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When The Going Get’s Tough What Do You Do?



“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller

When the going gets tough what do you do? I can name many people who through the quality of perseverance have achieved things that were previously thought impossible.  First let me mention Christopher Columbus who discovered a new continent by sailing west looking for India, when some one told him if he did he’d fall off the end of the world. Today it’s the membership of the flat earth society that is dropping off!

Thomas Alva Edison didn’t think it was a waste of time to make over 10,000 attempts at creating incandescent light before finally achieving his goal, despite the derision of those who looked on. Now the whole planet is lit up at night because of his invention!

Then there was Wilbur and Orville Wright who were convinced they
could take a lump of heavy metal and make it fly in the sky and be able carry people through the air, despite some of their peers telling them “If we were meant to fly God would have given us wings!” Yet this very day tens of thousands of people will be flying all over the world!

Roger Bannister seemed to be attempting the impossible when he
chose to be the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes. Medical experts warned him he could do irreparable damage to his body if he succeeded and at worst he may kill himself and yet within a few short months many athletes had also run a sub four minute mile!

The list could go on and on!

If we are willing to persevere and take all the actions necessary to hold on to our dreams of personal success and never ever EVER give up, till we achieve them. We can and will become successful in whatever our desire happen to be.

How To Succeed In Life



“You don’t become enormously successful without encountering some really interesting problems.” – Mark Victor Hansen

How would you describe the problems you face in your life? Would you describe them as difficult, painful, depressing or perhaps interesting? To be able to become enormously successful Mark Victor Hansen thinks it’s necessary to meet with some really interesting problems.

Today’s quotation for me illustrates the attitude needed to achieve success. When problems approach those who are most likely to succeed in this life, they don’t throw their arms up into the air in panic and get a sinking feeling. They just look at the problem that faces them and say to themselves “Hmm interesting!” In other words they take a pragmatic view of their problems!

When you and I face up to our problems and square up for the fight that could be ahead, instead of running away, some of our problems just melt away into the mist! I’ve heard it said that around 80% of the things we worry about are things that have no substance. Of the other 20% of real worries and problems, the willingness to face up to them and to work through them is a distinctive advantage in dealing with them.

Maybe we could push the boat right out and welcome our problems and see them as a real opportunity for growth? They will prove “interesting” as we learn new strategies not only for dealing
with our present problems; but also as we grow through our problems we become more able to deal with similar problems in the future and we gain a certainty within ourselves that whatever
problems come our way we will be able to deal with them.

Use Your Imagination To Your Advantage!



“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
– Albert Einstein

I’m sure you knew that Albert Einstein was a clever guy, that he knew so much more than the average person and yet did you know that he said “Imagination is more important than knowledge!” Einstein only came to the conclusion he did because he had a playful imagination himself.

He was sat in the classroom as a schoolboy about fourteen years of age, looking out of the window, bored with the lesson that he had already understood. The teacher saw him looking out of the window and said “Einstein! Eyes forward!” So he started looking at the clock on the wall above the chalkboard.

He saw the second hand moving slowly around the clock face and
asked a question of himself. “How am I able to tell the time?” but he didn’t stop with the answer of how was he able to convert the  movement and place of the hands on the clock to know what time it was, he went further! He also answered the question by saying “I can tell the time because of the light in the room, if there was no light I wouldn’t be able to see the clock.”

Then he went a little further with his thinking and asked a different question. “How fast can I tell the time?” The answer was “At the speed of light!” Then one more playful question, “What would I see if I could see the clock faster than the speed of light?” The answer he gave himself was “The clock’s hands would start moving backwards!”

His conclusion was that time would seem to be going backwards if he was traveling faster than the speed of light. All this from a bored young man who made use of his imagination and began to stumble upon the beginnings of his great “Theory of Relativity” and his belief that you can’t travel faster than the speed of light or go backwards in time.

As you use your imagination to visualize the future, make sure you dream of the future you want and not the one you fear, because what we think about comes about!

Be Unwilling To Accept Defeat!



“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your
attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be
mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”– Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is one of the reasons why I got involved in the Personal Development industry. Whilst selling life insurance back in 1988, as part of my training my manager had me listen to series of sales training tapes that Brian had recorded. I remember going home all excited telling Anne (my wife) that we had to have written goals!

The result was that 12 months after writing a long list we checked back and found that we had accomplished over 80% of those goals without looking at the list in between times. My thought back then was how things could have been even better if we’d read the goals every day. In my coaching work I encourage my clients to have written goals and to read them out loud every day with a big smile on their faces.

However, back to today’s quote, which is about attitude. You may have heard the challenge in the words that “we are made of sterner stuff” which implies that sometimes we have to roll with the punches, take it on the chin and accept the reality of what is happening in our lives. In the song “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” we are told “The blues they sent to greet me, won’t defeat me! It won’t be long till happiness steps us to greet me!”

If you are someone who can find the resolve to pick yourself up every time you fall, then life will not master you, you will master it! You cannot be defeated in the long run if you are not willing to accept that defeat! We must accept that “it is what it is” but not be willing to accept that “what it is” will remain, if we chose for it not to!

How To Make Your Success A Certainty



“Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is
the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale

Does success frequently evade you? Here’s the recipe that Dale Carnegie came up with, for making your success and mine a certainty. He says employing enthusiasm, common-sense and persistence will result in our success! Dale was the author of the famous book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” a 1936 personal development classic, that sold over 15 million copies!

Enthusiasm, flaming enthusiasm at that, is a joy to behold! I love to watch people when they display enthusiasm for what they are doing; when you can see that their heart and soul is totally involved! The word enthusiasm literally means “god within” so the way I understand it, enthusiasm is doing whatever god intended us to do.

I can’t say that I’d ever heard of ‘horse-sense’ before I read this quotation, so I Googled it. The free reads: Noun horse sense – sound practical judgment and then it uses it in context: “Common sense is not so common”; “he hasn’t got the sense God gave little green apples”; “fortunately she had the good sense to run away.”

In my coaching conversations, my clients sometimes like me and you “can’t see the wood for the trees” and all they need to get them back on track, is a little common sense. It is a quality that can escape us when our attention is on other things. It’s always worth asking the question “What is the advice I would give to someone else to help them, if they were in the same set of circumstances that I find myself in right now?”

Finally, persistence is not a hallmark of our 21st Century society, that wants instant gratification, and yet those who are successful in life will tell you that in diligently persisting in following their dreams, they arrived at the moment when their dreams became their reality. So, if you want to succeed, make use of enthusiasm, common-sense and persistence, like Dale Carnegie suggested.

Don’t Settle For Less Than Being Who You Are!

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“The biggest temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton

Have you ever been tempted to settle for less than what you thought was your fare share in life? I know I have and I even have to admit I gave in to the temptation on more than one occasion, whispering to myself: “Oh, anything for a quiet life!”

Please don’t misunderstand me here; I’m not suggesting that you ought to become argumentative and unpleasant with people when you don’t seem to be getting your own way! Instead I am challenging you to hold on in your thinking to your original goals despite what the material world seems to be throwing at you.

If you are resolute in your own mind that things are going to work out the way you want them to, you can adopt a silent determination to see your project through and to make sure things always work out, the way you’ve planned. In this life there has to be give and take, but never let go of the things that are important to you.

One such man was Colonel Sanders. He retired aged 65 with a pitiful State Pension which was barely enough to pay for his basic needs. He decided he wanted to find some other income, so he asked himself what goods or services could he exchange for this money. All he had was a chicken recipe that a lot of people seemed to like.

So he determined to go around America, offering his chicken recipe to restaurateurs in exchange for a percentage of their increased profits as a result of them cooking his chicken recipe instead of theirs. He could have easily settled for less, because he had to visit over 100 restaurants all around America before he found someone willing to “give it a go.” Thankfully for many people who love to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken he didn’t accepted the rejection of those who weren’t interested in his offer.

Your Decisions and Your Destiny



“It is in the small decisions you and I make every day that
create our destiny.” Anthony Robbins

Is your life turning out to be all that you ever hoped and dreamed it would be? Are you disappointed with the progress you have made so far? The truth is, that you are where you are right now because of all the decisions big and small that you’ve ever made! No one else is to blame, you have chosen the life that you are now living!

Yes we can all point to mitigating factors, but are we really saying that we are unable to like the salmon, swim against the tide. Surely we’re made of sterner stuff than a fish, which only has instinct to aid it on its journey. We have intellect; we can out think a fish!

Life is like a game of chess, to play it well we need to think ahead. We need to realize that our actions have consequences and even though we don’t know exactly how the other side will make their moves, we can anticipate what will happen if …

Every decision is a crossroads that can take your life in many different directions. Take each choice and like Abraham Lincoln of old consider all the reasons why you should do it and why you shouldn’t. See where the weight of the argument lies and move forward, willing to take the risk because you’ve considered the outcomes.