Dig Your Heels In Deeper!

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Challenges

It has been said that the things that are the hardest are the things that are worth doing because nothing ever worth doing is going to be easy.

Speaking from personal experience, I know the above statement to be true! It’s all in how you look at things. I have always been drawn to engage in things that require lots of hard work. I don’t choose them, they choose me. My loves and interests tend to be things that require lots of reading, lots of practice and lots of mental focus. Those three things can discourage a person from even getting involved.

You have to always start with what you love to do, not what you ‘Think’ you should do! You will be most successful at what you are passionate about. Don’t allow yourself to engage in too much thinking about making money from it. Things happen all within the right time. Your focus should be on developing to your fullest potential.

If you don’t have a healthy dose of confidence in yourself, no one else will. It’s starts with you, after all, it will affect how you present what you do. People can smell insecurity and a lack of confidence from a mile away.

Discipline is essential to perfecting any skill. That’s one of the tough ones. I am faced with the decision to put aside everything else to make time for what I love to do the most. There are the important things that we must do daily, but then there are the other ‘Optional’ things that aren’t going to bring us any real value. Those are the things that we need to push aside and get to doing what it is we need to do in order to achieve what we say we want to achieve.

Learn as much as you can about what you’re passionate about. That should involve reading, taking necessary workshops, net working with like minds, and placing yourself in the environment that will be conducive for your growth.

Don’t be afraid of set backs, disappointments or negative feedback. It’s all a part of the process. I worked on a project for four months and submitted it for evaluation only to be told to change my approach and follow the suggestions given. I could have walked away discouraged with the desire to give up, but instead, I decided to take a few months to work on the weak areas and start the process again to resubmit my work. Did I want to do it? No! Did I have to do it? No! So why bother? I did what was suggested because the persons who were evaluating me were some of the best in the field. I knew that they knew their stuff and wanted me to work a little harder because they saw the passion I had for it. As a result, I became better. I learned a lot and am benefitting from the hard work that I put in.

Always remember, nothing that is ever worth it will come easy! You don’t want it to be easy! You now have the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to develop to your full potential. It is healthy to grow, and it’s healthy to be challenged! Without challenges,  there’s very little left to motivate you; and you definitely need all the motivation you can get. There will be days when you want to hang it up, and days when you’ll ask yourself, “What was I thinking when I took this on?” That’s all par for the course, so hang in there!

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Keeping Your Focus

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The problem with trying to stay focused on a particular thing or way of life is that all sorts of seemingly, necessary things, get in the way. Should that change your desire to remain focused? Absolutely not!

You will have to put a plan in place on a daily basis and stick to it! Don’t take any unnecessary detours! Make room for a few exceptions. Sometimes an emergency occurs that can stop you from following through on your goals for the day. That’s okay, provided you get on track as soon as possible. Discipline yourself!

Keeping focused will require that you make sacrifices along the way. You will definitely have to curtail a few social events, and pull all the way back with using forms of communication such as: texting, phone calls, and unplanned get-to-gethers.

Most of the people whom we admire for their great achievements and successes knew how to prioritize and sacrifice a lot of things in order to achieve their dreams or to reach their goals.

Have you ever tried focusing on a particular project, short term/long term goal or life changing behavior until you’ve accomplished what was needed? It may not be easy, but it will be necessary in your quest to become more and to have more.

Write down some of the things you can do without or live without on a daily basis. That can include things like: certain foods, activities, or even people. Figure out what it will actually take for you to achieve success.

There is nothing more satisfying or gratifying than to accomplish what you’ve set out to do in life. The big pay off is when other’s pay you for it or open doors for you that you didn’t see coming. That’s the result of hard work and keeping your focus. On top of all of that, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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All You Can Be

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If I were to take a survey, asking 100 people this question, “Are you working towards being all that you can be?” I would probably get more positive answers than not. If I follow that question with, “How many hours do you spend focusing on your passion?” I would get blank stares or answers that would suggest that they want to, but.

In a fast moving world with daily obligations, I’d be the first to tell you that it is an absolute challenge to stay focused, for any length of time, in order to get important things accomplished. It takes discipline to develop your passion. It takes sacrifice to nurture it. It takes having a vision in order to see that you have something worth pursuing. Passion is directly connected to what you are to be doing in life.

The challenge may be this; you are distracted by things that aren’t going to really matter in the long run. There are so many distractions in life. Work can be a needful distraction if too much of ones time is given to it beyond what is actually needed.

Discipline is a must to achieve anything worthy in life. It’s been said that, “Good habits are hard to break and bad habits are hard to break.” So very true! Discipline requires down sizing. The amount of time spent weekly engaging in  television, movies, socializing and simply doing nothing, will have to stop. Your time will have to be budgeted and dispensed differently.

It takes focus and discipline to follow and feed your passion! The people around you won’t understand it unless they are doing likewise. If you can manage to set a realistic weekly schedule that will allow you to work on the thing or things you’re passionate about, you’ll  see how it will drawn you in, leaving you with joy and satisfaction.

In order to be all you can be, you need to appreciate being alone, to a great extent. You will have to become comfortable with yourself, and the process it will take to see your passion grow wings. I never met one successful person who didn’t understand the importance of spending time alone .

An artist spends a certain amount of hours daily sketching and painting. A runner constantly trains and does all of the things that will help him or her win the race. A writer writes daily as they work towards the goal of publishing their book.

The only one that can stand in the way of you becoming all you can be is ‘YOU’! You are in charge of your time, outside of work and other mandatory responsibilities. There are 24 hours in each day and we all are given the same amount of time.

Don’t let life pass you by while you sit holding potential in your hand! Life is short and time waits for no one! Life is brief and you don’t know when your number will be up. Things happen quickly when you least expect it. Day after day you are growing older.What will you have to show for the years you’ve been given?

What kind of potential do you possess? What are you passionate about? What is within your grasp, right now, that can assist you in achieving it? Are you in company with others who are working towards the same goals? Have you taken seminars, workshops or read books that can give you the information needed in order to set a plan in motion?

Don’t let another day go by where you don’t try to respond to that burning desire within you! Focus in and discipline yourself. Remember, there will always be time to socialize, watch T.V. and veg out. But for now, don’t rob yourself or the world. You have something great to offer!

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Making 2017 A Year To Be Proud Of!

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How was 2016? Was it all you had expected it to be? Did you set goals? Did you reach those goals? Did you grow emotionally, and spiritually? What will be different in 2017?

There is one thing life has taught me and it’s this; in order to see change, you must do things differently than in the past. You can’t keep doing the same thing in the same way and expect to see change.

It is also important to set realistic short term goals, and long term goals. I don’t believe in making resolutions. They usually tend to fall by the wayside two weeks into the new year.

Write your goals down on paper. Set a strategy in place with all of the things that you will need in order to achieve them.

Be prepared to drop a few individuals whom you’ve been carrying. Keep the people in your circle that have proven to be of help, support, and who have been an encouragement to you. Don’t waste energy on relationships that are not giving you what you need in order to grow and expand mentally.

Be disciplined and diligent in your quest to reach your goals for 2017.  Decide now how you will handle those days when you absolutely want to throw in the towel and give up. Work out a strategy now for staying on track no matter what. At times, we can be our own worse enemy.

Align yourself with people who are achieving their dreams. If you don’t know of any such persons, start reading about anyone who fits that category.  Hearing about other people’s journey to success is a great motivator. Read up on everything and anything that has to do with what you are looking to do. Take a couple of classes if necessary.

Confront your fears and your worse nightmares. Sometimes they are only illusions. Keep in mind that anything worth doing is not without difficulty. Roll up your sleeves and do the hard stuff. Hard work really does pay off and besides that, it has never killed anyone.

Learn from all of your past mistakes and blunders and aim to avoid them in the future. Share your ideas and dreams with people who will respect them. Sometimes you have to keep your mouth shut with what you’re doing. Not everyone wants to see you succeed! Everyone is not in your corner!

Have a prosperous and eventful New Year! Enjoy the journey and all of the exciting and wonderful things that can come your way! Embrace meeting new people and make it a year you will be proud of!

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