Those with a deep drive to achieve are typically the ones who see themselves as "drowning in a sea of opportunity." Everywhere we turn we see possibilities -- possibilities to lead, to make a difference, to improve processes, to learn, to grow, and to answer the call to leadership.
Those of us who are drowning in this sea of opportunity are the people that Marshall Goldsmith wrote about in his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful.
Goldsmith writes, “If you’re not careful, you’ll be overwhelmed in due course – and that which made you rise will bring about your fall. This ‘I will succeed’ belief can sabotage our chances for success when it’s time for us to change behavior. Overcommitment can be as serious an obstacle to change as believing that you don’t need fixing or that your flaws are part of the reason you’re successful.”
- Is a sincere desire to serve and add value, coupled with your proven ability to serve well, causing you to overcommit?
- Are the behaviors and beliefs that made you successful now moving you ever-closer to feeling that you are “drowning in a sea of opportunity?”
- What will you do to ensure that what got you here WILL get you there?