Saturday, January 7, 2012


But Success Is Up to Me


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!

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The 5 Characteristics of Personal Leadership


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


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.