February 1st, 2012
I can’t believe it’s been two years since we said Welcome To Springwolf Reflections as my official author’s blog. 2 years ago my first book, yes the first of many I hope, was published. And while there has been some delay with the follow up books to the series I planned, I’m not giving up on that dream.
I’ve been a teacher, minister and author for longer than two years of course. Even my 30+ years in Information Technology has aided my progress through these past years. So I wanted to share some of my reflections and insights of the last two years in the six things I’ve learned to achieve growth and success.
I’ve had the great fortune and privilege to work with so many wonderful people who have helped and supported me through this venture. The biggest of which has been husband Garrett. Without his support that have been many days when I’ve simply wanted to throw in the towel.
1. Believe In Yourself
That’s where my first piece if insight comes. It’s a motto that’s on the top corner of my blog here. Something said by a very wise business man, Believe In Yourself, Even When No One Else Does. ~ Harvey McKay.
When you begin to falter in your belief, find that one person in your life who will be there to fill in the gap and build you back up. It could be a partner, a child, even a parent. But everyone has someone in their life who believes in them no matter what. It might even be a Minister or a person they meet online and only talk to once a week. Who ever it is, turn to them in times of need and let them give you a good pep talk. Even if you have to tell them that’s what you need.
2. Ask For What You Need
That’s the next piece of insight I discovered. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. What’s the worse thing that could happen? It might come true? Yeah, you were expecting something else, weren’t you? But the truth is, most people don’t ask for what they need not because they’re afraid they won’t get it, but because they don’t know what to do if they do get it!
In order to make your passionate dreams come true, you must have a plan. A dream without a plan is nothing more than images on a screen that play for yourself when discontent with where you are now. Put a plan behind that dream and you have tangible things to do and steps to take. Stop being afraid of your own success!
3. Acknowledge Your Success
There’s a phrase you don’t hear a lot of people talk about. Those have attained success will say they’re successful and they got there with a lot of help. But those who are working the plan rarely if ever apply that phrase to their work. But here’s a secret. The moment you decide to put your passion into action, create the plan and begin putting it into manifestation, you have achieved success.
Success isn’t a lifetime of achievement. It’s an accumulation of all the little moments, the tireless work, and the individual actions that have been created along the way. When you set the bar so far down the road that you can’t even see it, then you forget what it is you’re working so hard for. When you set your finish line a few yards away, it’s achievable and it becomes a stepping stone that propels you to the next finish line. You never win the race without first starting the car. Nor can you win the race without making stops along the way for new tires and gas.
4. Don’t Cut Corners
You also can’t win the race by skipping lap 100 in a 200 lap race. With each lap you make you learn something new that helps you get around the track on the next lap. A bump there that causes your car to jump up the track and lose speed is a spot to be avoided the next time by. The line through the corner in turn 3 may be slippery on the inside of the turn, causing you to slide sideways and again losing speed.
With each adjustment you make, you find the best line for the best speed and you’ll not only finish the race, but you could also be the winner holding up the big lifetime achievement award at a banquet held in your honor. (Ok if you’ve been a fan of my site over the past 2 years, you know I’m a NASCAR fan. You had to know racing was going to make it in here some where with a picture of my Tony!!)
5. Go With The Flow
No matter how much you plan, there are going to be unexpected events that arise and force you to make alternative choices. Don’t fight those forks in the road and try to make everything fit exactly the way you want it. Forcing energy into a hole can limit its ability to work in your favor. If you want that big bright new piece of equipment, you might need to find a second hand version first. At least the second hand version can be yours TODAY and that can help you bring in the income and resources that provide for shiny new upgrade when you’re ready for it.
Forcing things to happen before you’re ready for them too can hasten failure and create bigger discouragement in completing your larger dream. Look at each stumbling block as a lesson to help you learn something that will make things easier the next time around. When you go with the flow, you allow the energy around you to work in concert with the steps in your plan. Opportunities will seem to come out of no where and help provide you with exactly what you needed at that time and place.
6. Be Respectful and Gracious
Remember that no one is an island and you can’t get where you’re going without a little assistance along the way. Never take anyone for granted. Each person you meet is providing you with energy and support for your plan. No matter how little or how big, the connections you make today could be the big opportunity you need a year from now.
Everyone has their own passionate mission. You never know who you meet early in your work that is working on their own plan. What they’re doing today could be one of their stepping-stones. A year from now, maybe even two years from now, you’ll meet that same person who has achieved their goal for their own business and now you might find them in need of your services. Or you of theirs.
What you put out to others along your way to success, will come back and help you. Or hurt you. In general most people are very honest and are trying to be respectable with integrity in their character and in their business. When you work with this perspective, you will attract that perspective from others. Clients, customers and business partners alike.
Finally, I couldn’t be more pleased with the growth of Springwolf Reflections. And even more pleased with the people I’ve met and the new clients we’ve served as a result. We couldn’t have grown without you. So allow us to extend a great big thank you for being part of our journey and supporting our work to share empowerment and enlightenment. Thank you!
~ Spring 🐾
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