Every year, we each have the opportunity to consider our previous successes and failures, to revitalize our personal business plans and to commit to higher ground. In the sports world, there is a concept called "PR" (personal record) which basically means achieving a "personal best". I like to think of each year as a new opportunity to achieve a PR in business. Transcending or breaking previous records is not easy and can feel unobtainable so I decided to do a little research and consider, historically, what others have said about limitations. In 1899, Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents is purported to have said, "Everything that can be invented has been invented." In 1943, Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." In 1957, the editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, said, "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." In 1968, an engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip said, "But what ... is it good for?". In recent years, according to research by Mary Bellis of About.com, "technology, science, and inventions have progressed at an accelerated rate during the hundred years of the 20th century, more so than any other century". We would all have to agree that these historical statements were very short sighted and highly inaccurate. With that said, I have to admit in my own life there have been times when I've had similar limiting thoughts, wondering if I could ever do better than previous good years. Thank goodness I've had many experiences during my life where I actually overcame previous bests and learned that challenges in my achievement were just limitations, usually self imposed, and a personal mindset more than a physical limitation. I've learned that overcoming self-limiting thoughts can be achieved through healthy self talk, making and sharing commitments and finding ways to make small daily wins which eventually become big annual wins. Another significant finding I have learned is that achieving higher ground is a lot easier when you surround yourself with smart, successful, positive, forward thinking people. Trustegrity was designed specifically for this purpose to allow great people to open new doors through networking, streamline the learning process by means of knowledge sharing and create strong relationship bonds through group collaboration. At Trustegrity we each belong to a group of high achieving professionals that are dedicated to help each other succeed. The dynamics of group synergy allows us each to get a monthly boost and revitalize our energies to help us achieve more each month. Even the best of us have challenges and difficulty beating our best consistently. I'm grateful for that opportunity we each have monthly to listen and learn from each other.
To summarize my thoughts for the month, I feel fortunate to belong to an organization such as Trustegrity where I get the opportunity to associate with high performing individuals who share a common purpose of striving for excellence and serving others. As the great orator and trainer Zig Ziglar once said, "You can have everything in life that you want if you just help enough other people get what they want."