The Value of Networking

I wanted to share my opinion on networking. I love networking. The reason I love networking so much is because you can learn so much from people. Yesterday I learned from my wife and today I learned from a speaker I saw online. I've never met the speaker but I learned from him. I followed him on social media and he's now a part of my "distant network".

 The point is, your network, be it close and personal or distant, offers you a wealth of knowledge waiting to be tapped into. If you're not already, I highly encourage you to open your mind to your current network and begin expanding. The knowledge and potential opportunities you will encounter will be well worth your attention and efforts.

 Stay Strong,

 Clinton N. Downs

© 2017 ClintFit Consulting™

Facing the Unknown

Today I was faced with something many people see as frightening, fear-provoking, frustrating, irritating, unpleasant…. the list goes on. But when I changed my approach, this scary giant didn't seem so intimidating anymore.

Today I was faced with the unknown. I had tasks to complete that involved areas I didn't have knowledge in. In my early 20's, I would have become easily frustrated, blamed others for not doing their job and being lazy, or better yet, deny any kind of responsibility for the tasks and put more effort into pawning them off to someone else than it would take to complete the tasks.

However, today is a new day and I've learned a little bit since my early adulthood. Now, in my early 30's (33 today), my approach has evolved. Here's what I did:

  • While looking at each task one at a time, I analyzed each one to figure out what results were expected from them.

  • I slowly went through the list and began working on one by one, addressing the problems at hand and finding solutions.

  • For the tasks I could not move forward with, I saved my work and moved on to the next task. Again, focusing on one task at a time.

By taking my time, focusing on one task at a time, and considering what it would take to tackle the task, I chipped away at each once, resolving 3 out of 7, and I'm just waiting on feedback from colleagues so I can move forward and complete the other 4.

 By applying this approach, I refrain from reacting like a Neanderthal (my wife would argue that statement.. jk hunnie!), and I completed all that I could at this point.

Now, it's time for my lunchtime jog and I'll probably have colleague feedback when I get back to my desk so I can finish the rest.

 Have a great and productive week!  Thanks for reading.

 Stay strong,

 Clinton N. Downs

© 2017 ClintFit Consulting™

Self Imposed Inhibitions

I've worked on my website the last two days and I encountered an experience during my work.I experienced self doubt, fear, shame, and humiliation, all because I'm trying something new, something I've never done before on my own.

What then followed was amazing. I flipped the coin, I changed my perspective, I listened to the other voice in my head, and I stopped all self imposed inhibitions.

Because I did this, I proudly and happily finalized my work and published the latest version of my website. No fear, no doubts, no pessimism.

I encourage all of you who have a goal, who have a vision, those of you who have a dream, to never give up, and I repeat, NEVER GIVE UP!

Stay strong,

 Clinton N. Downs

© 2017 ClintFit Consulting™

Dreams

For some people, dreams are fantasies, for others they are visions of an ideal future. Your dreams are your ideal circumstances and success is being your dreams to reality. As far fetched as this concept may  seem, it's actually quite possible.

 Ask yourself this question, "What do I want?". What's your answer? Have you ever given it any real thought? A lot of us say things like, "I want to be rich!" Or "I want a huge house and a nice car!". For some though, a dream could include a family, a good career, good health, annual vacations, summer time cookouts, and maybe a nice house, even if it's not a 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom, 3 car garage with a pool house for the in-laws.

 You dreams should a reflection of your true self, a manifestation of your personality, quality traits, and unique tastes. What dreams should actual bring you is happiness. So if owning your own island is your dream, but you're very social, isolating yourself on a tropical island might not be paradise after all.

 Give your dreams, hopes, goals, and aspirations some true thought and identify what you want out of your life because the truth is, you only live once, and why live any other way besides happily.

 Stay strong,

 Clinton N. Downs

© 2017 ClintFit Consulting™

A Sense of Direction

Goals are one of the single most important, non-tangible things an adult can have in life. Having a goal or goals gives you a sense of direction and meaning. Albeit, goals don't just give you purpose and result in material and inanimate rewards but rather they bring about psychological income. You see, it's not about getting the actual car or house or  job, it's the ability and achievement that got you there that is most rewarding.

Have you ever heard of "bragging rights"? More often than not, bragging rights are the ascendancy of a person over another, typically from the victory of some type of challenge or contest. You might be asking yourself, "What do bragging rights have to do with goals?" Well, I'll tell you.

All of us battle ourselves. There's the old saying, "We are our own worst enemy" and that's because of self doubt, negative self talk, self imposed inhibitions, and fear. The majority of people talk themselves out of great ideas each and every day. Too many people tell themselves that they're just simply not good enough to make the cut. This is untrue most of the time. Each of us have tremendous amounts of potential and greatness within ourselves that just needs to be unleashed.

Having a goal for our ideas is like having a map to a treasure. You know the treasure is out there, you know it can be found, but if you don't have the map you don't know how to get to it. The same goes with goals. If you don't have goals, you have no direction in life and you may work very hard, and not get anywhere. Having a goal set up with specificity gives you purpose behind all of your actions.

Reaching your goal will ultimately give you what you set out for, but in addition to that is psychological income. Psychological income are those bragging rights. That feeling of triumph, victory and the sense of ascendancy. Rising above obstacles, beating the odds, and most importantly, proving that little voice in your head that said you couldn't do it wrong.

The psychological income is always more valuable  than any monetary reward because it solidifies your confidence in your abilities and builds trust in yourself. So don't let those insignificant rants of negativity get in your way, you have a goal to achieve!

Stay Strong,

Clinton N. Downs

© 2017 ClintFit Consulting™