This morning as I was grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, I happened to spot Van Morrison’s new disc on display at the checkout. To my knowledge, I haven’t heard any of the music from it, but the title nailed me:
“Born To Sing: No Plan B”
Wow. That speaks volumes.
It reminds me of a recent conversation my wife, Jill, had with her aunt & uncle. Before retiring, they owned and operated a successful electrical contracting business for many years.
As Jill told them a little bit about Nourish The Dream and what we’re all about, her uncle spoke up and said, “Someone needs to make sure to tell business owners and people who are just starting out that there will be days when you’re going to stare at situations that seem impossible.”
He spoke of times that he sat at his desk and wondered how they were going to make it. Where would the money come from to make payroll, pay bills and meet obligations?
But Jill’s aunt spoke up and said, “You know why we were so successful? We had no choice! We had to succeed. It was all your uncle knew how to do!”
In other words… they had no “Plan B.”
What About You?
Are you secretly harboring an alternative to succeeding with your dream?
Maybe your dream is to make 2013 your best year in business yet — more sales, more profits, more free time… whatever it might be. Perhaps your dream is to systemize your business enough to allow you to spend more time with your family… or take a real vacation. Or maybe your dream is bigger than 2013 and goes beyond what you can accomplish this year.
Regardless of what your dream looks like… have you made the decision to cut off all the alternatives?
Sometimes, in the face of overwhelming odds, you might just have to decide to win.
Pilots have a “radius of action” which refers to the point at which it is no longer possible to return to the place from which they took off. Cortés either burned or sunk his ships (depending on which version of the legend you believe), Caesar crossed the Rubicon, and countless other military victories were won because of decisions that made it impossible to do anything other than win.
Even the word decide is pretty ruthless. It comes from the same Latin root verb as all the other “cide” words like “homicide” and “suicide.” It literally means that you “cut off” or “kill off” the other options.
It may not be happening today, but there will come a day when your dream will look impossible. It will seem like it costs too much. It will take more out of you than you ever thought you had to give.
Trust me; when that happens, you won’t give what it takes if you still have other options.
Today, I want to challenge you to nourish your God-given dream to the point where you can see it, smell it, taste it and then go after it with everything you’ve got.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. (1 Corinthians 9:24 AMP)
Are you looking to refuel your dream, gain the practical tools you need to win in business and connect with others who have decided to win instead of settle? There’s still time to register for this weekend’s Nourish The Dream conference in Phoenix with top business leaders like Tom Ziglar, Wes Cantrell and more! I can think of no better way to set yourself up to make 2013 your most profitable, successful year yet!Tags: Business, money, Nourish the Dream, Phoenix, success