THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

By: Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh

IMPOSSIBLE

Have you ever taken the time to think about things that are common place today, that were considered impossible not too long ago?  Consider today’s athletes – on July 24th, 1908 an American athlete by the name of Johnny Hayes ran a marathon in London, and created a new world’s record by completeting the marathon in 2 hours, 55 minutes, and 18.4 seconds.  Just under 3

hours.  That was the world’s record!  If  you suggested that it was possible to run the marathon any faster than that, he probably wouldn’t have listened…he knew how hard he’d worked to make that record.  And if you told him that he could cut that time by a third, he would have told you it’s absolutely impossible.  It can’t be done.  No human could run a marathon in 2 hours.  But over the years, athletes have competed and tried to beat the previous record.  Every few years they set a new record by breaking the old one by just a few seconds – and today the record stands at 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds, set by Dennis Kimetto from Kenya on September 28th, 2014 at the Berlin Marathon.  Marathon runners are now focusing on breaking that 2 hour mark, and they will do it at some point…but not without an incredible amount of determination and hard work.

I won’t say that absolutely nothing is impossible.  But what I will say is that before we just throw our ideas and dreams into the “impossible bin”, we need to really look at why we are doing it.  So many times we miss out because we label something impossible before we even try or as soon as it gets a little tough.  In reality, the majority of the time when we say something is impossible, what we really mean is that it isn’t important enough to us, or isn’t worth the effort…or maybe we just don’t believe we can do it.

As a life coach, my goal is to help my clients to “dream huge”.  Not just big, but huge.  Forget being logical, forget what you can or can’t do, forget all the obsticles.  Just dream.  “If you had a magic wand, and you could make absolutely anything happen, you could change anything about you, your life, or your circumstances right now, what would you do?”, I ask them.  And the funny thing is that if you take away all of the road blocks like not having enough money, not having a good enough education…and you just let yourself dream, you can come up with a wonderful vision.  But so many of us don’t do that because we feel that there is no way we can get there – it’s impossible.  It’s illogical.  It’s rediculous.  It’s just daydreaming…and you know what they say about daydreamers!

But, if you can set aside all the self-created road blocks, and just dream, it’s amazing what can happen.  Instead of looking at your future as what you wish you could do or you hope you can do, you start looking at your future from the standpoint of what you need to do to make it happen.  It takes you from just “trying to do your best” to doing what you need to do to be your best.

Dreaming huge allows you to look at what you really want out of life, what really matters to you, and what you consider real success to be.  And that is all very important information.  You have to have those answers in order to achieve your full potential.  If you dare to dream huge, reach for the stars, and really focus on a vision for your future, and then figure out what you have to do to make it happen, it changes your whole focus.  It gives your purpose.  It gives you clarity.  It enables you.  It strengthens you.  It empowers you.  And as I say to my clients, if you shoot for the stars and don’t quite make it, well, you still will get a lot farther than if you didn’t shoot for the stars at all!

So I’m not going to say that nothing is impossible.  But what I AM going to say is that before you label it as impossible, be sure it really is impossible.  If it’s hard, label it hard.  If it’s excruciatingly hard, then label it so.  If it’s not worth the trouble, then label it so.  But if it is something that you really want to do and really believe in, don’t just flush it as impossible.  Look at it honestly, and figure out what you need to do to make it happen.  Don’t listen to other people who tell you it’s impossible!  Believe in yourself.

And before you say it can’t be done, give us a call and get a second opinion.  You’ll be glad you did!  Because we will never tell you that you can’t…we’ll just ask you how you plan on doing it, and help you put that plan together.  Then it’s up to you whether it is worth it to put in the effort.

If you need help creating a positive focus and vision for your life, we’d love to hear from you.  We are hear to help and would be thrilled to be a part of your success story.  Feel free to contact us, and we look forward to hearing from you!

©Success With McIntosh

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!

Written by Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh

We’ve all had times in our lives that we can look back on and wonder why things happened the way they did.  As I write this blog, many people in Texas are dealing with tragic losses.  Some of them have lost absolutely everything.  Some have even lost loved ones to the storm they named Harvey.  It is said that Harvey was a 1 in a 1000 year flood event.  That’s huge, no matter how you look at it!  And with it came devistation.  I honestly can’t imagine what the wonderful people of Texas are going through.  I’m sitting in my studio in sunny Southern California complaining about the triple-digit heat!  Not a drop of rain here, and we could use it!  Meanwhile Houston, Texas is under water.  And I think about our neighbors in Houston and what they are going through, and the heat doesn’t seem so bad!

I can look back over my life and see a lot of pain, disappointment, and regret.  But I can also honestly say that all of it has worked together to make me who I am today…it has made me strong; it has made me determined; it has made me focused; it has taught me to be very sensitive to the needs and feelings of others; it has taught me compassion.  It has given me an intense desire to help those around me.  It has taught me not only to love those around me, but to be able to accept love from them.  It has taught me humility.  And above all, it has taught me that if I focus on me and my problems, my problems look huge –  but when I focus on the needs of others and how I can help them, my problems tend to really diminish.

I pray for those in Texas who are dealing with such terrible devistation and feel like they have lost everything.  I pray for stength for every one of them.  I pray for courage.  I pray for comfort.  And I pray that God will bring people into their lives to help them and show them love.

God bless each and every one of them in a very special way.

My heart goes out to all of you.

And may we all treat each other with respect, consideration, love, and compassion.  Everyone has “stuff”, and we never know what the person we are talking to is going through.  Sometimes something as little as a smile, or a compliment, or a word of encouragement can change a person’s whole day, and sometimes even their life!  And the icing on the cake is that if you are thinking about others, it makes your life easier as well, because you aren’t so focused on your own problems.  Just sayin’.

So go out there and make a difference in someone’s life.  Being a positive influence in the lives of those around you is a big part of living a successful life, no matter what success means to you!

Cynthia McIntosh

©Success With McIntosh
http://www.successwithmcintosh.com

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!