Every result that you are producing today, is the physical expression of your previous thoughts, feelings, and actions.
That can be a hard pill to swallow, especially if you are currently in a place of frustration, worry, doubt, or anxiety.
Often times, when we look at our present results, we are dissatisfied, and wonder why things are not turning out the way that we think they should.
I mean, c’mon… If given the option between choosing Inspiration or choosing Desperation, wouldn’t it seem that the choice is obvious?
And when you take the time to really dig deep into the definitions of Inspiration and Desperation, the choice becomes increasingly clear.
I’d like you to consider the core meanings of these two words, so that you can have a deeper understanding of how they might be influencing you, and your actions.
Inspiration – A result of inspired activity. Uh, yeah…okay, but what does ‘Inspired’ mean?
Inspired – A thing or person that inspires. (Like that really clears it up! But what does ‘Inspires’ mean?
Inspires – To guide or control by divine influence. A-ha! Now we’re getting somewhere. But what do they mean by ‘Divine’?
Divine – God-like, surpassing excellence. Well, God-like makes sense…and what about ‘Excellence’?
Excellence – Having an excellent quality or feature.
So in other words, BE excellent!
Now there’s something we can work with.
It stands to reason, that if we focus our time and energy on being excellent, we’ll feel inspired and we’ll ultimately be an inspiration to ourselves and to others.
Now let’s contrast that with Desperation…
Desperation – The state of being desperate or having the recklessness of despair. Whoa… ‘Recklessness’ of despair, that sounds serious…what does that mean?
Recklessness – Characterized by carelessness. Okay, that’s pretty self-explanatory. How about ‘Despair’?
Despair – Loss of hope. And finally, what do we mean by ‘Hope’?
Hope – Belief or faith.
So at it’s core, desperation is really a lack of belief or faith.
It’s a lack of belief in a power higher than your own. Call it God, call it Spirit, call it Infinite Intelligence, call it whatever you want to call it. But I can assure you, my friend, there is always hope. In fact, sometimes your faith may be the ONLY thing that you’ll have going for you. Believe me, it’s enough.
The reality is that sometimes we fail to miss one very important detail, and that is CHOICE. When I asked you earlier about when given the choice between Inspiration and Desperation, we’d certainly choose Inspiration…
But in life, the truth is that sometimes it seems like we have no choice. When Life decides to move on us, to teach us some great lesson, it might appear that we have no options.
Remember, the truth is not always in the appearance of things. You always have a choice. You can choose your thoughts and your attitude toward things. You can choose to stay focused on what matters most. You can choose to BE excellent, even when things or people around you are not.
We know that everything in the Universe has an opposite, and I’d like to suggest to you that Desperation is the opposite of Inspiration. I’d also like to suggest to you that no matter what circumstances you are facing right now, there is hope.
My friend and mentor Les Brown says it like this; ‘No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets, I am going to make it!” Now that is what I call faith!
I’d like to encourage you to be excellent in all that you do, even when faced with things that might seem insurmountable. Keep hope and faith alive in your heart, and remember that what you focus on expands.
Keep a positive outlook on life, and you’ll get positive results.
They may not show up on your anticipated time-line, or exactly in the way you might expect, but the results will show up.
Recently, I was reading an old issue of the magazine “Personal Development”, and came across an article written by one of my mentors, Bob Proctor.
I’m very fortunate to have been coached by Bob, and I know of no one else who is more effective at explaining exactly how our thoughts are directly responsible for every outcome that we experience.
In this particular article, he discussed how easy it is for people to confuse Vision with Purpose. He compared our Purpose to the Sun, and he related our Vision and goals to the planets that revolve around the Sun.
Makes perfect sense, right?
The Sun (your Purpose) is the fixed, stable element that represents your “Why?” Why you wake up every morning. Why you go to work every day.
And what if you’re not sure exactly what your Why is?
Well, friend…that presents a bit of a challenge. Without knowledge of your purpose, it is impossible to craft a vision of how you intend to fulfill that purpose.
(But here’s a little secret…) You DO have a Purpose, regardless of your current level of awareness of its existence.
You are here on Earth for a reason. And since there is only one YOU, that reason, that purpose — is unique to you and you, alone.
There are numerous tips, tools, and programs available to help you to discover and recognize your purpose. If you’re anything like me, you may have even tried some of them, yet still felt disconnected from your “Why?”
Don’t EVER stop trying to figure it out. Keep questioning yourself. You have a responsibility not only to yourself, but to the world, to figure it out.
Don’t die wondering.
Here are three tips that I’ve found useful in helping to unlock your Purpose.
1) Get Quiet – Carve out some time, either in nature or in silence, where you can just BE. Do your best to eliminate distractions. Your mind may have other ideas, and it may be inclined to wander all about… Focus on your breathing, and be still.
2) Get Introspective – Spend some time thinking about what brings you Joy. Don’t worry about whether or not you could produce income from it…we’re talking about producing happiness, for now. Reflect back on times when you felt like you were “in the zone”, doing something where you felt inspired. Let those memories resonate within you.
3) Get Creative – In the excellent book “Three Feet From Gold“, there is a great exercise that recommends making a list of the top 10 things that you are passionate about. On a separate page, you are to list 10 things that you have a talent for. Then with the help of a friend (or friends), you ask them to remove an item from each list. You continue this process with the help of others, until you’ve reduced the lists down to only one item on each.
Once completed, I want you to start thinking about how you might be able to combine what it is you are most passionate about, with that which you have a talent for.
And when I say “think” about it, I really mean intensely focus upon it – (to the exclusion of all other thoughts.) Ask yourself, “How could I create a role and environment that would allow me to experience both my passion and my talent at the same time”?
Then, get quiet again, and wait for an answer. Do this daily, or as often as possible and necessary.
When you demand an answer to your questions with persistence and faith, the answers WILL come. But you’ve got to tune out all the “noise” in your world, and focus on the belief that an answer exists.
And when your Purpose finally reveals itself to you, then you are ready to start working on the action steps required to bring your purposeful ideas into reality.
Be sure to check out The Success Bullseye for additional resources in identifying or further clarifying your “why”.
Your Net-Work Affects Your Net-Worth! How to Identify and Connect With The Right People and Upgrade Your Network!
The legendary personal development guru Jim Rohn coined the phrase, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”…
Yikes! Now let me think about that for a minute…
Who are the 5 people that I’m spending most of MY time with?
When YOU think about your current network of friends and co-workers, who among them is supporting your personal development and growth?
Any of them? None of them? All of them? And is that OKAY?
For most of us, there are a least a couple of people in our daily experience that we could easily label as less-than supportive. (Heck, they might even be living under the same roof!) And I’m not suggesting that you immediately stop associating with anyone that does not support your personal or spiritual growth… (Or wait…maybe I am?)
Disassociation is one effective method of improving your network, but for now let’s focus on expanding it.
You live in an age of connectivity in which it has never been easier to improve the quality of your network, and your associations.
But exactly HOW do you “increase your average” and elevate the quality of your network? Quite simply, by associating with people more educated than you, more intelligent than you, and more talented than you. And by investing as much time as possible interacting with them and learning from them.
When you surround yourself with ambitious, achievement-driven people, it forces you to improve your own attitude and skill-set. It causes you to raise your personal standards, and the result is continuous growth and improved relationships.
The virtual explosion of social networking has helped to create an exciting new era of transparency – and there is no end in sight.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ are literally obliterating the gap between YOU and the people and mentors that could help you to upgrade your personal or business networks.
And even more important than the incredible access and transparency that exists today, is the blinding speed with which you can begin the upgrading (or overhauling) of your network! The place to start is within your current sphere of influence.
Today, commit to asking the people in your world this question…
“Who do I know that YOU need to know?” This approach to helping others to improve their networks will also naturally help you to grow your own associations.
Before long you’ll be on your way to making the perfect connections for upgrading your network!
Success can be difficult to define, because it can often mean something different to every person.
What one person deems successful, another may perceive as a total failure. But ask nearly anyone, and they will likely tell you that they want success, or to be more successful.
I’d like to share with you the best and most accurate definition of success ever discussed.
It’s unlikely that you’d find the following definition in any reference material. The creator of this definition is the late Earl Nightingale.
Success is, “The progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Now, I want you to stop and re-read the last sentence slowly. Let it’s impact sink in for a moment.
Notice how it does not say “The INSTANT realization of a worthy ideal”.
It’s about continuous action in the direction of your goals.
If you break down this perfect definition, you’ll discover something truly amazing. You will find that you can literally guarantee success for yourself, if you dare to follow its instruction.
“Worthy ideal” means your goals, purpose, or vision.
“Progressive realization” means making plans and taking inspired actions that will move you closer to your goals.
In our society, it’s common for us to equate money or fame with success. Most people think that if they make a lot of money, they’ll be successful. But the truth is, you must first be successful, and then money will follow.
You see, by progressively realizing a worthy ideal, you are by definition, a success.
When you are deliberately pursuing a goal that you determined to be important to you, you are a success.
The majority of people fail to set goals for themselves, and then wonder why things aren’t working out for them. They often opt for the path of conformity, versus setting their sights on what they want and taking the necessary actions toward obtaining what they desire.
In Earl Nightingale’s classic lesson “The Strangest Secret”, he tells a story that describes the importance of goals…
“Now think of a ship, leaving a harbor, and think of it with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and its crew know exactly where its going, and how long it will take…it has a definite goal. Nine-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety-nine times out of ten thousand it will get to where it started out to get.
Now, let’s take another ship, just like the first, only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, no destination. We just start the engines and let it go… I think you’ll agree with me, that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink, or wind up on some deserted beach, a derelict. It can’t go anyplace, because it has no destination and no guidance. It’s the same with a human being…”
If you desire to be more successful, decide for yourself what you truly want, commit your goal to paper, and then begin working on a plan for it’s attainment.
For more information on achieving your goals, please check out the Resource page.
For many years, I’ve actively and consciously used my ability to visualize. In fact, much of my success today can be attributed to creating goals, visualizing their fulfillment, and ultimately achieving my desired results.
Yet for some strange reason, I’ve gotten off track. (Hey…now and then it happens to all of us, right?)
But how could this be? I mean, c’mon! I STUDY, WRITE, and TEACH about the power of visualization! Heck, I’ve even developed my own proprietary technique (called Imaginative Strategic Visualization).
So what happened?
Well, friends, LIFE happened. It’s a funny thing [life]… Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, the handle breaks!
Somehow over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve gotten sidetracked by others’ reality. And the sad part is, I’ve let it affect my own.
I’ve maybe spent a bit too much time teaching, and not quite enough time practicing.
And recently I was reminded of a line from a very special book written by Genevieve Behrend, entitled “Your Invisible Power”.
It said “When your understanding grasps the power to visualize your heart’s desire, and hold it with your will, it attracts to you all things requisite to the fulfillment of that picture by the harmonious vibrations of the Law of Attraction”.
You see…just like you, I’ve created the goals, and I’ve visualized the outcomes.
But recently, I’ve been neglecting the most important ingredient…holding that vision with my will.
And when I’m talking about “will”, I’m referring to the ability to focus on one thing (the goal) and one thing only, to the exclusion of all other thought.
In the world we live in today, it’s so easy to get distracted and lose that focus. Yet in order for you and I to realize our dreams, we must carve out time to focus on and visualize the results we desire.
The more energy, emotion, and belief that we can put into our visualization, the more “real” the picture will become in our physical world.
I’d like to encourage you today to develop the habit of exercising your will, and you will certainly attract “all things requisite to the fulfillment of that picture”.
About 58 years ago, on May 5th, 1954, it was impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
Or was it?
“They” said it couldn’t be done. Why not?
Because it had never been done before.
Or had it?
The next day, on May 6th, 1954, at the Iffley Road track at Oxford University, an amatuer athlete and young medical student, Roger Bannister, was the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. His official time was 3:59:4. The previous record, set nine long years earlier, was 4:01.3.
The difference was that Roger Bannister decided that he was going to break the 4 minute barrier. He was not going to allow others limitations become his own.
He believed it was possible, and he put a plan of action into place to make that possibility a reality. Through dedication, hard-work, and training, his body became capable of producing what his mind had already conceived. He visualized himself crossing the finish line in under four minutes.
“They” said it could not be done, but he knew in his heart that it was possible.
And the race was already won in his mind, in advance of his actual performance.
During the race, he knew exactly where he had to be in relation to his time on the track. After the first lap, at 58 seconds…at the half-mile, 2 minutes. He was overtaken on the 3rd lap, right on schedule at 3 minutes. But he sensed that the field was slowing down, and in the final bend, moved into the lead and ran with all he had to the finish…and a new world record!
But here is the strange part…
Not long after his accomplishment, his new record was broken. And then something even more interesting began to happen… A few more runners began to run sub-four-minute miles! And not just occasionally, but frequently.
How could something, so seemingly impossible to accomplish just DAYS before… considered at the time to be an “insurmountable human limitation”, had now become commonplace?
Quite simply, it is because prior to May 6th, 1954, the conscious mind of man had accepted conventional wisdom as fact.
And sadly, over 50 years later, we are still doing the same thing.
Too often, we settle for limitations that we have put upon ourselves, or accept the limitations discussed or placed upon us by others. We rarely reach the levels of achievement that are truly possible for us, because we fail to challenge ourselves to be our best.
Regardless of your current level of success, each of us is capable of far more than our present experience.
So what is your “4 minute mile”?
What is that seemingly insurmountable obstacle or goal that is currently beyond your reach? What is holding you back from living your dreams and accomplishing your ultimate desires?
Success is your birthright, and you are not only capable, but you are DESERVING of the best that this world has to offer. You hold within you, pure potential. Yet until you accept that truth, until you believe in the possibility, your dreams may seem elusive, just as they did for every other runner on Earth in May of 1954.
From this day forward, choose a new belief. Choose to believe in possibility. Choose to believe that you are destined to live an abundant, successful, fulfilling life. Use your amazing imagination to see your dreams as already being fulfilled.
Get clear on your goals, make plans to accomplish them, and get started! Taking inspired actions toward the attainment of your desires is the critical key.
Believe in yourself… and remember, I believe in you!