I have always been a positive person. I am not sure if I was born with that outlook, or if I just developed it as a result of a wonderful upbringing. But regardless, I have learned over the years that there is amazing power in positive thinking.
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Whether you believe in nature or nurture, attitude is ultimately a choice. Looking for the best, seeking a win-win, believing in the possibilities are all ways we can achieve greater success.
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At the beginning of the month I laid out a challenge for myself, to write a blog post a day. And like most challenges, resolutions, or goals, things started off like gangbusters! But then the middle of the month arrived which included about 10 days of travel. I knew I should get at least a few of my posts written ahead of time and scheduled, but I just didn’t allocate enough time.
The secret to excellence is simple: you have to be willing to try, miss the mark, analyze what went astray, make adjustments and then try again. In short, you have to be willing to practice!
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And there it is, as simple as that. But it is really that simple? Probably not quite, because you do need to have some basic competencies in the area in which you seek to be excellent. But the difference between someone being truly excellent versus good or adequate is rarely (if ever) raw talent; it has significantly more to do with their willingness to invest time and energy in the form of practice.
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My goal for 2013 is to expand my current knitting instruction business into a much broader market of consulting, speaking and training for independent businesses. My tag line is Teach-Train-Talk, thus the name of my website for the blog portion of this new venture. I have also set up a new business blog and website, which you’re reading now!