We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. You’ve just gotta fight for it. How dramatically we can change our results is largely a function of imagination. With that one bold challenge, the impossible became a reality. The same principle applies to every area of your life.
Can a poor person become wealthy? Of course! The unique combination of desire, planning, effort and perseverance will always work like magic. The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but rather whether the person will work the formula. That is the unknown variable. This is the challenge that confronts us all. We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe it.
That's how you conquer them. Don't dismiss them; face them. Say, Here's what I'm afraid of. I wonder what I could do to change that. Face your fears now.
You don't have to keep doing what you've been doing for years if it's not yielding the benefits. Pick a new destination, goal and go that way. Use your willpower to start the process. You don't have to repeat last year. Clean up the errors. Invest it now for the years ahead. Watch the difference.
Sometimes you have to admit them to others. "I apologize." Those words could start a whole new relationship. They could start two people going in a whole new direction. Admit your mistakes to yourself. You don't have to babble about them to everyone in the neighborhood. But it doesn't hurt to sit down and have a conversation with yourself and say, "There's no use kidding myself." Here's where I really am. I've got pennies in my pocket and I've got nothing in the bank. I don't want this to happen anymore.
Start the process. Set some higher goals. Reach for some higher purpose. Go for something beyond what you thought you could do.
You've got to believe in the possibilities. You've got to believe that tomorrow can be better than today. Believe in yourself. There isn't a skill you can't learn; there isn't a discipline you can't try; there isn't a class you can't take; there isn't a book you couldn't read.
Ask for wisdom that creates answers. Ask for wisdom to deal with the challenges for today and tomorrow.
Don't be a time waster. Manage your time properly and conservatively. It's your most precious commodity because it allows you to be more productive, creative and make more money.
Wages make you a living, profits make you a fortune. Could we start earning profits while we make a living? Yes you can.
You might as well turn it up a notch or two. Invest more of you in whatever you do. Be a little stronger; be a little wiser. Step up your vitality contribution. Put everything you've got into everything you do and then ask for more vitality, more strength and more vigor, more heart and more soul. Take care of your health.
10. Find your place.
If you just work at a job, find the best place you can serve well, and sure enough they'll ask you to occupy a better place. Keep doing a job well; do the very best you can. That's your best way out.
Integrity is like loyalty. You can't demand it of someone else; you can only demand it of yourself. Be the best example of loyalty and you'll get loyal followers. Lead the way.
I can't give you much better advice than that because disciplines create reality. Disciplines build cities. A well-disciplined activity creates abundance, uniqueness and productivity.
It’s extraordinary to be able to say: “I fought for my kids; I fought for what was right; I fought for good health; I fought to protect my business; I fought for a good career that would bless my family. I fought the good fight.” If you want something valuable, you've got to fight for it.