Be persistent and never quit.
WITH ENOUGH FAITH AND PERSISTENCE YOU WILL GET THERE IN THE END.
Life is not a dress rehearsal, it's the main event.
GO FOR THAT DREAM.
It is within you and within your reach, if you JUST TAKE FIRST STEP.
P.S: As the "ancient Chinese philosopher" said so wisely...
"The journey of a thousand miles starts with a ... flat tire and
a broken fan-belt."
About The Author
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Craig Lock has studied and written extensively on the subjects of self
help, personal success and how to live your dreams. Craig is a writer,
who believes in encouraging and helping others to find their talents
and gifts, strive for and accomplish their dreams in life, whatever
they may be. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to
any occasion, and accomplish their entiredream with enough faith and
commitment.... # and at least he's still a "little bit sane"
after finding and following his dream for many years (at least he thinks
Creative Writing Course http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html
My various books* are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/
* Fiction and non-fiction, novels on South Africa, travel, humour,
inspiration, self help and money books (money management and steps
to financial success). All proceeds go to needy children - MINE! "Life
is about finding, then following the dream... and one's dream/vision
comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment
and then creating it." - Craig Lock http://www.craiglock.com
Seven Strategies for Inflating
By Regina Barr
I ask people to describe characteristics of successful people, they
often identify characteristics that they associate with others but not
themselves. This never ceases to amaze me.
In a recent Red Ladder survey, respondents indicated that the top two
drivers for success were 1) having a strategic vision (87.5%) and 2)
having written goals (50.0%). Further, 62.5% indicated that their definition
of success was "work that is both challenging and rewarding."
Interestingly, no one indicated that their definition of success was
"being financially secure."
We all have the capacity to be successful. The question is, how successful
do you want to be? Here are some key characteristics exhibited by successful
people. Most successful people:
1. Have clearly identified their core values/ mission/ vision. These
comprise the compass by which key life decisions are made. If a mariner
didn't have a compass, how successful do you think she would be navigating
the world's oceans? You need a compass too.
2. Create a personal definition of success. This is not what society
defines as success. Your personal definition of success becomes your
map and it goes hand-in-hand with your core vales/ mission/ vision.
If you don't define success, how will you know when you achieve it?
3. Have clearly defined, written goals. According to a Yale Study,
3% of the graduating class of 1953 identified goals and 20 years later,
those who had written down their goals appeared happier and more content.
Further, the same 3% that had written down their goals had achieved
more wealth than the remaining 97% of their classmates put together!
Need I say more?
4. Develop competency in negotiation. During interviews with successful
women in business, negotiation was cited as the most critical factor
in getting what was wanted both personally and professionally. Successful
people understand that negotiation is not only about getting what you
want, but getting what you deserve. If you can't or won't negotiate
the results and outcomes you want for yourself, then who will?
5. Embrace risk-taking. People who are comfortable taking risks typically
experience increased autonomy, heightened self-esteem, a more positive
attitude toward life and an increased sense of personal power. Most
successful people I speak to, see and seize opportunity. They recognize
that taking risks typically involves personal growth. Those with an
aversion to risk often link risk with failure. What is failure? Simply
a judgment about events. So, instead, view risk as a learning opportunity.
Remember, no risk, no reward!
6. Engage in continuous learning. One successful man I spoke to indicated
that, "continuous learning is key if you want to get ahead in life."
Does that mean formal education? It might, but for most, it simply means
staying current in their field or maintaining expertise in an area of
passion. And if your field of expertise also happens to be your area
of passion, then you are really onto something!
7. Think big. Successful people aren't afraid to think big. During
a recent seminar, I asked participants to write down one goal they would
like to accomplish and to think big. One woman shared with the group
that she was a professional speaker and that her goal was to replace
Oprah Winfrey when she retires in 2008. I followed up with her recently
and discovered that she is currently in discussions with a local broadcast
company is being considered for an afternoon TV program. That's the
power of thinking big. Woody Allen once said "eighty percent of
success is showing up." To inflate your success, it's the other
twenty percent that is most critical, that is, hard work combined with
the desire to succeed. If you do nothing else, carve out time to craft
a strategic vision for yourself, write down your goals and remember,
About The Author
Regina Barr is a business consultant
and speaker with a special passion for helping women achieve leadership
success. Regina helps companies develop strategies to attract, develop
and retain women leaders. http://www.RedLadder.com
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Your Dreams Substance
By Josh Hinds
Setting goals is wonderful; it confirms that we've taken those first
awkward steps towards attaining what we desire in our lives. The simple
fact that you've taken the time to plan out what you want to achieve
puts you in a distinct class. Amazingly very few people take the time
to keep a running list of goals. Sadly, even fewer people actually work
their goals. So take the time right now to give yourself a little pat
on the back! You deserve it.
You're part of the elite group of people who have chosen to take an
active role in their own success. If the whole idea of goal setting
(and goal achieving) is a new one to you, don't worry; the important
thing is that you've decided to take the bull by the horns and get started!
Here's a technique to add substance to the goals you've set! Remember,
the more real the goal is in your mind, the easier your subconscious
mind can get around your desires and jump
into action and start helping you realize them!
This technique assumes you've already decided on the things you'd like
to achieve. If you're not there yet then take the time to record your
goal, dreams and the action steps you believe are necessary to reach
them. Be sure to give yourself the room to adjust those items as needed.
It's a journey and one that you should derive enjoyment from. Remember,
you're taking the word chance out of the equation and are taking an
active role in the reaching the destinations you set for yourself.
After you've listed out your goals and dreams, the next step is to
actually visualize yourself reaching your intended goal. It is through
visualization that we can actually program ourselves to reach that which
My friend, it's one thing for you to say, "I want to get a new
job", and quite another to say, "In my dream job I will be
in charge of marketing at a growth oriented company. I will find employment
in such and such an industry. To reach this destination I will send
out a certain amount of resumes and do follow-ups with those companies
until I secure the employment I am looking for".
The idea is that you're rehearsing these events in your mind. You're
giving them vast amounts of power because as the saying goes. That which
the mind can conceive, it can achieve. When using visualization with
your goals try and do it as vividly as you can. The more real they appear
Another technique is to imagine yourself sitting in a movie theater.
See your goals and dreams playing out before you on a large screen.
Find a technique that works for you (the key word being what works for
Hopefully from the example above you see the difference that a little
visualization can play in making our goals more "concrete"
in our minds? To say I want to find my dream job is one thing, but to
identify it and imagine myself doing this job (and taking the necessary
steps to become employed) creates an added energy that will propel you
towards making it a reality!
Here's to your success, Josh Hinds
About The Author
Josh Hinds of http://GetMotivation.com
specializes in helping people to achieve maximum success and live the
life of their dreams -- receive his motivation newsletter by going to
Josh is also the co-founder of
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