Stand Your Ground

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Like I mentioned in my previous blog, I learned three distinct life lessons from the Polar Bears.  On my recent trip to Churchill, Canada, I saw these animals in the wild, and I couldn’t help but notice how their behavior can be adapted to our everyday life.

Last week, I talked about focusing on your goal – relentlessly.  Well, today, the second lesson I’m going to share is: Stand Your Ground.

You may be thinking: “What in the world is she talking about?”

But here’s how I see it.  You’ve decided on a goal, you’re passionate about it, you’ve thought it through and you can describe it down to the last detail.  In fact you can feel it in your bones.  You can see it, smell it, taste it, and you live for it every single day, working toward it with a vengeance.


When you share your vision with someone – a friend, family member, anyone who will listen – their reaction isn’t exactly what you expected.  They may doubt you, question you, and even worse, cause you to lose belief in yourself.  Without even realizing it, you begin to reevaluate your goal.  You wonder if it was such a good idea in the first place.  You question if this is the right direction for you.

And that is what I learned from the polar bears – STAND YOUR GROUND.  Because the bears  are left to their own devices to survive, they must have a belief in themselves that is beyond doubt.  They stand tall and move forward, never losing sight of their goal.

So, don’t be frightened by what others think, and don’t feel like you have to justify anything.  Stand up tall, and in the face of diversity, show how powerful you can really be.

Have a belief in yourself, in your goal, and tell the world that it cannot be shaken.

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Focus on Your Goal – Relentlessly

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Who would have guessed that you could actually learn life lessons from Polar Bears?

It’s true!

That’s exactly what happened to me on my recent trip to Churchill, Canada where I watched the bears in their natural habitat.  Absolutely amazing!!!

And exactly what did I learn?  Several things.   The first is:

A relentless focus on your goal!

Polar Bears spend each and every day hunting for food, and their main source of food is seals.  Without this goal in mind, they will not survive.  They are focused and unrelenting every minute of the day as they hunt to stay alive.

So how does this relate to you and me?

Well, first of all, do you have a specific goal in mind, either personally or professionally?  Hopefully, you have one for both phases of your life.   Either way, know what you want to accomplish – define it and describe it down to the very last detail.  Why do you have this goal?  What are you hoping to accomplish?  What is the end result?

Once you figure it out, focus on that goal each and every day.  Pursue your goal relentlessly, like your life depends on it.  And if someone tells you it can’t be done, use that as fuel to propel yourself forward.  Never give up on your goal – or as I like to call them – dreams.

Think of it this way – when you believe in yourself, you have armor no one can crack.  Nothing or no one can get in your way.

And that is just one of the many lessons I learned from the Polar Bears.

Personally, my goal is to become the most dynamic speaker you have ever heard.  I can feel it in my bones, I work hard on it every day, and best of all, it warms my heart.  I know it is what I am meant to do.

So, what is your goal – what is your dream?  What gets you out of bed each morning, ready to pursue it relentlessly!

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What’s Your Obsession?

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For the first time since I started my blog, I did not post one last week. That’s because I was off on my dream trip – one that I waited 15 years to go on.

Yes – 15 YEARS!!!

It all started when I attended a travel show in Chicago back in the year 2000. One of the booths offered a trip to Churchill, Canada, where you live on the snowy tundra of the Hudson Bay and watch polar bears as they make their way to the ice.  You live on something that resembles a string of train cars, raised about 10 feet in the air, so it’s safe to view the bears as they walk right past your “lodge”.

I took one of the brochures, and for some reason, I became obsessed with this trip.

Has that ever happened to you? You can’t explain it, but in your gut you feel that there’s something you have to do – and you just can’t give up on it.  Well, for some reason, that was the polar bear trip for me.

During that 15 year span, I moved six times and downsized each and every time. I recycled old magazines, donated clothes and sold furniture, but for some reason, that polar bear brochure stayed with me.

And now I have finally planted myself on that icy tundra of the Hudson Bay for one week and watched the polar bears, day and night, pass below my window and observation deck.

I have to admit, that after all that waiting and build-up anticipation, the trip did not disappoint. It was exciting, exhilarating, and beyond my expectations.

I learned some fascinating life lessons from the bears. I’ll share three of them with you in my next three posts.  You’ll read about unique survival techniques that only Mother Nature could teach us.  Survival techniques that we can use each and every day.

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