Define Your Dream and have a Burning Desire to Achieve It – Post 420

“Do you want to fail or do you want to succeed?”

Until You Know Why, the How Doesn’t Matter. Define Your Dream and have a Burning Desire to Achieve It!

That’s the first step. That’s always been the first step. It is still the first step.

Until you know why you’re on the Financial Peace journey, or building a business, or really anything else you want to accomplish in life, until you know why, the how doesn’t matter. You have to take the time to ask, “OK, what do I want to accomplish from this journey?” You have to decide.

You aren’t going to make it. If you don’t know why the how doesn’t matter.

At the end of 2011, 3 weeks before Christmas I lost my pharmacy position. Long story short, they were replacing those of us that had been there quite a while with new grads that they were paying 20 grand less than I made before. After a year of ny finding temporary or part time work I decided to get involved in my first side gig business outside of pharmacy. I had three goals that compelled me. Number one, I wanted to save my home, the dream home that I built with my own blood sweat and tears, I wanted to save it from being sold or foreclosed on while I was underemployed. Number two, my Malibu was on its last leg and I needed a new car. Number three, I needed to finish paying for my youngest son’s private school tuition. That’s why I got started in this business. Now my goals of course have changed since then because I was able to accomplished all three of those with the help of this business. But those were the first goals.

In my consulting and personal development business I teach people that when they first get in business to focus on the real reasons they want their business to succeed. Likewise, my good friend and business mentor, Dale Calvert asked me to go and sit down with my spouse and come up with 20 really good reasons I wanted success in my business and then out of those 20 he asked that we decide on our top 3 reasons then focus on those. He said you have to decide, “OK, what do we really want to accomplish from this business?”

Until you have that and it is inside of you, you will not make it. You will fail. Those principles apply to anything you want to accomplish in life. In this episode I apply these principles to the financial peace journey and show you how to define those dreams and then ignite that burning desire to accomplish them.

 

 

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Building Relationships – Post 328

Each day I try to start out the day by reading different motivational or inspiration pieces. In today’s reading I came across a short post by Joel Osteen called “Work on Your Dreams.” I found it fit quite nicely with a lot of the things I have been posting for the past year or so and I have included his post below for you to enjoy as well.

I have spent a lot of time in the past couple of years on self development, goal setting, and developing an attitude of prosperity and gratitude instead of an attitude of constraint and servitude. For too many years I have worked 70 to 80 hours per week building other peoples dreams. Yes I have nice things as a result of all that work and thought I was working on my dreams. However, what I discovered in the Master Key Master Mind program was that in reality, autonomy and liberty is what I was truly seeking. Long hours working for others would never get me there. The only way to achieve what I really wanted would be to surround myself with others working toward similar goals. To develop my own mastermind group.

Joel mentions that “you want to be around dream-builders, not dream-crashers” and that you should “prune the relationships around you” that weren’t leading you in the right direction. Likewise I have heard many times on this journey of self discovery and self development that your income is an average of the 5 or 10 people that are closest to you in your circle so if you want ot change your income you must change your circle of friends. The problem I had wasn’t that I had the wrong circle of friends. My problem was that I had spent so much time chasing the income I had lost all contact with my circle.

So how do I recreate those relationships?

I recently spent some time with Tom Chenault. Tom has mastered the skill of networking with people and developing relationships and he shared how he develops those relationships. He looks for ways to reach out to people and connect with them so he can learn what he can do for them not what they can do for him.

Over the years he has mastered the art of relationship building by perfecting what he calls “The Coffee Shop Interview.” He never talks about himself, the entire conversation is focused on them. His goal is to learn what it is that makes them tick. What motivates them and what pops their eyes open at 2 am. The entire premise of the coffee shop interview is to, as he fondly says, “be interested not interesting.”

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Surround yourself with the right people and you can fulfill the dreams God gives you. Put yourself in relationships with people who are not only like-minded, but are also seeking to honor God in their own lives. Here is a thought to consider today: if your friends don’t point you toward God’s goal for you, then they’re not very good friends. You want to be around dream-builders, not dream-crashers!

When you prune the relationships around you, you’re not cutting things out of your life; you’re making room for growth so that you can reach your God-given potential! When you make room for God’s best, you can walk away from the lesser things that the world has to offer.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
God, I know You have my best in mind and in Your plans. Thank You for placing a dream in my heart and for giving me people to help lead me towards that dream. I pray that my relationships will honor You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ ”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)

Thinking about the future – Post 045

“If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.” 
Journalist, John Gale
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Your action for today is to spend 5 minutes thinking about one of your goals or dreams.

Have an extraordinary day!

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist – Senior Executive Marketing Director