Enough – make it your catalyst for change

Jan 13, 2013

To this writer, “enough” is one of the most powerful words in the English language. It often means the difference between action or inaction. The difference between what matters and what does not. The difference between leading and following. The difference between mediocrity and excellence. And in both your professional and personal life these choices can mean the difference between achieving your goals or not.
We live in an ever demanding world; we are all competing for resources, attention, promotions, fame, better paying jobs. Sometimes we are competing within our culture to be thin enough, rich enough, beautiful enough, fit enough, etc, etc. I think we all know and have experienced the constant pressure. This is “enough” to make the most grounded and confident person develop moments of self doubt or anxiety.
But it can also create moments of absolute clarity.
I like to think of “enough” as a catalyst for change; as fuel for hunger. It is only until you want things bad enough that most of us will do what it takes and stop making excuses. It is only when the need is great enough that you can no longer avoid or procrastinate or do without. It is only when something or someone is important enough that it becomes a priority worthy of your outmost attention, commitment and effort.
Nobody else can make you reach that point; the point of significance. The point where no excuse holds value any longer. I believe several factors from within such as self respect, confidence, fear, self worth, anger and frustration eventually bring you to that point.
Once you have reached that tipping point , you will begin to take action and control, either on the job or in your personal life. But it is very important to be clear about what is it you want, why you want it and how you will know you have achieved it.
Remember: A goal without a plan is just a dream and a goal without a deadline is just a wish.
Clarity of purpose will be your roadmap to achievement. Setting up S.M.A.R.T goals (see below) will be ever so important to keep the momentum going and to keep building bigger and bigger goals and achieving bigger and bigger dreams.
Make your goals:
• Specific
• Measurable
• Achievable
• Realistic
• Timely
Reward yourself for achievements no matter how small. Ignore anybody and anything that is less than supportive and believe that if it is important enough to you it is worth every ounce of effort put forth.
Along with the many well-intentioned resolutions every new year brings, there is no better time to begin your journey to a better you, to a better life, to a better job etc, than now.

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