Don’t Force It

“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” —Osho

As human beings on this earth, it’s inevitable that we’ll face ups and downs. In business and in life in general, when things go wrong, it can feel like everything is coming crashing down at once. We’ve all been there before, where you get over one hump, only to realize that there’s a bigger wall to be scaled ahead of you.

After speaking to several friends facing a variety of issues last week, I was reminded that no one can control life’s stresses. We can only control 1) our mindset and 2) the way we deal with them. When going through a rough patch, it’s critical to persevere through it and not try to force things to work in your favour.

The definition of per·se·ver·ance is “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

This week, remember that a delay is not denial. Don’t force it, be a force through it.

Sincerely,

CourtneyTRL | #CTRLyourweek


What’s in your Secret Sauce?

“Insist upon yourself, be original.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

When McDonald’s franchise owner Jim Delligatti first came up with his triple patty burger creation in 1967, he needed the perfect sauce to finish it off. By 1968, the Big Mac was launched nationally, featuring the delicious, creamy sauce. 

Despite using two variations of the sauce for years; in 1974, the name “Special Sauce” came into existence. The recipe was further tweaked in 1991 and stayed that way until 2004 when Fred Turner, who worked alongside founder Ray Kroc, wanted it changed back.

After tracking down the original formula in the McDonald’s archives, Turner contacted the original supplier who developed the Special Sauce years ago, and the recipe was returned.

I shared this story because, today we live in a world where it seems like everyone has the blueprint or recipe for success. On social media, we see others winning at what they do and it’s not uncommon to see several people winning at the same thing. While one hundred people may be doing the same thing, what sets them apart and the reason they can all be successful in their own right, is their “secret sauce”. The unique value proposition that only they have.

So what’s in your secret sauce? What’s in you that makes you, your brand, company or vision stand out from the rest? Like McDonald’s, you may find that you tweak it over time but ultimately something always brings you back to what makes you truly original.

This week, think about your secret sauce. How is it packaged and why must people get their hands on it?

Sincerely,

CourtneyTRL | #CTRLyourweek

Water Your Lawn

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” Iyanla Vanzant

It’s safe to say I’m enjoying summer so far. The scorching temperatures cultivate the perfect environment for my unending joy. While walking, I get to admire the beautiful gardens and skillful landscaping of some of my neighbours.

Though some of these lawns are pristine, I can’t help but notice the lawns that lack care, you know the ones that are not plush green but golden brown from being torched in the sun day after day. I wonder how many people with lawns like these have given up hope because they don’t have a “green thumb” or because they’re waiting for a natural downpour. They must feel like it’s a lost cause and too late to achieve a garden like their neighbours.

They say the grass is greener on the other side, but we all know that the grass is greener where you water it. If you’ve struggled with comparison or waiting on the side lines instead of getting in the game, my message to you this morning is to water your lawn. It’s never too late to make a big, bold change; all you have to do is start.

Begin to nurture your gifts, get out of your comfort zone and more importantly, ask yourself: is my life currently an environment where the seeds I plant will be able to grow or will it choke them out? Think about it, you can pour water over seeds on concrete but that won’t give you a garden. Ensure your soil is rich so that your seeds can flourish.

This week, don’t waste time looking over the other side of the fence. Spend time watering your own lawn.

Sincerely,

CourtneyTRL | #CTRLyourweek