Success Strategies with Dr Richard Norris

Greetings all,

Global synchronicity brought me a cool guest for my show last week: Dr Richard Norris, author of the new book, “Hoof it! Seven Strategies for your Journey of Success” all the way from Scotland! Very insightful guy…shared his inspiring tale with us of SHIFTING from a long career as a veterinarian into a small-biz owner, entrepreneur, coach and writer! Many years of competitive swimming…and a tumble down the rabbit hole of unemployment (been there!) gave Richard the tenacity and inspiration to discover his true passion: helping people build the business of their dreams!

In his fun new book, he goes back to his “animal” roots (e.g. veterinarian by trade!) and concocts a powerful narrative about life on the African Savannah — and the lessons we can learn about life–and success–from the kingdom of, well…what can I say..Wildebeests!

Couldn't find Wildebeests...but love those LIONS!

Suffice to say, it is a great ride through the “circle of life” and Richard draws a powerful message from his tale of hard knocks in the wild. To hear more of my conversation with Richard and get a cool preview of his Seven Strategies…click here.

The big take away for me? I loved Richard’s principle #4: Be prepared to Change and Learn. What’s been bugging me lately…is that the big time “self-help gurus” are all out on the circuit this month, it being January…exhorting about how important it is to set goals for the year, to have a “vision”…to know where you’re headed…blah, blah, blah. I know, you’ve heard it all before. And, of course, it’s true. You are far more likely to achieve your dreams and manifest success if you have a goal in mind…and clarity of purpose. BUT< and here is my big bugaboo…we don't always KNOW what we want.

Some of us (e.g. like me!) don't just wake up on January 2nd of each year…and have a full blown picture of what the audacious goal for the year…or the decade for that matter…should be. In situations like this, when you just don't have the goal clear in your mind, or perhaps you've just accomplished something you set out to do last year, you feel a bit of a void. THIS IS NORMAL. I have had a surfeit of clients in my office this past week, all complaining that they SHOULD (I think, "Danger Will Robinson"…whenever I hear this word!) have their minds made up about the future. Excuse me? Check out chapter four of my book, SHIFT: Let Go of Fear and Get Your Life in Gear…on “The Tyranny of Should.” Goal setting is important…but what is not helpful is to criticize yourself if you haven't reached clarity yet…and OMG it is January 15th!~ Whoa. Slow down.

As Richard and I discussed…sometimes you have to breathe, step back, reflect…and as I describe in my book, RETREAT, for a little while…a day, a week, even a few months, in order for the fog to lift and the next great vision to appear. Don't despair. Nature is on her own timetable…relax

Give Yourself TIME for the LIGHT to Shine

and let yourself fantasize and dream…the more outrageous the better. As Richard describes in his Principle #4, it is important to be open to changing and learning…get feedback from those who know you…listen to your heart…and give space to yourself if the picture is not yet clear.

Thanks Richard for giving us a great fable for success in these challenging times. I'm feeling much better already…and my own goals for the year are finally beginning to appear…and just think it's only February.

Cheerio,

Dr J

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