Q: What one thing can you do to enjoy success
in all aspects of your life?
A: Hold yourself personally responsible
for your success.
Personal responsibility is one debilitating obstacle that gets in the way for many of us. We recognize that unwanted pounds don’t melt away on their own, the love of our life isn’t delivered to our front door and our dream career doesn’t materialize overnight. Yet while we act responsibly to promote our employer’s success and our family’s well being, we often don’t maintain the same standards in pushing forth our own desires and dreams.
Consider these reasons to hold yourself responsible for your success:
· Control: You shift from a mindset of “I want greater success” to “My actions will create more success.”
· Opportunities: You recognize that it is your role to initiate your opportunities. You are not passively waiting for opportunities or good luck to land in your lap.
· Accountability: You see that the only thing standing in your way of creating success is yourself. You recognize that external challenges can be overcome with your focus and dedication to doing what it takes.
Steps to take this week to take responsibility for your success:
1. Consider your desires and dreams at the same priority level as your family responsibilities and job. Just like you wouldn’t ignore requests from your boss or fail to provide your child with health or school needs, don’t allow yourself to slack off on the steps you need to take to create your success.
2. Schedule time for the building of your success. You are in control of how you spend your time; don’t let it be your excuse. Put your necessary steps on your calendar and commit to them. Think of time as being the most important asset you have and invest it wisely. Always ask yourself if what you are doing is leading you to where you want to go.
A reduction in your income may impact many things, including how you perceive yourself, whether you are conscious of it or not. If you have prided yourself on financial success, your ability to feel good about yourself may be impacted as you battle a tough economy.
How to manage this challenge:
1. Remember that a successful life is not all about the money. Look for other non-monetary ways to define success.
- Are you growing as an individual?
- What are you contributing to your community or to the world that does not involve money?
2. Look back on your life to periods when you weren’t making as much money as you are now. Believe that you have the capability to increase your income level once again.
- Is this an opportunity to start something new that could lead you to a better place?
Most of us approach our lives by way of our conditioning. That is, we make our decisions based on how we were taught. Unfortunately, many of the ideas that have been passed down through generations go against what we really need to do to create and maintain personal happiness.
Here are just a few misconceptions:
Misconception #1: If an established, secure job or relationship no longer makes you happy, something must be wrong with you.
Consider instead: Your life experiences have caused you to grow and change. You are not the same person as you were, so what you are no longer happy with may no longer be a fit.
Misconception #2: Following your heart anywhere except your love life is bound to get you in trouble. Use your rational mind to make decisions.
Consider instead: Your heart is connected to ideas and passions that you do not consciously select and which reside in your being. Think of your heart as the most accurate compass for your life decisions.
Misconception #3: Taking steps backwards financially should be avoided at all costs.
Consider instead: Improving your inner quality of life deserves as much an investment priority as upgrading your external environment and material possessions.
Misconception #4: Having a successful career doing what you love is an unrealistic fantasy that happens only to a lucky few.
Consider instead: What you love is what you are here to do. Expect that you can create a successful career doing it.
The answer to the question: If you could have dinner with anyone in history who would you choose just changed for me. My choice would be Randy Pausch; but unfortunately that will not be possible.The Carnegie Mellon Professor, and Author of the remarkable and inspiring book “Last Lecture”, fought to the end but lost his battle with cancer passing away at the age of 47.
Randy Paush was a life pioneer, an inner architect of the truest sense, who valued and coveted his time here like nobody I have ever witnessed. You can not help but be touched or greatly effected by Randy Pausch. If you watch his greatest triumph (video below) the last lecture the youtube video of his final lecture “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” performed September 18, 2007 before a packed house at Carnegie Mellon University, you begin to understand the message: live life, embrace your obstacles, and triumph through your will
Please watch and embrace this video-it will be the best hour you have ever invested!
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