All of us tell stories about ourselves. Stories define us.
And to know someone well is to know her story, the experiences that have shaped her, the trials and turning points that have tested her.
When we want someone to know us, we share stories of our childhoods, our families, our school years, our first loves, the development of our political views, and so on.
With the 4th quarter quickly approaching, I want you to fast forward 100 days and think for a moment about the story you’re going to tell yourself and repeat numerous times to others.
Will it be a story of…
Redemption and how you turned around your year.
Massive success and how you made this the best year of your life.
Regret and how you let so many opportunities slip by.
Excuses and how tough the economy was this past year.
You must accept this reality…today, September 22nd begins the 100 day countdown of the year…and your story is waiting to be written.
The narrative of that story will be a direct result of your inner dialog and corresponding performance.
The facts are simply this; when it comes to red meat portion of your story, you are either buying or selling.
If your story is one of redemption and massive success, then you are a seller.
You have sold yourself on the importance of discipline, commitment, and fortitude, and have stayed focused on driving results in spite of the world of options and temptations that circle you all of the time.
If your story is one of regret, excuses and underperformance then you are a buyer.
You have bought the same excuses that have led so many others down the pathway of mediocrity.
The things you buy are procrastination; lack of discipline, the nonsense they masquerade around on TV and newspaper about how bad things are, and whatever else is your poison of choice.
To finish the year strong you must become a seller. You must sell yourself on the power of your goals, on your reasons why, and your vision for what is possible.
To be clear: You must begin working on a bigger, better and bolder story!
Because the clock is ticking…265 days are gone and only 100 days remain in the year.
If you’re currently below target, and your year-to-date performance is not where you know it should be, then you must acknowledge that your existing strategies are not working, and take immediate corrective action to close your performance gaps during these final 100 days.
The good news is that there’s still time to reach your goals, to redeem yourself and most important, to finish the year strong.
Your ability to finish the year strong is ultimately about character. It’s about turning a flashlight to your soul to inspect yourself for will, courage and commitment.
The final chapter of your story is waiting to be written.
Is it going to be seen as the sad consequence of neglect, poor character, lack of direction and ambition, or will it be an inspiring example of talent put to good use in the intense pursuit of clearly defined year-end goals?
I created the 100 Day Challenge with one purpose in mind, to show you how to finish the year strong.
Enrollment is taking place right now. Sign up today and let’s get started creating a bigger, better, and bolder story filled with goals achieved, and dreams realized.
Gary Ryan Blair
P.S. The 4th quarter and final quarter is about to get underway and you are about to make one of the following decisions…
You will choose to discount this message and continue to reinforce the same non-productive habits and behavior you have displayed for the previous 3 quarters. That’s a shameful decision.
OR, you will make the decision to participate in the 100 Day Challenge and learn exactly what it takes to finish the year strong and at the very top of your game. I hope you choose the second option. Shall we dance?