Is Your Environment Holding You Back? By By John C. Maxwell, @JohnCMaxwell

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When I was much younger, I found myself in a job situation where the environment wasn’t conducive to growth. This frustrated and discouraged me. I had always been focused on growth and improvement. From basketball as a kid to speaking professionally, I was always looking for ways to get better at what I was doing. I might not have always had an official plan for growth, but I was continually pursuing growth. Now I found myself in a place where growth was not just ignored; the environment discouraged it.

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Back then, I could see clearly all around me what a growth environment didn’t look like. But one day, I realized that I had never really thought about what a growth environment did look like.

What were the characteristics of that environment? I was eager to figure it out, so I could go in search of one. So I created a list of characteristics to look for in any environment, so that I could be sure it was a place where I could grow.

Harmless Lions By Ifeanyi Igbokwe, @Igbokwe_I

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How would people’s reaction and perspective be, if they realized that the very successful people they envy and wish they were like, are only different from them, in that they did not allow their fears determine how far they went in life?

How would you feel, if I tell you that you really are stronger than your wildest imagination could fathom and could climb any mountain, or become anything only if you would not allow fear stop you?

Fear, I have come to understand, is one little thing that keeps men who otherwise would have been great in perpetual chains of mediocrity and nothingness, reducing men who otherwise would have been as great and brave as a lion to mere fretting chicken to whom the sky is always about to fall.

Be An Expert In Failure By Ayodele Joseph, @visionaryelyma

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Be an expert in failure. Yes, I repeat, be an expert in failure! Firstly, I will like you to understand that failure is an inevitable part of everyday life. Some call it “mistake”, some call it “disappointment” and others bluntly call it failure. For as long as one lives, one will always experience one kind of failure or the other. When this is true, why can’t one then decide to be an expert in failure.

Being an expert in failure doesn’t mean you are doomed to fail all your life. It doesn’t mean all about you is to fail and keep failing all the time.

Being an expert in failure means you are never afraid to try out new things even if you know you will fail before you eventually succeed. It means you know fully well that success requires you to continuously try out new things and having the emotional stamina to withstand the failure that’s associated to doing something for the first time. It has never been in the history of humanity that one get it perfectly well the first time one try to do a new thing.

Take The Alternative Route! By Samuel Ekundayo, PhD @DynamiqueProf

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The other day I was on my way home on a familiar route and suddenly I saw brake lights in front of me. Motorists slowing down with caution. Road signs emerging with diversion arrows pointing to alternative routes. I felt somehow as I had no clue about the route we’re asked to take. If you are like me, I love things to be straightforward as much as possible. I don’t like diversions; I love to plan and have things go according to plan. But wait! What if they don’t?! And suddenly a thought struck me which I would like to share with you in this note.

I am writing this because of people who give up on their dreams simply because their planned route had a diversion note. This is my message to all those who quit because things aren’t looking ‘normal’. I am speaking to everyone that’s heart grieved because life isn’t corporating with their idea of success. My message to you is simple, if there is a diversion on the road to your dreams, take it. JUST DO IT!

How to Master Your Fears by Brian Tracy, @BrianTracy

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Did you know that perhaps the greatest challenge you will ever face in life is the conquest of fear and the development of courage?

Fear is, and always has been, the greatest enemy of mankind. When Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, he was saying that the emotion of fear, rather than the reality of what we fear, is what causes us anxiety, stress, and unhappiness.

When you develop the habit of courage and unshakeable self-confidence, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for you. Just imagine – what would you dare to dream or be or do if you weren’t afraid of anything in the whole world?

Playing to Win or Not to Lose By Jack Canfield, @JackCanfield

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If you have a habit of not finishing what you start, you may have attributed your lack of results to jack_canfielddisorganization or a lack of focus. For some individuals, however, this habit is signs of an underlying psychological pattern of playing not to lose.

Stuart Emery, author of Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal and Success Built to Last, noted that where most people tackle situations with a goal of winning, others approach life with a goal of avoiding losing. Somewhere in life, they decided that they were incapable of winning and have lowered their expectations to merely not coming in last.

The groundwork for this pattern is often laid in childhood…