S T R E T C H I N G YOUR Outer Limit

Written by Ed Hirsch

You can't prove anything to anybody who doesn't want to believe you ... just like you can't attempt to help somebody to improve their circumstances if they won't let you coach them in that direction.

Why would you want to help someone to do this anyway?

The main reason that I do this is because as I help others, I improve myself inrepparttar process ... a self-perpetuation if you like.

The word *success* comes from a Latin word meaning "to follow." It's a future-oriented concept. If you don't consider what's ahead when pursuing your goals, you may reachrepparttar 101845 place where you thought you would find success only to discover that it's not there.

Take for example a quarterback throwing a pass. He has to lead his receiver; to throwrepparttar 101846 ball not whererepparttar 101847 pass-catcher is now but where he expects him to be at some future moment. He must be able to improvise: if his primary receiver is taken out ofrepparttar 101848 play he has to target on another before he's thrown for a loss. And he has to moverepparttar 101849 ball downfield: three completions don't mean a lot if they don't result in a first down.

When you were born, you were blessed with only Good. Being of free will (unless born into slavery), you were givenrepparttar 101850 choice (as you came of age) to create whatever kind of life you wanted for yourself. Unfortunately, there is a great chance that you *fell into* a world where you observed others who were self-centered, self-delusional and basically demonstrated laziness and lack of ambition. This is prevalent in society.

Your Choice to get on a Success Journey engaged you into a process of expanding your potential for achievement. But in a wider focus, you're also creating for yourself what Maxwell Maltz called a *success-type personality* --one that will empower you to set and achieve goals throughout your life. "When we say that a person has a *good personality*, Maltz wrote, what we really mean is that he has freed...the creative potential within him and is able to express his real self.... A good personality is one which enables you to deal effectively and appropriately with environment and reality, and to gain satisfaction from reaching goals ... "

One Person's Perspective

Written by David Stoddard

There has been this song, or at least a line of a song, rattling around in my mind this past week. I don't know for sure if it's from a Saturday morning cartoon, or Sesame Street orrepparttar Electric Company or where exactly I remember it from so many years ago.

The line is this: That's aboutrepparttar 101844 size, where you put your eyes… That's aboutrepparttar 101845 size of it. (It's a lot better sung than just reading it). If anyone knows where it is from, please let me know.

The song was about how we see things. About how differently objects appear depending on how close or how far away from them we are. It came to me Monday while I was out mowingrepparttar 101846 back yard. I started thinking about how smallrepparttar 101847 yard seems today compared to when I was growing up.

Years ago, I would leap offrepparttar 101848 swing and begin running forrepparttar 101849 far end ofrepparttar 101850 yard. Because it took so long to reach my destination, I would turn around half way and go back torepparttar 101851 swing.

Today, there is almost nothing to it. Unless of courserepparttar 101852 temperature is 90 degrees, it has rained for a week straight,repparttar 101853 grass is 2 feet tall, trees begin growing inrepparttar 101854 fences,repparttar 101855 sun beats down brighter than ever before andrepparttar 101856 mower keeps clogging up because of it all. Then it is a huge yard.

It's all in how you look at it.

Speaking of how we see things, there is a danger in doingrepparttar 101857 same thingsrepparttar 101858 same way day after day. We become blinded to so much that is out there. Everything seemsrepparttar 101859 same, looksrepparttar 101860 same, smells repparttar 101861 same, goes by atrepparttar 101862 same pace, day--after day--after day.

We put ourselves into a sort of rut because we only see things in one way. While it makes us feel better to blame our job, our boss, our friends, our in-laws,repparttar 101863 dog, telemarketers, co-workers,repparttar 101864 weather, our pet rock or just because we were born under a bad sign for our life as it is, truth is, it has all been our choice.

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