Hope fuels purpose, purpose drives passion, passion engages performance, and performance delivered equals results. It begins with hope and ends in results. What is this “it” that begins with hope and ends in results? The answer is, it is anything that you want “it” to be.
When we consider anything that we endeavor to do or are currently trying to do, when we add hope to it, we set off a series of other triggers that energizes our engagement. And we can energize our engagement, the execution or performance will surely follow.
We all have hope for something, we have dreams, and we have goals. We have hopes, dreams, and goals for our business and for our personal lives. If we are not where we think we should be, what we might be experiencing in both our personal and professional lives is disengagement. We have the ideas, we have written out our plans, we have started to move towards executing against our plans, and then for some reason we stop. Our interest or engagement in the project or whatever we were doing has weakened.
This week I was having this discussion with a friend of mine. She shared with me that she just seems to have lost interest in so many things. She shared that these past two years have been very hard on her mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. The pandemic, society, politics and now the war have left her feeling numb and confused. She is struggling with getting excited about her work and has lost interest in the things that used to bring her joy and happiness in her personal life too.
We talked for a long time, and after a while I asked her what she was hoping for in life. At first, she said that she had lost hope, and she was feeling hopeless and helpless. We talked some more about that, and then I said that I was sure that she must have hope for something, we all do. She thought about it and still shrugged. So, I reminded her of the eight things Zig Ziglar used to say that we all have hope for: happiness, good health, prosperity, security, friendship, peace of mind, good family relationships and a brighter future. And I asked her if any of these might be something that she also had hope for in her own life…
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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.
Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.