Know Your Limits

John Cusworth on September 8th, 2011
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John Mason

“Know your limits, then ignore them.” – John Mason

No matter who you are, you will have certain strengths and other weaknesses. There will be some things that you are great at. They come easily. Others might not be that easy but you are really good at them – because you have worked hard on them in the past.

However there are things that seem really foreign to you. Some of these you may have tried in the past but just never mastered. Others may have seen so unobtainable that you have never really attempted them. Yet others you have never even heard of!

Nobody can be good at everything. Even the most skillful and successful in one or more areas will be deficient in others. That is just the way of things. There are just too many skills and areas of knowledge for any one person to master them all.

You should know where you stand. Know your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses.

But don’t beat yourself up about it.

“Know your limits, then ignore them.” – John Mason

You need to know your limits. But you should not be limited by them.

If you have a particular goal, which requires the completion of certain tasks, don’t give up on it just because you may not currently have the skill set to perform those tasks.

You have a number of alternatives.

  • Learn how to do it.
  • Get someone else to do it for you. (Outsource)
  • Find another way to achieve the same result.

By knowing your limits – you can save yourself the time and energy spent on something that is unlikely to succeed. Use this knowledge to find an alternative way to solve the problem.

Don’t let your limitations stop you – be creative.

John Cusworth




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Your Future Starts Now

John Cusworth on August 10th, 2011
Mark Strand

Mark Strand

“The future is always beginning now.” – Mark Strand

Are you in a rut? Has everything you have tried gone wrong? Has your life been a complete failure? Can you see no hope for the future?

Want the good news? “The future is always beginning now!”

Your past decisions and circumstances may have determined where you are at right now, but however you got here – this is where you are. You cannot go back and change anything from your past – not one thing.

But whatever you do from this point on is up to you. You can choose to be either positive or negative, happy or sad, active or passive, wallowing in self pity or seeking alternative solutions.

Because of your current situation you may have restricted choices available to you. But you do have choices. Even if it is just how you react to your plight.
Will you be depressed, think “Woe is me!”, accept the situation and do nothing about it.
OR
Will you be positive, thinking about the options available to you and how you can best work your way out of your current position?

It may not be easy – but by focusing on looking for opportunities and possible strategies to redeem your situation, you will at least be stimulating your reticular activating system to detect any fleeting opportunities which may flash past. You will be ready to grab these chances and act on them.

Even if these new things that you try don’t work out – they are immediately relegated to the past (as indeed are your successes). You can’t do anything about them – they are gone. It is no use beating up on yourself because it didn’t work. Just look at where you are placed now – at this point in time.

Guess what? This is the exact point that your future begins. So work from here.

After all – “The future is always beginning now.” – Mark Strand

All the best for YOUR future,

John Cusworth




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Inspiration or Desperation

John Cusworth on December 6th, 2010

Anthony Robbins

Anthony Robbins

“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” – Anthony Robbins

What do you need to get yourself up and going?

Most people don’t – they just drift along with the flow, doing just what is needed to survive from one day to the next.

For others they only act due to Inspiration or Desperation.

For those who are really in a hopeless situation where they have reached the position where there is no way for them to go on the way they have been – they will often act out of desperation. They will clutch at any straw within reach and try it – because there is no alternative. People driven by desperation can be very successful since they have blinkers on and are less likely to be distracted by other things around them.

For others who are reasonably comfortable in their current situation – they are by no means happy, fulfilled or content – but they are “safe” where they are. Challenging themselves would leave them vulnerable to failure.  The pain of possible failure for them can overpower the chance of gaining pleasure from success. So they just stay in their rut.

To get them up and going out of that rut they require Inspiration. Something to kindle a fire within. To envision a dream and visualize the possibility of themselves possibly achieving it.

This glimpse of a better future as it could be is unfortunately often transitory. For this reason it is vital to pursue the vision while the inspiring spark is still alight.

Different things inspire different people. But one way of gaining inspiration is to read inspiring books, listen to uplifting music, watch motivating videos or attend inspirational seminars.

If you are in need of inspiration – don’t just wait for it to turn up – go out and find it.

And then Act on it.

“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” – Anthony Robbins

John Cusworth




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One Rabbit At A Time

John Cusworth on September 21st, 2010

Confucius

Confucius

“Man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” – Confucius

Many people who are keen to be successful and get ahead in life see a number of opportunities out there promising great results. Filled with enthusiasm they pursue one of these opportunities with great gusto. As soon as that pursuit is begun, however, they also begin work on another equally promising – or even better – opportunity. Sometimes even a third or fourth venture might be begun.

Unfortunately, by spreading their efforts over several different projects at the one time – none of them get the concentration or time that they deserve – and require – in order to be completed successfully. The result is that the person – who is extremely busy and works diligently to achieve success – never actually completes a venture. So they cease their current incomplete projects and instead start pursuing the latest bright and shiny scheme that appears.  Eventually this lack of positive feedback eventually discourages them so much that they think that they will never be successful, and they give up, not wanting to try anything for fear of failure.

Just like chasing two rabbits at once, as the rabbits weave and dart off in different directions, the hunter doesn’t know which one to pursue at any given instant, thus his responses are tentative and delayed and both rabbits slip by him and end up escaping. Instead, if he concentrated on just one rabbit, followed its movements carefully and anticipated its path, he would have a much greater chance of catching it.

In the same way, if you can choose just one promising venture – commence it, concentrate on it and adapt to it – without distraction, then you are much more likely to have success and achieve your goal.

“Man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” – Confucius

John Cusworth




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Forget About Being Perfect

John Cusworth on September 1st, 2010

H. Jackson Brown Jr“Strive for excellence, not perfection.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr

Are you a perfectionist?

Do you work extremely hard and diligently on a task – taking that extra bit of care and spending more time – until you finally get it right? Only to find on completion, that it wasn’t perfect after all. Further examination showed up a slight flaw here or there. If only you had done this or that a bit better or differently. That is the curse of the perfectionist – they will never be satisfied, because after all – it is virtually impossible to ever really achieve complete perfection.

Despite all the hard work, perfectionists rarely get jobs finished. Their overall productivity is quite low and they seldom get a feeling of accomplishment.

On the other hand, those who realistically understand that perfection is out of their reach, can still do their best at a particular task – producing a quality product in a reasonable time. They will be more likely to gain satisfaction from what they have achieved and will be far more productive. They will be more likely to tackle new tasks and start new ventures instead of waiting until everything is “just right”.

So be realistic, set a desired goal, work towards it diligently, most likely making mistakes along the way. Modify your methods if necessary – but keep moving forward until the goal is achieved. With this approach you will eventually succeed, while the perfectionist may still be working out the perfect way to begin.

“Strive for excellence, not perfection.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr

John Cusworth




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One Step At A Time

John Cusworth on August 4th, 2010

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Have you ever wondered, “How did she do that? I can’t believe that she could get such a huge task done so quickly. She must be a genius!”

Well, the key thing to realize here is that the huge task is really not just one massive thing to do in one hit. It is generally a long sequence of small, manageable tasks – each of which is not particularly daunting or difficult.

The important step is to get started in the first place. See what small task needs to be done to get the ball rolling. Once that is accomplished, tackle the next small task . . . and so on until the project is complete.

Don’t expect to be able to accomplish big things all in one hit. Do some planning and then just tick off the simple steps one by one. You’ll be finished before you know it and you will realize that that huge task was not as impossible as you first thought.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

John Cusworth




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Learn From Your Failures

John Cusworth on July 13th, 2010

“If you fail, learn, and move on, you’re growing.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki

Have you ever failed? If not, I would guess that you have never taken a chance on trying anything new or else you are lying.

There is nothing wrong with failing – as long as you learn from your mistakes, modify your approach and try again. In fact the more often you fail, the sooner it will be that you finally succeed – provided that you do learn and keep trying.

You can only grow from experience and you only get experience from having a go at something. It may be more pleasant to succeed, but you can actually learn more from failing. But this is only if you are observant and take note of what you are doing and which things have worked and which haven’t. You then need to analyze what has happened, alter your direction and move on.

So go for it! Try, try again and if you don’t at first succeed . . . then try yet again. You will eventually get there – unless you stop trying.

“If you fail, learn, and move on, you’re growing.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki




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Is Your Ship Safe?

John Cusworth on July 1st, 2010

“A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for.” – William Shedd

If you had a ship – even a large, modern, beautiful, powerful ship – but always left it anchored in a safe harbor to protect it, then you may well succeed in avoiding getting it damaged. However, is that what ships are really for? Aren’t they really designed for travelling between ports across the open seas? Granted, they may run across storms and rough seas. The sailors on board may become seasick or even shipwrecked – but they at least had the opportunity of reaching their goal of the next port or discovering new things about the world around them.

Your life is much like that. If you protect yourself from the possibility of failure by simply not taking opportunities when they turn up, or not trying out any new ideas that you have, then you may be “safe” but you are condemning yourself to living in the same old rut that you are already in. You may be reducing the chances of a “failure” somewhat – but you are completely eliminating any chance of success. That is not a good trade.

Take a chance! You may well succeed. If you do happen to fail then note what you did wrong, learn from your mistakes and try again . . . and again . . . (and again if necessary – until you succeed.)

Take your ship out past the sanctuary of the harbor, feel the wind in your hair as you steer towards your goal – and you will have a good chance of reaching it.

John Cusworth




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Design Your Life Plan

John Cusworth on May 28th, 2010

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.”Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

Have you decided what you want out of life? Have you set goals and planned out how you are going to achieve them?

If you have no purpose or direction, then it is impossible to make any progress.

Don’t fall into the trap of just fitting in with what other people around you are doing. Some will be focused on their own goals and be striving to achieve them. They may influence you to do what they are doing. This may assist them, but is unlikely to help you.

Even worse, many of your friends and acquaintances will  have no life plan or clear goals either. If you follow them in their aimless activities, you will just be going around in circles, never achieving anything.

It is your life. Decide what YOU would like to do with it.

Set goals. Work out a way to achieve those goals. Then go for it!

Design your own life plan and determine your own future.

John Cusworth




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Get Your Daily Dose Of Motivation

John Cusworth on May 18th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

Many people think that those who attend Personal Development Seminars regularly or read Inspiring Books or listen to Motivational Tapes are mad – or at least wasting their time. They say, “Those Seminars obviously don’t work – otherwise you would already be inspired and motivated, and wouldn’t need to keep going back again and again.”

Those same people probably shower regularly, not expecting the one wash to last indefinitely. They probably eat and drink on a pretty regular basis too. The nutrition only lasts so long and then runs out – it needs to be supplied continually.

It is the same with motivation. Most people are living in a rut – doing much the same thing every day – even though they are not really happy about where they are in life. If they read an inspirational book, see an uplifting movie or attend a Motivational Seminar – then they may get a glimpse of what life could be like if they stepped out of their comfort zone. They become inspired themselves and resolve to change their behaviors, set new goals and proceed to pursue them.

Unfortunately, the world they live in doesn’t cease to offer up challenges. Problems arise and setbacks occur. When the person goes back to being surrounded by their old friends – they often get pulled back down, and doubts can re-emerge. . . . Just as after taking a shower, you can get dirty again.

By being regularly exposed to inspiring situations and surrounded by like-minded, motivated people, it is easier to maintain your new, positive outlook and to press on to achieving your goals.

Once you set your mind on achieving something, don’t be put off by the negative influences around you – or those who would prefer if you stayed at their level.

Don’t look back. Keep getting your regular dose of motivation.

John Cusworth




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