Today, I spoke to Jon Gordon, who is a motivational speaker, consultant, national bestselling author and author of his latest book called Training Camp. In this interview, Jon talks about how you can get what you what, how you can maintain a positive spirit, and how you should handle goal setting.
What is the formula for success?
It’s not a secret formula. It’s simply applying the winning habits that separate the best from the rest. It’s what my book Training Camp is all about.
Can anyone learn and develop the habits of “the best of the best”?
I’m convinced that anyone can learn and apply these habits. That’s the beauty of them. They are not for only a chosen few. They are for anyone who is willing to pay the price that greatness requires. You just have to know what you truly want and you have to want it more than everyone else.
Is is always possible to get or do what you want? What are the steps to achieving that?
In most cases yes. I believe, however, that it must be what you truly want and what God wants for you. I believe when they are one in the same then it’s possible to have what you want. If it’s something that you think you want or even may want but it’s not part of your destiny then you likely won’t get it.
Max Lucado said it best: “You can’t be anything you want. But you can be everything God wants you to be.” It’s about finding what you truly want, your purpose, your calling, your destiny, and then working as hard as possible to be the best you can be.
It’s not always easy. But the key is to be optimistic about where you are going. Choose faith over fear. Choose to be blessed instead of stressed. Choose to believe your best days are ahead of you, not behind you. Learn from your mistakes. Celebrate your successes. Seize your moments and you’ll love your outcomes. Enjoy the ride. I believe that daily reminders are key. Books are also essential. Books have changed my life and hope to make an positive difference with my books and help people stay positive and overcome the negativity that so often sabotages people and their teams from being their best.
Should you shoot for a big goal, or have smaller goals leading up to it?
I believe you must have a big picture vision of where you are going. This is not a number driven goal. It’s a purpose driven goal. For example, I don’t focus on numbers. I focus on my mission to empower and inspire as many people as possible one person at a time. Then I believe you need to zoom focus each day on the actions that help you realize your big picture vision. Small actions and goals lead to the results and the outcome you desire.
Jon Gordon is a speaker, consultant and author of the international best seller The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy and The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work. Jon’s latest book, Training Camp: What the Best do Better than Everyone Else, is now available. The message in Jon’s books and speaking presentations is such that NFL coaches such as Jack Del Rio, Mike Smith, the PGA Tour and the FBI have called on Jon to inspire and benefit their teams. Jon and his books have been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and in Forbes, Fast Company, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Clients such as The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Northwestern Mutual, Publix Super Markets and JP Morgan Chase also call on Jon to bring out the best in their leaders and teams.