Wednesday, 29 August 2007

To Succeed in Life Get into the Habit of Saying Yes!

To succeed in life you've got to step up to the plate. You cannot move forward in life by sitting on the bench – you have to get into the game. You have to get into the habit of saying 'yes' even when you're not sure how you are going to successfully complete the challenge you've accepted.

This can be quite a scary prospect as you might very well fall flat on your face. On the other hand, you could achieve phenomenal success but how will you know if you don't try? One thing is certain you will grow from your experience and even if it doesn't turn out quite the way you want it to you will have learnt valuable lessons that you can take forward to your next challenge.

There's a programme called "Dinner Impossible". As you probably guessed it's loosely based on the "Mission Impossible" series.

"All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."
Pearl S. Buck

The intrepid chef is given a challenge sometimes when he doesn't even suspect it. Basically, the challenge is to cook for a large number of individuals usually numbering in the hundreds with often fairly rudimentary equipment. He may find himself cooking a full meal for hundreds of construction workers or preparing canapés for celebrity guests. He has to do everything from scratch - setting up his kitchen, designing a menu which has to conform to the given brief, shop for all the ingredients and organise his team of helpers.

It requires:

1. Expert knowledge (in this case of the culinary arts)
2. Excellent leadership skills
3. Excellent time-management skills
4. Great attention to detail
5. The ability to improvise
6. The ability to adapt to new situations
7. Excellent motivational skills
8. Excellent organisational skills
9. Excellent time management skills
10. The ability to perform well under pressure

This skill-set would be advantageous in any setting where you have a tough goal to achieve.

He admits that he worries that he won't succeed in completing the challenge and that he has really taken on the impossible dinner. However, you can see that once he has acknowledged this as a possibility or the worse case scenario he then focuses completely on making the challenge a success. The consequences of his failing are in many cases worse than what you would have to face should you indeed fail in your own quest to achieve your goals.

So, when you are presented with your next challenge don't start worrying about that the task is something outside of your present capabilities. Turn that into an advantage and stretch yourself to accomplish something you hitherto had not achieved. But first you must say,


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