Does courage matter

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  Steve Jobs

Do you have the courage to take the first step towards your greatest desire? Have you made the decision that you are going to commit without knowing all the details? Do you realize that you have everything you need to succeed? You have the talent in you to complete the unbelievable, the unimaginable and even the perceived impossible. You must believe that it’s possible and have the courage to leap when others are standing by watching.

The difference maker in manifesting a desire is your ability to take the risk and make it happen. What is keeping you from turning your impossible into possible? Have you taken the time to reverse engineer your dreams? Even if you can’t fill in all the gaps right now, you can hurdle the obstacles as they arise. Are you ready to leap?

Do you have the courage to act without knowing the final outcome? Do you have faith that no matter what happens you will live with the consequences because that is the point of living? T.S. Eliot stated “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Power exists in the ability to understand and appreciate failure for what it is. Your courage to accept that failure is a component of your journey will transpire into mental equity. Courage is not the lack of fear it is simply acting in spite of the fear.

You won’t always know what’s going to happen, and in that uncertainty you will build the mental muscle needed to become the person you want to become. Life is not about getting to a certain level it’s about becoming your ideal self. It has been said that it will take you acting courageously to reach the upper levels of your potential.  

Acting courageously is a character trait of many professionals, some of which are those who serve the public. Oklahoma City Fire Fighter Jeff Weisbrod goes to work every day expecting the unexpected and relies on his training and teammates to help bridge the gaps of the unknown. Courage in spite of unfamiliar circumstances is something a Fire Fighter must contend with constantly. Weisbrod says, “Any time someone calls 911, we know it could be the worst day of their life. Putting the citizens of Oklahoma City before yourself allows us to handle the unknown.”

Training and practice are imperative to build the confidence needed to be courageous in time of need. Weisbrod continued “We train all week for that one fire or that one incident. We may only have to use the acquired skill once in our career but when we’re called on it we feel confident. We go into it [a fire] expecting the worst and hoping for the best, nine out of ten times it’s nothing but you have to go on every call like it’s worst case scenario.”  

Are you training yourself to step into your life with courage?

Weisbrod added, “You can’t train on every scenario because there are so many variables and you don’t always know what is going to happen. It’s tough to train for every situation so you have to have the confidence and courage in yourself and your team. We work together as a team and maintain the belief in each other that we can get the job done.”

Much like fighting fires or protecting the public, it has been said that building your courage muscle is much like building your physical muscle. By working daily to get uncomfortable and continually raising your standards your mental toughness will increase dramatically. You have the tools necessary to be courageous and you must be willing to use them. Make this month a time of stepping out of your comfort zone and forcing yourself to make the phone call, propose the idea or suggest the tough choice.

Do not be afraid of the outcomes in life, be afraid of what will happen if you choose not to pursue them. How can you be more intentional about injecting courage into your life today? It’s possible your answer will shape your future.  

Move Fast And Break Things

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking things, then you are not moving fast enough.” Mark Zuckerberg

Do you find yourself constantly running out of time to complete tasks?

Quit trying to manage the time that you have and start compressing your duties into the time that’s available. Start operating at a higher level of efficiency and accomplish outcomes at a faster rate. Speed is the key to success in 2016.

Here are three action steps you can take to compress time and get more out of every area of life.

 1. 100 percent focus – When you are in a task, be in the task. Buddha says, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Complete the task at hand as much as possible. When it is finished, let it be finished and move on.

 2. Lose the fear – The faster you move on an idea, the less time fear has a chance to creep up and slow you down. When fear builds up, it leads to procrastination, and the idea sits in your mind taking up mental space. Take the action and live with the outcome. Good or bad. Just do it.

 3.  Overcommit and deliver – I want to load my schedule with commitments and be creative in satisfying my duties. When you’re forced to come through you will find new and creative ways to satisfy the people in your life. Many times, a one-hour meeting can be replaced with a two-sentence email. Don’t confuse being busy with being productive, and you’ll begin to explode toward your potential

Stop waiting to be perfect and get moving. Now is the time to manifest your destiny.

Perfection is simply a different word for procrastination. Move fast and break things.

Don't change your order

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” Ancient Indian Proverb

Your desired outcome doesn’t always come when you expect it to. Often times your path takes you in a much different direction or on a much longer journey then you ever intended to set out on. What goal of yours has taken much longer to achieve then you originally anticipated?

Investing star Warren Buffett humorously stated, “No matter how great the talents or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

I heard a story recently about a man visiting a restaurant with his family to eat. After being seated the group placed their food orders and continued with their previous conversation. After talking for 30 minutes, another party was seated for dinner within sight of the man’s group. Soon the first group all received their food except for the man. The man handled it well and then the group that was seated after him all received their food as well. Now this made the man a little more irritated so he brought it to the server’s attention.

The server understood the man’s frustration and replied by saying this, “Sir, you see, the reason that your order has taken much longer is that you placed a very unique and special order. All of these other people that received their food ordered simple food items which are easy to prepare. An order like yours, Sir, takes special attention to detail and is not usually ordered by our common patron.”

The man understood the explanation and when the food came out it was above and beyond everything the man expected. He admitted that it was worth the wait and thanked the server for the tremendous meal.

How can you relate this to your life or business?                                   

If others around you seem to be having success while you are facing obstacles maybe it’s because you have simply placed a unique and special order that takes longer to prepare. Although it may seem difficult or unfair, you are becoming better prepared for the greatness that is intended for you.

Maybe the trials, obstacles, and hurdles in your life are not happening to you, maybe they are happening for you.

Don’t change your order.

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Great things take time

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” Ancient Indian Proverb

Your desired outcome doesn’t always come when you expect it to. Often times your path takes you in a much different direction or on a much longer journey then you ever intended to set out on. What goal of yours has taken much longer to achieve then you originally anticipated?

Investing star Warren Buffett humorously stated, “No matter how great the talents or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

I heard a story recently about a man visiting a restaurant with his family to eat. After being seated the group placed their food orders and continued with their previous conversation. After talking for 30 minutes, another party was seated for dinner within sight of the man’s group. Soon the first group all received their food except for the man. The man handled it well and then the group that was seated after him all received their food as well. Now this made the man a little more irritated so he brought it to the server’s attention.

The server understood the man’s frustration and replied by saying this, “Sir, you see, the reason that your order has taken much longer is that you placed a very unique and special order. All of these other people that received their food ordered simple food items which are easy to prepare. An order like yours, Sir, takes special attention to detail and is not usually ordered by our common patron.”

The man understood the explanation and when the food came out it was above and beyond everything the man expected. He admitted that it was worth the wait and thanked the server for the tremendous meal.

How can you relate this to your life or business?

If others around you seem to be having success while you are facing obstacles maybe it’s because you have simply placed a unique and special order that takes longer to prepare. Although it may seem difficult or unfair, you are becoming better prepared for the greatness that is intended for you.

Maybe the trials, obstacles, and hurdles in your life are not happening to you, maybe they are happening for you.

Don’t change your order.

 

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You need this in a downturn

"Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive." Jamais Cascio

You've been experiencing fortunate times and then the market turns on you. What is your state of mind, is it optimistic or pessimistic? Perhaps you have been in the best physical condition of your life and then suffered an injury. How do you respond? Are you resilient in the times of uncertainty or do you look for someone to blame for your misfortune? Do you take ownership of your mind or do you relinquish your power to someone or something else?

Your determination to endure your circumstances reinforces the strength of your mental foundation. Psychologist Albert Bandura stated that, "In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life." Decide to face your challenges as an opportunity to grow and strengthen your resolve.

When a bone breaks it can heal together stronger than it was before. 

What area of life do you need to show resilience? Have you faced a downturn economically? Have you been diagnosed with a health issue that is creating uncertainty in your life? Are you having a relationship struggle that is eroding your spirit? Which area needs your intense focus and undivided attention? Attack it with an attitude of resilience.

Chess prodigy Joshua Waitzkin asserted, "The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity."

You can create the state-of-mind to handle any situation that life throws at you. It is not always easy, but you do have the choice. Face your adversity with a fierce resolve and your layers of resilience will multiply exponentially.

Resilience creates positive momentum so think of it as a game. Each day that you can exhibit extreme resilience you develop your mental toughness. Are you mentally tough? Are you resilient?

Elizabeth Edwards said, “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before.” And I would add to that by saying you need to build on your new reality. Use the conditions of your new reality to create a better reality. The greatest opportunity you will ever have in your life is right now. The choice is yours.

 

3 steps to taking control

“Only you can control your future.” Dr. Seuss

Start being the cause in your life and stop living at the effect of others. If you are consistently at the effect of others, you will never gain full control of your life or business. To liberate yourself from the constraints of your world takes three simple steps. Think of a situation where you are tired of relinquishing control. Are you fed up with being at the effect of commodity prices, market trends or overbearing rules in your personal life?

Try these three steps to propel you towards being the proverbial hammer and not the nail.

First, identify the habits, rituals or conditions that cause you to feel at the effect of the world. Is it something you can control? You cannot control whether you are selected for jury duty, but you can control if you continue operating in a business model that consistently causes you stress because of fluctuating market conditions.

Next, start hammering away at the conditions you want to change. Dr. Maya Angelou affirmed that, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Commit yourself to finding the solution that will empower you. The answers are out there for you, go and find them! You may have committed four years or more to getting a college education, but you won’t commit two years now to learn a completely new industry that will give you the fulfillment you wish to have.

Finally, you need to become obsessively disciplined to completing your mission. Success comes to those who are obedient in the pursuit of a goal. Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart believed, “the most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Be committed to becoming the hammer in your world, decide from this moment that you will not be at the effect of conditions you can control. You are meant to soar and conquer, not cower and submit. Implement these three steps immediately and get moving now.  

Confident mistakes

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.” Pope John Paul II

Are you confident enough to make a mistake? When you make a mistake do you own it and move forward or do you interrupt your rhythm to cast blame?

Legendary martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee stated, “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” I believe that he is referring to admitting the mistake to yourself and continue moving forward.

When speaking in public, on the radio or live on camera a person is taught that if you make a mistake then don't acknowledge it, keep moving ahead with your dialogue. 

When speaking about her profession, renowned wedding photographer Summer Askins asserted, “If the shot doesn’t look perfect I’ll follow through with it, just to stay on course, it’s my way of staying confident and in control. I’ll seamlessly or mindfully change direction. A bride will see my confidence and they’ll be more confident in themselves. I just keep moving forward.”

Your confidence will determine if the mistake manifests into a problem or disappears without a thought or glance.

I recall a few years back watching a very famous basketball player give an interview after a tough loss. The player proceeded to use vulgar language, on live T.V., to describe his opinions of the referees and their officiating in that game. When he was reminded that he was on live television, he responded with a few more choice words.

A normal player may be reprimanded for this kind of language but he proceeded with such confidence and passion that he received very little negative backlash from the fans. His total confidence in himself made others have confidence in him as well.

In what area of your life or business could you improve on your confidence in adverse times?

Lean on this advice from best-selling author Jack Canfield, “People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence.”

The value of the extra mile

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” Gary Ryan Blair

You can never do more work than you are paid for. By giving more value than you are financially compensated for, you will always be rewarded. Look for additional areas that you can provide unsolicited service and you will set yourself on a path towards massive success. If you make a habit of giving more than which is asked of you, you will become indispensable in your marketplace. Are you indispensable?

I recently read an account from the memoirs of steel titan Andrew Carnegie, in which he spoke of his trusted colleague Charles Schwab. By using the principle of going the extra mile, Schwab was able to attain a most trusted position within the company and create a fortune for himself in the process. By Mr. Carnegie’s description, Mr. Schwab routinely worked two or three times more than the average laborer and did it with a smile on his face. Staying late and returning early to the office, Mr. Schwab made himself to be so effective that Carnegie took joy in paying him far more than the average worker. He became indispensable.

What are you doing to make yourself irreplaceable as an employee, as an entrepreneur or any other position in life which you choose to hold? How can you create so much value that you truly are the only option available to fill a certain role?

Television personality Ross Matthews lives by the motto that, “If you want to succeed at any job, make yourself invaluable. Go the extra mile; make them never be able to imagine what life without you there would be like.”

By accepting the role of a person that goes the extra mile, you will be rewarded with means far beyond the limitations of money. You gain respect, admiration, self-worth and many other nobilities that will serve you far the beyond the scope of the current job at hand. What can you do to further develop your habit of going the extra mile?

Utilize the words of personal development master Napoleon Hill said, “You can start where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service than you are now being paid for.”

What is your first step on your extra mile?