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Why Being Realistic Holds You Back

being realistic

 

If you want to be certain that you will never face a challenge or find yourself in a difficult bind, then it is very important to have tame and realistic goals. Goals that you know you can achieve with minimal effort and hardship.

 

However, if you want to have any degree of excitement and experience real growth in your life, then you’re going to have to make plans and set goals that other people will very likely label as unrealistic.

 

This kind of goals often come with a high degree of risk. You rarely know how you are going to achieve them until you get started. And more often than not, the result you achieve will not be exactly what you set out to do in the first place.

 

Many of the famous entrepreneurs, entertainers, doctors, and scientists that we admire in our society today became well known because they achieved unrealistic goals. They had the courage to set the goals and the perseverance to bring them into reality. Continue reading →

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Purpose = Freedom

purpose is freedom
It’s fair to say that if you don’t know your purpose in
life, you won’t be spending much time working on it. So
what will you end up doing with your working time instead?
Three things: 1) Working on your needs, 2) Working on other
people needs, 3) Working on other people’s purposes.
If you don’t know your purpose, the limit of the work you do
for yourself will be stuck at the level of need, which at
best has the potential to grow into greed. Not particularly
fulfilling spending your whole working life this way… Try it
yourself for a few decades if you don’t believe me, and then
look at the passionless shell that stares back at you from
your mirror.
As you work with/for other people, most likely you’ll be
putting lots of effort into satisfying other people’s needs
and greeds: your boss, your customers, your company’s
investors, etc. Even in your free time, you’ll be working to
fulfill the desires of advertisers who want you to watch TV
and buy stuff. Again, not particularly satisfying, although
you may be thrown a few bones by your benefactors, such as
the “gift” of working on some interesting projects. This
kind of life will ultimately make you want to stand up and
shout, “What exactly is the point of all of this?” But if
you actually do that, you’ll only get blank stares in
return. There is no point.
Now if you’re very lucky, you may get the chance to work for
someone or some organization which is itself focused on
achieving a conscious purpose. However, there’s no telling
what that purpose might be. If you don’t know your own
purpose, you can’t consciously choose to work for someone
whose purpose aligns with yours except by accident or
chance, and the odds of alignment are low. So there’s a good
chance you’ll be working hard to achieve a purpose you don’t
agree with. For example, if you join the military, you may
be put to use to achieve some big purpose, but what exactly
will it be? Most likely, in such situations, you’ll be given
a purpose to achieve that isn’t what you’d choose
consciously for yourself. Fulfilling to spend your whole
life this way? Not likely, but it’s at least a decent path
for people who don’t like to think much — others will take
care of all the thinking for you (and benefit greatly from
all your thoughtless doing).

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Intentions are Your Way of Reaching Your Goals

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The concept of intentions refers to what one is actively planning to do when they set forth their goals. This is how you plan to make the goals that you have created, the things that you have imagined, come to pass. If you say that your intention is to take a vacation next month, then you have started down the road to making that happen by stating it in a way that has a meaning.

 

You may or may not be aware of your intentions when you get out of bed in the morning, but you have them nonetheless. When you are aware of them, then they are deliberate intentions. If you are not, then they are casual intentions. Casual intentions are sort of like having your intentions on autopilot. If they come to pass, then they do, but if not, then you may find yourself not getting the results that you want.

 

In the context that we are talking about, the context of deliberate intentions, you make the conscious effort to put forth a time and work in order to fulfill the results that you want to have. An example of this is to get out of bed and immediately put forth the thought pattern of making the goals that you have set become reality. This is a deliberate intention. In this case, you are making the choice to put forth the effort that you have to put forth to make it happen. That is what makes this a deliberate intention versus a casual intention. Continue reading →

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