Be Proud Of The Person You Are

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Everything happens for a reason. Your journey is making you into the person you were meant to be. Trust that.

Everyone must have a goal in life. Thus, in order to achieve your goal you have to give your best effort,let alone make it come true. So, tell me what your biggest achievement is?

We all reach a time of reflection in our lives. Recently I was surfing the web and looking at some of my colleagues and all their successes. I was so proud that most of them are published authors now, making T.V. appearances, contributed to articles, etc. I started to reflect on my on personal path, and what I've achieved thus far. We all take different paths on our Life's journey, but sometime we deflect what is really important, the experience. 

I came across an article written by Juliette Denny, were she wrote an article titled, "Take pride in what you have achieved and celebrate your success along the way," and this hit home for me.  As many great accomplishments I've achieved over the last few years, I hadn't taking time to really celebrate the favor I've had in my life.  Like many I focused too much on the "Have Nots," in my life.  

I'm a person who wants everyone successful, but rarely focus on myself.  By nature I'm an inspirer, hence Life Branded, I help individuals daily to connect with their Life Brand, to be more successful in business and their personal lives. I love what I do, and it feels natural to who I am.

The point I'm trying to make is:

A. I should never second guess myself
B. I should celebrate the smallest achievements 
C. I should always stay committed and know I'm doing the right thing
D. My dedication and hard work is the key to all of my success in life

In life you should focus on the difference you make, the lives you touch, and the legacy you leave behind. My personal paths, have taken me on a awesome journey. I wouldn't change anything. It's made me the woman I am today, and I love her. I'm a woman dedicated to inspiring others and today I will celebrate, all the lives I've touched.

Listed below is the article that inspired me from, Juliette Denny. Check her out she has some great articles that may help you. 

I came across the following quote in a paper this weekend:

“Put all your eggs in one basket, that way you will ensure you wont drop it!”

At first I laughed, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought: ‘yes that’s right’.  If you don’t really commit to an idea, your career, your partner, in fact anything you want, you just wont get it.

This idea of commitment also made me think about focus. You can’t do everything well, as it takes a long time to reach the level of an ‘Expert’.  Nothing really remarkable is achieved quickly, nor does it come easily or without hard work and dedication. Nothing remarkable comes without the highs and lows, the dull and dark days.  So focus is crucial if you are to get to the top of your field. The question is, ‘What do you want to be famous for?’, ‘How committed are you to it?’ and “Can you put in the hours it takes to get there?’

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘The Outliers’, he suggests it takes at least 10,000 hours of continuous hard graft, focus and practise to reach a level of ‘genius’ in any particular field. He also suggests that there is no such thing as a natural genius who effortlessly gets to the top of their field.

What he did find in all his research, was that it is ONLY with hard work and persistence that people make it to the very top of their chosen field. You can see more of his research here.

The media often gives us the perception that success happens over night instantly, the result of a moment of brilliance, luck and good fortune. In reality that’s just not the case.  It takes years and years of hard graft, steady crafting, constant iterating, perpetual honing, and perfecting.  For a big idea, or to grow a big company, it takes a team of people all pulling in the same direction, refining and working at an idea to bring it to fruition.

Along the way, you may be challenged by a lack of motivation, feelings of despondency and you may well begin to question whether you’ll ever meet your goals. There are no guarantees, but hard work and self belief are a sure far way to ensure that failure is not just round the corner!

There is a great quote in the movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotelwhen Sonny says, “Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, then it’s not yet the end.”

By giving up, you have failed as you have lost the fight as well as any hope of the victory. But as long as you keep plugging away, you have a chance.

A short while ago, I was given a carved black wooden sign by my father. It reads…

“Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go!”

This is REALLY important. All too often we forget to celebrate the journey. Those of us who are goal-orientated can find ourselves permanently anxious that we have not ‘arrived’ at the destination. But, the reality is the journey IS life, the journey IS what we do it for.

This makes celebrating the milestones and the successes along the way, very important. Why?

1 – It gives you a chance to reflect and be proud of what you have achieved so far. To remember the hard work and graft you and your team have put in, to talk about all the effort and commitment it took to get you all there. It allows you to look back on the journey and remember the changes, obstacles and challenges you have all overcome.

2 – It gives you a chance to celebrate, cut loose, let your hair down and have a good time with your team.

3 – It gives you the chance to praise and reward your team individually, focusing on the contributions they have made to the journey.

4 – It unifies the team and allows you to discuss and talk about the vision and goals for the business and what can be achieved in the short and long term.

In other words, it adds perspective to what can be a challenging journey and provides a welcome relief from day-to-day stresses. That, in itself, is no mean feat.

The Article was Posted by Juliette Denny on January 28, 2013 

The Next Best You

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