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Achievement / Vocation

Financial and personal success, career growth, being an entrepreneur, finding your calling.

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You started out loving your chosen career – at least in the beginning. But over time, you and your calling, well, you just grew apart. And just like a relationship that’s gone bad, it can be hard to walk away from a career or a small business into which you’ve put so much time and effort to say nothing of the financial investment. Over time, you and your career just grew apart. What would your life be like if you pursued your true gifts and passions?

Talking about goals won't get you there any more than going to church will get you to heaven. If you do not passionately believe in where you are going, don't give goal-setting a bad name by using the word goal to describe listless me-too-ism... To really make progress toward your goals you have to stop setting goals because everybody else is.

"Don't let your limits knock your self-confidence. Put them to one side and push yourself towards your strengths." Richard Branson. -- The tens of millions of people who are interested in self-improvement have two different but related focuses: financial success and personal growth...But even for the people who do pursue both goals, I’m not sure that many people interested in self-improvement are aware that there is an inextricable connection between the two areas of life.

"You know you want to make a change: You don’t want to be in the same place you are now in ten years, or even five years.  But what if you’re stuck and have no idea what to do next? As a life and career coach, I’ve helped thousands of people discover a new direction full of passion and meaning.  One of the best tools is an inward search."

If you were to choose just one part of your personality to develop that would virtually guarantee your success, I'd like to suggest that you place persistence at the top of your list...Napoleon Hill studied many of the world's most successful people. He pointed out the only quality he could find in Henry Ford, Thomas Edison or a host of other notable greats, that he could not find in everyone else was persistence.

Be willing to say to yourself, "I'm on the right road. I'm doing OK. I'm succeeding." We too frequently become adept at pointing out our flaws and identifying failures. Become equally adept at citing your achievements.

Let’s face it, unless you’re independently wealthy, you can’t just up and quit your day job and be running your own profitable small business immediately. That’s why I love Suzanne Evan’s suggestion that you think of your job not as “job” but as your “business loan.” Clearly it’s not always possible to get a really interesting “business loan” or that one that makes a difference in the world, especially in this economy. BUT that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! The way I see it you have two options...

How many times have you set your self a goal to achieve something you've never achieved before; you've been highly motivated and really excited at first but in short time, you find you give up or quit? There is a small almond shaped organ in your brain called the Amygdala, which must share some of the blame. The Amygdala is a small almond shaped set of nuclei that sits in the brain. Its job is to send out certain chemicals to the body when needed, that cause you to feel fear, anxiety, doubt and even depression. You may be wondering why on earth Mother Nature would equip us with such an organ; let me explain.

“What do I love?” People are waking up to the realization that - to the extent you are living your passion you’re happy and successful. I’m talking about being happy and successful in a balanced way. There are lots of so-called “successful” people who are not happy. They might be financially successful, and that’s all they’re able to focus on. The rest of their life drops away. To me that’s not real success.

In this article we present the story of a young university-educated woman who struggles with making choices in her career and in her life. In this case report we provide background information on gifted people at work and how psychological processes like irrational thoughts, the process of making choices and dealing with emotions work out in the highly gifted.

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