Victories and defeats of instant champions.
We all experience a personal or professional rise at some stage when recognition, positive events and favourable circumstances alternate. But when things go wrong, usually an avalanche of negative events is started. Professionals who achieve a huge and rapid success over a short period sometimes don’t understand the circumstances that affected their great start. Very often a successful outcome is a result of great timing, favourable circumstances and pure luck. However, when problems arise and when we experience failure, people usually don’t see the causes that led to the fall, just as they were not aware of the factors that sent them to the sky. Instead of staying motivated and continuing to perform the activities with optimism and self-confidence, instant champions become swamp with negative energy not knowing how to cope with it. Most often they seek for instant solutions and scapegoats – some blame themselves, whereas the others blame their environment.
When things go wrong it is necessary first of all to accept the situation we are in, admit that we are in crisis and only afterwards define what led to the crisis – as a result of external factors that we cannot influence or as a result of internal emotions and attitudes under our control. If the crisis is caused by external circumstances, it is necessary to analyse the situation and identify flaws, strengths, opportunities and threats. Personal emotions as opposed to external factors can be held under control and we will later discuss how to realise personal balance and emotional stability. We should not forget that we gather valuable experience in critical situations, which put us in a unique position, although passing through a crisis is painful and has a high price.
Discipline and productivity
The golden rule of efficiency is self-discipline. Tom Hopkins, who talks in his books about motivation in a very plastic and concrete way, points out as a key formula for success – it is crucial for success that you do what is most productive that very moment. Maybe sitting in an office, administrative work or sipping coffee with colleagues isn’t the most productive thing for you at a certain moment. However, keep in mind that the most productive thing you can do at a certain point does not always have to imply making money. At times, the most productive activities are relaxation and rest which are essential for the productivity of mind and body.
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