The other day I read a quote from the past attributed to Sam Parker and Mac Anderson. What hit me about it is the application and the value it adds to all of us today who are in the process of ‘righting’, rebuilding or just building our businesses to greater heights. It reads …
At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree that makes all the difference.
Actually I’ve been having fun with this. After we think we’re finished with the plan we set out to create there’s often sighs of relief and slaps on the back around the room filled with those who worked diligently to accomplish the task. If the truth be known, I have the same reaction when doing this on my own, although admittedly, the slap on the back lacks the same force.
However, when a plan is devised to move forward in some way and whether asking another or myself, , it continues to amaze me what happens when we increase the action, the push or the heat just one more degree? What might be the result? How much further could that take the business on the path to hitting the mark? My experience is that determining what that extra ONE degree could mean can be the difference between good and profound gains. The simple question magically opens up doors of possibility and ultimately added depth to whatever the plan to move forward. Based on my experience I would encourage everyone to try this. I think the likelihood is great that those who do will experience my sense of “wow” in terms of how much richness it adds to the path you’re on. If you do, I’d really like to hear your experience.