Recently, I was asked to write a short piece for a clients start of year newsletter. They wanted something that focused on building resilience, especially given the two turbulent years the world has gone through and its impact on their organisation. I thought it would be good to share this article in my own blog post as this is the time of year people take stock on life.
Hard to forget the accident that 17 year old Billy Monger had at Donnington racetrack in April 2017 that resulted in the lower part of both of his legs being amputated. It was one of those ‘racing’ accidents that are always a risk for those engaged in dangerous sports.
What do actors Robert Englund and Mark Hamill have in common?
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will
The above is a great graphic and unfortunately for the majority of dreams this is undoubtedly true. You might disagree, but ask yourself, if circumstances were completely different (such as you didn’t need money, could have any skill or ability) what would you be doing that you are not doing now? Then ask yourself what is it that you are choosing to focus on or doubt that is getting in the way?
This time of year is very much focused around goals, both business (for those of you focused on January to December) and personal. The New Year traditionally heralds in aspirations to tackle significant business challenges (grow revenue, develop new products, close opportunity etc.) or to deliver on individual aspiration (for example that promotion or improved health and fitness). However most people don’t consider some key elements that will affect if they will succeed against these goals, or not.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. John F. Kennedy
This was a key phrases from an address he gave at the University of North Dakota in September 1963. It is often used as a motivational phrase, and can be found on any number of web sites if you Google it. Viewed from the perspective of a motivational sound bite, this makes perfect sense. I’ve paraphrased this before in previous blogs as “success doesn’t come looking for you, you go looking for it”.