‘Another day of monotony Has gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail I’ve got to formulate a plot ‘fore I end up in jail or shot Success is my only (explicit) option, failure’s not.’ ~ Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
Is success really the only option?
Winston Churchill said: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
We give failure way too much power and credit. Once we fail at something we take it personally and it makes our self-esteem drop like a lead balloon. How are you defining failure? Merriam-Webster says that it is a ‘lack of success or falling short.’ However, it does not say that it is fatal and permanent. Therefore, why are you taking it as it is so?
Society, in general, has a great deal of difficulty coming up with an appropriate reaction to ‘over the top’. Whereas in one circumstance, one group embraces opinions or plans of action, another group will completely disagree and fight to keep it out. These two groups generally belong to the same business.
The definition by Merriam Webster, states that ‘over the top’ includes: “going beyond what is expected, usual, normal or appropriate.” Excluding the last one, which again, is based on interpretation, is that not what every business strives for? To separate themselves from the norm.
While spending my annual two-week vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, we had a day where it rained (like it does every year on our vacation). Now, when it rains here we are not talking about a little shower but rather torrential downpours that make visibility a challenge.
As a reminder, I reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, the rain capital of Canada and there was a distinctive difference between how we handle being caught in the rain and how the people in this region handle it.
We had, what is referred to in Vancouver, British Columbia, a major snowstorm. In the rest of the Country, it would be considered a mild dusting. Driving in this ‘snowstorm’ is not only comical but also dangerous, because of the reaction of other drivers.
You may be asking yourself: “What does this have to do with anything in business?” The answer is, because of the reactions of some of these drivers. That reaction is ‘fear.’
Most people are consumers rather than creators. They work in order to get a paycheck, not to make a difference. They are consumers of time. The majority at the end feel very dissatisfied with their lot in life, as they realize that they have created no value.
Left to their own devices, most people consume time instead of investing in it to create.
Every time one consumes time, instead of investing in it, the result is a poorer future. It would be like eating bad food. How great was your immediate future?
For those that read my blog last week, you have in all likelihood been thinking about all the things you tell yourself and further, have discovered how those thoughts are affecting your business and/or personal life.
As mentioned last week, there is a scientific process to not only greatly reduce this ‘internal chatter’, but in some cases, eliminate the ‘chatter’ completely. These four steps are based on research and implementation by George Dudley, from Baylor University and Shannon Goodson, from Lamar University. Their research has formed the foundation of the majority of courses on how to stop the career-limiting self-talk.