“If a man/woman does his best, what more is there?” ~ General George S. Patton
Thanks, Living vs. Peace of Mind…
All last week we focused on Appreciation and Abundance.
You CAN live a life of abundance. You CAN live your dreams.
Engage others in your life and your dreams. Fully engage them.
In a nutshell, when you transform Thanks and Giving into THANKS, LIVING, you experience joy, happiness, and satisfaction in everything you do.
Learn to share your goals with others for mutual benefit—and give copious thanks and praise for their participation—and you will gain enormous power over your life.
Without question, the key to long-term success is constantly taking positive ACTION to move in the direction of your dreams and goals.
Sustained action gives you an indomitable will… the power to WILL your GOALS into your LIFE!
For the next two weeks, we will be discussing the “flip side” of Will Power: Peace of Mind.
As those of you who have read The Power of TQ know, my definition of success is simply this: “The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.”
As General Patton says, if you do your best, what more is there?
So the question becomes, “Have you done the BEST that is in you?”
Or, put a bit more “personal”…
Have Accomplished This Year?
During the past couple of weeks, I have asked you to look FORWARD to what you hope to accomplish this year and next. This week, I want you to look BACK over 2017, and reflect on what you have DONE—to specifically focus on your achievements.
Yes, I know that this may be more difficult for you than looking into the future and writing down some meaningful goals. However, this is a more important exercise than you can even begin to imagine—as what you have done is a precursor to what you will do.
In a way, I want you to hold yourself ACCOUNTABLE for the time you spent here on Earth this past year.
You did the TIME—what did you get in TRADE?
What are you most PROUD of?
Please take a few moments to write down your major achievements for this year, broken into 3 groups: Family, Friends and of course, Yourself:
“The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.” ~ Geoffrey Gaberino
Look closely at what you have written down. The real question becomes, how closely do your achievements align with your personal MISSION?
Could you have accomplished even more this year if your goals were better calibrated with your true PURPOSE here on Earth?
You traded the ONLY life you have to live for this list. Is what you got in trade ENOUGH?
Keep going and keep growing.
Or, do you feel that had you been a bit more committed and engaged this year, you would have been able to achieve even more?
If so, here’s something to think about.
Mission Factor 2c asks if you are on a MISSION and are willing to trade the only life you have to live in pursuit of it?
When you are working toward an ideal that comes from the heart, you are naturally motivated and driven to do your best. A thoughtfully created, highly desirable personal mission is guaranteed to make you highly focused, powerful and productive.
Act from your deepest values, and they will provide you with direction and satisfaction.
Connect and recommit to your mission every day.
If you don’t, you’re trading the only life you have for things that simply don’t matter.
“Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.” ~ Bob Beamon
Factor 2C’s CONTRIBUTION to your performance…
A high commitment suggests you are spending most of your time on things that actually matter to you. You not only have a mission statement, you live it 24/7/365: twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Your dedication to your personal mission is evident in everything you do. Nothing can divert you from your ideas. Far from a sacrifice, your defined mission doesn’t limit your opportunities. Instead, it’s the perfect tool to help you build your life exactly the way you want to live.
Factor 2C’s COST to your success…
A lack of commitment suggests you are someone who lacks the commitment to stand behind what you believe.
There are times when you lack direction, and it’s hard to commit to any one priority. You know you’re capable of accomplishing great things, but lose focus and lack motivation.
Your life feels hollow at times — even after completing a major project. It may seem that you’re trading the only life you have for small successes here and there.
The bottom line…
As you look back over 2015, think about BOTH, what you HAVE accomplished… and what you HAVE NOT achieved, but wanted to.
Be honest, how much more COULD you have achieved, had you given it your BEST a little more often?
Success happens in EVERY choice we make and EVERY action we take. Make smarter choices… and take smarter actions… and you will find success a great deal more frequently.
Remember, no one is a success all the time. In fact, even the most successful people FAIL as often as they SUCCEED.
What keeps them on top is their willingness to give it all they’ve got… to transform their God-given TALENTS into powerful SKILLS—every single day—and use those SKILLS to achieve their greatest GOALS.
When you are committed to your personal best—day in, day out—you will live a life of abundance and accomplishment.
Uncommitted equals a life that simply doesn’t matter. Think about it.
Remember, your family lives on the RESULTS you produce. Time measures you by the RESULTS you produce.
So, take action to produce better RESULTS. Do it today! What’s holding you back? — E.R. Haas, CEO