It's time to step up to the plate and accept all Consequences of your Actions.
Recently I was flying home from an event in Denver, and had an incredible experience with a fellow passenger. Let's call her Ann, not her real name.
Ann and I both noticed each other sitting at the gate. We were the only two dressed in suits, obviously she had just finished a business deal and I had just finished a training.
We started talking, and I noticed a couple things immediately. Although professionally dressed, Ann's professionalism and A-game stopped there. She reeked of booze and cigarettes and was obviously drunk. Still I wanted to hear why she was celebrating.
Ann just pitched her services to a company and she felt they were going to make a decision soon. I was a bit perplexed why she was celebrating, but apparently it was her normal behavior. Combine her current state with her constant bragging and one-upsmanship, and Ann was a volatile cocktail of disaster. She had completely turned me and everyone around me off.
To make matters worse, Ann spotted a high value prospect and was getting ready to approach him. I was about to stop her from blowing an opportunity when someone else listening and observing her actually intervened and stopped her because of her current state of being.
This begs the question, do you have your A-game on, and shouldn't it be on all the time. While this was an extreme example, the answer is an absolute YES. You never know where opportunity will strike, and who you will impact. So always, always have your A-game on.
Don't be an Ann. Bring your A-game always, and in all ways!
Forgive my rant, but I’ve run into a rash of entrepreneurs lately who want it all yet aren’t putting the necessary effort in. It got me thinking about entrepreneurship, parenting, athletics, really anything worth anything in life.
Let’s say you’re in your local electronics superstore and you see a television you really want. The only way to take it home is to pay the price, and the only way to pay the price and take it home is to earn money by paying the price in your profession.
That doesn’t mean waking up at 7 am after hitting your alarm 4 times, daydreaming 80% of the day about what you wish you were doing, spending an hour with friends at lunch or the coffee shop instead of clients and prospects, going home at 5pm, and it certainly doesn’t mean hanging out in front of the TV eating Cheeto’s and surfing the internet for meaningless nonsense.
If that’s the price you’re paying, you’re getting everything out of life you’re asking for – nothing; failure at your job, in your personal life, and your health. Life will pay you any price you pay it.
So, if you want real success on your terms with your health, your happiness, your relationships, your business, your sales, and success as an entrepreneur then it’s time to start paying the price necessary. Here’s your American Express Black Card plan for success (pardon the metaphor):