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Give Up to Get

As we all go running through life in pursuit of our own personal “Brass Ring,” we can get more and more stressed in that pursuit. We get aggressive, impatient, demanding, unrelenting and sometimes even belligerent when something or somebody gets in our way. Talk about becoming driven to succeed!

In this blog, I’ve written several articles concerning the concept of success and how best to achieve it. This article, on the other hand, looks at what it takes to achieve success with a little different slant. It’s not about the “how to’s” so much as “what happens, if.”

Let’s consider more deeply what I mean. Each of us needs to draw up a plan of action to achieve the success that we want. The foundation of the plan of action has to be a bedrock of passion for achieving that success. The plan will inevitably give us a straight-line road map to whatever we each define as success. Aaaah…but, then real life wrinkles up our road map and throws it right back in our face in the form of roadblocks, diversions, and unexpected circumstances, etc.

But, we, in our determination to succeed, redouble our efforts; reach deep down inside for more courage; refuse to be deterred; rant and rave at the inconvenience of not being able to take the straight-line; and generally get ourselves in a frenzy of misery and disappointment. But, we put our heads down and keep driving because we are absolutely convinced we are on the right path to our ultimate success.

Let’s think about that last statement for a minute. I have a question for you: Ever have a memory lapse about a word or name or whatever? You’re so frustrated as you rack your brain trying to pull out the name,etc.

It happened to me just this morning as I was having my morning workout. I saw some flowers that I have seen hundreds of times over the years but do you think I could remember their common name? Absolutely not! The rest of my workout was spent trying to pull the name out of my memory bank. What was supposed to be a healthy stress releaser turned into a minor stress creator!

The twist is I never thought of the name until I gave up thinking about it. Sure enough, a few hours later and when doing something totally unrelated the name came back to me. By the way, the flower’s common name is Chrysandra.

I’m sure you have had similar occurrences in your life. Example: You couldn’t think of something; you rack your brain over it for hours; you go to sleep; and wake up in the middle of the night with the answer!

So, what’s the point as all of this relates to our various pursuits of success. The simple fact is when we are driving so hard for success and nothing is happening and we become all stressed out about it, we have to change our mindset. In other words, sometimes we have to give up something we want most temporarily in order to get it permanently.

I help people and organizations Profit Through Performance. As a speaker, author, trainer and business consultant/coach, my areas of expertise are Performance Improvement and Inspirational Leadership skills.

Author of Life’s Ride or Fall…You Make the Call. Thoughts, stories, lessons learned and actionable ideas to help you create the ride of your life. Available at AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.

Copyright (c) 2008 Gary Greenfield, Performance Alliance, L.C. All Rights Reserved Internationally. No portion may be used without prior written permission.

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