On Flying Blind: A Different Perspective

Conditions change every day. The stock market goes up and down; the weather shines and storms. What matters is what we do when that storm comes.

Challenge yourself  to re-frame your thinking about the “storms” in your life. Challenge yourself to think differently. Here are two quotes I really like around this concept:

“Listen, there’s something you should know about me… about inception. An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” – Inception (2010)

“…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so…nothing is really good or bad in itself—it’s all what a person thinks about.” Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2

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You can face the storm. Because wind and rain are just another kind of weather.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to be with a very good and composed pilot.

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On Choosing Gratitude And Your Team

I skimmed over this quote once on Instagram but it has really stuck with me:

“You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with”

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This picture is from a year ago. This is when Searchmetrics began to regain its foothold in the US, bolstering the team with more SEO Consultants. As I write this post, everyone in this picture is with the company today. That makes me really happy. Lots of things change in life and it’s rare when you get to work with people who are each incredibly smart in their own way and who, together, lend a healthy dose of playful banter and witty jabs to the everyday of work life.

Granted, I am one of these 5 people. But that’s important too because whether or not you realize it, the most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.  At some point, that “5th person” will hopefully be my significant other. But for now, I got me 🙂

Make the decision to be grateful no matter what happens and do your best to keep good people close to you.

Choose carefully.

 

Don’t fear failure – use it

Saturday evening reflections on the day.

People who are successful use failures as a way to learn and a way to practice. Failure is a lesson learned.

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley

“It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.”
– Ellen DeGeneres

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
– Johnny Cash

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
– Chris Hardwick

Remember your ‘why’ and you’ll be able to keep going.

Protect Your Own Well

Today, looking through Feedly, my eyes flashed across these words from Seth Godin’s blog:

“The single most important part of any project is the battery, the source of energy, the optimism and effort that turns the long shot into the sure thing, one day at a time.”

And, especially if you’re that battery, taking this idea a step further, it’s so important to protect your own source of energy. Your internal well of optimism, playfulness, lightheartedness, curiosity and overall zest for life.

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At the Sacramento Super – that Spartan bucket life 😉

It’s crazy; I’m slogging through mud carrying a heavy bucket of rocks. People that built the pyramids probably dealt with something similar to this and I don’t think they looked nearly as happy.

But while the Spartan Super was genuinely challenging, it’s also inherently fun for someone like me.

There have been times in my life when I’ve realized I haven’t been being good to myself.  When I haven’t been protecting what fuels me. All I can say is, it’s important to develop an understanding of what makes you happy on a daily basis and what contributes to your own personal energy source. Even more important, is when you find yourself out of alignment, reconnecting to what gives you energy is how you can course correct to get yourself back to that place of balance.

Ready to tackle the next challenge and the next.

You never know who you might be inspiring.

I happen to really like quotes. Particularly of the inspiring kind 🙂

Anyway, I’ve had this one tapped up to my desk for a few months now:

“Make your life a model of what can happen if you take chances, think big, and go for your dreams. You never know who you might be inspiring”

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You never know who you might be inspiring.

Tonight, as I was walking away from the gym where I now train in the Bay Area, one of the younger girls from the youth fitness class, called out to me–by name–as I was leaving. “Bye, Holly!” She yelled. I was shocked and flattered that she somehow did.

I felt sheepish that I didn’t immediately know her name but I returned her “bye!” with just as much enthusiasm. All I know is that when the young ones are gathering, watching us finish up a workout while waiting for their class to start, I try to be an example of someone who puts in the effort, strives for proper technique (especially under fatigue), and maintains a positive energy (let’s be honest, especially under fatigue). I realize being a true example of this is probably someone who lives up to these things even when everyone’s back is turned. But, they’re kids and they need good examples. So I might as well do a good job when they’re actually watching.

I guess today I don’t have any wisdom just this observation and acknowledging my gratitude to be able to train among the other females at the gym who actively support each other, are playful and funny and strong. They definitely inspire me and I hope the young ladies who see us are inspired too.

Quick, shameless plug 🙂 if you have youngsters and want to introduce them to fitness, this is your man! Courage Performance.

It’s going to be OK. But first, you have to Spartan up!

If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it. – Erada

Nothing but 8.5 miles of incredibly uneven terrain, hills that silently wear away your calve muscles, and pools of shockingly cold mud and your own faith in your abilities. The Spartan Sacramento Super this weekend tested everyone’s endurance.

I ended up walking most of the course because I’m currently working through an injury on my IT band. So you could say I had plenty of time to take it all in 😉

Here’s what I took away from this experience:

Getting perspective is key. When you’re in an obstacle, getting though it is your entire world. But then you put some distance between you and that obstacle. You look back and the thing that was all consuming appears much smaller now. I looked back on nearly every obstacle and thought about that.

The buddy system rocks…especially when you’re stuck carrying buckets of rocks really, really far 😉 This entire experience was about placing yourself in what is otherwise an unnatural and uncomfortable situation and just getting through it. Your only choice is to rely on yourself and your abilities. But I will say, it’s incredibly more rewarding going through it with a team and even better when you have a friend alongside you.

Have courage and be kind.Yes, it’s technically a race. But it’s really only against yourself. Everyone out there is just trying to get by in the best way they can. Acknowledgement of this in another human being is sometimes the encouragement they need to keep moving.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

If you’re wondering why I would pay to put myself through something like this, it’s simple; personal growth. An experience like the Spartan race gives you reference points to be able to mentally tell yourself later, “no, it’s actually OK, you can do this because you’ve had to jump over fire!” or “remember that one time, at the Spartan race, when you thought you couldn’t do that obstacle but then, you fond a rhythm and your body started adapting and you did it…see…it’s going to be OK.”

It’s going to be OK. But first, you have to Spartan up!

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The crew ready to attack the Spartan Sacramento Super!