We've all probably heard the saying that success does not come to us, we go for it.
One of the ways to go for what we desire is to ask for it. Successful leaders develop a habit of opening their mouths to ask – for a favor or referral, a sale, feedback or even advice. Being able to communicate and express ourselves to those around us is very important for growth and success.
A leader does not sit back and wait, or expect people to 'just understand'. A leader gets proactive in achieving their goals — persisting, insisting, demanding, asking.
The bible in Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
When we shut down in frustration and sit back because we're "upset", the world passes us by. Life continues — the question becomes did we really give our all, or did we allow emotions to get in the way?
The above featured photo is of art that hangs on my office wall. It's a daily reminder that the achievement of our dreams is up to us. That I must sail off (often into the unknown) and claim that which my heart desires.
Today I would like to encourage you to open your mouth and ask, to communicate even better and to be persistent.
"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers." – Les Brown
"No matter how much success you're having, you can't continue working together if you can't communicate." - Matt Cameron
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." – Calvin Coolidge