Going From Dabbling to Commitment
By: Sandy Saburn, CTIE

One of the most inspirational parts of our annual conference last year was the presentation Meredith Hill delivered on the last day of the conference. Those of you who know Meredith or have heard her speak know that her brilliance is mindset and motivation. I can tell you personally that it is a blessing to work with Meredith and get these mindset tune-ups on a regular basis.

In her presentation Meredith talked about “dabblers vs. breakthroughers”. Yes, we probably made up that last word, but you get it, right? She talked about how some people have great ideas and plans, while others actually make them happen.

One of the speakers in a group coaching program I am in said something similar that also caught my attention, “Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.”

Both are really talking about the same thing. It’s about moving from dreaming about something to fully committing yourself to it. That’s where the magic happens.

It’s about taking action and moving forward.

Hand-wringing and wishing never helped someone achieve their dreams. Don’t get me wrong – it isn’t about pounding the pavement and working your fingers to the bone either. There are smarter ways to achieve your goals.

But the bottom line is that you must commit to DOING in order to succeed. A great start is surrounding yourself with people who are already doing. That’s one of the reasons I am big fan of coaching groups, masterminds, and other types of organizations where you are working on a common goal. Just being a member of something doesn’t give you the same structure or tools as being part of a coaching program. Over the years I have invested in a number of programs and (pardon the cliché) I would not be where I am today without them. Literally.

The key is to find the right program. You need to resonate not only with the content, but also with whoever is leading the program. I tried a program one time where the content was exactly what I needed, but every time the presenter opened her mouth I reacted negatively. I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t for me. You have to find YOUR tribe.

And you have to be willing to invest in it –investing both time and money. Free programs won’t give you the results a paid program will. Period. And it doesn’t matter how much money you invest you can’t just learn by paying for a program. You have to put in the time and work.

Breakthroughers don’t make a big breakthrough just because they join. They engage. They listen. They absorb. They try things. They trust their intuition. That’s how they succeed. Just paying the monthly fee won’t get you there. You’ll end up with “shelf knowledge” that doesn’t do you any good just sitting up on a shelf.

Right now, the travel industry is on a very positive path forward. There is more demand for travel advisors than there has been in years! There has never been a better time to make sure you are in your tribe, absorbing what’s being said, and – most importantly – taking action!