This is a great TED video – and one I should watch hover and over….
Music has always been a path for me to happiness and joy!
Watch this. Then watch it again. Then have your kids watch it. Then forward it on. Please.
Did you know there are only two ways to get to an end result?
The first is to be pulled toward the result by being internally inspired. The other is to be pushed toward the result through internal or external motivation. There is a huge difference between motivation and inspiration. Few are inspired.
Think about which of these two ways makes for a better, easier to achieve result for you. Why do believe that? Which do you use?
If you want to complete some sort of goal with all your heart, how hard is it for you to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges to reach that goal?
What if you really do not care whether you get there or not? What if you are striving for someone else’s goal? How challenging is it to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges? Again – there is a huge difference in the two!
Having a clear vision of the end result is the most important step to success whether in business or personal growth. Vision brings inspiration. Stopping at the end of the day is hard, and you will want to begin as soon as possible in the morning. Procrastination disappears, fear falls away and challenges melt like butter!
Make it priority to define your vision. At least, create a short term vision to use until the longer term vision becomes more clear. Work with a partner or a coach to define your vision.
Business, relationships, even vacations should all begin with a vision. Vision is crucial to anything you want to do.
It is much easier to know the steps to take when the end result is clearly stated.
This is a great post from J.C. Hutchins who is a novelist. His new book is a thriller 7th Son: Descent at JCHutchins.net.
Most of us settle in, and settle for what we have. Rather than pursue, we accept. Our lives become unwitting celebrations of passivity: we undervalue our work and perceive ourselves as wage slaves (and so we phone it in at the day gig), we consume compulsively (but not create), we pine for better lives (but live vicariously through our televisions).
These corners we paint ourselves into, it’s no way to live. There’s no adventure here, no passion, no hunger for change. Remember that relentless optimism you once had? We goals you wished to achieve, before settling in? They’re still there. You need a nudge to find them; a little gumption.
You can start that business. You can lose that weight. You can quit smoking, and learn to garden, and write that book, and be a better parent, and be all the things you want to be … the thing this world needs you to be. It requires courage and faith, both of which you can muster. It requires effort — but this effortless life isn’t as satisfying as it seems, is it?
Declare war on passivity. Hush the inner voice that insists you’re over the hill, past your prime, unworthy of attaining those dreams. Disbelief is now the enemy, as is the notion of settling. Get hungry — hyena hungry. Get fired up. Find your backbone, and your wings. Flap ‘em. It’s the only way you’ll be able to fly.