3 Steps To Bouncing Back From Setbacks

By on Apr 6, 2015 in Gratitude, Mindset Hacks | 0 comments

Recently while traveling, my laptop unexpectedly died.  Suddenly my productivity totally dropped, and things started to pile up.It was a vicious cycle. It seemed like nothing was going my way. I am very dependant on my computer to run my businesses, and right now I’m in a startup stage with two new businesses.  So the timing couldn’t be worse.  Add to that, the price to fix the laptop is equal to a 2nd hand car here, so it’s not the best thing to happen. So here’s the 3 steps I learnt to getting over setbacks:   1.  Be Grateful   For all the setbacks we have, think about how lucky you are to have the life you have.  For me, I’m in Bali…the weather is amazing, people have a great energy, food is delicious, etc. Even though my primary way to operate my business is taken away, many people will love to have the life I have. If possible, quantify the setback, and know you can make it back quickly. Recognize all the great things you have in your life. On the grand scheme, it’s likely a very minor thing, so don’t get caught up on it. Remember to smile 🙂 2. Forward-Looking Intentions   Instead of circling in the pity of your setback and becoming a victim, set your intentions on looking forward.  Don’t dwell on the past. Regain control and make a list of the things you can learn and apply so it doesn’t happen in the future. Learn the power of expecting, and expect great things to come into your life very soon. Even if you can’t how they’ll happen, trust that great stuff is coming your way. Know that setbacks happen to everyone, and that it happened for a reason to make you stronger and rise above. Champions fall, and bounce back stronger. Believe something good is going to happen, and you’ll attract good things. Focus on getting control of yourself, don’t get consumed by pointless social media browsing. Be resourceful.  Who can you contact to help you move forward?   3. Take Action   Now that you’ve reprogrammed your mind, it’s time to take action.  If you’re consistently playing things in your mind, but not taking any action, you want see any tangible results. Conversely, once you take action, you’ll start to build momentum.  At first it’ll be hard to take action, but you’ll very soon start to see results, and once you see some results, you’ll reinforce your belief, thereby taking more action.  Get around other people that are inspiring and you can connect with. Go to the gym and blast out a great workout. Do you have something that worked for you?  I’d love to hear it.  Post your comments below. If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...

How To Write a Thank You Note That People Love

By on Jan 12, 2015 in Gratitude |

 When someone receives a hand written note, the effectiveness on leaving an impression is 5x-10x that of a digital message.   Why?…  Because very few people do them, after all you need to physically get a card, write it, get postage, and send it.  A much more involved process then just sending a text.  However, this barrier to sending a thank you note can be used to your advantage by following this simple 5 step process.   When should you write a thank you note?   When you someone goes out of their way to do something for you When someone makes a memorable impact on you When you meet someone who is inline with your vision and goals Thank you notes are a win-win for everyone.  For the person receiving it, the thank you note will stand out amongst everything else.  People love getting personalized mail, they receive so much automated mail, so when they get a hand written letter they will instantly open it with anticipation.  Not only will they love receiving the mail, but it reinforces powerful concepts just by writing it.  Lets explore the components of a thank you note in more detail:   Step 1: Start with a salutation   It’s important to start off by personalizing it with their name.  A person’s name is their favourite word in the universe, so begin by using it. i.e. Dear [First Name]   Step 2: Say what they did   Here’s where you reiterate the nice thing they did.  Not only does this remind them of what they did, but it also deeper engrains the nice thing in your own life, bringing greater joy. i.e. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy and sending the referral to your colleague.   Step 3: Say what impact it had on you   Now you get to say what the impact was.  By doing this in further reinforces the impact both to them and to you, by reminding how valuable what they did was.  Deeper gratitude 🙂 i.e. By getting the referrals from people like you, it allows me to focus on serving my clients and in turn really helps grow my business – thank you very much.   Step 4: Plan a future connection   Now you plant a future connection.  At this point you want to create an open flow of gratitude to the person.  By planting a chance of connecting in the future, you build your network just by extending this invitation.  Whether it happens in the future is undetermined, but its much more likely to occur with this. i.e. I plan to make a return trip back to ____, when I do I look forward to the opportunity of seeing how your progress is.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!   Step 5: End with a nice signature   It’s always nice to end it with something nice and have your first name. i.e. Enthusiastically, Michael   There you go, a simple 5 step process to writing amazing, simple, and effective thank you notes!   If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...