The Future is Yours

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Hope for the future depends on the path you choose.  This is the most critical time in the history of mankind and the future will depend on the choices we as a human race make right now.

Today, instead of inculcating in the mind a desire to strive for achievement, to extend ourselves, to reach our potential, to make sacrifices, to choose what is right, advocates through the media, proffer instant gratification through credit cards and electronic banking. This is what makes it so difficult for parents to teach their children to strive for good. The willingness to achieve is being erased from their minds.

Those who choose to be achievers, opt for a willingness to work for what they want because they believe that the world does not owe them a living – that their future is a matter of choice.

I have researched the lives of many great achievers in history and have discovered that one of the strongest characteristics of genius is the ability to ‘light your own fire’, to make your own decisions.

We are experiencing the most exciting time in history with medical techniques undreamt of a hundred years ago, social benefits our grand-parents would have drooled over, educational opportunities once available only to the chosen few, jet transport, micro computers. The ability to communicate with others on the other side of the world through a hand held cellular phone via satellite stations thousands of miles above the earth’s surface.

Enormous changes are going on in the way the world does business.  This has evolved by fast telecommunication, and the global Internet. E-commerce is having tremendous impact on businesses and individual lives. In the 1980’s no one had heard of the Internet.  By 2000 over 360 million people worldwide had access to it and today that number is growing at astronomical figures. The potential is enormous.

Jump at Each Opportunity
You can decide to be a winner or a loser. However, what you choose is not just going to happen, you must make it happen.  What is the secret of success? There is no easy secret, and you must jump at each opportunity. You may ask, “How can I tell when my opportunity comes?”  “Sometimes you can’t, you just keep jumping.”

The problem for many people is the critic within them.  Any time they come across a good idea or an opportunity that could really change their life, they find some negative aspect to it or some fault or weakness.  Turn the impossible or the challenges in your life into probabilities by looking for the possibilities.

Condition Yourself to Win
The Olympic Gold medallist doesn’t achieve the medal simply by turning up. The athlete trains every day in preparation for the big event by conditioning, disciplining and feeding the body with the correct nourishment and exercise. The same applies to the mind and to learning.

Most learning is conditioned learning and many people condition themselves to fail through negative self-talk, as a consequence of this negative self-talk their belief system changes and they develop a poor self-image which in turn fulfils their belief that they will never be able to achieve anything worthwhile because now they can’t see it.

Over ninety percent of what you hear is negative talk and many of the media think we will buy that.

From the thousands of conversations I have had with people over the years I have come to the conclusion that many people condition themselves negatively.

How often have you told yourself “You silly idiot, look what you have done!” “Stupid me!”, “I knew I’d do that wrong!”.  What is happening is self-punishment or conditioning yourself to make changes in your behaviour. But of course it doesn’t work anymore than the physical punishment that was handed out when I was at school.  In the first instance you are rejecting yourself therefore it is likely you will go on repeating this behaviour.

The key to success lies in being positive and being gentle and nurturing to yourself, that way you can condition yourself to be a winner.  It won’t happen all of a sudden but it will happen.

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