Fail Frequently, Fast and Forward

What if the one thing you avoided most, something you dreaded and feared, was the most important part of succeeding?

Most people hate the very idea of failure. They loathe thinking of themselves as coming up short, missing the mark and not succeeding. For many, just the possibility of failure is enough to convince themselves that it is not even worth trying. Isn’t always better to set the bar low, keep expectations in check and minimize the risk?

Playing it safe is a great strategy if your job requires defusing bombs or doing neurosurgery. Yet for most, the negative ramifications of failure are relatively minor. After all, wouldn’t you be willing to fall down, skin your knee and screw something up if you knew for certain that you would succeed in the end?

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4 Steps for Finding the Courage to Conquer Your Fears

What if I do this and it doesn’t turn out right? What if I screw this up? What if I mess up this sales call? What if I forget what I’m going to say in this big presentation? What if I embrace this new strategy and it doesn’t work? What if I make a fool out of myself? What if this new change in the way we are doing things means something bad for me?

“What if?” Perhaps the scariest question for many people.

They consider the possible negative outcomes. Will they feel stupid? Will they look foolish in front of their peers? Will their boss yell at them? Will they get fired? All of these are unknowns. Unknowns inspire the emotion of fear. Fear paralyzes people.

Everyone experiences fear. It is an innate emotion woven into our DNA that helps us respond to danger and protect ourselves. It is a self-defense mechanism that has evolved over thousands of years to protect the survival of the species.

While fear protected our ancestors and helped them cope with the challenges of a danger laden environment, it doesn’t serve near as noble a purpose in modern day society. Far too frequently, fear and the anxiety that tags along with it, just keeps people from taking a risk, trying something new and potentially reaping the benefits of doing so.

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What’s Luck Got to Do With It?

When you take the time to consider all of the common phrases that exist in the English language containing a reference to the work “luck”, it is little wonder that so many people possess such an overriding belief in its mystical powers.  In fact, most of us would be hard pressed to go through the day without someone making reference to the word, luck.  Each time we hear it, we nod our head and subconsciously buy-in to the all fire trap of thinking that success and luck go hand-in-hand.

When good fortune comes, we are said to be in luck.  When the bad times befall us, our luck has run out.  If lady luck smiles, good times are ahead.  If she turns her back, we might as well stay in bed because nothing is going to go right.

Society does a masterful job convincing people that the key to having the life of their dreams is all about being lucky.  While certainly luck does exist, after all people do win the lottery. A game of pure chance where there is absolutely no skill involved.  It is purely random luck.  However, the simple fact remains, most lottery winners, while lucky, will inevitably go broke.  So it would seem they are unlucky when comes to holding on to their lottery winnings.

But what about success?  What about achieving one’s goals and ambitions?  Is that like the lottery? A game of pure chance where skill, effort, determination and perseverance have absolutely no bearing.

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Want to Succeed in Life? Start Thinking Like a Two Year Old

People aren’t born to fail. Both science and our own experience has proven this to be true.

At the time each of us came into the world, we were born with everything that we would need to build an incredible life for ourselves. It was handed to us, gifted to us innately, woven into our DNA.

Many will doubt these words. They will point to all those who struggle. Those who have lived a life of unfulfilled dreams. They will cite example after example of people who have strived yet come up short, given up and settled. Certainly there is no shortage of people with dashed hopes, broken dreams and shattered souls.

Yet not one of us started out this way. We came into life full of promise, energized by the opportunities and relentlessly willing to do whatever was necessary to fulfill our greatest desires. We came into life with everything we needed to succeed.

Just think of a child, prior to the age of two. Consider their perspective, the mindset with which they move. It is the mindset of a person who possesses everything they need to succeed. Still uncertain about the validity of that statement?

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Why Timing Isn’t Everything in Your Career

How often have we heard that in order to succeed, ‘you have to be in the right place’…when?

Exactly, you have to be in the ‘right place at the right time.’  Look at how easily that statement comes to mind.  Over and over we have heard the ‘right place, right time’ myth.

Why is this myth so dangerous?  It is dangerous because it conditions a person’s mindset in a way that they believe that success is more about circumstance than substance.  It is about having the good fortune to be in the right place when success comes knocking on the door.

As a result of this limiting belief, far too many people wait for success to happen to them rather than to going out and creating it for themselves.

Imagine being on the ground floor of a rapidly growing internet company.  A company that was about to take the industry by storm.  A company that was preparing for a public offering that was set to make early employees into multi-millionaires.  Think what you could do with your new found financial freedom.  Think of the places you could travel to.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could just find ourselves in that right place at the right time?

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The Secret No One Told You About Success

What is it that makes someone great? Is it some innate ability? Some unique skill set that they were gifted with? Is greatness something that is bestowed upon some but not others? Is the ability to be great at something, at anything, woven into the DNA of a select few?

When we look at those people who have achieved greatness, we see the relative ease at which they are able to execute upon a given skill. Listen to Warren Buffett dole out investment advice. Watch a video of Eric Clapton as he rips through a blues guitar lick or Michael Jordan dunking a basketball. The gap is so big between what these people are capable of and what we can do, it is easy to convince ourselves that they must have some innate ability, some naturally granted level of talent that we simply don’t possess. That’s why they are able to excel, why they can be great and we can’t – right?


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It’s the Mindset That Matters

Throughout history there are countless stories of people who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve success.  What is it that caused these people to persist where others gave up?  Why were they able to stay focused and motivated despite all the setbacks?  Why did they so steadfastly believe that it was possible when everyone around them was telling them it wasn’t going to work out?

What caused these people to beat the odds?  Was it luck or circumstances?  Perhaps, it was something much more fundamental.  Something internal that caused them to “think” differently.  Perhaps, it was the mindset that they possessed that mattered most.

Over the last two decades, researchers in the field of psychological science have found that human beings operate under two distinctly different mindsets.  The first is a fixed or limited mindset.  The second is a growth or unlimited mindset.

Through extensive research, scientists have found that the electrical activity in the brain and the portions of the brain that are activated are markedly different depending upon which of these two mindsets a person is operating under.

In a study that was conducted at Michigan State University, test subjects with limited mindsets and those with unlimited mindsets were given a challenging problem to solve. This is what they found:  Read more

2logical named on Training Industry’s “Companies to Watch List” of 2016

2logical is honored to be named on the 2016 Leadership Training Companies Watch List for the third consecutive year. TrainingIndustry.com releases this list to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of leadership training services.


Selection to this year’s Leadership Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria:
• New and Innovative Service Offerings
• Unique Approach to Leadership Development Solutions
• Commitment to Thought Leadership
• Quality of Initial Clients



2logical’s unique approach to workforce development — blending Belief/Mindset training with existing Skill/Process training — makes it the only company of its kind. Built on more than two decades of practical experience and research, 2logical’s approach not only addresses fundamental skill gaps, but also (and more importantly), focuses on closing the underlying belief gaps that are the root cause of virtually all employee performance issues. We are committed to providing the cutting edge of training and development, and that’s why we are honored to once again be selected for this respected list.

You can view the 2016 Leadership Training Companies Watch List here.


A Few Words About High Payoff Activities

When one takes the time to examine any employee role in virtually any organization, it becomes readily apparent that we are a society that values multi-tasking.  It is not uncommon for an employee to have thirty or more responsibilities that relate to them successfully completing their respective job.  Employees are expected to do everything from activities that directly impact the profitability of the organization to responding to interoffice emails.  However, not all of these tasks are of equal importance.

The first fact is that employees tend to initially focus on completing those tasks that are most within their comfort zones and easiest to complete.  Despite the fact that the easiest and most comfortable tasks are invariably those that provide the lowest degree of benefit to organizational profitability and productivity.

The second fact is, as leaders we value those employees who provide us with the highest return on their time.  In other words, those employees who focus on completing the most important tasks first.  Therefore, developing an employee team built upon individuals who not only understand but are also experts on executing these “High Payoff Activities” should represent a leader’s number one objective.  Interestingly enough, for virtually any role within an organization, an individual will only have approximately seven “true” High Payoff Activities.

To reconcile these two facts, successful leaders must focus on accomplishing three critical goals:

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2logical Announces Partnership with VCA Antech

2logical, one of the world’s top training and development companies, announced today that it has launched a comprehensive Leadership Development Program with VCA Antech.

VCA WOOF (NASDAQ) is the leading provider of pet health care services in North America with 600+ animal hospitals in 41 U.S. states and Canada.

As VCA rapidly expanded in Hawaii, Management recognized the need to grow the leadership talent of the Medical Directors, Veterinarians, Office Managers, and Technical Leaders in order to maintain high levels of patient care and customer satisfaction.

2logical implemented a 1-day leadership boot camp for all of the leadership roles in the Hawaii-based VCA offices. The training had several objectives:

  • Create a culture that is heavily rooted in responsibility and ownership in all levels of the organization
  • Foster increased adaptability across the entire organization
  • Perpetuate higher levels of coaching and mentoring in order to bring new employees up to speed quicker as well as increase the retention of existing employees

For more information about 2logical, contact David Naylor at 585-262-6931 or info@2logical.com.