Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fear ~ Fail ~ the real "F" words. Exercise your right to be excellent!

I just got back from the Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, attending as a representative of The Last Green Valley.

This was only the second event of the WDO that I have attended, but they have both been fabulously enjoyable, and I look forward to more!

A motivational speaker, Rita Schiano, was the guest. I know what you are thinking - you are thinking about the old SNL skit starring Chris Farley. Matt Foley/Motivational Speaker. That was a great skit!

Yet this speaker got my brain a'thinking.

She spoke of the four letter F words, which got a great chuckle from the crowd.

Fear and Fail were the words that she spoke of.

Sadly those words ~ fear and failure ~ go together like a horse and carriage to many of us.

As Rita pointed out, lots of people, ideas, and plans initially fail, but so many don't let the fear stop them from moving forward.

Resiliency is what will carry us through - and yes, we must work at it! Just like aerobics or strength training or public speaking!

Other things to consider are Perfection and Excellence.

I sort of get them all tied up and confused together. I should not do that. You can indeed have excellence without achieving perfection. They are two different things. I'm going to give it a try.

Rita states that self confidence + self worth = self esteem.

Again an equation that needs to be worked at like an exercise. And like all exercise, we always benefit from doing it! 

One last good tip, and one that I have been on to for quite a long time: Surround yourself with positive, resilient, excellent people! Good people bring each other UP!

One of my favorite quotes is "Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best". ~ Henry Van Dyke.

I am a Putnamaniac that will exercise her right to be excellent!

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