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How to Strengthen Your Foundation for Fantastic Success

The unofficial summer has ended. Parents and children are back in school mode. Transitions are in progress as we adjust to new schedules, set new goals, wrap-up endings and embrace new beginnings. With a full fall schedule ahead of me, I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to give up that slower, less-stressful pace of summer. Thoughts of leisurely beach days, river walks, and no alarm clock mornings occupy my thoughts.

Yet here we are. It’s a new month. It’s a seasonal transition. It’s a time to re-set and get ready for new challenges and successes. How do you do that? What successes are you striving for? There are many ways to strengthen your foundation to create successful outcomes. I’ve suggested a few strategies. Do you have any additional ones to add?


More Calm

Success can come from frenzy, but finding some calm during your day can go miles in clearing your head and clarifying your thoughts. Our successes will flow more easily if we balance life’s daily stresses with moments of calm. Where will your calm come from? For me, sunshine and water are essential. They immediate restore calm to my inner being.


More Nourishment

Success can come out of deprivation, but nourishment can supercharge your success. The nourishment I’m referring to has to do with getting enough sleep, eating healthfully, hydrating, and stimulating our minds and hearts. What can you read or learn that will provide groundwork for future success. What relationships can you develop or nurture that will enhance the journey you’re on?


More Percolation

Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, patience, persistence, experiences and failures to get there. We can lack clarity and vision in where we’re headed. Cloudiness can bring frustration, negativity, or lack of motivation. We need time to mull things over before clarity appears. Give yourself ample opportunity to capture your thoughts. The fragments might not make sense yet, but given time, you can pull together the pieces, identify themes and move forward. Let success thoughts percolate. These are an essential part of your success foundation.

Where are you now? What do you need to strengthen your foundation for success? What will help you to move forward? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (16)

Linda, thank you for this very timely post! I took two weeks vacation in early July, and came back with the intention of not letting my work take over my whole life. I did very well too, but today I feel overwhelmed, like everyone needs me at the same time.

I hereby resolve to hold on to the new practices I put in place over the summer. For starters, emails do not need to be answered as soon as they come in! I will identify the most important tasks for each day and ignore all others (barring a genuine emergency) until they have been completed.

Wish me luck!

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I am definitely starting this September off in a different frame of mind, i have changed a few of my marketing avenues and intend to work smarter not harder, and let success build gradually through continued but less harried effort. Looking forward to greater possibilities in the last quarter of this year.

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Janet- I can totally relate to what you said about "not letting my work take over my whole life." Especially after returning from the type of long break you had, I can see how the desire to keep a good work/life balance and some of that vacation-like zen, must have been even greater.

Today was my first day back working after the long weekend and our vacation week from the previous week. I too am resisting the high gear that characterizes many of my days. This post was also a reminder to me to secure my foundational basics. I'm thrilled that you found it timely for you too.

@Jill- That sounds awesome! I can't wait to hear more about your working smarter, not harder. I love your word choice, "let success build gradually through continued but less harried effort." Brilliant! You ARE laying the foundation for great success. I'd love to hear more as things develop.

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Ah, success. Sometimes I feel I don't even see my success until after the fact! In the midst, I can feel stressed or even simply focused. I'm taking a few days next week for a getaway... something I can do now that I'm an empty nester. Pausing, reflecting, breathing, all of these allow growth, which is always one of my key measures of success.

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- It IS hard to see successes when we're in the thick of things. I know what you mean about feeling the stress and hyper-focus during the journey. Congratulations to you for planning a getaway. Is this your first year as an empty-nester? Wishing you all the best as you breathe, reflect and stop to appreciate all that's come before.

September 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I like your first point about finding calm in your day. I need to start each day with breakfast by myself before my toddler wakes up. While eating I listen to daily mentoring recordings from Darren Hardy. This precious time really helps me set the tone for a successful day if my batteries have some solo recharging time.

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

I love these suggestions and comments. I've started a whole new chapter of my life and view the completion of each day as a success. Right now, everyday has new challenges as I move forward. I'm creating new routines and learning how to simply let some things go. And be satisfied with that.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdiane Quintana

Great post! I prefer to not have an alarm in the summer as well. I get more stressed this time of year not so much for me, but for my kids. So, to relax, I make sure I take walks and stretch each day. I also remind my children to do the same.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sarah- What a beautiful and effective success foundation ritual you've created! I love the image of "solo recharging time."

@Diane- I'm excited for you and your new chapter. How wonderful that you're able to see the successes on a daily basis. Kudos to you that as you create new routines, you're able to let go of patterns that no longer serve you, Way to go, Diane!

@Sabrina- That's awesome that you can go the entire summer without an alarm. I go "alarm-less" during the vacation time and most weekends. I love your success foundation for you AND your kids with daily walking and stretching!

September 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Wooww.. its really nice post. my favorite is MORE CALM.. I apply this in my life

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBookvistacayresort

You'll be pleased to know that despite a brief relapse last week, I am back on track! I was away from email from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning, and I did NOT spend the morning catching up on email. Instead, I dealt with a couple of urgent matters, then got on with the tasks I'd chosen on Friday for today. Having a good foundation in place made all the difference!

September 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Way to go. I love the way you allowed the reset to happen. No fuss. No stress. Just a begin again. I'm going to need a reset soon myself. My mom's been in the hospital and routine has gone out the window.

September 13, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm always amazed at how in times of crisis, such as your mother's hospitalization, we manage perfectly well without doing the things we normally consider vital. I hope she will be better soon.

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Thank you for your good thoughts. It is amazing how heightened our prioritizing abilities get when we're in "crisis" mode. You just don't have the mental bandwidth for everything so some things just have to be let go least temporarily.

September 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Foundations are critical to success. With these firmly laid, you are ready to build. My foundation of sleep is one of the building blocks I share with all my clients. It's a work in progress for many of them, but they are working to establish this firmly in place.

September 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen-Sleep is definitely an essential. I normally sleep fairly well, but when I don't, it's never a good thing. I'm not able to process as well the following day and can get more easily overwhelmed. It's great that you share that "building block" with your clients and help them establish good sleep routines.

September 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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