Two simple steps are needed to reach your goal: First, keep your attention on the goal. Second, make efforts towards that goal. Then, repeat!
Author and teacher Dale Carnegie dedicated his life to helping people realize their goals.
Starting and ending each day with expressions of thankfulness and gratitude increases happiness and positive results!
Part II of a series begun December 8, 2016.
So, you have a big, bold goal in mind - or maybe several! Now that you know you want it, how do you get going?
As Les Brown says, ”Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner."
Before you sleep, picture yourself living your goal. Think about how it feels; see it as your reality. This is charging after them. Your life design is working!
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."
~ Amelia Earhart
And, as my son Trey says, “Never give up.”
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
~ Thomas A. Edison
Today is glorious for me; going to treat my patients at the dental office, or to teach orthodontics, or to cook dinner, or sit on the couch and talk to my husband Claude.
When I realize I am not enjoying the moment, as soon as I can realize it, I begin to re-focus my attention on gratitude and on my goals.
My goals keep changing. We meet some goals just as we had planned. Other goals change form or meaning.
Some of these "changing" goals are stepping stones to more important and wonderful parts of life. They are part of the journey -- even though they are not met in the form we imagined. Yet they are all very important.
Every night Claude and I say together,
“I know, within me now, is the Divine ability to manifest or attract everything I need or desire. All I desire is on its way. It will arrive on time, and in even greater amounts than I have imagined.”
And every morning we say,
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the miracles and magnificent outcomes of today.”
Then we review what they are for that day.
"Today is life--the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto."
~ Dale Carnegie
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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