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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

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives”.  – Newell D. Hillis.

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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Self Improvement Success

5 Common principles for successful people

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

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives”.  – Newell D. Hillis.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit” ~ Conrad Hilton. You may have asked yourself this old age question. Why are other people more successful than others; why is it that some people make more money, have more friends, enjoy better life than others; why do other people derive more satisfaction from life than others? Studies have been done and lots of money spent seeking the answers to these questions. I have been doing my own personal study of successful men and women. The revelations have been phenomenal and interesting.

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I know that the subject of success is a very wide one and that there is no formula to success and that it is, also very difficult to measure. However, after my little study I realized that all successful men and women have 5 habits or rather principles in common. They practice these differently and have variations in their applications but, you can be rest assured that no matter what variations they apply, these 5 principles or habits will be listed amongst their daily activities. It is therefore, imperative and important for you and me that are striving to succeed, to incorporate these five principles into our daily lives. Thank God we do not have to reinvent the wheel, studies and documentation is there to provide us with a guide on how other people have succeed in their lives.

Remember that there is no defined formula for success. What works for someone may not necessarily produce the same desired results for you. Please note that you are not competing with anyone. Success is a personal journey. Do not measure and compare it with anyone else. In my quest to help change the world for the better I do not consider “competition” as a threat I rather treat it as complementary. For me if anyone is doing what I think will help change the world they are most welcome, they are not competition but we complement each other. I have presented these 5 principles in no particular order.

The habit of saving
The number one principle is the habit of saving. The saying “Rome was not built in one day” holds a lot of water. If you want to build up riches it is common sense that you must learn to save from your current income. The discipline of saving cannot be compared to any. You must be like the ant, it knows when to store food to be used in the future. You must know that you will not always have good health or that at some day the energy you have will be a thing of the past. It is therefore, important that you start saving and investing your money wisely. Investing your money should be in investments that you understand and of a long term nature. Do not invest your money in something you do not understand unless you have professional advice.

Most financially successful people will tell you that the habit or rather the principle of saving is very important. You should learn to live not for now but for tomorrow unless you have no tomorrow. Can you imagine how much you would have raised after 20 years if you saved only $100 per month from your pay check. You can accelerate the time it takes you to raise a million dollars by half if only you can defer gratification to a later date. This does not mean however, that you should not enjoy your wealth.

The principle of saving is probably the number one factor in determining the extent to which you will succeed. Be it financial or in any other field you are engaged in. Remember that saving is not just about saving finances; saving can be in any form. I have learnt to save especially in the area of my finances. Personally I save a minimum of about 20% of my current pay cheque; I intend to increase this as my income increases. The best way to get you started is to start saving in small bits. If you are working you could open up a savings account and ask your employer to split your salary. The discipline of saving requires that you cut down on many unnecessary spending. Some areas you could look at are how much you spend on talk time; entertainment; deferring to buy a new car instead buy a second hand; transportation and many other things you know are not necessary.

Time Management
If there is one thing that God has given us all in equal measure is time. We all have 24hrs per day; 7 days per week and so forth and so on. There is no one on planet earth who can claim to have less time than this. Yet with the same amount of time some people seem to succeed than others. One of the magic wands to success is the principle of time management. If you are to succeed at whatever, you are doing it is very important that you learn how to manage your time efficiently.

Most successful men and women have mastered the principle of time management. They say time is money. I say time is more than money, once lost it cannot be recovered this is how precious the commodity of time is. I have learned from Brian Tracy’s “How to master your time” the technique of writing down my daily goals. This simple principle of daily goal setting is a life changer. In this technique you are required to write down and plan your day. Organize it in such a way that you start with what is more important moving down to what is less important. Your daily goal setting is best done the previous day and reviewed at the end of your day. Stick to your daily goal setting principle religiously for better results. It surely is a wonderful tool to use.

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In everything that we do time is of the essence. Most successful people have realized that time needs be managed and managed very well. You will agree with me that time is a precious commodity especially during school examinations. The difference between passing and failing an exam could just be time management. If you have to take a giant step towards success you must be time conscious. If you are in business marketing, then you know what it is to learn how to manage your time very well. You can learn more about time management by purchasing Brian Tracy’s “How to master your time” CD’s from this store.

Hard work, perseverance & persistence
“Hard work pays off” ~ unknown. There is no substitute for hard work. Successful people work hard smartly. There is no point in working hard for the wrong results. If you have to achieve above average results you need to start working hard and doing it smartly. Every successful person will tell you how hard working they are. The difference between more successful people and less successful people is the level of hard work and perseverance. Most of us give up at the point when we are just about to break through. The most success people will work hard even when they fail, they will get up and continue. With perseverance, hard work and persistence comes success. There is no sweet without sweat.

You will be amazed at how much time successful people work. Most of them will tell you that they wake up very early in the morning and they are the last ones to go to bed. I have noticed that most of us want to have it easy. We let our bodies dictate our way of living. There is no difference in terms of brain capacity between those that are successful and those that are not. The only difference I have noted is that those that make it are the ones that are disciplined. They have trained themselves to do that which is important first, even when it feels awkward to be done. They have the discipline to follow their daily goal settings. If the goal says to wake up at 05:00hrs in the morning and exercise before anything else they do just that even when the body still wants to sleep. This kind of discipline is the one that makes the difference.

Most people fail because of a lack of discipline; lack of hard work; lack of perseverance and persistence. Vince Lombardi says “the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”. I can therefore, conclude that the price to pay for success is hard work. If you are in the habit of stopping a project when faced with a little challenge today, should be an eye opener. You must learn to develop a culture of hard work, perseverance and be persistence.

Clear life’s purpose
If I have to rearrange these principles according to their importance I would put this (Clear life’s purpose) at number one. What is success without a life’s purpose? How do you even start on your journey of success without a target? If you have not yet formulated your life’s purpose please stop wasting your time and devise one. Having no life’s purpose is living by the wind. God gave each one of us a life’s purpose. Every successful person has a purpose they are living for. You may be wondering why the fuss about having a life’s purpose. Your intended life’s purpose defines who you want be; what you want to achieve; how you will achieve it. In other ways it is the reason why you exist. Remember that we are all but one big family with different roles to play.

I would encourage you to formulate one before you start on your success journey. The best way to do it is by writing your life’s purpose in a note book. Read it very often possibly every day so that your mind absorbs it. Believe me it becomes easier to tailor your business or whatever activity around your life’s intended purpose. You will notice that what you have written down as your intended life’s purpose flows very easily from within you. This makes even running a business much easier and fun as you will be working with something that you enjoy doing and flows naturally from within. Believe me we all have something to give to this world and I mean something unique. There are no two people with the same exact DNA. It does not matter if you look alike with someone you are very unique and have your own signature.

Successful people have a clear life’s purpose and that is their driving force. I can tell you that living life with a purpose is much more exciting. Ever since I had my intended life’s purpose written down I always look forward to the next challenge coming my way. It has not been easy but it has been fun. I am still a long way to go but am slowly getting there one step at a time.

Knowledge
The final common principle is acquiring knowledge. “My people perish for lack of knowledge” ~ the Bible. “If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability” ~ Henry Ford. This is perhaps one of the keys to success. To be more you need to have more. Successful people are more knowledgeable than the average people. They spend time reading and expanding their knowledge base. I always encourage people to read and read and read. If there is anything that you will go with when you die it is knowledge. The world is full of reading materials and one of the best ways to expand your knowledge base is by reading.

If you are not in the habit of reading quickly develop one, even thirty minutes every day can make a difference to your knowledge base. Knowledge will help increase your skills set. If you have to be successful you must acquire knowledge at all costs. I have a daily reading program that I stick to. I have a modest target of reading one motivational book every month on top of my other materials. I have realized that even the target of one motivational book per month is not enough but I have to make a balance. The good thing with reading is that it is one of the best ways to keep my mind from mischief.

Ever since I gave myself this target I have noticed an increase in my knowledge in this area. I am hoping to increase it even further, so that one day I should be able to write my own books on the subject of personal development and self growth. If you have to join the successful elite you cannot afford to lag behind in knowledge.

Conclusion
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” ~ Robert Collier. I hope and trust that this article has been of help to you. I must make mention here that there is no written down formula for success. What may work for someone else may not necessarily produce the desired results for you. However, it is very important that you take action and begin on your wonderful journey of success. You were created to contribute to the healing of the world and to help make it a better place for all humanity. “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything” ~ Unknown. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”

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