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The Mistake So Many* Make

What is the secret behind every tragic misstep on the path to success?

It happens right here: People believe their emotions have an external cause.

That’s it. That’s the only real problem.

– Steve Chandler

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Your emotions create your experience, the visceral, palpable real part of your experience.

You create your emotions.

(By what you think.)

Therefore . . .

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* Trust me, I make this mistake all the time too, but, mostly, I catch myself.

Be Willing To Make Mistakes

If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough. – Vince Lombardi

If you’re not making mistakes:

you’re playing it safe;

you’re playing small;

you’re not using all your talents and abilities;

you’re wasting the gift that is your life;

you’re living in a way that you’ll feel guilty about later;

you’re . . .

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Go ahead and make some mistakes.

Be willing to fail.

Start small, learn to tight-rope walk a foot off the ground, you can always do it across the Grand Canyon later.

Make sure your mistakes serve you: be clear about where you want to go and what you want to create.

Do more, that’s how you become more – mistakes are part of the game.

What Are You Looking For?

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

It all depends on where you look, and what you’re focused on.

Look for the bad and you’ll no doubt find it. (and feel accordingly.)

Look for the good and you’ll find that as well (and feel much better . . . ).

How To Gain (and lose) Credibility

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent. – Goethe

If you want to earn the trust and respect of those around you, be careful what you say about those who are absent.

When you find ways to (truthfully and accurately) praise those who are not there, you build trust and gain respect among those who are there.

Do the opposite however and you will poison the minds of those present.

Whether they consciously realize it not, they won’t know if they can trust you. They will wonder what you’re saying when they’re not around . . . .

Expose Yourself

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle 

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(No, not that way!)

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Be willing to ruffle some feathers.

Be willing to make mistakes and be judged by those on the sidelines.

Be willing to feel a little bad, for a minute, when you screw something up.

Why?

Because that’s how you get things done.

Because that’s how great things get started, and finished.

Because of how you’ll grow in the doing.