Allowing kids to dream, explore and create gives light to their future. ~ Cardiff D. Hall
When one road closes another can open but you must find it. ~ Cardiff D. Hall
The child within knows no boundaries and believes they can do anything: Find that in you! ~ Cardiff D. Hall
Success and failure are woven together in successful people who have failed.
Inside this week’s newsletter, success is not being defined, but rather we look at three individuals who are deemed successful people, who have failed.
If you spend time studying or understanding stories of those who have failed, there are many valuable lessons.
Successful people who have failed, have an inner drive to succeed despite difficulties.
Thomas A. Edison a well known individual in history, overcame failure, not just a few times but 10,000 times. His mark on history is inventing the light bulb. Thomas had teachers tell his parents that he would not succeed in life.
Thomas didn’t believe that and took it upon himself to succeed, regardless of the numerous failed attempts at creating the light bulb.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison
Understanding that failure is part of the journey, has allowed successful people who have failed to achieve.
J.K. understand failure was part of the process. She continued to approach publishing companies and eventually became a best selling author of fiction.
Investing the time to learn from failures, permits successful people who have failed, to implement the change and continue towards what is possible.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I tried that and it doesn’t work?” The person continues to share with you why it didn’t work. What is missed, is the individual failed to invest the time to understand the failure and did not implement changes.
One of the greatest baseball players was George Herman, also known as Babe Ruth, who experienced over one thousand failures in his career. Babe struck out 1,330 times!
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs and made 2,873 hits in his career. His batting average was 34.2%, which puts him in the top ten of all time leaders in baseball history.
Failure is the roadblock that stops many individuals from moving forward towards achievement.
Take a moment and think about the below questions.
- How many times would you fail to achieve the goal you desire?
- Are you implementing thinking time to understand why failure occurred and what you can do to apply the insights?
- How do you perceive failure?
- When is the last time you failed? If you cannot recall a failure why not?
Failure requires you to move past your comfort zone, past what you know and move towards what is possible in your life. The successful people who have failed, pushed themselves outside of their comfort and believed in themselves.
What is possible for you? I created the What’s possible resource to help you see what is possible for you, which you download by clicking on the link.
Failure, yes it can be hard, while it can be rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to learn so you can apply the insights towards achievement.
To learn more about other successful individuals who have failed visit the link.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino
PS: Pushing past failure is possible and understanding your internal make-up of focus, flow and idea will further your forward movement. Click here to take the assessment.
Realize in failure you must be anchored in your Why and believe. ~ Cardiff D. Hall
Infuse positivity into the mind to prevent the clouds of negativity. ~ Cardiff D. Hall
Staying positive in a negative world can be difficult.
Have you ever looked at the news headlines from around the world?
Here are just few of the headlines around the world at the time this was written.
The headlines range from murder to a cat hoarder and more.
Infusing the news headlines into your mind can bring about a sense of “doom and gloom” and negativity within yourself, if you are not intentional.
First of all, here are ways to ensure you do not allow what is occurring in the world to impact you.
How to stay positive begins with practicing gratitude daily.
By taking the time to journal on what you are grateful each day, you will increase your mental strength and build your mental reflection to the negative things around you.
Inside a Forbes article you can find seven scientific benefits benefits of gratitude.
I’ve personally found when I journal on what I am grateful for, it shifts my mind to a place of happiness and thankfulness. Start by writing down three things which you are grateful for in the evening before you go to sleep and repeat the process when you wake up in the morning.
“What if I run out of things to be grateful for?” you might be thinking. If you are honest with yourself, you will never run out of finding something to be grateful for.
How to stay positive requires a filter on what you take in.
Would you put water in your vehicle’s gas tank?
What you put into your mind, can be like inserting water into your vehicle’s gas tank. Your mind processes whatever you take in.
“The RAS is the part of your brain that serves as a filter between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. The RAS, which is located in the core of your brain stem, takes instructions from your conscious mind, and passes them on to your subconscious mind.”
What is put into the mind gets passed to the RAS and your subsconsious mind feeds on that.
What was the last piece of information your brain took in, prior to you reading this?
While I was taking an online class, the instructor asked each individual to remove themselves from media, news, etc. for the next 30 days.
What a shock to my system! I was dependent on the news.
As I progressed through the 30 day cleanse, I found I became more joyful, which created more energy internally.
Now, I know what you some of you are probably thinking. “Really, come on?”
Remember the RAS?
I found by not filling my mind with the news, it helped shape my day in a better mental framework. If you have never tried a media cleanse, try it for 30 days. If you decide to try it, email me at [email protected] and let me know what benefits came from this.
How to stay positive – add positive things into the mind through books, podcasts and videos.
Fill your mind with positive books, positive self-help information, personal motivational books and more, can help you reflect the negativity around you.
Did you know 26% of American adults say they haven’t read a book in whole or in the past year in print, electronic form or audio form? This is approximately three out of every ten adults.
Are you the 26% group? I trust you are not.
If you were to ask me this question about five years ago, I would have to sadly raise my hand and said, “YES”. The excuse I used then was “I don’t have time!”
Today, I am not in that group and I am infusing something positive into my mind on a daily basis. In my book, Tide Turners I have a list of books I recommend for reading, which will infiltrate positivity into your mind.
If you don’t enjoy reading, utilize audio books. Audio books are the fastest growing format in the publishing industry today.
Audio books go with you wherever you go, with your mobile device.
How to stay positive – utilize prayer.
Prayer is a time to connect with your creator and it’s a time to be honest and pray for what is occurring in your own life and to also offer prayer for others, that you may or may not know.
It’s a time to reflect on graditude and the blessings in your life. If you have never prayed, that’s ok.
Similar to a media 30 day cleanse, try it for 30 days and see what can happen.
24 hours a day, seven days a week, news headlines continue to develop, it never stops. With news being constant, you need to ensure you are intentional about implementing one or all of these strategies.
A Postive Uplifting Podcast
I enjoy podcasts and there are many positive themed podcasts available for you to digest. One of my favorites is The Real Brian Show. Brian has a wonderful format where he delivers a podcast three days a week.
Mondays are short digestable topics. His weekly Wednesday podcast offers a guest and I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a featured guest. You can access the link to the episode. His Friday format is fun with an “anything goes” style.
“The power plant doesn’t have energy, it has to generate energy.” – Brendon Burchard
In conclusion, be the one to generate your positivity, to protect your mind against the negativity, lurking in the news and around you.
PS: To add in building your mindset, check out Increasing Your Mindset
Ever had a job that you didn’t enjoy?
Is it possible to enjoy your job if you don’t like it?
In fact, you dread going into work and just do enough for the day.
You wished you could magically go inside the clock and fast forward the hands of time, so you can leave.
You are not alone. According to the Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey in 2016, nearly 49.6 percent of US workers are satisfied with their jobs. This is the highest overall job satisfaction has been in the US since 2005. So, over 50 percent of individuals are not satisfied in their jobs.
There are many reasons why the 50 percent are not satisfied with their job, however is it possible to enjoy a job you really don’t like? You can turn a job that you don’t like, into a job that you can tolerate.
Here a few ways to do that.
How to enjoy your job begins with gratitude.
Gratitude really? “You want me to be grateful for my job when I don’t like it?” Yes!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
Before you begin your work day, take five minutes and write down five things you are grateful for about your job. Yes, write down five things you are grateful for. And repeat this process daily for the next five working days. This activity will be difficult at first and may take more than five minutes to complete.
Start writing simple things which could be: the close parking space you found, your coffee/tea cup, the stranger that said hello. Start with the small things which you can be grateful for.
How to enjoy your job is about having an intention.
A good question to ask of yourself is “What must I do today to ensure I do my best?”
Notice the question isn’t “What must my Manager do today to ensure I do my best?”
Take the time to focus on this question and write your response down. As you go throughout the day, ask yourself “I am living up to my response?” This will help create the shift you need within yourself, given you desire to be intentional.
How to enjoy your job – start to look for ways you can learn.
Is there a committee or group/task force you could join?
How about a new program or skill you can learn, which will enhance your involvement in your work environment during the day?
This might be uncomfortable, however can open the doors within your mind and open the doors of possibility for you to do something different within your job.
How to enjoy your job – find something outside of work that will bring you fulfillment.
It could be a volunteering, a hobby, a sport, an activity, perhaps a side business or passion which want to pursue.
What is that for you?
Doing something which provides energy outside of work, can give you the energy you need to move through your day at work.
“Passion is the energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
How to enjoy your job – identify the benefits of your job, which provide a value to you.
These are not your health or company benefits.
Identify what you receive from your job, which could consist of: a flexible work schedule, the ability to work from home, connection with co-workers are just a few.
Again, this will be hard however, just like identifying five things to be grateful for, you can identify the benefits about your current job.
Staying in a job you don’t like can be difficult, however by implementing these five strategies you can move from the ‘don’t like’ phase to a job that is tolerable.
To help you with this transition, I have developed a resource entitled What’s Possible that you can download and begin to think about the possibilities in your job.
Write down what is possible in your current job. Put aside your feelings and begin to implement the above strategies and see what is possible.
“Find joy in everything you do. Every job, relationship, home…. it’s your responsibility to love it or change it.” -Chuck Palahniuk
You can move from the 50.4 precent group to the 49.6 percent of individuals who are satisfied with their jobs.
I’d love to know if you are currently satisfied or unsatisfied in your current job. You can comment below or send an email to [email protected]
Here is to you being satisfied in your job!