In 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of congress and asked for millions of dollars to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The vision became a reality on July 21, 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.
If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they,” perhaps do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.
Everyone has a “they”. Maybe more than one. The key is your commitment and desire to excel. The perseverance to fail and get back up.
I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to earth – President John F. Kennedy
What’s your man on the moon? What’s your vision of excellence? Whatever it is, be prepared for “they”. It may be a co-worker. It may be a friend. It may be a close relative. Whoever “they” is, be prepared for doubt.
Here’s what “they” will tell you,
- You’re too young
- You’re too old
- That will never work (you’ll never put a man on the moon, whatever your man on the moon is)
- No one will buy in
- No one cares
- You can’t make money and have a purpose
- You can’t lead
- You’re not a leader
“They” will give you a lot of excuses and reasons not to be excellent.
Leadership Expert and Life Coach Chris LoCurto wrote a great article earlier in the week about excellence being created and not demanded. LoCurto reminds you to model the excellence you expect. How do your people know what excellence is if you don’t show them?
LoCurto points out three things your business needs to obtain excellence:
- Create a culture of excellence by teaching excellence
- Point out and recognize excellence on a regular basis
- Jump on things when they’re not excellent
The “they’s” are out there. You may have encountered one this week. If not, you will. Maybe next month, next quarter or next year. It’s not if but when. “They” are waiting. Waiting to doubt. Waiting to gossip. Waiting to dash hopes. Waiting to paralyze dreams.
You may not dream of putting someone on the moon. But you’ve got a dream and a vision. Lead yourself first. It starts with you. Believe in yourself and your dream.
Leave “they” in the rear view mirror.
Have a great weekend.