Posted on: September 7, 2018 By: CNSG Marketing
Be Your Own Master
What does it really mean to be your own master? We chose the poem “Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley to create a campaign that helps partners explore the concept of a “master.” The poem thematically illuminates what it requires for individuals to take control of their own destinies.
In the poem, Henley takes the reader through a journey of his own personal adversities, and ends with a clear picture of triumph over his tribulations.
He discusses the “bludgeonings of chance,” which is the concept of literally being struck down by the circumstances of life. Often times, the seemingly random occurrences of lost deals, personal health, financial, or familial issues, make it seem as if we are dealt bad hands.
Some people look for places to place blame, in efforts to justify their current situations or feelings. Masters of their fate look for solutions, for maneuvers, and for the strength to press on anyway.
As a master of his fate, Henley attests that the “menace of the years/finds and shall find [him] unafraid.” He blames no one and nothing. He does not react to this “menace” of chance and time. He looks to his strength to help him defiantly stand against his current adversities (and his future ones).
The strength of his rebellion against this “bad hand,” make him win each and every round, even if he loses. Let that sink in. His unwavering responses to the situations he faces, builds his character in a unique way.
Imagine what would happen if we too, did not “wince or cry aloud,” but instead found the solutions we needed to determine the trajectory of our careers, our deals, our finances, our hopes, and our dreams.
Our most successful partners have had years and years of doubts, disasters, and doom that they have overcome.
Regardless of if a sickness befalls you, or if a circumstance casts dark shadows over your daily life, you have to remember that you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul.
Energy put into the past depreciates, but energy put into action and into developing expertise in the future, grows and grows.
Being the master of your own fate means that your only master is yourself. Being your own master means seeking out the resources, teams, and tools that will help you better yourself.
Partner with us to see how we can help you overcome any circumstance, dominate any opportunity, and change your trajectory.
Posted on: August 21, 2018 By: Kayla Brown
Failure is one aspect of business that no one likes to talk about. The potential of failure can be so great, that it can inspire fear that cripples us from thinking about strategies that could bring valuable new solutions to the table. Use these 5 tips to move beyond the fear of failure, into a mentality that practices mindful habits to produce successful results!
1. Understand Your Fears
Fear holds you back the most when you are unaware of it. Try to get specific and ask yourself, ͞”What am I afraid of?” “What is it exactly that prevents me from bringing new solutions into the mix?” Once you are aware of your fears, you can support yourself through the process. Face these threats head on, and provide yourself with evidence that your fears will not occur. Then, move onto the next step.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot
Suppose you’ve suggested a strategy that doesn’t go as planned the first time around. Rather than simply giving up and moving on – change your approach and re-think the problem! Could the timing be affecting the conversation? Are you thinking about how to leverage capabilities in unexpected areas? Sometimes, it takes numerous tries to get it right.
3. Take the Road Less Traveled
In the poem, The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost understand the value of uncharted paths. In business, these two paths are ever-present: the path of scarcity where most of us frequent often, and the abundant path which holds unlimited opportunity. What prevents us from walking the road of abundance? Fear. If you let fear prevent you from bringing new solutions into the conversation, you’ll always be in a space that never has enough opportunity. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
4. Work Through Plan A and Plan B
So imagine this: you’ve suggested your Plan A solution – and it’s completely been shot down. Your worst nightmare has come true. You’re facing your fear head on. In most cases, the very worst-case scenario isn’t actually that bad. If you’ve crafted a Plan B, you can quickly minimize the damage, and move on. Overcoming failure is truly an act of being courageous, and overpreparation.
5. Ask for Help
Sometimes all you really need is to brainstorm a few ideas around with someone you trust. Would you like to strategize with a CNSG representative? Our team is here to provide support through a variety of challenges you may face. Take advantage of the support and contact us today for assistance!
What challenges have you faced that have prevented you from bringing new solutions to the table? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and let us know which one of these tips helped you conquer professional fears!