Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to set goals

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
-Anthony Robbins
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Walt Disney went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
  • Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything.
  • Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.
  • Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergrad studies and ranked 15th out of 22 in Chemistry.
  • Beethoven was deaf and blind when he wrote his greatest symphonies.
All the people above are the same as you and I — no genetic enhancement, no magic and incantations used to enhance abilities, no special powers. What made the difference was their persistence on achieving their goals no matter how crazy they seemed or how everyone puts them down. They did so out of sheer love for what they do and unrelenting spirit to act on what they believe in the face of obstacles.

The thing with having a goal and having the necessary faith to focus and act on that goal is that it motivates you to strive harder. Goals give you burning hot dedication and passion to work towards what you want against all odds.

But what is most wonderful with focusing on your goals is that it gives you strength and hope amidst the darkest of days and the hardest of battles. When everything is not just going your way, holding on to your goals and believing in yourself gives you the power to take another shot. To a goal-oriented person, there is no such thing as failure—just temporary setbacks. For a person, so immersed and passionate in reaching for his goal, will see hope amidst setbacks, wisdom amidst confusion, and lessons amidst disappointments.

How are goals set? It’s looking back on the things you treasure the most and going ahead to expand those treasures in an attempt to grow as a person by holding on to those treasures.

Fight for your goals. Go ahead and unravel what the future holds.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
-Henry Ford-

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Being thankful

Close on 3 years ago now myself and my good friend Nick Simpson were flying to a client site when on our first of three flights for the day we went down hard. On the landing the wheels went through the wings and we were in crash landing mode. The crew did an amazing job and everybody was safe.

It's pretty amazing to say you went through a plane crash, but it's even more amazing to say you survived one.

This is the second major accident I've been through in my life and both times I've come out nearly untouched. I thank God everyday for keeping me safe. The reason I can be thankful and happy everyday is because through these events I've learned that it can be taken away from you at any moment. So cherish every moment and don't live life in the past or future but live life in the "Now".

Here is a powerpoint taken by the the crew of the plane after the crash.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Funny how Positive always comes up everywhere you look these days. I assume it was always there but because it's on my mind so much I pick out all over the place. We attract what we want. If I start dreaming of a nice Jeep YJ, then for some reason everywhere I look I see Jeep's everywhere and I have to block my thoughts so I don't jump the gun and just buy one (more than once I've almost bitten the bullet, perfect Christmas gift ;). I love today's message about change and how it needs to always be looked at in a positive light. If we are confident and secure then nothing should give us fear or stop us from moving forward. I'm good at what I do as a consultant and I credit my success factor to having a way of making the client always comfortable and secure in knowing I'll always take care of them. Because of this they are never worried if a change comes down the pipeline because they know I'm there and I'll help them get through it. I love a challenge and love to tackle issues as they come to me, if we are ready and willing to take on anything then nothing can stop us and we'll always be moving forward. Did everything go the way you thought it would today? Or did any unaccepted things come up? And if so did you take those new things with a positive outlook? Without change nothing changes!


You must avoid breaking when things don't go your way.
You'll always be secure to the degree that you accept change.
True security comes from being able to bend your insecurities.

Recognize and accept that change will inevitably take place.
You'll become secure, not by standing still, but by growing,
moving, and staying energized.
Be secure in the knowledge that you can deal with anything
that happens to you.

Have the courage to bet on your ideas.
Take some calculated risks and act on your dreams.
There is no permanent security on this earth, there is only opportunity.


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Of Goal Reaching and Time, Time, Time

"The good news is that time management is a skill, and like any other skill, it is learnable." Brian Tracy

We cannot move through life using a trial-and-error method. We just do not have the time to try one solution to a problem and then another, in case the first one we try, fails. The crucial thing is that we have to be able to manage our time in order to solve problems or reach our goals. If you don’t know how to manage your time, don’t panic. You can learn it because it is a skill. How? There are actually several ways that you could do this.
For instance, your iPhone or Backberry would be a very helpful thing. It holds your schedule and a calendar of whatever it is that you have to do. Since you paid the money to purchase it, you might as well maximize its features. If you don’t have a smart phone, then use your calendar to note down your appointments and responsibilities. Put the calendar in a visible location. Regularly seeing it would remind you of the things that have to be done.
Also, get into the habit of prioritizing the things that are really important. Free your schedule of some of your trivial tasks such as being a couch potato for ten hours each day. Now, unless your couch is your goal, then free up your time for something else. Sure it is leisurely but the farthest you can get to with it is inside your house.
Finally, say no to people if you already have a full schedule at hand. It is difficult to refuse invitations for social events particularly when you can network with important people through them. However, if you already have two invitations for one date, one for lunch and the other for dinner, you might want to skip the third that might come your way. Or at least pick the one that would move you closer to your goal. Besides, graciously saying no won’t hurt you. It shows you have manner and you know your limitations. Imagine having to breeze through everything and not even being able to remember the names of the big people who are being introduced to you because you have to hurry from one event to another. What was the point of being in any of the events then?
Remember, to manage your time is a skill and to reach your goal because you are able to manage your time is mastery of that skill.

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