What do you when you are faced with uncertainty, fear, or stress? How do you cope with obstacles? Stoic philosophy could provide you with very useful tools to navigate life’s challenges.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Many people freeze when wanting to move forward because they are afraid of failure. But what if we are really paralyzed by the fear of success.
Are you a perfectionist? Do people call out your perfectionism as a negative trait?
Often when I am striving to excel, persisting with the nitty-gritty to get something “just right,” and suddenly a roadblock or catastrophe occurs sending me off course, the advice I typically get is to:
One week ago my husband and I drove our only child to college.
Yes, we officially became empty nesters!
I have transitioned through other roles with glee and delight; for instance, when I became a wife and then a mother. But becoming an empty nester not only raises a whole new set of emotions, but it also earmarks a transition in parenting and an opportunity to recalibrate my own priorities.
Drawing on decades of research, noted social scientist and author Brené Brown advocates that the path to success lies in the ability of individuals to experience failure along the way.
Many successful entrepreneurs support this theory. Consider Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, who started several businesses that have fallen completely flat such as Virgin Cola and Virgin Brides.
Do you typically stuff your anger?
Is your mantra “keep calm and carry on?”
Do you work hard to stay positive and promote a sunny outlook?
While optimism, positivity, and maximizing wins do lead to happiness, research indicates suppressing our emotions can have negative health consequences and prevent us from achieving desired outcomes.