The road to success comes through hard work, determination, and sacrifice.
Sacrifice is one of the purest and most selfless ways to love someone. Practice it daily.
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
~ Gordon B. Hinckley
Earlier this week I flew into Houston, Texas to visit the amazing Alytis customer loyalty team and wish them a Merry Christmas. My flight from Salt Lake City landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 11:00 pm on December 11th, the day before my visit. After picking up my checked bag, rental car, driving to the hotel and checking in I was in my room by around midnight. By the time I settled in it was about 12:30 am and I was tired, ready for bed.
The problem was I hadn’t written my December 12th blog post yet. The thought crossed my mind that I would just miss a day and not write. “No one will really notice or care,” I rationalized to myself. Then I thought about the notes and comments many of you have shared that my posts are sometimes the first thing you read to start your day. I also thought about the 40+ members of the Alytis family who get my posts. It is my daily opportunity to connect with them no matter where we are in the world. I then thought about my own children who often read my posts via social media and refer to them in conversation. Thinking of these important people in my life began to stir a motivation to write, but I still was debating inside my head as I looked at the inviting pillows in my hotel room.
My thoughts then turned to the purpose of my blog, which is to inspire greatness. I’m still working on my own definition of personal greatness, but I do know that a key principle of greatness is sacrifice. Giving up an hour of sleep in order to inspire someone to pursue greatness, even if it is only one reader, is why I post every day. I decided to write.
As many of you know I write about axiom leadership a lot, which is to teach and exemplify values, principles and truths so clearly that it inspires alignment of hearts and minds. I have made it my personal cause to inspire the world to pursue personal and professional greatness. The decision to write my December 12th post came down to whether I was willing to exemplify the principle of consistent effort and keep my commitment to axiom leadership.
I wrote my December 12, 2013 blog post on hearing the hard things and went to bed at 1:30 am. Later that morning, I saw a comment posted at 7:16 am that a father had read the post with his teenage son and thanked me for writing it. I smiled when I saw the comment and felt satisfaction that I had followed through on my commitment to write every day. If my post contributed to a father and son having a conversation about pursuing greatness, then the lost hour of sleep was well worth it.
The commitment to a deeper cause and the choice to work and endure towards it is a daily one. My choice whether to write or not to write this week was a small one compared to other choices I face in life. However, going through that mental decision process is the same effort we all go through to decide whether we will put off old habits and beliefs and exercise the faith necessary to change and become someone greater.
Make the commitment to greatness. Live the values, principles and truths that are associated with greatness. Choose to be an axiom leader.