Umption, Gumption Get Up And Go!

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”–W. Clement Stone

Are you excited about what you do?  Do you wake up in the morning with a burning desire to get out of bed and get started with the day because you just can’t wait to see what the day may bring? Well, you might not feel this way every day if you are human, because as the saying goes “every dog has it’s day”, however if you have a goal, a plan then most likely you will have an enthusiasm that will give you the rocket fuel you need to get through the “down days”!

We are all subject to discouragement, there will always be set-backs and times when things just don’t go as planned!  You have to remain focused so as not to allow these times to become a distraction from reaching the goals that you have set  for yourself!  Excitement and enthusiasm are very contagious, almost as much as are gloom, doom and discouragement!  It all starts up there in your noggin!  It is important that you keep your eyes on the positive outcome that you are shooting for rather than to get down and in the dumps once you hit a problem or difficulty!

People like excitement and so they enjoy being around others that are going somewhere and are able to emulate that enthusiasm which can be contagious!  Not everyone possesses this gift of enthusiasm as it comes more “natural” to be “realistic” and accept defeat, but it takes a real visionary to remain positive even in the midst of a storm!  I work with a fellow in Italy who has this gift and charisma! If you know Italy and just how difficult the government makes it to be successful through its tangled web of bureaucracy, then you would be amazed at anyone who can stay positive, especially in today’s economic climate!

My dear friend and entrepreneur surprises me with his upbeat attitude and umption and gumption, even in the face of what most of us would see as a disaster and  be tempted to turn tail and run!  But, let me tell you, this fellow despite the difficulties, the lack of formal education in his realm of business, he has been very successful and this is  thanks, in large part, to his positive and enthusiastic disposition!  I know for a fact that he doesn’t always feel like being positive, but the fact that he is able to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome has been proof to me that staying positive is very important and can mean the difference between success and failure!

Do you have umption and gumption and get up and go?

The Doughnut or the Hole?

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.  A smile.  A world of optimism and hope. A  “you can do it” when things are tough. –Richard M. DeVos

I am, as I have previously written, a true believer in the power of positive thinking.  Being optimistic even in times of peril can do wonders to turning things around.  I also believe that the opposite is also true, if you dwell on the negative, the results will follow the same direction as your vision.  I have at times been surprised at people who have “followed” me on Twitter and then decided to drop me due to the fact that I mostly attempt to tweet about being positive.  There are however those who are greatly disturbed by anyone that promotes positivity, in fact, they even blame the ills of today on the “positive thinkers”.  There are those who are simply not “happy” unless they are miserable or at least have something negative to say about things.

But let’s face it, if you are practicing archery and decide to either not look at the target, look away or even close your eyes, the chances of you hitting the mark are reduced tremendously!  Whereas, if you keep your eyes trained on the target, you are much more likely to hit the bull’s eye!  The same is true that if you go on through life without any goal at all you are pretty certain to not get very far.  If you shoot at nothing you are sure to hit it!

Any athlete, any company, any country , anyone at all that wishes to achieve a goal, has to be striving in one way or there other towards the goal in order to reach it.  There will be times where you will miss the mark, make mistakes, have set backs, but that is no reason to stop striving all together.  When there are those times that things do not go as planned, and take note that I didn’t say if, but when, you have to remember to stay focused on what your objectives are .  It is important to stay positive and look the glass of water as being half full rather than half empty.  You have to take note that despite the fact that  there is a hole in the doughnut, there is a substantial amount of pastry to be eaten!

To stop and complain about the fact that the doughnut has a hole, or that the glass if half empty will only distract you from what you are trying to achieve!  Remaining positive that things will eventually work out despite the fact that we are going through a rough spot will go along way in helping you to get to the finish line.  So keep your eyes on the goal, keep the faith it will all work out just fine in the end!

Are you looking at the doughnut or the hole?