This weekend I have the fortunate opportunity to be in Atlanta, GA participating in the Dale Carnegie Training Leadership Certification process. I have been a leadership trainer for years. The process to become certified (official, with a credential) requires me to attend a four-day training event that is conducted by the company to see if I understand their material enough to represent them and deliver it. I have my own material personally, however the certification with a 100-year-old training company gives me a pretty high level of credibility in the marketplace.
This four-day training is just one piece in the certification process. The process actually began over five years ago when I took the course the very first time. It is a seven week course where you attend once a week for 3.5 hours. Once you attend the course, you must be a course coach (graduate assistant twice), yep another 14 weeks. I did all of that the last three years or so. This weekend is the next step, and after this weekend, I will have to conduct another two classes (7 weeks a piece.)
This weekend as a trainer it is pretty challenging. The master trainer basically gives you a reality check. They coach you on every single word you use in front of a live audience. They provide you feedback and coach you on the spot in front of class participants and several other trainers. The process is very humbling to stay the least.
As challenging as this process has been, is now, and will be in the future. I know it is necessary for me to get to the next level. This weekend one of my colleagues and I when ever we get coached hard and are challenged, after it is over we just will look at each other and whisper (Making payments). Yep, that is what we are doing, We are paying the price, making the payments, investing.
1st thing about paying the price: You have to do it. There are no free rides. You have to go through the process. They just can’t say come up to me and say “You are now a trainer.”
2nd thing about paying the price: If you didn’t pay the price you wouldn’t learn anything. The process is what makes you better. The credential is cool and I need it, but more importantly is the skills I am learning.
If you are reading this congratulations. My challenge for you is this. If you are looking for a magic pill that will help you lose weight, playing the lottery thinking that you will become wealthy, in your mind you deserve that promotion, ask yourself “Am I paying the price?” If you don’t pay the price none of it matters, the skills you learn, the processes you develop, the initiatives you take, the sacrifices you make is what makes the process what it is, and it also makes them stick.
I’ll close on this. Are you willing to do what others had to do, so you can do what they do. If you are looking at a promotion or increased sales, what do you have to do. You want to be skinnier and healthier, are you willing to do what it takes and pay the price. If you are, start making the payments. You have to pay first. There is no way around it.
To your success and your future.