How to Have an Orange Cone State of Mind: The Path to Success in Life & Business
“We call New Mexico the orange cone state, because it’s always under construction.” Having encountered those ubiquitous, brightly-colored markers along the roadways, my laughter was both was heartfelt and knowing.
That comment was made to me years ago, during a conversation with a native of the state I had recently chosen to become my home.
She found it less endearing and spoke of the repeated delays which all of the construction causes. This snippet of dialogue recently came to mind and I found it more than amusing.
Nicknamed, "The Land of Enchantment," I love New Mexico; and I am absolutely committed to life-long learning.
How fitting, that just like my state of residence, I choose to have an orange cone state of mind. The wise and witty Lily Tomlin puts it this way, “The road to success is always under construction.”
In a construction zone we need to slow down, pay extra close attention, have a heightened sense of our surroundings and be very observant about road conditions, changes, and those extra, temporary signs giving us additional information, including directions about detours. Instead of whizzing by at the usual posted limit, we have to reduce our speed, and be very alert to what is going on around us.
Life and learning is best embraced following the same practices. Life is full of signs, and often we can miss them because we aren't paying close attention. There can be subtle changes in the terrain of our daily lives and we don’t notice until we have missed a necessary detour, that new path leading to our ultimate destination, and we hit a road block or dead end and have to backtrack.
An excellent way to have an orange cone state of mind is to be open and alert to change; cultivate a deep, insatiable curiosity about everything within and around you; and embrace being under construction.
Instead of being stuck in the cul-de-sac of our past, we can make a new way for ourselves. We cannot re-route an already traveled and disappointing past, but we can re-wire our neurons for a more abundant and joyful journey ahead.
Napoleon Hill wrote that, “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.” In order to learn we must be open to change; to fresh, sparkling insights; to new ways of thinking, being and doing. Change can be scary and it can also be exhilarating.
Scary and exciting are two sides of the same coin. Having an orange cone state of mind means embracing and pursuing a whole new currency; where true abundance is found in the coin of a different realm.
Deep, abiding success is measured not solely in terms of accomplishments, but in light of our contributions to others as well as heightened, often hard-won personal fulfillment.
This was beautifully highlighted by Bill Corcoran, a professional speaker and sales trainer extraordinaire, in a recent training he gave. Corcoran was at the Albuquerque Launch of Xocai Healthy Chocolate, graciously hosted by Enrique and Michelle Martinez. What he outlined, in one part of his presentation, was basically a road map for success, geared toward those of us either engaged in, or considering, a home based business. The entrepreneurial signs up ahead which draw us are low investment, big income potential, tax advantages, better health, residual income and the priceless rewards of personal growth.
Key in reaching these and many other desirable points in our journey is our mindset. Mindset matters for many, many reasons. Corcoran coaches that we each must tirelessly observe the following rules on the real road to success: Choose to be successful; Eliminate all excuses; Invest in your success; Eliminate negativity; Surround yourself with successful people; Get comfortable with the uncomfortable; Never give up; and Take risks.
Enjoying Corcoran’s warmth and sense of humor, I think he would agree that it is also important to have lots of fun along the way. The scenery is spectacular. We don’t want to end up at some destination by default because we drifted off course; or find ourselves in a desolate place someone else decides for us.
We truly can, and honestly must, determine our own milestones to be wholly successful. Choosing success means putting ourselves in the drivers’ seat; and having an orange cone state of mind, where we are always under construction, as the creative, enthusiastic engineers of our future.
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