Jeanine Cogan
Executive coach

Jeanine Cogan

Heads Cogan Coaching and is on the faculty of the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Georgetown University.


Challenges can strengthen resolve

Q: How do you define success?

Success is falling down seven times and getting up eight times. When you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and you go for it with stable intention you almost always will encounter obstacles. Many people misinterpret obstacles as a sign that they are on the wrong path. In fact overcoming obstacles is part of everyone's path to success.

Experiencing challenges and overcoming them gives you confidence and often strengthens your resolve to achieve your goal. It also makes the success so much sweeter at the end. Like you really earned it. Obstacles  also are a good way to help you determine how much you really want a particular goal. You can ask yourself: "Is all this effort worth it?  Do I really want this?" 

A recent example of this in my own life is my journey to motherhood. Five years ago I started my efforts to have a baby. Much to my surprise, something I thought was going to occur with ease ended up being riddled with one challenge after another. As each curve ball was thrown at me, I felt the frustration and pain, regrouped, and came up with a new plan. To my joy and delight, five years later Nicole Corrigan Cogan was born on Oct.15. 

There were many moments when I could have interpreted the challenges as a sign that I was on the wrong path, yet I allowed my clear vision and determination to guide me to eventual success. As I look into her eyes each morning I am so grateful!

By Jeanine Cogan  |  November 3, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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