Setting Goals and Building Self Confidence Through Personal Development
One of the most valuable exercises you can engage in, when setting goals is to ask yourself, “What is my limiting step?” What is the one factor that determines the speed at which I achieve my goal, or whether I achieve it at all throughout my personal development?
Your ability to identify your limiting step is one of the best demonstrations of your intelligence and a set towards building self-confidence. Your capacity to eliminate this limiting step is one of the best demonstrations of your overall competence in achieving anything you want.
Building Self-Confidence Is Critical
In studying everything that has been written or said about personal development and success, the conclusion I came to was that your level of self-confidence is probably the critical factor in everything you accomplish. When you have enough self-confidence, you will try almost anything. Because success is largely a matter of averages, or probabilities, the more things you try, the more likely it is that you will achieve greatly.
Try More Things
The same is true for you. By setting goals, trying more things, engaging in more activities, and exploring more opportunities, your probabilities of success increase dramatically. The only real limiting step that you might have is your level of self-confidence. When you reach the point at which you believe in yourself absolutely, the barriers that exist in your external world will not stop you.
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The major obstacles to success always lie within the mind of the individual. They are not contained in external circumstances, situations or people. By building self-confidence you win the inner battle, the outer battle seems to take care of itself.
Three Great Ideas for Personal Development
I have learned three important ideas for building self-confidence. First, accept complete responsibility for yourself and for everything that you are and ever will be. Second, accept that you can change your situation only by going to work on yourself and learning the things you need to know to be better. Third, setting goals with time lines for the things you want and then work every day to bring those goals into reality.
We Sabotage Ourselves
Our natural tendency is to work hard until we find a method or technique that works for us, whether in life, work, or relationships, and then, for some perverse reason, we promptly abandon the technique and go back to behaving in our old way, in a random and haphazard manner.
A mental exercise program for personal development, like setting goals and positive thinking, is very much like a physical exercise program. If you expect it to really work for you, you have to practice it persistently, every day, and keep at it indefinitely. When I began to apply these proven success principles to my life, and worked on them every day, I was able to bring about almost miraculous changes in every area of my life.
Setting Goals: The Secret of Success
Every successful man or woman that I have ever talked to or read about has come to pretty much the same conclusion. By every measure, you have more talent and ability than you could use in 100 lifetimes. You, too, can step on the accelerator of your own potential and begin moving forward at a speed that will amaze you by setting SMART goals.
Many people who have listened to my programs or gone through my seminars have come back to me and told me that they cannot believe how fast their lives began to improve by setting goals on a daily basis.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.