What does it mean to hold on to something whether it is ethereal or tangible no matter the outcome? Is it an admirable quality or one of selfishness or stupidity that causes us to continue our endeavors? When should we give up on our dreams?
In sales, it is crucial to remain loyal to your belief in yourself and whatever you may be selling. In leadership, you must believe in your abilities and those of your team. I believe a good descriptive word for this is tenacity which is defined by the OED as:
- the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip: the sheer tenacity of the limpet
- the quality or fact of being very determined; determination: you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys
- the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence: the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record Oxford English Dictionary
This morning I am writing this post from one of my usual Starbucks haunts. It is a great place to come and think, blog, do homework (oh yeah! I’m done with that one), meet with friends or clients, or simply escape for a moment.
On this gray and windy day, I sit patiently (well, as patiently as I am able to sit) at my favorite window seat to meet with a potential client. Maybe it is because of the time change this morning, or the fact that I showed up 5 minutes late (typical of me) that I sit alone at the table. Maybe she scheduled the appointment in order to shut me up yesterday and threw out my card as soon as I was not looking.
Cry me a river!
Does her motive really matter at all? Probably not. I can rationalize until the lobsters come home, but the outcome remains the same. She missed our scheduled meeting and did not call to tell me or reschedule = inconsiderate.
It would be easy to wallow in self-pity right now. Rather than crying to myself or to those around me, I decided to stay at Starbucks, drink my green tea and conjure a blog post. The time is no less valuable because the client did not show. It simply looks different.
Back to the tenacity thing…
I actually do have a point to this pathetic story. It is not meant merely to depress, but to illuminate the possibilities tenacity brings. This one missed appointment will not ruin my day, or confidence in my potential and/or goal. It won’t dissuade me from further contact to reschedule.
Whatever the cause, it is not something I take personally. It is just part of doing business. Sometimes events work out as planned, while others prove to be an opportunity for personal growth. Either way, it’s all good.
Do you believe in your own potential? If so, what are you doing to create your reality? If not, perhaps it is time to re-examine your goals. When things go wrong, always have a plan B (even if you make it up as you go). The difference between success and failure is subjective.
I understand my objectives and what it will take to achieve them. I hold on tenaciously to visions of my future until they
can be are realized. Share your thoughts and stories about disappointment and how you turned it around to your advantage.