There are two types of people in this world. The ducks and the eagles. Ducks just quack while eagles soar and take control of the skies. The ducks are the people who live life on defense, always complaining and waddling away from whatever is troubling them, and there ALWAYS seems to be something troubling them. And then there’s the eagles, the people who live life on offense, who take problems as an opportunity, who stay positive because they know they are in control. These people live life on purpose, with meaningful actions and intentions, and they reap the rewards.
I’m sure you know someone who fits each of these categories. Think about it. You’re in a room with a group of people. You look over to one corner, and there’s Bob, boring whoever pities him enough for a chat with yet another complaint. Then you look at the center of the room. You notice people gathering as Jim walks in. You realize Jim is always smiling and confident, telling a story of yet another success. Do you think Bob was just unlucky? Do you think Jim just got all the luck and that he actually has fewer problems? My bet is Jim just handles the problem on the spot, not letting the worry drag him down, and allowing him to continue down the path of success.
When you take complete control of your life, then you will start to become more successful. Sometimes stupid things happen that you cannot control. Now, how you react to these situations is what separates the Eagles from the Ducks. You can either dwell on it and let it hold you back, or, you can use it as a springboard to propel you forward and faster. Like I said, the choice is yours.
Goal setting is super important…
Okay, so you’ve made the choice to be an eagle. Smart choice! Now, how can you be sure to stick to it? SET GOALS! Goals are critical to ensuring direction and purpose. I’ve attended many seminars on goal setting, and here are some of my favorite takeaways:
Start with the end in mind.
Start by thinking what is the end RESULT. What do you want out of this? Where do you want to be in 90 days? Once you’ve got that sorted out, think about where you should be by day 60 in order to reach your 90-day goal. Day 30? This week? Work backward with the end in mind. This will help you be more realistic about what needs to be done by when.
I read an article in Entrepreneur on how to make your first million. The author suggested the best way to do it is to focus on how to make your first $20 million. This actually makes sense, because if you focus on making your first $20 million, you’ll most likely make that first million, and you’re much closer to 20 million than if you had had set your sight short. If you remember from my “Must Read Entrepreneur books” article, both Trump and Cardone stress the importance of setting goals higher than you’d normally expect. If you think about it, setting realistic goals will only help you stay average. If you really want to succeed, you have to go above and beyond what most people do, and that’s why you’ve got to think big.
Plan for success
The fear of failure is what holds most of us back from achieving our dreams. Instead of asking, “what if I fail?” try asking, “what if I succeed?” Failure will happen, but that’s how we learn. And surprise! Success will happen, too. Of course, things don’t just happen, they have to be planned, and that’s where you come in.
Affirmations will keep you going…
The brain is super malleable, so feed it with positive thoughts. Fill your head with self-talk! Talk yourself up! Tell yourself you are amazing! Stand up right now, seriously right now, and yell to the world, “I LOVE MYSELF” 5 times… AS LOUD AS YOU CAN (I bet you won’t do it). Next time you are in your car try it out! The rush is amazing… Your body will show you it loves you too. Trust me do it!
Surround yourself with positive people. We naturally absorb the energies of those around us. When you’re around positive people, you tend to be more positive, too. So time to kiss Negative Nancy goodbye and bring on the positivity! Surround yourself around the people who are thinking big!
Remember to congratulate yourself for each milestone towards your goals. It’s good to feel good! You should be proud of yourself for making it happen! Take time to acknowledge your achievements and see where they’ve brought you today! Think about it for a second! You are a massive success, you have done so much more than most!
So, for those of you ducks out there, it’s not too late for you to change! Uplift yourself and join the eagles! Teach yourself to be a person who does, one who stays optimistic, and the results and opportunities will start falling into your lap. Keep your head held high, and live your life willing to take a chance! Live your life on purpose, and you will find a way to succeed. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
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