Awareness is Key to Success

Awareness is the first step  to helping us better understand why we feel the way we  do, why we behave the way we do, and what is preventing us from growth and change.

Having clarity about ourselves, our strengths, our natural behaviorial tendencies, and what we want out of life and why we want it, will help us set and achieve realistic goals.  Get started with our Top Five Identification List:

  1. Identify talents and abilities.  What can you do just naturally?
  2. Identify which tasks energize you and which drain you throughout the day.
  3. Identify people you enjoy spending time with and their qualities you admire.
  4. Identify situations in your life when you were most happy and when you were most miserable.  What were the contexts of those situations?
  5. Identify your values.  What is most important to you (relationships, family, career)?  If you lost everything else in life but you still had those things, you would still feel truly blessed.

(To learn more about this topic check out our Strengths Based Leadership training.)

Be Thankful

Ten years ago, I was at a crossroad in my career.  Working in the corporate arena, I was put in a challenging position of choosing between 1) staying at a company that was forcing me to relocate or move into a different role or 2) find a new job.

I can still recall the effects of that stress: difficulty breathing on my way to work, sleepless nights, questioning everyday decisions, coping with relationship conflict,  and feeling like I was trapped in a cage. I was sad, hurt, confused, and scared. During that time I did much soul searching and realized that I had two choices--play victim or take charge. 

Somehow through the darkness I found the courage and strength to quit my job to start my own training and development company.  I took charge of my life choosing a path where I could follow my dreams.  

As I reflect on that time, I realize what a blessing that crossroad was for me.  Without that situation, I would have never taken this road, "the one less traveled by"[Robert Frost], to get me on this path of today following my true passion.   

All of us face adversity, loss, and difficult situations on the road of life.  It is only through this adversity that we truly find an inner strength to grow beyond what we even thought we were capable of achieving.  So be thankful even during times of great change as it will always take you to a new place--one that is even brighter and better than your past. 

Building Character through Accountability

When we think of character building, "mistakes" may be a word that comes quickly to the mind.  Here are some tips for overcoming obstacles in our career or life paths.

  • Don't let your past create your future.  Respond to the unexpected by making a conscious choice to avoid the victim mentality.
  • When you reach roadblocks to your success, don't give up.  Rarely does anyone succeed without overcoming obstacles.
  • If you want to win, stay in the game.  Don't let temporary failure cause you to miss out on permanent success. 
  • Consciously choose your attitude.  Successful people cultivate a habit of positive enthusiasm.
  • Be easy on yourself and everyone else.  We are all works in progress.
  • Don't waste your energy on looking for someone to blame.  Choose to see the positives and opportunities to grow, even in the face of adversity.
  • Accept constructive criticism as a gift.  It can enlighten you to the changes you need to make to be successful.

(Source:  "12 Choices...That Lead to Your Success" by David Cottrell) 

Quote of the Month

"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it."


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