Students must have initiative;
they should not be mere imitators.
They must learn to think and act for themselves
– and be free.
Think of something that you wish to accomplish that is truly important to you? Don’t continue to read until you have picked out one of your top goals. Now, imagine for a moment, having accomplished it? You are basking in the gratification of a job truly well done. How does it feel? How does it smell? What does it taste like? How does it look on you? How do you feel?
The only way that you will be able to delight in the beauty, joy and fulfillment that will come to you by accomplishing this goal is if you use your own personal initiative.
Initiative is the force of personal power that rises from deep inside if you and flows forth into some positive, focused, goal-oriented activity.
Your personal initiative is your inner energy that begins all of your action. It is the arch-enemy of procrastination. It is the spark that lights the flame to your productive actions. Without personal initiative, it is very difficult to become successful, and herder still to maintain it.
Success, by any definition that you choose for yourself, is something that you will have to accomplish without someone else telling you what to do or having someone else explain to you why you ought to do it.
Success comes to those who are proactive. Rather than drifting through your life doing only what is absolutely called for, successful individuals do additional things that bring more meaning to their lives and to the people around them.
No matter your goal, to become a great mother, an honor student, an super athlete, a top-producing sales person, the owner of your own business, or a noteworthy writer, if you are going to achieve that success, you must use your own built-in personal initiative to do the things that your success demand. In many ways, your initiative is motivated observing life as it happens, and being aware of the tasks that need to be done without being asked… and doing them!
One of the fundamental beliefs of positive thinkers is that the only way that you will have the fortitude to do the huge things you desire, is by first using your initiative to accomplish the small things of life. Each larger success is made up of a great number of smaller successes. Each of these “small” successes demands personal initiative, and many of them will be so small that you may not even notice them in the moment. But they all add together.
There are other advantages to getting yourself started as well. People who use their personal initiative for the greater good are often more well-respected and tend to have greater influence. This will also help boost your own self-regard. By attending to the little things, you will have a chance to give yourself an edge and stand out as an individual worthy of being noticed, and one who has a positive mindset.
Through this simple shift in your thinking, you have an opportunity to boost your game and distinguish yourself. You have a unique set of talents, skills, and power to help you accomplish the things that are significant and important to you. Do not let the lethargic surroundings and bad attitudes that accompany most workplaces keep you from stretching yourself to become your very best.
My challenge to you today is that you begin doing the little things that call for a little more of your personal initiative. As you establish your confidence in executing the small things, then begin stretching yourself to do the bigger things. Keep going, and let each success to build on the prior one. Soon, you will find that your goals, which seemed so far off, are accomplished.
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