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Motivation for the World: One Person at a Time

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I created the Motivation for the World blog to have a powerful voice and positive impact. The articles posted are for all people who are seeking better results, self-improvement, and life-changing success. Along with my other blog, Wake Up/Rise Up, I am able to get people talking about issues that affect us all.

I am the proud author of three self-help books: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now!, the follow-up Rise Up! 42 Additional Ways to Improve Black America Now! , and Defining Success: One Word at a Time.

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Body Language 101: Making Great First Impressions that Last

Body Language 101: Making Great First Impressions that Last

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Everyone must master the subtle art of improving our body language to promote a better image in our society. Body language speaks volumes about how a person is feeling, their outlook on life, and how they conduct their business. A concept directly related to body language is making a first impression. First impressions are extremely important; those who leave good impressions will be more likely to achieve success than those who do not.

There are many skills that will improve our body language. When combining proper body language with using proper English and dressing for success, there is no doubt that African Americans can compete, and win in any situation.  We simply need to master the skills that so many high achievers use to guarantee their success. The following skills are keys to improving our body language.

Demonstrate Good Posture

We should stand up straight and hold our head high. When sitting, we should lean slightly forward and be sure to be upright without slouching. These actions show confidence. They present a positive outlook and give off a good first impression.

Maintain Proper Eye Contact

Those who make good eye contact are perceived as trustworthy. We should learn how to look others directly in the eye when speaking. This is especially important when we are trying to make a favorable impression.

Give a Firm Handshake

A firm handshake shows confidence. It also shows strength and eagerness. Those who give firm handshakes are taken seriously and they are well respected.

Use Proper Hand Gestures

Hand gestures suggest excitement and energy. When speaking, use proper hand gestures to make points clear and emphasize ideas. Be careful not to constantly move the hands because it portrays nervousness. Use hand movements that come naturally; do not force them.

Add Appropriate Responses

When engaged in conversations, use appropriate responses that include both verbal and non-verbal reactions. Such reactions include appropriate facial expressions, short pauses before speaking, and verbal responses to show that you are listening. Proper responses lead to more meaningful conversations.

Don’t Forget to Smile

A smile works regardless of the situation at hand. It disarms people and gives the most positive response. Those who smile often are more likely to demonstrate their positive outlook. People tend to respond favorably to people who smile.

Each of these concepts will allow us to give off the correct body language and make better impressions. Everyone should put these things into practice immediately. They could be the difference between opening doors to new opportunities or closing doors to lost opportunities.

 

Gary A. McAbee created the Motivation for the World blog to have a powerful voice and positive impact in society. The articles posted are relevant to all people who hope to improve their lives and unlock their unlimited potential. Along with his other blog, Wake Up/Rise Up, Gary is able to get people talking about issues that affect us all. He is the proud author of three self-help books: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now!, the follow-up Rise Up! 42 Additional Ways to Improve Black America Now! , and Defining Success: One Word at a Time.

 

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Self-Reflection: Clark Kent vs Superman

Sometimes in life one must stop, take a self-assessment, and make necessary changes. I feel like I am at this point: the moment when you realize you need to take a look in the mirror to see who you really are.

Like many people, I can relate to characters in books, television, and movies. One character I always felt a connection to is Superman. Superman’s earthly journey started with humble beginnings as Clark Kent. He was just an “ordinary” person until he learned how to unlock his extraordinary abilities. He became Superman. Once Superman learned how to harness his power, he used it for good as a way to make things better. He eventually became great at everything he did, as long as he had his cape and super suit.

But Superman was really Clark Kent in disguise. Clark was the opposite of Superman in many ways. He was somewhat clumsy and socially awkward. He wasn’t very confident or sure of himself and his abilities. Clark seemed to want to reveal who he was, but every time he got the courage to tell his secret something got in the way. So he toiled in anonymity. In the meantime something strange happened: the intangible qualities he possessed as Clark Kent became as “strong” as the tangible qualities he possessed as Superman. So sometimes Clark wanted to be Superman; sometimes he wanted to be Clark.

Now you may be wondering how this well- known and beloved fictional character relates to this writer. Well I can relate to Clark Kent. I am cut from the same the clumsy, socially-awkward, unsure, and unconfident cloth as Clark Kent. I also learned how to unlock extraordinary abilities. Therefore, I am Superman too. My issue is learning how to harness my power and use my “super” powers for good.

What a lot of people miss is Superman has a complex. Superman wants to save the world, but sometimes he can’t. Psychologists have given this a title: the Superman complex. By definition, it is:

  • Superman complex– the feeling that others cannot perform one or more tasks successfully and sense of responsibility to save others

Superman feels he should be able to save the world. In one movie, he tried to perform so many life-saving deeds simultaneously that he did not have time to “save” the person he loved the most. This made him angry, and it caused him to question everything about himself and why he was given such extraordinary abilities. I can relate.

What a lot of people miss Clark Kent has a complex too. Clark Kent is torn between being “ordinary” and being super. My definition is:

  • Clark Kent complex– deciding how and when to use intangible qualities that go unnoticed or reveal tangible quantities no one knows exist

Clark Kent knows his intangible qualities make him great, but the world doesn’t. He also knows his tangible qualities as Superman make him great, but the world doesn’t. So he goes through life swinging back and forth. Clark Kent wants people to see that he is great. He wants to reveal who he really is, but without his super powers he can’t figure out how to do it. I can relate.

The world loves tangible qualities: good looks, physical appearance, wealth, material things. The world sees the “good’ in Superman. On the other hand, the world overlooks intangible qualities: care, compassion, helpfulness, love and support. The world does not see the “good” in Clark Kent.

Sometimes in life one must stop, take a self-assessment, and make necessary changes. I feel like I am at this point: the moment when you realize you need to take a look in the mirror to see who you really are.

Who am I? I am Clark Kent, but I am super too.

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

 

Focus… 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 quick review of the definition of focus reveals an interesting truth. Focus is simply something that holds or keeps our attention. Notice the parallel between focus and so many of the other success keywords that can include both positive and negative outcomes. We can use our focus to be attracted to the right things or the wrong things. Once again, it is our choice of which way we will go. If you are searching for victory, focus on something positive. If you are trying to achieve a goal, focus on something positive. If you are trying to improve your character, focus on something positive. I think you can see the recurring theme of using our focus to attract positive results.

Any examination of this word requires usually revolves around losing focus more than keeping it. When studying success, this is definitely the case. We tend to lose focus when we take our eyes off the prize. We can lose sight of our inevitable victory as hardships and setbacks occur. If we think we are far from success, we can lose sight of our dreams and vision. During our daily routine filled with ups-and -downs, we can lose sight of our passion and motivation. All of these things are ways in which we can lose focus. Keeping focus is a challenge, especially when failure occurs. Remember, failure is a part of the success process. Also remember not to let failure distract you from your focus….

Successful people know they need to keep their focus before success arrives, when it finally does appear, and after starts to fade. They do not get complacent or stop to take a break. Instead, they stay hungry. They either attempt to build on their current success, or look to new challenges to achieve the next victory. Successful people set new goals and start the success process all over again. Sure, their journey may be filled with new obstacles and hardships, but one thing is certain. Once successful people have a sense of achievement, they seek new challenges instead of losing focus.

How can you master the art of keeping your focus, or regaining your focus to become more successful? I have provided a few activities that can certainly help. If you liked the Success Book project, what is stopping you from adding more information to it? If you liked completing the “Wish Upon a Star” exercise, what is stopping you from doing it again? If you liked the “Goal Setting Worksheet”, what is preventing you from writing down additional goals now? These are three examples of activities that can help you either focus or refocus, and get started on the path to victory again.

In summary, both failure and success require us to focus as a way to keep our eyes on the prize. If you lose sight of your initial dreams and vision, do an exercise to refocus. If you win a prize or complete a goal, find the next challenge to keep your passion and motivation high. True, lasting and habitual successes will not allow you to lose focus. The moment you do, it is like taking apart a building, one brick at a time. Eventually, the process of removing the bricks will lead to a collapse. Losing focus could easily lead to the destruction of the success you have spent so much time trying to build. Do not let this happen to you!

 

Affirmation: I focus of the end-results of ultimate victory and success based upon my vision, dreams, and goals.

 

Next Chapter (20): Patience… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous Chapter (18): Integrity: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

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

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

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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

 

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

Previous 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

 

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

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

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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.

 

 

Next Chapter (17): Failure… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous 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

 

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

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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.

Next Chapter (15): Perseverance… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous 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

 

 

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.

 

Next Chapter (14): Work… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous 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

Knowledge: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Knowledge is Power

Knowledge… an excerpt from the book:

Defining Success: 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 10: Courage: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Defining Success, One Word At a Time