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Stop Take Action & Shine

07 March 2011

Let's stop, think and take action.... To truly shine we all need to take ownership of our lives. Whether you are self employed, work for an organisation or even unemployed we need to be able to state \"This is my life!\" For many of us our lives and our happiness is determined by the subtle and not so subtle expectations of others.

We all would have experienced this at some stage going back to our youth with some of our parents wanting to live vicariously through us; our friends who may try and convince us to do something that does not sit with our value system; our life partners and even the companies that we work for.

When we get to the stage that we firmly believe that \"THIS IS MY LIFE\" that is when we truly accept responsibility. With responsibility comes accountability. The realisation that each decision that we make carries with it a consequence - we cannot blame anyone but ourselves for the outcomes of our decisions.

We all need to use our own set of unique skills, our strengths, our talents, our passions our intellect and not be influenced by those outside expectations. It is when we find this sense of self, when we can answer not what we want but who we are, where we want to go, who we want to be, what is important to us, what we value and what we believe in.

Stop! Stop and take the time NOW to think, to set some SMART goals and to put them into action.

According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virgina Tech., people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as the people who don't!

\"You are your own greatest asset so you must invest in yourself.\" (anon)