I have been watching a lot of cricket lately. Recently when one of the bowler delivered a “bad” ball and got hit for four, the commentator said that the bowler was losing his form just before he released the ball and he played the slow motion of the delivery to illustrate his point. He commented that the bowler’s head was leaning too much to the side and that affected his delivery. Now all this got me thinking about my own process. I have been thinking that I have been losing focus, or should I say form, recently and I am going off track with the goals that I have set. We are well into the second 90 day period of the year and its so easy to veer off course especially as the time gets busy. Well its spring time the rains have begun to fall and its time to take out some weeds and nurture the seeds that I have been planting.
One month into the second 90 day period of 2014, it is time to refocus. Should have done it before, but better late than never. I guess this is the time we get derailed from our goals if we are not careful.
So I have gone back to the dream board, which needs updating and refining. I have the the goals for this 90 days in focus. Its do easy to get caught up with doing that you forget to feed the soul in order to sustain the successs. I am definitely losing my form in the regard and must make time to “sharpen the saw”
How do you stay focussed,
I welcome the New Year and I say, let go and let God. What better way to start the New Year! I chose this word “trust” out of my little pan of words some weeks ago and just froze up. I knew what to write for sure but the question was, did I really believe it? Was I acting on it? So, I have been soul searching rather than writing. Truth is I have been working very hard and many times doubting the outcome or holding back because I was not sure.
Immediately I took out the word “trust”, I reached for a book I had read by Bob Proctor “ titled “You were Born Rich.” I went for the Chapter titled, Let go and let God. It’s interesting that, he said reread the chapter 100 times if you need to, it was that important.
It certainly helped me to refocus on what it meant to have faith in God and to the fact that doubt, fear and negative thought only serve to keep you back from reaching your goal. I guess in the process of working through where I really stood on this in a practical way, something must have happened. I stopped stressing and doubting and relaxed and really tried to be more in touch with what the spirit was guiding me to do, in other words, to let Go and let God. Amazing things happened in my business that I could not have predicted. Calls that I did not expect, free radio promotions and sales literally out of the blue. All I had to do was be ready to take advantage of it and I was.
So, I am starting the New Year with this in mind. When all the goal setting and planning is done it will be time to relax, not worry about how am I going to do all this or to doubt the outcome even before I start. Instead, I will move forward with firm faith that no matter what it looks like, in God I can let go because, as we also like to say, “ God is in Charge.”
“I know the plan I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Please drop below and share how you keep yourself grounded in faith
Burning desire- this is a key ingredient for success. Last week end track athletes Usian Bolt and Shelly Ann Frasier-Price were crowned IAAF Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2013, respectively. A newspaper article of an interview with Shelly Ann caught my attention where she said FEAR was her driving force to succeed. She said her desire to not return to her neighborhood of poverty, crime and violence was what drove her to succeed.
I would not call it fear, but burning desire to succeed. Burning desire it is what gets you up every morning and regardless of how you feel, and you go and do what is required of you that day in order to reach that goal that you have set. Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says” Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure to maintain that state of mind known as BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to succeed”
In Shelly Ann’s case with her God given talent and the thought of no return, no retreat to poverty and life in the inner city, it was enough to create burning desire. This then would resulted in her setting some definite goals, planning specific ways of achieving it and working with persistence which did not recognize failure.
Now we set goals and make specific plan to achieve them but many times we fall short within the first 90 days. The missing piece must be the burning desire. If it is just a wish or a nice thing to try we won’t get far. We have to really want it and can think of nothing but the end goal and what it will mean to us to achieve it. Failure is out of the picture and there is no going back.
My mentor Jim Rohn puts it another way when he says to succeed we need either a strong desire to change or total disgust with where we are, doesn’t matter which.
Do you have burning desire? I am certainly working on it.
Even when you decide and accept that it is necessary to change, you still have to deal with how to change and where to start.
Zig Ziglar in his book of quotes says: “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind”
It takes time to change and cut a new path and you find yourself slipping back into the old way without realizing how you got there. It takes time to form new habits and make the change permanent. I guess that is a good thing because it allows you to tweek it along the way before you get set in your new ways.
The pain of the old way sometimes help you to get back in line, while the positives that the new way has brought is motivation to stick with it.
Sometimes change requires us to overdrive some negatives that are deeply embedded in our subconscious and that sabotage us every time we try to go forward. As a believer in God that is where prayers and positive affirmation and faith comes in, to get us pass these hurdles which we must overcome.
A good tool to use also is visualization. Run a mental movie of yourself doing the activity and make it as detailed as you can. You would be surprised at how you can mentally overcome hurdles and fine tune the changes even before you take action.
Change often requires us to do the uncomfortable for awhile. The uncertain outcome makes us fearful and anxious until it we become comfortable with the new situation.
My mentor, the Late Jim Rohn, philosopher, says: “For things to change you have to change”
Change, it is not easy but it is necessary for us to grow and achieve our goals..
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Peace and Love
I wandered off a little last week and failed to do my bloging as planned. It was for a good reason, but as my friend and mentor always remind me “all excuses are equal, as they all keep you from doing what it is you should be doing.” So to keep my commitment to myself this week, I acted immediately well ahead of time and I chosen a word from my little pan and what do you know, the word is: ”persistence”! No way around it. I did write about persistence in the past as it is the key to any goal ones wishes to achieve.
I share a few things I have learned along the way as I struggle to be persistent and overcome procrastination and self doubt.
1) It gets easier each time you do it and becomes more natural.
2) It becomes less of a task and more fun
3) You get rewarded for taking action emotionally and physically. Let me say thanks to all the new followers and for the likes. In time I look forward to more comments also.
I end with a few quotes from Brian Tracy:
“Resolve in advance to persist until you succeed, no matter what the difficulty”
“Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else”
“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will succeed”
These are great words of encouragement. Please share you thought below
So I am on the road to success again and it requires some new habits. I picked up my container with the words of inspiration to get me started with this blog today and the word I pulled out was STILLNESS. Now I really want to talk about habits because that is a key for my success right now. I was listening to Joyce Meyers on the subject of habits recently and two things stood out for me. First she says don’t focus so much on getting rid of a bad habit but more so on developing the good habit. The second thing was that it was very important to develop the God habit. That is one that I have been working on, the habit of waking up early and spending time with God. Part of this time is just time for stillness. The bible says, Be still and know that I am God. It is a good way to start the day, to reflect, get clarity, focus and guidance before all the noise and distractions set in.
I also found these quotes by Denis Waitley. From his Seed of Greatness Treasury:
- Seed of discipline: Excellence is a habit
- Habits are like submarine. They run silent and deep
- First we make our habits, then our habits make us
- Habits are like comfortable beds. They are easy to get into, but difficult to get out of.
- Winning and losing are BOTH learned habits.
I like the one about habits being comfortable beds. Not so sure about easy to get into, but difficult to get out of, is a good thing IF I can develop the winning habits I need. Definitely need to sow some seeds of DISCIPLINE here.
Please share below how you go about laying down the habits of your success.
So far, so good, still on track with my weekly blogging. Sitting in front of the computer, not sure of what to write as I have just erased everything but the topic of one the articles from my mini blog marathon, which I did to keep me on track so I would not run out of ideas. Looking around I see the white container in which I had placed pieces of paper with words such as love, forgiveness, patience, change, persistence, wisdom, surrender, prayer, trust. My nutrition club members were encouraged to take one of these bits of paper each day and read a passage on the subject. So today I take out one of these folded paper and it says: DICIPLINE. So I have added it to the title.
Looking up a passage on this subject from the book Faith in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant She says spirit is self correcting. It will make the best of what you do more of. If you do things that cause you pain, eat drink too much or spent wildly without a budget, eventually you will become miserable enough to do something about it. On the other side you pray more, you get better at it and the faster your answers will come. You meditate more you become calmer and still your mind. She ended by saying “ The self –correcting spirit in you will make the best of what you do more of- more destruction, greater pain: more construction greater peace, pleasure and plenty”
So I am sticking to the blogging plan. In the container there are many more word to chose from and blog about. I could not have chosen a better one for today. With discipline it will only get better and easier.
I would love to get your comments on how you stay on track with your blog or whatever you do. Please leave a comment below.