This month is a special month … for many reasons. It is a month of love, with Valentine’s Day marking the half-way point. And, since my father died last week, I’ve received an amazing outpouring of love from family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. It’s been awesome.
Ironically, interestingly or just by coincidence, my father’s birthday is in February … and so is my half birthday. In fact, when I was growing up, I used to get ViewMaster slides on my dad’s birthday for my half-birthday present.
But if he taught me nothing else, it was to always go for what I wanted. And that leads me to two observances that I think are especially relevant to you, the creative professional, this month.
The first observance is Expect Success Month. Created 10 years ago by motivational speaker Karla Brandau, this observance encourages us all to “expect success–then work like there is no other option.”
The second observance is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month. This observance encourages us to start working toward our own greatness now, even if all we do is take baby steps or plant seeds.
You see, both these monthly observations dove tail quite well together. You expect success, then you plant the seeds for that success and then nurture that seed until you obtain success.
If you want to reach success in your business or career, you need to visualize what that success looks like. Then you need to expect that success, plant the seeds to achieve that success and finally work your way to that success.
Expect Success Month and Plant the Seeds for Greatness Month encourage you to do that and I hope that you will.
In closing, I’d like to share with you this quote from If Success Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for a Fulfilling Life by Cherie Carter-Scott Ph.D.:
“The objective of fulfillment is not about doing everything perfectly and avoiding mistakes. It’s about making choices from the dearest place you know, then backing that choice and riding it out to see where it takes you.
“So how do you know which choices are the right ones and which are the wrong ones?
“You don’t. You just make the choice that feels right to you at that time, and follow that route either toward success or toward the lessons you were meant to learn…. There may be times… that you revise your map or change your destination entirely. This doesn’t mean that you made the wrong choice to begin with or that you failed in your pursuits. Rather, it means that you wisely altered your original plan once you had more data.”
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