5 Steps to Overcome Failure & Use it to Springboard to Your Next Big Thing

5 Steps to Overcome Failure & Use it to Springboard to Your Next Big Thing

Overcome failure

How to overcome failure and use it to springboard to your next big thing

Chances are you have failed on at least one occasion in your life.

Success is often born from failure. See it as a life lesson & come back stronger than before.

What separates those with a “winning” attitude from those with a “losing” attitude is how you see your failure.

While you may not be able to prevent failure you can control how you react to it. It’s normal to be upset when you fail. I’m not saying to ignore your feelings. Allow yourself to feel the anger and emotional upset but do not wallow in fear and hide.

Persevere: It’s okay to fail as long as you fail fast and go straight to plan B.

Choose to use see your failure as a “life lesson” and use it as a springboard to your next big thing and you will feel more empowered and in control of your life and less like a victim.

Feeling like a victim is lot like jumping into a boat without oars. It’s a bad move that won’t get you anywhere.

There are no victims, only volunteers – you always have a choice. –Unkown

In 2008 after the collapse of Wall Street my profession crumbled under my feet.

From 2008 on my income was cut in half year after year after year until I was living off my hard earned savings. I eventually I sold my home to get out of debt and so I wouldn’t go broke. It was hard to give up my dream house and move but you know what? No one said “boo” about it. The only noise I heard came from in between my ears.

The great thing that came out of it was that I was so eager to find a new profession where my destiny was under my own control that I decided try blogging. My first blog was born in 2008. It was pretty awful and I knew it.

Since my background was in banking and finance and I’d been trained in financial planning I decided I would be the next Suzie Orman. I set up a website dispensing financial advice but I soon grew bored and began writing what was in my heart; personal-development articles. Eventually I walked away from it. It’s hard to keep up your enthusiasm for a topic you aren’t interested in.

I learned a lot and when I finally decided to start my second blog in 2010 my past experience made all the difference in making Powered by Intuition a success.

Failing as a “financial blogger” was the springboard to my next big thing. Here’s why:

1. I realized I hadn’t followed my heart (my intuition) when I decided to be a financial blogger. This realization was the catalyst for starting Powered by Intuition.

What You Can Do: Listen to your intuition and follow your heart so you go with the flow instead of against it. Doing something purely for the sake of making money (unless you love it) will burn you out. Listening to your intuition is how you will find that thing that lights you up. Here’s a secret for you…..the reason you’re attracted to “that thing that lights you up” is because inside you already possess the talent and ability to do it! You wouldn’t be pulled toward doing it unless it was already a talent innate to you so, the point is….you’re meant to do it.

2. Forcing myself to post on my financial blog was a lot like going to work every day. It wasn’t what I really wanted to be doing. I found a million other things to do just when I was about to sit down to write.

Here’s A Clue: Forcing yourself to be a “round peg in a square hole” is a big clue! Where are you doing this in your life? This area may contribute to a downfall so act as soon as possible to get on the right track in your life. Remember, you have to have a burning desire to do whatever it is you want to do or it will always feel like work and drain you. When you zero in on what lights you up your life will flow much more easily because even when you encounter challenges and setbacks (and you will) you’ll have a stronger desire to work through them.

3. After a few months I ran out of inspiration to write for my financial blog. I was a subject matter expert but I wasn’t passionate about it. You have to be passionate about what your doing.

Find your WHY: Passion and being on-purpose along with business savvy are mutually important factors in success. There’s an ongoing debate between whether you should follow your passion or not. I believe you need to be inspired by what you’re doing and what inspires you is what you have a passion for. You need to have an underlying reason why you’re doing it – and it can’t be just “to make money.”  The “why” will sustain you and feed you to apply creativity to the product creation and problem solving aspects of your business.

4. I had no training as a blogger–and it showed. I didn’t know that blogging was different from the freelance writing I’d been doing for local newspapers and magazines. Having a blogging mentor after I started PbI was one of the smartest things I did. I learned the real ins and outs of how to get traffic, write for a blog, SEO, keywords and much more.

Get a mentor: There are mentors who have done whatever it is you want to accomplish. Don’t waste precious time trying to figure it out yourself. Get help early on in your venture. Do not talk yourself into waiting until you make the money to afford a mentor. This is a huge mistake. The way to succeed is to learn what works the first time. Doing it on your own doesn’t mean you can’t succeed it just ensures that you will take much, much longer because you’ll make mistakes that set you back.

5. When I was writing my first blog I was alone on the world wide web. There was no one to comment on my posts and no one to “talk shop” with. Most of my “real life friends” had no clue nor any interest in what I was doing. They were flummoxed by the amount of time I was putting into my new venture. Joining a community of people I found support, mentorship and like-minded people who had the “blogging itch” like me. I consider some of these people to be among my best friends now even though we may be separated by thousands of miles.

Don’t go it alone: Joining a community of like-minded people bolsters your confidence and helps you achieve your dreams. They “get” you even when your own family or friends don’t. This is really important if you are going to be among the small percentage of new ventures that succeeds. If you listen only to the “nay-sayers” you’re going to give up before you give yourself a fighting chance to succeed. 

Of all the things I do in my online business writing about intuition and personal-development is always at the top of the list along with private client work. I’m so grateful for my failure as a financial blogger…and for the fire the collapse of Wall Street put under my feet to find something else to do with my life or I wouldn’t be here writing this today.

How do you see your own failures? Are they life lessons? Did you use them to springboard to your next big thing?  

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To Discover Your Passion & Purpose Connect to Your Soul

To Discover Your Passion & Purpose Connect to Your Soul

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. –Henry David Thoreau

Reconnect to your soul and discover your passion and purpose

There is nothing worse than living a life of unrealized potential.

As children we have dreams about what we will be when we grow up.

But then something happens when we become adults; our dreams shrink as our responsibilities grow.

And, before we know it we are busy “making a living” and we have forgotten all about our dreams.

At first, we coast along thinking, “Oh, this isn’t so bad. I have a steady paycheck and a new car.” But, after a few years something inside starts to stir, and we start to sense that something isn’t right – that something is missing in our lives.

But, what?

We try not to pay attention to it.  However, as the years pass the the feeling only gets stronger until we recognize that it is a call from our soul trying to tell us, “There must be more to life than this.

Your soul is where the instructions for your life purpose are encoded and it communicates with you via your intuition.

If you are not living “on purpose” your soul will try to get your attention. When you are constantly “running and doing” you won’t hear the messages from your soul.

Constant “doing” drowns out the voice of your soul, quashing your dreams and leads to a life of “quiet desperation” and unfulfilled potential.

I don’t know about you but, this sounds awful.

So how do you get in touch with your soul?

You have to stop all that “doing” for a while and just “be.” After all, we are “human beings” not “human doings,” right?

Meditation is the doorway to the Soul

When you take time out to meditate you are “being” not doing. You become calm, focused and centered.

To be “centered” means to pull your scattered attention back from jumping between dwelling on the past or the future, to the calm “center” of your being. The calm center of your being-ness is where the “now” resides.

When you are calm and focused on the present moment you hear your intuition. And, it is by hearing your intuition that you will hear your soul speak to you, and that you will discover your passion and learn what your true purpose is in this life.

Meditation isn’t always easy

It’s not your fault if you find it hard to meditate.

We are not trained to look inward in our society. There is always something outside of us pulling our attention outward. We are glued to our computers, tethered to our tablets and smartphones and constantly bombarded with information. Not a moment of quiet time exists in our day unless….we make the decision to set aside some “quiet time” to untether from all the noise.

And, even then we may not be able to meditate because our mind will not stop racing.

Guided Meditation slows the racing mind

When we listen to a guided meditation we relax more easily and quickly. We are immediately less tense about meditating because, rather than stressing out about how we “cannot relax” or “stop thinking,” we focus on the voice of narrator. And, focusing intently takes into a deeper level of meditation.

Take a journey to your soul

What could be more important than discovering your purpose and realizing your potential?

Without a great passion you have no purpose so, to find it is to find the meaning for your life. When you are driven by a great passion you know, without a doubt, that your life has meaning.

When you are in touch with your soul you are connected to an inexhaustible source of wisdom, guidance and spiritual power. This source will fuel you with the passion to live your great purpose, so that  you do not leave this earth with your “song still in you.”

How to connect to your soul to find your great passion and purpose

1. Create a routine for meditation and stick to it. Pick first thing in the morning or just before going to bed each night to meditate. Meditation doesn’t have to take hours. Just 15 minutes a day is really all you need.

2. Take some deep cleansing breaths to clear your mind and relax and then when you feel calm ask your Soul what your true purpose is. Listen closely. The first thought that comes to mind or the first feeling you get is the answer. Do not discount anything.

3. Use guided meditations designed to connect  you to your soul and help you unearth your passion and purpose like,Intuition Principle Guided Meditations album “The Intuition Principle Guided Meditations” to really hone in on the details. Listen closely to these meditations, Identify Your Passion & Discover Your Purpose,” “Remembering Your Mission & Seeing Your Blueprint,” and “Meet the Authentic You That You Were Meant to Be,to discover your great purpose in life.

 4. Make notes of all the insights you received during meditation. The answers are always in the details no matter how small. Don’t walk away thinking you’ll remember – you won’t. Put the notes away for a few day then reread them with fresh eyes and new insights will flood your mind.

 5. Don’t fear mistakes and false starts. Sometimes we have to try several things before we narrow things down and find our true path. It’s all part of the learning process. Be gentle but firm with yourself, don’t give up and you’ll get there.

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Do you feel uncertain about your future? Are you unsure of what your purpose is? What action can you take today to begin moving toward fulfilling your potential?

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