Posted by Cian on Jan 11, 2017 11:22:41 AM

Scott Adams (creator of the Dilbert comic strip) thinks of himself as "an irrational optimist". He says every project he works on has the potential to both fail AND pull a rabbit out of a hat. He considers everything a battle.

They say the worst battle is between what we know and what we feel. However, it is argued that the hardest battle is between who we are and who we want to be.



Ariana Huffington (co-founder of the Huffington Post) was rejected by 36 publishers! Talk about going to battle and staying in the fight. Her mother reminded her that "failure was not the opposite of success, it is a stepping stone to success."

There are, of course, many other things which we battle:
Emotional/Personal: between family and personal relationships, this can easily take up 80 to 90% of our thinking time.
Financial: this one keeps us up at night and steers us away from a greater purpose for our lives in many cases.
Health: some people are facing battles that they have no control over, while others aren't doing enough to keep their engine running.

You may be one of the lucky ones (potentially an alien from another planet) who doesn't battle any of these things. Unfortunately, these battles strike almost everybody at one time or another. 
Most of us don't want to be battling personal things or finances. If given the choice, I'm sure the majority would rather focus on pressing ahead towards being the people we want to be. So, how do we do that?
Some of these battles hurt us, while others change us. It is important to remember that people are good and they feel deeply. Most of us want to be more than who we are. Sometimes, it's a case of gaining the self-discipline to refocus, other times the encouragement of someone around us can go a long way. 
Are you fighting a hard battle? Here are some questions to consider:

1. Do you already know who you want to be? Have a plan? Is it written down?
2. There are always distractions. Have you established boundaries?
3. Have you built a reliable network of mentors you can go to?
4. Are there things in your life you can automate?
5. You can do anything, but you can't do everything. What is most important?

Do you know someone else who is fighting this hard battle? Sending a note, email or voice message to a friend or colleague can go a long way and may be the very thing that inspires them to greatness. This new person you want to be should always be a person of purpose and value.
Becoming the person we want to be isn't that far out of our reach. It really just has to take 1st place in the priority sequence.

Here's to your success!



Topics: business success, entrepreneur, life of value


Cian is a seasoned contract negotiator, Fellow of Stanford Law's CodeX, and the Top Dog and Founder of Beagle Inc. Beagle Inc. uses artificial intelligence to read contracts automatically, and provides a feature rich review tool set.