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Chapter 47

 What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?!

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it."
  -Col. Michael Friedsam

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What would I like to be and do, more than anything else?"

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Today's Fast Session
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The only way you are ever going to get what you want in life is if you KNOW what you want.

What do you want?

To be treated with kindness?  To make a mil lion?  To get the girl or guy?  To get rid of some awful habit that has complete control over you?  To live at a normal weight?

How badly do you want it?

A movie about the early life of Homer Hickam is now on video. It's called 'October Sky.' As a teenager in 1957, he saw Sputnik, the Soviet satellite streaking across the sky, and from that day forward, he wanted to make rockets.

He learned that if he won a regional science fair, he could get a college scholarship and avoid working in the coal mine, where most everyone else in town worked.

First he had the stick, the pain of working in the mine.  Then he found his carrot, working at NASA.

So he had an advantage that most other kids in the country didn't have... a very emotional reason WHY he had to succeed.

Homer and his 3 friends "The Rocket Boys," won not just the regional, but the NATIONAL Science Fair.  Homer got his college scholarship and now trains astronauts for NASA.

This is the 2nd of Stephen Covey's '7 Habits of Highly Effective People.' - Starting with the end in mind.

Unless you know what you want, you can't achieve it.

"I want to stop falling apart at the thought of (taking some specific action)."   "I want to stop smoking or overeating."   "I want to get a promotion and a raise."

No matter what your ambition, the "end" you have in mind is also lined with markers along the way.  They let you know if you're getting closer.

One big reason why 19 out of 20 people fail to reach ANY goal they set is that even if they are specific about what they want, the first time they mess up, they often say, "I knew I couldn't do it.  I don't know why I even try."

And that is that. Bye-bye, goal. Hello self-image of a loser.

Your dreams aren't just going to be handed to you...

It takes many little actions to get there.  Take it one hour at time. Make your goal not to give up for just one hour.

Big goal: To ear n $40,000 a year. (Or plug your own number in.)

Intermediate goal: Buy and read a book on selling big ticket items, or building a down line, or sewing, or whatever the next logical step is on the way to your goal.

Make your goal reading (or other action) for an hour today...

Do the same tomorrow.

Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) told me that only 1 out of 7 people in the U.S. EVER goes into a book store and buys a book, IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES!

That means that 6 out of 7 refuse to learn what they need to know to get what they want.

Take the next step today...

Give yourself hourly goals in the context of your larger dream. I think... no, I know that you'll start to get excited when you achieve your one hour goal today.

Then go out and achieve it again tomorrow.

Remember, when you mess up, and you will occasionally, it's no big deal.  You didn't fail.  You just delayed the attainment of the big goal. Just get up, dust yourself off and set a goal for the next hour.

Then pat yourself on the back when you achieve it.

I'm over here, cheering for you now. Woooooooo!!!

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Today's Winning Beliefs
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-- I set hourly goals and I achieve them easily
-- I have dozens of written emotional reasons why I must achieve my goal and I read them daily
-- I've dissolved all reluctance to writing down my goals
-- I'm passionate about my goals
-- When I set a goal, I'll move heaven and earth to reach it

 

 

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