February is Expect Success Month – a time to focus on the most powerful secrets and techniques for creating the life of your dreams.
“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”
– Jean de La Bruyère, 1645-1696
2016 marks 14 years of celebrating of Expect Success Month, conceived by Karla Brandau in an effort to touch the lives of the people in her programs in dramatic ways. Karla encourages individuals to look deep within their soul to find hidden success elements, then develop those attributes through positive expectation, dedication and perspiration.
Invite Karla to speak for your own Expect Success event and she will infuse your people with infectious enthusiasm to succeed. Call 770-923-0883.
You CAN Learn Optimism
Researchers document that depression and pessimism go hand in hand. In fact, people who are depressed are usually pessimistic first. Karla Brandau, founder of International Expect Success Month and President of Life Power Dynamics, a firm specializing in personal empowerment, says, “A key factor in fighting depression is to change the view of life from pessimism to optimism. In other wards, if you can learn to wake up every morning and ‘Expect Success’ you will improve the quality of your life, improve your relationships, and be more innovative at work.”
Brandau continues, “Pessimists tend to believe bad events will last for a long time and will undermine everything they do. They also blame themselves for the unfavorable things that happen to them. In contrast, optimists who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case, and that defeat is not their fault. They are unfazed by defeat.”
Before the 1960’s people were thought to be a product of their environment and little credence was given to the power of the mind and making conscious choices for positive thoughts. With the work of psychologist Albert Ellis, however, there came a shift from individual helplessness to individual preference, choice, decision and expectation. Ellis believed that what others thought of as deep neurotic conflict was simply bad thinking-it was stupid behavior on the part of nonstupid people and he challenged patients to give it up and change their thought process.
Psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck wrote that depression is not the disease, but negative thinking is the disease. Yet another researcher, William Glasser in his book, Control Theory, states that people choose depression as a way to handle their problems.
People can learn to be emotionally healthy and take control of their own destiny by learning to be optimistic and by using the power of positive expectation. Brandau offers three tips for people wanting to change their mental mindset:
1. Accept that life will inflict setbacks and disappointments.
2. Become resilient by seeing the setback as only temporary.
3. Exercise determination and perseverance to succeed. Don’t quit trying.
4. Wake up every morning and expect positive things to happen.
Your Future Needs Great Expectations
by Barry Spilchuk
Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught me something so valuable that it changed my life. Pete was being interviewed in spring training the year he was about to break Ty Cobb’s all time hits record.
One reporter blurted out, “Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you’ll need to get the 78 hits?” Without hesitation, Pete just stared at the reporter and very matter-of-factly said, “78.” The reporter yelled back, “Ah, come on Pete, you don’t expect to get 78 hits in 78 at-bats do you?”
Mr. Rose calmly shared his philosophy with the throngs of reporters who were anxiously awaiting his reply to this seemingly boastful claim. “Every time I step up to the plate, I expect to get a hit! If I don’t expect to get a hit, I have no right to step in the batter’s box in the first place!” “If I go up hoping to get a hit,” he continued, “then I probably don’t have a prayer to get a hit. It is a positive expectation that has gotten me all of the hits in the first place.”
Have you felt the success of positive expectation? You will soon be able to share your story below and inspire others to aim high and go for their goals with the “I Expect Success” attitude.
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