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Where Are You Headed?

If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed. – Ancient Chinese Proverb

Where are you headed?

Do you really want to get there?

Chances are you don’t, at least not completely.

Yes, there are things you like about your life, but some you definitely don’t.

Be brave.

Be true to your inner knowing.

Make the course-correction(s) necessary to head where you really want to go – in all the areas of your life that count.

What Stops You(?)

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

The interesting thing about fear of failure is that it’s just one form of the fear of change.

What people really fear is change.

Why?

Because our emotional brain references ancient programming from early Man that insists that change often leads to death.

But the threats that plagued early Man simply don’t exist anymore.

But the fear lives on . . . .

The Key To Anything, and Everything

Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso

I love the saying: without sales there is no business.

It’s so true.

Unless the key activity of a business is done, and repeatedly so, there is no actual business.

The same is true of success, and achievement.

Without:

action;

movement;

making some mistakes;

learning;

intermediate successes;

small wins;

. . .

there is no real success.

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Success is as life: everything must move.

To be still, completely still, is to be dead.

What Are You Overlooking?

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. – Unknown

It’s so easy to get used to the abundance and opportunity we enjoy here in the United States.

So easy to forget that, even though our political system is far from perfect, we enjoy stability, peace and freedom.

It’s easy to get used to the good health so many of us enjoy.

So easy to forget that there are many who suffer chronic conditions and pain and may be terminally ill.

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I could on and on citing examples of the things so many of us take for granted.

But what I’d rather do to remind us (yes, me too!) that there is much more that goes right in our world, so much for us to be thankful and grateful for that we’re much better off focusing on what’s working and what’s right.

What we focus on expands.

Focus on the good.

Does It (Actually) Work?

I was talking with someone who said they weren’t really saving much anymore.

He said he was using an online finances tracker that integrates with his accounts and tracks expenditures, income and assets but despite long-time use, just about everything that was coming in was going right back out.

For me this begs a question: is it working?

Sure, he is using Mint (that’s the name of site/service), but his stated goal of saving money isn’t happening.

There are two key points here:

1) Vague goals lead to vague (often minimal) results.

2) If a given method or practice isn’t working, how long should one stick with it?

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If asked, I would have suggested that a clear savings goal be established, in light of current conditions and what he wants to create in the future.

And, I would ask if Mint doesn’t seem to be working, what else might he be willing to try?

There are all sorts of awareness-building practices one can adopt to get a better sense of what one is spending. This in conjunction with an existing tracking mechanism (i.e. Mint) could well lead to an increased savings rate.

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The key here is that if something isn’t working – I mean, really truly working – then something else must be done.