Category Archives: purpose

Sunny or Hot? The lens through which you view the world becomes your reality.

Would you say the weather this past month was hot or sunny?

magnifying glassBoth would be accurate however one is more helpful to you than the other.  Being aware of which descriptive words you choose in situations says a lot about your mindset.  For this story, choosing sunny signifies being optimistic whereas hot leans towards pessimistic.  Reflect on the word you chose; does it match up with your mindset?

Why is this so important?  Because your success depends on it!  There are deep consequences to how you view things since what you choose to focus on quickly becomes your reality.   The great news is that you are the one that has control over this. You are the only one that can change the lens to which you view things.

To prove this point, doctors have tested the placebo effect on patients, by giving them a sugar pill when the patient may have thought they were getting a real prescription.  When some patients began to feel better, that was clearly evidence that a simple change in their mindset was powerful enough to change their story/their reality.

If your mindset is of curiosity, wonder and hope – fabulous!  Keep it up!   If you find yourself in a rut that might be focused on negativity and uncertainty, reset it to a state of optimism and possibility.  The latter will bring you more enjoyment and enhance your life. Try it for one week and I promise you will see a difference.  Hopefully you will stand up taller, smile more and feel happier. You won’t want to turn back.

Scan your environment for the positive, never the negative, and make it a sunny day!

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

Follow this blog by clicking the icon on the upper right side of this page.   

Follow me on Twitter @JimCarchidi

Quitting is not a good choice; except when it is your best choice

“Pain is temporary but quitting lasts forever.”  Sound advice, right?  Maybe or maybe not.

That was a quote from Lance Armstrong and his belief, do not quit at all costs, ended up costing him everything.

quittingSince childhood, we’ve been taught that quitting isn’t an option; that “winners never quit and quitters never win”.  Sounds great on the surface, but let’s be real – quitting is sometimes the best option.  In fact, I would argue that success demands we be perpetually course-correcting, a.k.a. quitting.

Back to Lance Armstrong.  What if he had quit doing the wrong things so that he could do more of the right things? If only he stopped taking those performance enhancing drugs he would likely have some “legitimate” tour de France records.  But he didn’t quit and those seven consecutive records have since been erased from the books.

Herein lies my point, there are times when quitting is the right decision.  Quitting can be a positive process of choosing the path that more fully serves you personally and professionally.  Quitting can be simple tweaking and refocusing in/on a more positive direction.  Quitting can be learning to be more productive, efficient and effective.  It all depends on what you are giving up and why.

Reflect on and identify any areas where your intentions don’t match your actions; where your actions do not match your desired outcomes.  “Quit” those activities/habits which no longer bring you closer to achieving those dreams and goals.  You owe it to yourself!

And while your parents were right that completing what you start is an excellent rule of thumb, it’s not always the best option.  After all, if Lance Armstrong had quit “winning at all costs,” his legacy would be far different than what it is today.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

The greatest compliment I can receive is a referral from readers.  Please SHARE my blog with your network.  Thanks for not keeping us a secret!  

Follow me on Twitter @JimCarchidi