As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, I wanted to be sure we keep it front and center. As such, I’ve given it some personal thought this morning as I found myself reflecting upon the past few years and where things are today. What should I be doing moving forward? What lessons have I learned? How do I address my own personal fears?
Certainly, the last few years has had many uncertainties which, quite frankly took us on an emotional roller coaster. Mostly, the driving force has been fear. I’ve realized my own fear once I was able to admit being scared. Hey, at my age and the fact I’m not in good shape, I must be realistic. So, I’m working through my fear and in doing so, maybe I can overcome it. As fear is such a strong emotion that easily grips the soul, it will take time and patience to overcome such a grip.
Little by little I look forward to continuing to pry it away as fear is replaced by courage gained from confidence that fear is just a challenge to be conquered. The great thing is that some of the challenges don’t have to be tackled alone. Instead, collaborative efforts aligned with common goals truly exemplify the phrase, ‘strength in numbers’ and it’s that strength that ultimately conquers fear. Easier said than done? Possibly, but the alternative is being overwhelmed by fear and that, I recognize is not living.
Others feel the same and possibly are dealing with it in a bad way. Talking things through can be most helpful but should we initiate a conversation? Resoundingly, YES!
Always be sure to let the special people in your life know you love them and remember; actions often speak louder than words. Be sensitive to the fact they may be going through some difficulties and keeping it all inside. Open, positive communications may provide them just enough confidence to open up and share their thoughts.
Need to talk through your fears, to determine how to tackle challenges you’re facing and, to clear your mind so you can explore possibilities? If so, I’d like to help. Please contact me on LinkedIn or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, I will keep our conversations private.
When faced with the possibility of failure, what do entrepreneurs do?
No matter how well entrepreneurs plan and regardless of the effort they’ve dedicated to their business and endeavors, they sometimes fall short of their goal with the end-result causing a variety of challenges and problems.
Ultimately, it can adversely affect financial position, reputation, relationships, team spirit and much more. It can also start to spiral into personal life and affect family, health and overall well-being.
Such situations are often perpetuated by denial by placing one own’s head in the sand. Well, as we’re able to visualize our head deep in the sand, we quickly realize our most vulnerable ass-et is sticking out in plain view.
Some will laugh. Others will point and snicker, definitely telling others. And a few will take advantage of the situation and current position of vulnerability.
Sadly, we put ourselves in that position. Not because we swung and missed. Not because we didn’t see the forest for the trees. And not because we just flat-out saw something that wasn’t there.
Instead, it’s because we didn’t keep our head high, accept the situation, learn from it and move on, and with laser-focus. That is exactly what entrepreneurs do when faced with failure.
Certainly, we must do all we can to persevere. It has me thinking about a quote. One of many I keep in my memory bank… “Never give up and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.” – Marta
When faced with failure, or the possibility of failure, we should be diligent in reviewing our goals. Often, it’s the Why behind those goals that can give the push needed to move forward, to climb out of the hole, so to speak. However, we must be clear in our minds that what we may be wishing for is one thing, and it’s good to wish because doing so digs deep into our hearts and soul. Remember wishing for that shining new red bike as a kid?
Well, there’s a huge difference between goals and wishes but they’re often confused as the same. Why? Because the desired end results appear to be the same and especially if they’re articulated with what appears to be passion. However, the difference comes down to action. Wishes are nothing but talk with no definitive action plan. Goals are real, but only with a definitive action plan. Dennis Waitley states it best, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying, “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”
So, think for yourself. Keep driving towards your goals knowing you will fail at times along the way – and you will fail because if you don’t, you’re not working hard enough at perfecting your ideas. And, keep hustling and grinding each and every day, avoiding negative distractions as you remain laser-focused on the road to success.
May is also Military Appreciation Month
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag” ― Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!