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December 6, 2017

The Power Of Purpose

You start by choosing a small achievement and then another and then another until you have grown your achieving muscles strong. Motivational muscles are like physical ones, slowly but surely they get stronger.

Every effort involves both a process and a product. You can maintain resilience by having two different kinds of goals; outcome goals and performance goals. Where outcome goals tend to define win/lose, performance goals acknowledge quality, initiative, creativity, and innovation.

For example, make your performance goals as specific and measurable as your outcome goals. Decide on a specific number of daily sales calls to be completed or a specific percent of first serves in a tennis match. Achieving these performance goals propel you toward the outcome goals.

It is truly an american dream. If you set a goal and work hard enough, you will succeed. However, there is no guarantee. Without periodic evaluation of your progress without checking for course corrections, it’s easy to get off track. And if you don’t pause to evaluate, you won’t even know if you’ve reached your goal.

Some people confuse activity with creativity. Some people confuse movement with achievement, they think that busy-ness and living at a hectic pace equals output. Others want to arrive without making the journey, they dream of glory without making the effort.

The following are the questions to ask yourself on your way.

Am I on schedule?

Has my ultimate goal shifted with my new insights?

What will be different when I reach my objective?

Where exactly is the finish line? How will I know I’m there?

If you stay the course, if you never give up, if you keep the above principles in mind, you will have the power for your purpose.

Enjoy your success because you’ve earned it. I hope you will also enjoy a poem written by¬†Jack London, author of “The Call of the Wild”, and other adventure stories. I think that the adventure of getting where you want to go is the greatest adventure of your life.

“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze
that it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor,
every atom of my in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them,
I shall use my time.”

 

Your friend,

Stu

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