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Making constant moves toward your grand goal often means risking defeat—perhaps even humiliating defeat—but is that really a bad thing? The more you place yourself in the arena, the less you will beat yourself up after the failures. And desensitizing yourself to failure will break immense barriers down into piles of rubble.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.

— William Arthur Ward (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

I have worked for countless people in my life, from both the military and civilian sectors. Some were incredible; some were incredibly horrendous. The incredible ones were true leaders who would never give themselves that moniker, while nearly every one of the dolts believed that leadership meant constantly showing who was in charge. The poor ones would also tend to let their current emotions dictate their actions. There is an interesting side benefit to leading through inspiration and cooperation: those inevitable few employees who refuse to be inspired, who will always find fault and lay blame, will find very few allies. 

—Mike Hazell

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There are few remedies for anxiety and depression more potent than continuous, focused action toward a dynamic and inspirational goal.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, oil on canvas, (1767-1769)

— Edmund Burke (by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

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Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat found.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron; Public Domain)

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Do not think that what your thoughts dwell upon is of no matter. Your thoughts are making you.

— Bishop Steere (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

— Malcolm Forbes (Image Licensed)

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Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.

—Elon Musk (by Duncan Hull; Creative Commons)

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There are two primary methods for gaining confidence: taking continuous, decisive action, and transforming our thoughts of self-doubt. A combination of the two will result in a powerful one-two punch.

—Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

Neural network with synapses, human nervous system concept 3d illustration.

It is almost hard to comprehend the debilitating power of self-doubt, especially for those who don’t regularly experience the condition. It can literally stop us in our tracks, halting all forward movement. It can sap the energy from our core, and lead to a dormant, reactive existence if we let it take over. 

But here’s the exciting aspect of self-doubt: this condition exists solely within the interconnected neurons of our brain, meaning we have the power to transform the landscape at any given moment. The antithesis of self-doubt is, obviously, self-confidence. Since the two cannot simultaneously exist in our active thought patterns, it makes sense to squelch the former while fostering the latter. 

Have you ever met someone who is chronically negative about life? They have reached this state because the chemical neurotransmitters moving across the synapse—that point of communication between two neurons—have become a figurative broken record, habitually sending negative messages. This cascades throughout the system, resulting in the dour state of mind. It works the same way with self-doubt. 

The first proactive step we can take is to recognize when these thoughts are permeating the neural network of our brain. Visualize the image accompanying this post, but turn the shade of the image from red into a deep, sky blue. If that seems difficult to do (there is a reason for that), have a deep blue swatch or image handy to focus on. While visualizing this deep blue background with brilliant chemical neurotransmitters firing, simultaneously dwell on positive thoughts or affirmations. 

Meanwhile, get moving. Even though you don’t feel like it, this is a critical point in which to complete one of the proactive tasks on your action list. No matter how simple this action might seem, complete it, and then move onto the next one. The change we are cultivating in our neural network, accompanied by the physical actions we are taking, can have a dramatic effect on our level of confidence. 


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People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.

—Will Rogers (1922; Public Domain)

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