“What’s absolutely crucial to achieve success?” Marina, an audience member, asked me.
“Two things. How you handle fear and how you create energy in yourself,” I replied.
As Spoken Word Strategist and Executive Coach, I recently helped clients manifest more energy and focus to get things done. The truth is: We need to become more skillful and take action.
Improve Your Skills related to Success, Happiness and Fear
In a number of my books, I’ve written about …
“When you’re in action, you’re focused, and fear is a quiet voice in the background.” – Tom Marcoux
While I do meditate (briefly) each day, I note that my clients and I just need to get fear to quiet down—and we can move forward effectively.
(Sure, a monk, with meditating six hours a day, may eliminate most fear. Still, I’m interested in working with you in the here and now!)
Unchecked, fear can paralyze people. Fear can suck the air out of the room.
Instead, we focus on generating empowering energy.
This relates to one of my favorite quotes:
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.” – Meg Cabot.
My own wife elaborated on this idea. She said, “Tom, if you were in trouble, and I was scared to go over there—I’d still go over there because you’re more important.”
I immediately gave her a kiss and hug.
How Can You Manifest Your Courage?
Focus on what is meaningful to you—something that is more important to you than fear.
Now it’s your turn. Write down your answers to these questions: “What’s most important to me? What means more to me than something that scares me?
Let’s Look at the Connection Between Meaning and Happiness
Think about it. Where can you derive empowering energy? It comes from what you find meaningful. (If you do something meaningful, you have a source of happiness and good feelings.)
“High Performers spend more of their time doing things that they find meaningful and this makes them happy.” – Brendon Burchard
I truly appreciate how the above comment emphasizes both focus (on the meaningful) and action. For example, every day, I write portions of my trilogy of novels, Jenalee Storm. This makes me happy.
Perhaps, you’ve noticed that a number of individuals focus on comfort and safety.
On the other hand, have you observed that excited people are stretching, growing and learning? Again, this is about focus, meaning and action—on the path of success and happiness. And, while you’re in action, you’re focused, and fear is a quiet voice in the background.
Success as a Daily Path
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
I appreciate Dwayne Johnson’s comment because it helps us let go of doubt that we may not have been “gifted” or “born great.” Instead, the successful path is one of consistent hard (and focused) work.
Now it’s your turn. Write down your answers to these questions: What can I do daily that connects to what I find most meaningful? How can these actions improve my skills and move my life forward?
In summary, we’re noticing that success, happiness and fear do relate in certain ways to each other.
Our answer is to take daily action that is Meaningful, Makes Better Skills, and Moves Your Life Forward. (The 3 M’s).
Spoken Word Strategist
Speaker-author of 44 books
Soar with Confidence: An Executive Coach Reveals Secrets, Lies and Countermeasures So You Excel Like Top CEOs and Leaders – Pitch, Lead, Succeed
Get the Advantages to take your business to a higher level. Learn Leadership Advantages, Pitch Advantages, and Success Advantages. To Soar with Confidence, you learn and use principles for top level communication to board members, team members and the media.
“Marcoux demonstrates how to “Prepare a Compelling Story that Moves Emotions.” He mentions techniques that he teaches clients for developing compelling Ted Talks.” – Dantalion Jones
Darkest Secrets of Making a PITCH for Film and Television: How You Can Get a Studio Executive, Producer, Name Actor or Private Investor to Say “Yes” to Your Project
Learn the vital skills of pitching your ideas and enrolling others into your vision. Get that “Big Yes” to funding your project. “This insightful book shows you how to zing a curveball right past the parts of the Hollywood exec’s brain that want to say no before you even make your pitch. You will learn what works when pitching, and more importantly, why, so you can get to YES much more often. Buy this book now. Consider it Spring Training before the big game.” – Danek Kaus
Darkest Secrets of Persuasion and Seduction Masters: How to Protect Yourself and Turn the Power to Good
This invaluable guide, used by people in 15 countries and now in its second edition, will help you become immune to dark persuasion. Learn to use countermeasures to defend yourself against unethical persuasion and seduction tactics. Break any trance in which a salesperson is trying to get you to buy something not to your benefit. “Learn how to defend yourself against manipulation. Best book you’ll ever read to protect yourself, feel strong and move forward in your life. Highly recommended!” – Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter
Secrets of Awesome Dinner Guests: What Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Helen Keller, and John Lasseter Can Teach You About Success … (The Power of Your Personal Brand)
Imagine dining with Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Helen Keller, and John Lasseter. These seven people share one thing: They’re great communicators. So this book will help you become a great communicator. “Marcoux especially stresses the importance of personal branding, of coming across as trustworthy and dependable.” – Einar Masson
Darkest Secrets of Charisma: Overcome the Lies about Personal Magnetism, Get People to Feel Your Charisma and Influence Others with Your Words
Learn how you can tap into your natural gifts and tendencies to radiate Three Types of Charisma. Discover how to influence people with your words. “Marcoux explodes this myth: Charismatic people always feel comfortable before and during an important event, such as public speaking, networking or some other social event. This book shows how you can feel discomfort but still come across as confident and charismatic.The secrets include ways to radiate all three forms of charisma Marcoux describes as Warm Trust Charisma, Natural Charm Charisma and Magnetic Charisma.” – Danek Kaus
What the Rich Don’t Say about Getting Rich: Work Smarter, Live Better
You want wealth, abundance and enjoyment–yes? Wouldn’t it be great to learn the real strategies that the Rich use to create Sustainable Wealth? This book takes you behind-the-scenes to what really works. You’ll see a lot of myth-busting, and you’ll learn the strategies that get real results. “Tom Marcoux gives you an inside look on the psychology of what it takes to be successfully wealthy in life. It’s more than just taking advantage of opportunity, but also about taking care of yourself. This book discusses a number of strategies that we often overlook when it comes to leading a successful life that leads to wealth generation.” – Barry Adamson II
Amazing You: Enjoy the Power to Get It Done, Get Stronger, Get Credit for It … featuring Secrets of Extreme Confidence
Would you like to Amaze yourself? This book helps you Get Stronger so you can Get It Done! You’ll learn how you can Get Credit for It! All three elements are crucial so you rise to a higher level of success and happiness. Think about it. If you get it done, but you’re a physical wreck—you lose. If you get things done, but you don’t Get Credit for It—you cannot get new clients. And, you’ll lose your current clients—if they don’t know, in their gut, how their lives are better because you’ve brought them significant benefits. Here’s a secret: You can unleash the Amazing You! Executive Coach Tom Marcoux helps you develop Extreme Confidence. “Tom Marcoux, once again, has written a book filled with practical insights and veteran business expertise that allows individuals to acquire the tools to balance personal and professional life. Tom’s wisdom possesses depth and the experience of someone who has ‘walked the walk.'” – Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli