For Best Results, Combine These with Your Dreams

For Best Results, Combine These with Your Dreams

Chances are, you don’t have the body you want. Chances are you don’t have the savings you know you need. Chances are you’re not performing as well as you could in your job. Chances are you’re not as consistent with your daily devotions. Chances are you’re nothing like the posts you like on social media. Chances are your big dreams won’t come true – and when you’re honest with yourself – it’s because you simply haven’t stuck with them, choosing instead to listen to one or more of the unlimited excuses available to all of us.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

To be honest, the statements above describe me accurately as well. While I may have some success in those areas, and while I’ve seen improvement, I cannot say that I am the level I desire to be.
But it won’t be the case forever. I’m working on achieving my goals in the different areas of my life.

I have big dreams and big goals. Just ask my family and my team, and they will tell you that I’ve never been a small thinker. Setting big goals, having a vision, and dreaming up amazing things is beneficial, and is an inspiring exercise, but it is completely useless IF it is not followed with discipline, diligence, and determination. I believe someone with small goals, a blurry vision, and a simple dream who is disciplined, diligent, and determined, will go much further than “visionaries” who lack those character traits.

Dreams combined with Discipline, Diligence, and Determination, on a Daily basis, lead to success.

Discipline is the ability to focus on and commit to the necessary requirements of achieving a goal.

Diligence is the care and hard work we apply to everything we do.

Determination is the proactive, no-excuses, will to finish things excellently.

Daily is self-explanatory but just as important. It’s very possible to sabotage a week’s worth of exercise with a weekend binge. (If you burned 3000 calories at the gym and added another 5000 calories over the weekend you’ll actually gain weight.) It’s possible to blow a lifetime of savings with one bad decision. By aiming for success on a day-by-day basis, we stay consistent and vigilant.

As we end the month of January, I hope you’ve set great goals for yourself. But I also hope you’ve set yourself up for success by fixing your schedules, setting your alarms, adding accountability, and tracking your actual results. I hope you don’t waste another year, another set of goals and dreams, by not combining them with Discipline, Diligence, and Determination on a Daily basis. #DB

Be Useful

Its is important to be very very useful. Usefulness simply means you bring great value to others. When you bring great value to others you become value-able (valuable). Something that is valuable is appreciated, it is cared for, protected, and secured.

The secret to job security? Be value-able. If you are able to provide great value to others than you don’t have to worry.

The secret to being self-confidence? Be value-able. When you know that you are important to others, not simply because you pep-talked yourself, but because you bring something of worth to others.

The secret to being a good workmate, to being a great partner, and to opening opportunities? Be value-able. If your being in the team brings great value to the team, then you are a good team member.

I’ve learned that in the times I felt least appreciated, I was better off focusing on how to become more useful, more value-able, to others than whining about why the world doesn’t see my worth or “get me” or is unfair. Not only does no one (not even my family) owe me appreciation, it is not their responsibility to make me feel better about anything. It is my responsibility to provide so much undeniable value to others, to live such a useful life, that others benefit. When someone lives like that the appreciation is inevitable and comes naturally even if they aren’t chasing it. #DB

Be Useful

Its is important to be very very useful. Usefulness simply means you bring great value to others. When you bring great value to others you become value-able (valuable). Something that is valuable is appreciated, it is cared for, protected, and secured.

The secret to job security? Be value-able. If you are able to provide great value to others than you don’t have to worry.

The secret to being self-confidence? Be value-able. When you know that you are important to others, not simply because you pep-talked yourself, but because you bring something of worth to others.

The secret to being a good workmate, to being a great partner, and to opening opportunities? Be value-able. If your being in the team brings great value to the team, then you are a good team member.

I’ve learned that in the times I felt least appreciated, I was better off focusing on how to become more useful, more value-able, to others than whining about why the world doesn’t see my worth or “get me” or is unfair. Not only does no one (not even my family) owe me appreciation, it is not their responsibility to make me feel better about anything. It is my responsibility to provide so much undeniable value to others, to live such a useful life, that others benefit. When someone lives like that the appreciation is inevitable and comes naturally even if they aren’t chasing it. #DB