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An Odd but True Equation

Success, often an elusive, far off land for some of us, seems so far off sometimes that we just give up and stop our pursuit of the destination we once treasured. Thomas Edison once said, ” Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”, how very true! We often let visible and invisible barriers stand in our way and then just feel like we can’t go on. Today I want to share a little equation, that if used during our life journey, will help ensure success in most everything we do. The equation is a simple one, 1+1+1= SUCCESS. Here is how it works:

1 Goal- If you start of with one well-defined Goal no matter whether in your life or work landscape, you have something to aim for. You will need to make the Goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound for it to have any true results. (See previous Blogs on S.M.A.R.T. Goals) To be successful in life we must have a Goal or targeted direction we are moving towards. Without this, life just happens and nothing lasting and impactful for the good ever really occurs. Then we look back and wonder why things didn’t work out better for us. The answer is simple, often, we just never set a Goal and followed through on it.

1 Moment- We need to realize that every moment of our lives is valuable and the decisions we make in those moments pattern our life direction. If we have laid the Goal of our life down and used the S.M.A.R.T. process to do this, it becomes much easier for us to make good, productive and progressive decisions in the moments of our lives. We begin to look at each decision with the question of, “Is this in line with my Goal or life purpose?” if it is, we move forward, if it isn’t we must be very careful not to deviate from our preset Goal or direction. Yes, one moment can make a difference! Think how many lives have been changed by an action done in just a fleeting moment, both for the good and the bad.

1 Small Repeated Step- This is the part that snags some of the people who made it through the other steps. Often it is taking that first step that causes us to miss success. Many things hamper that first step: fear, procrastination, smaller things that get in the way and sometimes peer pressure will cause us to back down. However, if we will take that first positive step in moving towards our Goal, we will find that obstacles mentioned above begin to appear smaller than they once did. We have to remember that at the base of most reasons why we don’t take that first step sits some type of fear. Also remember that fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real! Never be afraid to take that first step, just kind in mind that after that follows the second step. If you continue, you WILL find success!

Until next time, keep adding up to success!


Welcome to Ascend Business Strategies!

We are new at this Blog process, but we catch on quick! LOL In the coming days there will be various articles about Personal Development and HR hints and tips for success. Ascend is based in Jefferson City, MO and our President is Matt Cowell. You can find more out about Ascend by visiting our website, (which will be redone shortly, so be patient if you follow this link and it is under construction.)

Here is a little bit about who Ascend is:

Matt Cowell, President of Ascend Business Strategies has been in the Leadership and Professional Training field for over 15 years designing and developing training programs to allow people to accomplish their goals. Matt serves as an adjunct professor at William Woods University in the Business Department. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes for the past 7 years. Having developed and delivered many programs in areas of risk management, leadership, process improvement and performance management, Matt decided to help other companies reach their goals.

In addition to his training background, Matt has held various leadership positions in public and private organizations. Matt is also certified to teach and utilize the Extended DISC Assessment Tool. DISC is a key assessment tool helping organizations communicate effectively and deliver results.

Amy Reinkemeyer, Business Analyst with Ascend Business Strategies; has been in the Human Resource Management field for over 5 years. Amy has served in a variety of human resource rolls. She currently serves as the liaison for human resource policies, benefits, compensation, training and procedure questions. In this role she is a resource for all clients and helps to answer inquiries that are specific to many employment situations.

Amy also serves as the contact for applicants that are recruited through Ascend Business Strategies for a variety of clients. As the point of contact, Amy screens applicants based on the criteria provided by the recruiting company. This roll is an important time-saver for busy clients who need their candidates narrowed to ensure that they spend their time interviewing quality candidates.
Amy began her human resource career at Central Missouri State University where she served as a human resource clerk. There she was available to all university staff and fielded questions relating to their policies and benefits. She also assisted in developing staff orientation packets and affirmative action reports.

Rodney Long, Consultant with Ascend Business Strategies; specializes in helping people become the best they can be through personal growth classes, individual Mentoring, Leadership Coaching and Motivational Speaking. Rod draws on over 20 years of successful Business Leadership experience, which includes 10 years as an Ordained Minister. He has helped many Businesses and Churches become more productive, develop winning cultures and grow to new heights through his Coaching.

During his years of Leadership Development he has been privileged to work in varied fields and help establish great Leaders in many areas across the U.S. and Canada.  His skills in producing classes that are motivating, relational and centered on solid Business principals have been vital to his success and the success of those around him.  Rod is Certified in Extended DISC, (DISC is a key assessment tool helping organizations communicate effectively and deliver results.), and Franklin Covey.

Keep an eye out for our next post!!

Rod Long