Saturday, 20 October 2007

Success Starts with Knowing What You Want

Courtesy of Stephen Pierce

Success starts with knowing what you want yet I often hear people say "I don't know what I want". For such individuals I say that's unfortunate because if you don't know what you want you'll end up just drifting aimlessly through life accomplishing nothing of consequence.

Chances are you will be unhappy because you won't be progressing towards a specific goal and it is those individuals who have some aim in life, whose life is focused in a particular direction who are happiest. This is because we were designed to grow, not just physically but also mentally and spiritually and, unless you are striving towards a goal there is no mental or physical growth.

This brings me to another point. It is not the acquisition of the goal that is important but who you have to become in order to achieve your goal.

There are some individuals who sabotage their success because they think that success will change them. This is an excuse. If a person is basically a jerk, then success will simply make them even more so. However, if a person is loving, generous and kind, then success will empower them to express these qualities more fully. Goal achievement helps you to realise your true potential. The process of acquiring your goal helps you to become more of who you are. It helps to bring out your true essence.

There's no denying that goal achievement and by this I don't mean puny, insignificant goals that do little to build your strength and character is hard work. They say that success has the sweet smell of sweat about it yet:

"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it."

Let's face it; some people just don't want to do the work. Some will even try to use others to acquire what they want. The problem with this approach is because they haven't done the work they don't grow. They have a feeling that something is missing from their lives. Any success they achieve is short-lived and it has a bitter after-taste.

Success is yours for the taking if you know what you want and are prepared to work for it. This doesn't mean that everything will be a hard slog. If it is you're doing something wrong. You may even be pursuing something you don't really want. Generally, speaking your work should feel challenging yet satisfying and energising.

Finally, I want to ask you whose life are you living? Are you truly living the life that you want or are you living someone else's life. Many people go through life trying to live up to other's people's expectations. They follow career paths or relationships that their parents have mapped out for them. They pander to what they think their society expects of them. They align their wants with that of their friends and guess what? They are miserable. It one of the reasons why I love the film "Goodwill Hunting".

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has genius level intelligence and an intuitive ability that allows him to solve complex mathematical equations. He was an abused foster child and has a lot of pent-up anger and frustration as a result he does a series of menial jobs and lives in an impoverished neighbourhood. His childhood friend Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck) does not share Hunting's level of intelligence but there is a staunch bond between them. He recognises his friend's potential. He knows that he is destined for greater things and, in effect, he gives his friend permission to succeed:

"Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out. We have a few drinks, and a few laughs, and it's great. But you know what the best part of my day is? For about ten seconds, from when I pull up to the curb and when I get to your door, cause I think, maybe I'll get up there and I'll knock on the door and you won't be there. No goodbye. No see you later. No nothing. You just left. I don't know much, but I know that."

And I know this. Unless you discover what you truly want and have the courage to go after it, happiness and success will be elusive.

So what do you want?

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I hope you enjoyed the sound track at the beginning of this article. It is called "Question of Your Life" and was created by Stephen Pierce in association with Ronnie Smoothe. You can listen to and or download five free audios including "Question of Your Life" by clicking the link below:

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