Are you a go-getter?

Every family has one, just as every friendship circle and organisation has one or two, or a few – if you’re lucky.

These are the people who get things done. Not only are they intrinsically motivated, but they also mobilise others. They’re the ones who get us up and out the house when we’d rather lie in bed for another hour, veg-out on the sofa in front of the telly or coast along happily doing the same old thing we’ve done every day since we started at the company we’ve been at for the last ten years. The go-getter is the one who will force us out of a rut – whether we like it or not.

As most successful individuals tend to be go-getters, it pays to either be one or at least have a few of these characters strategically placed around your life. Although all of us would ideally like to be intrinsically motivated, there are times when we may need someone to spur us on, stretch and challenge us and enable us to reach new heights, whatever our role.

When my daughter dragged me up on stage at our new church after the pastor asked for volunteers, I realised that she’s a little go-getter. When my son pleaded with me to join him on his bike ride and refused to take “no” for an answer, I realised that he too is a go-getter, and so is my husband. I guess I’m also a bit of a go-getter, but I’m a convenient go-getter.

Maybe we all are. Perhaps we only become enthusiastic champions of a cause when it’s something we believe in or when it fits our personality?

Be A Go-getter

• Have a dream or a vision – something to aim for. This will give you a reason to get up and get going every morning.

• Be intentional about showing up every day, no matter what, with your game-face on.

• Be confident but not arrogant. Believe that you add value to any environment.

• Be willing to take risks.

• Recognise and celebrate your victories and accomplishments – no matter how small

• Do what you love and you’ll love what you do – that’s when enthusiasm flows naturally.

• Recognise and utilise your support systems and be brave enough to ask for help or advice.

• Work on your communication skills. Learn to positively navigate relationships and you’ll go far.

• Be courageous. Bravely face your fears and confidently do what you were created to do.

• Have stickability – don’t quit at the first sign of resistance.

• Learn from your mistakes and then move on.

Some personality types are just more ‘go-getter’ than others but for those who generally struggle to gain momentum or traction, or for those times when we find ourselves in a rut, it’s important to have the go-getters close to hand.
If you think you’re a go-getter, you are and if you think you’re not, you’re also right. Your world needs you to be your best today. Start by thinking of yourself as a go-getter and focus on your strengths. Be awesome at what you do.

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