Most of us resist waking up. We yawn, turn over, cover up, hit the snooze button and try to stay asleep. And yet, waking up can be a wonderful thing. There is nothing quite like it, to come out of dormancy and into consciousness and activity.
Are you in a deep sleep, just going through the motions at work? Is it time to wake up from the mental sleep that keeps you from accessing your powers of success? Such an awakening should take place every day, all day long. We need to be anxiously engaged and willing to learn, to grow and utilize the powers within us.
These powers are the source of our confidence, optimism, self-image and self-motivation and make success possible. Our powers provide us with personality and characteristics, with attitudes and beliefs, with strength of body and mind.
The people who have achieved most in their work and businesses have utilized their innate powers to build castles in the sky and then bring them down to Earth. Using their powers, they created a dream and developed strategies to make those dreams a reality.
Studies have shown that such people have developed some key powers within themselves that have made them what they are today:
* Highly developed awareness. They have a curiosity that causes them to be very observant of details that the average person disregards.
* Restless dissatisfaction. They recognize that many conditions, situations, methods, strategies and other areas could be improved.
* An open mind. They readily embrace change, when change is an improvement. Alternative ideas and concepts are always considered.
* A burning desire to know. They search for wisdom, truth, self-knowledge, understanding and skills and have a wide variety of interests.
* Flexible mind-set. They are willing and able to change their attitudes and, through introspection, recognize and eliminate bad habits and false beliefs.
* A brave heart. They live life boldly and courageously, delving into the unknown, discovering new concepts and inventing new projects.
* A positive attitude. They have an optimistic and confident "can-do" spirit. They are highly motivated by goals they set for themselves.
* A strong self-image. They do not allow others to do their thinking or planning. They think independently and are in control of their own destiny.
* An active imagination. They are able to create a mental vision of their future success. To them, dreaming is a useful tool, not a wasteful pastime.
These powers are not fully developed at birth, but are inherent within us all. Most of the achievers of the world have developed them through study, experience and challenges as they made their way through life.
These potential powers are there for anyone with desire, patience and persistence. They must be awakened, honed, polished and magnified. It is what we do with what we have that makes the difference.
Brad Larsen is a life coach and corporate consultant from Northern Utah. He can be reached at email@example.com