When I hear one of the glitterati, a rock star, for example, say something like, "Well, I do it for the fans, Man, I do it all for the fans... I must never let them down"... I get a sort of queasy feeling. Let's get real here.
There is nothing so intoxicating as applause. Once you've been kowtowed to by a crowd of clapping admirers, what is left? Usually, more efforts to summon up greater and greater acknowlegement of one's star prowess, whatever that means.
Now, I'm not saying that there are not situations where applause is warranted. Not at all. But the fact is that for many the applause-- the recognition-- outshines the desire to improve one's performance.
And the future is ALWAYS created through action and performance. To achieve a bigger vision one must take actions that are directly focused on achieving specific goals.
So, don't get distracted by the spotlights.
One prominent motivational speaker was used to addressing crowds of three thousand and up. One evening he walked into a room where there were only thirty people. Right after his gulp of shock he decided to give these 30 souls the benefit of his best ever energy and presentation skills. They gave him a standing ovation. He hadn't expected that.
To keep growing, keep the Main Thing the Main Thing... keep the central focus upon your performance! Be right in the moment and totally engaged with whoever it is that is hearing or observing you. The more delight you can ring from your business, the more you are insured to keep on growing. If you base your satisfaction majorly on external factors, such as money or recognition, your pleasure will fade, your personal growth will slump.
And keep your performance fresh! Just the other day I asked a clerk for directions in a mall store-- she has probably been asked a zillion times (actually, our son told us the most common question he was asked in his past career as a store clerk was "Where's the bathroom?")-- but she was as friendly and as interested and as helpful as if she were a brand new employee being monitored from a little window in the ceiling by her superiors. Find a way to keep the joy in your job.
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**You want to read a sage little book that contains this idea about performance? Dan Sullivan has coached the likes of Jack Canfield (the successful "Chicken Soup" entrepreneur-author) and has a succinct brilliance that will give you an entirely new perspective on goal-setting: