By Pamela Heywood
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by
every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face ... You
must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor
Years back, I entered a flower arranging contest and won a
First Prize. It was the only contest I ever entered, so I can still boast a
100% success rate at this art!
But it is fair to mention that my previous
horticultural successes can be summed up by admitting that I have
even been known to kill artificial plants! :-)
I live in Canary
Islands, but came from England. Whether from an overdose of Wordsworth at an
early age or the profusion of them in Britain's municipal parks, one
thing I love is "A host of golden daffodils" in springtime.
like anything and everything will grow here, especially in this fertile
valley, but daffodils do "NOT" grow in a sub-tropical climate, because, I
read after the first lot I tried a couple of years back didn't come
up, daffodils have to have over winter frost apparently.
never really accepted that I "couldn't" grow anything. After all, I can
cultivate 7 foot weeds OK!
Well, I did it. I achieved the
In April, one of the bulbs I planted back in early
Feb, that I'd been keeping in the house, COLD, burst forth into bloom. A
perfect, miniature, golden daffodil!
It was quickly followed by about a
dozen of its cousins and they flowered for weeks and weeks. As silly as this
seems, it gave me a real sense of achievement. So, if life's getting you
down or getting your business going seems impossible, here's just some small
things you could do:
* Go and do something just for the heck of
A simple pleasure: something you'll enjoy, something that can give
you a sense of some achievement that will spur you on to greater things, by
reminding you that you "can do it".
* If at first you don't succeed, find
out why & try again
I could have given up when the first daffodils failed or
when I read about the frost. And what would have happened? I'd
have totally missed out on the child-like exhilaration I felt when I first
saw MY perfect little flower.
"And then my heart with pleasure
fills, And dances with the daffodils."
* Realize that the impossible
takes a little longer
... but it's well WORTH the wait!
How To Become a Winner!
On your journey to success there will
always be distractions. There will always be critics and detractors, but you
cannot allow them to derail your plans and lose your focus because of
Success: No Intelligence Required
Being intelligent doesn't necessary imply
success, and likewise, success doesn't necessarily imply intelligence.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify (for Success)
Just as location is the key driver to success in real
estate, simplification is the key to success in life. No
matter how much you want your life to change, it's
impossible if there is no room for change.