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
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:
- Is this goal leading me toward the fulﬁllment of my greatest desire?
- Can I avoid causing harm or taking away anyone’s freedom?
- Does reaching the goal beneﬁt me and others?
- 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:
- Know the difference between a wish and a goal.
- Be willing to put in additional effort.
- Pick a goal
- 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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