Tuesday, June 12, 2012
You've Got What it Takes
Reading self-help material is so inspiring and a little misleading at times. You might read a book or watch a video on how to do something very lucrative (potentially). You get excited. Your wheels start spinning about how to make this thing work for you. You start spending the money you could make in your head. You get the materials to get it going (or at least some of it). So why does it fizzle out? Why are you now reading about the next great lucrative thing?
What I’ve come to know, from being that very person fluttering from one thing to another, and what the books and videos might not tell you, is that making that thing work, takes a massive amount of discipline. It is one of the weakest character muscles many of us have.
I’ve said all of that, because I’m reposting an excerpt from an essay written by Brian Tracy, and the points he makes are very solid. Just keep in mind that the key to all of the limitlessness is discipline.
Three Keys to Living Without Limits
By Brian Tracy
So what is holding you back? Is it your level of education or skill? Is it your current occupation or job? Is it your environment or health? What is setting the speed for achieving your goals?
Remember, whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. Whatever situation you have gotten yourself into, you can probably get yourself out of.
To live without limiting what you can achieve, you must recognize your constraints and then act to expunge them. To do that, you need clarity, competence, and concentration.
Clarity means that you are absolutely clear about who you are, what you want, and where you're going. You write down your goals and make plans to accomplish them. You set priorities and do something every day to move yourself forward.
The more progress you make toward accomplishing what's important to you, the more self-confidence you have and the more convinced you become that you have no limits.
# 2. Competence
Competence means that you begin to become very good in your chosen field. You dedicate yourself to continuous learning. You never stop growing. You realize that excellence is a moving target. And you make a commitment to do something every day that enables you to become better and better.
# 3. Concentration
Concentration means having the discipline to focus on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it's complete.
It's knowing exactly what you want to be, have, and do. It's persevering, without diversion or distraction, in a straight line toward the things that can make a real difference in your life.
When you allow yourself to dream big dreams, abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your energies on alleviating your constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power. As you focus on doing what you love to do and becoming excellent in a few areas, you begin to think in terms of possibilities rather than impossibilities. And you move ever closer to the realization of your full potential.