Welcome to the November 2003 edition of the Clarity Success
Coaching Newsletter! For this month's newsletter, and for the next
two issues of our newsletter, we are going to continue to focus more
specifically on the individual aspects of the STAR Within You that
we touched on in the last couple of months. This month we are
looking at the letter "T" for Tenacious with Standards.
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|STARs are Tenacious with Standards|
| In September's newsletter, we talked about the
attributes of a STAR. We define a STAR as someone who shines
brilliantly in their field of endeavour. They are people who
perform a skill or exhibit a characteristic that we can look
at and appreciate that it is being done at a high
We use the "T" in STAR to represent Tenacious
with Standards which means that STARs:
-have high personal standards
they need to deliver
-practice, work and play at meeting
-set an example for others
expect things that most people don't. They expect great effort
from themselves and from their people. They expect bigger
results - and consequently they get them!
One personal example of this element of being a STAR that I
have witnessed is the example that John Furlong set for his
team when they were vying for the Olympic games for Vancouver.
Something he said to his team was, "There is no medal for
second place in this Olympic bid."
A second example of
being tenacious with standards was exhibited by former US
President John Kennedy during the space race of the 1960s. He
said very clearly, "We WILL be on the moon by the end of the
decade." And they were. He also said to his congress that if
they were not going to commit everything to the space effort,
then he felt they should not commit anything.
Every time one person drops the ball with ethics or
morality or truth we all suffer. But when one person raises
this same bar, we all win. One of the underlying messages
about being tenacious with standards is that STARs do the
right thing, even when it's difficult or
In order for STARs to be tenacious with
standards they have to know what they need in order to deliver
and they have to know how to get it. Some STARs are considered
prima-donnas because they won't perform or present unless
everything is perfect. What they are really doing is getting
their needs met and asking for high standards to be met as
well. In order for super-STARs to shine and entertain us, they
ask to have their high standards met.
In what areas of your life do you have high
When do you deserve the best?
have you tolerated mediocrity in yourself and
When was there a time where your expectations
could be raised significantly?
What do you need to
perform at a higher level?
What support can you get to
be more brilliant at what you do?
|To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice
Steve Prefontain, American Distance
|"It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong
Talk about tenacious with standards! Armstrong's first book
focuses on his diagnosis and recovery from cancer as well as
his triumph as a cyclist. This is a man who expects nothing
but the best from himself and quite possibly, this attitude
saved his life. A great read.
For other book reviews please visit the Clarity Success
Coaching web site and our 'library'.
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