“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
~Mario Andretti (born 1940);
Italian-American world champion racing driver
Andretti has certainly been successful. But if you were ask anyone whether or not s/he desires success, would anyone say ‘no’?
What makes some of us determined and able to commit to our goals — able to achieve them? Maybe more importantly, what keeps some of us from doing it?
Some of us just don’t want to work that hard. Some of us think we need to let others make the decisions for us. Some of us have spent years trying to force our desires to the backs of our minds, because we’ve been told that it isn’t for us.
I have found that by making an agreement for accountability, I’m less likely to try to ‘pull the wool over my own eyes’. When I meet with my coach, he asks how I’m doing. I don’t want to report, “not well. I haven’t don’t any work on this.” It’s less painful for me to do the work than to have to look at why I won’t.
I don’t want to be undisciplined. I don’t want to be stupid. I don’t want to be unable.
And I guess, if I want to achieve, I better do my work!
My goal is to be done with the ‘day job’ by 12/31/2010. I’ll be dipped in manure if I’m not able to give notice by Dec. 15! Let’s go!