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How to set Goals in Life: The First Ingredient of Success

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“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy

Did you know that setting “goals” like “I want to be happy” or “I want to be rich” are a recipe for disaster? No, I’m not saying that because they’re impossible to achieve, it’s that they’re so vague that they won’t give you any information that you can actually act upon. Aside from that, they have no end point to let you know when you’ve finally accomplished the goal. If you want to achieve the things you want and become successful at something, then you must learn how to set goals in life properly. Study this article well, and create your goals based on the principles here!

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

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It’s your right to be Rich and Successful

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Stress from work, bills to pay, and all sorts of problems popping up every day. All of them can make life seem hopeless sometimes and you probably think that what you have now, a life living paycheck to paycheck, is all that you’re ever going to get. You could even think that mediocrity, failure, and even poverty are all normal.

Well, they’re not.

What you SHOULD have and what you’re DESTINED to have is wealth and success. It’s your right to be rich, and no matter how much you think otherwise, you are deserving of it as you work to earn it. Remember these quotes if you ever start to doubt that.

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10 Ways to NOT Help People (William J. H. Boetcker’s “The Ten Cannots”)

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Reduce unemployment, help the needy, eliminate poverty and world hunger. Those are all noble goals worth pursuing. We have to be careful though as some solutions do more harm than good. Take these warnings from William J. H. Boetcker’s “The Ten Cannots.”

“The Ten Cannots” by William J. H. Boetcker
  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

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“Why am I not successful?” 7 reasons why you might be Failing

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“Work hard and you’ll become successful.” How many of us have heard that advice and followed it hoping that it’d work? You work overtime and you put in extra hours to get some extra cash. You’re tired and stressed from working hard day after day, yet nothing seems to change. “Why am I not successful yet” you ask? While hard work and serious effort is indeed important, reality is far more complex. Here are seven reasons why you still haven’t made it.

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Will your Kindness and Financial Success destroy your family?

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“Why should we work hard when you’ll give us free stuff anyway?” Buckle down for a moment as this might be a painful lesson if you’re already financially successful (or on the way there). Even though wealth and financial success allows you to help others (family, friends, and beggars) more easily, too much of it can backfire. Instead of giving them wings to fly, you might make them dependent on your handouts.

“In general, I am opposed to giveaways and handouts. They take away initiative and responsibility from people. If people know that things can be received ‘free,’ they tend to spend their energy and skill chasing the ‘free’ things rather than using the same energy and skill to accomplish things on their own. Handouts encourage dependence rather than self-help and self-confidence.” – Muhammad Yunus, Creating a World Without Poverty

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How can I get Rich? (Beyond just Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds)

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We’ve all asked ourselves “how can I get rich?” and started searching books and articles for answers. Most likely, we found “save a little money every paycheck and invest it” and how investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds over time can someday make you wealthy (I teach that in several of my articles as well). The question now however, is that are those the only things you can or should invest on?

To take things further, did most, if not all wealthy people earn their wealth through them alone? Well, one bestselling author and researcher who surveyed and interviewed hundreds of millionaires say they didn’t.

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What are “Rich Kids”? (and why you should be kind to everyone, Rich OR Poor)

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Some time ago I climbed Mount Pinatubo, one of the most famous volcanoes in the Philippines. It was a simple and enjoyable hike along the rivers and the canyons and the crater lake at the end was beautiful. Around the crater near the rest stop is a set of stairs, and it’s rather tiring to climb unless you exercise often. Of course, a lot of us tourists get tired there.

One of the guides, a local who is used to the mountain landscape remarked “Anak mayaman” (rich person’s offspring, or “rich kid”) in a disparaging tone. It’s a common mindset: Rich kids are weak, mean, and spoiled. I mean, that’s how they all are on TV, right?

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Building Mountains: 5 Reasons to Dream BIG

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There’s an old Filipino saying “libre lang ang mangarap” and it translates to “it’s free to dream.” While it sounds nice on paper, these days it implies that while you can dream big all you want, achieving your dreams is too difficult or impossible so you should never even try. While we wish we were rich and successful, it won’t happen and we’ll have to settle for an “ordinary” life instead. If we were born poor, we’ll just have to accept it and STAY poor.

Well what if you really DO want to become successful? Well then you need to have BIG dreams in order to achieve it! It’s free to dream… and it’s also free to think, plan, and find the way to achieve those dreams!

“If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that’s left is a compromise.”-Robert Fritz

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You’re not Lucky… and that’s a Good Thing

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“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin

You see lucky people everywhere. They have rich parents, they are good at sports, and they nearly always get good grades in school. Most of us, however, are just ordinary. We don’t have rich parents, we’re not very good at sports, and we barely pass our exams. For a lot more of us, it’s even worse as we’re often saddled with disadvantages and life often feels like an uphill climb.

You probably know what it’s like. You study hard for your exams and you barely pass that test. You work hard at your job and you still don’t get promoted. You try to improve your business yet sales don’t increase one bit. While you’re doing all that, other people seem to just glide through life. Some people just have all the luck, right?

You know, I wish luck will give me a billion-dollar business tomorrow. I also want to get lucky and become a world champion athlete as well. I mean, that how most people think luck works right? You wake up one day and you suddenly built a multinational corporation from thin air, you suddenly won the world title fight without ever leaving your couch, or you go from fast food worker to a real estate billionaire in a day because you got “lucky.”

Sadly, that doesn’t happen. So what can we do about it?

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Are you Afraid of Success?

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Many of us dream of living in a big beautiful mansion, earning a lot of money, having lots of friends, and a loving family… but one main reason why we don’t achieve it is because many of us are subconsciously afraid of success.

To be more specific, many of us are afraid of what we need to do in order to become successful. We are afraid of giving up the comfortable things that we have now and we are afraid of trying new things in order to earn something better.

Whenever we think about the good life, doubts also cloud our mind and we can only think of the reasons why we CAN’T do it. The mansion, the riches, and the happy family all seem like an IMPOSSIBILITY for us and we think to ourselves “What if I fail in business? What if I invest and lose money? What if I don’t like that new job or I get fired? What if those people hate me? Why can’t I tell my family directly that I love them? What if I lose everything I have now?” Thus, we stay as we are, do what we’ve always done, and keep earning what we’ve always gotten.

Aside from all that, many want positive changes, but few want to MAKE those changes. Many want to be rich and successful, but few are actually willing to do the work required. Millions of people fail because they’re too scared to try.

What do you do? How do you resolve that fear? How do you earn the life you want?

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