Success is a word loaded with emotion, meaning and confusion.
Why the confusion?
Simply because we are taught to think of success in terms of things, status and possessions rather than personal well-being.
Owning a home, a BIG home, owning a nice care, having nice clothes, the latest and greatest cell phone and the highest salary possible,
Who is deciding what makes you successful?
Every day we are bombarded with advertising that says:
Buy this new and improved product because you deserve it.
Eat this to feel better.
The messages are subtle – the side of trucks, the side of cars, the road side, on buses and at our sports games. You may be able to avoid advertising on television by channel hoping or watching TV on demand but the programmes are full of product placements. Apple for years had their computers in schools so that what people would want to buy is Apple products.
Movies and television promote the big, beautiful and “success” image of ownership of fine things. Even in the reality shows, the successful people wear expensive clothes and jewelry.
The message is subtle but it does affect most of us if we are not constantly aware. Jealousy when someone you know succeeds at something is growing and with it two other, perhaps unrelated things increase: Anger and despair.
Success relates to HOPE!
Happy, a choice you make
Open to new learnings
Peaceful, a feeling of well-being
Enlightened, aware of the wonders of life.
Should we think of Success as a feeling within yourself that says “I’m grateful and doing well”?
Should success be measured by our learnings and interactions rather than the number of dollars in our bank account or the total of our assets?
Given that people have short memories, what do you want to be remembered for: the difference you made in their life or how important you are?
What does success really mean to you? Please leave a comment today.
We all get feedback every day. Some of it is positive. Some of it is negative. Some is actually neither but we perceive it as one or the other. And some of it is just down-right MEAN.
Feedback comes in words, actions, lack of response, and from our own bodies. Hunger, habits, pain, bodily functions are all feedbacks of different types.
But today let’s talk about verbal feedback.
Recently I received a feedback that I am a negative person. Now I look at the comments and want to check if I really am as negative as they say? From my viewpoint all I wanted to do is understand their thinking, I was asking for information or making comments on things I could see that could be improved. But it seems that it is easier to call me negative rather that admit they don’t want to look at the situation I am seeing. This is over-simplified as there is lots of other stuff happening and that does affect the choice of words on all sides of the equation.
Business, governance and even life are about managing risk. If you bungy jump or parachute or do some other risky potentially life threatening activity, you check to see that the situation is safe. You ask about the risks and the safety provisions. You understand that there are back-ups, safety harness, secondary chutes. Often we assume that they are in place but we fail to check that they are. We believe that since we are paying for the experience, the staff and owners will ensure our safety. Have you ever really read the forms you sign before stepping out on the ledge?
Maxwell Maltz wrote a book on Psycho-cybernetics many years ago. It was written as a personal development book and the basis of the book was that feedback both positive and negative would benefit athletes, staff and even parents raising children.
Feedback – Reactions/Actions?
How you give that feedback affects the person receiving that feedback but the effect depends on the relationship. A strong relationship means the feedback can be discussed and both parties learn more about themselves and the other person.
Unless you understand exactly what the person giving feedback means by the feedback given, the resulting actions and emotions can be unexpected.
Bullying is a form of feedback yet we often pay coaches and others to help us change a habit or improve a performance.
The person receiving the feedback can accept or refuse the feedback depending on their level of respect for the person giving the feedback or their opportunity to respond to unjust feedback.
Feedback happens on many levels. Touch a hot stove, a sharp knife or walk into an unknown situation. Feedback helps keep us safe and teaches us to watch out for certain situations.
Movies, television, media, books and other entertainment provides us with feedback on worlds we may never encounter. Our expectations on what will happen is coloured by our experiences, knowledge and ideas.
We can give permission to people to give us negative feedback – sports coaches, diet coaches and sometimes bosses. But that feedback can then carry over into other areas of our life unless the feedback is constructed to comment only on our behaviour or the viewing of the actions, not on who we are.
When feedback is destructive to “who the person is”, then what tends to happen can be soul destroying and can lead to depression and other serious health states. Telling a person they are stupid or useless are examples of this kind of soul-destroying feedback.
When you receive feedback that hurts you can modify it by saying yes at the moment that may be true but…and then do something that builds esteem. A gratitude exercise can help and so can a hug
Remember that feedback is a loop, a loop you can change. The Universe sent this message to me today. I think the sage advise here is a great way to deal with feedback.
The next time someone upsets you, think, “Thanks for pointing out that I’ve begun depending on you. Time I lose the expectations.”
And the next time someone doesn’t take your view into account, think, “That’s okay, I was once like that.”
And if someone steals from you, think, “It was nothing, my supply is the Universe.”
Or lies to you, think, “I’m sorry you feel that need.”
Violates you, “All for my growth and glory.”
Is rude to you, “Cheer up, dear soul, it’ll be okay.”
Judges you, “Thanks for sharing your truth.”
Drives by you like a bat out of hell, “Be careful, my friend. I love you.”
And the next time someone greets you with a smile, smile back, like you’re sharing a secret.
One of the greatest challenges people are experiencing every day is understanding each other. Why?
Because we fail to define what we mean and that steals our success with the relationship with that person.
If we look at the Trump-Clinton clashes, how many of their differences are the result of how they define the problems and issues.
Many years ago my son and his wife were going through a challenging time and one of the comments that was made at the time was the different way they described the situation which meant that they dealt with the situation very differently.
Working with the Behavioral Archetypes, we know that a person who is primarily a “face” has very different definitions than someone who is a “heart” or “hands”. Recently I have been very challenged by the face behaviour people in my life and have left an organisation I loved dearly because the definitions of concepts like respect, sharing and seeing the best were so different.
Look at the words in the picture. How do you define each of those words?
Now go ask a business colleague for their definition of the same words? (No prompting just what does “…” mean to you)
Now ask your grandparents 0r parents how they define those words and if you no longer have grandparents or parents ask someone at least 20 years older than you are.
And then go ask a child, someone 20 years younger than you, for their definition.
What happened? Did you get the same definition?
Is anyone right? Is anyone wrong?
When you get a “rich shared map” of what people mean by a word, concept, activity, you start to build a shared idea and can move to a different level of communication.
And when that happens, success thieves are stopped. You now can make a real difference to your relationship. And that leads to – WHATEVER You DESIRE.
Please share what happened when you asked about the definitions. I know that when I talk with my children and grandchildren, it is always enlightening.
Over the last forty years I have been studying success and all of the different meanings and measures.
Success Magazine is a wonderful resources. Many of their resources date back to the start of last century. Others are more recent but one common theme – you need to decide what success looks like for you.
When you look at the definition of transparent, it means you can see through it. But seeing through something may not mean you actually see what is happening.
If you take a look on social media you find many stories where the organisation claimed to be transparent but in actual fact the people who were looking at the entity were unable to see what was really going on.
Given the nature of transparency therefore does that mean you can actually see what is happening or is it like so many things..if I have to tell you I am honest, integrous or transparent does that mean that my actions make you think otherwise.
Leaders, politicians even family and friends want us to think of them in a particular way. They object when we find their actions and their words conflict and make us feel uncertain.
The conflict usually is the result of mismatching and misunderstanding the Archetypes involved. You may have been taught that communication is tone and posture are more important than the words but in our experience the words have impact, if not immediately than when reflection occurs.
And miscommunication can occur when you think we have shown all our cards, explained everything, been transparent, but have not been understood by the other party. Every day people are so busy that they often do not take the time to understand others or actually deal and question what others say to them. It causes stress. It leads to confusion. And unfortunately it can lead to health problems. I remember several years ago when my boss and I had major communication problems and I became crippled and unable to talk. It lasted until one day after I quit the company.
Similar things happen with many of our clients, especially when they have made a clear decision and suddenly someone challenges them on their decision. They then start judging, questioning and feeling uncertain. And when that doubt occurs, they become virtually stuck. The success thieves have stolen their ability to take action.
If transparency really means that you see what is happening or just that you see the outcome someone else wants you to.
Words have power and we respond to words based on both the situation and the Archetypes involved.
Our success depends on how we respond to the communications that happen around and with us.
Words do have power. Use them wisely and ask for help when you feel a conflict.