Strategies For Success After Failure in Business & Life

As part of my life journey I have faced many ups and downs in our business life, I’ve experienced the giddy heights of quick and meteoric success in business. Building up a company worth many millions of dollars and then an equally disastrous loss of fortune due the Asian Financial crisis of the late 90’s. This saw us losing large sums of money, in fact all of it bar a few dollars, many properties and most devastatingly, our family home. It truly was the most challenging time our family had ever faced.

The greatest toll it took on me was emotionally. It was extremely difficult for me to see this ‘failure’ for what it was; a set of external circumstances beyond our control. For me I felt like a personal failure, it was my fault and I let this keep me down for many years. I buried my natural creative, entrepreneurial nature and got busy focusing on our 3 very young children. I allowed my feelings of shame and humiliation to rob me of many years and almost every shred of confidence I had.

Today I was privileged to attend an event in Wellington called “Women and Wealth” where the keynote speaker was Suzanne Paul, a public figure in New Zealand, founder and inventor of the ‘Natural Glow’ cosmetic empire. Due to a new business venture failing, Suzanne has also experienced a very public loss of everything, including her self esteem and confidence. I have always admired her courage in sharing her story in her book and via interviews and speaking engagements. Like a lot of women, I have followed her story, been inspired by her sheer guts and determination to pick herself up, dust herself off and start over. Having slowly done the same myself firmly believing the mantra… “But wait, there’s more”

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure”. – Napoleon Hill

This quote from Napoleon Hill has given me strength and encouragement each day since I found it. If I’m experiencing any defeats in my day, I will open my iPhone and flick up this quote to inspire and motivate me to just keep going, put one foot in front of the other and move towards my goals.

If you find yourself in the same position, are 4 essential strategies to help you find your confidence again, you may be looking for whiz bang hard edge business strategies but I can assure you that healing your relationship with yourself first will guarantee you success in all areas of life and have you moving forward…

Forgive Yourself

Find a way to make peace with your past defeats, analyse ‘why’ this happened, find out all the outside influences that lead to the circumstances of your failure, examine your own decisions, identify what you could have done differently, learn from this lesson. By truly understanding what happened analytically, you can be confident of not making the same decisions again that lead you there. Now move on… and realign your focus and start on your new future.

Make a Plan for your New Future

Write your goals, dreams and aspirations out in a notebook, prioritise them and make an action plan of small steps you can take each day to reach these goals. If this is a new experience for you, start with small easily achievable goals. The fact that you are working towards them and achieving gives you confidence. each small achievement give you more confidence to tackle bigger dreams. Be Persistent.. Keep going until…

Change your Energy & Environment

Start to turn your energy around to a positive resonance and surround yourself with positive like minded people. Get out of your house and your comfort zone and find people who are going where you want to be. Reprogramme yourself. ‘Fake it til you make it” or acting ‘as if’ you are enthusiastic, energised and motivated each day will soon trick your brain into actually being & feeling this way. When you are surrounded by happy motivated people you can not help but feel the same way. And curiously they will be drawn to your positive and motivated energy, giving you perpetual support and encouragement.

Plan for and enjoy a holistic Life

Remember although we are primarily addressing business success from failure, leading a life balanced with good health, a loving family environment, caring and supportive friends, charity, achievement and wealth is a successful life indeed.

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How to Make Time For Pets Despite the Busy Life

In our buzzing and busy life, where do we find time for our pets? Among all those hundreds and hundreds of people you see on the way to work are pets in their houses looking forward for them to return. These pets are eagerly and patiently waiting for their owners to get a little love from them. But how about those that have busy owners? Will they get the attention of their masters that they are very much looking forward to?

Losing time for pets is crucial to their health. It will lead to your pet’s deteriorating health and mood. Their boredom sometimes makes them eat less and eventually leads to the worst-their deaths. So what do we need to do in order to prevent these? How will we give them time despite our busy lives?

Daily Play Time Really Helps

It does not matter how little or how much you play with your pets on a daily basis, what matters is that you do play with them. A little scratch on the ear or a little pat on their heads may do. You can do this while giving them their food. Though ideally, at least an hour a day will surely make your pet content. Talking to them will also help in earning their trust and making them happy plus it makes them much more familiar to you.

Treat them with Treats

You can buy them treats so that when you are not around they will have something to do to release their boredom. Chew toys for dogs. Cage swings for birds. Scratch posts for cats. Know what your pet likes and give it to them. Do not be stingy, make their happiness your happiness too and when you see the look in your pet’s eyes and movements, you will realize that it was all worth it.

Make it a life-long duty

Pets are not objects that could easily be neglected once you’ve lost interest in them. They have lives, feelings, and needs that should be given attention to. Do not get a pet that you think you would one day give less interest to. Once doubt enters, do not get the pet. For it is not you, but your pet that will suffer the consequences of your stupidity and inconsistency. Once you promise to yourself to get one, you should save time for them no matter how busy your life gets. Treat them as family members and not as mere properties. Shower them your love, and they will give it back to you.

Fitting A Workout Into Your Busy Life

Trying to squeeze in a workout session into our busy lives can be very difficult to do. In fact, we get often get tired of planning and eventually we give up. Exercise has been proven to have a significant effect on a person’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is our best defense against stress and illness. And because of this scientific reason we should seriously make ourselves a priority and include a workout program into our daily schedule. Exercise is essential when it comes to health and wellness.

To help you get started, here are some tips on how to incorporate workouts in your life.

Wake Up Early

To start your workout for the day, begin by waking up early. A morning exercise fires up your metabolism and helps improve your energy and mood for the day. It might appear difficult at first but soon you will see and appreciate the benefit of setting your alarm clock a little earlier.

Find Your Soulmate Workout

Exercise is not boring if you find something that you love. Try out various activities such as dancing, yoga or even water sports. Indulge in activities that you love. Try new things – there are lots of fun fitness options available. Your favorite activities will add more fun to both your weight loss program and to keeping your life healthy. As time goes by you will realize workouts have become a habit or a welcome release from the pressures of the day.

Walk Your Way to Fitness

Walking is the best and easiest exercise for a busy life. Try to add a daily 30 minute walk to your routine. Instead of taking the elevator try the stairs or park at the far end of the office car park. You will burn more calories by simply walking.

Make It Part Of Your Routine

Try to incorporate working out by making it part of your daily routine. Just like brushing your teeth, eating breakfast or taking a shower.You’ll soon find that you can still manage your day and time. Just make it a habit.

Turn Chores Into Exercise

This is one of the simplest tips when it comes to staying healthy. In fact, chores such as vacuuming or mopping are considered as a low intensity workouts. Make your household chores fun and interesting by turning it into an exercise.

We all have busy schedules but it is not an excuse for not exercising. We can find ways to squeeze a workout into a hectic schedule. We only need to manage our time properly and set priorities in order to achieve healthy goals which lead to a better quality of life.