Committing to success
Last week saw us raise a fantastic amount of money for the Matt Haycox Foundation, with what will be hopefully the first of many celebrity golf challenges at the Mere in Cheshire. It was a brilliant event, which involved a 6am bedtime for the die-hard party people among us!…..
A total of 27 teams turned out to play, drink and party along with celebrity guests including stars from the worlds of sports, soaps & reality TV. But just 9 weeks ago, there was no event! We hadn’t even decided to do it at that point! We pulled this one out of the bag on hardly any notice, which was an incredible effort by the whole team.
Go all in
How did we do it? It’s a lesson you can apply to lots of things in your life, whether its business, personal goals or just trying to organise your own massive party – you have to put yourself in a position where there is absolutely no option to fail! Commit to what you’re trying to achieve, and then go all in to make it happen.
Nine weeks ago, all we had was an idea. The almost £50k we raised on the day with the auction and all the other money from ticket sales and sponsorship didn’t just appear by magic – it just took a lot of hard work. But the thing is, having committed to making the event happen, there was absolutely no way I was going to allow it to be a half-assed show.
Commit to action
Too often I see people putting things off, or buying themselves so much time to try and do things that it’s just an excuse to talk yourself out of it. In the planning of the golf challenge, we had two options – do it in September, which would be a really tight turnaround (and everyone told me not to do it), or wait out the whole of the winter and put it on next year. Obviously, it would have been easier to wait, but I don’t have time to wait – I’m hungry!! By committing to the sooner date, I had no choice but to act – and you need to do the same and force yourself in to the same position in your business and your personal life. That is the only way you will achieve the results you want to see.
Do the work!
We had no experience putting on an event like this, no database of donors, no sponsors – but what we did have was a commitment to making it happen. So we put the effort in, got on the phone and pulled it all together. There’s nothing magical about success. It is a direct result of hard work and effort, and if you put the effort in, nine times out of ten you will see the results for yourself.
So don’t waste any more time wondering about the ‘what if’s’ and procrastinating. If you’ve got an idea to make something happen, just give yourself no options but to succeed at it. Usually, that just means taking the first step to commit to making your idea real, and putting yourself in a position where you have to keep on taking action until your idea is reality.
We’ve already got big plans for next year’s golf challenge, so watch this space if you want to get involved, either as a team, a sponsor or a spectator and get in touch!