“Work hard in silence and let success make the noise.”
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Prior to starting my coaching career over 30 years ago, I had a difficult time at my previous company. The organization was having financial challenges and realigning its workforce.
My marketing role at the home office was no longer secure, and I was left with the difficult decision to accept a demoted field assignment, requiring me to uproot my family in order to keep my employment.
With considerable soul searching and wound-licking, I was determined to put my head down and “Show Them” I still had it when many of my colleagues saw me as someone who didn’t make the grade.
With this resolve and grit, I silently went about my new job and became an acknowledged great performer, regaining my coworkers respect, and receiving an award voted on by my division.
Two months later I accepted a voluntary buyout, and the rest is history.
What are examples in your life in which you let your hard work and good results do the talking?
Where in your worlds would this approach be the way to proceed on an important issue today?
The plateaus of life are simply part of our journey. Learn to love them and keep moving forward.
—Calm App Reflection
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I recently watched the Netflix series on the Tour De France. I haven’t ridden a bike in years, and was surprised how this event captured my spirit of adventure and ongoing desire for excellence.
The twenty-one days over which this event is held is one of the greatest tests of grit and endurance I’ve ever seen.
The 170+ riders face grueling mountain climbs, bumpy cobblestone roads, and downhill runs where speeds of over 80 miles per hour have been clocked. Of course, there are plenty of flat parts where the peloton pushes forward at a pace that has the riders wiz by, cheering fans in a blur.
What races are your running these days?
How hard do you push yourself on difficult uphill climbs? How fast do you go when the grade of life is downhill?
What is your approach to the plateaus of your journey on your way to your own yellow jersey?
“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
—Marilyn vos Savant, American author
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How many personal or professional battles are you fighting? Where are you winning? Where are you losing? Consider also looking into your past to examine examples from earlier times.
Where have and are you persisting in your efforts with grit, tenacity, and determination?
Where have and are you giving up and throwing in the towel?
The saying goes that lessons in life are only fully learned after you take the test.
How would the perspective of “This is Only a Test” inspire you to rise above and stay the course, to realize even greater current and future victories?
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
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For some reason, during winter I like to watch shows about Alaska. Three of my favorites are:
Life Below Zero
Alaska the Last Frontier
The Last Alaskans
What I enjoy the most is just how much each individual experiences joy and pleasure living such a demanding, chilly lifestyle. Beyond the natural beauty and splendor of this vast part of the country is perhaps the fact that they all cherish the ability to lead very self-determined lives.
What current and future struggles and life difficulties are you willing to face to pursue your own unique and beautiful life journey?
“The slogans ‘hang on’ and ‘press on’ have solved and will continue to solve the problems of humanity.”
—Ogwo David Emenike, Nigerian Author and Speaker
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Are you familiar with the word grit? There has been a media frenzy over this buzzword, which some claim as the key to success.
Believers in this concept suggest that if one is to reach the highest levels of success, talent must be combined with hard work, determination, and perseverance.
Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, emphasizes the importance of passion. She stresses that without passion, dogged determination, and tenacity, hard work simply becomes drudgery without direction.
In what way does your passion fuel personal or professional projects, giving you the energy and desire to “hang on” or “press on”?
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
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We have all heard the adage, “Your days are numbered.” Not many of us fully appreciate the hard reality of that statement. How often do you find yourself—or others you know—looking into the future with the expectancy of an enjoyable weekend, event or vacation?
How often do you look forward to a “someday” when everything will be better than the current moment? Unfortunately, “Someday” is not an actual day of the week!
How and in what ways can you make the most of every minute, hour, and day to realize the “present” life can be, making each day count instead of counting the days?
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
-Stephen King, American Contemporary Horror Author
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Take a minute to consider the scariest moments in your life. Things that might come to mind are:
- Public Speaking
- A really fast roller coaster ride
- Getting a new job that requires skills you do not have
- Writing your first book or starting your first business
- Resigning from a stable job to transition into a new career
Experience all the sensations we associate with fear: cold sweats, shakes, rubbery legs, and your heart pounding in your chest. How often do you stop and retreat? How often do find the courage to move forward?
I’d like you to try being courageous for just 20 seconds when you experience scary moments. When you feel fear welling up, tell yourself “I can be brave for 20 seconds,” or “I can handle that for 20 seconds.” Before long, you will discover the exhilaration and excitement of getting past the barrier of fear we all experience.
Start today, and commit to developing a 20-second courage habit every day this week, and beyond.