The Castaway

Written by Dave Cole

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The Pacific Ocean wasrepparttar obstacle. His opponent was his own fears of overcoming that obstacle.

He made a plan to escape. The day arrived and Hanks set sail aboard a make shift, rinky dink raft of logs tied together with tree bark and video tape.

He met every adversityrepparttar 124092 South Pacific could throw at him. It wasn't easy, but finally,repparttar 124093 rescue came.

The movie portrayed a very intense drama. An analogy of what life is like for many people. Thousands of folks every day feel trapped in a nowhere life. They feel like their life is being wasted, like they are going nowhere, on a nowhere island with little hope of escape.

Every day these people trudge off to a boring and hopeless job that offers only an existence but no real sense of satisfaction in life as accomplishing anything.

These people know there is a better life out there, a life they so desire, yet it seems so far away. They are trapped on their own island of despair.

Held there, not byrepparttar 124094 island itself, but by their own fears of not being able to overcomerepparttar 124095 adversity and opposition that lies between them and their dreams.

A few do escape from that island. They arerepparttar 124096 ones who finally become sick and tired of living a wasted life, they arerepparttar 124097 ones who overcomerepparttar 124098 fear inside.

They start out from their island, not really knowing if they will make it or not. But they look that sea of difficulties square inrepparttar 124099 eye and say, inrepparttar 124100 unforgettable words of Admiral David Farragut, "Damnrepparttar 124101 torpedoes, full speed ahead."

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Getting Out of the Rut... Initiating and Managing Change

Written by Edward B. Toupin

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To resolve this situation, write down all ofrepparttar different objectives you have in your life. Make them action phrases like "writing a book" or "driving acrossrepparttar 124091 country." Makerepparttar 124092 list as long or as short as you like.

Once you're done, next to each item, writerepparttar 124093 specific fulfillment to be achieved next to each item. Make each word an adjective or each phrase descriptive of something tangible. For instance, "writing a book" might provide "fame and fortune" while "driving acrossrepparttar 124094 country" might provide "freedom." Once you've finished classifying your objectives, you'll find that most of them duplicaterepparttar 124095 fulfillment achieved and others have no reason at all. This is where a lot of people run into a problem! You have a million things to do, no time to do any of them, and your inner need is to feelrepparttar 124096 fulfillment.

To resolve this, grouprepparttar 124097 items in separate lists byrepparttar 124098 fulfillment you describe and eliminate those items that have no reason. From each new list, figure outrepparttar 124099 tasks that will give yourepparttar 124100 greatest feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment. From this final list, you have your primary objectives to accomplish---all others are secondary and should not be focused upon until you've finished your primary objectives.

* Your Mission, Vision, and Goals Once you've figure out your primary objectives, you must now figure out how to get there. This is not an easy task and it might take a few days to cut throughrepparttar 124101 fog that has settled in your mind.

The Vision is a view of things inrepparttar 124102 future---where you see yourself. It isrepparttar 124103 tangible item that you chase to feelrepparttar 124104 fulfillment you seek. Realize that your Vision will change many times over your life, but each redefinition gives you a clearer view of where you want to go based on your growth.

The Mission is a statement that defines what you will do to reach your Vision---the action that you perform to reach your Vision. As your Vision changes, so must your Mission because your direction will change as well.

Goals are important in that they add direction and purpose to life. They definerepparttar 124105 intermediate steps involved in accomplishing your Mission. These are selected items from your objectives that must be achieved to buildrepparttar 124106 path of your Mission. As each Goal is accomplished, you are that much closer to your Vision.

--- Executingrepparttar 124107 Plan ---

Once you've defined your Goals, you can begin defining and executing your plan of action. For each Goal, you must definerepparttar 124108 steps required to reach them. For instance, one of my past Visions was to "work at home as a writer." My Mission was to do "technical writing and work in other writing arenas to enhance my talent and my exposure." Some of my Goals to reachrepparttar 124109 initial Vision were:

- Locate three writing contracts. - Work to generate income for six months of unemployment. - Locate insurance. - Quit day job.

For each Goal, I defined a set of smaller steps or actions that helped me accomplishrepparttar 124110 Goal. For instance, my plan of action for "Locate three writing contracts" was:

- Assemble my writing samples. - Rebuild Web site to advertise my work. - Rewrite resume to reflect direction for software documentation. - Talk to local recruiters about opportunities. - Visit sites for telecommuting opportunities on a weekly basis. - ...

Obviously, you must be careful when defining your Goals and plan of action so that you performrepparttar 124111 steps inrepparttar 124112 proper order. If you define your steps in such a way that you end up in a deadlock, then your entire plan is useless. Make sure that you organize your Goals and your plan of action such that each step builds onrepparttar 124113 previous.

--- What's next? ---

Don't feel that this process is over after you do itrepparttar 124114 first time. Realize that you will grow as you accomplish your Goals toward your Vision. As you grow, your Vision will change and so must you change your Mission and Goals.

This is an iterative process that forces you to reevaluate your direction as you accomplish each Goal in your path. Not only will this reevaluation and reassessment of your direction help you stay out ofrepparttar 124115 consistent geometric shapes that put you in a rut, but it will keep your life moving forward to greater fulfillment inrepparttar 124116 things that really make a difference for you.

Edward B. Toupin is a freelance consultant, writer, and published author living in Las Vegas. With 10 years of experience, Edward provides quality Web site design, development, and marketing as well as writing, document design and planning, and e-book publishing services. You can visit his Web site at or contact him at

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