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Month January 2014

On being persistent

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Let’s face it. Red tape. It’s a pain in the ar**. And gets in the way of good business. But if I’ve learned nothing else about business, it’s the power of persistence. Because when you’re in business you have the distinct advantage of being free to pursue anything you want really. And that’s a freedom worth having, isn’t it.

And persistence is just the quality we need to get us there. Because there will always be red tape. Barriers to growth. But we have a choice in how we face them. We can choose the path of defeat. Or we can rise to the challenge, push back those boundaries and thrive. As a wise man once said, nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Just consider the persistence of water in wearing away a rock. It’s always going to happen. It may just take a bit of time.

Over the years I have faced many challenges. But in looking back I realize some of the things I thought were the biggest blocks, were actually the greatest opportunities for growth. Because in meeting the challenge, I was forced to dig deep and discover strengths and abilities I wouldn’t have otherwise known I even possessed. These challenges kept me on my game and ahead of the rest. Blessings in disguise.

In the words of Stuart Zadel, when you’re in business, you are the elite, you are the rule makers, you set the agenda.

So what are you waiting for?

 

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge

When you’re expecting

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There was a study done some years back. A group of teachers and a group of kids. Now the teachers were told they had exceptional teaching skills. They were also told the kids were gifted.

Bullsh*t really, they were all picked at random.

Needless to say at the end of the project, the teachers reported exceptional performance in the kids. But they were nothing extraordinary. Just normal kids doing their thing. Only difference was the teachers had high expectations. Believing in their ability and treating them accordingly.

Bottom line… performance was high, because expectations were high.

So if you really want to live a great life, it makes sense to understand what your expectations are, doesn’t it.

Do you expect life to be easy or do you expect life to be hard?

Do you expect to be rich or do you expect to struggle?

Do you expect to love your work or hate it while you sell your soul?

Do you expect to be healthy or fall apart as you age?

And what do you expect for those you love?

Because without a doubt, our expectations affect our experience. And the experience of those around us. It’s all about perception.

Perhaps it’s time to shift your expectations…

The Ocean of Abundance

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Have you stopped to look around yourself lately? How abundant this world is. We want for very little don’t we. Sometimes nothing at all. Just think about Christmas and the abundance the festive season brings. For most of us a plentiful supply of time, gifts, food.

Still groaning? Not exactly third world are we.

And there are many ways we can look at this concept of abundance. For some, it’s about greed that comes from a place of fear. That feeling of never having enough so we’d better stockpile.  While for others it’s about gratitude and the humility of knowing we live in a vastly abundant world that is there to be enjoyed and respected. And that we can have it all without the need for rape or pillage.

Such a difference in mindset makes such a difference in experience, doesn’t it.

The ocean of abundance is all around us. A vast and limitless ocean there to be enjoyed.

So will you take a teacup or a bucket down to the ocean?

After all, it makes no difference to the ocean…