“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.”
—Publilius Syrus, ancient Syrian writer
A highly notable technique to support personal growth and development is to encourage people to embrace failure. When we fail, we have the opportunity to pick up experiential lessons from the event.
Today’s quote, however, suggests that not all lessons need to occur from our own failures, setbacks, and stumbles. All we need do is pay particular attention to the misadventures of those around us. From them, we can glean additional nuggets of knowledge and wisdom.
Given the fact that there is only one of you, and so many people in your personal and professional worlds, the odds favor the open and receptive mind in picking up a higher proportion of lessons this way.
Where and in what ways can you use the errors of others to pursue greater success and mastery throughout your day?
As we age, many people experience time passing more quickly. I once heard the statement, “Life is like a toilet paper roll. The more sheets we use the faster it spins.” Given the finite nature of time, how we spend it becomes even more important.
I’d like to suggest we use the power of our intentions to identify our most highly prized goals and aspirations. When we accompany them with focused determination, we experience the journey more fully and produce our desired results.
Given the fact that our years go by one way or the other, please consider identifying your intentions in the following areas, so what you want to happen will:
Family & Friends
Fun & Recreation
Love & Romance
Feel free to add additional categories that are most important to you.
Consider the support of a friend, family member, mentor, or a coach to help you make this your best year yet.
Also consider breaking down this exercise into more management nuggets of days, weeks, or months, to build the habit of ongoing intentionality.
—Alisa Jacobs, Entertainment Marketing and PR Manager at Diageo
One of the things I enjoy about certain quotes is their catchiness and rhythm. That they also communicate a fundamental truth is critical. These factors generate a stickiness that allows us to carry them in our minds wherever we go.
Examine the levels of Heart and Hustle you currently bring to your personal and professional efforts. Notice that if your Heart is not in it, your level of Hustle will rarely be, either.
What adjustments can you make in your heartfelt attitudes and efforts to set you apart from your previous self and those around you?
“The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”
-Napoleon Hill, American Author
Photo from Flicker by U.S. Embassy The Hague
Napoleon Hill, an American author born in 1883, was a pioneer in the New Thought Movement, and one of the earliest producers of personal success literature. His work, which includes his classic Think and Grow Rich, examines the power of personal beliefs as a critical catalyst in personal achievement.
Although at the time of his birth, the United States Postal Service was 100 years old, I’m sure the postage stamp choices were fairly limited. Today, in addition to the “forever” stamp which will always provide an adequate amount of postage for a first class letter, we have a wide variety of stamp images to choose from. We also have the option to customize postage stamps with our company logo or whatever image we choose. It’s astounding.
How can you create a unique life stamp for yourself, and persistently stick with this task as the foundation of your current and future successes?
“If you take another step, and another, you will be surprised to know how far you can go from the point you thought was the end.”
– Marc and Angel, personal development writers
Image from Flickr by Bods
Whether it’s taking one more step or going the extra mile, the power of persistence is without question a key to success. Being persistent helps build self-confidence. Once you know you can make it through one struggle, you’re more likely to take that next step in other areas of your life.
A good friend once told me that what stops most people is … stopping. What if we simply didn’t buy in to a life of ease and convenience, and tapped into our own personal grit and character to keep going, stay the course, and finish strong on those things that matter most?
What issues, challenges or struggles are you currently facing that would most benefit from taking the next step and then another until you arrive victorious?
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist and poet
image from Flickr by Andrew Shieh
Harvest time is only a small part of the growing season. My wife and I grew tomatoes last summer, and really enjoyed harvesting them at the end of August.
The process of growing them, though, was a bit more involved and time consuming than we expected. It included purchasing seeds, preparing the soil, watering, providing sunlight, adding plant food, watering, adding more plant food, more watering… you get the idea!
What seeds can you plant today? What care and attention will they need daily, so that you can have a successful harvest in the future?
Make sure you enjoy the process of gardening and not just the sweet fruits of life.