Archive for July, 2010
On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to creating the life you most desire? How committed are you to taking whatever action is necessary to achieve your biggest, boldest dreams?
The magnificent thing about being human is that we have an endless capacity for growth. If you have the desire to change something about yourself or your life, there is a way in which to make it happen. But it will only happen if you are 100% committed to doing everything in your power to achieve what you want even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Being committed to creating the life you most desire means that you will take immediate action when opportunities that come your way, and when the opportunities you need or want to appear seem to elude you, then you’ll go out and create your own opportunities. Don’t sit home and wait for opportunity to knock on your door. Get out there, and knock on opportunity’s door!
Not surprisingly, once you make a steadfast commitment to achieving your biggest, boldest desires, you will find opportunities often seem to “magically” appear and doors that were once closed “magically” open. Of course, it isn’t really magic. It’s just that once you’ve committed heart and soul to your dreams, you then begin to view the world differently, and you start to really see things for the first time – things that were always there but that you never noticed before because they didn’t hold any special meaning for you.
Wishy-washy commitment doesn’t work and neither does hedging your bets. Know what you want with absolute clarity, and then take direct, committed action to get what you desire. And above all else, don’t make excuses; excuses come from those who are unable to commit to anything in life. Don’t let your life become overrun with “I should have…” or “I could have…” or “I wish I had….” Instead, fill your life with “I did it,” “I accomplished it,” “I overcame it,” “I fought for it,” “I achieved it,” and “I committed to it.” Consistent, unwavering commitment will make all the difference in your life, so commit now and commit big!
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
~ Lucille Ball, actress
You, and you alone, are responsible for creating a life that matters, a life that has meaning and fills your soul. No one is going to do it for you. If you don’t take any action, then nothing will change. If you take inspired, effective action, then amazing things can happen.
To truly be responsible for your life and the direction in which it is headed, you must first take responsibility for your key life decisions. There’s a quote in Brian Tracy’s book, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, that really captures this point. He says:
“Never do or refrain from doing something because you are concerned about what people might think about you. The fact is nobody is even thinking about you at all….The truth is that no one cares more about your key life decisions than you do. Plan accordingly.”
How true is that? It’s amazing how many people are willing to let what others think and say to influence their major life decisions! But the fact is we probably all know someone who is in an unhappy relationship, because they are worried about what other people will think if the relationship ends. Or you may know someone who took a job or pursued a specific career path, because friends and family felt it was the right or the best thing to do.
YOU must care more about your key life decisions than anyone else, and the decisions you make must be congruent with your biggest, boldest desires. When you are true to yourself and to your purpose, then remarkable things can happen. When you choose to be accountable for your major life decisions, then you will become unstoppable.
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This is your life, so take responsibility for it! Because you are truly an extraordinary person, you owe it to the world to create the best life you possibly can. You owe it to yourself to find that one thing that makes your spirit soar and your heart sing. You owe it to yourself to find that one thing that allows you, at the end of the day, to say with complete confidence that you made a difference in someone’s life.
If you’re living a life that someone else wants for you, then it’s time to declare your independence and announce to the world that you are going to live your own life now. You are going to follow your own passion and live your life’s purpose.
People who fail to take responsibility for their lives make excuses for the mistakes, missteps, and misfortunes that come their way. They fail to take action to create the life they desire and to create the change that is needed.
People who fail to take responsibility for their lives are the ones who sit on the sidelines of life, criticizing and judging others, boasting about who they could have been if life hadn’t been so unfair, and wishing they were in the game. The only person who can put you in the game is yourself. So suit up!
Today it is no longer acceptable to live someone else’s purpose or to put your purpose and your life on hold. Today it is no longer acceptable to make excuses and play small.
Today is the day that you take complete ownership of your life – no more excuses, and no more delays. Today is the day you choose to take full responsibility and get in the game!
“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
~ Napolean Hill, author
Living like it matters almost universally involves an element of contribution. When you begin to think about your purpose and what it means to you to live like it matters, also think about what you mean by “contribution.” Do you think of contribution in terms of giving something to others such as your time, your knowledge, your talents, or your money? Or do you think of contribution in terms of serving others, and if so, how do you plan to serve?
The contribution you make today is really an expression of the impact you want to have on others’ lives. It is the legacy you’ll leave behind. And so while you’re thinking about how you will impact others, begin to think specifically about whom you would like to impact. Do you want to help children, the elderly, the disabled, the abused, or the neglected? Who is it specifically that you want to impact? Do you want to help abandoned and abused animals? Or do you want to help specific types of businesses that promote a specific cause?
Regardless of who you choose to help or how you choose to help, there is one thing that you must always remember: There is no one in this world who is exactly like you. No one. And so what that means is that no one else can give what you have to give in the way you have to give it. What you have to bring to this world is truly unique, because there is no one else like you. If you miss the chance to make that unique contribution to even just one person, then the world has missed out on something truly special.
We are all given natural talents and gifts. When you start to realize that you truly are one-of-a-kind person, you see why it is so important to contribute to others’ lives. They can’t get from anyone else what you can give in the way you have to give it. So what kind of contribution will you make today?
“The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
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Service is Everything
To me, service is everything. I believe that I am here to serve others. And I’m excited about it!
Sometimes, though, when I tell people that my mission is to serve, they make a face that clearly tells me that they think I’ve lost my mind. Unfortunately, some people think of “serving” other people as a subordinate, diminished, or undesirable role in life. I think it’s just the opposite. I think it is the highest calling possible – to serve others. Here’s why:
Service to others means I’m able to make someone’s life a little better.
For me, the whole purpose of serving others is to help them, to leave them in a better state than when I found them, to make their lives a little bit better. Serving others doesn’t have to be a big production. In fact, some of the most meaningful and helpful things that you can do are done without any fanfare: smiling at someone, holding a door, carrying someone’s groceries for them, running in a charity race, donating blood, reading to children, or volunteering at a hospital. Figure out who you would most like to serve, and then get to work.
Service allows me to express my God-given talents.
There are things that I can do that other people cannot. The same is true for you. There are also things that I excel at doing that other people do not. And again, the same is true for you. When I serve others, I have a chance to serve in unique ways; I have a chance to serve in ways that others cannot. I have an obligation to use these gifts and talents that I’ve been given for a purpose larger than myself, and for me, that purpose is to serve. You, too, can use your uniqueness to serve others in meaningful ways, in ways that others, including me, cannot.
Service fills my heart.
My desire to serve others is not without selfish motive. Service feels good! And the more I serve, the more that feeling grows. The joy and gratitude that comes from serving fills my heart and is a gift that I not only give others but that they return to me tenfold.
There are infinite ways in which you can serve. What’s most important is that you get started, and you continue to serve every chance you get. Remember: service is everything!
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.”
~ Elbert Hubbard, publisher
Last night I attended Bob Proctor’s webinar which was jam packed with great info. Here are some of the things he said that caught my attention:
- You are a power center. <= How cool is that??
- Most people are extras in their own movie!
- Wanting causes us to grow.
- Mental activity does not constitute thought.
- The subconscious mind cannot differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. <= LOVE that one!
- Change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice.
Interesting stuff. Really gave me something to think about. What are YOU thinking about today?