Week 4 Success Is A State of Mind



Small Steps: Focus & Discipline

Lately, I’ve been pondering the suggestion that when we set goals and do not achieve them, or set them unrealistically and do not meet them, that we are actually training ourselves to fail, but when we set smaller realistic goals we are teaching ourselves to succeed or rather avoid failure with everyone we complete creating a path of habit.  That failure and success are just learned habits in the way we teach ourselves discipline and focus. Makes sense and why setting small goals or long term goals in small simple steps works.
Og Mandino:  The Greatest Salesman That Ever Lived
“I will form good habits and become their slave.”
“What they will teach me is more to prevent failure than to gain success, for what is success other than a state of mind? Which two, among a thousand wise men, will define success in the same words; yet failure is always described but one way. Failure is man’s inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.”   
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  • I love that you have drawn attention to the habits that we create when we consistently aim for unrealistic goals, or just don’t fulfill our promises to ourselves. If a baby just learning to walk was aiming for a marathon, they would never get off the floor! You have beautifully woven and pondered these thoughts and I appreciate your creative consideration. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

    • Juneta

      Thank you. The idea of what habit actually is has been a big eye opener and revelation in how to improve your life along with the little exercises.

  • I was not consciously aware of this fact – that when we set goals and don’t achieve them we train ourselves to fail! I love this lesson in learning to teach ourselves to succeed! It really is about those daily consistent actions and GOOD habits we create!

  • This is really powerful. I keep looking for ways to leverage it. I’m amazed when I put something onto my service card that’s been nagging at me for a long time, and I complete it relatively easily (because many of the tasks we keep putting off don’t take hardly anything to complete), but the real win is the burst of accomplishment I feel inside when I read that service and say, “Did it!” or “Done!” That powerful feeling results in me wanting to find more of those things get done, and when I keep doing that, I’m building a series of amazing accomplishments — even if in so many ways they are small, but they are powerful.

  • Little achievement leading us to big achievements. I must practice the art of patience.

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