Category Archive for: ‘allowing’

What’s Success?

When I was a practicing securities lawyer, I had a very particular notion of what it meant for me to be a success.  Being successful for me meant to either be a high-salaried employee, meet and exceed my billables each month and/or get promoted or find a new and better job within my industry.  That’s it, I’m sorry to say.

As I always say, branding is a marathon with many iterations.  We are never broken or “need” anything.  We choose to see things differently and then grow and change.  Dynamic brands that are open to change succeed.

Looking back on my previous career and life, I feel sorry for that iteration of me. I truly was “Version 1.0” of my brand.  I wasn’t really open to change because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

Until one day I wasn’t happy anymore as a securities lawyer.

That was the day I opened my eyes and was ready for change and growth.  That was the day I decided to be truly successful.  Was it easy? No.  Change is never easy.  Was it worth the ride? Heck yes!

Success Defined

As I look at the definition of “success” as a brand and as a person, I’m reminded of something I heard at Sunday service once at the Unity Center here in San Diego.  “Success” is defined as a) continued happiness and b) reaching for worthy goals.  In looking at  what are your worthy goals, we were told to look for i) what are your longings in life? and  ii) where do you come alive in your life?  This really struck me as a healthy view of success.

Looking at it from a client-facing perspective, if you believe my premise that a great client experience is based on each and every employee having a great brand (having their values in hand, having empathy, knowing who they are), then a successful and happy employee MUST lead to a great client experience and higher revenues for any organization.

Resistance

In life and at work, we put up such resistance.  We fight the norm, we fight the establishment, we fight our boss, we fight our colleagues and we end up fighting ourselves.  The result? Unhappiness.

All of this leads to so much friction and negative effort.  We exhaust ourselves and leave others looking away from us. Our brand is spoiled.

At that Sunday service, I was reminded that the word, “Affluence” comes from the derivative, “to flow with”.   So what if you let it all flow naturally?  I guarantee you that you would be happier and more successful.

What does this mean for you?

Stop and consider:

  • Are you happy? If you hate my question, there’s something really great for you in this query.  Stay strong and be brave enough to look at it.
  • Are you reaching for worthy goals?  Stop and question your goals.  Looking back, my billables were NOT my worthy goals in life.
  • What are you longing for in your life?
  • Where in your life experiences do you find you really come alive? Why?
  • How are you nurturing happiness within your employee pools’ brands?
  • Where can you give up resistance in your life and go with the flow towards affluence?

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Brand Booster: “Allow” Instead of “Force”, “Achieve” or “Earn”

Just the other day I was forcing an issue with my husband. We were at a restaurant ordering lunch. Being a typical woman, I wanted him to “share” a burger and a salad with me instead of us both ordering a burger. It’s my attempt to be healthier and still eat what I love (a burger!). I kept suggesting it to my husband…. Over and over again. I wanted him to do what I wanted him to do. Free will was lost. So, he pushed back and we both got burgers.

Sound familiar? It should. Stuff like this happens so often.

What if I had just stopped and chosen to see the situation differently? Instead of “suggesting/forcing” my views on my husband, what if I had “allowed” the situation to be and allowed whatever was going to happen, to happen?

I guarantee you the end result would have been different.

Maybe we still would have ended up ordering burgers, but I wouldn’t have let myself down and expended so much negative energy pushing and shoving my will on my husband. I could have been happier in that moment.

Successful brands don’t force anything – on themselves or on others.

Anytime we force anything, we have active resistance around anything in our lives,. Then there is tension. Tension even shows up when we are “achieving” or “earning”.  

Tension amps up our stress. Our stress amps up other peoples’ stress. Then people don’t want to be around us anymore, much less hire us, buy from us, promote us, date us. You name it. The game is over.

Instead, successful brands recognize that allowing life to happen sets everyone up for more success. Allowing life to happen, allows us to “be” with ease and grace. Ease and grace is the only way to let your brand shine and get us to stop, notice you and gravitate naturally to you.

What does this mean for you? Stop and consider:

  • How often do you force your way and will in life? Next time, stop and have self-awareness: is it really working for you? Be honest with yourself.
  • What if you stopped trying to “achieve” or “earn” and just “allowed”, instead?
  • What would your life be like if you just “allowed” yourself and others to be? Where can you make subtle adjustments to allow more and force less?

Call or email me to discuss this strategy in your brand and life.

 

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