A 13.1-mile race was much more than a simple half-marathon. At least to me. So having success at this was something I was doubtful about at first. I am by no means a trained athlete or even a person who loves athletics. But I am a person who seeks to expand my abilities and accomplishments by challenging myself.

So why is this such a big deal and why am I sharing it here? Because it is a clear example of how anyone can set an intention, focus over a period of time, find joy in the process and succeed.

It wasn’t that bad, either!

Sure, it did rain that day but thankfully stopped just in time for the start of the race. The rain made things a bit humid, though. It led to a very “terrarium” type day for the 2.5 hours it took me to complete the course (my way of speaking kindly about the oppressive humidity in the lower Ohio Valley). While many runners actually run marathons and half-marathons because they are runners at heart, many more do it to be a part of something larger than themselves. There are also those that just want to be able to take selfies along the way so they can get lots of Facebook attention.

So assuming you are going to run a marathon, or a half-marathon, let’s take a deeper look at how you can apply these training techniques to help you have success.

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2SoarSolutions Founder Mary Meston Signs Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress® To Co-Author New Book on Success

Mary Meston will team up with several leading experts from various industries to release the new book, “The Road to Success: Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Step-By-Step Systems To Help You Achieve The Health, Wealth and Lifestyle You Deserve” by CelebrityPress®.

Road to Success Book

Cincinnati, OH — May 31, 2016 – Mary Meston, Founder of 2SoarSolutions, has joined Jack Canfield, along with a select group of experts and professionals, to co-write the forthcoming book titled, The Road to Success: Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Step-By-Step Systems To Help You Achieve The Health, Wealth and Lifestyle You Deserve. Nick Nanton, Esq., along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts® worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with Meston to contribute her expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress® imprint.

The Road to Success: Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Step-By-Step Systems To Help You Achieve The Health, Wealth and Lifestyle You Deserve is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2016.

A portion of the royalties earned from The Road to Success will be donated to Entrepreneur’s International Foundation, a not for profit organization dedicated to creating unique launch campaigns to raise money and awareness for charitable causes.

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2Soar Solutions founder Mary Meston was the guest of radio host Phyllis Smith.  Smith’s radio show is part of the eWN Radio Network, a division of eWomenNetwork, one of North Americas most effective women’s business networks.  The organization celebrates the brilliance of women entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate professionals.

The eWN Radio Network has affiliates across the nation and in several other countries.

The 30-minute phone interview was taped on April 5 with Smith in New York, while Mary was in Cincinnati.  The conversation focused on several subjects: The most common barriers to success that both women and men encounter, fear, the need for courage and the sense of being overwhelmed that we all feel at times.

You can listen to the interview by clicking “Play” button below.  Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.

All of us lack self-confidence at certain times, even the Top CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and World Class athletes.

How is it, then, that we think they are so self-confident? Don’t we all wish we could be like them? Well the good news is that you can! They have just learned to master their ability to generate self-confidence more effectively than the rest of us.

You Can Master Confidence

Self-confidence is not a static trait. Rather, it’s a “frame of mind” that takes effort to maintain when the going gets rough. It can be learned, practiced and mastered just like any other skill.

Once you master it, you will be able to call up your self-confidence faster, easier and more effectively.

Here are three, quick ways to generate your own self-confidence. You will find yourself beginning to master these skills just like all those successful people we admire and desire to be like.

LEARN to think and act positively

Avoid negative, self-talk that makes you feel less confident. Tell the negative voice in your mind to take a break. A positive mindset makes it easier to achieve positive outcomes, so chose a “can-do” attitude when facing any situation. Surround yourself with happy, positive people and chose to smile, laugh and find fun in the day to day events. You’ll feel better and the people around you will enjoy your company more.

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Welcome back to Part 3 of The 3 Keys to Understanding Success.

I hope you are finding the first two keys helpful and that you are growing in your understanding of SUCCESS.

Last week, in the 2nd key, the idea of contribution and how that relates to our feelings of “SUCCESS” was discussed. I defined contribution as the ability to be of service to others, to be of positive impact and to add value to another.

So who did you contribute to this past week? Your family, your friends, your community?

Where do you make your impact? Locally? Globally? On-line? At work? At home?

How did it make you feel? I bet it felt good to be doing something for someone else and focusing outside of yourself. And

And by now, I bet many of you have figured out the concept of SUCCESS isn’t necessarily a specific thing or event but rather the feelings and intangible satisfaction you feel and receive. Success is more than a plaque for your wall, the title on the door, or the number of likes on Facebook.

And that sense or feeling leads us right into the third and final key to understanding success – Joy and Happiness.

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Last week, I shared with you the first of three blogs I wrote about the topic of SUCCESS. In that blog, I discussed how each of us expresses our true selves in our successes.

A key to every success, and individual to each of us, is how you express yourself. That ability to be more of who you are is part of what makes a “success” seem like a “success” to us. So are you expressing yourself in your work, avocation, volunteering or other activities you pursued this past week?

I certainly hope so. And if you are not, click here to have a quick call with me so we can figure out how we can get you fully expressing yourself. And, If you are reading this blog, you join the 10% of the population that is interested in self-awareness and focused on improving themselves, their lives and those you touch.

As mentioned in last week’s blog, my idea of success is helping others to find their successes – big and small. And that leads us right into the second key to understanding success – Contribution.

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I have had the pleasure of speaking to any number of phenomenal groups of women (and a few men ;’)) across the United States and to participate in many global teleconferences.
Despite doing this innumerable times, I spend the evening prior fine-tuning what I am going to say, refine any handouts or takeaways and spend time centering myself and setting an intention for the upcoming event. Be it I am in a hotel room, staying with friends or working from my home office, I enjoy the luxury of a calm and quiet evening. In the quietness, I feel immense gratitude for being asked to share and to contribute key tips, tools and techniques on the topic of SUCCESS.

It short, it really comes down to a simple idea- Each of us strives to be more of, or closer to, our ideal self. Sounds pretty simple when you hear it said that way, right? So what can I offer to help you and my audiences better grasp the idea of success? Is there a pattern, a sure way or commonalities in any and all success?

What is your definition of success? Is it the same for you as it is for your colleagues, peers or family members? How about your neighbor? The reality is “success” is different for each of us. For some it is the next promotion, for others it is more time with your family, for others it is contribution to the community or a cause you care greatly about. And while each of us may share some similar ideas of success, the specifics are individual to us.

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The FREEDOM TOWER – it’s so impressive! I recently saw it in person. The late afternoon sun reflecting brightly off of the 110 stories of glass as the sun broke through the clouds really caught my attention. I nearly forgot that I was driving a very small rental car amongst a sea of fast moving trucks on the New Jersey Tollway. It not only captured my attention, but also my thoughts at the moment. What a metaphor for life, I thought! It’s also what my business strives to provide to entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate professionals – FREEDOM.

Here I was in New York for a short but wonderful trip to speak in front of a great group of entrepreneurs and businessmen and women. My topic was, “Your Mind Set Matters.” It’s a play on words as well as intentions. I was received with open arms and inquiries about mindset. The attendees welcomed me warmly and shared many wonderful stories of their missions and passions in life. I spoke about how mindset (a positive one) is the key component to success and how each of us can leverage our mindset to reach our New Year’s goals.

Now, I was in the car on my way to the airport to head home. That’s when I noticed the Freedom Tower. It shined with brilliance and dominated the sky between the cloud formations. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could soar that high?” It was a shining example of what could be. It seemed to guide my thoughts and feelings, as well. I felt a deep sense of satisfaction, having just given of my experience, knowledge and mindset to help others to do the same. I felt fulfilled and free during that drive back to the airport. I felt I mattered and what I had shared mattered, as well.

We are all free to share, free to speak our minds, free to pursue our dreams, free to be and do anything we set our mind to do….

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Well, my 11-year-old stepdaughter’s magic worked.   It’s a snow day!

She completed the snow day ritual – flushing the mandatory ice cube down the toilet, putting her pajamas on inside out and putting a spoon under her pillow. She and all of her friends are so delighted! I remember that eagerly awaited anticipation of getting a snow day, the chance to “break the rules” and not go to school. Remember how much fun we had? Getting up late, eating pancakes, playing in the snow, and breaking from our normal routine. Remember how recharged we felt?

How do we lose that wonder as we grow up? Or maybe you haven’t? If not, good for you!

Let’s look at why a snow day was so much fun and such a good opportunity to change the pace of life. As mature adults, we have often established time-tight schedules and routines to fit everything we need to do into a day. While our first reaction to a snow day could be, “Oh no, there goes the schedule,” that is exactly what we need to think.   “Yes!  There goes the schedule!”

When our schedules are tightly constructed, any little change can throw us off course for the day. So let’s reframe a snow day from one of unexpected changes in things we cannot control to one of making the most of an unexpected situation. Let’s embrace the opportunity. Why not fully enjoy the opportunity for renewed energy, laughter, fun, frolic and joy.

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Last week’s blog shared information to help you clear up the coaching confusion and what makes for a good coach. This week, let’s talk about what you can expect from a coach.

GROWTH! With some aches and pains included!

Don’t let that statement scare you away from getting coaching. When we begin a physical training program we expect a few aches and pains. They serve as a sign that we are doing something new. So why wouldn’t we expect the same if we are working out our mental, emotional and intellectual muscles? As in any endeavor that can make you better, it will require us to do, see and believe things a bit differently.

Coaching Means Questions

Expect a lot of good questions! Coaching isn’t quite like having coffee or tea with your BFF and chatting about the weather, the neighbors or what the kids are up to lately. If it is, you need to get your money back!

Good coaching is a guided process that moves you forward in taking action toward your goals and encourages you to think, believe and do differently. That involves you answering a lot of in-depth questions. Yes, it may be uncomfortable at times, but it’s worth it!

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