I have a friend who is also a business coach; and I believe he is the epitome of the word “change.” As consultants and coaches we talk about change, about moving forward and about learning to lead and make decisions in a different way. The goal, of course, is always to become better business owners and leaders, better decision makers, and better people. In short, to finally turn around and take a step forward.
I was talking to him the other day about the usual – how’s business, how are your clients, how’s the family. Then, I asked him about his shoulder on which he’s had two surgeries over the last two years. Neither operation had the exact outcome he and his doctors were looking for. He’s an avid right handed tennis player and I asked him, “So what about tennis?” The answer stunned me – his doctor had told him to give up tennis because playing could, and more likely would, do further damage to his shoulder. He told the doctor, “Great, I’ll learn to play left handed.”
Amazing! At +50 years old, my friend is so committed to tennis he has decided to learn the game from the left side! He’s committed, unwavering and clear on his outcome. Will there be hurdles? Will there be stress? Will there be frustration? Will there be a time when he will look to give up? The answer to all these questions is YES! But I have no doubt he will succeed. Who knows, he could be better from the left side than the right!
So I ask you, could you do this? Are you committed enough? Do you have a specific goal? Have you laid out a clear path to attain the goal? Whether in life or in business, moving forward to the next level includes changing something – often many things – in order to get there. Can you change? Are you committed? Could you do this?