I’d like to take credit for the title, but as you can see Thomas Edison beat me to it. As you go about making your resolutions for the New Year, have you thought about how to actually succeed at them? If you use the 80/20 rule – only 20% of people will set themselves apart by taking a chance and setting some goals this year. Of those 20%, only 20% will achieve them. For you math geniuses, that amounts to just 4% of the total (I had to use a calculator). That’s a pretty small percentage isn’t it? When you think about it, most of the worlds wealth resides in the top few percentage points of the population. I would guess that the world’s wealthiest people are in the 4% that are setting goals this year AND achieving them. So, how do you set yourself up with the best chance at achieving your goals?
Continue reading Dreams and Goals without Execution = Hallucination
As the New Year approaches, many of you are rethinking your goals for 2010. As you go through this exercise you will find yourself either excited or frustrated. Which one are you?
Continue reading Anything’s Possible – Do You Believe In Your Dream?
With the New Year just around the corner and people toying with their resolutions, I often wonder why some people achieve their dreams and others don’t. While there are no guarantees in life, why not position yourself in the best possible place to achieve what you want? Here is a list of 10 things you can do to position yourself for success.
Continue reading Ten Steps to Improve Your Chances of Achieving Your Dreams
I was serving in children’s church tonight when I found a bible that got left behind. I opened up the cover, and found the ownership page blank. You know, the page where you write your name in the book or sometimes find an inscription or a short note from a loved one. I’ve picked up kids bibles before, and remember seeing things like…. To Ian… We hope you will live a life worthy of living. Love. Mom and Dad. It always brings a tear to my eye to see the love of a parent for their child, summed up in just a few words in a special book. Parents have hopes and dreams for their children.
Finding the page blank tonight, reminded me of the tragedy of lost hopes and dreams. Of what life would be like, if I didn’t have someone hoping and dreaming for me. As we get older, many of us give up on our hopes and dreams. Some of us have already lost parents who are no longer here to hope and dream for us. As parents, many of us have watched our kids grow older and choose their paths. Some of us have stopped hoping and dreaming for them. Some us have stopped hoping and dreaming for ourselves.
We should never stop dreaming, hoping, caring. When was the last time you wrote something special to a loved one, to encourage them on their journey. To wish them a life worth living. When was the last time, you dared to hope and dream? Rekindle the hope, by rekindling the dreams.
Dare to dream…. Dare to hope.
Lead with honor!
With the economy in the shape it is in, many people are looking to make more money. There are a lot of ways to make more money, but many of us struggle with this all the time. I’ll confess that there are times when look in the mirror and ask myself how someone can make a fortune selling Pet Rocks, or Canned Air, while I struggle to eek out an extra few dollars. Just the other night, I was watching the news and saw the Green Pizza Box invented by Enviromentally Conscious Organization, Inc. (eco). They are going to make a LOT of money by…. perforating pizza boxes! Brilliant – but frustrating at the same time. How do these people do it?
If you find yourself struggling with making money, here are some things to consider…
- To make money, you are going to have to DO something. If you don’t have any idea of what to do, that is your first obstacle. I’d suggest finding some like minded friends and meet once a week to throw around ideas. If someone can come up with a perforated pizza box, I’m sure there is something you can think of. Urban Legend has it that Henry Ellsworth, Patent Office Commissioner in 1843, stated that all inventions had been made. His comments were taken out of context, and based on events since then, we know that there are a lot of things left to be invented. If you can’t think of anything, there are many reputable companies like Amway, Mary Kay, or Cookie Lee that will help you get started in making some extra money. Not having an idea, is not an acceptable excuse.
- To make money, you’re going to have to invest some time. There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you are not willing to consistently devote 10-20 hours per week in you endeavor to make more money, you will not be successful.
- You have to believe that you CAN make more money. Give me the name of just one person who is financially successful but who did not believe they would ever get there? All successful people have at least enough belief that they could make more money, to get started. If you don’t believe you can, you won’t.
- To be successful over the long term, you need to go about your journey with integrity. Money itself won’t buy happiness. As you go about making more money, do so with integrity. Treat people fairly, keep a balanced lifestyle. Don’t become money rich and relationship poor.
- Part of your success lies in the journey. Some people get lucky. Most do not. You cannot rely on luck to make more money. You are going to have to do your homework, put in your time, and… if at first you don’t succeed… try…try again. You will learn many things on your journey. Don’t perceive failure as your end destination.
I know I haven’t told you anything you don’t know. What I hope you got out of this, is that anyone can make more money, even you. What your mind can percieve – AND believe, is possible.
Go out and do something!
Randy Gage posed a very interesting question on his blog. He asked, “How much success would you need before you would go into any endeavor expecting to succeed?”
Very thought provoking.
It generated questions of my own.
- Does success depend on prior success? Or –
- Does success depend upon learning from prior failures? Or –
- Does lack of success predict a future lack of success? Or –
- Should one attempt something new (no track record)?
How about you? Your answer will tell volumes about your chances for achieving your dreams. Too many of us want a “sure thing” before we attempt something new. How many dreams are left unfulfilled because of fear of failure. It reminds me of a story I heard once in church. There was a woman who purchased a very fine china set shortly after getting married. It was to be used only on the most special of occasions. Over the years, she became obsessed with ensuring that nothing happened to the china, so she never brought it out. No occasion was special enough, and when her children were cleaning out the attic after her death, they were all surprised to find the china upstairs, never having been used. Do you have china plates in your cabinets?
The other extreme is just as harmful. Reckless abandon. How many businesses fail and dreams are lost because of lack of preparation or the inability to understand and put failure in perspective? At some point in any endeavor that is going south very quickly, you have to pause and ask yourself, is this working? Do I have what it really takes to succeed? It is often a tough question as it is hard to distinguish between a challenge, a minor set back, or a huge mistake that you should get out of. That is what makes life so interesting. The problem with reckless abandon is that you don’t pause to ask the questions.
So What about you?
My take – Whenever I start something, I ALWAYS expect to succeed. Of course I often fail, but it is what I make of both my failures AND my successes that count.
All the best,
All the time,