Every setback carries the seeds of an even greater opportunity. – The Greatness Guide 2, Robin Sharma
Before someone will help you, you need to help them. – Robin Sharma
I’d like to share a couple of posts I have seen on Facebook recently:
Both of these are so true. Stop making excuses for yourself and let the magic happen.
This morning on Facebook was this quote from Robin Sharma:
Our job is to lift others up versus bring others down. To fill them with courage – not discourage. And to model what’s best.
To help bring positivity into your life, lets portray positivity together.
On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Danielle Redner from Stella & Dot. She had an amazing speech, and put out there, “if you had no fear, what would you do in 2012?”
With the New Year right around the corner, what are your plans for the year? Have you always wanted to try skydiving, yet are afraid of jumping out of a plane? Have you wanted to pursue a new business endeavor, yet have been afraid of success or failure? Have you wanted to embrace your inner self, yet have been afraid of self-discovery? Lets set our fears aside and challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and see where we can go.
Wayne Dyer puts it nicely, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Remember there are times when we feel as though we want to quit. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never give up.”
Imagine what the world would be like if we all gave up when the goings got tough. When there is something you truly believe in and want to pursue, pursue it to the end. Make it your passion. Most times it is our own selves that hold us back. Instead of focusing on the words of the non-believers, refocus on achieving your dream. “When you feel like denying your dream is when you must deepen your devotion to your dream.” – Robin Sharma.
Here’s to a fearless 2012. What dreams are going to be achieved?
In Robin Sharma’s book, “The Leader Without a Title,” he uses a skiing analogy where you need to face your fears head on and take the plunge down the mountainside. Whether it is talking a new challenge in your personal life or work, or needing to make a life altering decision, you need to tackle the bull by it’s horns. As easy as it seems to stick with the norm and follow what you’ve always known, it’s time to leave the green runs and tackle the double blacks.
In your career you may be looking for a change. It may be the challenge of stretching yourself into a more advance roll, or it may be making a career move to something entirely different.
While I was in university I had a great job working as a travel consultant at our local motor club. I loved the people I worked with and I enjoyed interacting with people everyday. It was a great job while I was in school as I could work full-time in the summer and part-time while going to school. However, I found out shortly after I graduated that it was not the best job for the career path I wanted to pursue. I was really confused as to what I wanted to do as a career, and I was scared of trying something new.
I felt like I wanted to get into accounting and I wasn’t sure how since my major was not in accounting, nor did I have much experience. I first started applying for any type of position to get myself into something different. I had applied for a few admin jobs and had landed a couple of interviews. It was in one of these interviews where the employer told me I was over qualified. He asked where I saw myself in 5 years, and asked what was holding me back. It was time to take the leap of faith and ski the double black. I finally got my foot in the door through a temp agency, and the rest is history.
Always look for new ways to push yourself. The more you push yourself, the more you can discover what your strengths are and the more you can improve upon your weaknesses. It may be terrifying looking down the steep run in front of you. To summarize Robin Sharma, if you always stay on the greens, how are you ever going to practice and gain the confidence to move up to those double blacks. Sure you can choose the easy road in life, but truly what does that prove. Follow your dreams, and sometimes those dreams are going to require you to take some risk.
The world today is in a constant array of change. Change is unavoidable. Look at technology as an example, it has changed the moment we get to the till to purchase the latest and greatest model of cell phone, computer, you name it. That latest and greatest gets replaced at super speed by the next latest and greatest.
The corporate world is drastically changing too. The last few years have seen companies fold, and existing companies trying to figure out how to stay afloat. One of my favorite books I read recently is Robin Sharma’s “The Leader Who Had No Title.” This book is quite fitting for today’s corporate world. The title speaks for itself in that you don’t need a fancy title or the corner office to lead.
There is a company I know of that is recently going through some changes. A friend of mine has told me that she keeps reminding her co-workers that they are in charge of their own destiny. They all work in the front lines and are part of the integral glue that holds the company together. As this team discovered, management did not realize the extent of the work that went on within the group. Therefore, instead of relying solely on management for guidance on how to restructure the team, they have chosen to work together with management to help shape their own destinies.
Remember, you are in control of your life, both your work life and your personal life.