Success from the Ashes of Failure

You’ve probably heard the phrase “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

It’s an excerpt from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns.

It means that no matter how well we plan, we can still fail; things can still go wrong, and we can crash and burn!

And it’s true.

No matter how well you plan, success is not a given.

However… it’s how we SEE and USE failure that determines its value.

Yes, I said value.

Failure does have value.

It can have a negative value that robs us of our self-confidence… OR it can have a positive value if we choose to learn from it.

In either case, we have the power to determine the value of our failures.

We just have to be careful about repeating the same experience and then expecting a different outcome.

It isn’t going to happen without making changes.

If you continue to make the same mistakes, the same result (failure) will ALWAYS occur.

This is equally true of scientific experiments and human relationships.

If you make the same mistake, the result WILL be the same.

On the other hand, when failure happens (and failure IS going to happen sooner or later to everybody), if we acknowledge the failure and then set about learning what WE did wrong that caused the failure, failure can guarantee future success.

We search for the cause, and we learn from the failure.

When this happens, failure becomes a stepping stone to success.

Whenever I experience setbacks in life, I remind myself of all the incredibly successful people who failed at first.

For example, Oprah was fired from her first television job as an anchor.

She said she faced sexism and harassment, but she rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows before amassing her media empire.

Today she’s worth an estimated $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

Colonel Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before franchising his successful chicken business at the age of 65

He traveled across the U.S. looking for someone to sell his fried chicken, and after finally getting a business deal in Utah, Kentucky Fried Chicken was born. KFC is now one of the most recognizable franchises in the world.

Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position.

She began designing wedding gowns at age 40 and today is one of the premier designers in the fashion industry, with a business worth over $1 billion.

J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel.

She’s now internationally renowned for her Harry Potter series and became the first billionaire author in 2004.

At a Harvard commencement speech in 2008, she said, “Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations,” she said. “Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way.”

The truth is, you usually have to fail to succeed.

No one emerges at the top.

So don’t look at failure in any part of your life as a “bad” thing.

None of us want to fail, but if we learn from the failure, we’ll be made stronger by it, and the failure can help us to build the success we seek on the ashes of past failures.

If you’re letting your past failures discourage you from taking forward-moving action in achieving the things that are important to you, then I invite you to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me, so we can discuss the necessary steps to turn things around.

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4 Quick Stress-Reducing Tips You Can Start Using Today

Unless you’re really old and frail, hard work won’t hurt you.

But it doesn’t matter what age, sex, physical condition, or ethnicity you are – stress can KILL YOU.

Stress provides equal opportunities for stroke, heart attack, ulcers, and a whole host of other physical problems.

We’re constantly being stressed these days and our immune systems are compromised.

It’s usually a low-grade type of stress and often we don’t even realize we’re stressed, yet we’re not as happy, joyful and vibrant as we should be.

Here are a few stress-reducing techniques that can serve you well.

I’m listing exercise and rest as numbers 1 and 2, but either of them could be number 1 since they’re actually equally important in stress reduction.

1. Exercise: The LACK of physical exercise causes stress (in the mind as well as in the body).

The human body isn’t designed to be sedentary.

The body systems don’t work correctly when we don’t exercise. So try a brisk walk for 30 minutes at least five times a week, preferably somewhere in nature.

If you’re over 50 and you’ve been inactive for a lengthy period of time, don’t start a rigorous exercise program without first getting the blessing of your doctor.

You’ll be surprised at how much exercise will make you feel physically, as well as emotionally.

2. Rest: Keeping regular hours (going to bed and getting up at the same time each and every 24-hour period) will not only reduce your stress level, but it will make your waking hours far more productive.

Many Americans are sleep deprived, and that’s a fact.

Research has showed that you need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep for the immune system to work properly.

Sleep deprivation causes STRESS, and stress will kill you if left unchecked!

3. Eat a healthy diet: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Choose whole grains as often as possible. Choose chicken and fish more often than you choose red meat.

Decrease your intake of sugar. You’ll find that when your digestive system feels better, you’ll feel better inside and out.

4. Take time for yourself: We live in a hurry-hurry-hurry world and never seem to take the pressure off of ourselves. So give yourself a break and relax!

Here’s one clinically proven technique I’ve shared with my coaching clients that will lower your stress and instantly relax you…

Breathe in through your nose slowly and through the belly.

Feel your abdomen expand. Then, slowly exhale through the mouth.

Do that for a couple of minutes.

In addition, close your eyes and think of a beautiful scene.

Picture the ocean for example. Watch the waves come in and do this until you feel relaxed.

Listen to soothing music (not rock).

Read a book.

RELAX occasionally — on purpose.

This Blocks 99% Of People From Achieving Financial Freedom

Do you ever feel completely weighed down by the STRESS of it all?

You know, the stress of…

~> Not living the life you know you were meant to live?

~> Feeling that STUCK sensation where it seems as though nothing can pull you out of your rut?

~> Not being as financially free and successful as you want to be, no matter how hard you try?

If you often find yourself wishing you could just figure out how to make THAT change…

The change that would turn your life around and give you the success and financial freedom you so deeply desire…

I want you to know that you’re not alone!

In fact, we’ve all experienced the frustration of NOT living the life we desire…

But what if I were to tell you that changing your situation was actually SUPER simple?

What if all it took was 30 seconds to uncover the exact THING that’s blocking your ability to move forward right now, so that you could then live the successful life you’ve always dreamed of?

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Why Change Is So Hard

Let’s face it – we all resist change.

We all cling to the status quo even if the status quo isn’t all that great.

Why?

It’s easy — we ALL fear change…

We fear the unknown.

We all have a thermostat in our brain that want to keep us in our comfort zone in order to avoid anything that might be painful.

Our comfort zone keeps us stuck at a certain level that we get used to, even if we’re unhappy or feel stuck.

Yet, despite the terrible price we pay, we don’t leave the comfort zone.

Why is that?

Why do we resist change, even though we know in our hearts that change is inevitable?

Because the moment we step out of the familiar, we’re in the unknown.

We’re also held there by our need for immediate gratification.

The comfort zone makes us feel good in the moment.

Some of us get to a point in life where we think “life is good… I like where I am… so STOP it right here.”

It’s easy to think “Who cares what the future consequences will be?”

The problem is, you’ll eventually have to pay the consequence of experiencing the worse pain of all – the knowledge that you’ve wasted your life.

Accepting the fact of life that life DOES change whether we want it to or not is the first step in helping yourself to accept the other fact — all change is NOT bad.

Oh, I sure admit that change can sometimes be scary.

Some changes can disrupt your sleep, make you overeat, and wreak havoc with your personal relationships, among other things.

But if we learn to look at change as the inevitable excitement of life, and if we quit being so fearful of the unknown and learn to delay instant gratification, we can avoid a lot of the stress and anxiety that change throws our way.

Having the courage to go into the unknown and act in the face of fear allows you to tap into limitless posibilities.

Accepting change with a positive outlook can make even the most drastic changes easier.

Drawing on your own past experiences of change can also help.

Maybe you thought the worst would surely happen when there have been changes in your life in the past, only to discover that the change actually made life better in some ways.

It’s true that sometimes there’s no apparent silver lining to major life changes, but it’s also true that all of life’s changes are not BAD, either.

If you’re struggling with change and and want to free yourself from the fears that are holding you back from achieving what you want in life, then I invite you to take the next step and schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me.

Are you sabotaging your own financial success?

Have you ever caught yourself doing something that you finally realized wasn’t serving you?

Maybe it was a dietary choice, or a habit of mind – something that you finally saw was dragging you down, instead of lifting you up. Unfortunately, at some time or another this sort of thing happens to all of us, in our health, our relationships, and our professional lives — and in our finances.

Growing out if it is a matter of awareness, right?

Once you’re aware of what you are doing, you can begin to make the changes that enable you to shift your thought patterns and beliefs, change your actions, and ultimately take control of your destiny.

That’s what we call a breakthrough, and when you achieve one, there’s no feeling quite like it in the world.

So why am I telling you this?

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