Separating the wheat from the chaff

To achieve anything in life; a dream, a successful marriage, career, whatever that may be for you. There will be moments where you are tested beyond the limits of what you thought you could handle.

The most simple example of this would be taken from the local gym. When a new member begins to train, they may find their capacity in the first few weeks will be significantly less, to someone who has been following a work out programme for the last six months. The new member would typically start to work with smaller weights, and run for shorter periods of time than the more experienced member.

Of course, with;

  • persistence
  • consistency
  • time

Anyone can improve their stamina, providing they hold on to those three key ingredients and push through the pain of exhausted muscles, fatigue and all the other temporary symptoms our bodies produce in reaction to the resistance.

What we must understand is that the resistance is needed to achieve the desired result. In the same way, perseverance, patience and counting the cost is required of us, when we embark on business, marriage and almost any area of life.

Counting the cost, preparing the ground work, and gathering the research is not a season to be rushed, for if we are prepared for all eventualities at the start. We will be ready, and increase our chances of survival when the stormy weather hits unannounced up ahead.




Character shaping success

People are scared of failing, but the only thing that stops people from achieving their goal most often, or not is themselves.

When we keep in mind that failure can be the springboard for success, and believe this to be true; ultimately we are setting ourselves up to achieve.

If you truly want to achieve success, we should ask ourselves why? A wise person once said; “ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

Love what Abraham Lincoln said when made this statement; “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but idiot want to test a mans character, give him power.”

So don’t be scared of failing. Learn to love it. Take stock of our motives, and have a heart to heart character check along the way. These two checkpoints are a winning combination.

Are you teachable?

Having a teachable spirit in life is something we should all have, or aspire to. Whether your the CEO of a company, a shop floor manager, or a mechanic; whatever your vocation. If we are not willing to be taught, or to be corrected then the question we really ought to be asking ourselves is, what are we doing in 2012?

It’s no secret times are changing, technology is speeding up and connection is growing. This is no time to get stubborn, or be set in your ways, or to be so rigid in the way that we operate that we are unwilling to accept anything, or anyone that doesn’t fit our mould (ie. old mindset). We must be prepared in 2012 to open our minds, consider the possibility of another option, process, or idea. I’ll ask again; are you teachable?

Being happy

Happiness is a choice. Why live any other way when we only have one shot at life.

So if your business isn’t where you want it to be yet, or your career is taking off as fast as you hoped be encouraged that good things are worth waiting for. We live in a microwaveable generation that wants everything yesterday. The issue with getting a microwaved dream is that it never tastes, or lasts as long as a the real deal.

If we really want our business, or career to be a success; Then we must be patient enough to enjoy the journey, on the road to where we’re going.


There is lots of things in life that have the potential to hault our progress and success at whatever we might be doing in life.

There is a fear of not believing we are good enough to do a particular job, or succeed in that special relationship.

There are some who fear that if we are not obsessing over our food, we’ll gain two pounds and the world will end (please consider all of these suggestions in the appropriate context).

Fear comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes; and all are toxic to our being. It has the potential to kill a dream, relationship, business and it paralyzes our progress: If we let it.

I suggest we don’t. Choose to go enter this new year with courage, boldness and refuse to be taken down by fear. Sometimes situations in life may look scary, but sometimes they require us to feel the fear and do it anyway.

Like the good old writer Ambrose Redmoon once said; “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

Choose to be bold, and very courageous in 2012.