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

 

 

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Motivation: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Motivation… an excerpt from the book:

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

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Motivation by definition includes action. Consequently there cannot be any action without motivation. I will take it a step further and say everything, including inaction, is caused by motivation. For example, if you want to walk, you have to be motivated to get started. On the other hand, if you chose to stand still, you have to be motivated to stay in place. These examples prove that motivation is not some whirlwind idea that can come in and make sweeping change. Instead, it is the reason why you take each and every action. In order to provide Motivation for the World, it is necessary to provide motivation for yourself.

The initial takeaway from this concept is people are always self-motivated to do whatever they want to do. Self-motivation is taking action based on how you feel; I call this our inner-drive. Self-motivation is a critical component of the success process and achieving victory. We make decisions constantly about what comes next, and the actions we take are based on being self-motivated. In other words, you have the power to determine whether you make progress on the road to success, remain in the same place, or take steps backward.

We want to discuss motivational strategies and tactics that will propel us forward. In order to do this, we need to learn about the things that make us advance in a positive direction. Positive things can spur us on; I call these things positive motivators. Negative things can also push us toward taking action; I call these things negative motivators. Since both exist simultaneously, we must remain aware of motivating factors that align with our dreams and vision. These are the things that propel us toward setting goals and achieving victory.

How do successful people stay motivated in order to move forward? We have already covered several tactics they use. Successful people define and expect victory. They build seemingly endless reservoirs of faith. Successful people believe in the power of thinking in terms of if and when things will happen. They dream and use their vision to see what success looks like and how it will ultimately feel. They find their passion and use it as a constant reminder of their purpose in life. They set goals and treat success as a process that will work in their favor if they stay the course and stick to the plan. These are some of the tactics the high-achievers use to stay motivated.
Affirmation: I am self-motivated so that I can put in the necessary effort to become more successful.

 

 

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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

Goal: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Goal… an excerpt from the book:

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

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Goal is one of the success keywords we all have used at one time or another. A goal by definition is an ending. This means goals are a part of a process that will eventually lead to a conclusion. Close inspection of this definition reveals that a goal does not have a positive or negative end. It is just the end toward which effort is directed. So it is important to note that people can have goals that lead toward construction and good things, or goals that lead toward destruction and bad things. Ether scenario requires effort, and this is where so many people miss the mark. Obviously, we want to use goals to build and lead to greater heights and victory.

Most people know what goals are by definition, but knowledge of the road to get to goal-setting can be a mystery. We completed the Wish Upon a Star exercise together, yet this effort did not include any planning. It simply established what victory looks like, and encouraged us to have faith. I did this purposely to prove that most people start with the concept of victory, and then build their faith to achieve it. Many continue to think about the possibilities of victory through faith, and if in order to be successful. Some think about victory, faith, if, and then dream. Fewer people think about victory, faith, if, and dream, in order to develop a vision. Even less people think about victory, faith, if, dream, vision, and then find their passion. Only a handful of people think about victory, faith, if, dream, vision, passion, and then use all of these things to establish and write down their goals!

Many people set goals and seek to make an honest attempt at achieving them. However, unless a goal is written and committed to memory, it is little more than a wish. I honestly do not believe unwritten goals become dreams or visions. I think these goals are lost, or at least directionless. Goals that are not written are like ships that sail without a compass. They might have a good idea about how to get to the end result, but the true path to get to the destination does not exist. I believe it is almost impossible to complete a worthwhile goal without a well-thought out, written plan! As a side note, there are some people with beautiful minds who can memorize things without writing them down. If this is you, go for it. However, remember that writing those goals down will serve to strengthen, not hinder the goal-setting process.

We must ask how successful people set self-imposed goals that lead them toward higher achievement. I believe successful people expect victory. To achieve their victory, they strategically plan and write down their time-oriented goals. They allow time-oriented goals become self-imposed goals through creating realistic dates of completion. Successful people can make their self-imposed goals become socially- imposed goals for others. In other words, they do not wait for others to set goals for them. Finally, once their goal is met, successful people set new, higher goals! You too can use this blueprint to achieve your goals. The time is now! Complete a goal-setting worksheet today!

Motivation for the World: Goal Worksheet… CLICK HERE

Affirmation: If I take the necessary step of writing down my goals, I will complete them one by one and ensure successful outcomes.

 

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Previous 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

 

 

Vision: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Vision… an excerpt from the book:

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

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By definition, vision means we have been given the power to see what we will or may become a reality. It is called vision. We can use our vision to see victory. We can use our vision to see the results of activating our faith. We can use our vision to create if statements that have meaning and purpose. We can use our vision to dream about the possibilities of a brighter tomorrow. It should probably scare, and then excite us when we realize we really can see the future. It does not matter how far away we believe we are from the future we want. We can see our ultimate destination: success.

One of the greatest gifts given to man is our ability to imagine, and use what we “see” to create a vision. To be clear, I need to establish a clear distinction between the vision of the eyes (natural), and the vision of the mind (spiritual). These are two totally different things that can disrupt the process of success if they are not separated. Remember this fact: we cannot trust the natural vision we have from our eyes. It is created for us. On the other hand, we can trust the spiritual vision we have from our mind. It is created by us, a gift given to us from our Creator.

Wait what… we cannot trust what we see? This is 100% correct. For all the non-believers, I need to have you complete a short exercise. Use your natural vision (or imagination) to look (quickly) in the direction of the sun. How big does it appear to be? Now look up the real dimensions of the sun. The object you saw and thought you knew based on your natural vision is actually a lot larger than it appears to be. Your natural vision let you down in terms of identifying the true size of the sun. If it can let you down here, believe that it can, and does, let you down all the time.

Instead, we need to focus on the spiritual vision we create in our minds. This is the ability to create through our imagination anything we can conceive. It is a scary thought that we have the ability to put ourselves in any situation and visualize it over and over again. Yet this universal skill is right there for the taking. In fact, we use our spiritual vision all the time without even realizing it. Today, you visualized yourself doing something in your mind that was totally different than what you were actually doing. You might have seen something from yesterday. You might have seen an event in the future. Either way, you used your spiritual vision to see something that is not actually happening in the present moment…

 

Affirmation: My gift of spiritual vision will work to attract the resources readily available to achieve the ultimate victory I will attain.

 

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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