What It Takes to Build Something Great

Are you ready to climb the mountain again?

Maybe you've set goals for yourself or your business. Maybe you've decided to take a risk.

Whatever it may be, I know this much to be true: with a little hard work and consistency, anyone has the ability to build something good.

But what does it take to build something GREAT?
 
1. A PACE THAT WILL LAST A LONG TIME
I recently heard this quote about money that has stuck with me: “Money is like water, without boundaries, it will go anywhere.” This is true about your finances but also your TIME!

  • Can you keep up with the current pace you're living? 
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT requires telling your time where to go.

2. AN OBSESSION WITH IMPROVEMENT
If you are only obsessed with perfection, you are always going to be frustrated and short with people. If you are obsessed with improvement, you will make small improvements that lead to big change.

  • Wanting to improve is a sign of wisdom.
  • If you correct a fool, they will get defensive. If you correct someone wise, it will be met with gratitude.
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT includes welcoming correction that allows us to improve.

3. A COMMITMENT TO ADDRESS WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED
A team that is dysfunctional will avoid conflict at all costs.

  • Great teams address things! It is impossible to be great without honesty. 
  • This doesn't mean you need to go out and look for conflict --- but you have to have the backbone and emotional maturity to deal with conflict in a productive way. 
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT demands having difficult conversations.

4. A SACRIFICE TODAY FOR WHAT YOU WANT TOMORROW
This means doing things I don’t WANT to now, so that I can do what I want LATER.

  • Greatness will require more from you than others. 
  • Greatness is on the other side of your decision to sacrifice today. 
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT means making calculated sacrifices with the end goal in mind.

5. A PROTECTION OF WHAT AND WHO YOU VALUE
Protection of your calling and your relationships requires both great discretion and stewardship.

  • Loyalty is not proven in your presence, but your absence.
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT means protecting the important things.

6. A LOVE FOR THE JOURNEY
I enjoy what I do because PEOPLE are what excite me!!  It's not about stats or reports (although those are necessary) it's about peoples journey. You can't quantify that. What excites you? What fuels you to be great?

  • The journey gets fun when you LOVE what you do.
  • BUILDING SOMETHING GREAT includes enjoying the process

YOU are called to be GREAT. The greatest day to start is today. 

Jonathan Herron

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