Getting Through Storms in Life

We all have them.  And for many of us, when we are in the middle of them, they feel like they will never end.  We feel like they are going to drown us.  We feel like no one can ever understand what we are going through.  We isolate.  We lose sleep, or we sleep too much.  We don’t eat, or we eat too much.

the_sovereign_of_storms_by_procrust-d38gl3iWe all handle stress, frustration, and disappointment in different ways.  But how we handle it can make all the difference in the world on how we come out of the situation.  How we handle it often defines what the final outcome will be.  And how we handle it is a choice.  I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but I really believe that it is.  I feel very strongly about this.  Let me tell you why:

Today I live in a house that I really enjoy, with people I love being around, and I have a wonderfully fulfilling career.  I have the world’s greatest coach (in my opinion), and I look forward to my future..But I want to share with you that it definitely has not always been this way.  In fact, I have to humbly admit that I regret that I wasted so many years feeling defeated by life!

Life hasn’t always been easy for me.  It isn’t always easy for anyone.  I’ve dealt with family issues, rejection issues, financial issues, and even cancer issues.  And for years it DID leave me feeling defeated.  But I’ve learned through my challenges that how I chose to approach them has a huge impact on how each chapter of my life ends, who I become through the challenges, and whether the challenges end up being destructive or being a blessing.

You see, up until a few years ago, I had been an accountant.  I had spent the majority of my lifetime  making my living on a computer.  Then one day I woke up in the hospital. I was told that while I had gone into the hospital expecting to have minor surgery for skin cancer,they went to remove the cancer on the back of my hand and found that it was much more than they had anticipated.The cancer had already eaten away all the nerves, tendons, muscles, and even veins in my right hand –  and yes, I’m right-handed.  They had to take everything out.  To save my hand, they had to re-build it with muscles, tendons, and veins from my right arm, but I lost most of the use of my right hand and arm.  I do have to thank God that the doctors got to the cancer in time (within being a few days too late) to stop it from going into my bones in my hand – that would have been a game changer, and I wouldn’t be writing this to you today.

After surgery, cancer treatments, and physical therapy, I needed to make some changes.  I was not able to use a computer as I had before, and I was forced into a career change.  Thankfully, I have wonderfully supportive friends, because at the ripe old age of (?) I found myself looking for a whole new career that did not require the use of my right hand and that did not require that I go outdoors much (another result of cancer).

After much time, prayer and thought, my desire to help people succeed and my love for people led me to research and ultimately take on life coaching as my new career path. I studied coaching, and it has been an amazing transition.  I feel like I am doing what I was supposed to be doing all along.  I feel released to be what I’ve always wanted to be.  I’m loving life!

Life still has it’s challenges.  It always will.  But I’m grateful that I now spend my time making a difference in the lives of others by doing something I love – all because a really tough time in life forced me to leave my comfort zone and do something completely new.

I don’t spend a lot of time talking about life’s challenges.  grid9_Beautiful-Weather2  I prefer to focus on the things that I am grateful for.  But I know that some of you are going through struggles, and I hope that this story can be an encouragement to you.  If you or someone you know can benefit from this story, please share it – that’s what makes it worth while for me!

If you have a story you would like to share or if this article has touched your life in any way, please share it with us by commenting to this post.  We’d love to hear from you!

And don’t forget to surround yourself with positive people who will support you.  Being around positive, successful people is the first step to having a successful life of your own.

Cynthia McIntosh
Success Coach
Highway 2 Success

Highway 2 Success Talk Show

No, we’re not online yet. But do not dispair, we will be coming back to you as quickly as possible. We are in the process of setting up a new studio, and as soon as we have it set up, we will be setting up appointments for radio show interviews. Getting set up has taken quite a bit longer than hoped, but we are really excited about the way things are going, and I know you will really enjoy the NEW Highway 2 Success Talk Show. We will keep you updated on how things are coming together. And if you have any ideas on show format, content, etc, please feel free to let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

Cynthia McIntosh
Radio Talk Show Host
Highway 2 Success Talk Show

Changes!

It has been a really wonderfully wild ride since we began the
H2S webartHighway 2 Success Show just shy of a year ago!  It’s been fun to watch it grow and evolve.When we first started to air the show, it was originally to be a show about social media marketing for artists. But as we did the show, we found that there was so much more that we could offer to artists that would help them to achieve success, and I found it hard to limit it to social media marketing.  So we decided to expand our horizons a little, and bring various experts in all areas of business on to the show to provide support to artists.

Eventually, because we were talking to a wide range of professionals, we found that business owners began listening and requesting specific information.

So that is where we are today.  It has been an exciting journey, and I’m sure it will continue changing, but I’m sure that all our listeners will really enjoy the new format.  We are still providing tools and support to artists, but we will be doing it in a way that it also is profitable to anyone in business.  As of last week, we began using the Indie104 chat room during our shows so that our listeners could ask our guests questions, and we’re working on a brand new website!

I, for one, am very excited about the changes I see happening with the Highway 2 Success Show.  I would love to hear from those of you who listen to the show and hear your thoughts and your ideas.  Is there any aspect of business that you would like to hear covered on one of our upcoming shows?  Is there a specific question that you would like to ask?  Be sure to visit our website at radio.successwithmcintosh.com and post any comments or questions that you have!

And I’d like to reach out and thank every one of you that has been listening to the show and for your support.  I really appreciate the encouragement, and wonderful comments that I have gotten regarding the show and how it has helped some of you in your business endevours.  After all, that is what it is all about, and what really makes it exciting for me!

Thank you again, and keep tuning in!

Bump It!

By Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh

Need people to read your post?  Bump it!  I get asked frequently how often one should post, what one should post,and how to get a post read.  It’s a fair question, since that is really what social media marketing is all about.  After all, if no one is reading what you are posting, you aren’t getting much done!  So today I’m going to tell you how to add new life to those posts that have lost their “zip”.

Facebook uses a formula called Edgerank.  For those of you who have neverheard of it, it’s a process by which Facebook decides how active your post is.  If your post is really active, then it moves up in the News Feeds, thereby giving people a better chance of finding and reading it.  So, the goal then, is to keep your post active in the News Feed.  Recently Facebook has made some changes very positive changes to how all of this works.  Here’s some interesting statistics from Facebook…

“Previously, people read 57% of the stories in their News Feeds, on average. They did not scroll far enough to see the other 43%. When the unread stories were resurfaced, the fraction of stories read increased to 70%.”

So what does all of this mean to you?  Well, the changes Facebook has made allow you to change how your posts show up in News Feeds in order for you to get your posts read.  The process of taking your posts that are buried way down the list in a News Feed and getting them back up at the top of the list is called “bumping”.  And with the new changes Facebook has made, bumping your posts is not only possible, but also fairly easy to do!

The activity your post gets is what makes your post bump back up to the top of the News Feeds. So once your post is no longer easily accessible in a News Feed, the way to bumping it back up to the top is to get it active again.  Some ways of doing this are:

Ask your friends to like, share, or comment on the post.
Ask a question about the post and get people talking about it again.
Mention something that currently happened that relates to the post, and get attention to it.
Say something funny about the post to create new activity.

But the bottom line is that if you find creative ways of getting that post active again, it will bump back up to the top of the News Feeds.  And based on Facebook’s statistics the fraction of resurfaced stories that was read was very high!  So try doing this with some of your stale posts, and let us know how it works for you! In fact, if you have a post you want to bump, let us help you.  Just give us as much information as you can about the post so that we can find it (and be sure you are corresponding to us from the same Facebook page that the post is on, so that we are looking on the right page!), and we will go to the post and comment, share, or like it for you (or maybe even all three!).  And keep in mind, when we do that, all the people who have liked our page will get notification of it, so you will get new people coming to your page.  That’s what social media marketing is all about!

And as always, we want to remind you that we are here to help.  If you need help with your social media marketing, or if you just need some consulting so that you can do your own, feel free to contact us.  We DO offer consultations as well as social media marketing services, and we would love to be part of your success!