Consistently Great

By Kathleen Gysemans, MD, CS, CPC
Business and Executive Coach and Consultant

1. Game of life
Februari 2007, Bill Gove Speech Workshop, Orlando, Keynote speaking.
First day of the speech workshop – First prepared story to tell. Very good performance. Second day of the speech workshop- Second story to tell. A Pharmaceutical Company Executive is asked her input on my speech. Hm. Yesterday’s performance was better. Great performers have one thing in common: Consistency.

Her words create deep reflection and create action. “Consistently great “ is my answer !

How can you make a game of life, of business ? Have fun ! It is good being prepared, however too much rehearsal leads to being “significant” . Can you imaging what this means to your speech ? It suffers.

2. What are your best talents ? Are you dedicated to them ?
Imagine that it’s the last day of your life. Are you happy with what you achieved or filled with regret about the things in life you did not do, that career option you did not explore ?

Might it be useful to challenge the nay-sayers ? They can be everywhere: your parents, family, boss, colleagues. Remember that you only can have success in life if you are good in the things you like and you are doing them well. If that activity makes you also money BINGO !

3. Structures
What is your vision for life ? How will your life look like within 6 months, 1 year, 5 years ?
Can you visualise it ? Then put these images concerning you career, relationship and family life, financial life, free time, spiritual and emotional life on your screen saver.
Consistent performers are those with a vision and action plan in place, they have a laser-like focus on the things that are important and are characterized by their speed of decision and execution. They also walk the talk.
Speed of decision and execution : move fast, get going. Be a magnet to opportunities. We will give credits for a person who does things for us fast, rather than for a person who does things for us slowly. Do it now ! What is the highest standard of quality that can be delivered in the shortest period of time ?“

4. Skills
Influencing: How can I give you what you want ?
Building bridges: Can we influence somebody if we are telling how smart we are ?
Persistence: Or another person jumps on the opportunity !

5. Energy and dynamism count today – it is not possible for you to be positive when you are tired. Regular rest and recreation give you the ability to bounce back when you face adversities.

I will end this overview of what “Consistently Great “ means for me with a quote of Mark Twain:
“ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream.”