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.

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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!

Book Release Update

Defining Success: One Word At a Time,

written by Gary A. McAbee

Anticipated Release: Summer 2017

 

The First Word: Victory: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 11: Character: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 15: Perseverance: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 16: Luck: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 17: Failure: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 18: Integrity: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 19: Focus: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 20: Patience: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

The Last Word: Success: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

 

Contact Information for Gary A. McAbee

Website: www.motivationfortheworld.com

Blog: https://motivationfortheworld.wordpress.com/

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Email: gary@motivationfortheworld.com

 

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

 

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

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

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

periwinkle flowers

Just in case you have not noticed, the success process outlined in this book will require a lot of patience. Patience can be thought of by looking at two words: ability and willingness. You have the ability to be patient. By definition, patience includes the ability to hold back your desire when it is delayed. The question is whether or not you have the willingness to wait. This is the choice patience demands from all of us on a daily basis. We know possibilities victory holds, and we understand how to see them through our dreams and vision. We also know the success process may require perseverance and failure. When we put it all together, do we have enough patience to go through the steps regardless of how long it may take to see success?

We live in a world where instant gratification rules. We want everything now. In fact, most of us want everything yesterday because today is already too late. While speed works in many arenas, chances are it will not work as we pursue whatever measure of success we are seeking. This is because success requires a step-by-step process, and this process can take a lot longer than we are willing to wait. I believe this is one of the major reasons why more people do not experience victory and success on a daily basis. It takes too long! I strongly suggest that you get used to waiting and embrace it to some degree as well. Success requires perseverance and patience. There is no secret formula.

Unfortunately, it is rare that tremendous success comes quickly. We tend to believe that successful people arrive at their destination overnight. Our society paints a picture that says we do not have to pay our dues to become more successful. We only see the victory of successful people, but do not see the process they used to find success. We hear things about people who get ahead: they have the right connections, or they have so much luck because they get all the breaks. While this does happen occasionally, in reality their road to success may have taken many years before it became a reality. Their road required some level of patience that is usually unseen by the outside world.

I believe the amount of patience we are willing to display is a direct correlation to the value of the success we seek. Simply put, if it is that important, you will wait with some degree of patience while you work toward making your dreams become reality. Building your patience requires a lot of… patience! It also requires a thorough understanding that patience is a process itself, and it is also a part of the larger process of success. Now that you know, you must fight against the urge to expect things today. Hold off instant gratification. Instead, set realistic expectations and use patience, even if things do not appear quickly as we wish.

 

Affirmation: I believe in the process of becoming more successful through patience and faith that my victory is within reach.

 

The Last Chapter (21): Success… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous 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

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:

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

 

 

Character: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Character… an excerpt from the book:

Defining Success: One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

 

character

 

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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: 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