Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Materialize The Passing Moment

by Saalik Siddikki

I have been trying to induce, persuade and motivate some of my younger friends, for the last fifteen years, to explore their inner grounds, find the seeds of writing passion and tap their potential of writing in English. Writing anything, short stories, novels, articles/essays for newspapers, magazine and lately writing on internet.

To my chagrin, none demonstrated the courage to accept the challenge. Today, I do admit that, in actual fact, it is me who utterly failed to break the shackles of self imposed compulsions and unleash a great writer, contained somewhere deep inside. I pursued others to help them discovering their talents and abilities while my own passions and obsessions suffered heavily.

Admitting my failure has also shown me a thin beam of hope that I may one day discover the writer that I myself buried under heavy debris of my shattered dreams.

The genetic default of having a flair for writing, creativity and expressing my true emotions is an undeniable truth. Then why I ignored or deceived myself by mis-perceiving that writing is not for me? It is an unpardonable sin for which I am sternly admonishing myself. And I have my own way of doing this.

In addition to various other abandoned blogs, I also created some with purpose that need to be updated regularly and the task is like squeezing the lemon to eke out even the last smallest remaining drop of its sour and acidic juice. That's the price I have to pay for all the complacence, lethargy, procrastination and self-deception.

My dear younger friends, please try to avoid the circumstances that I have been through and don't waste your valuable time in futile activities.

Take full advantage of the passing moment, for it is the only opportunity that you have to avail. Past is gone, future is unknown. Only the passing moment is what you have to manipulate and utilize to your own advantage.

To fulfill your dreams and to achieve your goals, materialize this passing moment using every unit of your intellectual, spiritual and physical energies. Wishing you all the best in the process of moving towards your destiny.

Think big, act intrepidly!

August 10, 2010

LIFE WITHOUT TICK TICK TICK!


by Saalik Siddikki

The digitalized era has deprived us of many small and simple fascinations that we used to enjoy till four five decades ago.  One of the enthrallments was a rhythmic tick . . . . tick . . . . tick of pendulum clocks.

When I was about 6 and, being the only child of my parents, also was all alone in the house to play with my toys, I was not allowed to go out to play with the street kids for longer periods.  So, I fell victim to indulging in my own world of fantasies.

And most probably that was the only reason that I got into the habit of deep thinking, creative visualization and self-talking.  I read about these subjects in the fourth decade of my life that, quite interestingly, became my favourite subjects for study and practice.

To be very fair, these three subconsciously developed habits have always played a vital role in saving me from mental collapse on numerous occasions.

Sometimes, I wanted to take down the clock to put it among my characterized toys to watch them closely.  I never expressed this kiddish desire to my step mother for fear of admonition.

I had created characters of my own choice; both friends and rivals except the clock.  It never occurred to me to tag it with some name like the toys.  It remained as something very special, beyond fabricated relations that I had with my army of toys.

I remember that my mother would say ‘Look at the clock, when it strikes the hour, your play-time, outdoor, would end.’  I still recall subconsciously visualizing the clock's hands moving to the set time and surprisingly I mostly returned home without inquiring about time from anyone passing by us.  Most of my street-mates were flabbergasted at my accurate perception of the moments when I had to go back home, sometimes even in the middle of the game that I was playing.

We had two pendulum clocks encased in very beautiful wooden frames that were sent to my father, as a special gift, by a friend who resided in England in those days.  My father always expressed his pride in having those valuable clocks sent by his friend.

When I had nothing to do, I used to gaze at the huge clock in our living room.  Its tick . . . tick . . .  tick mesmerized me.  I would move my eyes with the swaying movements of the pendulum in a very soothing, tranquilizing and spiritual rhythm.  And, after a few moments of that hypnotic phase, a kind of very strong energy wave would start radiating in my body moving in a circular motion from head to toe and vice versa.

I assume that many people would have had this type of experience at some stage of their life.

Being the Ring Master of my very own circus, I always got myself engaged in my universe of toys, each of which was labeled as a special character; to such an extent that my mom would yell at me to say something or a clock’s hourly striking sound would break my deep absorption.

In later years, these clocks kept reminding me of their lively presence in the house.  Every moment of 365(6) days of the year recorded sometimes low and sometimes loud tick-ticking during home-studies, listening to radio programmes, enjoying weekend gatherings with friends and, lethargic thinking, relaxing or inducing sleep and of course in all weathers.

There was no escape from those perfectly and mechanically set stubborn tick . . . ticks and chimes of exquisitely designed clocks.

Now, while writing this, I feel that those pendulum clocks, part of every urban household in those days, made us feel the flow of passing time and let the echo of life play a soft but awakening tune for us.

The digitalized era has definitely made some chores of life exceptionally easy, convenient and comfortable for us, but then it also has devoured the mesmerizing tick . . . tick . . . tick of pendulum clocks that were a constant source of reminding us of passage of time and evolution of life.

Besides memorable happy moments of childhood, I also badly miss those tick ticks.

Earlier posted on : http://e-maqzine.blogspot.com/2011/01/life-without-tick-tick-tick.html

Friday, November 23, 2012

Exercise: Traveling to Another Time and Realm

  by Jock Brocas

This exercise is kindly given by Camilla Persson, who is on the board of the ASSMPI (American Society for Standards in Mediumship and Psychical Investigation). Camilla is a resident expert in out-of-body exploration and an author of many works on the subject. She currently resides and teaches in Sweden and is a member of the Swiss SPR.

Exploring other times and space through inner journeys demands an open mind, right intentions, and a strong will. Back in history there was a secret code of prerequisites for astral travelers, only for the initiate. It said :
 
  • To know
  • To desire
  • To have faith
  • To be silent
To be able to achieve real astral journeys, you must raise your bodily vibration. By doing this you achieve the state that is the catalyst to your leaving through your crown chakra. This will automatically give you an altered state of consciousness and allow you to reach other planes of existence, such as astral planes and the higher realms of the spirit world. It is called an “inner” journey, but in fact those worlds are not more “inner” than the physical one; it just appears to be like that. These experiences will give you another insight and a different overview.


The key to astral journeys is relaxation and concentration, but both at the same time. You might realize that relaxation and increased focus in mind are in conflict, as you often fall asleep when you get very relaxed. This, however, will decrease after some training and become a natural state for you, where you don’t lose consciousness but instead learn about your hidden resources. When you are ready, you can try to deepen the muscular relaxation as much as possible and, at the same time, increase your awareness. The goal is to achieve a state where your body will sleep but not your mind. You are making a change within yourself with the result of losing earth consciousness. It will be replaced by spiritual awareness, which is a superconscious state of mind.

Self-Induced Practice: Traveling to Another Time and Realm

This is a short exercise that you can try. Do not think that you will be able to achieve success instantly, because it takes some time and practice to induce astral travel effectively. Please note that the time indication is just a suggestion.

Exercise: Traveling to Another Time and Realm

This exercise is kindly given by Camilla Persson, who is on the board of the ASSMPI (American Society for Standards in Mediumship and Psychical Investigation). Camilla is a resident expert in out-of-body exploration and an author of many works on the subject. She currently resides and teaches in Sweden and is a member of the Swiss SPR.
Exploring other times and space through inner journeys demands an open mind, right intentions, and a strong will. Back in history there was a secret code of prerequisites for astral travelers, only for the initiate. It said:
  • To know
  • To desire
  • To have faith
  • To be silent
To be able to achieve real astral journeys, you must raise your bodily vibration. By doing this you achieve the state that is the catalyst to your leaving through your crown chakra. This will automatically give you an altered state of consciousness and allow you to reach other planes of existence, such as astral planes and the higher realms of the spirit world. It is called an “inner” journey, but in fact those worlds are not more “inner” than the physical one; it just appears to be like that. These experiences will give you another insight and a different overview.
The key to astral journeys is relaxation and concentration, but both at the same time. You might realize that relaxation and increased focus in mind are in conflict, as you often fall asleep when you get very relaxed. This, however, will decrease after some training and become a natural state for you, where you don’t lose consciousness but instead learn about your hidden resources. When you are ready, you can try to deepen the muscular relaxation as much as possible and, at the same time, increase your awareness. The goal is to achieve a state where your body will sleep but not your mind. You are making a change within yourself with the result of losing earth consciousness. It will be replaced by spiritual awareness, which is a superconscious state of mind.

Self-Induced Practice: Traveling to Another Time and Realm

This is a short exercise that you can try. Do not think that you will be able to achieve success instantly, because it takes some time and practice to induce astral travel effectively. Please note that the time indication is just a suggestion.

Step One, Approximately Twenty Minutes: Muscular and Mental Relaxation

Lie down on a bed or sofa. Take a deep breath and relax thoroughly. Allow only a happy mental and emotional state when entering spiritual exercises. Drop all your daytime problems and focus on nothing. Try to be calm in mind, and if you have any fears for the exercise and the unknown, please deal with that before doing this exercise. To keep alert, place all your attention, all your consciousness, a bit outside your forehead, just in the third eye, right between the eyebrows, but 4 inches outside your face. Try to hold your spinal cord straight and avoid moving your body. Walk through the body and press the muscles by physical action with your conscious mind, then relax the muscles each in turn and from top to toe.
Allow yourself to relax more and more. If there is any emotional disturbance in your mind, just ignore the thoughts, watch them drift away, and don’t get attached to them. Your thought pattern will slow down for now, and the only thing you should focus on is to get thoroughly relaxed without falling asleep.

 Use a breathing technique to mesmerize yourself and help spirit guides to link to you, but don’t drop your consciousness. Remember, your only intention is to deliberately project yourself into a past time and reality.

Step Two, Approximately Thirty Minutes: Linking to Your Inner Light Guide

When you are totally relaxed, try formulating a wish to your inner light guide and ask to see a glimpse of a past life. When you telepathically (in your mind) communicate with your guide’s lines, it will respond in such a way as you are capable to receive. Try to eliminate all other thoughts and ideas and just focus on your wish to explore another time. Be patient and wait for the opportunity. Be aware that you may not be allowed to view this because of the level of your own soul growth. All you can do is ask, and if it is in alignment with your highest good, it will happen.
It’s important to understand that some people will immediately be given an ecstatic conscious experience of another time and place that will astound them for months or even years, while others will have less magnificence and perhaps think it was only a daydream or a fantasy. If that is the case, try to be patient. Keep in mind that there are many ways to perform inner journeys, and some of them are just mind travels not using the astral body. Try not to have any preconceived ideas about how the journey will take place. The answers to your prayers will come; the delivery from spirit is given when spirit thinks the time is appropriate. It’s a true gift from spirit to enlighten you, and it could be on top of whatever you experienced in your life.

Step Three, Approximately Ten Minutes: Content Analysis

Write down your experience and what it meant to you. Repeat the exercise a couple of days later and see if something has changed. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Muraqaba - The Sufi Meditation

 The Sufi Meditation (By Sufi-Master Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi)

By Syed Reaz

When we try to learn a new skill or try to gain knowledge about a specific subject, we follow a guideline or a system, which demands that we pay attention to the subject to fully understand it. Our mind becomes curious to know the where, how and what of it. When we pay attention to the minor details, that minor point itself gains value. However, when we ignore the most important part and do not pay any cognitive attention to it then even that major point loses its value and importance. Through contemplation we gain knowledge about any object and the deeper that knowledge, the more we learn about that object and its qualities.

Muraqaba is the name of that contemplation through which man is able to gain the knowledge which is the primordial knowledge of his Ego, Self, or Soul. After gaining that knowledge, any man can gain access to his Ego or Soul.

It appears that the person performing Muraqaba is simply sitting in a pose with his or her eyes closed. However, merely shutting the eyes and assuming a specific pose does not serve the purpose. Muraqaba is in fact an angle of perception through which the person doing the Muraqaba frees himself or herself from outward senses and begins their journey in the inward senses.

Now we are going to look into whether or not the Muraqaba-like conditions or states exist in us, without adopting the specific pose of Muraqaba.

Freedom from outward senses happens in our daily life, both involuntarily and voluntarily. For example, we go to sleep and while sleeping our brain disconnects from outward senses. It is true that this disconnection is temporary however; this condition could not be termed as anything but disconnection from outward senses. Hence, we can say that Muraqaba is in fact a way of imposing a state of sleeping without going to sleep.

Every human being, from the time of birth to death spends life in two states. In other words, in the human mind there are two types of conditions that prevail every moment of our life. One of these conditions or state is wakening and the other sleeping or dreaming. In the wakening state, they are trapped in Time and Space while during dreaming they are free from the confines of spatiotemporal limitations. This freedom of Time and Space is sought through Muraqaba by converting the state of sleeping or dreaming into an awakened state. Because during Muraqaba, a person goes through the same conditions that he or she goes through while sleeping or dreaming.

The notion that dreams are nothing but thoughts is not correct. In all scriptures including the Quran (Koran), dreams have been mentioned. The dreams that were mentioned in the Quran show that the realm of dream is free from the restrictions imposed by Time and Space. When a person tries to impose the state of dreaming through Muraqaba, they free themselves from that spatiotemporal boundaries and they journey through the realm of dream the way they travel while fully wake. All existing things need foundation; without it they could not survive. This is not something that is hard to comprehend. For example the foundation of a chair is its legs. A house remains erect only when inside the earth its foundation is laid. Similarly, we can only learn a subject or a branch of knowledge when we know its basics. These basics (or formulas) are considered as the foundation of any branch of knowledge. God has revealed it in the Quran,

Al-Lah is the Light of the heavens and earth.

In this Universe, there are several worlds and galaxies. The Essence and Reality of God is something only God knows or those with whom He has shared His Secrets. How much of this information God has shared with His chosen servants is not our concern. However, we do know that God created this entire universe for us humans. It is stated on several occasions in the Quran that the foundation of this universe is the Light (nur) of God. Based on this fact it is imperative that Man and all of his abilities be centered on one foundation.

It is our daily observation that not all of our actions, motions, whims, thoughts, imaginations, and feelings are dependent on the body of bones and flesh. Because when the Spirit disconnects its link with the physical body then this body of bones and flesh is unable to act on its own. As long as the Spirit is attached with the body, all the needs, and functions necessary for life are present. In other words, Spirit (ruh) is the foundation of the body.

According to the Quran, a limited knowledge of the Spirit is given. Nevertheless even this limited knowledge is still knowledge. What we are trying to emphasize is that what we consider Man is a body of bones and flesh, though that Man is nothing but fiction. The real Man is the one that protects that skeleton of flesh and keeps it in motion, whom the Quran calls ruh (Spirit). This ruh, in order to fulfill the needs of life uses a medium. We call this medium, chromosomes. In the Quran, God has said that, We poured Our ruh in him (Adam). In other words, ruh created a medium and after that gave him the senses. ruh is in fact a component of the Divine and in it all the knowledge of Divine Discretions and Attributes are present, which God so Willed. Just how this knowledge was acquired by the component, is a Divine Mystery, which could never be explained.

There are eleven thousand generators (latifa, plural lataif) at work inside the Man. According to Sufism, there are eleven thousand Divine Names as well. Every Divine Name is an Attribute and every Divine Attribute is knowledge (ilm). This knowledge further expands into more and more spheres to become a manifestation of the Divine Attributes.

In order to enter the unseen world (al-ghayb) or to behold anything beyond Time and Space, we have to first free ourselves from the clutches of spatiotemporal restrictions. This is only possible when the vision that sees Time and Space frees itself from its boundaries. To activate that vision, certain exercises have been created through which even if the human mind is not totally free at least it is able to come close to it.

Now the next question is to how and when the human senses could be freed from that restriction. One example is the state of dreaming. Sleeping actually is getting freedom from the diurnal senses, which are Time and Space. When we go to sleep then our senses are transferred to a realm where the state of Time and Space do exist but not in the chronological order in which we spend our life. The Second way is that while wake human mind could focus on any object with full concentration. For example when we read an interesting book, we often lost track of the time. When we finally look at our watch, we then realized that so much time had elapsed, though we were not aware of it.

In the Quran, the event of Moses receiving the Torah is mentioned in the following verse:

And We promised Moses thirty nights and fulfilled it in forty nights.
Day and night are mentioned in Quran in the following verses,
And We enter night into the day and let the day enter into the night.
We take the night out of the day and take the day out of the night.
We cover the day onto night and night into the day.

When we contemplate these verses of Quran, we realized that day and night are in fact two senses. In other words, our life is divided into two senses. One of the senses is day the other one is night. During the day senses (diurnal senses) restricted with Time and Space while during night senses (nocturnal senses) we are free from these restrictions.

The Divine Statement that We promised Moses thirty nights and fulfilled it in forty nights is interesting. Because Moses did not simply spend forty nights there, his entire stay was forty days and forty nights. It was not that he was spending the nights at the place and coming back during the day. He did spend his entire stay at the Mount. Interestingly God did not mention days in the verse instead mentions only night. It clearly suggests that during those forty days and forty nights, Moses was under the influence of nocturnal senses.

The same nocturnal senses, which free us from the restrictions of Time and Space.

Hence, anyone who would impose the nocturnal senses during the period of day and night on themselves would be free from the confinement of Time and Space. This freedom from spatiotemporal restriction is the way to exploring the unseen realm and getting intuitive information.

During a battle, an arrow injured Amirul Momineen Ali ibn abi Talib. It had entered his thigh and the pain was excruciating. The surgeons could not operate on it. Because of extreme pain he would not let them even touch it. One of his companions suggested to surgeons that they wait until Imam Ali began his prayer. When Imam Ali began his prayer, the surgeons were able to operate on him without him showing any sign of pain. By the time he was done with his prayers, Imam Ali realized that the surgeon had already performed the surgery and the wound had already been stitched. This event is another example of the negation of Time and Space. When Imam Ali started his prayers, his senses went from diurnal state into nocturnal state. The moment his mind entered the nocturnal senses his focus was shifted away from the diurnal senses (restriction and pain). The foundation of Spirituality is based on the reality that Man has two senses, two brains, and two lives. Just like the two sides of a coin, it has two sides.One life is restricted; the other one is free.

Constrained life is day, wakefulness, and consciousness. On the other hand, free life is the name of night, joy, peace and the contentment of the heart.

To gain that life the easiest method in Spirituality is Muraqaba. Muraqaba is in fact the name of an exercise, effort and the angle of perception. Through it, anyone can enter the nocturnal senses while keeping the diurnal senses active as well.

Sufi-Master Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi is the Patriarch of the Sufi Order of Azeemia and has written over 35 books on Parapsychology,Telepathy and meditation. His most recent book Muraqaba-The Art and Science of Sufi Meditation was published in the U.S. in January 2005. (tras. by Syed Shahzad Reaz)

Source : http://ezinearticles.com/?Muraqaba--The-Sufi-Meditation-By-Sufi-Master-Khwaja-Shamsuddin-Azeemi&id=17719

HOW TO HYPNOTISE YOUR INNER SELF

A Path To Inner Enrichment

By

What is hypnosis? Firstly, believe it or not, hypnosis is a natural part of the human being! It does NOT belong in the far reaches of imagination where wizards and ghouls live, it belongs in the here-and-now world of clear modern medicine and science. Hypnosis is actually the means by which the human mind can drift into a "trance-like" state, note I do not "into a trance", THIS IS NOT THE SAME. This state of mind is characterised by extreme suggestibility, a high level of mental and physical relaxation and greatly enhanced imagination and can be induced by another person or by you. So yes, you can hypnotise yourself.

You can quite easily learn to how to hypnotise your inner self, it is really not that difficult. Your aim should be to develop your skill to the point where it becomes a part of you, naturally. Self hypnosis begins with relaxation, a technique you will need to master in order to be properly effective in this art and you can begin by recalling relaxing pastimes or experiences you have had. You also focus individually on all of your senses, get them onto sharp reality like you normally would not do.

Then you go on to use hypnotic language patterns, a script and audio to bring your mind to that relaxed and heightened state. This does not mean that you fall into a zombie-like trance, you are still very much aware and in control at all times. At this stage you will discover that you are in a state where certain perceptions are like you have never had them before, this will be new voyage of self-discovery for you, you will begin to "see" things in your mind that were always there but you just did not know it.

If you wish to become really good at how to hypnotise your inner self, go further into this, dig deeper. You will find that there is a reservoir deep down inside you just waiting to be tapped into. There is a deep well that you never knew was there, by using hypnotic suggestion on your self along with other non-magical techniques you will get deeper and deeper into the relaxation and therapy of self-hypnosis. You will come to structure your own sessions, learn about conscious and unconscious responses. Posture and surroundings also play a crucial part, I don't think you will get very far sitting at a construction site for example. So you will learn where and how to go about the entire process so that your results are the best the can be.

Your conscious and unconscious minds respond differently to the same stimuli, so what works for one does not work for the other, this will seem odd to you at first, but as you get into it you will accept it without even noticing anymore. Learn how to hypnotise your inner self well, be diligent, and reap surprising rewards.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6711949

Saturday, February 18, 2012

How to Optimize the Awesome Power of Thoughts and Imagination

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Have you encountered a time when you were in a traffic jam and was running late for an important meeting? Did you stay calm and focused? Or did your mind wander into the dark side of the impending consequences that may occur?

If you're always picturing people getting mad at you and thinking of negative outcomes, then your body suffers as well. You may experience chest pains, anxiety disorders, indigestion, and other health problems. Why worry when you can't do anything about the situation? Moreover, you don't even know yet what will happen. Both good and bad things happen unexpectedly. Why bother to worry? It's just not worth it.
Your mind directly influences your body's capabilities and reactions; so if you always project negative thoughts and images in your mind, your body suffers as well. But if you always think of positive and enthusiastic stuffs, your body will react positively too.

The mind is an absolute powerhouse, a dream granter, and goal achiever, all rolled into one. But do you know how to optimize it for best performance?

Many times we've heard people say that "If you think you can or you can't, you're right."

That is so true. But do you know exactly how to use your thoughts in reaching what you desire to achieve?
They say affirmations work. Yes, they do. But the results might be minimal and might not turn out according to your expectations.

Do you want to know a method that is much more powerful? What I'm going to tell you is a technique that is so effective in itself; that if you combine it with affirmations, then you possess one of the deadliest combos of self-improvement.

Want to know the secret? Here it is.

Visualize images. It's as simple as that. Our mind communicates with our body using images. You know that the thought of people getting angry with you can negatively affect your health. Otherwise, picturing yourself relaxing at your favorite vacation spot can ease some of your stress.

Take this exercise.

Imagine the juiciest whole piece of fried chicken right in front of you. You can smell its tempting aroma. You sliced it into pieces and heard the crispy crunching sound. Picture yourself taking a large bite and enjoying the gastronomic experience. Did that made your mouth water? Did that made you hungry?

Images are very powerful and can be used to improve your health, attain your goals, and achieve anything that you put your mind into.

For instance, you're a burn victim. You have a wound that is quite agonizing. Don't just say, "Hey, burn wound. Get out of my skin." Picture it in your mind getting smaller and smaller. Visualize it melting and vanishing into thin air.

You may imagine the wound itself healing miraculously, or you may designate any object of your choice to represent that wound. For example, you visualize a black stone as a symbol of your illness. Imagine that object shrinking and disintegrating slowly. As you're thinking of this, feel your wound and all negative forces simultaneously going along with the action of the black stone. Let them become smaller and smaller until they have ceased to exist.

So which technique is better - imagining the real thing or assigning a representational object to it? It all depends on you. Pick and apply the method that you are more comfortable with, the one that you are more inclined to think and visualize upon.

But it's not as easy as you think. Practice makes perfect. One way you can optimize the power of imagination is by becoming more observant and meticulous. If you're going to use a certain flower in your visualization, go to the park and become a keen observer of that flower. Touch it. Smell it. Feel its texture. The more senses involved, the more powerful your visualization will become.

Visualization can be a very powerful tool in getting what you want in life. Practice and apply it often. You'll be amazed at the results.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4921

Saturday, January 7, 2012

MOTIVATION IS THE KEY

But Success Is Up to Me

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Everyone dreams about what they want to do or have in their life. The question sometimes is how do I get there? The answer to the question could seem to be complex but it is rather simple. The answer is in two parts explained in one statement: Motivation is the key but Success is up to me. Let's break down this statement so that you will understand that your dreams are merely steps away from being a reality.

Motivation is the key. Motivation is the driving force that energizes us to push forward towards a goal. Motivation is internal and/or external as well as positive and/or negative. You can get words of encouragement from your family and friends. You can get discouraging words from your family and friends. You can accomplish one goal that drives you to push on to your next goal. You can fail in reaching a goal. Motivation is similar to fuel. When someone drives a car, they need fuel. When you set a goal, you need motivation. Other elements are needed such as persistence and perseverance just as you need oil, transmission fluid and coolant for a car. Yet, that car will not move until you have fuel. You need motivation of all types to fuel your tank. The point is: it does not matter if motivation is just from you or if it is positive or negative from others. Embrace it and use it to drive you to your goal. Motivation is the key but...

Success is up to me. So now you have this fuel in your tank. Use it. Do it. You have to believe that you will accomplish your goal. This is worth repeating: YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL. Regardless of whom you are or what you know, you and only you can and must have faith in yourself. An abundance of motivation will do you know good if you don't believe you can do it. You simply must proceed on your journey to success. A full tank of gas in a car is useless if the car is not driven. Furthermore, with no direction, the fuel is wasted. You must have a specific goal. You must have a plan to achieve that goal. Failure along the way is always relevant and real. Failure is not defeat unless you choose it to be. Believe that you can accomplish your goal and you will be able to embrace failure. You will not be afraid to fail. You must not be afraid to fail. Failure is nothing more than motivation.
Motivation is the key but Success is up to me!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6794152


PERSONAL LEADERSHIP SUCCESS


The 5 Characteristics of Personal Leadership

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As the business world moves faster and faster, leaders must abandon old models that hasten them to frantically keep up in favor of more powerful paradigms that more wisely leverage their talent, teams and time.

We need a better way. Leaders can improve the situation, as well as their results, by investing in their own possibilities - transforming their business by transforming themselves.

Now and in the years to come, successful leaders will be the ones who practice personal leadership.
Personal leadership is the ability to tap into your rich stores of potential in each and every leader, so that they bring their very best to the attainment of a powerful vision.

Traditionally, leadership evokes images of the visionary. Leaders have the ability to engage and empower an effective team, define and focus on priorities, tie action to a well-defined and relevant mission, and elicit results through motivation, persuasion and encouragement. In this way, they create and attain a new future for a group of people, an organization, or a business.

Yet all of these things presume a sound personal core. Leaders must also work on themselves to be convincing in all these endeavors. That's where personal leadership comes in.

In a very positive, unselfish way, personal leadership means putting yourself first. Literally speaking, personal means 'about you;' leadership means 'coming first.' It's about you coming first - but doing so in the service of the greater good as you propel yourself and others toward your vision. It's about moving forward confident in the knowledge that when you are at your best, people will follow.

Let's look at some of the defining characteristics of personal leadership.

Renewing: Unlike a take-no-prisoners approach to leadership, personal leadership offers an element of renewal - a way for leaders to slow down and move forward in a way that sustains their energy, brainpower and enthusiasm.

Rewarding: You don't have to leave your high-powered job to do volunteer work in Third World countries to find meaning and fulfillment. You can find your sense of purpose in your heart and bring it to your work, no matter what you do for a living.

Reflective: Personal leadership relies on thoughtfulness. It involves constant questioning about where you are, where you're going, what's working, what's not working, and what needs to change. In the machine-gun model of leadership, reflection is the "aim" that's gone missing. Reflection is a way of improving your marksmanship so you know you'll hit your targets every time.

Respectful: One grave issue with current models of leadership is the threat they pose to quality of life. In the name of achievement, leaders everywhere are sacrificing their health, their home life and their happiness. Personal leadership respects the needs of leaders as well as their results.

Raising the Bar: You might think that all of these attributes require a trade-off in productivity and progress. The opposite is actually true. Instead of just meeting expectations, you exceed them. Personal leadership makes it possible to do more, be more, have more, achieve more, and do it with more zeal.

Personal leadership is about leading from within. It is the foundation for all leadership, whether it's the leadership of ideas, of other people, or of organizations. It is clarity of self - of who you are, what you stand for, where you're going, and what you have to contribute. It is the management of your gifts, strengths and talents toward your purpose. It is the constant striving for improvement, a commitment to growth and a devotion to being the best you you can be. Finally, it is the expression of oneself in a way that achieves a compelling vision and a significant contribution.

Dream Big, Start Where You Are

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When it comes to setting goals, most people shoot themselves in the foot by setting goals without immediate steps within their reach. They thereby set themselves up for failure. For your goal to be achievable you have to be able to do something about it today, not tomorrow or when things line up. There should be a link between your goal and where you are right now. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, says a Chinese proverb. That step should be within your reach today, not tomorrow. A plan is the bridge to your dreams. If the bridge is such that you cannot gain a foothold right where you are, it may end up a pipe dream. You may locate your boat, but with no gangway to board it, you may find yourself watching it sail away while you are left stranded on the shore. A lot of New Year Resolutions end up in a puff of smoke because folks could not get on board (gather momentum).

You ought to think big, but it does not end there. The journey to your destination should be such that you can start and continue moving. After getting inspired to start, you need motivation to keep going. Nothing motivates more than taking one successful step after another. It gives you momentum to keep going forward. Hence it is critical to cut your first steps according to your current ability. Step out of your comfort zone gradually. Warm up first before you start to run. Your goals should stretch you, but gradually.

If you want to run a marathon, you have to start gradually. You cannot simply wake up one morning and start running. You main focus at the onset will be the state of your health. You need to see your doctor to have a physical examination to certify you fit to start. You will be advised to start gradually and slowly build up your fitness level, which will be reflected in your resting pulse rate. This means your focus will not be primarily on running the marathon itself, but it getting yourself ready to become a marathoner so that you can run one. The same applies to goals. After setting the goals, the next activity should be training and preparation. This involves focus on personal growth and development. It involves learning. To achieve what you have not achieved before, you need to become who you have not been before. To become who you have not been before, you have to grow. When you grow as a person, you upgrade your capability to perform and get results at the next level.

Most of our goals belong to the next level. To reach those goals, you have to step up your game and play at that level. It begins with starting from where you are and upgrading yourself. You need to know what steps you need to take immediately and how to go about it. For most goals, the first step is the commitment to learn. Hence the first step is usually the decision to start signified by getting a book on the subject, reading it with a commitment to action. Every high achiever one day started from ground zero. There is hardly any goal you set for yourself that no one has gone that way before. Even when your goal is truly unique, the principle for attaining success is the same. A lot of people before you have overcome challenges to achieve their goals. The story of their journey is shared somewhere in a book, audio or video product, seminar or the internet etc. There are virtually unlimited resources you can access o learn, and know how to start in such a way that you set yourself up for success not failure.

Dream big but start where you are. Never leave the site of making a goal without taking action immediately. Your goal setting should coincide with taking the first action immediately. Do not allow your goals or dreams go cold. Strike while it is still hot.