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You haven’t come this far!

You haven’t come this far!

There’s something powerful about the human spirit when we push ourselves past what we thought were our limitations. Marathon runners refer to them wall’, a psychological and physiological point in the race when giving up seems appealing. It becomes a battle with the self.

Life can be like that as we all know. When we view our life from a point in time, the point where we are right now, it can be hard to keep going. We have to look over our shoulder and see how far we’ve come. Surely if we’ve come this far we can keep going?

 

Don’t give up on yourself. Keep going. You can get there if you don’t stand in your way. We’ll be cheering you on every step of the way.

 

Fran

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There is no failure

There is no failure

It is often the though of failing that stops us from even trying. We stop before we start. However, belief that failure is impossible might just tip us into acting. In spite of our worries that things won’t work out, we must believe in the possibility of success. Let our mindset change and our actions will follow. Success is a process and so is failure.

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Difficult situations

Difficult situations

Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in difficult situations. Our instinct is usually to find the easiest way out. A natural response. However, perhaps the best route is to go ‘through’ the problem rather than waste our time trying to go around it. Good things happen when we stop trying to avoid pain and difficulty and simply focus on getting through whatever it is we are are finding tough. Remember, the best around it is through it!

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Is it skill or just luck?

Is it skill or just luck?

The older I get, the more I realise how luck has been in many ways a far more determine factor in my life than skill. I’d say it’s around 65% luck and 45% skill. Failure to acknowledge the role of luck in our lives can lead us to believing we are more talented or successful than another person. 

There’s no doubt that skill is vital to get us onto the first rung of the ladder but it won’t get us to the top. We need luck. If we consider someone like Bill Gates, we soon realise how such things as a good education and access to technology when others did not was luck. If he had been born into poverty in Third World country, his chances of success on the scale he has achieved would have been less likely if not impossible.

A few circumstances beyond his control in the early stages of his career also fed into the luck factor. This is not to diminish or deny the effort he put in to hone his skills for without that hard work, luck wouldn’t have presented itself.

My own mantra in life is this ‘just do the work’. If I just do the work, something will present itself. When I start a drawing or painting I don’t concern myself with how it will turn out. I just make sure I work on my skill set and do the work. 

There’s a good article on the topic here and I can’t recommend Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers highly enough for a deeper understanding.

Fran

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