Integrity: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Integrity… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

integrity-definition

 

Integrity refers to your belief-system and how you follow your beliefs regardless of the situation. Regardless of where you are in the success process, you should have a clear and defined set of values that guide your life and your decision-making. These values can be corrupted, so your level of integrity is how you stick to your principles even when challenges happen. For successful people, adherence to their code survives the test of time and any hardships that occur.

On the road to success, you will encounter many obstacles, hardships, and challenges. Sometimes you will be able to meet these challenges head-on, do battle with them, and come out on top. Other times it will not be that simple. These are the times when we must face a decision to stay the course, give up the fight, or find a shortcut that might even the odds. Your integrity kicks in when you seek a solution that may test your code of ethics and morality. Will you take the high road, or will you take the low road?

When your victory is uncertain, will your keep your integrity? If your dreams and vision start to blur, will you keep your integrity? What happens to your level of integrity when you lack or lose motivation? Once you realize you missed achieving one of your goals, does your integrity lead you to assess, recalculate, and retry achieving your goal? While fear overtakes you and courage is nowhere to be found, will your integrity stick with you or let you down? As work begins to drag on and one, will your integrity allow you to do a good job anyway? Will the failures that are sure to come cause you to abandon your integrity?

The answers to these questions lie in our use of our ethics, which are also based on our belief-system. Ethics are an integral part of integrity, but each of us has our own code of ethics we live by. What is a code of ethics? It is a set of rules or principles that are established as personal guidelines. Everyone has a code of ethics: guidelines on what things they would and would not do in a given situation. Only you know the line not to cross in each situation; sometimes this line goes against the integrity you possess. External forces can have influence over this as well. Someone may or may not be able to talk you into doing something that goes against your ethics and integrity. A situation may or may not be able to make you go against your ethics. Integrity is holding on to your beliefs in spite of your current situation. I say it is striving to do the right thing, even when others do not. Our integrity will be challenged, especially when we take our eyes off our own road to see what others are doing. A surefire way to determine if you are doing this is to use this test: ask yourself if it seems like everyone is bending some rules to get ahead? If you say yes, then you have the potential to go along with the crowd, or go against the grain to see the levels of “success” others achieve.

… So you must keep your integrity high even when success seems far away. Live by your code of ethics to achieve victory. Let your integrity, and the knowledge that you will keep it, fuel your passion for achieving your dreams and goals. Use your integrity to build the courage required to overcome fear. Integrity allows you to minimize risk, which in turn can be used to create luck through recognizing opportunities. Finally, you can let failures come and go because you know they will not cause you to lose your integrity.

 

Affirmation: I understand how the process demands that I keep my integrity as I achieve greater levels of success.

 

Next Chapter (19): Focus… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous Chapter (17): Failure: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 16: Luck: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 15: Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

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Failure: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

 

Failure… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Failure

It is an amazing concept! The thought that failure will be a part of the process of success is hard to believe. Let me be clear: failure will be a part of your journey toward victory. It is highly unlikely that you will undertake any task or series of tasks without making a mistake or two along the way. These mistakes are failures, and too many failures can end the pursuit of success. In order to understand the idea completely, we should break down the meaning of failure.

Failure means not achieving the desired outcome; it means not having success. Therefore it runs counter to everything we are discussing in this book. Yet, failure must be included here because it is a part of the success process. If you are not failing at something, you are not trying hard enough! It sounds cliché, but it is true that failure simply reveals one way something cannot be done. The crossroads we all face when we fail is what we will do next. This is where some people persevere, and others fade away. Some fight harder, while others end the battle. Some people advance, but others retreat. We need to look at failure from this perspective…

You cannot let failure cause you to doubt your victory. You cannot let failure shake your faith. You cannot let failure turn your “if” into never. You cannot let failure ruin your dreams. You cannot let failure steal your vision. You cannot let failure rob you of your motivation. You cannot let failure change your goals. You cannot let failure heighten your fears. You cannot let failure finish your quest for knowledge. You cannot let failure stop you from taking risks. You cannot let failure change your character. You cannot let failure prevent you from doing your work. You cannot let failure impede your ability creating luck. You cannot let failure end your need to persevere.

You cannot let failure stand in the way of your success! Never, ever!

…As we close the book on failure, it is important to understand that the world continues to turn regardless of whether or not you face your fears and failures. Remember, there is a possibility of failure every time we set out to achieve victory. Every time we chase our dreams, failure lurks. Every time we set a goal, failure looms. Every time we go to work, failure lies in wait. The only way to overcome failure is to meet it head on. This can come in the form of service, or it can come in the form of self-improvement. Either way, failure is a critical component of the success process that is sure to block your path at some point. The best thing to do is figure out how to build a bridge to get over your failure in order to become successful.

 

Affirmation: I accept that failure is a part of the process that I will overcome daily in order to become more successful.

 

 

Next Chapter (18): Integrity… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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Chapter 15: Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

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Luck: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Luck… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Luck

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

 

For the first time in this book, I am going to contradict everything we believe we know about one of our keywords. The word in question is luck. For the sake of uniformity, we will analyze the definition of the word first, and then change it. The difference in the way we study this keyword is the need to redefine the word so we can use on our journey toward victory and success. Once we redefine luck, I hope you will either take a second look at what you call luck or remove the word from your vocabulary altogether.  So let’s begin with the definition of luck: a force that brings good fortune or adversity.

What is this so-called force that brings either good news or bad news in the form of luck? How can you harness the power of this force to bring about fulfillment of your dreams and vision? Neither question can truly be answered because we do not truly know where, or when this mystical force will appear in our lives. We do not know if it will arrive as a blessing or a curse. We do not know when good luck will strike, nor do we know when bad luck will strike. So why do we use this word at all, especially if it brings a sense of fear instead of courage?

I think we use the word luck to explain or give meaning to the events in our lives. When things are going well, we can say we are having good luck. Since most people want good luck, why is it so difficult to remain on a lucky streak, even when we make an effort to prolong our good fortune? When things are not going well, we can say we are having bad luck. Since most people want to avoid bad luck, why is it so difficult to break an unlucky streak, even when we make an effort to end our bad fortune? I strongly suggest forgetting about trying to figure your so-called luck. Instead, change the way you think about luck entirely.

In preparation for one of the most dynamic concepts in this book, remember that success is not an accident; it is a planned process that will work for you! Now that you know remember this, here is another way to look at luck...

Luck” = Opportunity + Risk

Understand that you are presented with numerous opportunities every day. The first thing you should do is learn how to recognize them. Maybe you had a dream, and then it seemed to manifest itself in real-life. Maybe you had a thought, and someone said something similar (or even your exact thought) during a conversation. Maybe you had an idea, and putting it on paper started to draw the necessary resources to make it happen. These are all examples of opportunities, and they present themselves to all of us constantly if we use our vision effectively…

As a final thought, I believe this is why the concept of luck is misunderstood. Not enough people put in the required work to reap the benefits associated with creating luck. Not enough people identify opportunities. Not enough people take calculated risks. Despite this, the good news is if we hold on to our new definition of luck (opportunity + risk), we will achieve victory and become more successful and… lucky!

 

Affirmation: I choose to make my own good luck based on pursuing both opportunities and calculated risks.

 

 

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Chapter 14: Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

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Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Perseverance… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Perseverance

Perseverance is one of those nebulous terms that mean different things for different people. The true definition is to go on in spite of opposition. Opposition can also mean delay: your dreams, vision, and goals are all being delayed, so how long will you persevere? I firmly believe that people misunderstand perseverance because they do not properly associate as something associated with timing. The most common theme that runs with the concept of perseverance is knowledge of when to give up versus understanding of when to hang in there. I guess we can say it is an awareness of what you consider your pain threshold. How much discouragement, opposition, and delay can you take mentally and physically? Simply put, only you know when enough is enough, except when you don’t know when enough is enough!

Boxers step into a ring with supreme confidence until they get hit. Then, they realize they are in a fight! If they are losing the fight, they know they have to do something to make a comeback, or at least hang in there until they can recover. But what happens when the hits keep coming? At some point, the question of perseverance shows up in one way or another. Can they achieve their victory when it seems so far away? Put yourself in this position. I am sure your thoughts would be about survival, fighting back, or accepting defeat. Only you know where you are in that thought-process as the hits keep coming. Sure, you think you would make the right decision, but how many times have we seen boxers knocked silly because they hung in there too long?

Perseverance is a learned behavior that you must quantify. In other words, we need to put some form of time-limit on our ability to persevere. This has nothing to do with actual time. Going back t the boxing analogy, our boxer friend does not say he will last until 2:32 of round 8. Instead, he might say I can only hold out for a few more hits provided I cannot make a comeback. He can’t put a specific time on giving up, because things may change. He might be able to land a punch and change the fight in an instant. By the way, so can you! Just when you think you can no longer persevere, it happens! You are back on your feet and your come back and road to victory has begun.

This is a direct result of you knowing when enough is enough, except when you don’t know. I cannot (and should not) tell you if and when to give-in because I do not know you! You are a complex being who possesses a unique set of talents and abilities. Your levels of perseverance are different than mine, regardless of the situation, current status, or our stations in life. Again, this is one of those simple concepts when you read it, yet it can be so challenging to put into practice in our daily routines. We must be able to create some universal guidelines for perseverance that could potentially lead to success.

I will let you in on a secret; I put something here on your road to success. This book was laid out with perseverance purposely placed in this spot. The reason for this is the ease in which people tend to give up. It is easier to give up instead of going forward, especially if going forward requires enduring some form of distress. This is why you must define your success by starting with your eventual victory in mind. From there, build faith, start to dream and develop your vision. The objective is to be so thoroughly invested in the previous steps, that perseverance will be easier and maybe even unnecessary. I cannot tell you when to persevere or how long to persevere. I can only tell you to follow the process in the midst of opposition as you build your definition of success!

 

Affirmation: I persevere so that I can overcome all challenges on the way to becoming more successful each day.

 

 

 

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Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

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Work: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

work

Work… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

 

Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest chapters in the book to deliver and understand. It will hit many of my readers right between the eyes because it is a concept that is somewhat tangible. Unlike several concepts in this book, work can be “measured” and the results of the measurement will probably be a direct correlation to the results we see. In fact, I am certain that work and work-ethic are the deciding factors that determine the level of success, or lack of success we attain. I firmly believe 99% of the concepts in the book bow down to the idea that work is the most important ingredient to achieving success. If you want to give Motivation for the World one word at a time, you have to put in work!

One of the major barriers people face about work is it carries a negative connotation. By definition, work means exertion, labor, and toil. None of these words paint a bright and sunny outlook about work. Instead, they paint a picture of doom and gloom. Yet we have to shake off the negative perception of working if we want victory and greater success. There is no way around it. The amount of work we put in determines the amount of success we can attain and sustain. Yes there are a multitude of other factors that contribute, but the role work plays in the process of success is undeniable…

I consider the amount of work you are willing to undertake your Spirit of Excellence. The Spirit of Excellence refers to our innate desire to do any work or job to the best of our ability. It means, regardless of the type of work, we will strive to do it well. I think we all have this trait, but many people do not use it for various reasons. Maybe it (The Spirit of Excellence) is not accompanied by a dream. Maybe it is not tied to a vision. Maybe it does not fuel or ignite our passion. Maybe it does not motivate. To employ the Spirit of Excellence, always put forth your best effort! Always put in your best work!

Work when everyone else around you chooses not to put forth any effort. Work when you do not feel like working. Work when you have the choice between doing it and doing something else. Work when it looks like your effort is getting you nowhere. Work when people are watching you. Work when no one is watching you. Work when there is a reward waiting for a job well done. Work when there is no reward for completing a given task. The bottom line is: work is what separates those who will find success from those who struggle to attain it.

Work when things are going extremely well. Work when things are going poorly. You will find that the mere action of working keeps the creative juices flowing. Work opens doors to new possibilities. It keeps the mind sharp and prepared to find and take advantage of opportunities. I cannot make this any simpler: work separates those who want and achieve victory from those who only dream about it. As a final thought, a day without work is a wasted day. You have no time to waste, so get to work now!

Affirmation: I embrace hard-work in the spirit of excellence in order to make my visions of success become my reality.

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Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

 

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Risk: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Risk… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

By definition, the word risk is tied to uncertainty because it is not associated with a definitive answer or outcome. We cannot think of risk as an indicator of a positive outcome. Nor can we use it to avoid a negative outcome. Consequently, we should not use risk alone as an ultimate decision-maker in our lives at all. Instead, risk should be studied and maybe even calculated as one of many factors in our decision making processes. Risk has a part in the success process, but not the final say!

In my opinion, risk is just like fear. Although the words have different meanings, both have the power to propel us forward, or hold us back. A great way to understand risk is to learn it in the same way we learned about fear: by breaking down the definition into smaller pieces. Once we have a working definition, then we can learn how to use risk to help us become more successful. We can start by looking at the first part of the definition of risk: exposure to the chance of injury or loss.

What exactly is exposure to the chance of injury or loss? Exposure simply means something is present. This does not mean it will happen. We are exposed to danger in numerous aspects of life, yet we do not let these dangers stop us from living. We drive our cars with thousands of motorists on our roads and highways every day. We are taking a risk due to the potential of getting into an accident every time we start the ignition. We are “exposed to the chance of injury or loss.” How many of us consciously decide not to drive only because of this exposure to potential injury or loss?

This single example proves that we calculate risk levels all the time, and then act upon whether or not we can live with the level of risk we face. If we perceive that the reward outweighs the risk, we usually take a chance, regardless of exposure to the chance of injury or loss. The reward of driving is we can move from point A to point B to do what we have to do. As an example, the reward of driving to work is getting paid for being there. Getting paid is a victory! It outweighs the risk of facing driving hazards! This proves that we always measure risk, even when completing the most mundane tasks…

How do successful people use risk-taking as a means to achieve great things? In most cases, successful people take calculated risks instead of blind leaps of faith. Calculated risks are another way of saying examining situations from various points-of-view before making decisions. The best-of-the-best gather as many facts and bits of information they need to make an informed decision. How about this: some of the information they gather includes their own dreams and vision, passion and goals. Successful people do their homework and increase their knowledge to leverage risk. They build courage and motivate themselves to take risks even if their decisions may not turn out as planned…

Affirmation: I will take calculated risks that will allow me to take positive steps toward my dreams and goals.

 

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Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

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Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Knowledge is Power

Knowledge… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

 

By definition, obtaining knowledge requires action. We can figure this out by looking at a few key words in the definition of knowledge: study and investigation. Simply put, in order to acquire knowledge, we must study and investigate. To build on what we have previously learned, we need knowledge to achieve victory. We need knowledge of a subject or career in order to pursue our passion for that vocation. We need knowledge to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. We need knowledge to become successful.

One of the keys to success is our ability to expand our knowledge base so that we stay on a path of continuous learning. Many of us believe our education ends when our formal education ends. We do not have to report to any classroom or take any academic tests any longer, so our education is officially over. Why should we study anymore? Why should we read for the sake of learning? Why should we seek new words to strengthen our vocabulary? The answers are all the same: we should do all these things and more because successful people never stop learning. Successful people never stop studying. Successful people know their learning continues long beyond the end of their formal classroom education.

There are several important things successful people know about seeking knowledge. For starters, they know that continuous learning expands and exercises the most powerful force on earth: the human brain. As discussed previously, we have been blessed with a very powerful tool called the brain. Its power can be used time and time again to change the course of the world. This is mainly because the brain does not operate with limits. It has limitless power, so it needs a constant stream of energy and exercise. Those who choose not to continuously seek learning and knowledge are literally putting limits on their brain power…

Knowledge is one of those concepts that give a lot of people trouble. We all realize that we should be increasing our intelligence, but doing so is not always the sexiest thing to do. In many instances, seeking knowledge is downright challenging and tedious. However, the rewards of studying and learning new things far exceed the hardships that we perceive when we think of education. The highest achievers know they need more knowledge. They never stop learning. They know they have to get more knowledge by reading. They also know they can get knowledge from other people who are subject-matter experts. Finally, successful people know the path to success requires exercising their brain power to become a subject-matter expert in some field or endeavor. The good news is you can do it too!

 

Affirmation: I will continue to build my knowledge and learn as much as possible in order to become a subject-matter expert.

 

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Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

 

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Character: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Character… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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A careful review of the definition of character allowed me to see that one word stands out more than the rest. The word is aggregate, which means total. This word is important because it means our character is a combination of many things, all wrapped up into one package. Applying what we already know, we can say that character can, and should include thoughts of victory, faith, and the possibilities of if. Character should be shaped by our dreams and vision, and fueled to lead in a positive direction because of our passion.

I am sure there are an endless amount of qualities and traits that make up character. Therefore, to learn about character, it is very important to zero in on the main qualities that make each of us unique. As the definition says, character is the traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. So I cannot tell you what makes up your character. But what I can tell you is your character should be made up of positive qualities that allow you to move in a positive direction. Each of these positive qualities can, and should, be developed to as a way to help us as we strive to become more successful on a daily basis. I believe we should find the best positive qualities we possess and let those shape our character.

It is important to note that your “best” quality may not always be a good thing. One person’s best quality may be their ability to be show empathy. This quality would be great in any field or endeavor that helps people in their time of need. As we will see, empathy is a key component to success. On the other hand, another person’s “best” quality may be their ability to lie. This trait would not be helpful in a field that helps people in their time of need. The logic here is that we can possess both positive and negative qualities that make up our character. In other words, your character is based in part on your choices. Do you choose to accentuate your positive traits? Or do you spend a lot more of your valuable time accentuating your negative traits?

Successful people know developing their character is their choice. Character truly is who you are when you are in dark. When you are all alone, what things do you think about? After a million mental exercises, which of those thoughts do you want to turn into actions? Finally, which of those thoughts becomes your present or future reality? I believe the things we do are born from our thoughts, our ability to transfer those thoughts, and our delivery of those thoughts through actions. This is my definition of character. This also has to include the realization that character includes, to a lesser extent, the thoughts we think that are not put into action. Therefore, key components of character are twofold: they are what we think as well as what we actually do.

 

Affirmation: I am responsible for the traits that improve my character and propel me toward success.

 

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Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

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Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Courage… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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Courage is to be one of my favorite words that define success because it is the one I have struggled with the most. By definition, the word courage includes strength. We are not talking about physical strength, although sometimes we need it to display courage. Instead, we are talking about inner-strength. We are talking about power that cannot be seen or measured. It is that force that allows so many people to face danger and defy the odds to receive victory. Notice the word persevere is also a part of the definition of courage. Perseverance is such an important component of courage that we will address it separately in a later chapter.

In addition to strength and perseverance, the definition of courage also includes the word venture. This is a hidden gem at needs some examination. Venture means to go forth and seek and yes, it is from the same root as the word adventure. Success requires people to venture out of their comfort zones in order to find various pathways to victory. Courage requires us to have faith. It requires us to say “if” and when. It requires us to dream. It requires us to we must seek out opportunities, set goals, and take risks. We must think outside the box in order to achieve greater results. Every time we venture out, or go on an adventure, we summon a certain level of courage to get the job done.

Real-life situations allow us to call on courage, even when we do not realize we possess it. Some situations that invite courage include helping a loved one in immediate danger or defending your most prized possessions. These are obviously dangerous situations that most people can relate to. These threats require massive amounts of courage while we are in the midst of danger. Other bouts that require courage are not as threatening, but just as daunting for too many people. Personal interactions and communication immediately come to mind. We all know how important it is to make a good first impression.

How do successful people discover courage? Successful people envision what victory looks like. They use faith as a starting point. They see “when” instead of “if”. Successful people dare to dream, and then use their vision as a guide. They let their passion lead them to find the courage to overcome fear. As we proceed, you will see other elements that successful people use to build courage. They build upon their knowledge and accept the fact they must take risks in order to be successful. Successful people understand the right choice might not be the popular choice, but they lean on their character as a guide.

Last but not least, successful people know hard work leads to building courage, and both are the necessary components each of us must possess as we provide motivation for the world, one word at a time.

 

Affirmation: I have the power to summon enough courage to survive in the face of real or perceived danger.

 

Next Chapter (11): Character… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

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Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Fear… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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For the first and only time, I purposely did not start this chapter with the definition of the word we are studying. Right now, I suggest that everyone who reads this book identify the one (or more) concepts that are slowing down their progress toward victory and success. For me, fear is definitely the one! I can honestly say that I have been filled with fear on so many occasions that it is the major roadblock on my path to success. I can guarantee that I am not alone. An honest assessment would probably lead most people to agree that fear is the number one adversary of faith and the roadblock to success. Fear has unbelievable power! Therefore, the only way to face fear is to thoroughly understand it to make a conscious effort to defeat it.

The definition of fear makes it crystal clear that our uncertainties are totally irrational. Fear is defined as an unpleasant or strong emotion caused by the expectation or awareness of danger. When we examine this definition carefully, two words should jump out: expectation and awareness. Expectation means that we think something will happen. Awareness is having knowledge of something. In other words, having fear means we can be negatively influenced by the knowledge of something we think can happen. We truly do not know if it will happen. This is why an accurate acronym of fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.

In order to overcome fear, we must understand that it is the enemy of everything we have covered thus far. Fear prevents us from believing in victory. Fear takes away our faith. Fear makes people think the only time if applies is when something could go wrong. Fear serves as a dream killer. Fear causes people to alter or completely change their vision. Fear prevents people from pursuing their passion. Fear steals our momentum when it is time to set goals. Fear robs even the most energetic people of their motivation. This summary shows how fear attaches itself to each of the success strategies we have covered so far. It also shows the power of letting fear dictate how we will live our lives.

…In conclusion, we must ask how successful people handle their fears. I am one who believes that some people have an innate, God-given ability not to be fearful in some of the most ominous situations. I think this trait is in all of us, although it may only appear in certain situations. Two people in the same situation will experience different levels of fear. In these situations, successful people expect victory. They turn “ifs” into when. They can turn their dreams into visions of success. Successful people know how to focus on their passion as an antidote for fear. They have taught themselves how to handle their fears through goals and using the right tools for motivation. The great news is you can do it too

 

Affirmation: I have fears, but I will no longer allow them to prevent me from reaching my destiny.

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Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

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