2 Tools to Master Any Challenge

Tip of the Week – May 20, 2011

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” – Helen Keller

So how are you preparing to master yours?

Being successful in business is about developing and leveraging your greatest strengths.

Does that mean that you won’t face tough challenges?  No!  They will be there all along the way.

And much of the process of mastering them boils down to two things:

  1. Your preparation
  2. Your perception

Peak performance in business requires you to focus on what it takes to stay in tip-top shape.  That is virtually impossible if you aren’t focusing on self-care — healthy eating, exercise, intellectual and spiritual growth, rest and refreshment.  To operate at 100% requires a commitment to high level self-care.  Just remember that taking care of you first does not make you selfish.  It makes you wise, because it allows you to provide the very best of you to those you desire to serve.

Victory in the face of hardship starts when you learn to be thankful for every challenge that crosses your path.  The power is in your perception of the events in your life.  Much of life is beyond your direct control, so why not be empowered by taking control of your reaction to surrounding circumstances?  Look for the value in every experience before you head down the “why me” path to nowhere.

Life is way too short to get bogged down in the things that are not easy.  When you take care of yourself and strive to maintain a proactive attitude, no matter what life throws your way, you will discover what it means to achieve peak performance in your ability to master any challenge.


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  1. Posted May 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree completely. Two good points and perception is one that is so often overlooked. The glass is both half full and half empty. It is all in how you perceive it!

    • Posted May 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for leaving a comment. Happy to know you enjoyed the post. Yes, I think we often forget that we have control over how we perceive the world around us. Sometimes we just have to put on different lenses that allow us to see the value in our circumstances no matter how difficult in the moment.

    • Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

      “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” – Helen Keller.

      My wife Erin O’Brien once met and was asked to sing for Ms. Keller. Ms. Keller placed both of her hands around my wife’s vocal cords and “Listened” to a whole song of her choice. She cried throughout the whole song. That was one of the most sensitive and touching experience in my life. I just thought I will pass this to you.
      P.S.: I love your attitute about life & living.

      • Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Kanan, That is truly amazing! What an experience that must have been! Thank you for sharing it and thank you for reading. Shannon

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