It’s been a fascinating week this week with two pieces of great news which I had been visualising for a while – as well as my final coaching session with a great client who tells me they have benefited greatly from the sessions we have had together. This client achieved their coaching goal in spectacular fashion.
I have reconnected with a past client who is looking at more work with me and I had a couple of enquiries for potential business. It excites me that companies are coming to me now to book me. I still need to market myself, but I am seeing an increase in the number of contacts I am receiving from new companies and agencies.
Developing a great product
This success is down to consistently delivering excellent Masterclasses and Keynote talks and eventually Momentum starts to build. The last four Masterclasses I have run over the past two weeks have received outstanding feedback without a single negative comment. This is amazing but also the result of fine tuning and continual improvement.
Over time your name starts to build on the back of excellent delivery not hype. Hype can work for a short time, but real business is built on the solid rock of ‘a good product delivered well’. People who book you need to be assured that you will deliver exactly what they want without fear of failure.
I came across this story recently about belief which made me think:
“I Can Make It Happen”
“History abounds with tales of experts who were convinced that the ideas, plans, and projects of others could never be achieved. However, accomplishment came to those who said, “I can make it happen.”
The Italian sculptor Agostino d’Antonio worked diligently on a large piece of marble. Unable to produce his desired masterpiece, he lamented, “I can do nothing with it.” Other sculptors also worked this difficult piece of marble, but to no avail. Michelangelo discovered the stone and visualized the possibilities in it. His “I-can-make-it-happen” attitude resulted in one of the world’s masterpieces – David.
The experts of Spain concluded that Columbus’s plans to discover a new and shorter route to India was virtually impossible. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand ignored the report of the experts. “I can make it happen,” Columbus persisted. And he did.
Everyone knew the world was flat, but not Columbus. The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, along with Columbus and his small band of followers, sailed to “impossible” new lands and thriving resources.
Even the great Thomas Alva Edison discouraged his friend, Henry Ford, from pursuing his fledgling idea of a motorcar. Convinced of the worthlessness of the idea, Edison invited Ford to come and work for him. Ford remained committed and tirelessly pursued his dream.
Although his first attempt resulted in a vehicle without reverse gear, Henry Ford knew he could make it happen. And, of course, he did.
“Forget it,” the experts advised Madame Curie. They agreed radium was a scientifically impossible idea. However, Marie Curie insisted, “I can make it happen.”
Let’s not forget our friends Orville and Wilbur Wright. Journalists, friends, armed forces specialists, and even their father laughed at the idea of an airplane. “What a silly and insane way to spend money. Leave flying to the birds,” they jeered.
“Sorry,” the Wright brothers responded. “We have a dream, and we can make it happen.” As a result, a place called Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, became the setting for the launching of their “ridiculous” idea.
Finally, as you read these accounts under the magnificent lighting of your environment, consider the plight of Benjamin Franklin. He was admonished to stop the foolish experimenting with lighting. What an absurdity and waste of time! Why, nothing could outdo the fabulous oil lamp. Thank goodness Franklin knew he could make it happen.
You too can make it happen!”
Wow! I talk a lot about belief and Mindset and how that determines how far you go in life and these are great examples. As Henry Ford once said, ‘If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right.’
Thoughts for the week:
1. How good is your product or service?
2. Can you improve these?
3. Continual improvement is key to success
4. Consider what you do and see where you can improve just a little bit.
5. It’s not about huge changes but small tweaks on a regular basis.
Well that’s if for this week. Have a really good weekend and stay positive.
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