From Third Age comes this Lynn Robinson article about achieving success. Lynn notes that the "soft voice" of intuition can get you started and these steps can help you get to where you want to be:
1. Focus on the goal. When you think of an ideal day, week, month or year, what are you doing with your life?
2. Develop a plan. What are the small steps you can begin to take that will lead you in the direction you want to go? "A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step." Take that first step, and then take another.
3. If you get off track, be willing to change. What are you doing that's on the mark? If one way doesn't work for you, be ready to go another. Many times, the road to success is found by taking a detour.
4. Cultivate the attitude of a wish fulfilled. Success is waiting for you -- feel it, see it, vividly imagine it, sense it and grasp it.
5. Don't dwell on the old. Put your mental energy and action into focusing on where you want to go.
6. Look ahead, rather than back. Ask yourself, "How will I view this circumstance six months or a year from now?" Put your focus on what you have the power to change, rather than dwelling on an apparent failure.
7. How will you know when you're succeeding? Success isn't a destination. It's a journey. Here's a checklist:
--Are you enjoying what you do?
--Are your connections with friends, colleagues and family strengthened by your success?
--Are you proud of your accomplishments thus far?
--In the process of achieving your goals, are you developing the qualities of kindness, self-respect, courage, compassion, patience, love and hope?
--Do you feel more in control of yourself and your life?
--Are you able to shift negative self-talk to something more positive and useful?
--Has your spiritual life been enriched through the process of achieving this goal?
--Are you being of service to others?
--Are you more self-confident and sure of your capabilities as the result of pursuing this dream?
--Are you continuing to stretch just beyond your comfort zone?
--Are you easily able to shift direction if the course you've been on isn't working?
--Are you consistently listening to your inner guidance and following its wisdom?
If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you are a success! When you've put a lot of hard work into an endeavor and it's not going as you planned, it's hard to step back and assess the situation. Is there something that you feel you're "failing" at in your life? The following questions will help you put some perspective on your experience.
---What can you learn from this?
---What are you doing right?
---What outcome will make you feel you're successful?
---Where did this begin to go wrong?
---What do you wish you had done differently?
---What is your intuition telling you to do about this situation?
You'll notice certain items highlighted. They apply to Me. Others do too, but those were the ones that stood out most prominently when I read the article. Do any stand out for you? Remember you always have the capacity to change and that change is the only true constant in Life.
The Jenius Has Quoted and Spoken.