Determination can be a battle or a thrill.
Mindset is so much of what business is about. And, as hard as it may sound to you, you have complete control of what you let in and even more so, where you hold your own thoughts. And your thoughts will make a huge difference in the way others relate to you.
You know the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books? They sold millions of copies. Millions! The men that compiled those books (among other empires) shared in a class they gave that the typists were told not to work on days when they were out of sorts. They did not want negative energy of any kind to influence their books. It was a bold position to take and they stand firm in the practice of a positive mindset.
This is right in line with the Chasidic teaching: Think good and it will be good. The idea here is to take that thought and practice deep into yourself: mind, emotions, and actions. Oh, you can do this!
"Sloppy success beats perfected mediocrity every time. I firmly believe this.
The men and women of the world who don’t mind being a little sloppy with their success in the beginning, while they are learning and adapting, those are the multi-millionaires — and you can be that way, as well."
Transformation comes because you want something better. And, transformation is NOT comfortable most of the time. That's ok.
The question is, are you willing to be uncomfortable while you grow into what's next?
Are you willing to push past your own limiting beliefs?
Are you willing to do the work to break through the shell? That may be a great metaphor because getting out of that shell is only the first step. Then you need to rest (collect yourself and evaluate your next steps) and move forward. Taking that step to get past your comfort zone still leaves a lot of adventure ahead and if you're on track with a dream or project or business that enlivens you, you've got a lot to look forward to as you develop yourself.
What do you need to do right now that will move you forward one step?
Are you willing to look scrawny as you start? Are you willing to "fail forward" into success?
As we bask in the beauty of spring and head into summer, gardeners are tending their plots of earth. Today I planted some seeds in the hopes of growing some veggies in my garden. It was such a marvel to me to put all those different seeds, some similar, some so different into the dirt and know that they had the potential to become something more. The thing is that once you plant a seed, the first thing it does in the darkness of the earth is fall apart! Yes. It appears to disintegrate and rot. But we all know what happens next. It starts to sprout.
You don't see the sprout right away, but after a while it pops up into the light of day. You still have to tend it. It is still vulnerable. You have to make sure the conditions are right for that kind of plant, make sure it has enough sun and water and protect it from the weeds and predators.
You have to do the same things with your dream. You take action and start the ball rolling. It looks like it's just going to fall apart, but you trust that it will grow. You have to tend it. Make sure conditions are right (learn what you need to do to take care of your particular dream). Watch out for the predators of dreams: fear and doubt. One way to chase them away is by taking action!
When I was first starting to garden my mother-in-law obm answered my concern that some of the flowers I planted might not succeed. She said: "Some will blossom and flourish and some won't make it. If something doesn't make it, just plant again!"
Keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
You can do this!
Who is Laya?
Laya is an author, speaker, and solopreneur. She has thousands of hours of study and experience in both applied and positive psychology. Learning that it's not enough to write a book, you actually have to market in order for the book to get into the hands of a reader to make a difference, she studied online marketing as well as writing copy and branding. She knows the power of a mastermind group and wanted to bring this to her home community. With her son in the IDF and her daughter married, she lives with her husband, dog, and hens with an occasional sighting of the turtle.