Recognizing You Own Stardom

June 3, 2011 by  
Filed under blog, Chapter 3

Last week we went to a great concert and, using a few connections I had, we got backstage and meet some amazing people, like, well, Bono, as you can see in the picture here. Was I thrilled to meet him? Sure. But meeting that big of a star really isn’t what you might expect.

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It’s strange that we all kind of feel that if we meet a famous person it will somehow make us more important or more interesting or will somehow change our lives. It really doesn’t do that, except maybe in our own heads. In the end, they are just people, like anyone else you run into.

Knowing that they are just people tends to make you realize that these, essentially, regular human beings could be you. So what is the difference between you and famous people? Some of them were just lucky but more often they were persistent, highly motivated and had a great support system–all things that you can or do have.

So are there really any superstars? Well, yes. You. You are the superstar of your life. What you do, what you accomplish, even what you attempt, are all reasons to be proud and ‘star struck’. Your actions are what will differentiate you and your life, for yourself and the people closest to you, not meeting someone who has reached the kind of success that simply gets them noticed.

If you feel like success has been eluding you though, take a look (or another look) at my book, How to Ignite Your Passion for Living, for some in depth ideas on setting and accomplishing your goals and get to work on your own life of stardom.

Why Set Goals Anyway?

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Chapter 3

What if I were to tell you that over and above all the success, material benefit, satisfaction, even wealth that you could receive from achieving a very exciting goal, that you can dramatically improve your emotional and mental health by just the process of setting that goal in the first place.

Now, that’s quite a promise—and believe me, I’m not making it lightly.

Years ago I noticed that when I became engrossed in my goal-setting state of mind (almost a meditative state), I would begin to feel very calm and at peace with the world—even euphoric, and almost always with pen in hand, I wrote down all that was going on in my mind and heart.

I didn’t understand why it felt so good—so fantastic, in fact—I just knew it did. Of course, it was a wonderful triumph to actually reach or exceed the goals I set, but I couldn’t figure out why just the process of thinking about and writing my goals and plans gave me such a mental boost?