New Year’s Resolutions? Hmmm. NOT! How to Really Obtain Your Core Desires in 2009 and Beyond by Jack Zufelt

Jack ZufeltOnce you discover a 100 on the scale of 1 to 100 you will then motivated from within to learn whatever you need to learn.  Living a life full of maximum happiness and minimum stress and problems with the ability to do what you want when you want is available to anyone who follows the laws that govern success. Far too often people simply do not have the right information available to them to make the correct decisions, which determines whether they fail, achieve mediocrity or zoom to the top in any field or endeavor. People start each new year off with a renewed desire to do better this year. It presents a chance to start over; to let go of the past; to make the upcoming year better than the last; to achieve goals that they haven’t yet. Lose weight, get in shape, be nicer to the kids or spouse. Sell more. Earn more. Stop smoking. Stop swearing. Stop lying. Go to church more. The list is endless. It’s a chance to start anew with determination and resolve to be better, to do better.  NULL  At least that’s the theory. It’s a plan that feels good and you hope that it will work… but, alas, it doesn’t. New years resolutions are made to be ________. Why does everyone know what goes in the blank? It’s because they have mocked and joked about it in the media, in cartoons and late night shows talk AND they have experienced it themselves as broken resolutions. It continues to happen year after year. The same thing happens with goal setting. Goals are diligently set for the month, the quarter, the year. They are sincerely committed to, written down and maybe even read several times a day and then not attained time and time again.

The word resolution implies that one is “resolute” about something.

Some synonyms for the word resolute are determined… adamant… resolved… immutable. A goal was identified, a decision was made and a resolution was committed to. If you made a resolution and then broke it, that simply means you weren’t resolute, or determined or committed to making it happen. If you only think you are resolute about achieving something but really aren’t, you will start on the path to make it happen but it will only a matter of time before you give up and quit. That is what happens with most goals in general. If done correctly your goals and aspirations will be achieved but only if a certain, vital ingredient is there. If it is not there the dreams and aspirations are destined to wither and die and failure is all that is left. For anyone who dreams of achieving a more satisfied life, a very simple method exists. It is a method that identifies the true cause of all achievement in all areas of life. Even though it is the real cause of all success and achievement and is regularly overlooked. Yet it is so critical that if overlooked, failure is the automatic result. Every person who has achieved the pinnacle of success in any area of his or her life automatically has this ingredient and has used this method for that. This ingredient and this method are not based on what countless experts and gurus teach. They all pretty much serve up the same old philosophies based on goal setting, reading self-help books, doing daily affirmations and visualization, PMA, NLP, listening to motivational speakers and subliminal messaging, breaking boards, walking on hot coals, etc., etc. These so-called “keys” to success have all been taught for most of the last century. In the hope of finding happiness and success, billions of dollars and billions of hours have been spent on seminars and books and audio programs only to find they don’t work. You’d think that with all that money and time being spent on a vast array of self-help techniques and methodologies many more people would be achieving their dreams. But they aren’t. To blindly trust and accept the much-ballyhooed secrets of success will invariable lead to wrong decisions and, in far too many cases, wasted time and money. There is a better, simpler way. Two Simple Questions: You should answer yes to both of these questions: 1) Are you smart enough to learn what someone is willing to teach you? 2) Do you believe the information that you need to know to achieve the success you want already exists somewhere in a book, a class, a CD, a coach a minister or in a course of some kind? If you answered yes to both of these then to achieve at the highest level you want in any area of life all you have to do is find the catalyst, which you provide from within yourself, that puts those two things together. Is top performance and success really that simple? Absolutely. And you will see why in a moment. Goal Setting is the reigning king of all success techniques ever taught. Everyone is taught that if you will write down your goals and read them daily somehow they happen. That’s just not true.

My research shows that 8 out of 10 things a person writes on a goal list will never happen. Everyone has goals they didn’t finish and many they didn’t even start on. You fail then you feel bad about yourself. There is a better way!

When a person buys into the idea of goal setting and observes week after week, month after month or year after year, that they are not achieving those goals they almost always draw negative conclusions about themselves like: I must not have what it takes or I am a failure. Any negative conclusions like that about yourself are just not true.

Success has little to do with your failures, current abilities or skills.

If you have heard a motivational speaker in the last year or two answer this question: How long did you stay motivated? Most people say: two days, `till I got out of the parking lot, two weeks. The conclusion we must draw from that feedback from my research and my audiences all over the world is that, no matter how good, no matter how interesting, motivational speakers have no lasting affect. They are like going to a movie. They can make you laugh or cry but then you go home and your life doesn’t change. They were great entertainment; had some great ideas and maybe some right on concepts but your life is still the same. Self-help books are plentiful. I wrote one. How many do you have in your library? 1? 5? 20? 100? How many does it take to be successful? Have you read the book Think and Grow Rich? Most say, “Yes”. When asked, “Are you rich?” They say. “No”. They got the “think” part down but the “grow rich” part didn’t happen. Why not? The book must be faulty or they are too dense to get it? Right? No! They are not stupid. Neither are you. If, after reading all these books, you still aren’t achieving at the level you want should we draw the conclusion that either you just couldn’t grasp the concepts being taught in the book or the books you read were full of misinformation. Of course neither of those is true. You are not dense nor, in most cases, is the information wrong. Something is missing, that’s all. It’s the ingredient alluded to at the beginning of this article. Do you like people to lie to you? Of course not. Then don’t buy into the concept that lying to yourself is acceptable or that it will make you successful. That’s what the concept of daily affirmations asks you to do. “I weight 125 pounds.” I Drive a Mercedes.” “I am out of debt.” If those things aren’t the truth then what are they? Lies. Supposedly your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie. Even if that is true, your conscious mind sure does. Stating thousands of times that you are rich or that you are thin or have increased your sales by 25% or drive a Mercedes, clashes immediately with your conscious mind because it knows better. Doing this exercise will only cause you to waste time and create false hope. It has been said that your mind is like a computer… garbage in garbage out – good stuff in good stuff out. That’s just not true. Your mind is not like a computer.

Your mind is vastly
different from a computer because you have choice.

You don’t have to spew out garbage just because it was put in. Conversely, good information put into your mind does not mean that good information will come out. Whether it does or doesn’t is a matter of choice on your part. So don’t do daily affirmations. They are an exercise in futility and teach you to be a bold faced liar. You may feel good that you are supposedly “programming your mind” but that is simply not the case. You are merely lying to yourself. There are many more self-help concepts that exist which have similar flaws in them making them inoperable in your life. Yet millions of people keep on doing them. Why? Because they have been told this is how you succeed and they want success so badly they blindly accept that information.

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