Think it, reach it

Jun 27, 2011 by

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“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

As we go through our days, its normal that we will experience less than ideal situations where we feel down and discouraged. A feeling that we cannot do a certain thing that we need to do to achieve a goal or our purpose. Its been said over and over again from different perspectives that thinking and perceiving ourselves to be where we want to be will eventually make us sub-consciously get where we want to be. Rhonda Byrne said in her book; The Secret that “We are like magnets – like attract like. You become AND attract what you think”. The same concept applies to faith in the Bible. Matthew 17:20 says “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”.

In essence, as you go through your day today, remember to think good and visionary thoughts. Think yourself where you want to be and everything else will fall into place to get you there. This doesn’t discount the reality of thoughtfulness and working hard. Faith along with your sincere and thoughtful efforts will get you to where you think and visualize yourself being.

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Focus on the goal, enjoy the moment

Jun 25, 2011 by

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“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” – Harold B Melchart

Having goals is very important. Working towards them; even more important. However, we need to appreciate the beauty of the moments we have now because we may not have them again when we get to the top or even another position on the ladder. As a photography enthusiast, one of the first things I learnt as far as taking pictures is concerned was perspective. I learnt that you can make a flat boring picture totally awesome by positioning yourself below, above or to the side of the subject. Even closer or farther could make a big difference in how the picture ‘pops’ when viewed later.

The same thing can be applied to our journey up the ladder towards achieving our goals. We often get so tied down with the idea that we have a goal in mind that we forget to enjoy the moment. Things as simple as ditching the phone, newspaper or whatever it is that consumes your attention while eating and focusing on the food to enjoy it and savor it to the maximum. It might seem a bit ridiculous but if you are a very goal-oriented person who believes you can *always* make maximum utility of your time by doing two or more things at the same time, you realize that you just breeze through your day without achieving anything for your personal well being or mental sanity.

Yes, you may have performed awesome at work or you may have gotten a lot of things you planned done but how many times do you slow down and look around you to appreciate the position you currently are? The friends you have, the food you eat, the places you can go to have fun without paparazzi chasing you up and down? A lot of people you possibly consider better off than you right now sometimes crave for the sanity and simplicity you currently have in your life. Yet, a lot of us are in the rat race, running towards the good life we see without necessarily knowing exactly what it entails.

Conclusively, the point is… Right now, reading this article; you have a perspective you might never have again. Established, you’re making progress and you’re on the way to the top. Even at that, don’t forget to smile at the world around you now, appreciate it, have fun, do things to feel like a child again once in a while. Speeding through it all will only have you wishing you had lived this when you had it. Just like taking a picture, every point on the ladder has a different perspective. Ever catching yourself wishing you were a child again? Now things have changed. You can’t live the life you lived then again. Remember to live your ‘NOW’ while you have it. Farther up the ladder will be totally different.

So today, don’t just go through your motions of activities and count your victories in ‘things you got done’. Enjoy it! Have fun! Laugh like you have nothing in the world to worry about. Live it and live it now. Then look up the ladder at your prize and keep going while appreciating your perspective on every rung.

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Dream big

Jun 24, 2011 by

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“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn

Big dreams inspire, big dreams enable you work hard not just for the purpose of working hard but with deep passion knowing fully well that what you’re working on is bigger than you. Big dreams bring a deep sense of fulfillment and provide you with something to be constantly working towards; a prize if you will. Big dreams keep you focused and motivated; knowing that you have a direction and constantly leading a life that’s headed towards a certain purpose. Think about it; what if the Olympics had no winners? If Mountain Everest didn’t have a measurable peak that mountaineers would be trying to reach everyday?

If you don’t dream big, you would stay forever in that nook of the world where everything is mediocre, where sense of achievement is an abstract concept, and where success is all but inexistent. – SelfHelpTrends

As you go about your day today, start working towards a dream; where you see yourself being in your career, education, business etc. If you have one, focus on it and stay on track. If you don’t, take some time out to think up where you see yourself being. Its allowed if you have no idea how to get there. That’s why its a dream. Now after dreaming it, start doing the little you can do today towards achieving it. Do you have to go to school, take a certain course, read a certain book, practice a certain thing, go to a certain place? Whatever it is no matter how little which you can do towards achieving your dreams, start doing today.

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Positively exercise your power of choice

Jun 23, 2011 by

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“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less.” — Jim Rohn

One of the most powerful features we have as human beings is the power of choice. We have the ability to make one choice or the other. You have the power to significantly alter the course of your life by the choices you make. A tree or a plant doesn’t have a choice. They have to grow to the maximum they possibly can regardless of what they want to do. The power of choice is arguably a gift and a curse at the same time. However, the choice to make it a gift for you still depends on you. What’s it going to be? Push yourself to the limit? Focus and be sold out to anything you’ve decided to do? Remember anything that’s worth doing is worth doing well.

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Be persistent, don’t stop trying

Jun 23, 2011 by

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“Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas A Edison

There are different variations to the response Thomas Edison had for the New York Times reporter who asked him whether he felt like a failure for failing at getting the light bulb 700, 1,000 and 10,000 times in various versions of the story respectively. Most importantly, he responded that he had not failed but only found a bunch of ways through which the light bulb could not work. I don’t know how more ridiculously positive Thomas could have been. Why would you want to try something 700, ,1000 or 10,000 times and not get it and then choose to believe you ‘learnt’ ways with which that thing would not work? You might ask what the utility of that was but that positive attitude led him to discovering a light bulb that actually did work moments after this interview.

In essence, a lot of us try things once or twice and when they don’t work, we just give up and let it go. Do we still have that drive to keep trying and trying with the hope that we would eventually find a breakthrough? Here’s one to conclude this article:

“No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.” - Baudjuin

As you go through your day today, remember to keep trying and forget about the thought of failing. As long as you can conceive it in your mind, you can achieve it. They say quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. If they quit, they wouldn’t be winners.

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