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From Motivation to Motive-Action
by Denis Waitley
the passing of every new year, each of us needs to understand the magnitude
of social and economic change in the world. In the past, change in business
and social life was incremental and a set of personal strategies for
achieving excellence was not required.
These are the new rules in the game of life. These are the actions you must take to be a leader and a winner in your personal and professional life. By mastering these profoundly simple action steps, you will be positioned to be a change master in the new century.
Step Number One - Consider Yourself Self-Employed, But Be a Team Player.
What this means is that you are your own Chief Executive Officer of
your future. Start thinking of yourself as a service company with a
single employee. You’re a small company that puts your services
to work for a larger company.
The first idea is resolving not to suffer the fate of those who lost their jobs and found their skills were obsolete. The second is to begin immediately the process of protecting yourself against that possibility – by becoming proactive instead of reactive.
Ask yourself these questions:
How vulnerable am I? What trends must I watch? What information must I gain? What knowledge do I lack?
Again, think of yourself as a company. Set up a training department in your mind and make certain your top employee is updating his or her skills. Make sure you have your own private pension plan, knowing that you are responsible for your own financial security.
Entrusting the government or an employer, other than yourself, with your retirement income is like hiring a compulsive gambler as your accountant.
the CEO of your daily life who must have the vision to set your goals
and allocate your resources. The mindset of being responsible for your
own future used to be crucial only to the self-employed, but it has
become essential for us all. Today’s typical employees are no
longer one-career people.
Step Number Two - Be Flexible in the Face of Daily Surprises. We live
in a time-starved, overstressed, violent society. Much of our over-reaction
to what happens to us every day is a result of our self-indulgent value
system, where we blame others for our problems, look to organizations
or the government for our solutions, thirst for immediate sensual gratification
and believe we should have privileges without responsibilities.
learned how to be flexible in the face of daily surprises, which is
one of the most important action traits for a leader. I really haven’t
been angry for about 17 years. During that time, no one has tried to
physically harm me or someone close to me. I’ve learned to adapt
to stress in life and reserve my fear or anger for imminently physically
Prayer, "Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.",
is a valuable measuring tool we can apply to our lives. Simple yet profound
words to live by.
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