Saturday, 13 September 2008

Achieving Your Goals and Snake Venom Face Cream

A small article titled "Snake Venom Face Cream is Best-Seller" in A London newspaper caught my eye recently. It was about a face cream made from the venom of an Asian snake called the Temple Viper.

The makers of this anti-ageing daily moisturiser claim that the synthesised viper venom contained in this beauty product "stuns" the skin, helping to keep it smooth. They say it gives "Botox-like results" without the needles. Apparently, another benefit is that users still retain facial movement and so can more freely express their emotions.

It retails at £60 per pot and has been flying off the shelf at an average rate of about 50 per day. You do the math. Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge anyone spending vast sums of money on beauty products.

However, this is what made me smile (heaven forbid I should deepen my laughter lines!). Medical experts said that the cream would have to be used regularly to have an effect.

So what has this got to do with achieving your goals? Several things…

1. Many individuals are looking for a quick fix and are willing to pay top dollar for something that they think will give them the results they desire. They are looking for solutions that will require the minimum amount of effort and that's fine. We should all strive to work smart but as they say:

"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."
Vince Lombardi

Unfortunately, many women have a stash of creams and lotions all that had big promises but after a few uses were discarded for the next new miracle concoction. Does this sound familiar?

2. It's my guess that many of the women buying this anti-ageing cream are probably not doing some of the things that would naturally assist their longevity and appearance of youthfulness. Some may neglect their diet, fail to exercise on a regular basis, fail to get adequate sleep, spend too little time outdoors or in some cases too much time.

Some will heavy drinkers and smokers. Suddenly, the effects of hard-living starts to catch up with them and they then spend a fortune in an attempt to re-capture what they've lost without giving their lifestyle the overhaul it needs.

Many individuals are working superficially to achieve their goals or are sabotaging their success in some way and yet are frustrated that they are not achieving the results they desire.

3. I see lots of women with self-esteem issues who use expensive make-up, beauty creams, facelifts, and other nips and tucks to help compensate for their lack of self-esteem. These outward tactics can be very helpful. However, even more powerful is when you do the inner work to boost your self-esteem. This remains after you wipe off the make-up and step out of whatever clothes you are wearing and into your own skin.

"Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it."
Gloria Steinem

If you want to achieve your goals:

1. Ensure that the goals you set are holistic and cover every area of your life so that you live a harmonious life.

2. Be prepared to put the work in. However, work so that you maximise your efforts.

3. Work on maintaining your physical, mental and emotional well-being each and every day this will give you a strong foundation for the challenges that you will undoubtedly face.

4. Invest in your personal growth, time-wise and financially. There are lots of excellent free resources available but there will come a time when in order to achieve a new level of success a financial investment will become necessary.

5. Ensure you choose goals that you are passionate about because it will be an uphill battle otherwise.

6. Build your self-confidence and self-esteem - these are critical to your success.

And remember:

"The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do."

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