"We are anxious to improve our circumstances but unwilling to improve ourselves. We therefore remain bound" – James Allen
What I enjoy about my job is I get to help people and the organisations they work for be more effective at what they do. I find those who are committed to improving embrace the opportunity to perform better and more efficiently. Whereas those who don’t take action merely spectate. It’s consistently revealed that a superior technique combined with an appropriate level of effort enables individuals to maximise their potential and prosper in even challenging environments. It all starts with a decision to improve.
With 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 6 National Basketball Association (NBA) titles, 6 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, 5 NBA regular season MVP awards, 10 NBA scoring leader awards and 14 NBA All-Star selections Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. Now a successful businessman, this is the same guy who got cut from his High School basketball team.
Besides ability, what set Jordan apart from many of his contemporaries was his desire to be the best: “I have the goal of being the best, but I approach everything step by step using short-term goals. When I meet one goal, I set another reasonable goal I can achieve if I work hard. Each success leads to the next one. Each time I visualize where I want to be and what kind of person and player I want to become. I approach it with the end in mind. I know exactly where I want to go, and I focus on getting there. As I reach those goals, I gain a little more confidence. It’s all mental for me.” Michael Jordan – In Pursuit of Excellence
Research by Scranton University found that 92% of people who set New Year resolutions don’t achieve them. In other words, only 8% achieved the goals they set. The reasons for not achieving goals are varied but include: insufficient time, unrealistic goals, lack of commitment, giving up, procrastinating, inaction, doubt, excuses etc.
While we may not be able to replicate Michael Jordan’s ability on a basketball court, we can learn something from his attitude of striving to be the best. To improve your circumstances you might need to start with improving yourself. Combined with goal setting, implementation and support will have your ability to achieve better than 92% of the population. Now that would be Rare Air.