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Published:July 1st, 2010 23:58 EST
Hope in an Age of Anti-Hope

Hope in an Age of Anti-Hope

By Simon Bailey (Mentor/Columnist)

Hope is the Glue to the Future You!

As I look around our world, it seems as if everything that we once believed in is unraveling at the seams. We have witnessed more catastrophic events in our life from the Rwandan Genocide, 9/11, a Tsunami, Katrina, Haiti, and now the BP oil spill, than perhaps our grandparents did in their lifetime.

Now we are on the verge of emerging from an economic coma called "recession", and we can see signs of life as companies are starting to hire, new businesses are opening, and homes are starting to sell again. Yet some companies are still struggling and downsizing. Businesses such as Tavern on the Green in New York City, which according to "opened during the Great Depression and fell victim to this century`s crippling recession", are closing. Perhaps you have days where you scratch your head and channel Marvin Gaye saying "what`s going on?"

Believe me, I hear you!  There is much wrong in our world, and if all you do is focus on that, things can seem pretty dismal.  But there is also much that is right in our world, and that is where I encourage you to direct your attention and energy. Don`t lose sight of all you have accomplished. Remind yourself of the value of YOU - what you have contributed to your world - your organization, your family, your community. In the words of Bing Crosby "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don`t mess with Mr. In-Between." Look for the good news, and find a role model who encourages you to keep your eye on the prize.  I am not suggesting you need to get Mary Sunshine to be your mentor... you want someone who has been in the trenches and came out burned, bruised and still brilliant. That`s who I want to follow in this decade. Someone real, someone optimistic.

Well, that person for me is my life coach/mentor, Mark Chironna, who has played a significant role in my life for the last 12 years. I recently went to see him and heard him say in my hour of fear and doubt, "hope again." It was in that moment that something shifted because of his words. I discovered that in times of change, those full of hope will embrace change and inherit the earth, while the hopeless will be forced to adapt to change just to survive. 

Oh brilliant one (that would be you), this is the moment and this is the time to have hope in an age of anti-hope. Here are five ways to reinforce the seams of your future with the glue of hope:

1.   Do your best work every day no matter what is happening around you! Why? Someone is watching you and you are leading them into the future. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A, says "It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm for the job wanes. We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well."
2.   Be Wealthy in Spirit - Wealthy is not something you seek to become. It is something you discover in the reservoir of your spirit. In your spirit resides your potential, genius, insight, energy, wisdom, and power. When you are wealthy, you live from the inside out instead of the outside in. Money is currency that is attracted to the energy produced by your spirit.
3.   Shift baby Shift - When it is time to move into another dimension, you will experience a disruption and be given an invitation to break with the old so you can embrace the new. Andy Grove said it best "There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline."
4.   Get Better instead of Bigger! Andy Stanley told a powerful story about when Chick-Fil-A was facing the onslaught of Boston Market a decade ago, and a group of executives were strongly encouraging Truett Cathy to expand the footprint of their restaurant chain in a nanosecond. In a meeting with all of his executives, he pounded on the table and said "if we get better at what we do, then our customers will force us to get bigger." Are you focused on getting better or bigger?
5.   An open hand is always full - Give away what you want to attract to your life. I am convinced that it is more blessed to give than to receive. When you give without any strings attached, you experience spiritual ecstasy.  Bill Gates said "Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we`d want to get involved."  Simon says it`s time to move beyond talking about the problem... it`s time to be the solution.  

I am partnering with my brilliant friend, LA`s premier event planner and CEO of three companies, Marley Majcher to launch BizReset.

Get your team together and join us in August for the one-day conference you`re sure to tell your colleagues about!

What Is Biz Reset?

Biz Reset is direct, customized, and relevant to where you are in your business and where you want to go.  You come in upside down and leave right side up!  Biz Reset is not some watered-down, lightweight, status quo information that you find in pop-psych business books and entrepreneurial magazines.  Biz Reset provides an atmosphere that gives you fresh insight, actionable ideas, and real-world, boots-on-the ground-wisdom to help you re-build your business and realize success.

 You walk in empty handed and you leave with:

    * Determination of your business longitude and latitude-No matter how lousy it is, (or great you think it is right now,) we`ll uncover the nuts and bolts of your business and reveal all the grimy and great details it has to offer.

    * Business clarity of your vision/purpose - You will walk away with a new mindset, clear of all the unnecessary clutter and filled with clear direction and purpose. You will have an action plan broken down into miniature, super easy, action items.

    * A spiritual understanding of how to get to your end game-Can you envision it? You will after you meet with us one on one.

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