Lift the Fog!

Have you ever been in a fog so thick you could barely see beyond your windshield? It is not a great feeling to be stuck until the fog lifts.

How much water do you think it takes to create a fog so dense that you can’t move forward?  Hundreds of gallons? Thousands?  

Did you know that setbacks can accelerate your success? Those failures help you discover that continuing to blame someone or something else for your imperfections prevents you from becoming the person you want to be.

According to Dr. Google, a dense fog covering seven city blocks, one hundred feet deep, is composed of about one glass of water. One glass! The dense fog is a temporary state created by a very small amount of an ordinary substance. 

Often we create our own fog. The most common self-created fog generator is worry … which makes fog so thick you can’t see how to move forward.

How can you lift your fog?

Earl Nightingale, one of the first personal development gurus, studied the effects of worry. He concluded that forty percent of the time, people worry about things that will never happen. Thirty percent of worries are in the past and cannot be changed, and twelve percent are worries about criticism from others that is mostly untrue. We worry about our health ten percent of the time, which usually only makes our health worse. Only eight percent of our worries are real problems we’ll have to face—and out of those, only half of them are under our control.

Those numbers are almost unbelievable. What if his numbers are off by double, triple, or quadruple? Regardless, worrying is a bad investment in how you spend your time. Worry will paralyze you. That is why when someone tells you they are worried sick or worried to death, they are probably right.

Being stuck in worry is like having your wind knocked out. It creates fear, drains your energy, and prevents you from being your best.

Regardless of your situation, something can be done, and there is something you can do. Begin lifting your fog by ordering Quit Drifting, Lift the Fog, and Get Lucky today from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CornerStoneLeadership, or through your local bookstore.

Time for a Kick in the Teeth!

Walt Disney once said, “You might not realize it when it happens and I would not recommend it, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” 

Well, that may not be the most inspirational thing I have written. After all, doesn’t everyone want to hear about positive, sensational comeback stories? Sure, we do. Unfortunately, there are no comebacks without at least one and, more often, many setbacks that help you discover your unique road to becoming who you want to be. 

Did you know that setbacks can accelerate your success? Those failures help you discover that continuing to blame someone or something else for your imperfections prevents you from becoming the person you want to be.

Walt Disney’s kick in the teeth comment was teaching us to salute the truth, quit believing something is true when it is not, and quit kicking reality under the rug while trying to ignore it. That doesn’t do you any good.

Once you understand reality, you can make corrections and improvements. Then, your road to success will be a little straighter, the challenges will seem less overwhelming, goals become easier to reach, and you will have fewer surprises along the way.

The kick in the teeth may do you good!

Learn how you can salute the truth. Order Quit Drifting, Lift the Fog, and Get Lucky from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CornerStoneLeadership, or through your local bookstore.

Give Yourself a Break!

Have you ever been hounded by someone who was a constant critic of almost everything you do? Regardless of what you do, it is wrong in their eyes. Their criticism is persistent, ruthless and harsh.

That persistent critic reminds me of a story:

Once there was a farmer who advertised his ‘frog farm’ for sale. The farm, he claimed, had a pond filled to the brim with fine bullfrogs.

When a prospective buyer appeared, the farmer asked him to return that evening so he might hear the frogs in full voice. When the buyer returned, he was favorably impressed by the symphony of enchanting melodies springing from the pond. He bought the farm on the spot.

A few weeks later, the new owner decided to drain the pond so that he could catch and market the plentiful supply of frogs. To his amazement, when the water was drained from the pond, he found that one loudmouth bullfrog had made all the noise.

That story may reflect the person who relentlessly criticizes you. Don’t allow the critical noise of one, or even a few, ‘bullfrogs’ keep you from doing what you need to do.

Maybe it’s time to gig that frog and move on. However, before you grab your multi-pronged spear and start gigging, consider exactly where the noise of that one old bullfrog is coming from. Many times, we are our own “loudmouth bullfrog” and we’re obstinate in our own self-criticism. 

Aren’t we the most critical of ourselves? If you want to close the gap between who you are and who you want to become, you must learn to forgive yourself for your own gaffes. Find peace within yourself so you can enjoy living and become the person you want to be.

Give yourself a break! That is just one tip from Quit Drifting, Lift the Fog, and Get Lucky. Order your copy today on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CornerStoneLeadership, or through your local bookstore, to read more about what you can do to become the person you want to be.