Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 125

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I took the time last night and this morning to make Pico de Gallo and Jalapeno Poppers for today's potluck at work.

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings to my friend, Connie, who taught me how to Salsa dance and to my friend, Maria, who hired me when I wanted to leave where I was so bad.

I was reading an article by Will Edwards on Ezine Articles that I wanted to share. I have a tendency to sabotage my success.

How to Defeat Your Sabotage Mechanism and Overcome the 7 Obstacles to Success (The first 3 Obstacles)

1. No Clear Direction

The first obstacle to achieving outstanding success is a lack of Clear Direction. Without taking consistent, focussed action that's linked to a clear vision, sense of what is important and what we wish to accomplish, we are guaranteed get absolutely nowhere. So the importance of arriving at a sense of what is important to you and what you are here on the planet to achieve simply cannot be overstated.

To overcome this obstacle, you need to develop a strong sense of Life-Purpose, Vision and Mission before you even begin to contemplate your goals. You might call it: being concerned with 'doing the right things, before doing things right'. This is a vital key ingredient of success that is often completely missing from discussions on goal-setting; and why, for many people, they never seem to really manage to achieve the deep satisfaction and fulfilment in life that they are seeking.

2. Inability to Control Thinking

If success were easy, everybody would be doing it - right? When we have embarked on a course of action that requires us to solve problems in order to reach our goals, we need to take proper control of our ability to think. Once we have our major objective in mind, we can begin to engage in the kind of sustained thinking that produces the inspiration for our course of action provided we can train our mind to produce the kind of insights we need to succeed.

Until comparatively recently, training the mind to overcome this obstacle could take years of practice in order to become reasonably proficient in mental disciplines that stimulate creativity such as creative visualisation, contemplation and meditation. With recent developments in Binaural Beat technology, it has become possible to induce highly creative brain activity simply by listening to specially prepared music.

3. No Blueprint for Success

To achieve exceptional success, we need to employ the very same success strategies that have been proven to be correct, time and again, by the most successful people. By adopting what is known to work already, we can significantly reduce our own learning time - this principle is known as 'modelling', of course. But many people just do not know how to gain access to the strategies of the most successful people - this represents a third obstacle to success for many people.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this difficulty because we can have access to the very same success philosophy used by some of the most successful people ever to have lived. And, by the application of the law of cause and effect, we can produce the same results too, because like causes always produce like effects. The way to overcome this obstacle, therefore, is to adopt the success strategies of those who are already successful.

Lots here for me to figure out.

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