Taking Baby Steps to Reach Your Goals and to Achieve Greatness Like Earnhardt and Trump

Ask any famous person that achieved greatness what they did that was different – they would tell you they made their goals realistic and took action. The rest is history. Napoleon Hill stated “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He used a positive mental attitude and the use of small, realistic steps to achieve greatness. He went from a poor beginning in a log cabin to one of the best selling authors and an advisor to congressmen, presidents and so on. W. Clement Stone took $100 and with this same use of creating realistic steps and taking action he built one of the largest multi million dollar insurance companies in America.

They may not have the current publicity or notoriaty of Donald Trump, Dale Earnhardt or similar, but they came from much humbler starts. Donald Trump was born into a real estate magnate family. Dale Earnhardt was born into a established race car family in Kannapolis North Carolina. Now thats not to say that Donald Trump and Dale Earnhardt are not great people (Dale Earnhardt formed one of the largest and winningest Nascar teams and was very philanthropic and helped a lot of people through his charitable activities). What I am getting at here is that most of us don’t have magnates or millions in our families, but that in no wy means we cannot achieve greatness, riches beyond our wildest dreams, etc… Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone actually started with much less and in worse times and conditions than we have ever known (the great depression era).

What drove Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone to greatness was two things. (1)They planned realistic steps to reach attainable goals (baby steps). They didn’t just wake up one day and say my only goal is to be rich and retire tomorrow. They made plans and kept slowly raising the bar every time they would attain one of their goals. (2)They took action. You wouldn’t believe how many times I hear people state all the things they are going to do or would like to do. I recently attended a young Cornell Alumni meeting where the talk was mostly about grand future plans, or what they would like to do but they don’t have time, the conditions aren’t right, etc… You have to start somewhere. If you take too big of a step you will probably become defeated and not continue. It is better to take small attainable steps. Each time you attain one of these steps or your goal raise the bar a little. It will slowly move you closer to your dream and give you a great boost in self confidence. You have to plan out little baby steps and then you have to take action. This will separate you from everyone else – the majority of people live life day to day, pay check to paycheck with little or no action or planning. You can always find these people complaining about how bad the economy is, taxes are too high, etc…

The best thing you can do is find a mentor and surround yourself with positive achievers and realize it will take a lot of effort. Lance Armstrong didn’t win the Tour de France 6 times by accident and battle cancer at the same time. He was driven, set goals, and took action on a daily basis. He also realized greatness would not happen overnight. Greatness didn’t come overnight for Dale Earnhardt either. He raced hard for many years, suffered crashes that would have kept most people off the track and faced fear head on. With his tanacity, fierce vigor and drive he became the greatest Nascar legend of all time. Now his son, Dale Jr., continues his racing legacy and awesome philanthropic and charitable activities. If you take the effort to take action, use baby steps to attain goals and make realistic goals you cannot and will not fail. Failure will not be a word in your vocabulary.

Now you know how to achieve greatness. Set goals for yourself. Make them realistic and take realistic baby steps to achieve them. Take action – this will separate you from 99.9% of everyone else. They are afraid to take action and will never attain greatness. What do you think Lance Armstrong said when critics said he could not win the Tour de France, or that he could not do a repeat win of it? What do you think Dale Earnhardt said when the critics stated he could not overcome his fathers shadow in racing? They went on to become the greatest of their time. What will you do?

It is never to late to decide to take control of your life and make something great of it. Look at Sam Walton. He didn’t like working with a Ben Franklin franchise and their rules. So he started his own retailing company and became the largest retailer in the world. If you make attainable goals, take action, and lay out baby steps to achieve these goals there is no way you will fail and there’s no telling what you can or will achieve. Some of our greatest achievers have come from the most humbling positions. I wonder what greatness you can and will achieve.

Source by David Maillie

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Optimism, Resilience and Leadership – 3 Qualities to Help Move You Towards Greatness

“Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.” – Kemmons Wilson (1913-2003) U.S. founder of Holiday Inn hotels

Optimism is the ability to see the bright side of events or situations. Optimistic people generally hold the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world. They look for solutions rather than get beaten down by the problem. Unrealistic optimism of the Pollyanna variety will ignore signs of impending difficulties with idealistic beliefs such as: smokers who believe at some level that their bodies are resistant to cancer; or shoppers who accumulate heavy debt from spending beyond their means; or ignoring signs it would be wise to start a career search when downsizing is happening in their present occupational field.

Optimism is what goes into your vision for a future based on your say-so. You will need optimism to see beyond what is and create a vision from what seems unlikely. There are major shifts happening NOW! If you are an unrealistic optimist thinking life and careers are going to be the way they were before the economic downturn – that is not going to happen! Nothing stays the same. Major shifts are wake-up calls to listen from within to bring about desired results.

Resilience is the power or ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like. Resilience has elasticity, buoyancy. Studies show that resilient people are healthier, perform better at work and school, less likely to suffer depression, win more at sports and are optimistic. The elasticity of resilience is powerful. At first I was thinking of the elasticity of a rubber band. Then I thought no because a rubber band is restricted to its circumference. I see resilience stretching beyond the comfort zone of a known circumference to new possibilities. To go beyond is to transcend. It calls for resilience, because it is a journey of the unknown where doubt and fear can gang up on you.

Leadership is inherent in everyone for it is the call to be true to oneself through self-awareness. In developing self-awareness you will recognize the leader you are as a teacher, inspiration, mover and shaker, activist, making the difference you want to see happen and so much more. The status quo has been shaken up calling for new leadership. Trying to regain what was is fruitless. You are the new leader who is creative, resourceful and full of possibility.

Leadership, resilience and optimism are major characteristics necessary to transcend to levels that are futuristically rewarding personally, professionally, and globally.

Tips & Questions to Build Resilience, Optimism & Leadership

* Be curious. When you are curious you ask questions. Questions lead to resources, which lead to more questions, which guide you to solutions, surprises, challenges, rewards, relationships and playing full out. Remember when you were little and you kept asking, “Why?” over and over again. When did you stop being curious about anything beyond your circle of perspectives?

* Check on your underlying beliefs regarding who you believe you are. Amazingly the majority of people hold scars from their childhood that manipulates their adult life keeping them stuck. The scars are tapes that go something like: “I am not good enough.” “I am not smart enough.” “I can’t because…..” “I am not old enough or I am too old.” You get the idea. These scars are plugs. They are plugging up the essence of you as a leader. You are smarter than you think.

* Wherever you are there you are. At any given moment you get to choose who you want to be. Are you someone who wants to be part of the solution or someone who is a follower without a say in the matter? Do you give in to the negativity sweeping the news media? Look at what is working. Look at your strengths and values as resources to build your leadership.

* Remember a time when you were confronted with an adversity that you overcame. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been challenged by misfortune of some sort. I assert that resilience, optimism and leadership were present in overcoming the situation or event. Where are they now? And how can you use them today to be the success you are meant to be?

* If you are undecided on what you want, write down what you don’t want. Examine what you don’t want and from that ask yourself: “if you don’t want what you wrote down, then what is it you do want?” After you have done some soul searching write a vision statement that inspires you enough to take action.

* Play a bigger game and be the winner you are meant to be. After all: Anything is Possible!

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) U.S. writer and philosopher

Source by Theresa-Maria Napa

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