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Number One Success Hack That Will Help You

There are as many definitions of success as there are roads to get there. I’ve become acutely aware that in this transition time with summer ending and fall beginning, there is one consistent thread for me that is grounding and inspiring. It is spending time in nature. As many of you know, I especially love being on or near the water, which is therapeutic, calming, and centering.

Being outdoors allows me to move or be still, think and observe, sense, and capture. It encourages me to feel my way forward.

Maybe it’s too over the top to even say this, but I consider nature’s positive influence to be my number one success hack for my life. Can I really call it a hack? I’m not sure. One of the things I find so inspiring about nature is how change continually happens. For me, as someone that works on being flexible, change isn’t so simple. I’m encouraged when I see a new season boldly pushing forth. In the northeast, as the daylight shortens and the temperatures cool slightly, some leaves are changing colors, others remain bright green, and some have already withered and fallen.

Just like me, nature’s shift is a work in progress. I feel a connection that I, too, am entering a season of change. There will be experiments leading to successes and failures. There will be alterations of plans, goals, and ideas. There will be new opportunities to pursue as I embrace the change of seasons outside and within.

In this short video are places I’ve explored in the last few months that have allowed me to be and to imagine. I hope it inspires you to discover places that speak to you. Make time to rejuvenate and nourish your being. Success will be yours with a more relaxed, focused, and nurtured self.

What are you noticing? What helps you create success? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation!






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As you know, I'm a big nature fan. I love to observe the changes in my garden. Often, I move plants or shrubs from one place (where they aren't thriving) to another place where I believe they will do better. This year I moved a climbing rose twice. I moved it from where I had originally planted it to a corner in the garden where I could just imagine seeing the rose blooming all season long. It did not at all flourish and was loosing leaves rapidly when I decided to move it to a different spot in my garden where it is now thriving. I'm hoping for some beautiful fall roses! All this is to say that it's good to keep trying and adjusting strategies. I eventually end up feeling successful and I have learned something along the way. A double win.

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- I love that you too find inspiration in nature. What a beautiful story of curiosity and persistence as a path to success. And what a lovely analogy that sometimes we can thrive while staying in the same spot and other times we need to re-locate to find the best place to bloom. You found the right place for your climbing rose. Enjoy its beautiful fall flowers as it graces your lovingly-tended garden.

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I just adored this video! The beach is always my favorite, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed listening the rustling of those cattails. You make such a good point, that nature itself is always transitioning. Things are either growing, shifting, or waning. Each year I am surprised again by the drastic amount of change in the hours of daylight by season. I have the same reaction to the tide. It's hard to believe. In a mere three days we lost almost 6 minutes of sun at the end of the day. And yet, with this all this change, there is also this constancy in nature. The predictability of the shifting seasons, rising sun, falling leaves... there is a comfort in nature because, even though things are always changing, there is a reliable background rhythm. For me, success comes from that background rhythm, that part of me that doesn't change, rooted in my faith, my values, and my routines.When these feel solid, the ups and downs of pursuing success are more manageable.

On another note, you and I should go for a walk along the Hudson... that would be so fun!

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thank you so much. With all the inspiring outdoor time I had these past few months, I wanted to capture and share it with you all. I hear you about the beach. There is something so soothing about the sand, sun, and waves. Just as miraculous are all of the other sounds, sights, and scents that nature offers up, like the "rustling" of the cattails. What you said about the juxtaposition between the constant change, yet predictability of the seasons resonated with me. There is an undercurrent of movement along with a sense that this is meant to be. I love too how you navigate and pursue success from your stable base of faith, values, and routines.

And yes! Let's make a date. I'd love to share this neck of the woods (or water) with you!

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I am a big fan of creating and hearing mantras or affirmations. Adding watching/walking in nature while saying these mantras gives me a foundation so to help reduce my worrying and focus on the bigger picture and direction I want to go. As with everything, the mantras/affirmations change as I find new ones to use and what I am doing in my life.

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- What a fascinating time to use a mantra when being in nature. I love how it helps you with a larger focus and reduce worrying. That's huge. There are a few mindfulness meditations that I practice that use affirmations in them. I say them to myself during my practice but haven't tried them outside of the meditation time. Trying them outside of my practice could be a good experiment. One of the phrases I find especially helpful is, "I am enough." What is one of your favorite affirmation these days?

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the way you've expressed this. Thinking of life changes in relation to the seasons is a good reminder that although things may seem dark at times, brighter days are always ahead.

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Thank you for your kind words. I came across a poem about the seasons when I was practicing mindfulness meditation. I'm going to see if I can find it again to be able to share. It was a beautiful tribute to each season and the nod to the fact that all things change. And if times are dark, lighter ones will soon appear. Hoping your brightest days are in front of you.

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Nature is a soother for me too. I walk each morning and love the pond I walk. Each season I notice all different sights. Change happens and I feel embraced by it.

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- I'm with you on that one- nature as the "soother!" It's terrific that you walk every morning by your pond. I can imagine the beautiful sounds of trickling water and the wide variety of flowers, plants, and animals that you notice. So much goes on in pond life. Do you experience four distinct seasons in Houston? I remember when my sister used to live in Vermont. She said there were three seasons- the freezing winter, the hot-as-heck summer, and mud season.

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Your oh so wonderful post and comments from colleagues remind me of a treasured quote: "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." -Rachel Carson

September 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeralin Thomas

@Geralin- What a treasure to have a visit from you and receive this beautiful Rachel Carson quote as a gift. How eloquent and deep. It reminds me of one of my beloved clients that passed away way too young. One of the last times I saw her was in the hospital. I had just finished writing for her a note to her loved ones that she had dictated to me. It was one of the most heart-wrenching things I'd ever done. Then she said something extraordinary. In her days from dying state, she looked out of the window and marveled at how beautiful the swaying trees and colorful sky were. Nature's beauty seemed to bring her peace at that tough time. I'll never forget her or her joy at that moment. Just as the quote described, my client was able to "contemplate the beauty" of nature and receive comfort and strength from it.

September 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's so great that you've identified getting out in nature for your success. I also enjoy being outside and have never thought of it this way. But in winter, when I can't get out as much I definitely see a difference in my focus and energy level.

September 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet S.- It's nice to know another nature appreciator. I love it! I understand what you mean about winter and not being out as much. As much as I love being outside, I don't like being outside when it's cold. So like you, I'm in more during the winter, and I also feel a difference in my energy. We live in the woods. And the one thing I look forward to are those big snowfall days. I like to sit inside, sipping a hot beverage, and take in the view out back of the snow falling and turning the ground and trees white. Sometimes the snow looks like it's falling in slow motion, which is quite magical.

September 10, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Beautiful video! I also find nature and the water calming. I went camping for the first time this summer, it was more relaxing than I expected because I was in nature and able to hike and take in the fresh air all day and night. I also find walking on the greenways near my home helps me to reduce stress.

September 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Nancy- Thank you so much. How exciting that you went camping for the first time. It sounds like you enjoyed it too, especially the hiking and fresh air. I wouldn't consider myself a camper, but I have gone camping a few times. I don't know if it counts, but when the girls were growing up, a few times we set up the big tent in our backyard and slept out there with them (and our dog, Norton.) I also have fond memories of the cross country trip my husband and I took pre-kids when we camped out half of the time. The other half we spent in hotels, which was what I preferred.

Your walks on the greenways sound lovely too — anything we can do to spend time in nature yields so many benefits.

September 10, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I, too, love nature, and don't get enough of it. I'm looking at it right now through my office window, but I mean out in it, and a variety of scenery. I would consider it a hack in that anyone who does not get enough nature could suffer in the same way as not getting enough sleep or exercise, or not drinking enough water. They are all quick fixes to many of life's problems.

The changing seasons remind me that, in other aspects of my life (both sadly and thankfully), this too shall pass.

September 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Hazel- How lucky that you have a beautiful view of the changing seasons from your office window. I appreciate your perspective of getting "enough nature" as one of life's essentials. As you know, I agree with you on that one. And it is quite amazing how spending even a short amount of time in nature has such a quick and positive effect on our spirit and well-being.

The point you make about changing seasons having both happy and sad connotations resonates with me. While I love how the change of seasons encourages me to embrace shifts, it also can make me think about the loss of warmer days, stages in my life that are no more, or loved ones that are no longer here. There is a multitude of emotions and thoughts.

September 13, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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