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Key in on your motivation

  • SIMA
- Posted: May 22, 2018
By Jon Crandall, CSP

Over the past 20 years, recurring themes have led to my success with various endeavors. After attending a Landmark Forum as well as many psychology classes while in college, I now realize most of these traits were programmed early in life through experiences. Every strength comes with an opposing weakness. It is as important to recognize, be aware of and rectify a weakness as it is to exploit a strength. Following are a few traits that have impacted me.

Long-term mindset
You need to have the ability to visualize the goal, create small steps to achieve it, and maintain consistent momentum and stubborn but flexible determination to get to the goal without being deterred. 

Success is typically not created overnight. I have heard many people say, “This happened, then something else happened and then they just exploded with growth!” This is almost never true. Many long hours, failures, sacrifices and learning experiences led to the growth people witness that seemingly happened overnight. Today, this is more difficult to teach the younger generation since they are becoming more programmed to expect everything instantaneously. 

You can learn from the misstep and find success, even if it takes twice as long as you expected, so long as you do not give up. The story of Elon Musk and SpaceX is a good example. On a smaller scale, think of something someone told you that you couldn’t do and it drove you to prove them wrong. Or think of something you wanted very much when you were younger. It took you time to get it, but you did it on your own merit, and once you did, you were proud of the accomplishment. These are examples of drive. When a goal is paired with a person with a drive to achieve it, many times it will be achieved. As a friend once said to me, “If we wish it to be then it will be.” Simple but powerful, as long as the goal and drive are present. 

Lifelong learning
I don’t want myself, my family or my team to be at a disadvantage because I don’t know something. Learning is different for me now than when I was in school. I typically desire to learn about things I am passionate about because that usually translates to fun. Today, the rewards I receive from learning are massive. I see rewards from sharing what I have learned with my team at JC Grounds and watching how they apply the learning with their own twist. The opportunities from learning spread to everyone in my personal network. Sometimes such learning creates life-changing opportunities. 

My relationships are the best part of my life. They are what I work for. My family’s support and love; my business friends’ support, learning and friendship; my team’s support and creation. I never understood why people maintained relationships if they didn’t enjoy the company of those around them. I enjoy the company of everyone in my life, from my vendors at work to my family. If you don’t enjoy the company of those people, then just choose to not be around them. I have learned that my relationships are my most valuable asset and they continue to spin off returns I would have never imagined. From a monetary standpoint I have had dinner conversations worth millions in future earnings from a single idea. From a health and support perspective, some of these conversations have changed lives. I encourage you to continue to invest in and create long-lasting relationships with people you enjoy and value being around, and I promise you will be rewarded in ways you will never suspect.

My grandmother used to say: “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.” I have worked 12 hours a day as long as I can remember. Part of my challenge is because I have surrounded myself with great people. I also enjoy what I do to earn a living and almost always have. About five years ago, one of my coaches shared an exercise that helped me become self-aware of a shortfall in actual time. I have started to invest in rewarding myself as well as my family with more time or experiences that will create memories. Material items can be fun, but creating memories is where I believe the real riches are found. 

These are some of the traits that have proven to work well for me. Think back to your most memorable successes in your lifetime and write down the similarities that have recurred. Being aware of the traits that lead you to success and then feeding them will create more success. Next, look for your weaknesses, become aware of them, and then hire a team with the skills to offset your weaknesses. 

Jump start solutions

  • Success looks different to every person. What does it mean to you?
  • Identify traits, strengths and weaknesses that influence your ability to succeed. Which can you use for good?
  • If you’re in a rut, who has complementary traits to lift you up?

Jon Crandall, CSP is CEO and chief visionary of JC Grounds Management and member of the SIMA Board of Directors. Email him at or call 978-532-9368.

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