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Choices: Riding or Deriding The Ship of Success


Positive Self-direction

The response to challenges in life — purpose — is the healing balm that enables each of us to face up to adversity and strife.

Since we become what we think most of the time, whatever we are thinking of now, we are unconsciously moving toward the achievement of that thought. — Losing are the goals spawned out of negative attitudes and habit patterns.

We all have the potential and the opportunity for success in our lives. It takes as much energy and effort for a bad life as a good life. ~ Earl Nightingale


Earl Nightingale noted that human beings can be compared with ships. Ninety-five percent can be compared to ships without rudders. They are tossed to and fro, subject to every shift of wind and tide, they are aimless and hopelessly adrift. They usually end up on the rocks, run aground and derelict. However those five-percent who have taken the time, and exercised the discipline to decide upon a destination; charting a course, will sail straight and far, successfully reaching one port after another, accomplishing more in a few years than the rest will accomplish in a lifetime.

Every sea captain knows his next port-of-call, and though he cannot see his destination for fully ninety-nine percent of his voyage, he knows what it is, where it is, and barring any unforeseen catastrophe, he will surely reach it if he keeps doing certain things in certain ways each day.

Winners in life know how important time-priority goals are, and plan accordingly.  But most of all, winners know that the most important time frames are the groups of minutes in every day. Most people waste most of their waking hours wasting their time on low-priority, trivial tension-relieving activities rather than on high priority goal-achieving activities.

Since they fail to plan their course, they are planning on sinking their ship of life by default.

Winning leadership and self-direction is recognized by setting specific goals that are realistic and profitable to both the individual or leader and those around them. 

We become what we think about the most. And no wind blows in favor of a ship without a destination. The individual without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.

” One ship sails East, another West, by the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sail and not the gale, that determines the way they go.”

“Like the winds of the sea are the ways of time, as we voyage along through life. ‘Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal; And not the calm or strife.”

So in reality,“The mind moves us in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts …”

What are yours?

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