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Haiku: Success…

“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.”  Rumi

Haiku: Success…

Behind golden doors
Ruby red jewels whisper
Follow Your heart’s call…

“Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” Rumi

Haiku: Success…

Across mountain tops
Reminders spread like fire
Success is inside…

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Inspiration: Embracing The F Word…

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” J.K. Rowling

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word...

What is our attitude towards failure? Have we recently failed at something and are still kicking ourself? Do we look around and wonder where we went wrong because everyone else is doing great? Do we avoid trying new things because we are afraid to fail? Regardless of how we answer the questions, the fact is that we have all failed or will fail at something and our attitude will be critical to the final outcome. If we fixate on what went wrong instead of resolving to correct our mistakes, we limit our chance at recovery.  Some people view failure as a stepping stone and others see it as a stumbling block. Even if we have different definitions of what failure means, the one defining factor is whether we have that stick to it drive or not – that we don’t give up so readily. Frankly, to borrow a line from J.K. Rowling’s TED speech, “Rock bottom can become the solid foundation on which we rebuild our lives.”

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” Anthony Robbins

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word...


TED.com: JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

In the article, 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First, we meet some of the most beloved and accomplished people in the world and they all failed at first. From Einstein to Edison, Gates to Disney, Spielberg to King, Rowling to Winfrey and more, the list tells us something – failure is a bump in the road to success. The difference between those who achieve success and those of us who don’t is that achievers find the courage to jump into the fire, get burned and do it again anyway because, as J.K. Rowling points out in the TED video above, there are fringe benefits of failure. Of course, the hardest part is taking that first leap and that is where most of us get stuck…

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” John Wooden

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word...


TEDxManitobaAisha Alfa: Holding Hands with Failure on the Road to Creativity

Today, Oprah’s Newsletter on Thought For The Day shared an article, The F Word: How Failure Can Lead to Success, on how four women found their footing and success after a major failure. The author, Lise Funderberg, first shares her recent failure to win a fellowship and how it led her to speak with four other women about the subject; to consider, as she put it, “what each of them has recognized as the paradox that success requires a willingness to risk failure.” Her interviewees were: Terry Gross, host and an executive producer of Fresh Air, an award-winning show on National Public Radio. Terry got fired from her first teaching job, a challenging gig in a tough school district. She saw her failure as an opportunity to rethink her career plans and found her path to success in radio. As Terry said in the article, “Sometimes when you fail, it’s for a good reason. You’re doing the wrong thing. And sometimes, as in my case, the failure is doing you a favor.”

Lisa Rau, wife, mother of two, and an elected judge in Philadelphia shared her story of losing her first run for elected office and how hurt she felt. She cried over it, but learned many lessons including the importance of speaking about failure, being brave to try again and asking for help. I liked this line from Lisa: “We also don’t talk about failure enough, and that’s part of why everyone is so scared by it. One of the things that’s great about failure is, it’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be.” More below!

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Wake Up: Your Dreams Need a Reality Check…

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” J.M. Power

Dream of Jacob by Michael Willmann

We all know people who talk endlessly about what they will do when/if, all their ducks, imagined and real, are in a row. It’s all well and good to visualize, fantasize, and imagine our future success and our dreams/goals but, like all good exercise plans, we have to move our behinds and take the first step. Our dreams need a reality check.

Dreaming is never enough even for the creative process as we must, as the quote suggests, wake up and deliver on those ideas and promptings of our muse. Day dreaming is quite fun, helping us relax and escape, for a short while, to a place of pleasant relaxation and rest. However, we must move from that phase to a place of action… we must become present and conscious about our dreams and goals…. Have a game plan.

It’s interesting that in the realm of dream research, there is fascinating information on the many aspects of dreams and the way our bodies respond positively to lucid dreaming and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. There are scientific studies on the subject that have shown that dreams allow our brain activity to venture into unrestricted memory fragments.  We dream, our thoughts are sifted through events in our lives and, sometimes, we get insights and solutions to difficult problems. :-)

Somewhat like meditation, our dream sleep state helps us sort through the quagmire of life and re-group to start our mental and physical functions for another day. Like Freud, I believe that “dreams are a window into the unconscious” and the goal is take the messages/experiences and turn them in practical actions that produce the results or outcomes we envisioned.

For this week’s Writers Workshop run by MamaKatslosinit, I chose:

5.) Read and Respond: “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” ~J.M. Power
As I look at the quote again, I am reminded that there are people who have prophetic dreams; essentially, they look into the future while seemingly in dream mode… They are awake in a futuristic time warp while asleep. Now that’s surreal!

What are your thoughts on dreams and what are your dreams like? Do you find ways to use your dream state to help with your wake time plans? Do share.

Positive Motivation Tip: When you wake up from your dream state, move your feet. :-)

PHOTO CREDITS: Dream of Jacob by Michael Willmann via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet