“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” ~ Brian Tracy
I have been reading Success Magazine for a couple years now, and have heard the name Brian Tracy referred to frequently. He has dedicated his life to the training and development of individuals and companies, and strives to help others achieve their personal and business goals. He is the author of over 45 books, including “Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed”, “The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires: How to Achieve Financial Independence Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible”, and “Goals!: How To Get Everything You Want—Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible”.
The latest Success Magazine issue had a great article on Mr. Tracy, and has really opened my eyes to what a great mentor he could be. It talks about being a student of success and achievement, embracing accountability, and the importance of having a clear goal. Most importantly, for me, was that the magazine article previewed an except from Brian Tracy’s newest book “No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline”. In this excerpt, Mr. Tracy asks the following three questions:
1) What would it take for me to be perfectly happy?
2) In what situations in my life, and with whom, am I not perfectly happy?
3) In looking over my life, where and when have I been the happiest? Where was I, with whom was I, and what was I doing?
I recently took the time to answer these questions for myself and the exercise has helped solidify what areas of my life I want to focus more on, and what areas of my life I need to develop an “exit strategy” for so that I can move on from them. Too often we get bogged down with what we feel we “should” be doing, and don’t spend enough time on what we “want” to be doing. Sometimes one responsibility is one too many, and it ends up draining us more that anything else. We need to move away from these activities and focus on what really brings passion to our lives.
I suggest taking the time to answer these three questions for yourself. It will only really take half an hour of your time, but will help focus where you want your energies to be spent.
Also, spend more time with Brian Tracy. Here are some links that will be of some assistance:
Who else loves Brian Tracy? What books have you read of his? What are your thoughts?
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