I’ve been a fan of Stephen Covey for years. It began when I read his best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, followed by First Things First, which has had a tremendously positive impact on my life. When I started using Twitter, I naturally decided to follow Covey. He doesn’t tweet that often (unlike some people who are tweetaholics!), but one of Covey’s recent tweets was like a message directly from him to me.
I have a condo in Chicago that I love. I’ve spent the past 5 years making it into my dream home. As much as I adore it, my condo keeps me locked into my current job so I can pay the mortgage, and locked out of other opportunities like working for a nonprofit. I know my current job isn’t fulfilling my highest and best purpose in life, and that it’s time for me to reposition myself and move to the next level.
Two weeks ago, I had to decide whether to sign a contract from my real estate agent to list my condo for sale. I was in agony, anxious and sad at the thought of leaving my dream home, and skeptical that I’d find a decent buyer in today’s horrendous market. I decided to check Twitter for a distraction.
And there it was, a tweet from Covey: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” I laughed. I cried. I signed the listing contract.
My condo went on the market last week. The first showing was on Saturday. They made an offer. Now I’ve sold my condo, and I’m free to move forward. Thank you, Stephen Covey!!
Are you willing to give up the good to go for the great?