Finding Your Life Purpose

Do you ever wonder why you were put on this earth? What is your Life Purpose? Join any group of people, and try and determine each person’s life purpose. You will most likely find it impossible! Better still, state your life purpose succinctly to each person, and ask them to do the same: to articulate their life purpose. The likely result? I’ll bet that very few of the people in the group will be able to articulate their purpose with complete clarity. Can you? Have you ever wondered why it...
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Living a Life of Purpose and To Its Fullest Every Day

Recently, I attended the funeral of the son of a close friend, who passed away tragically at 20 after a boarding accident. Our heart goes out to his parents and family. The funeral gave me pause to think about how precious and fleeting life can be, and two things came to mind immediately. The first is to embrace and live each day to its fullest. And the second is to live a life of purpose. Let me share my views and some suggestions on living each day to its fullest. In a future blog, I will...
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The Power of Commitment and the Springboard of Success

Growing up, my family always taught me to keep my commitments, no matter what. It was always a matter of honor to do so, and my father used to say, “A good man always does what he says he will.” Usually, he said it when I was trying to put off my household chores. What I’ve found over the years is that success goes far beyond being simply a matter of honor. Is keeping your commitments the right thing to do? Absolutely, but we’re missing half of the argument. It is...
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5 Ways To Visualize Yourself Doing, Not Achieving

I have long been an advocate of setting audacious goals and using visualization as a tool to help you achieve these goals. Success starts in the mind. However, visualization can be counter-productive and even sabotage your goals if done improperly, so I believe it’s important to address this. People who visualize taking the practical steps necessary to reach a goal have more success than those who simply visualize the outcomes, like a new house or car. So says psychologist Richard Wiseman in...
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How to Achieve Your Goal – 3 Tips For Your Own ‘Grounding the Ships’ Moment

Even though I’m a big believer in setting audacious goals, I always have a plan B in mind as well, even if it’s way in the back of my mind. The key, of course, is to make sure plan B doesn’t become the default position or completely sabotages plan A (A = audacious, of course). Good can become the enemy of great, as you well know. This applies to all areas of life, including relationships, business, career, hobbies, health, etc. For a plan A lesson, if you’ve ever studied...
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How to Achieve Your Goals – 3 Ways to Achieve Your Goals by “Doing the Right Thing” 

Just “do the right thing.” It seems a cliché to say that these days. What is the right thing anyway? How do you go about doing the right thing? Because my work focuses on helping people with goal setting—especially setting bold, audacious goals—in the workplace and in one’s personal life, I will share with you 3 ways to focus on doing the right thing within that context. 1. Pursue Inner Peace Although I would never recommend that you always trust feelings over logic, I...
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Goal Setting – 5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals With Speed

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “money loves speed.” That’s because it’s not enough to have a goal or a good idea. You must quickly implement it in order to have success. This doesn’t mean you can’t have long term goals, of course. But the forward motion you gain from focusing on getting things done quickly will help you achieve even your long term goals too. Let me give an example. Twenty minutes after read more

Goal Setting – 12 Steps to Achieve Any Goal in Business (Part 2 of 2)

Today I will continue my discussion of the 12 Steps to Achieving Any Goal as it applies to the workplace. Define the obstacles to achieving your goal. It may seem counter-intuitive to put any focus on obstacles, for fear of indulging in negative thinking. But I encourage you to embrace the obstacles in your way because the solution to achieving your goals actually lies in your obstacles. Obstacles make you think harder and force you to be versatile. If you clearly define your obstacles, your...
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Goal Setting – 12 Steps to Achieve Any Goal in Business (Part 1 of 2)

Today I want to take my popular 12 Steps to Achieve Any Goal and apply it to the business world. These 12 steps will help you as you advance in your career or even as you switch careers. We will cover the first 6 steps in this article: Define your most important and audacious goal. This is the goal you most want to achieve, even if it seems unrealistic or not feasible. Although you don’t want to be totally unrealistic, be bold. Whether it’s to retire by age 50 or become CEO of your...
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To Achieve Your Goals, Make Promises, NOT To Do Lists

Do you remember when you were a child and had a promise broken? How did that make you feel? Well, let me share one incident that is still, 38 years later, as vivid in my memory as though it happened yesterday. At age 10 (Grade 5), when I lived in a small town in Kenya, I wanted a bicycle, one that I could eventually ride to school. Looking back, I am sure it had a lot to do with independence, being able to go see my friends, and having my own possession. Rite of passage I suppose! My parents,...
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Three Patterns to Develop So Your Behaviors Reflect Your True Self

To achieve your life goals you must often change your behavior. This is often  not easy to do because your behavior never lies. It is always a reflection of what you believe to be true about yourself. Your behavior tells me how you think, how you talk about yourself even when no one’s around, and what you do every single day. The real essence of truth, of who you really think you are is not found in what you say, but by what you do. So how do you change those behaviors that don’t...
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To Achieve Your Goals, Visualize What Your Goal Will Look, Feel & Sound Like

The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious. – Ted Levitt Yet a common mistake many people make is not having a crystal clear vision of what success will look. You will find that visualizing success as vividly as you can (use photos, mental images, detailed descriptions to show you what it will feel like) is a vital step to achieving and exceeding your biggest goals. I have used as our example my goal to climb Mt Kilimanjaro so as my final step in this...
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To Achieve Your Goals, Share Them Widely With Others

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle can contain it or stand against it. – Jane Smiley Sharing your goal with others is vital to your success. However, many people are uncomfortable doing this, so they make the mistake of hiding their goal, or only sharing it with one person. When you don’t share your goals it may be an unconscious attempt at self sabotage. If you don’t tell anyone about your goals they will never become...
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To Achieve Your Life Goals, Set Clear Milestones on Your Path to Success

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo de Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Sometimes reaching a goal feels miraculous, like a quantum leap. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that the goal was attained by moving from one step to the next. To make steady progress, it is critical to define steps...
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To Achieve Your Goals, Enlist All Possible Resources to Help You Attain Your Goal

Often when we are faced with a goal to achieve, we assume we have to accomplish the goal on our own. Why do we put this pressure on ourselves? This is surely one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make! There are many, many resources in the universe that we can tap into. We need only ask. Since your ultimate aim is to achieve your goal, does it matter if you achieve your goal on your own, or if you get help along the way? Enlisting the help of those around you (and I am deeply convinced that...
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