at where they wanted to be, what they wanted to do, what they wanted to have. And they got it! That person is you.
Let me give you a personal example of what I mean. When I was a young teen just starting high school my father would take me to varsity football games. It fostered a dream in my heart. One day I wanted to be one of those guys. In fact I wanted to be one of the best of them. But I was thin, slow and not very strong. Fortunately there came into my life a man that could introduce me to the Jeff that I had to become and how that gap would be bridged. He was a neighbor named Jack. Jack had been an NCAA All-American football player drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He told me I could become good at football and even gain a college scholarship. He taught me to grow, to plan and to have passion for my dream. He taught me to focus and to work toward it. He taught me to persist no matter what. Through his efforts I could see what manner of man I needed to become. Through the three years that followed I became swift, strong and skilled. A dream became reality. I became one of the best in our area and gained scholarships for the achievement thanks to Jack.
We all want to become something. Have you caught a glimpse of the person you would like to become? Skilled, confident and able to share your talents as well as any of those you look up to? We all deal with lack of experience, doubt, fear, nagging voices in our heads that tell us, “no not you, that will never happen for you, you can’t do that”. None the less here we are. We choose to move forward. How do we bridge the gap between who we are and who we will become?
- We grow. How?
We have a purpose. Our desire to be, our ‘why’ behind the work. As a boy the feeling I got when I focused on my dream drove me. I had a vision and my ‘why’ was my family and friends being proud that I had succeeded.
We also have passion for our purpose. We love what we are doing even when sometimes it is hard. JK Rowling had a purpose in writing the Harry Potter novels. With that a passion. She loved her stories. I too loved practicing football. Now I love sharing my message with others.
Also to grow, we develop a plan to do so. A plan to cover the days, months and years all progressing toward our end goal.
2. We act!
In acting we work, we practice, we perform. The key is focused effort. Harry Potter didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of writing and rewriting. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady or any other person you want to name had to focus, practice and work on their craft.
3. We persist.
High School Football was only a beginners training ground for reaching goals. The real challenge came at age 17 when I decided I want to be a salesman. I was a shy, self-conscious introvert. As a matter of fact around my high school they called me stone face because I was so quite I was even afraid to smile. At 17, while still in high school I stepped into my first sales position. I quickly learned that I had to do more than just show up, I had to grow up.
It took me years to succeed but following the formula in the acronym I just gave you, grow, act and persist, GAP I eventually bridged that GAP between who I was and who I wanted to become. This time, rather than Jack, my mentors were the greats of motivational speaking, Zig Ziglar, Tom Hopkins, Anthony Robbins and many others. But the ‘P’ in GAP is perhaps the hardest thing because failing is part of leaning and growing. He who doesn’t persist doesn’t succeed.
‘G’ Grow in it with purpose, passion and follow your plan. ‘A’ Act by working at it with focused effort and ‘P’ persist. If you do you will get a little bit closer to your goals and the person you were meant to become.
Say hello to who you can become!