Saturday, February 7, 2009

Al Walsh, Find and Shape YOUR Place.........

Thoughts on Achieving
One’s Desired Place in the World

Al Walsh

Our lives are filled with sometimes-subtle,
sometimes-tempestuous currents which can
move us against our will & control;
so much so that it can be difficult to
see the proverbial “forest for the trees”.

But we all have the seeds within us to shape our destiny down a path that can be meaningful and rewarding. In the end, it primarily comes down to individual vision and will.

No large goal is achieved unless we shape it in our own unique way
and adopt it as part of our persona.

It has to become so powerful a force in driving our actions that we “live and breathe” it.

It has to be residing in the background of our mind at all times and impacting all of our thoughts & actions.

This is not to say that we are alone, and that outside factors can’t serve as a positive force.

By all means we should engage those around us, and foster their assistance.

We should also keep our minds open to new possibilities.

More than once my career & life have been shaped by forces beyond me.
Others have seen assets in me, and directed my energies in new directions
that I wouldn’t have considered alone; enriching my life.

Ignore the nay-sayers. Their motives are questionable, and their “advice” is destructive.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t benefit from constructive criticisms.

Take all input offered, digest it,
and make your own conclusions;
then act on them.

If you’re not satisfied with your life as it exists
– select where you want to be,
shape your grand vision,
reduce it down into digestible bites,
and start chipping away at them one-at-a-time.

There will undoubtedly be sacrifices required;

as is nearly always the case in accomplishing a worthy goal.

You might have to reduce your life-style to go to school,
or get off the couch to go do productive things, or some other self-sacrificial act.
Just keep the goal in mind and remind yourself of the rewards waiting down the line.

If you want it badly enough, you’ll “move mountains” to get there;
and then you’ll look back and realize that the effort was a reward in-and-of-itself.

Get out of your “comfort zone”.

It’s a dangerous place to be if you want to accomplish anything meaningful.
Look for opportunities to expand your knowledge & experience; and grab them.
Basically we all have to take individual responsibility for driving and shaping our lives.

If you’re looking for some “grand entity’ to take care of you and shape your destiny, you’re going to be greatly disappointed. Many will care, and help, but they can’t do it for you.

Don’t be afraid to seek help. It can come in many forms, from a variety of sources.
Sometimes an outside entity can provide insight that we might not otherwise gain.
Just make sure that you are the ultimate decision-maker once all the “facts are in”.

You will find that “success breeds success”.

Accomplishments, large and small, attract attention and often draw opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise present themselves. Everyone loves a winner, and wants to associate with them. An unsatisfactory existence can rapidly transform as you chip away at short-term goals and others observe your personal growth.

You might also find that as you make progress you see opportunities that were previously invisible.

The human will can be an unstoppable force. Use your life force and vision to your best advantage. The world can be your “oyster”.
Cheers, and good luck! Al Walsh

Al sent apologies for using some "old phrases" but we agree with him when he says they have their place in this world. He has been a generous contributor of wisdom to our site. P.D.

Al Walsh is a Los Angeles area "Unrepentant Capitalist". CEO - V.P. - CFO - COO - Entrepreneur~ Executive Committee & Board Member, Partner and Advisor to CEO's, COO's & Boards~ Multi-Disciplined Consultant

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