Vision Statement:
If you believe in yourself, you can Fail Up and overcome anything.

First Pass – Write down the first thought that comes to mind.

Thought Question

What do you most want to change about yourself to be happy?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


If you believe in yourself, you can ultimately and with time overcome anything and create a better life for yourself. Don’t judge a company or organization based on the actions of a few individuals within it. If a member of your team fails or stops believing in themselves, this is your opportunity to serve and support. Believe in them until they are strong enough to believe again.

We believe there is never a good reason to be unkind. You can never justify an attempt to rob someone of their respect and dignity.

Remember J.M. Barrie’s famous quote, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” When people exhibit kindness toward you, refrain from saying they are too kind. Most of us will never know a world that is “too kind,” so let kindness flow forward.

We can all work together to create organizations where individuals can respectfully voice their concerns. Not everyone is going to like or agree with you, but you can still offer kindness, understanding, and compassion.

Failing at a job or making a mistake doesn’t mean life is over. Own it, learn from it, and move on.

Believe you can achieve your goals—that change can happen. If you want to change something about yourself, start by believing it is possible. But more than just hoping that it will happen, you must take action.

Self-Paced Learning Exercise

Select a trait or habit of someone around you whom you admire. Write it on a 3×5 card in the following format: “Belief by trait/action.”

For example:

  • “Work can be fun [the belief] by saying ‘Hi’ to everyone and giving them eye contact and a smile [the action].”
  • “Be more outgoing [the belief] by using small talk with a new person each day [the action].”
  • Tape it where you’ll see it first thing in the morning (e.g., computer monitor at work or a mirror at home).
  • When you first see it, read the card OUT LOUD.
  • This will be the test. If you can read the card out loud, then you have the start of a firm belief in what is written.

Next, select a trait or action of someone around you that your team admires. Write it on a 3×5 card in the following format: “Belief by trait/action.”

For example:

  • We can be more likable by not speaking ill of other people. Be more balanced by setting time aside each day for family, work, and personal needs.
  • Tape it where everyone on the team can see it.
  • Once every day, get everyone together to read the card out loud, and have them share an experience they had about the trait or habit written on the card.
  • Even if a person didn’t have such an experience for the day, he or she will need to say something. The mere act of talking leads to action. It can inspire them to pay more attention the next day.

Thought Question: What has been your experience? Have you ever failed embarrassingly and publicly? What have you done to believe in yourself by “failing up” from your own hardest learning experiences?

Second Pass – Write down the first thought that comes to mind.

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Getting the Most Out of This program

The theme of this training program was inspired by a quote from Nelson Mandela. Keep it in mind as you make your way through the exercises.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

Learn to appreciate and respect the life that is uniquely yours and continue to develop and grow each day by remaining open to new possibilities.

The 7 Pathways Pre-Assessment and Post Reviews Exercises

We have included a pre- and post-assessment for each respective pathway:

  1. Read the corresponding chapter in The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning.
  2. Write down the first thought that comes to mind when you read the vision statement for each pathway found on the website.
  3. Complete the exercises included for each of the 7NNs.
  4. Return here and once again write out the first thought that comes to mind.
  5. Discover how far you have come and chart another course for future growth and development.
  6. With the newfound knowledge, complete the thought question.

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