The Challenge of the High Achiever

Are you a high achiever? Many of my clients are. They are used to setting a goal, taking action and achieving that goal.

However, there’s one complaint that comes up again and again.

That is a lack of patience in achieving the goal.

When someone tries to sell you something that says “you will have great results fast and you will not have to work hard for it” – they might as well be selling you some swamp land in Florida. Building a business takes work. You have to plant enough seeds for your business to flourish.

Can that be done quickly?

Well, Ryan Estis has shown us it is possible, but it is likely to take at least 3-4 years.

So what’s the advice? Here are three quick tips to reducing your frustration while building your business.

Measure Differently

I learned from Dan Sullivan, rather than looking at where you want to be compared to where you are today, look at where you have come from. Recognizing what you have achieved is key to continuing to build momentum.

Pat Yourself on the Back

At the end of each day, acknowledge your accomplishments and write them down. ┬áIf you would like an easy to use app to help you do this, check out Dan’s app called Win Streak (iOS and Android)

Celebrate the Mile Markers

Let’s say you are working towards getting in front of an audience of 1,000 people. Half way thru the year you get your largest audience yet, 500 people. Woo Hoo! Have a toast or throw a little party and celebrate. It is a step in the right direction. This is what we call celebrating the mile markers.

Each of these steps outlined above is about moving you into positive momentum and away from that little negative voice that says “I will be happy when….” Be happy now!! You get to “speak” for a living – that is a privilege that many can’t even contemplate.

See you soon Wealthy Speakers!

Jane Atkinson

  • OHHHHHH Jane, great reminder to celebrate those wins especially for those of us that aren’t so patient about seeing success roll in each day. Thanks for sharing!

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Jen. I know it’s not easy when you want what you want because you want it (which, of course, we encourage). But sometimes it takes time.

  • Very timely! I was just talking about how we have to be more compassionate with ourselves through the process. As Patricia Fripp said in your recent podcast, the work is in the preparation/rehearsal not in the performance, that is the relaxation. We have to learn to be more patient in the “work” part and recognize how far we’ve come. Nothing worth achieving comes without practice, discipline and patience.

    • speakerlauncher

      Very well said Laura!