Many of us think of applying the pressure as failing. ‘The pressure is coming. Oh my gosh! What am I going to do? The pressure is coming.’ But pressure doesn’t need to be a negative: I love this quote.

"Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you started to think of failure." -Tommy Lasorda

When you stop and think about what happens in life, pressure is being applied constantly in many different arenas. An example would be rush hour traffic that puts more and more pressure on the highways. As the population grows more and more pressure is added.

What happens? Do we, as a society, give up and say ‘oh, well. Too Bad? It’s just going to take you that much longer to transit into work?' Your commute time, instead of being an hour and a half, is going to be 2 hours. And in 3 years from now, it’s going to be 4 hours. Or do we take the action, as a society, as a city, as a person and do something to relieve that pressure? Yes we do something that will alleviate the pressure for all of that traffic coming into the downtown core.

We as a society, as a city, step into success. We do something to alleviate that pressure. We can learn to apply that concept in our life. Instead of taking a look at the pressure as a bad thing we can use it to build something new, a bridge to our future. Do we do what Tommy Lasorda said – misuse that word ‘pressure’ and think of it as ‘oh, I’m going to fail, I’m going to fail’ and then give up? – or do we CHOOSE to do something different and step into our own success?

We all have habits. What is your ‘it’? What is the ‘it’ that stops you? When you start to feel that pressure, what do you do? Next time that happens, I want you to stop and think, ‘what am I automatically doing here’? Then decide to do something different in order to get a different result.

When I was first introduced to this concept, I did not recognize what habit I fell into until I was all the way in it. Stress eating was one of the things I used to do. As I learn to recognize where that pressure point is, what my habit is, what my ‘it’ is, I, can learn how to change it, how to react differently.

I just watched the movie ‘What the Bleep?! - Down the Rabbit Hole’. One of the concepts in the movie is that we, as human beings, are bombarded every second with 400 billion
bits of information. We only process 2000, therefore we need to choose carefully which bits we pay attention too. When we succumb to the pressure and fall into a negative habit, like I used to when I was stress eating, we are selecting only a narrow negative portion of information from the 400 billion bits..
I have decided that I am going to choose a different 2,000 bits of information. It really is just a choice..

We need to recognize what our habits, and that we can change our habits. Millions of people have learned how to stop the stress eating habit. Millions of people have learned how to quit smoking. Millions and millions of people have learned how to make their life better, how to step into success. If they can do it, I can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. It’s all just a simple choice, to make a different decision.

If you are a parent ask yourself, if you choose non-success habits, what are the habits and passions that you are creating in your children? Are you creating a generational curse or a generational legacy? Another great quote is “children have never been good at listening to their elders. But they have never failed to imitate them”. by James Baldwin. Even if you aren’t a parent what about the influence you have on the people around you?

We need to learn to recognize when we are backing off from pressure, when we are moving into the habits that are not success habits (the ones that we need to change). We also need to recognize the habits that we have that are good, that are leading us towards success, leading us to our financial freedom. We need to be aware so that we can make changes in our negative habits and reinforce our positive habits.

We need to learn to recognize that when we wish for something, ask for something, pray for something or when we say affirmations for something, it’s not going to just happen. It’s not going to be handed to us on a silver platter. One of my affirmations is “I am building a team of dream achievers” Now, I know that that is going to take patience and perseverance and that this whole team of dream achievers are not just going to be dumped in my lap. I have to go looking for them and attract them into my life.

As I go down the personal development journey and build my home-based business, I come up against pressure points all the time. When I think back to the pressure points in my life last year at this time versus this year – whoa! – last year’s ones seem really simple now. What happens? We are not given exactly what we want right off the bat. But we are given the opportunity to develop the skills so that we get better. On my journey, I am becoming a better team leader. I am practicing my patience and my perseverance in my own learning so that I become that better learner that attracts, using the Law of Cause and Effect, that team of dream achievers, the team of business builders.

When that pressure is applied in our lives, patience and perseverance, is what we need in order to grow through that pressure point. Once we do grow and find different habits to allow us to get past that pressure point, to allow us to develop the skills, to learn those new things that we need to learn, we come to a better place and we can handle more pressure. We have new skills. We know something different. We react in a different away. We remain patient. We practice the perseverance and can step into success.

Are you applying enough pressure? Are you stepping out into success? Take a look at your habits. What do you do when the pressure hits? Are you giving yourself the opportunity to develop a new skill, to become even better than you already are? I would love to hear about those experiences.. Send me an email at Carla at or give me a phone call at (778) 835-4032 and let me know, what are the habits that you’ve come across? What are some of the things that you have done differently?

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Author's Bio: 

Carla McNeil is currently a Human Resources Consultant in the Federal Government of Canada.

About 4 years ago she realized that there was no way she was going to be able to achieve the life of her dreams by working for the Federal Government or anywhere in corporate Canada. Having spent 20+ years in the hospitality industry she realized that if she continued doing what she was doing she would retire dead or dead broke just like 97% of the population.

Carla has now discovered the beauty of a home based business. She is building a team of champions who want to make a difference in this world and live the life they were meant to live. Carla assists, coaches and mentors her team to get out of the “corporate slave camp” and do;

1) What they Want

2) When They Want

3) With Whom They Want

Always on the lookout for new team members - Are You Next?