By Udeme Archibong

Oliver Wendel Holmes reveals, “Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”

Success is the reserve of those who organize for it. Nothing great happens in life until a plan of action is executed. Success is not accidental but it is the outcome of well developed and wrought out plan. To get on a flight and arrive at an intended destination you need a flight plan and to get a flight plan you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The shortest cut to attain extraordinary success is to know from inception that there is no quick-fix in respect of the process that leads to extraordinary accomplishment.

However, you can duplicate universal, timeless and correct principles that have worked for countless others through the ages. The correct source of knowledge or information makes the elimination of ignorance possible and when the right knowledge or information is conceived in the heart, it produces the fruit of wisdom which eliminates ignorance and when ignorance is erased from the mind, quantum leap progress is attained.  We are living in era where there are available countless kinds of information at our disposal from various sources. In fact, you are just a click away in downloading more information than you ever need. However, with this abundant information there is also a heightening increase in the ignorance level that has produced low quality lives.

Abundant information has made people to be informed but many still lacking the wisdom to have a high quality life that only high-flyers experience. It is vital to open your mind and seek out worthwhile information that are relevant to your life; positive, educating, motivating, encouraging and growth inducing in order to make worthwhile advancement in life. Close up your mind to garbage information that is laden with negativity of all kinds which produces worthless living.

Seek out and learn from mentors or those who have accomplished extraordinary success in the field of endeavor that you are interested in. Learn from them what works and what does not work, the principles underlying their success, organize them and apply to your uniqueness. Get to seek out learning opportunities; attend relevant seminars, trainings, listen to messages on YouTube and CDs and read books to grow you. Remember, the level of your accomplishment will always correspond to the level of your personal growth and development. And if there is no personal growth and development there will be no accomplishment. Self-education is the route to fortune. Put together the success principles you have learnt; create a workable plan to immediately apply it to your life. Remember, applied knowledge is Power. Knowledge or learning without corresponding action can’t change your life.

What are the action steps you need to take to reach your dreams? What are the obstacles that you need to overcome in order to reach your dreams? What are the plans of action that you need to implement to overcome these obstacles?

To soar, you must have giant-size goals but you must take little detailed steps in executing your workable plans in actualizing your goals. You must work at daily piecemeal tasks successively in order to accomplish the lump sum at the deadline you have set for attaining your goals. Every goal must have a plan of execution if not it becomes a mirage. You may not always feel excited in accomplishing your goals especially during the midway journey to your goals. When the excitement wears off, then wear on the commitment to focus and work on your goals daily until you lay hold on the prize. Get around people who believe in you and are a source of encouragement or get to read and listen to messages that motivate and inspire you to keep your commitment heightened. Conviction creates commitment. When your dreams or goals are the convictions of your heart then you will possess extraordinary commitment needed to accomplish extraordinary dreams.

Invest your time in setting your life goals in each area of life; spiritual goals, family goals, career/business goals, financial goals, personal development/habits/attitude goals, health goals and contribution goals. Organize specific action steps to reach each goal. Engage in committed daily actions to actualize your goals. Invest in you; Invest in life; Invest in people; Soar!

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