Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER. As you read through this, think about what it means to be specific. Can you see how important it is to identify the specific details of what you want to accomplish?
Now you know that you have the freedom to create and you know the law: what you think, you create. The fourth principle of mental conduct invites us to engage the power of our determination and, as importantly, to use our power responsibly in invoking this law.
When you decide to make a change, achieve a goal, or create something new in your life, first be sure to focus your objective clearly in your mind and be specific. At my seminars, I ask the attendees to write down their specific goals. Many times, what they write is too general and vague. You need to be specific, writing down and visualizing the exact details of what you want to achieve.
The thought "I desire a change in my social life" will take form somehow, but it may be so vague and indistinct that you won't notice a change. "I desire to meet more people" is better. "I desire to meet more people who share my interest in flying airplanes (or whatever)" is better still. If your goal is to become so accomplished in your profession that you receive an award, write down the name of the awards ceremony, the date and time it will take place, the location of the event, and the dress or suit you'll be wearing.
Focus as specifically as possible on what you want to accomplish. As I said earlier, when you want to buy a car, you identify the kind of car you want and the make, model, color, and accessories you desire. When you take a vacation, you plan exactly where you want to go, where you will stay, and how you will get there, and you proceed to make all the proper arrangements. You are being specific, aren't you? The even greater goals in your life deserve as much care and focus, don't they? Know the details about the goals you want to reach and the steps you'll need to take to get there. Be specific and then focus your will and unflinching determination behind your purpose.
Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss determination:
Once you articulate your goal in specific terms, be consistent in your determination to achieve it. Here's the thing about determination: it works only when you put it to work. Let's say you paid a tailor one thousand dollars in advance to produce evening clothes to wear to a special event. This event will never happen again, and the clothes are designed for this one evening. Will you go to pick up your new clothes even if it's raining heavily? Yes. Will you go if you're angry about getting a late start because the stew boiled over in your kitchen? Yes. Will you go if you find one of the streets on the way is blocked by construction? Yes - you'll take a detour. Will you continue even if the freeway traffic is totally stopped and you have to sit for two hours? Yes. What will you do when you arrive at the tailor's shop right after he has hung up his "closed" sign? You'll bang on the door until he lets you in.
When you're looking for a new job or considering another major step in your life, do you have the same determination? Where does all this determination go after a few rejections? Where does it go when, after more failures than you expected, you feel afraid and dejected? Are your new clothes really so much more deserving of your determination than you are?
When we get discouraged, we can make all sorts of excuses. Don't allow that to be the case for you. People who don't have arms but really want to paint learn how to paint with a brush in their mouth or they use their feet. They don't let the fact that they don't have arms stop them. No matter what, they find a way. People who have no legs still run and ski, don't they? They use prosthetics. No one can stop them from doing what they love. Now think about what you may have used as an excuse not to follow through on your dreams. You may have even called it an obstacle. But is it really an obstacle - or an excuse?
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