Principles of Achievement 1

Jan 23 1999

Principles of Achievement

I have been touched by bad financial situations of various readers, especially since I have been in and out of them about as much as anyone.

Finances are probably the greatest problem the spiritual workers of the world have today. Jesus said that man cannot serve both God and mammon, yet we must serve mammon in this age to some degree just to survive.

As we move into the Age of Aquarius disciples will learn to balance the two through the viewing and application of money in a spiritual sense. The Purpose of God and money must be blended with great wisdom.

When I was in a difficult financial situation I began writing advice to myself. This is an unfinished set of articles that I hope to complete at some time. Nevertheless, I have found what I have written so far to be sound advice and perhaps it will help some.


The Principles Of Achievement

Principle I

Decide To Have A Goal

What good does it do to read books and attend seminars on self-improvement if one has not made the decision to reach for something higher? All of us feel a motivating force within us pushing us on to greater heights, to climb another mountain, to accomplish something we have never done before. Unfortunately, many expect progress and happiness in life to just happen, as if they have it coming by some divine decree. All those in this category will discover their folly. Unfortunately, for many, this discovery comes late in life, when that magical power to achieve has atrophied. Then they fall back upon themselves in self-pity and talk about that which might have been.

Many people in this category have had all the ingredients of success. They were intelligent, they had drive and power and they were able to accomplish any job someone else gave them to do. The one little mistake they made is that they never gave themselves a task. All of their labor was to help someone else achieve a goal, and not themselves.

Think of this statement: All activity that one can engage in is pushing toward the fulfillment of a conscious intelligent goal set by someone somewhere. If you do not have a conscious goal that you are seeking then all your energies are working to help someone else achieve his or hers.

For example: If you are working for a successful bakery you may be assured that the owner will have certain conscious goals related to growth, quality and service, even if you have none.

When you pay your taxes you may rest assured there are dozens of people eager to grab the money to further their conscious goals.

When you buy groceries your money spent is furthering the conscious goals of several intelligent people in the company.

Think of all the energy that you expend and you will see that somehow, someway, all of it is directed to fulfill some conscious goal somewhere.

As a general rule in the sales world, 10% of the salespeople make 90% of the sales. That’s because only 10% know how to set and achieve goals. It is similarly safe to assume that 90% (nine times more than average) of the world’s energy is spent in achieving the goals set by less than 10% of the population. If we look at the power wielded by the individuals in the top 1% the results are even more startling.

The principle is this: As you double your ability to achieve, your opportunity to use other people’s energy and efforts will multiply geometrically.

To get in the top ten per cent where you share in the use of 90% of the world’s purpose energy, all you have to do is set conscious intelligent goals and then reach them.

To get in the top one per cent you must set and attain conscious intelligent goals that go beyond self-interest and help many people.

Before anyone can get in the elite one or even ten per cent he or she must start at the first step: One must have a goal.

“But I do have goals,” you say! Actually, everyone thinks he has goals, but few really do.

Let us offer a true definition of a goal:

A goal is a specific believable objective set by the mind and accepted by the heart. It includes definite steps that will be taken to ensure its completion at an approximated time. Examples of what a goal is not: (1) To make a lot of money (2) To be happy (3) To be a good parent (4) To get a great job (5) To fall in love

Examples of what a specific goal is: (1) To make an extra $500.00 this month by putting in two extra hours a day in my business. (2) Increase my personal sense of self-worth by helping the homeless three hours a week. (3) Spend one day a week doing something my children will enjoy. (4) I will get a better job by getting professional help on a new resume and personally deliver it to twelve decision-makers within 30 days. (5) I will find a marriage partner with similar values as my own within two years. I will join three organizations that are likely to attract the type of person I want.

The first category are wishes, and the second, goals. Everyone has wishes, but only a few have goals.

The first step in setting a goal is to realize the difference between a wish and a goal. Perhaps the main thing to realize is that a wish takes no effort, but a goal may take substantial effort.

The second step is to make a definite decision that you are willing to put forth the additional effort required to meet goals.

The third step is to actually set a goal.

The fourth step is to evaluate the goal to make sure it is truly beneficial and desirable. Since you may be spending mammoth amounts of time and energy in achievement you do not want the goal to be a waste of time. Here are some questions that should be asked:

  1. Is this goal leading me toward the fulfillment of my greatest desire?
  2. Can I avoid causing harm or taking away anyone’s freedom?
  3. Does reaching the goal benefit me and others?
  4. Do I feel within my innermost self that the goal is desirable and good?

If you can answer yes to all these questions, then there is no reason to delay setting your goal. Pick something that you desire to accomplish. You have now taken a major step.

Summary of Part 1:

  1. Know the difference between a wish and a goal.
  2. Be willing to put in additional effort.
  3. Pick a goal
  4. Evaluate the desirability of the goal.Copyright by J J DeweyIndex for Older Archives (Like this One) in the Process of Updating

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Dead Ends

This entry is part 22 of 34 in the series 2010B

A reader asks this question:
If you have come to a complete wall on what to do next, is it a good idea to fast, prayer and meditate on your next step?

This is a problem all of us have had from time to time. Even super human lives reach an impasse now and then and do not know which direction to take is the better.

One can understand why this would happen to the average person, but why would it happen to even the masters and beyond?

The answer is simple. All of us, high and low, are learning and we learn best by experience. Our next step in learning has many unknowns in it. You do not learn if you already know all there is in a certain area. The fact that we are ever learning tells us that all of us are attempting to discover the unknown and make it known.

This creates a problem for all us all now and then, but it is a good problem. If we didn’t have this problem then it would mean there is no more learning and if there were no more learning there would be no purpose and without learning and purpose there would be no creation and without creation all life would dissolve and we would all be as if we never were.

So, what do the masters do when they reach an apparent dead end and are not sure of their next step?

They do the same thing that we have to do. They stand still for a period of time and think about it. They do however, ask themselves a question that is often overlooked by average humanity which is this.

They assess all the things they should have accomplished with what they know and ask themselves if there is any more work that needs done before they take their next step. If the answer is yes then they understand that there may be a few things they yet need to do before a next step is possible.

So, when the disciple has done all that is possible to prepare for the next step and the next step is still unclear, then what?

For inspiration on this go back to the Parable of Decision in the first Immortal book. There we see an example of the wrong thing to do. The two who could not make a decision suffered the most. The other two who took the two paths were both far ahead of those who stood still in fear.

If one does not know what to do then he must use the first Key and Decide – decide something even if there is a good chance the decision is wrong. If the decision is a bad one the error in it will reveal itself as you move forward. Then you can see more clearly and make a good decision that was impossible earlier.

It is imperative then that we make a decision and then force ourselves to act upon it. Always try and incorporate the principle of harmlessness into that decision.

Another reader writes:
I have read extensively on soul contact yet have never experienced it. I feel hollow and am struggling. I remember your writings on life cycles and how if one does not find his purpose by age fifty, a self-destruct mechanism activates and ends the life. Part of me wants to let that mechanism activate and another part of me wants to cross the finish line victorious. I feel paraplegic in my attempts to see the purpose of this incarnation. I am obviously doing something wrong but not sure what.

You are referring to the age of crystallization and that is 54-56 years. They do not self-destruct, however, but just take it easy on the learning curve for the rest of their lives. About 90% of humanity gets caught in this trap.

Many people are under the illusion that God has some complete plan for them and they must discover it. They often wait in vain. Why?

Because most of us have to develop our own plan. Every once in a while a disciple will receive a revelation on what do to next but most of the time it is up to us and the sky is the limit. We can do whatever we want.

So ask yourself. What type of work do I enjoy. Then learn some more things around that which you enjoy and apply them or teach them. This will give you purpose.

Also ask yourself – what new thing can I learn that would be fulfilling? Then set about to learn that thing.

In the process of all this look back upon your life and ask yourself if there was any message from your inner self that you ignored and have not acted upon. If there was and you know it then retrieve that guidance and act upon it. This act can restore purpose very quickly.