Friday, May 6, 2011

The Wisdom of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, martial arts super-star, is my brother's hero. I have learned a great deal from him, too. One bit of wisdom I often share with my coaching clients goes something like this: we cannot attain mastery over others until we attain mastery over ourselves.

Dealing with a difficult boss, a hostile work environment, or a setback in achieving our goals may cause us to lose touch with our strengths and accomplishments. We may let the negative feedback we are receiving define who we are and how we feel about ourselves. The first step in turning this situation around is restoring our faith in ourselves - attaining mastery over our self-doubt and frustration.

Start by writing down 10 - 12 things you have done that make you feel proud of yourself. Don't limit yourself to your professional life; include achievements from your personal life, volunteer work and so on. Go back to kindergarten or earlier if a memory from that time makes you smile at how amazing you are. When you have reminded yourself of your many talents and positive qualities, you will be ready to tackle your career challenges. Bruce Lee would be proud of you!

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