The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.
– Alexander Graham Bell

Has the best television set assembled? Have we made the best automobile? Have we made the best computer? Have we invented the most effective medicine to cure the most difficult disease? In management people talk about continuous improvement as a tool for growth in order to remain in business. In fact it applies to everyone.

Robin Sharma said that success breeds failure! Sounds interesting? But it is true for ordinary people who consider success as the destination. For the extraordinary people, one success is the beginning of another task. They are not satisfied with what they have achieved. They are focussed on what’s not yet been achieved. Anyone who does not understand this simple principle will soon become complacent and the success will get into his head.

It is said that Olympic Gold Medalists go through a syndrome called POD, meaning ‘Post Olympic Depression’. The Olympic gold medal winner gets so focussed and works very hard and wins a gold medal. The winning takes place in a matter of few seconds, for which he would have worked for years all day long. After he achieves his victory, the question is ‘what next’ and for a normal person there is nothing beyond an Olympic Gold Medal. This situation leads to a state of mind called ‘Post Olympic Depression’ syndrome. They overcome this by fixing their next goal even more than what they have achieved.

We need to keep moving from one success to another and believe that success is not a destination but a journey. The quest for improving our own performance is very essential to keep our excitement glowing!

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If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
– Glenn Clark

We have long term, medium term and short term goals. We also have our day to day activities which cannot be ignored. The challenge in front of most of us is to keep our focus on our long term goals in spite of whatever happens in our daily life. The secret lies in our ability to remain balanced.

Sometimes we are thrown out of gear due to our negative emotions and moods. The most common negative feelings are envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. We need to benchmark our performance with those better than ourselves. But such a comparison should be constructive and should propel us into action. It should not retard our progress and effort.

Envy and jealousy have to be handled and channeled properly to give us the energy to be proactive and constructive. Else we will become very selfish and negative.

The quality of forgiving is very important. The ability to forgive not only others but also ourselves is very important to overcome setbacks and failures on our path to success. We have to accept the fact that we are human beings and we can make mistakes and it is okay to fail or struggle. This state of mind will allow us to analyze the reason for our failure take the failure as a failure of our effort and not a failure of ourselves.

Of course fear is a natural instinct. But fear has to be used as a positive energy and we should not allow fear to dampen our enthusiasm.

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True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.
– Samuel Johnson

We are what our thoughts make us. Our thoughts are decided by what we see and hear in our conscious awareness. Our surrounding and circumstances decide what we see and hear. Just like the temperature around us affects us, our surroundings affect our thought quality.

One important choice we have to make is the choice of people whom we want to move with and the people we want to move with. We have limited time and we have to use the same intelligently. When we move with people, their thought quality affects us and what they say and do affect our character, habits and attitude. These parameters decide what we say and do.

For example in the company of those who love books, we will come to know what to read; in the company of those who love music, we come to know what to hear; in the company of sports lovers, we come to know what sports to watch.

Once we decide our mission in life, we have to decide our long term, medium term and long term goals. Once we are clear about these, the next stage to resource mobilization drive. While money and material are very important resources, knowledge and information in support of our goal are also very important resources. Our friends’ circle should propel and encourage us into action and not deter us.

Do a small `audit’ of your friends by asking a power question: am I being surrounded by such people who will help me to realise my ambitions in my life? If not, what should I do?

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