• SumoMe

Be what you want to beI don’t often talk about motivation or inspiration but with the death of Dr. Wayne Dyer yesterday I think it is appropriate to discuss some useful ways to make your life what you want it to be.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is well known as a motivational author and speaker with more than 30 books to his credit. His own life is an inspiration in itself: born in Michigan, he spent part of his childhood in foster homes and orphanages before obtaining a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University. He first came to prominence after the success of his first book “Your Erroneous Zone”  published when he was teaching at St. John’s University in New York. He has and will continue to inspire millions of people around the world.

His basic message was very simple: think good thoughts and good things will follow. In 2014 he told CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith “Take the last five minutes of each day, and put your attention on everything that you would like to attract into your life: ‘I am well. I am healed. I am in perfect health. I am abundant. I am happy.’ Say those things to yourself. Then you’ll marinate for eight hours, and you’ll awaken and you’ll begin to attract the things that are in your subconscious mind.”

Success

What is success? Success is variably defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”, “the attainment of popularity or profit” or “a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity”.

One thing I have observed is that every successful person has a fundamental belief that nothing will get in the way of their success. With this thought in mind, you cannot fail because no matter what unforeseen obstacles are thrown at you, you will simply find solutions to overcome each one and keep on moving forward until you reach your set goal.

Most success stories, when looked at carefully, will show that decisions to continue as planned  were taken at certain difficult crossroads, that solutions to problems were found, that plans were altered and honed to accommodate the new events, that at no time was it considered a choice to simply stop short of the goal set at the beginning.

I’m sure that you can find examples in your own life when you set your mind on a goal and achieved it. Analyze how you did this.

What kept you going? This will give you a very good idea as to what was important to you that you just wouldn’t quit.

Why did you not quit when things became difficult? It is not always easy to continue forward when a major roadblock faces us squarely in the face. Sure, we all have days when we wish we could take it easy but when a real  problem rears its ugly head it requires real determination to keep going. What did it for you?

How did you deal with excuses? We all have this little voice inside us that keeps at us with negative thoughts like I’m too old or too young….I’m reaching out too far….My family won’t like it…I’m not smart enough….I’ve always been this way….I can’t find the time…. and so on and so on.

How did you change during the process? You will begin to think differently about yourself as you progress toward your goal. You will gain confidence each time you overcome a difficulty. You will become more  creative and more flexible in you approach to problem solving and this will probably spill over into the other areas of your life as well. Each small success will help to propel you further and further. You will probably find that you are now ready to take on ever more difficult goals.

How did you come up with solutions to problems? Finding solutions to problems is not often easy and may take some trial and error before coming up with the right answer. However, as you solve various problems along the way you will probably find that, where the first one seemed insurmountable by the time you reach the fifth or sixth one, quitting won’t even be an option in your thoughts anymore. You will have moved from being overwhelmed to looking for answers.

How did you feel when you attained your set goal? Once you reach your goal you will fell quite elated and proud of yourself for sticking it out until the end. You may even have proved some people wrong in the process. No matter, all that counts is that you stuck it out and are a winner.

If you did it once, you can do it again. The answers to these questions will help you see what motivates you, will show you your greatest challenges and remind you that you do have the skills and the motivation to achieve whatever you want in your life.

“The secret to success is doing the stuff other people won’t do & doing it for a really long time.” – John Jantsch

…and never forget the old adage: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”.

Cheers, all.

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