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On your mark get set go!

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

Get set, ready, steady go. The challenge starts today. The die is cast. There is no turning back. This is the beginning of the month-long article posting challenge. In my previous post, I made a public declaration and challenged myself to a daily article posting challenge for the month of February. Well, the month is right upon us. This is the first post for the challenge. At the end of this month, we should have a minimum of 29 articles of good value. The month has already started with challenges for me and I need to quickly learn how to navigate through them without disturbing my 29 Days challenge. I know that I will face a lot of them, but what will determine my success are the learning points that I will take from them.

I am not looking back but pressing ahead and see how far this challenge will take me. The beauty of it is that at the end of February  I will have moved a step closer to achieving my objective of improving my writing skills and contributing to humanity. I believe that when something is written it is indelible. Usually, we write what we believe in or what we want to say. Most of the time we convey our feelings and thoughts through writing.  The major difference between speaking and writing is the ease of reference. It is much easier to refer to written speeches. Written messages are never forgotten. Today we continue to make reference to the many quotes because they were written down.

Here are some of the key objectives of the 29 Day Challenge.

Increase content on the site

Increasing site content is a no brainer. Remember that I pledged to increase content on this site. The more articles that are posted on any site will, of course, add to the existing site content and hence increase the overall content. This is a basic SEO rule. The search engines love new content. This has the potential to greatly improve the site rankings by the search engines and therefore, increase search engine traffic to the website.

I believe that search engine traffic is the best because users reach your site through what they are searching for. They are more specific. Increased traffic means increased visibility and access to a wider audience. My hope is to reach as many people as possible. Through this am hoping to get more referral links pointing to this site. More backlinks mean more improved search engine rankings. This can only be good news for me.

Improve visitor satisfaction

Visitor satisfaction will come with the quality of the content being generated. Although visitor satisfaction will not only depend on content quality, there are many other factors that will ensure it is achieved. Some of them may beyond my control. However, I will endeavour to change those things that are within my power. I am also very much aware that you cannot please every visitor. But, I will try as much as possible to make the site user-friendly and work with more reliable and faster hosting service providers.

Improve my writing skills

They say practice makes perfect. I believe that even before I undertake this challenge, my writing skills are improving with every article I write. I can only assume that there will be a great improvement at the end of the challenge. I know that there is a lot of room for improving my writing skills. I can assure you that am constantly working to improving them on a regular basis. The better and more easily my articles are the more user satisfaction is generated.

Improve writing inspiration

Those of my friends who are artists and bloggers will understand what am saying when I say that you need the inspiration to write. It is not easy to just wake up and start writing. You need to have some kind of inspiration to put your thoughts on paper and worse still put them in a meaningful way. A musician always needs the inspiration to write and sing songs. The inspiration may come through real-life experiences and many other sources. One of the most killers of not putting down our thoughts is differing them to another time. I have learned over the years that when you feel inspired to write, don’t postpone to a later time, your thoughts will have disappeared by then. Just sit down and get going with it. Your thoughts will flow on paper. Usually, the idea is not even as clear at the beginning but as you delve into it you simply flow with it.

Conclusion

As we undertake this journey together I also challenge you to do something you have never done before. It could be exercising on a daily basis for a period of time. You could also challenge yourself to get rid of an old bad habit. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it adds more value to yourself and the world at large. I believe that we will be made to account for how we spend our time on this earth. 

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Everything is hard before it’s easy

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

If I have correct goals and I keep pursuing them the best way I know how, everything falls into line. If I do the right thing, I am going to succeed” – Dan Dierdorf. Human beings by nature want to have easy things in life. Most of us are full of envy when we see our friends driving beautiful fancy cars and living a seemingly comfortable and enjoying life in general. How we long to arrive at the so-called “easy life” destination without hard work. Yet it does not come. The lazier we become further away from the good life drifts. Yes we can all achieve what we want and I believe, that is what God intended for us all. But achieving our hearts desires requires us to take bold and right steps; to make bold decisions that require a mindset change.

Personal development and self-growth requires a change in our mind and belief systems. If you are to achieve your goals, there is no doubt that your attitude and mindset has to be in the sink. Perhaps this could be a great start for you to set your year’s objectives and goals. The key thing is to start somewhere. Start now, plan to succeed at whatever you are intending to achieve. I believe that everything that is worthwhile is worth your effort.

If everything in life was easy to achieve or get, then life would have been very boring. Our bodies were designed to work, both physically and mentally. I have discovered that nature is neutral. God has blessed us with the same environment, we all have equal access to the environment. No one on this earth can claim to have more or less than 24hrs a day, I have never heard of anyone who has more or less air. We all experience the same conditions at a given time. We all tap into the same universal resources. The difference, however, is how efficient and effectively we use these abundant resources that God has given us. We are all products of the same universe. We were all created in the image of God.

The question that one may ask is how come life seems to be easy for some people? Well, I believe that there is nothing that comes as easily as it seems and let me just say that life is never easy. All good things come at a cost. You must be willing to pay the price before you begin to reap and enjoy the rewards. I know for sure that for you to live a happy and successful life you must be willing to pay the price and be disciplined enough to delay gratification. Most of us want to live in the now and not in the future. We do not want to delay gratification. Even the so-called easy life is not as easy as it seems. It may look easy from the outside but it is not what it seems. I remember during my earlier working days in life when we used to envy our friends who worked for bigger and “better” corporate organisations. We all would be saying “if only I worked for that organisation life would be easy”. Yet the people working for the same organisations would be looking elsewhere.

Condition your mind to start working

You will agree with me that everything that is good is worth working for. It feels very nice when you have worked for something and are enjoying the benefits. It gives me much pleasure when I have achieved a target. I have a sense of joy and my mind is always positive to even work harder. It is, therefore, very important to set goals that are achievable in order that you keep a positive mental attitude. Failure should, however, not be an obstacle it should be viewed as a challenge to be overcome. It should be a learning process. Every day of our lives we are constantly pushing ourselves to achieve targets. You may not realise it but every day of your life you are achieving a target this could either be positive or negative the choice is yours.

You need to prepare your mind for success. Preparing your mind for success is important as this will also allow you to grow with your success. This will require you to take deliberate steps to condition your mind. If need be you may have to change your friends or get out of some bad relationships. Yes I mean change your friends. Not all relationships are actually beneficial some can be very detrimental. You may also need to move to a new location. Over time I have personally had to make some drastic changes to my lifestyle. This has helped me a great deal. I am more focused on what I do. Believe me, some relationships can be a distraction to your progress, the sooner you identify them and make the necessary change the better. It may be difficult for you to make drastic changes right now but if you are serious about shaping your future, find a way to adjust. Do not allow friendship to hinder your progress.

Your mind plays a key role in determining your overall progress in life. What you feed your mind on a daily basis is very important. The Bible says “ for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. If you hang around people with a positive mental attitude you are most certainly going to have a positive attitude the opposite is also true. Everything that we do or want to do in life begins in our minds. Our minds are, therefore, the workshop or the engine room of everything. Do you realise that everything that is made by man was conceived in the mind? This is how important our minds are. Apart from hanging around with positive-minded people, you could also start reading books and listening to audiotapes that will have a positive impact on your mind. Make a deliberate habit to change your mind and ensure that you take action.

There is no easy route

Once you have started pursuing your goals learn to be patient with yourself. You will keep on falling and failing. Every new skill or habit takes time to execute with minimum effort. Keep learning from your mistakes and be open-minded to make the necessary changes. I have noticed that most of the young generation are in the habit of trying to cut corners especially in the area of financial freedom. Believe me, it is not worth it. I am yet to find an easy route to success that is not short-lived. Ever since I embarked on doing what I love most it has not been easy. Yes, I enjoy it but the journey has not been an easy one. I have enjoyed both dry moments and good ones. What keeps me going is the fact that I enjoy writing and hope that these articles are of help to someone. I am still very much a work in progress but impressed with my own progress so far.

From my studies and personal experience on the subject of self-growth and improvement, I have learned that cutting corners only yields short-lived happiness. If you want long-lasting happiness resolve to do the right things. You will have peace of mind for the rest of your life. The small things that I have achieved so far through hard work make me feel over the moon. They may be small but they actually count a lot to me. After all, success is the sum total of the things we accomplish on a daily basis. I am not in any competition or race with anybody and therefore, will move at my own pace. Like I always say if something is worth the salt then it is worth your sweat. Everything is always difficult for the first time.

Conclusion

Everything in life is hard before it’s easy. They say that it takes 21 Days to develop a new habit. You can take advantage of this theory and change your non-productive habits to those that will in the process help you grow as an individual. Having the knowledge that our minds are very critical to our personal development and self-improvement it is therefore very important that we learn to guard our minds and hearts. The Bible says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippians. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” – Proverbs. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Is living consciously beneficial?

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

Why is it important to live consciously or have a conscious mind? Do you live consciously? “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor” – Henry D Thoreau. Many of us live our lives on auto pilot. We just flow with the wind. We find our selves and lives drifting with the wind. One of the most important aspects of personal development is to develop a habit of living consciously. This helps create a sense of expectation and builds confidence in us. Confidence also helps build motivation. Over the years I have developed a mechanism to doing things consciously and this has a really benefited me from my daily life. I have noticed a surge in my productivity and a major shift in my efficiency levels.

I have noticed that by living consciously, there is very little room for mistakes and surprises as most the work and things are done with full alertness and knowledge of the consequences. Conscious living is one of my key themes for this web site and as such I will be talking about it very frequently in the coming articles. You will agree that most of the things we do are done almost unconsciously but it is very beneficial to take control of your daily living by creating a conscious mind. You should develop an attitude of doing or carrying out your daily activities consciously as this allows you to take control of yourself and your inner being.

Habits can be learned and unlearned. I can safely say that 99% of our habits are learned over time. I know that the only things that we are naturally born with as human beings is the fear of falling and the fear of noise. That is why you will notice that most babies get very uncomfortable when you take them in noisy places. The rest of the habits are learnt over a period of time. When I say all habits can be learned I mean just that, including bad ones. Now if all habits can be learned it is therefore, very possible that you can learn the habit of living consciously. If you put your mind to it and practice the habit of doing things consciously you will notice an improvement in your daily life and execution of your work.

Practice makes perfect
To help with living consciously you must tell yourself in the morning that I shall endeavour to do things consciously to day and keep reminding yourself. Some how the brain keeps checking and alerting you when it is conditioned to carry out tasks in a certain way. Am always reminded by my sub conscious every time am performing a task. Being a conscious person has really helped me in the execution of my daily tasks. I have also developed the habit of writing down my daily tasks as a way of remembering what should be done at a particular time. I take a review of my to do list every night. This I do mentally and believe me my success rate has dramatically improved overtime. Practice living consciously for the next 21 days and it will become a habit for you. If you do something for 21 days continuously it becomes a habit. They say practice makes perfect.

Conscious living is one of the best ways to improve your personal growth and increase your productivity. Like I said before you will reduce your proneness to surprises and errors. You will do tasks with a peace of mind knowing that, what you have delivered is actually what you intended to deliver. It may not be the correct delivery as required but, then it is what you as an individual intended to deliver. When you have developed  the habit of living consciously you will also enhance the spirit of expectation. It is good practice to always double check your work as this will ensure quality production. Now don’t get me wrong there are times when my work has been terribly below par. The only comforting thing with me, is that I have also development a habit of accepting criticism no matter how hard it is.

Accept criticism
I believe that there is a lot of positiveness in accepting criticism. A good leader is one that accepts both praises and criticism. If you are in a leadership position, which we all are, you should learn to tolerate and accept criticism. A leader has a responsibility to the people he is leading. If you are a husband then you are a leader for wife, children and your entire house hold. In fact we are all leaders of our self and all work for me company limited. You are solely responsible for your life and the direction you take. Most of us are still waiting for someone to lead our lives. Now if you are a Christian like me you will say, but God is my shepherd yes he is but he is not responsible for the decision you make. Most of the times he leads as to certain places but we are always making the wrong decisions and end up in wrong places.

If you are directly responsible for leading a group of people the more reason why you should have a big heart for accepting criticism. After all we do not have the monopoly of knowledge. Some of it will be as blunt and as direct and sometimes may seem like an insult but that is what leadership is all about. It is about taking in all the criticism and providing solutions and hope to the team. You may not have the answers right away but people should have the confidence that you will guide them through the storm. Leaders must learn to create a sense of hope and trust in their followers.

Those in leadership must learn to take responsibility for both positive and negative out comes. I believe that criticism helps us grow as individuals. It is very important that we analyse it and make a deliberate effort to improve. As human beings I have noticed that we do not take criticism very well and mostly we just want to take only the positive aspects of the praises.If we have to grow as individuals we must take responsibility for all our actions both negative and positive. Leaders must realise that they have more on their shoulders than their followers. With more, there is more that is expected of you.  The more or the larger the organisation being lead the more demands placed on the leadership. “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Conclusion
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” – Gail Heehy. Living consciously is more beneficial to individuals as it gives us control of our lives and helps with productivity. I hope this article has helped you bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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8 ways to help you maximise your potential part two

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

This is the second article of a two part series on 8 ways to help maximise your potential. A quick reminder of the definition of the world potential according to the oxford dictionary “potential is having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future“.  Personal development and growth is a vehicle that you can use to help maximise your potential. We are all built with potential, that is waiting to be unleashed and maximised. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential.. .these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” – Eddie Robinson. Lets get straight into it and see what the remaining 4 ways are:-

Know yourself

You will be amazed to learn that many of us do not know ourselves very well. It may sound absurd that am talking about knowing yourself but it is very important that you know yourself and have total control of your being. I believe that self knowledge is the starting point of maximising your potential. It gives us an insight into understanding our capabilities. Knowing your self will help you understand where your natural strengths lie and how well you can combine them to take advantage of the prevailing opportunities.

Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson in “play to your strengths” outline five different ways in which we can discover our strengths as outlined below:-

  • Listen for yearnings – normally our yearnings are often triggered when we hear or see someone doing something we would like to do or feel we can do it better. You will agree with me that there is something you are yearning to do but do not realise it because you have not paid attention to your self.
  • Watch out for satisfactions – what really satisfies you? When you get a glow of satisfaction from doing something (work related off course) even though we may not understand why, this is most likely one of your strengths.
  • Watch out for rapid learning – a strength is usually characterised by rapid learning. Am very sure that you do have things that you learn more easily than others. This will usually continue for a longtime if not a life time.
  • Be aware of moments of excellence – position your mind to be alert to your moments of excellence. I believe that each and everyone of us has had a moment of excellence in their lives.
  • Watch for total performance of excellence.

Over the years I have learned to be a student of my self. Learning is a continuous process and so from time to time I do a personal re-evaluation. This process has so far proved to be very important and of great use to my personal development and growth.

Make the change for new things

Don’t get stuck in the survival or maintenance modes of personal development and growth. You need to make the change for new things in order to maximise your potential.  We live in an ever changing world and the only way to keep moving forward is to embrace change. Most of us have a reputation of resisting change. I know that change comes with at a price but it must be embraced as it usually comes with different opportunities. “Your current conditions do not reflect your ultimate potential” – Anthony Robbins.

Life demands that we move with time and everyday is a new day. It is also important to be always reading and improving your skill set. Knowledge is key to success and you should always be willing to learn on a daily basis. There instances when you cannot change some situations due to various factors but you can change your mind set and behaviour. The only factor that you have control over is yourself. Many of us fail because we do not want to change our habits and behaviours to accommodate the ever changing environment.

Set your goals and stick with them

Perhaps the starting point to maximise your potential is goal setting. The importance of goal setting cannot be over emphasised. This is one of the cardinal principles in personal development and growth. When your have set your goals it is important that you stick with them and do not be distracted from achieving them. Persistence and perseverance will be key in achieving your goals. Stay focused and motivated as you pursue your goals.

You should set goals that are realistic and achievable. However, you should not limit yourself to setting goals that will not challenge your ability. You are capable of achieving more than you can image. God made you to be a solution to the world and the way I see it now the world needs more solutions than ever. For more details on goal setting please read click here.

Take action

Continuous effort! not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your potential” – Winston Churchill. Maximising your potential requires that you take action. A journey of a thousand miles requires that you make the first step in the right direction. Regardless of what your plans are for your life just get started. Its only when you take action that you begin to realise your potential. Without taking action you will never realise your full potential and a later on maximise it. Taking action is the fuel to living your dream. Once you get started on your journey there will be obstacles that you will encounter. These obstacles should not stop you from re-focusing.

You should make a commitment to achieving your intended life’s purpose. Your success will only be achieved by taking action. Do not let procrastination still your success. Do not let failure stop you from achieving your goals. Instead make a commitment to pursuing your goals and live to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I know for a fact that everything worth while does not come on a silver platter. There is much joy in living your dream without short cuts. I always try to do things right and straight it makes my life much easier and leaves me with a piece of mind. So far so good.

I have made a commitment to ensure that this blog becomes one of the preferred sites in the areas I have fashioned it to be. This commitment is for life. I will continue to write and post articles on this site for as long as I possibly can. I know for a fact that it is helping someone out there and that is the biggest motivation for me. This site is one of my contributions to help change the world for the better.

Conclusion

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but for what is still possible for you to do” – Pope John XXIII. There are many ways that you can use to help maximise your potential, the 8 ways mentioned in both articles are just some of them. I recommend that you develop the habit of reading and have an open mind to learning. Remember that personal development and growth is not a competition but a personal journey to be walked by you alone. Bye for now and  as usual “standout tall and be counted”.

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The darkest hour is just before dawn

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

Believe in a hope that a new hope is dawning, believe that your dreams will come true, believe in the promise of brighter tomorrows, begin by believing in you”. The darkest hour of the night is just before dawn. Have you ever noticed that when you are about to break through there is usually a dark period that your experience. Perhaps the roughest patch is actually just before you hit gold. This is also the period at which many of us, give up our on dreams. I believe that there is no dawn before darkness. Mourning may come in the night but joy comes in the morning. If you are going through a very difficult patch in your life this I believe is a sign that good things are yet to come. This though does not mean that you working hard but instead it is time you doubled your effort.

I have come to realise that every time I start working on a new project there is a period when things seem not to be making sense or going my way. There is always a time when I feel that everything I try is not just working out. When I just started developing this website I gave up for for sometime because things seemed not to be working out for me. This is when I did not even know how to promote my blog site and was receiving very little traffic. When you are in your darkest period and continuously work hard and smart, the dawn will surely come. Do not give-up in this period of darkness is when you should work even harder to learn from your mistakes and ensure that when it is dawn you reap the rewards and continue to enjoy them for a long time.

Every good thing is worth the effort

I believe that every good thing is worth your best effort and time investment. If you are to build a something of value you will definitely have to invest a lot of your time and energy. I have set myself targets for this site and this is always on my mind to ensure that my readers get what I feel is the best of me. I am always looking to write content on a regular basis as this is the only way to add value to this site. Currently there are close to a hundred articles all written by me and of fairly good value. I must say that the traffic is currently improving and will surely reach the intended targets within a short period of time.

I believe that in few months time this site will be of great value to my readers and contribute to personal development and self growth topics. One of targets I have set for the next 12 months is to read a minimum of 12 personal development and growth books, this is in addition to my regular reading. The journey of success is not an easy one but is very enjoyable. I can say am still in the darkest of hours it is not yet dawn for me and my intended life’s purpose. The good thing is I have started off, am no longer in the comfort zone.

Just get started and stay on it

If you have been thinking or have a written down life’s purpose just get started with it. Sometimes we over plan to the extent that our plans begin to scare us and eventually are over taken by events. There are some plans that I have shelved because they have been overtaken by events. Yes its good to plan but please do not over plan. You may adjust your plans as you go along and have a much clearer picture of what you want to achieve. Yes it very important to have a plan but also remember that time waits for no body. Time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things. You should learn to strike a balance between your planning phase and your implementation process. “In the marathon of life, success calls for dedication to the goal, perseverance, compassion for my fellow man, and faith in God” – John A. Kelley.

In the field of personal development and growth it is very important that you get started with your plans and adjust them as you go along. You will agree with me that the some is equally true with business plans. Normally the reality tends to be very different from the plan. Only when you get started will you realise that some of the thing you had planned for, might need to be adjusted to reality. I personally see nothing wrong with adjusting your plans to conform with what is obtaining on the ground.

We are mostly discouraged when our plans are not matching with reality. This is when you realise that you have reached at the darkest hour. At this point in your life you need to steady your ship weather the storm. At the end of the storm is calmness and it will surely be dawn. I believe that every project does go through storms and therefore, it is very important that you the captain of the ship remains very focused to navigate through it. If you give up you might just be a few mitres away from your break through.

Learn from your mistakes and make adjustments

It is very important to learn from our mistakes and make the necessary adjustments. In order for you to shorten your darkest hour. Most of the times  our darkest hours are as a result of our mistakes. Sometimes the dawn is delayed for reasons not known to us. but this should not make us despair for as long as we are sure that we are doing the right things. Mistakes will always be there and are made by everyone including the most disciplined and successful people. The difference however, is how we recover from our mishaps.  I always keep in mind that personal growth is not a competition neither is it a race with anyone. My personal development path is very different from yours.

Life will always throw challenges at us and hence we are prone to make mistakes as we navigate through it. Learn to analyse your failures and refuse to accept them. Your mistakes are just one way of telling you to do things differently. With perseverance and persistence your dawn will surely be upon you for a long time to come. So far my personal growth journey has been a fairly enjoyable one. I keep praying to God that he continues to guide me on this path I have set myself on. “Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure” -Benjamin Disraeli

Conclusion

I don’t think their is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature” – John D. Rockefeller. Remember that personal development is not a destination but a journey. The darkest hours of your journey are just before dawn. Never give up on your dream and keep on making adjustments until you succeed. Remember that every good thing is worth you time and effort. Good bye for now and “standout tall and be counted” you where created to be a success.

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It’s time to review your resolutions

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

We are nearly coming to the end of the year and it’s about time you started reviewing what your current goals are and what you have achieved. If you did not start out with any resolutions at the beginning of the year perhaps this is the right time to evaluate what you have achieved during the year. “To be successful you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, and then resolve to pay the price to get it” -Bunker Hunt. The only thing you have to fear is not giving 100%. There are no limitations to any of our dreams.

I believe that you do not have to wait until the end of the year to write down your goals or resolutions. You can start now and align yourself as the year progresses. If you are living your life without setting goals for your life then, you are living an aimless life, you are simply drifting along. It is very important to have a written down set of goals and work towards achieving them.

I know for a fact; that every reasonable human being has a set of aspirations they would want to achieve. You may not have realised it but even those that do not have written down resolutions have some sort of aspirations. You will agree with me that if you ask a child, what they would like to be when they grow up they will definitely tell you something. Some of the happiest of people I have come across are those that make resolutions that are written down and they are vigorously pursuing them.

Writing is a great reminder

You can do anything you put your mind to” – Unknown. Do not just rely on your memory write down your resolutions and read them very often. Writing down your resolutions keeps reminding you of what you need to achieve in a specified period. If you are serious about your personal growth you will have written down resolutions that feed into their intended life’s purpose. This also acts as a gauge to your life. You will always make your own assessment to see if you are moving towards achieving your written down resolutions or are drifting away from them and keep yourself in line.

I know for a fact that it takes a lot of discipline to live according to your written down plan. But remember that discipline is a habit that can be learned. Every day comes with its own challenges but, it is also important that we try and fit those daily challenges in to our plans. Everyone including those that are successful have challenges and the difference is that they have learned to be more disciplined by doing that which helps them more to achieve their goals. “Great minds have purpose others have wishes” – Washington Irvin.

Your written down periodical resolutions should feed into your overall intended life’s purpose. You will use your resolutions as a vehicle to drive you towards your life’s bigger picture. I can assure you that you will most likely not achieve all of your resolutions in the specified period that you have set yourself. Don’t worry about that, the most important thing is that you have them written down and this will keep reminding you of them as you review your progress.

Give yourself genuine targets

Your resolutions must be accompanied by genuine measureable targets. It will give you more motivation and encouragement as you achieve each and every resolution your have written down. I know that it is important to challenge ourselves, but these targets should be realistic and achievable. Failure to achieve your targets in a specified period should not be a limiting factor. The most important thing is to learn from your failures and keep on improving until you have achieved your plans.

Your targets could be set for review on a periodical basis e.g. weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on how often you want to monitor your own progress. When setting your targets please ensure that they can be easily measured and assessed by both yourself and an independent person that you have shared them with.

Be honest with yourself when carrying out a self assessment. Remember that only you know yourself better than anyone else. It is important to be honest with yourself before you can be honest with other people.

Reward yourself

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it” – John Rushkin. Life is too short. Always reward yourself for accomplishing your goals. Rewarding yourself should be done only when you have met your set resolutions for that period. This will help to keep you motivated to work extra hard as your mind will be looking forward to the rewards after wards.

Keep your rewards modest so as not to overshadow yourself with instant gratification. Look at the bigger picture of what you want to achieve and keep your mind focused on doing what you have to do to achieve your overall intended life’s purpose. Also keep in mind that you are not in competition with anyone and that success is not a destination but a joyful journey. Personal development and growth is about yourself and not anyone else.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you stay motivated and focused on the bigger picture of your personal development and growth. I have noticed that many of us like to blame our failures on other people. But remember that most of the times we are not forced to make the bad choices and decisions that have lead to failure and destruction.

Conclusion

I therefore, challenge you to review your years achievements whether you have resolutions for the current year or not. The fact that you are not dead means that you must have achieved something even if it is failure. If you have your resolutions written down, it is time you started reviewing them and start thinking about how strong you are going to end the year. It is also time you started thinking about making your next year’s resolutions and have them ready as you start working on them at the turn of the year. Stay blessed and remember to always “Standout tall and be counted”.

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How being positive influences your direction of goal achievement

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge” ~ Albert Einstein. If you are a person who wants to achieve something worthwhile in your life, you must have set yourself some goals. Then you should ask yourself what drives you to your goal achievement? If you have not set your goals, well this is about the time you should reflect and set them.

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Achieving your goals is largely a matter of your attitude which can either be positive or negative. Your attitude has an influence on the outcome of your success. We know that you become what you think about and what you think about helps shape your character; and forms your habits. It is these habits; these small little things that you do or fail to do every day that move you towards or far from achieving your written down life’s intended purpose. My personal goal achievement is largely moved by the positive small little things that I have to do every day.

If we know that having a positive state of mind has a big influence on our goal achievement then it is important we also know how to make and keep our minds positive and focused. Here’s what I suggest.

Having a positive mental attitude
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” ~ Thomas Jefferson. This is perhaps the key to your success. We all know that a positive mental attitude is a requisite to the success of your goal achievement. I am pretty sure that you have been told before to have a positive mental attitude if you have to succeed at what you are doing. Studies have been made to show that 85% of everything that a person would accomplish or obtain, be it finances; prestige; status and recognition after they left Harvard University would be based on their attitude and that only 15% would be based on their aptitude and ability.

If you have to be successful in life then you cannot avoid having a positive mental attitude. You see successful goal achievement begins with having the right frame of mind. There is no way you will succeed if you are always negative about what you are doing. Cultivate or rather develop a positive mind towards your life and all things will naturally fall in to place according to your plans. I have noticed that every time I expect something to happen I always develop an attitude towards achieving my expectation.

Notice also that if you expect something to turnout well, you will have a positive attitude and if you expect something to turnout otherwise you will have a negative attitude. The only explanation I can give is that there is a correlation ship between expectation and attitude. Therefore attitude is a product of expectation. Your attitude is largely dependent on your expectation. You will agree with me that winners have a tendency of manufacturing positive expectations in advance before the actual outcome.

I guess that the expectation of something happening has a direct influence on attitude. I would encourage you therefore, to live a life of positive expectation. Always expect something you planned for to happen. This is the only way you will have a positive mental attitude that will help drive you towards your goal achievement. “If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude” ~ Maya Angelou.

Having a success mindset
If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavour to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with success unexpectedly in common hours” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Perhaps the key question here would be; what is a success mindset? Having a success mindset is seeing; living and feeling success even before it is achieved. Remember that all achievement begin with the conditioning of your mind. Having a success mindset will surely help you in your goal achievement.

When you condition your mind in such a way that you think, feel and live success, believe me your goal achievement will be sooner rather than later. Even just the feeling of happiness and wellbeing is enhanced. Having a success mindset just takes you to another level. I don’t know what it is you want to achieve in your life, but whatever it is tune you mind and begin to see and feel yourself successful. Image yourself living the life of your dreams; the feeling and the emotion this bring to are so real. This will surely motivate you to work even harder for your goal achievement.

However, be aware that having a success mindset does not necessarily mean you should stop working. I believe that there is no substitute for hard work. “There is no secret to success it the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~ Colin Powell.

Overcome negative habits
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ~ Frank Outlaw. Remember that our daily habits contribute immensely towards our goal achievement. It is therefore, very important that you know or rather overcome negative habits that have a detrimental effect towards your goal achievement.
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It may be of help to know that your brain has two sides the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious is the part that takes in data from the environment and processes it. It is the link between the inside world and the outside world. The conscious is the thinking part of the brain. The conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time positive or negative; yes or no. Whenever the conscious mind has made a decision the subconscious mind accepts it instantly and acts on it. Decisions can be negative of positive.

The subconscious mind stores the processed data from the conscious mind. They say the conscious mind is the gate keeper for the subconscious mind. You will notice that most of the habits we have developed are acted upon unconsciously. Different people will react differently in the same environment. This is dependent on what the subconscious mind has been fed with. I can safely say that all out habits sit on the subconscious mind. It is therefore very important to guard what we feed the subconscious mind.

I know for sure that some negative habits are hard to get rid of. But through persistent training of the conscious you can change the perception of the subconscious mind. Scientist say the mind does not sleep even when the body is asleep. This only illustrates how powerful the mind is and what role it plays in our goal achievement. The value of the subconscious is enormous; it inspires us; it warns us; it furnishes us with names, facts and scenes from the storehouse of memory.

Conclusion
Personal success and development cannot be achieved with a negative mind set. Having a positive mind set is one of the key elements to moving towards your goal achievement. We should all endeavour to cultivate a positive mind if we have to achieve our success. “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of the blue print of your ultimate achievements” ~ Napoleon Hill. Until next time remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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How to increase your emotional self-awareness

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wander and stand and rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed” ~ Albert Einstein. Emotional self-awareness is the building block of all competences mentioned in Daniel Goleman’s model of intelligence, published in 1995. Every day, that you wake up you need to recognise what you are feeling in order to move to the next competence level. Self-awareness has three skills, emotional self-awareness; accurate self-awareness and self-confidence. It is very interesting to note that most of us are not very much aware of our emotions.

When we are not aware of our feelings and the causes of them, leading a happy and productive life is difficult if not almost impossible. Yes, there may be signs of success such as prestige, money or career success. But to be truly happy, we must be able to determine what really makes us feel good and what makes us feel bad. We cannot be truly happy and productive until we are aware of our feelings and what causes them. The knowledge of our emotional self-awareness is the driving force for our actions. When you develop your level of emotional self-awareness, you are able to specifically decipher how you are feeling at any given moment. This will help you resolve and know the basis and source of your current feelings. You will also know how your body is reacting.

I know that becoming aware of your emotions takes practice. If you practice the ability to note what you are feeling will increase with time. I have here outlined a few ways in which you can increase your emotional self-awareness.

Checking yourself
The first thing to increasing your emotional self-awareness is to learn how to check yourself. To begin checking your emotions you will need to make time for doing so. You need to also know the different kinds of emotions or feelings. You also need to be aware that most of if not all emotions are as result of external stimuli. Our emotions are our body’s reaction to certain condition that we have encountered. I personally do an emotional check in the morning and late in the evening before going to bed this is besides the monitoring as and when they occur. I have developed a skill to quickly monitor my body’s emotions at a particular time in a given situation. But when you first start I suggest you schedule it 3 times a day, that is morning, afternoon and evening. It may seem cumbersome in the initial stages but as time goes on you will realise that you will be able to call the skill anytime you feel a strong or distressing or strange feeling. I believe that happiness can only be achieved by identifying those feelings that make us feel happy and replacing sad feelings with happy ones. Here is how you can check yourself. Sit down quietly, if possible close your eyes, ask yourself the following questions and please ensure that you answer them honestly. Remember there is no right or wrong answer you are not competing with anyone.

  • How am I feeling?
  • What am I feeling?
  • Why am I feeling like this?
  • How long have I been feeling like this?
  • Where is the feeling manifesting itself in the body?

Pay attention to your body language. Some stressing or strong emotions may cause symptoms such as headaches, stomach-ache’s and just general body aches. Negative emotions are a health hazard. Learning to check yourself is the key to actually knowing how to handle your emotions. Checking your self will also give you an accurate idea of how to handle and control your emotions. Sometimes, especially when we are angry we tend to react on impulse. If you learn how to handle your anger you will never find yourself in regretting situation.

Write down your feelings
Once you are aware about your emotional self-awareness you then need to write them down. I believe there is power in writing. After you have listed them down review them. Investigate what triggered them. As you get better at knowing your feeling you can label them whatever you want. Know also that not all feelings are negative. I know for sure that most of us will not pay attention to positive feelings but it is also important to have a clear understanding of what the source for these emotions is. This knowledge will come in handy when you want to start isolating and handling your emotions correctly.

To help with identifying the triggers of your emotions ask yourself the following questions and be sure to be very sincere with your answers. Remember you are not competing with anyone and that your reaction will strongly depend upon the answers to the following questions.

  • When did the feeling start?
  • What was I doing or rather what was happening when it started?
  • Has the strength of the emotion changed if so how has it changed?
  • How often has this happened

The above questions are best answered if you have a tendency to plan your daily activities. I would encourage you to develop among other habits of planning your daily activities. This puts you in total control of your time management and also helps you increase your emotional self-awareness. If you are in the habit of daily activity planning you may not even realise that you have your emotional self-awareness under control.

The whole idea of writing down your emotions is to get to the root cause of the feeling. Most of the times we tend to cure the symptom rather than cure the root cause. You see if you know why you are feeling in a certain way it is then possible to try and resolve the cause rather than pretend it did not happen. Finding out the root cause of the negative feeling does not necessarily mean you are accepting it; no you are merely trying to find a better solution. This brings us to the importance of noting down both positive and negative emotions. If the cause is resolvable you would have also resolved the bad or negative feeling.

Learn to detect your emotion as they happen. Most of the time, our emotions are communicating something to us. You need to take extra caution and pay attention to your emotion as they occur. This though does not come over night but with gradual practice and learning to live consciously you will be in touch with your emotions and know yourself a lot better. Remember that we sometimes feel more than one emotion at a time but each one of the present’s information that we can learn more about ourselves. Personal development is achieved when we learn more about ourselves and improve on our weaknesses.

Preparing your emotions
As you continue to build on your emotional self-awareness in the present you will learn to identify the triggers or situations and circumstances that lead to certain feelings. Remember it is the skill of knowing what the cause is that will reveal how to handle or avert similar situations that trigger negative emotions. I know for sure that most of us would like to have only positive emotions. Unfortunately this is not the case in life. Life is full of challenges that need to be overcome. It is these challenges that trigger different emotions and reactions that each and every one of us needs to be prepared for.

Learning to prepare your emotions for an event can help boost your self-confidence among other benefits of having to control yourself better. If we know how to handle our emotions we certainly have a better chance of handling failure very well and moving forward. The emotion of frustration is the one driving force to failure. If you are doing a project you seem not to be getting the desired results at the first few attempts you may begin to feel frustrated. It the way you handle this emotion of frustration that will determine your way forward. If handled negatively you are doomed to fail but if handled positively success is in the air for you.

There are many instances that require us to prepare emotions for the future. A typical example is when you are going to see your boss say over a disciplinary case or in meeting where you are called to make a presentation. You will need to have your emotions under control in order to achieve the desired results especially if you are in marketing. The benefits of knowing and preparing your emotions for the future cannot be over emphasised. You need to learn the skill of preparing your emotional self-awareness for greater personal development. Self-growth requires that you have greater control of yourself and emotional self-awareness is part of the greater picture.

Conclusion
“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance” ~ Brian Tracy. Increasing your emotional self-awareness helps us learn and know more about ourselves. Before I close I would like to emphasise that on the importance to note that we can feel different emotions ate the same time and even to feel as if some of them are conflicting. But, always remember that every emotion you feel is for a reason. Success requires that you know and understand yourself very well, this starts with knowing your emotions above all “standout tall and be counted”.

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5 principles to help you set your goals

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals” ~ Henry Ford. As the year comes to an end and as you prepare for the New coming Year, I thought I could just remind you and probably give you a few tips on how to set out your future goals. Goal setting is one activity that distinguishes successful people from the average ones. It is hence important in life to set your own achievable targets that are measurable. Before you set your goals, have your life’s intended purpose written down. The goals you set are aimed at helping you achieve your intended life’s purpose. For more on goal setting please read this article Goal setting Tips.

What are your strengths?
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender that is strength” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. It is very important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are as a human being. Before you step out to set your goals know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Know what flows from you naturally. I have noticed that the best goals are those set around our strengths.

This makes life very easy and the journey to success enjoyable. You cannot set a goal as being a better mathematics teacher when your God given call is being an athlete. You will surely fail terribly. This goes to parents who are in the bad habit of deciding their children’s careers. Just because you are the one paying school fees, you have no right to force your children to study what they do not want. Or put straight, forcing them to become what you failed to be. I have two boys and all that I do is help them build on what they want to be.

My first son tells me he wants to be a medical doctor because he feels pity when he sees sick people. He wants to help them get better. The only thing I do is to help him work hard and tell him that he needs to work extra hard in sciences, be accepted in medical school. So far so good and I pray to God that he continues on this path.

Write down your goals
There is power in writing down something. One sure way of reminding yourself about your goals is to put them in black and white. Please make sure that you are the one deciding your own goals and they are not borrowed. It is much better and easier to set your own targets than copying some else’s.

The targets you set must be your own blue print that can be adjusted as you go along. Writing also acts a measure and monitor, as this helps you to review them from time and again. I find goal writing fun and interesting. A lot of things pop up that I could have easily forgotten about if I had not put them in writing. Your targets are your blue print; the final product is your white print. All successful people have their life’s intended purposes written down and broken down into smaller manageable and achievable targets.

Dream Big
“If one advances confidently in the direction of their goals and endeavours to live the life that they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in un common hours” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Our lives are made of what we dream about. It all starts with your mind. If you dream, small you are more likely to achieve less in life. The bigger your dreams are the bigger your requirement to dedication and the bigger your expectations are. Zig Zigglar rightly says “if you can dream it, then you can achieve it”.

Am sure that you have dreams of what you want to be. I believe that every one of us dreams of what they want to be. There is nothing wrong in dreaming big. You are only increasing your chances of success.

Imagine yourself succeeding
I would say dreaming and imagination go hand in hand. When you are dreaming you are visualising yourself living your dream. Use your imagination to keep your dreams alive. If you want to achieve your goals you need to continue imagining yourself as a success. Such positive thoughts send out strong energies that attract complimentary thoughts from people that can help us achieve what we want.

Constructive imagination means mental labour, by some considered to be the hardest kind of labour, but, if so, it yields the greatest returns, for all the great things in life have come to men and women who had the capacity to think, to imagine, and to make their dreams come true. “The cultivation of the imagination leads to the development of the ideal out of which your future will emerge” ~ The Master Key.

Pursue you goals with passion
The driving force behind your goal achievement is your desire. You must develop a burning desire that transcends everything else to achieve your purpose. That is why I said in the first place that you set your goals based on your strengths. Whatever life’s purpose you have in life always make sure that you enjoy what you do. Life’s too short to be lived miserably.

Inject some passion in thing that you do. If you are an artist’s draw like that is your last drawing. Imagine that you are going away and you want people to remember you for something you will surely give them the very best of your being. If you are in the service industry being good and just smiling at your customers makes them come back frequently. Live life with passion.

Conclusion
I will end with one of my favourite quotes by Thomas Jefferson ~ “nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”. Lastly as always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Develop the right mental attitude for you to succeed

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” ~ Thomas Jefferson. “If you don’t like something, change it, if you cannot change it, change your attitude” ~ Maya Angelou. Attitude isn’t quite everything when it concerns being successful, but attitude plays a part in almost every phase of your life. A pitiful attitude gets more individuals fired than any other single factor, and a good attitude gets individuals, jobs and helps them keep those jobs more than any other factor.

Your attitude has a bearing on many individuals in your life, from your family to the stranger you smile at on the streets. Your mental attitude is especially important when you face apparently hopeless situations like losing a job; losing a spouse; losing a close family member, or losing a close friend. Your mental attitude towards the above situations will largely determine the way and how you will move forward. In the same way your mental attitude has a direct bearing on your personal development and success.

There are at least 2 ways to view your life and surroundings. You can either choose; being a pessimist, who seeks difficulty in every opportunity or; being an optimist who seeks opportunity in every difficulty. The mental attitude of a pessimist is rather lukewarm. He has a mentality of just looking at the opportunities and not seeing the opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity even in a negative situation. The optimist takes the right action when he sees the opportunity whereas the pessimist looks at the opportunity and procrastinates. Most of the people who complain too much are more inclined to being pessimists.

Regrettably, many people look only at the trouble and do not see the opportunity that lies inside the problem. Many employees complain about the difficultness of their jobs, for instance, not realizing that if the job were easy, the employer would hire somebody with less ability at a lower wage. A little coin can hide even the sun if you hold the coin close enough to your eye. So when you get too close to your troubles to think objectively about them, try to keep in mind how your vision can be blocked, take a step back, and view the situation from a fresh angle. Look up rather than down. Encourage yourself, by doing something that will energise your thoughts. Create the right atmosphere for the right mental attitude.

Pessimism muddies up the water of opportunity. Anytime a fresh innovation appears promising to make life easier, somebody always complains that it will take the jobs of individuals. When Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, objectors said that it would put thousands of individuals out of work. Rather, the invention made the production of cloth much cheaper, and millions of individuals could afford more clothing, which created infinite jobs. When the computer was devised, folks believed that individuals would lose their jobs. Some individuals have had to retrain themselves to stay sellable, but almost everybody agrees that computers have created — not deleted — jobs and have improved our capabilities are now boundlessly.

You can’t do anything to alter the fact that a problem exists, but you can do a good deal to find the opportunity within that problem. You’re guaranteed a better tomorrow by doing your best today and formulating a plan of action for the tomorrows that lie ahead. Just remember to sustain a positive mental attitude so that, as you plan for tomorrow, you’re doing so with the sense of anticipation that produces substantially better results. The most successful people have developed the right mental attitude. You cannot succeed if you have a mind and attitude of a pessimist. Having the right attitude involves you taking the right steps and directions. It is not easy to develop the right attitude without constantly reminding yourself about what your life’s purpose is.

Conclusion
There are many ways you can use to develop the right attitude for your success. You hold the keys to your own destiny. What you do; how you do it; where you do it; has a huge influence on your future success. Developing the right mental attitude is therefore key to your success.

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