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MY SAFETY NETS

I didn‘t realize it at the time, but I used school, sports, and work as a way to keep myself busy to compensate for not having very many close friends. True friends are very hard to come by and over the years, I have had very few who would do anything for me or be there for me whenever I needed help.

I have always been very smart and very good at whatever I set my mind to. Also, I have always tried to fit in with the ―cool‖

crowd, but because of my intelligence, I was called a ―school boy‖

and ridiculed many times during my adolescence. I had enough high school credits to have graduated after my junior year but because I wanted to pursue a baseball career, I stayed in high school all four years. My entire senior year of high school I only went to school for three hours a day. I was taking a few college courses, working thirty hours per week at a hardware store, and playing baseball the rest of the time. I remember getting out of school, going home to do my Calculus homework, going to the batting cages, and then going to baseball practice.

I was very good at baseball, and my senior year of high school I became very good at hitting due to going to the batting cages every day. To my amazement, I was offered two baseball scholarships to a college in Kansas and a college in Southern California.

I have always had a very rough time with confidence and believing in myself. I used to be a huge ―people pleaser.‖ In other words, I would try to please everyone else before myself, which was very harmful to my psyche because I always tried to be perfect. I was my own worst enemy. I can remember every baseball season had the same cycle. In the beginning of the season I would do amazing! But, as soon as I had a couple of strikeouts or made a few errors, I would get down on myself so hard that I would begin making more and more mistakes. Eventually, I would Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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lack the confidence I did in the beginning of the season and would slide into serious slumps.

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GOAL SETTING

I have been told by many sources that goal setting is one of the most important tasks necessary to becoming successful. It‘s imperative that you write them out and display them in a place you can see them every day. You must constantly be reminded of what you‘re working towards and you have to be able to visualize yourself accomplishing your goals in to have them become a reality. Your goals will constantly change, but it‘s really important to have something you‘re working towards in to stay focused and motivated. If you don‘t take these necessary steps, you will soon find out that you feel that you‘re spinning circles and you‘re not really working towards anything.

There are three types of goals you must write down—

immediate, short-term and long-term goals.

Immediate goals are goals in which you will accomplish on a day-to-day basis. Every morning you wake up you will have your daily goals to look forward to accomplishing. It‘s these goals which will move you towards your short-term and long-term goals.

Make sure you don‘t skip over these goals because they‘re absolutely imperative on your journey towards success.

I want you to think of taking a road trip cross country. You live in California, and you‘re planning to drive to Florida. Let‘s say, for example, you decide to take the trip without any plan. You just jump in the car and start driving. You know you have to go east, but are uncertain as to which freeways you need to take to make it the entire distance. Sure you can stop and ask for directions, but what if you‘re out in the middle of nowhere and there‘s no one around? After driving a few hours you begin to get hungry. You were in such a hurry to get to Florida that you forgot to grab your wallet and you didn‘t bring any snacks with you. It starts to rain. You run out of gas and are stranded on the side of the road without a change of clothes. You will eventually make it Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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to Florida but it‘s going to be a very harsh and long journey.

If you don‘t plan out your trip, it may take you ten times as long to arrive at your destination than if you would have taken a little time to plan before embarking on the journey.

Now, let‘s say you do just that. You sit down and spend about one whole day planning out your trip. You make a list of all the items you will need. You pack enough clothes and go to the store to buy enough food, snacks, and beverages to last you for ten days. You make sure you have plenty of gas in your car and double check that you have your wallet with you before you leave your house. And lastly, you go on Google Maps to make sure you know exactly how to get to your destination.

It‘s amazing how the power of planning and visualization will get you to your destination swiftly and smoothly when done beforehand.

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SHORT-TERM GOALS

Short-term goals are those you want to accomplish within one year. They are smaller accomplishments which aren‘t extremely hard to achieve but will take focus and dedication.

These goals may include purchasing a new computer or a new wardrobe, receiving a promotion at work, taking an annual vacation, or even a purchasing a really special gift for your significant other‘s birthday.

Currently, one of my most important short-term goals is to write this e-book. Every day I have to work on my immediate goals, which are to sit down and write, even if only for a few minutes at a time, to achieve my short-term goal of writing this book. I know it‘s going to take me about a month to finish the book because there are so many thoughts I want to write about, but it takes extended periods of time to materialize them. Even though I‘m only moving an inch at a time, I will have moved ten feet and be done with my book before even realizing it.

A few more of my short-term goals are to purchase a new computer, service my car, buy new clothes, pay my debts off to my family, buy a new clothes dryer and repair my living room TV. I have been on a lucky streak lately (sarcastic). For some strange reason all of my appliances and electronics failed within a very short span of time. Instead of getting too upset about it, I wrote down under my short-term goals that I would like to repair and/or purchase new stuff. Since I‘m visualizing it on a daily basis, it‘s giving me something to work towards and before I know it, I will have replaced and repaired everything on the list!

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LONG-TERM GOALS

Long-term goals are the most difficult to achieve. They are goals that are usually five to ten years down the road. They will take careful planning, complete dedication, and absolute focus in order to accomplish.

I have been told, "Anything in life worth having will not come easy." This statement is very true! Think back to a time when you wanted something really bad but you knew it was going to be extremely difficult to get. This could be a new car, a diamond ring, or even a dream vacation.

I remember when I started college. I thought I was never going to finish. I went to college for six years straight without ever taking a break; I even went to summer school a few times. On top of school, I worked an average of thirty hours per week my entire college career. It wasn‘t until I had one year left that I saw light at the end of the tunnel.

As soon as I received my degree, I had accomplished a long-term goal I had set for myself as a young child. I had always known I was going to go to college and get an education no matter what challenges I would have to face. When I was through, I felt amazing about myself because even when the times were tough, I never gave up. I kept trucking along every semester, even though my motivation was almost non-existent at times. I visualized myself as a college graduate and through the power of visualization I manifested the long-term goal into my reality.

I have been out of college since 2003 and my long-term goals have changed. Some of them include financial independence, getting out of debt, starting a family, taking my dream vacation to Europe, and owning a home. I have written all of these down and am reminded of them on a daily basis. I will not rest until they‘re all accomplished!

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FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND YOUR ―WHY‖

Giving

To get he had tried,

Yet his store was still meager.

To a wise man he cried,

In a voice keen and eager;

Pray tell me how I may successfully live?

And the wise man replied,

―To get you must give.‖

As to giving he said,

―What have I to give?‖

I‘ve scarce enough bread,

And of course one must live;

But I would partake of Life‘s bountiful store.

Came the wise man‘s response;

―Then you must give more.‖

The lesson he learned;

To get was forgotten,

Toward mankind he turned

With a love new begotten.

As he gave of himself in useful living, Then joy crowned his days,

For he grew rich in giving.

Arthur William Beer

Finding purpose may be difficult at times, but goes hand-in-hand with goal setting. The best quote I‘ve heard thus far came from the romantic comedy movie ―Hitch.‖ In the movie, Will Smith said, ―[in order to succeed], you have to wake up every morning as if it were on purpose.‖ This quote really hit home for me. Another great quote I read was by Benjamin Disraeli. He said, "The secret to success is constancy of Purpose." They are Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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both portraying the same message – you have to have a reason to wake up every morning; otherwise you won‘t be motivated to succeed.

Ideally, you want to jump out of bed refreshed and excited to start the new day. Don‘t let yourself be the person who hits the snooze button five times every morning before finally dragging yourself out of bed. I promise you happy and fulfilled people can‘t wait to get out of bed every morning, including myself.

Every morning I wake up with a long list of chores and tasks to do for the day but I can‘t wait to get started on them.

Normally, after waking up, I lay in bed for about thirty minutes before finally getting out of bed. I use this time to meditate, if you will, about what I have to get done for the day, what needs to be done first, how it‘s going to get done, etc.

Your personal purpose can be found in many areas of your life; whether it be your significant other, your kids, your parents, your immediate goals, short-term goals, long-term goals, your reputation, or even to pay your bills. Everyone has a unique reason for waking up every morning. What is yours?

After going through a divorce, I lost my purpose for about eight months. I forgot ―why‖ I was waking up every morning. I didn‘t know what I was working towards anymore. I went through rough times emotionally, mentally, and physically. Even though I always try to remain positive, I am only human. I have my ups and downs also.

I am not going to preach to you because everyone has different beliefs, but one of the most valuable ways I was able to regain my purpose was through religion. I sought the infinite wisdom of Jesus Christ to give me direction, guidance, strength, and of course purpose. By seeking out a power greater than my own, I was able to relocate my purpose. The Bible says, ―I can do Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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all things through Christ who strengthens me.‖

When I regained my purpose, I immediately began to achieve and accomplish my goals again. It took me months to figure out what was wrong but once I remembered ―why‖ I was waking up every morning, there were no longer doubts or questions in my mind as to what I was supposed to do.

I have joined a crusade/mission to make a difference in this world. There are countless areas in which my voice can be heard but I chose this e-book as my medium.

As you may already know, Oprah Winfrey has become the richest woman on Earth. She had to overcome two very large obstacles in order to have the level of success she has had. First, she is a woman, and second, she is African American. She didn‘t let either of these obstacles stand in her way because her ―why‖

was too strong to let them become an issue for her. She didn‘t become the richest woman in the world for simply being a talk show host. She became the richest woman in the world because she lives a life of philanthropy; she has donated cars to an entire studio audience, she has built schools in poor African countries, and she has greatly impacted the lives of thousands of people. She has followers and supporters of her mission/crusade throughout the entire globe.

As you can tell, my purpose is to help people and make a difference in as many people‘s lives as I possibly can. No matter how successful Oprah Winfrey is, there will always be people who need help. I want to educate the uneducated; I want to donate my time and unwanted possessions to the needy; I want to enrich those lives needing to be enriched. I have found satisfaction in areas which I never knew would be possible.

Make sure you re-read the poem I started this section with.

The message it portrays is to keep giving even when you think you Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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have nothing to give, for if you do, you will receive repayment ten-fold. Think of a time when you did something for someone without expectation of anything in return. You may not have received monetary compensation from helping that person, but you most likely received personal fulfillment. As repayment, they may have helped you when you were in need or someone else may have helped you instead. People are much more likely to help someone who is not selfish.

I tell people all the time that my main goal in life is to make a difference in this world. I don‘t expect anything from anyone in the form of monetary compensation but I know if I give, give, give then I will be rewarded in more ways than one.

One day when I lay on my death bed I want to reflect back with absolute satisfaction on all the good deeds I did, all the lives I changed, all the relationships I built with family and friends, and all the places I traveled to.

Although I enjoy nice things, and look forward to having them, I don‘t want to reflect back on my life for the earthly possessions I accumulated because they will mean nothing to me at that time. I also don‘t want to live a shallow and unfulfilled life. I want to live a deep, passionate, and fulfilled life and I want to be remembered for generations to come. I know it sounds like a lot, but it‘s my purpose that gives me the strength, desire, and motivation to accomplish the goals I have set out for myself.

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Thoughts Are Things

I hold it true that thoughts are things; They‘re endowed with bodies

and breath and wings:

And that we send them forth to fill

The world with good results, or ill.

That which we call our secret thought

Speeds forth to earth‘s remotest spot,

Leaving its blessings or its woes

Like tracks behind it as it goes.

We build our future, thought by thought, For good or ill, yet know it not.

Yet so the universe was wrought.

Thought is another name for fate;

Choose then thy destiny and wait,

For love brings love and hate brings hate.

Henry Van Dyke

You will face many obstacles in your path towards success.

As you may have realized by now, success does not come easy.

You MUST have absolute belief in yourself that you are special, because you are! There is no one else on this earth like you!

There is no one else with the same talents as you! There is no one else with the same experience as you! There is no one else with the same thoughts as you! You are unique! You are one-of-a-kind!

Your thoughts are your strength! When you have positive thoughts about yourself, you will project those thoughts outwardly.

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language, they will have no choice but to believe in you and respect you.

I want you to think back to a time when someone asked you to do something. You believed in yourself with absolute confidence. You knew you could complete the task at hand with ease. There was no doubt in your mind because you had either seen it done or you had done the task yourself. You visualized yourself succeeding before you even started.

Now, take the mental picture in your head of the time you had absolute belief in yourself and carry that picture over to all aspects of your life. If you have absolute believe in yourself, there‘s no stopping you. You will finish all tasks, whether easy or difficult, with ease. You will never doubt yourself again. You will become the person you have always known you could be. You will be a person everyone comes to for advice and looks up to.

You will be a winner because you never gave up!

I am constantly challenged mentally and emotionally with negativity but because I believe in myself, I am able to fend it off.

One way I stay on top of my emotions and thoughts is by constantly reminding myself that I am special, unique, intelligent, and an expert at the things I do. I do this every morning by looking in the mirror and reading aloud a positive affirmation. I have also placed this quote as the background on my cell phone so I can be reminded of it every time I make a phone call. The statement I use is extremely powerful and will instantly force you to think positive thoughts about yourself.

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LIFE IS TOO SHORT

to wake up in the morning

with regrets, So love the

people who treat you right,

forgive the ones who don't

and believe that everything

happens for a reason.

If you get a chance, take it.

If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said it'd be easy,

they just promised

IT WOULD BE WORTH IT!

author: UKNOWN

Another way I have been able to achieve belief in myself has been through education and self-improvement. As of this writing, I have been out of college for six years, but have never once stopped learning. I have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on my education after college. I have hired experts in their field as personal coaches in the areas of business, real estate, and investing. And just recently, I started going back to school to get my Master‘s Degree in Business Management.

My quest began as a way to learn and to better myself.

Now I‘m passing on my knowledge to others and it feels great! I never thought I would have the confidence to stand in front of a classroom and teach people about anything but now I have taught many classes in the areas of marketing, business, and finances. I have taught people how to become debt free and financially independent; I have taught people the ―Art of Selling;‖ I have also taught people about marketing their business.

I am always searching for new ways to better myself. My education and knowledge has allowed me to realize and believe that I‘m truly special and unique. I have worked very hard to Check out our free business development and marketing resources and loads of great information. www.suitedmarketing.com or email us at info@suitedmarketing.com.

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accomplish the things I have in life and I have every right to be confident and believe in my talents and abilities, but I‘m also human and, as you may remember, have dealt with many challenges in my past, so I too need to constantly remind myself.

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DON‘T EVER GIVE UP!

One of the most important things to remember is to NEVER give up! Don‘t ever let anyone tell you what you can and can‘t do. People have ways to try to keep you from accomplishing your goals by discouraging you from pursuing your goals and dreams. They have experienced failure and have not succeeded in their lives, so they will try to tell you not to go after your dreams because they feel you will fail just as they did. They don‘t want to see you get hurt or disappointed, but in reality, they‘re hurting and disappointing you by not being supportive.

I remember a very heart-felt, inspirational, and must-see movie I watched recently called ―The Pursuit of Happyness‖ again starring Will Smith (he‘s a great actor). His real life son is his son in the movie and the chemistry they bring to the movie is very genuine.

For those of you who haven‘t seen the movie, I need to set the foundation of the movie so you understand my example. The movie is based on a true story and is set in San Francisco in the 1980s. Will Smith is playing Christopher Gardner – a man who has a dream of becoming a stockbroker. Although he was very intelligent, he came from a background of poverty and he had no prior experience in the field. This made it extremely difficult to get his foot in the door, but he had absolute belief and confidence in himself and wouldn‘t let anyone stand in the way of accomplishing his dreams.

One day Chris and his son were shooting around the basketball at a public basketball court. His son was only about eight-years-old at the time and he expressed to Chris that his dream was to become a professional basketball player. Quickly, Chris reacted and told his son he didn‘t want him wasting his time pursuing a dream that, because he never accomplished, his son wouldn‘t either.

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Immediately, his son threw down the basketball and said if he couldn‘t pursue his dream of being a professional basketball player, then he didn‘t want to waste his time playing the game.

Chris quickly realized what he had done. Here he was, pursuing a dream of his own – which by all odds was almost impossible – and he was telling his son to take the safe road and not to pursue his dreams. He quickly retorted and comforted his son telling him never to let anyone stand in the way of his dreams, not even his own father.

Because his son was young, and his father‘s opinion was so important to him, he probably would have quit pursuing his dreams and resented his father for many years to come if he wouldn‘t have recanted his statement.