On The Path Of Winners
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
Unlock Your Potential For Greatness
YOUR potential is like a huge ocean that is unexplored, you only need to channel it toward a great goal. Success is setting and achieving goals. All great men are intensely goal oriented. They are focused single-mindedly on achieving whatever they want. Thus, your ability to set and achieve goals is the master skill of success. Goals unlock your unconscious, releasing your creative power to achieve your objective.
Whatever you have accomplished up till now is only a fraction of your potential. A rule of success says, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from, all that matters is where you are going. And you alone determine where you are going. Clear goals increase your confidence. They develop your competence and boost your motives for achievement. Goals fuel the furnace of achievement.
The greatest discovery in human, history is the power of your mind to create anything you desire. That mind power enabled man to create planes, it enabled us to conquer the moon, discover electricity and create the internet. Every gadget around you such as the computer, the cell phone began as a thought in the mind of a single man. Your wife, house and children first existed in your mind before they were translated into reality. Your thoughts are creative, they shape your world and everything that happens to you. Always bear in mind that your resolve to succeed is more important than any other thing in t he whole world.
Mystics and philosophers agree that success is attained by you becoming what you think about the most. That means you become what you think. Your outer world ultimately becomes a reflection of your inner world. And this your inner world mirrors back to you what you think about the most. Thousands of great men have been asked what they think about most of the time. Their common answer is that they think about what they want and how to get it most of the time. But failures always think and talk about their problems and what they don’t want most of the time.
But you have an automatic goal seeking soul. Imagine this: take a homing pigeon out of its roost, put it in a cage with a blanket over the cage, put the cage in a box and put the box in a closed vehicle. You then drive a thousand miles in any direction. If you then open the car, take out the pigeon from the cage, the homing pigeon will still fly up into the air, circle three times and then fly unerringly back to its home roost a thousand miles away. No other creature on earth has this incredible cybernetic-goal seeking function except man. You have this same goal achieving ability as the homing pigeon, and with one marvelous addition, when you have a clear goal, by just deciding what you want, you will begin to move unerringly towards your goal; and your goal will start moving towards you. At the right time and place you and the goal will meet.
This goal-getting incredible cybernetic mechanism is inside of you, in your unconscious. You only need to tap into it in order to get it. Like a computer, this your intuitive power is nonjudgmental. It works automatically, continuing to bring you whatever you want, regardless of what you programme into it. This cybernetic force in you will enable you achieve whatever you desire regardless of your poor education, poverty or inelegant physique. Nature doesn’t care about the bigness of your goals. Thus, size, scope and the details of your chosen goals are up to you.
There are four reasons why people don’t set goals. One, they think goals aren’t important. Because people are fatalistic and superstitious about life. Two, people don’t know how to set goals. Sometime people equate wishes or dreams with goals. A goal is clear, can be written, specific and can be measured. You know when you have achieved it, like founding a university, winning the Nobel prize.
Three, people don’t set goals because they have a fear of failure. And finally, people who fear rejection fail to set goals. They believe failing to attain a goal may end up in their being rejected and ridiculed by the public. This is one reason you should keep your goals confidential. Don’t tell anyone in advance. Just let them see what you have accomplished. Failures that others don’t know can’t ridicule you.
Mark McCormack in his book: What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School, reveals of an Harvard study conducted in the 1980s. in 1979, graduates of MBA at Harvard were asked, ‘‘Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” It turned out only three per cent of the graduates had written goals and plans. Thirteen per cent had goals, but they didn’t write them down. Fully 84 per cent had no specific goals.
Ten years later in 1989, the researchers interviewed the Harvard MBA class of 1979. They found that the 13 per cent who had goals that were not in writing were earning twice as much as the 84 per cent who had no goals. Surprisingly, however, they found that the three per cent of graduates who had clear, written goals when they left Harvard, were earning ten times as much as the other 97 per cent of all of the graduates. The clarity of their goals had made all the difference.
Our champion this week is Douglass Cecil North, American economist, the recipient with Robert Fogel, of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics. The two were recognized for their pioneering work in the new economic history. It is the application of economic theory and statistical methods to the study of history.
Born in November 1920 in Cambridge, Massachussetts, North studied economics at the University of California, Berkely (BA 1942, PhD 1952) and from 1950 taught economics at the University of Washington. Thereafter, he became the director of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Also he was economic consultant to the governments of Russia, Argentina, Peru and the Czech Republic. North’s work dwelt primarily on theoretical economics. He argued that innovations alone are insufficient to propel economic development. In order for a market economy to flourish certain legal and social institutions, such as property rights, must be in place. His ideas were expressed in many books. He is still alive and kicking at 93 years.