Author: George Garza
Gotta Git'er Dun? You need an Achiever on your Team !
When I was a kid they (everyone older than me) told me, "Whatever the mind can Conceive, the body can Achieve." What a bunch of mind abuse. I can't believe the number of years I wasted chasing that worthless piece of advice. I 'conceived' throwing a football like Joe Namath, singing like Elvis Presley, writing songs like John Lennon, telling jokes like Bob Hope. Nothing. The body was not 'achieving' it. And it wasn't for a lack of trying. I spent hours in the bathroom combing my hair like Elvis, wasted months throwing footballs through a tire hanging from a tree, and memorized volumes of jokes that I would forget the next day. I was a pretty good writer but writing and getting published are as far apart as New York and Ted Cruz.
How did this plague poison my future? My number one Strength is Ideation. My mind is an Idea Factory. I am personally responsible for wasting an entire forest of cocktail napkins that have the next best thing written on them. Armed with all these can't lose brainstorms, I became a serial entrepreneur. Whatever the mind can conceive, the wallet will bereave. It took me YEARS to figure out the body can't just achieve at will. From that lousy piece of motivational Cyanide came countless spans of frustration. I had killer Ideas. Strategy is my number 2 Strength. I had great business plans. So what was missing? Wasn't my body supposed to just give birth to achieving these supernaturally thought of, history making innovations? Well, Folks, I'm here to tell ya. It didn't happen. Why? Turns out this pithy Conceive/Achieve Gobbledygook was just a rhyme that sold millions of books.
We were never supposed to be "anything we wanted to be." Gallup says individuals were never meant to be well rounded. Teams are. We are supposed to be Rock Stars in our own area of expertise and enlist the help of other Gladiators of the Universe to help us get the job done.
I realized that my Gold Plated thoughts were pretty much worthless without an Achiever on my team. Whatever your dream team is make sure you have someone with Achiever as one of their top 5 Strengths. Achievers are hard workers. They set the pace for production. They bring intensity and stamina. They LOVE completing tasks. They have very little patience with people that lack diligence. Achievers have an innate sense that screams "I want to get it done." They take immense satisfaction in being busy and staying productive.
Here is a quote that works every time. "Whatever the mind can Consider, the Achiever can Deliver!"
We are all coaches. If you live and breathe around other people you are a coach. The only difference is whether we are intentional in our coaching or not. We all have an audience and as such, we are constantly being watched. What we choose to do under that watch greatly affects the observer. Express an opinion about the latest Presidential candidate you make an impression. Display anger in front of your children you make an impression. Compromise on a business deal you make an impression.
This brings us to the crux of the matter: Are we intentional about how we live our lives? Whether you coach a little league sports team or manage a sales team of fresh millennials or just a dad trying to do the right thing. Being intentional is the difference between investing and spending your life. Investors carefully analyze what they are investing in and are constantly monitoring the value of their efforts. Spenders are like drunk sailors at port on leave. They live for the moment and the only lesson that can be learned from them is what NOT to do.
I don't believe in happenstance. Every encounter with another human being is a divine appointment. We have two audiences: the casual observer and the direct nose to nose recipient. The CO (casual observer) is touched by our attitude. The DR (Direct Recipient) is touched by our interest in them. When the CO sees you from a distance they immediately judge if they want to be like you or avoid you. The DR judges your intent. Both the CO's and the DR's have deep personal concerns. Neither will share with you what those are if they are put off by you. But it all starts with intention.
Determine who you want to be then be that person intentionally. The world needs more coaches. The world needs what you have to offer. Be a good coach.