Good morning, friends! I hope all is well with you today. Did your team win? Lose? Does it matter? Regardless, let’s get to our winning today!
Way back in the day when I was pursuing an advanced degree in business (sound absurd now, doesn’t it?) I was blessed with a fellow student from China, GeFei Li. In one class GeFei referenced a term no professor had ever uttered, nor had any textbook ever written, but it was a defining term of my experience: key success factor. Simply put, the “key success factor(s)” of any endeavor is that thing(s) that must succeed lest the entire experience fail. I’ve been on a journey of understanding every since.
To illustrate, imagine a car that is beautiful, comfortable, stylish and built to last… but cannot remain running. Or imagine grocery store with great customer service, outstanding cleanliness and perfect location… but struggles to keep items on the shelves. You get the point; every endeavor has at least one or at most a very few key success factors that are critical to success. In my evolution on the thought I no longer see it as binary but I see a spectrum. Key success factors are critical but not isolated. A great heart in a body otherwise falling apart is not much good. So what does that have to do with your life? Much!
There is a “you” in you that you know, that speaks to you sometimes, shouts at you other times, but never, ever leaves you alone. It’s the “you” you know you were meant to be. Sometimes you’re close to that “you”, other times not so much. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to be “you”. “You” is (!) your identity and to the extent you feed, honor and express “you” then you are fulfilled. To the extent you don’t you are miserable. You know what I mean. So how committed are you to the key success factors of “you”?
* When you feel most successful, what are you doing?
* When you feel most at peace, what’s happening?
* When you feel angry, disappointed in yourself, frustrated, etc, what’s going on?
These experiences are whispers of “you”. Take some time to get to know “you”. Figure out who “you” is (!). Move your life in the direction of “you”. You’ll be amazed at what you discover about “you” and more importantly, you’ll be blessed when you connect more consistently with “you”. One thing is for sure: I have a lot of faith in you… and “you”! Have a great week.
P.S. If you need help connecting with “you” or know who “you” is (!) and need help moving in that direction contact me and I may be able to help you.