Six Year Anniversary: Motivation for the World Blog by Gary A. McAbee

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My Motivation for the World blog turns six!

Six years, 77 blog posts, and thousands of readers and page views. Thank you!

In celebration of this accomplishment, here is a list of my top ten blog posts with links.

This is Motivation for the World! Enjoy…

 

Develop and Use the IT Factor

Personal Declaration of Independence

When Life Gives You Lemons

You Might as Well Excel

The Quintessence of a Role Model

Do You Have a Positive Mental Outlook?

My Favorite Poem: Don’t Quit

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do

Kick Plates: A Story About Perception

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.

Defining Success: One Word At a Time

Defining Success: One Word At a Time

by  Gary A. McAbee

 

Now Available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle

Synopsis:

The road to success can be a long, arduous journey. It is a journey that needs a step-by-step, clearly defined strategy to arrive at the final destination. To accomplish this goal, Gary A. McAbee has laid out a series of success principles, carefully placed in a logical order, which can lead to greater success. These principles have been used consistently by many of the highest achievers in our society. If they can use these concepts to reach success, then they can also be used by everyone to achieve victory.

The book Defining Success: One Word at a Time starts with defining and visualizing the end result: victory. From there, concepts like faith, passion, knowledge, and patience are introduced to the reader as building blocks toward success. Finally, the book ends with an all-encompassing definition of success. This definition, like all of the success keywords before it, includes the previous concepts outlined in this book.

Projects, known as Call-to-Action exercises, are located throughout the book as samples that can be used to supplement the success keywords. In essence, these exercises serve as written examples that allow the reader to work toward success. By completing projects such as The Success Book, Goal Worksheet, and Define Your Success, the success keywords and the concepts associated with each project come to life.

Defining Success: One Word at a Time serves as a road map to success. Make no mistake about it; the road to success can be daunting. Yet this book, along with the teachings and exercises it contains, is the ultimate guide to producing greater results. It is a guide book to reach the ultimate goal: higher achievement and greater success!

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

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

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

Work Hard

 

We will arrive at the finish of our journey together by defining the word success. Did you notice the definition of success is really about an outcome or result? Somehow we have added more to this definition, so the word success takes on many different meanings. Success is usually connected to something that is good. I think we can agree that the most common use of the word success is to associate it with a positive outcome. However, by definition success can be a positive or negative outcome.

For example, the police can be successful at catching thief, while another thief can be successful at getting away. This shows that success happens all the time and it is inevitable regardless of the situation. We always get an outcome or result, so we are always successful! No matter what you do, success is guaranteed. No matter what you try, success is guaranteed. No matter where you go, success is guaranteed. Understand exactly what this means: success can be defined as a positive or negative outcome or result.

To become a success, start by defining it for yourself. Claim victory in the beginning of the process. Build enough faith to believe you are destined to be a success. Write what would happen if and when you pursue success. Dream big and let those thoughts plant the seeds of your future success. Develop a vision that supports your idea of what success looks like to you. Turn these things into a burning passion for becoming a success. Seek various sources of motivation to help you start toward success. Compose a plan that will allow you to complete goals on your way to success.

Keep defining success for yourself. Study and build your knowledge base to lead yourself to success. Improve your character so it will help you find the success you deserve. Learn how to work harder and smarter so success will come to you. Create your own luck and you will increase your likelihood of experiencing greater success. Take calculated risks to uncover opportunities that will lead to success. Embrace failure of a part of the process of achieving success. Find your hidden resource of perseverance in the midst of searching for success. Continue to rely on your integrity as you get closer to success. Refine your focus as you see success first-hand and experience it more often. Enjoy success as you live the life you have always wanted to live.

 

Affirmation: I finally understand the steps that I must take as I make steady progress toward my ultimate goal: success!!!

 

Previous Chapter (20): Patience: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 19: Focus: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

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

 

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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Photo courtesy of lifehack.org

 

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

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Next Chapter (16): Luck… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous 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

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.

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 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