Monthly Archives: October 2010

I’ll Take the Physical Challenge

I can’t even begin to explain how much I learn from physically challenging myself on a daily basis. Every run I complete, every spin class I finish, and every time I do something that physically challenges me, I walk away with a clearer or better understanding of whatever was plaguing me before I began. When I am physically active I become more mentally active, and I get a great rush and the feeling of instant accomplishment.

The other day I was about to register for an upcoming run and I thought about how I didn’t want to do it because I “don’t run in the cold.” Then I stopped and thought “why?” I guess I just always told myself I didn’t like running in the cold and I came to believe I was a bad cold-weather runner. Then I tried to think of times I ran in the cold, and I couldn’t come up with any. So why did I think this?

I then thought about numerous runs I decided not to run because I wasn’t sure how I’d perform. I didn’t know if I could finish a run in the cold, didn’t know how fast I’d be, and never brought myself to face the challenge and assumed I couldn’t complete. Why? Because I had a fear of failing and under performing on something that makes me feel confident. Then I thought about how I will never accomplish anything more and I will never conquer a new challenge if I continue to only run what I know I can finish. How could I be happy with participating in the same runs every year and finishing exactly as I knew I could? Being complacent isn’t in my blood when it comes to business, so I should feel the same way about physical challenges.

…So I registered. I am going to run, and I am going to do well. I am going to accomplish something new and conquer an obstacle I’ve never attempted. And what if I fail? I won’t. Failure is not an option.

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Fortune Cookie Was Right.

The other day I opened my fortune cookie to read one of truest fortunes ever. No, it didn’t say anything about being rich (ha) or my future having a positive outlook (although I do enjoy those). It read, “Nothing good was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” How spot on is that sentence? Think about it…

Think about some of your greatest accomplishments and think about how excited you were to achieve them. Think about how much effort you put into accomplishing the final result and how much emotion played a part in the success.

For me, I think about how excited I get when I present and teach. My presentations and lessons are dripping with passion and enthusiasm. My overarching goal of every interaction is to ensure everyone has their eyes on me (or the slides/presentation/examples) and they seem interested in the material. If I catch eyes wandering or heads tilting, I take the conversation in another direction or use a different approach. Either way, the feedback I always receive is that I was engaging and interesting, and that comes directly from my enthusiasm.

One thing to remember is that it is close to impossible for passionate people to be enthusiastic about things that don’t make sense or don’t solicit their interest. It’s tough to fake enthusiasm and it is obvious to others when it is “being faked,” so don’t do it.

Accomplish goals and ideas using your passion and enthusiasm. Channel what motivates and drives you, and use the momentum to boost your attitude straight up to success!

Random Compliment

Today I was at the gym running. I didn’t feel great and also didn’t feel like I performed to my ultimate ability, but I worked as hard as I could based on how I felt. When I finished running, I was sweaty, tired and felt like I probably worked harder than I thought.

As I walked away from the treadmill, a woman on the stairmaster said, “Wow, girl! You kicked butt on that treadmill. You just made me pick up my speed. Nice workout!” I said, “thanks” and smiled and felt awesome that I encouraged her simply by my actions. By running a little faster and challenging myself, I convinced the woman behind me to kick it up a notch – and I didn’t even have to say a word. Her letting me know about her secret motivation meant a lot to me. It was the perfect exchange of an action and a compliment.

So here’s the point. Sometimes we think things and never say them because we are worried that someone might think we are weird or random. Or we don’t talk to others because we don’t think we have the energy to strike up a conversation, etc. (we can find a million reasons to NOT do something – all are selfish). Next time you think something positive, say it. Who cares if it’s a stranger or your best friend. It just might make their day and make them feel a little bit better.

When you think it, just say it. Actions might speak louder than words, but words are what we listen to the most, and what gets our attention.

Pay it forward…