Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Like money in the bank, we sometimes run out of effort for we are human. Doing everything on the table only brings us sooner to a burnout. For each objective, there are the necessary and there are the extras. Before getting down to serious effort, sort out the tasks and know what should be highly prioritized, because given a list there will always be items of high priority, and which make considerable difference to the entire objective. Knowing the rock-movers and capitalizing on them is a good investment.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
These are seven principles that make success inevitable. Like an attractive woman, these principles attract success faster more than any other thing. Given any task, try to identify the “good”, and the “means”, and the “ways”, and the “places” etc. this quote is only a guide and its elements are applicable to any task. This breakdown focuses effort to specific channels, and enables you to know exactly what is being acted on. It enhances clarity of purpose, and the clearer your purpose is, the more effective the pursuit becomes.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Most people “wish” for success and the other good things in life. The problem is wishing does not get us any closer to our dreams and ambitions. The only way that surely gets you where you greatly desire, more than any guarantee, is through hard work. Effort is the price, and if applied persistently and consistently, then success almost comes naturally. If you really have to achieve that goal, then apply enough effort, so much so that you can’t help but succeed.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Success is jealous, and always demands much more than a mere interest. You have to love that which you do to an extent of almost getting obsessed with it. That obsession drives you to do the extra-ordinary, and makes you more likely to have an upper edge than just anybody else. It is what separates the good and the great. If it means a lot more to you, then be enthusiastic about it, and your pursuit for success will be more natural and unique.
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
Great achievement is independent of talent, but when you got talent then the better the chances of moving at it fast enough. That firm trust in your beliefs and abilities proves over and over again that it is possible to achieve what’s considered impossible by others just by faith. It drives you everyday, inspires you in any day, and keeps you on track even when discouraged. It makes you consistent, and persistent, and obviously when these two qualities are applied in a pursuit, then success comes down chasing on you.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
W. Clement Stone:
Have you ever felt a desire that you have never felt for a lot things? You feel so enthusiastic about it even when you are so unequipped for its achievement? If that feeling is unique, and you can’t help it, and it inspires you so much then you better make a decision to do start working on it. There are few things that each one of us develop a burning desire for, so when you find one then do not let go. Start by reaching out and learning all you can about it. Know what’s needed for you to succeed in that mission. By reaching out and responding, then you are on your way to fulfillment in life.
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
We get solutions when we elevate ourselves from the platform on which the problem exists. Doing this gives us a bird’s eye view, and then we see the whole picture rather than just a part of it. This explains the fact that ideas bounce off us in places like the shower, in the park, in our sleep rather than in the office where the problem originated. So take a breather, enjoy an afternoon stroll on the street, and you will be poised on a different level which enhances problem solving.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Talk about the raw deal. Some people turn out to be better off without any form of schooling. This, however, does not disregard school. We are naturally creative when young, but as we grow up the world mould us into a cast, hence losing a great deal of our uniqueness and creativity. We lose that eye of scrutiny, that roving imagination and that unlimited awe and wonder. We lose what the world would have needed most, and replaced by what the world is saturated with—commonality.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
Growth occurs all the time, when we realize it or not. When you cannot find a solution now, try later, or tomorrow or in a week’s time, for with time we gain growth. Though small, sometimes this growth is enough to help us find solutions. Let us not be discouraged by what we see currently. Let’s look intently and find that hidden metamorphosis needed for the transforming that flop into a success.
The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
As long as we live, will always have dreams of those things we greatly want in life. The more we ignore them as simple illusions, the more our lives will lack that thing that we really desire in life. Through dreams we learn what we are capable of, the life we CAN live if we decide to pursue it. It’s always a pointer to what is out there that can be legally ours only if we want it enough to go out and pursue it.
Dreams are necessary to life.
When you dream, you express a desire that is deeply entrenched in you, and which you want to make a realization. But most people resort to plain wishing instead of really desiring that dream. Dreams are there to challenge us to yearn for more, strive much harder, and step up and upgrade our lives. When we achieve them, we feel fulfilled and alive. Sadly, most of us nonchalantly ignore the dream and remain stacked in our comfort level, which in reality, is not comfortable in the long run.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Life’s answers are always laden in us. We constantly look for solutions out of our soul not knowing that all that we ever want to know is deeply situated within us. This realization, though simple, is an enigma to many people. We allow so much confusion in our lives when we run left to right seeking for others’ opinion not realizing that people will only tell us their own version of the solution. This may not necessarily be best for us, because we are all unique, and so that which is working for others may be the complete opposite of what’s in us.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself
Time is always on a constant roll, without stopping. We, on the other hand, stop a forward progress for a breather. When we forget to continue, then we slacken and until we are reminded to continue then the transformations in this fast-changing world compel us to. We have the power to change or remain the same. Sometimes it costs us a lot not keeping up, and we risk getting out of touch with the world. To be up-to-date, stay awake and look around for what’s changing, and if necessary make those transformations that you need to.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change
The wisest are on top of things, and are in control of his situation, and therefore aware of their moves. The stupidest are on the bottom, way beyond anything, and are too ignorant to see what change is necessary to make. Sometimes when reminded, he prefers to play it safe, and hence remains the same. The wisest on the other hand has a clear vision of what’s ahead, and hence maintains a status quo which though resistant to any change, is favorable to any situation that comes up.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom
Change is always occurring, and when it does, it makes different everything around us. We realize that what used to work doesn’t and what sounded okay now needs a revision. What was small is big, and what was impossible is now possible, and vice versa. We no longer fit into the reality. With no change, it becomes difficult to live in those current conditions, and that makes us unhappy. Then we resort to change, in constant search of that which makes us happy and fulfilled. Change is necessary to fulfillment.
Change your thoughts and you change your world
Norman Vincent Peale
Before anything happened, it had occurred in thought—consciously or subconsciously. Thoughts go before us, and so determine our success or gloom. “Thoughts are things”, so they say and so modeling what you think, is modeling your life. But hey, other people or things can take control of our thoughts, and so determine our life. Be also, you want to have the control of your life, so simply take charge. Think it and be it you will.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
We often try several things before we realize that making a single decision on something will define a path for you to follow. We linger for so long not realizing that idly following on other people’s path and ideas deny us the ultimate fulfillment we yearn for so much in life. It is that individualized decision/resolution that will lead us onto something we not only love, but that we are equipped for. Even if we fail at it, it is often easier on our consciousness if we lead ourselves to it than when other people do. Make that individual resolution, and live the life it leads you to…confidently.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
Colleen C. Barrett
This is another one of those “attitude is everything” lines. Attitude is that window through which all our viewpoints and vision passes through, and which defines the outcome of everything we do. This explains the reason why when different people do something, we get different results–both fabulous and horrible. Every result comes about based on how we decided to “see” it. It is just a matter of what choice we make in our attitude. But given the two, I’d rather you choose “work being fun”, because it’s easier that way. But again, it is up to you.
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
Self deceit is an example of a self-destruction mechanism that most people are unaware of. One most effective way to deter yourself in anything is to stop believing in yourself and your efforts. This mechanism kills you internally–in your morale, in your will, in your effort. Self-deceit, like a strong wind against you, delays desirable results. It may seem funny, but it’s like your left fist punching your face as the right one constructs it. While it may be self-inflicted, others acquire self-deceit through circumstances, peers and parents. It’s when you become aware of it that you can gain control over it.
You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
Marian Wright Edelman:
Winning is a result just as losing is. Winning is not guaranteed. It can only be expected when the dedicated effort is regular. The more we try the more we eliminate the chances of failure, and increase those of winning. But all in all, trying is what enhances it. Trying exposes you to methods, those that work, those that don’t, those that hurt, and those that brings out our best. So don’t ask for the “magic pill” because that special procedure that is specific only to you will be revealed when you keep on trying.
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
Marian Wright Edelman:
The simple fact that we are in charge and full control of our life cannot be stressed enough. Wake up and realize you have that grip on the wheel, and wherever you decide, there goes your life. Our predecessors, our parents, our leaders can only do so much, and the rest is up to us. Everyday, you decide what to do every hour. It is up to you to make it positive or negative, productive or destructive. In contrast, you will be amazed how many have give up this control to others—friends, peers, parents, life’s forces etc. Simply arise and take charge…because it is up to you.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.
Mary Kay Ash:
When we let people explain to us the so many ways in which we cannot make it through our pursuit, this belief may infiltrate into us and paralyze us. What’s funny is, we are letting other people tell us what we are/ we are not capable of. No one else knows me as much as I do, and so long as I strongly believe this then I can achieve wonders to my and other people’s surprise. Not even nature or reality will stop me if I abolish any self-destructing, limiting belief in me. Sometime remaining ignorant to other people’s doubts and trusting our inner selves does the trick
Only do what your heart tells you.
Many times we feel that we are not good enough or experienced enough to dictate what our life should look like. As a result we end up being other people’s slaves by constantly doing what they think is best for us. With exceptions, only we know what is good for us only that we just don’t spend enough time with our selves (inner selves) to truly know what we really want out of life. During each day, set up sometime, 30 min. is enough, and in a quiet environment and focus meditatively on our inner selves for answers on who we are and what we want.
The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
It is very easy to allow doubt slip into your mind. Thoughts, like waves, are transmitted into the atmosphere and will sometimes intrude our minds if we are in the same frequency as those thought processes. Doubt slows a process, halts a journey, and kills a dream. If you are content with yourself that what you doing is what you consider best for your life, then take off and be busy doing that very thing. Doubt will often seep in if you allow it. So search yourself, be content and remain committed to your grind.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Without discipline, the most qualified and organized team will fail. Discipline is that raised bank besides the river that keeps the water on course till it arrives in the ocean. Discipline enables you to avoid detours, and remain focused till goal achievement… compromising this discipline even a little bit opens up a leak that will fail every effective management. It takes a lot of will to remain disciplined, but ultimately it gets us to achieve those goals dear to us.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”
Robert F. Kennedy.
Going forth regardless of failure may be the best thing to ever happen to you when pursuing success. This awards us an opportunity to experiment, do, test, fail and in the process master the drill. Only when you are open to failure do you really increase the chances of success. Don’t ever fear failure. Embrace it, and let it be a part of your success. Let it be your status check, and keep you on toes in your journey to success. Success is never really sweet if failure isn’t a part of it.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
How do you look at failure? Is it a drawback or a stepping stone? Through failure, I learn a lot. I realize the many roads to avoid in future, and most importantly I become more refined in my pursuit. Failure enables me to go through a training camp, where bouts of learning are endless. I need failure moments, so I that I can even appreciate success more when I get it. Failure is the bitter pill with a sweet ending. It is the spice that adds flavor to the food. Though I do not want it, I need it to grow and succeed.
“Men are born to succeed, not fail.”
Success is the ultimate door that stands at the end of the pursuit. Before getting there, you’ll only bump onto doors (failures) that lead to one another until you get to the ultimate one. Therefore, keep on going with the sure knowledge that you are still yet to get to where you were meant to be—the successful destination. That is what I am here for-to succeed. How do I know? Success makes me happy, excited, fulfilled, and motivated. Failure doesn’t. So then if success connects you with those wonderful feelings and emotions, then no doubt that is where your status quo should be.
Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.
Be involved in any task that I related to the field of your desire. If it is in the medical field, volunteer in hospitals, clinics, medical camps or missions. When you are in the thick and thin of the being involved, you meet people with connections, tools for development and chances to pounce on to advance in your desired field. You then realize that those small involvements get you closer to the dream faster.
When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break.
~William Hale White
Do not let current moments be future regrets. If you are inspired, do something, if you see an opportunity, cease it. If you foresee an accident, step up and prevent it. Just don’t have the awareness and not do anything about it. The heaviest burden, apart from sin is regret. Once past, you cannot retrieve the time and chance to make changes, so act now and let future moments be those of pride.
Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it.
~Doc Sane It is not what you expect to see when you look for it. Rather, it is the end result in the transformation of what’s current and raw. Opportunity emerges in stepping up and seeing what few choose to see-the possibilities, the “could be’s” and “what if’s”. It is that which poses just as a potential, yet still in its primitive manner. It always lurks in the yonder, yearning to be discovered. Simply jump up and cease it.