Written by Sharon Dalton Williams

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Dead Thing #4 - It Will Never Happen for Me

Hogwash! If you keep repeating to yourself that nothing good will happen to you, then, of course, nothing will. Just like when taking a picture with your camera, what you focus on, develops in your life. There is nothing different between you andrepparttar successful person. You can learn to be successful. Success is more of an attitude than a state of being. Get up every morning and say, *Something good is going to happen to me today.* Look for those opportunities that sneak by and jump on them. Be determined. If it happens for someone else, it can happen for you.

Dead Thing #5 - I Have Nothing to Offer

You don't have to be a world-famous, multi-degreed person to be of help to someone else. Each one of us has experiences in our lives that we have come through. There is always someone who is still inrepparttar 124069 middle of that same experience. Share what you have learned. Let others know what did and did not work for you in that circumstance. You'll be surprised at just how many people want to hear how you've overcome. Your down-to-earth practical counsel based on experience is worth more educated supposition.

If any of these dead things have been hanging around on your branches, it's time to blow them off! You can changerepparttar 124070 way you thing, how you look at life, and your attitude. It may take some time, but it's well worthrepparttar 124071 effort.

See, don't you feel lighter already?

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Keep Your Eye On the Goal and Go Around the Mule

Written by Roger Reece

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4) Go aroundrepparttar mule. This is easier said than done, because it'srepparttar 124068 mule's nature to completely blockrepparttar 124069 path to your goal. Keeping your eye on your goal, you simply concede thatrepparttar 124070 mule is truly a mule and will not be moved. Therefore, you find another path torepparttar 124071 goal.

A Case in Point

Last year, my daughter came up with a business plan to set up an art gallery, a dream she had thought about for years. The cost to lease and renovate a space in a prominent location was well beyond her means, but after several months of diligent effort, she found a backer who was willing to investrepparttar 124072 money to get her started.

She was so excited! After findingrepparttar 124073 perfect space, she began working out her goals down torepparttar 124074 smallest details. She was finally onrepparttar 124075 road to achieving her dream. Then, just before she was to signrepparttar 124076 lease agreement, a mule stepped out intorepparttar 124077 road. Her backer backed out ofrepparttar 124078 deal. Withoutrepparttar 124079 finances, there would be no art gallery, and after an exhaustive search for another backer she was ready to give up inrepparttar 124080 face of an immovable mule.

Beforerepparttar 124081 mule had exhausted all her energy and vision, she began refocusing on her goal, which was to start an art show business. A friend of hers owns a popular night club and offered to let her host an art show atrepparttar 124082 club on a week night. After a tremendous job of creative planning, she held her first show and completely packed outrepparttar 124083 club. It was a total success.

She recently finished her third highly-profitable, standing-room-only show, and is well on her way to building a successful art show business withoutrepparttar 124084 expense of a permanent gallery. In going aroundrepparttar 124085 mule, she found that she could eliminaterepparttar 124086 need for a major expense and atrepparttar 124087 same time take advantage ofrepparttar 124088 established clienteles of successful night clubs. Today she's more fired up about her goal than ever, and realizes thatrepparttar 124089 mule turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Learn to Recognizerepparttar 124090 Real Mules and Go Around Them It's often difficult to spot a mule when it blocksrepparttar 124091 road to your goal. Unexpected obstacles often get inrepparttar 124092 way, and generally with creativity and determination you can successfully move or eliminate them. But when a real mule comes along, learn to recognize it by its stubborn, immovable nature.

When you initially define a goal, you should attempt to anticipaterepparttar 124093 obstacles and roadblocks you'll meet alongrepparttar 124094 way, and plan accordingly. But once you get started, when you run into an unexpected mule, step back and focus onrepparttar 124095 essence of your goal. Get creative. Look for high ground and assessrepparttar 124096 landscape. There may be an even better path to your goal that you've overlooked, and if you can find it you'll haverepparttar 124097 mule to thank!

Roger Reece is a motivational speaker and delivers entertaining and challenging keynotes, seminars and team-building programs as himself and as down-home country geek, Buford P. Fuddwhacker.

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