"The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure
hours in contemplating his Vision, and in earnest
thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. Too
much stress cannot be laid up on the importance of frequent
contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering
faith and devout gratitude."
Wallace D. Wattles
* * * * Commentary by Laura * * * *
The quote above is taken from Wallce D. Wattles book The Science of Getting Rich.
Could this be the secret to goal achievement? There are golden nuggets of wisdom everywhere. Sure you can read a great book and find inspiration, but at the end of the day, wisdom can be wrapped up in only a few words.
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Think back to a time in your life when you tried something new.
When I was a teenager I volunteered to work the water station at a 10k race. It was called the "Heaven Can Wait" 10k run and ironically, it was sponsored by the local cemetery.
My job was to pass out water to the runners. I remember being so excited to see all the different kinds of people who passed by and grabbed a cup of water. Some ran past, some walked past and a few wheeled past. I saw so many types of people doing it, I thought maybe I can do it too!
So the next year I signed up for the race and gave it a shot. Back then I didn't do much to prepare except jog around my neighborhood. I never tracked how far I jogged, or timed myself, I just ran around. I had no time goals for the race, no specialized training, no game plan, nothing. Needless to say that I prepare differently when I run races today, but back then my only goal was to finish.
On the day of the race, it was incredibly hot and humid. I remember struggling at about the 5th mile, thinking, "I must be crazy, why did I do this? What was I thinking? And at one point, I said, "I am never doing this again!"
Have you ever felt that way about something? You eagerly undertake a goal and in the midst of it comes a moment of struggle, and you realize it is much harder than you imagined it would be?
That first 10k race was quite an experience. I jogged, I walked, I jogged and I walked. At times, I didn't know if I could finish. Then came a defining moment.
At one point near the end, a 70 year old man ran past me, very very fast, and I felt embarrassed that I was 50+ years younger than he and I couldn't even keep up with him. I felt defeated for a second. But then I realized something. He was running his race and I was running mine.
He had different capacities, experience, training and goals for himself. I had mine. Remember my goal was merely to finish.
How often in life do we compare ourselves to others and feel disappointed in ourselves when we really shouldn't? After a minute, it hit me that this was a lesson I could draw from. I learned something about myself in that moment. I turned my embarrassment into inspiration.
I decided that I would not give up on running races, in fact, I would run even more races and I would learn how to train and prepare properly and one day I would be one of those 70 year olds who was still running. As I crossed the finish line, I was proud of my accomplishment.
I am so glad I didn't give up on running. Today it is an incredible source of joy in my life. I have run several races since then, 5ks, 10ks and I run purely for fun. I have studied running books, made friendships with other runners and I can report that I love it now more than ever.
In life we all have those moments where we compare ourselves to others. It's only natural. Don't allow those moments to disempower you. Turn them into motivation and let them inspire you. Use them to show you what is possible. Every struggle is rich with opportunity. You define your own race when you define your own goals.
With the proper preparation, coaching and conditioning, you can improve your results to achieve anything you want in life.
The impact of fitness and nutrition on my life has been remarkable. I can do things now that I could not even do in my 20's all because of coaching, proper nutrition and conditioning.
You decide your race and you decide your own pace. Rarely in life will your destiny be determined by one little race.
"Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable." - Coach John Wooden
Life is a series of races. There are lessons in every race. There are life lessons to be learned every single day. If you don't win the race, but you get the lesson, and grow, you are truly a success.
Live Your Dreams.
Jill Koenig, the "Goal Guru" is one of America's Top Goal Strategist's. A best selling Author, Coach and Motivational Speaker, she is an expert on the subjects of Goal Setting, Time Management and Business Success. Her Goal in life is to help you unleash your untapped potential. Visit her website at: www.GoalGuru.com
There once was a man who went to a computer trade show.
Each day as he entered, the man told the guard at the door:
“I am a great thief, renowned for my feats of shoplifting.
Be forewarned, for this trade show shall not escape unplundered.”
This speech disturbed the guard greatly, because there were millions
of dollars of computer equipment inside, so he watched the man carefully.
But the man merely wandered from booth to booth, humming quietly to himself.
When the man left, the guard took him aside and searched his clothes,
but nothing was to be found.
On the next day of the trade show, the man returned and chided the guard saying:
“I escaped with a vast booty yesterday, but today will be even better.”
So the guard watched him ever more closely, but to no avail.
On the final day of the trade show, the guard could restrain his curiosity no longer.
“Sir Thief,” he said, “I am so perplexed, I cannot live in peace. Please enlighten me.
What is it that you are stealing?”
The man smiled. “I am stealing ideas,” he said.
This story struck a cord with me. In one of my college marketing classes, many moons ago, I remember a discussion about sponging.
The ideas was to absorb the best ideas, behaviors & characteristics of those around you and wring out the ideas, behaviors & characteristics that were negative, destructive or did not fit your goals or life plan.
So you caught me. I'm an Idea Thief.
There is no substitute for persistence!
It cannot be supplanted by any other quality!
Remember this in the beginning and it will hearten you when the going may seem difficult and slow.
Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure.
No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up near the top of the ladder.
Sometimes it appears there is a hidden guide whose duty is to test people through all sorts
of discouraging experiences.
Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying arrive; and the world cries, "
Bravo! I knew you could do it!"
The hidden guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test.
Those who can't take it simply do not make the grade..
Those who can "take it" are bountifully rewarded for their persistence.
They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing.
• Experience the freedom and power of living each day fully
• Focus and take action to pursue your personal greatness
• Measure and increase your self-motivation for ongoing success
• Guard against negative programming
• Live each day with integrity
• Separate what you’ve done from who you are
• Live in a spirit and attitude of gratitude
• Become a powerful presence in every area of your life
• And much, much more!
Your destiny is just waiting to be fulfilled.
Everyday Riches will help you find the courage and motivation to act on your purpose and earn the rewards that come from living fully ~~ Everyday