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I’m a big believer in failing forward.

I have no problem making mistakes; I do it all the time.

I also don’t have a problem with admitting my mistakes. (Although that has taken 30 + years to learn) But, I do my best to take every mistake and learn something from it. 

If you learned something from the mistake, then you didn’t fail.  

If you didn’t get the outcome that you wanted, it just means you’ve got another chance to try.

If it feels like God is shutting a single door, it may mean He’s about to open an entire palace.

Failure is one of life’s best teachers. You’re allowed to feel disappointed and frustrated and upset when you make a big mistake. It’s natural. But what you’re not allowed to do is decide that you’re done trying. You’re also not allowed to let the mistake define you.

We are inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, and this idea of gratitude and thankfulness seems to be everywhere.

This year, while you are counting your blessings and practicing gratitude for the things that you have and the people that you love, don’t forget to sprinkle a little gratitude over the hard stuff.

Your mistakes have shaped you into the leader you are today. Without them, you wouldn’t know what you know.

The EXPERIENCE IS THE LESSON. The experience is the GIFT.

What’s one mistake you can choose to be grateful for today? 

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit” -Will Durant

Happy Monday!

You know what today is, right? Yes, it’s Monday, but it’s also the first of the month. There is no better time to start a new habit, kick an old one or start something fresh than on a day like today. Today is oozing with opportunity. You won’t get another clear starting line like this until April 1st (and let’s be honest, that’s April Fools Day, and nothing serious is happening that day!)

When you’re starting a new habit, it’s crucial that you never miss a Monday. Do whatever it takes to make sure your Monday is used as a jumping off point for your new habit, as it sets the tone for the rest of the week.

If you are waiting for the stars to align or for the perfect set of circumstances to appear before you make a change, you’ll be waiting forever. Today, Monday, October 1st, is a great day to start new habits that will get you to the next level.

Deep in your subconscious, your mind is working on a set of beliefs that it believes to be fact. These beliefs are based on the continuous thoughts you have about a specific area of your life, thoughts you’ve probably had since childhood. These beliefs influence your actions, and when you do these actions over and over, they become habits. Your life, where you are and what you’re doing, is a direct result of the habits and rituals in place in your life.

They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. You can do just about anything for 21 days.  3 weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of things, and if you can set a solid foundation for productive habits that will elevate in this short time period, why wouldn’t you? Your competition’s doing it.

Some habits and rituals that you could start today that would radically change things 21 days from now include:

  • Starting a workout routine
  • Getting up an hour earlier to get a jump start on your day
  • Putting your phone down when you get home to connect with your family
  • Reciting positive and empowering affirmations on your way to work
  • Being intentional about expressing gratitude every day

Today is also a good day to kick some bad habits, such as:

  • Gossiping around the office
  • Eating fast food throughout the week
  • Procrastinating
  • Micromanaging
  • Overworking

October 21st is going to come whether you commit to new habits or not. 21 days from now, do you want to be right where you are? Or do you want to be on the fast track to bigger and better things?

One action step you can take today to take control of the habits in your life is invest $15 in Walter’s innovative No One Can Stop You But You digital download. This engaging program will show you how to put practices, habits, and routines in place that will get you to the next level.

Not tomorrow, not next week, TODAY.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

We’ve all been programmed, since we were kids, to say thank you. It’s a socially expected response to give when someone does something for you. But when was the last time you truly went out of your way to show gratitude towards someone? When was the last time you acknowledged and thanked someone for something, even if it had nothing to do with you? When was the last time you sat back and felt grateful for the things in your life, even just the basics like a roof over your head and air in your lungs?

Today, make a list of five things you are grateful for. If you can list more, list more. Starting your day focused on what you do have will put you in a positive mindset. You’ll be surprised at how you will begin to notice more things throughout the day that you are thankful for.

We all know people who complain all day about the things they don’t have. Those people are exhausting to be around, and their negativity is draining. Today, when you hear someone complaining, try to turn the conversation towards the positive. Find the lesson, the good, the positive in a bad situation. Use phrases like:

  • Yeah that sounds frustrating but at least….
  • Sounds like you’re having a rough day, how can I help?
  • Have you tried looking at it like this instead?
  • What do you think this lesson is trying to teach you
  • That’s happened to me before, can I tell you how I handled it and how it helped me?
  • I hear what you’re saying, and your thoughts are valid. What can we do to fix it?

When you find yourself spiraling into a “Why me?” mindset, remember the five things you wrote down. You have so much to be thankful for. One mistake, one bad day, one missed deadline will not overshadow all of the good you have in your life. Ever.

Sometimes, the best way to fix a bad attitude is by adding some gratitude. Chapter One of All Buts Stinks dives deep into the importance of a positive attitude and how it impacts your career. Check it out here; you’ll thank us later (see what we did there?)

What are YOU thankful for on this beautiful Monday?