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Each Step

Posted on August 20, 2018
Each Step

"The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance -- and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."

—Oprah Winfrey

 

Goals provide a map. They create a map with all the future steps to take on your journey. But everyone knows how difficult journeys can be, and how riddled with potholes and wrong turns the road ahead can become.

When the road gets rough, discouragement and disappointment may seem like the only things on the horizon. Weariness takes over, and the destination may seem too far and too difficult to reach.  The entire journey can feel like wasted time and effort, and success an impossible dream.

At low times like these, however, a readjustment of attitude is necessary, and it’s important to remember one thing: each step forward is a victory in itself.

It’s tempting to define the journey by its end—by its successful completion, or its failure— but when the road is only viewed as a tool, the accomplishments along the way are missed. The relationships, the personal victories, the ground already covered are overlooked.

When discouragement sets in, take time to reflect on how much you have already accomplished, and how far you’ve actually come.  You might just be surprised by the results.

Learn to see each step as a small victory, and your journey will be a success regardless of the destination. 


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A Spark of Passion

Posted on July 23, 2018
A Spark of Passion

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”    - Golda Meir

 

No one likes to fail.  In fact, many of us try to avoid failure altogether.  We often “play it safe” in life taking very few risks, even if that means never quite achieving the level of success we believe we might be capable of.

But life is meant to be lived to the fullest; that means looking for that small spark of possibility within ourselves regardless of the risk. 

It might be reviving a long-forgotten passion, cultivating a natural talent, or pursuing a meaningful goal, but whatever it takes to discover your spark of possibility, the flame of achievement is worth the risk of failure.

Begin fanning your spark of possibility and watch the flame of achievement burn bright in your life.

 

 


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The Invisible Gorilla

Posted on June 15, 2018
The Invisible Gorilla

Inattentional blindness is the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object.

— Scholarpedia 

In 1999 Daniel Simmons and Christopher Chabris conducted a psychological research project called “The Invisible Gorilla.” The premise was simple. They filmed several young people playing basketball in a hallway, then asked test subjects to view the video and count how many times the players in the white shirts passed the ball. The subjects watched the video carefully and reported their results.

Simmons and Chabris concluded each session by asking one simple question of the test subjects: “Did you see the gorilla?” Most were dumbfounded. When they viewed the video again, they were stunned to realize that, at one point in the short film, a man dressed in a gorilla costume had walked right out into the middle of the players, beat his chest, then walked out again. The viewers had been so focused on the task of counting the passes that they had overlooked a large gorilla.

We’re all affected by this perceptual blindness. There are times we don't see things that are right in front of us.

Sometimes they’re the issues and problems that we refuse to face, blind spots that we don’t see in ourselves that affect life in a negative way. Perhaps it’s emotional baggage from the past, or bitterness, resentment. It holds us back from finding contentment, happiness, success. 

It might even be the good things in life—family, friends, positive experiences—that we’re overlooking while focusing our attention on something else. 

What’s your invisible gorilla?


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The Small Things

Posted on April 25, 2018
The Small Things

 

 

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well,”

John D. Rockefeller Jr. 

 

 We all have tasks, chores, even jobs that seem undeserving of our full attention. We give them only as much effort as is absolutely necessary—sometimes not even that much. Those who have achieved meaningful success in life, however, understand something that others overlook: mediocrity is contagious. Once it is tolerated in one area of life, it often spreads to other areas.

Successful people understand that the fastest path to success is to commit fully to everything they do. They give the same level of effort and pursuit of excellence to menial tasks that they give to the most important. They don’t settle for “done,” they aim for “well done.”

In other words, successful people understand that how they do the small things reflects how they do the big things.

How are you handling the "small" things in your life? 


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