The following major lesson I learned from Jim Rohn:-
Make a list of 50 things that you would like to achieve or have in the next ten years - big things - little things, it doesn't matter. Write at least 50 and only write one thing on each line because you will need space to write something else a little later.
These are not things that you think you can aquire - it's a list of what you want - just let your mind run free. What would make your life dazzlingly unique?
What places would you like to visit?
Would you like to write a book, create a song, learn to play a musical instrument?
Expand your library
Investments you'd like to make
Education for your children
What would do it for you?
Parachute out of an aeroplane or bunji jump
Climb a mountain
Life is a collection of experiences. What would give you great satisfaction?
Maybe some benevolence goals - become a benefactor
Set up a youth camp or an orphanage
What would reward you - give you that wonderful feeling that you have contributed and helped?
Be a teacher, speaker, lecturer, author, poet, singer. One of the greatest forces that stir the human soul are music, lyrics and poetry.
They don't have to be big things.
Something that you've got to prove to yourself
Something that would give you great satisfaction
This is a model that you can use and then teach. You can teach this to your children and they will have no problem with this - they would probably already be asking for more paper
If you could have everything you wanted to make your life just how you would like it to be, what would you write. I realized I had forgotten how to use my imagination.
I asked "What will make me kind, rich, effective, live an extraordinary life?"
When you have listed at least 50, look at each item and decide that one is about a 1 year goal, that is about a 3 year goal and that one is a 10 plus year goal. Mark each one with the appropriate number of 1, 3, 5 or 10.
If you've not done this before you could be astounded. I hadn't thought so much about this goal setting ever in my life - planning my future.
Now, look at all the 1 year goals, pick out the 4 most important and put them on a new list. One of the greatest exercises in life is deciding what's important and what isn't. Don't spend major time on minor things. Save your energy for the majors.
Now ask yourself why these 4 goals are important to you. It's the why that makes the difference. If the why isn't important enough to you then don't waste your time on it.
What you want is the object - it's powerful - it's like a magnet.
Why you want it is the purpose. Purpose stirs the emotion and the passion.
PURPOSE IS STRONGER THAN OBJECT.
For example:- You want a 4 wheel drive because you like the look of them.
Or, the purpose of you wanting a 4 wheel drive is because you and your family travel along rough terrain each day and often get stuck if it's muddy.
The purpose of why you want the 4 wheel drive has a much stronger pull for you than the want because you will eliminate this particular challenge for you and your family.
So the two important questions are what do you want and what do you want it for.
A lot of your goals need to be personal development goals to help you become the person you want to become.
Beware of what you become in pursuit of what you want.
It's incredible what you can become.
Jim Rohn's mentor suggested to him while they were discussing economics, "Why don't you set a goal to become a millionaire for what it will make of you to achieve it. Once you have become a millionaire, the money will not really be of importance - you can give it away - the real value is what you have learned and who you have become"
You will have learned to solve problems, improvise, gain an understanding of the market place, be more knowledgable and bring value to the market place
This philosophy changed his life.
That's the positive side and in life there is always a positive and a negative.
The creator and the spoiler
Day and night
Health and illness
Winning and losing
Life and death
Liberty and tyranny
We must see the opportunities and sense the dangers.
Whatever you want will come with a cost.
If it costs you working hard, discipline and learning some skills, that's good.
If it costs you violating your values and principals the cost is too high - nothing is worth this.
Don't compromise good friendships for something that has you driven too much.
Weigh up the cost first - don't look back and realize that this has cost too much. If it costs you to be disloyal then it's not worth it.
Judas got the money - a small fortune at the time - was this a success story? No it wasn't. Why? because he wasn't happy with himself. He had got his hot little hands on the money but he wasn't happy with himself because he had sold out. He tried to take the money back but they just through him out and he hanged his worthless self because of the betrayer he had become.
All you need is to set some quiet time out for yourself and I highly recommend playing Creative Flow, Peace and Harmony or Nirvana quietly in the background while you decide how you want 2012 to be.
I wish you an abundance of peace, joy and wonderful experiences