Category Archives: Leadership

Want to become highly resilient and super happy?

It’s summer!

A magical season where us northerners come out of winter hibernation (being indoors) and soak up the sun.  Whether you prefer a trip to the mountains or a trip to the beach, we tend to view the next several months as a time to recharge ourselves.

 

CAUTION:  Summer is temporary.  Being resilient and able to recharge yourself should not be.

 

 

Here is my challenge:  Right now, invest less than 20 minutes, pull up and watch two short videos.  The links are below…

I can guarantee that these will forever change how you recharge for resilience and happiness.

Will you accept this challenge?

Success is not like a spigot…

Growing up my parents had one of those old manual hand pumps for their spigot.  Humor me, I am not that old, they had a well system.

I would pump and pump, but water would never come out.  Eventually I gave up and thought to myself, “This thing doesn’t work!”  Then to justify giving up I’d tell myself, “I did everything Mom told me to do, and I didn’t get any water.”

hand pump spigotThere are some parallel lessons here related to personal and professional challenges.

Despite feverishly pumping with no instant results, it’s important to remember that with continued effort and persistence the desired results WILL come pouring out. As we feverishly pump, yet nothing appears to be happening, with continued effort and persistence the desired results WILL come pouring out.  It also provides the opportunity to look at the pump with curiosity and wonder what possibilities there might be to improve the pump.

No great journey is linear. In reality it’s continual sequences of ups and downs expansions and contractions. You make progress and then you stumble. Every advance reveals a new shortcoming.  Major upsets lead to breakthrough moments.

Your must enter the lows and optimize the highs in order to achieve a positive slope within the maze of real life.

Success…

It’s sleepless nights brainstorming ideas.  It’s a roller coaster of incremental successes and failures. It’s a war with self-doubt.  Success is persevering long enough to transform vision into reality!

Your success, and the next big breakthrough, is much closer to the surface than you might think.

You just need to stay focused and keep on pumping!