If there is one personality trait above all others that can devastate our personal brand credibility in an instant it is losing our cool. There are so many ripple effects that come along with “losing it.”
I think we would be amazed at how practicing an attitude of gratitude can impact our brands. The positive energy we send out ripples outward far beyond those who are in our immediate vicinity.
Once I slowed things down and focused on executing the simple things repeatedly as flawlessly as possible without worrying about the outcome, things began to change. The hard part to this strategy was patience. Change wasn’t swift. But over time momentum began to build.
There is not a single successful person who has never failed. In fact, I suspect most successful people have failed many more time than they succeeded.
So, why is forgiveness a powerful elixir and great brand credibility builder? It is an elixir because it frees us from the burden of hate and anger. As Buddha so poignantly put it, hatred and anger are our burdens alone. When we forgive we release this poison.
I will be the first to say that I have had my fair share of adversity and hated every moment of it. But, I am proud to say I fought through my challenges and I am certainly stronger, wiser and better for having gone through them.
I remember New Year’s Eve 1999 so well. And it wasn’t because of the computer apocalypse we were all so sure was about to bring the US economy and the rest of the world to its knees. I remember it for a completely different reason.
I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to networking functions and listened to other professionals drone on about what they do, having no idea just how much they are NOT connecting with their audience. And the worst offenders are frequently the most economically successful person in the room.
Only one time in my life that I didn’t, and I got creamed. I am not saying that every time I trust my instincts I am right, proven out or I win. This is certainly not the case. But, I do know this. When I do trust my instincts, I put myself in the best chance to win.
Cam Newton’s dumb comment about a woman reporter who asked about receiver routes in a recent press conference is a case in point. Was it foolish? Yes. Insensitive? Yes. Does it mean he thinks women are lesser than men? I doubt it.