IT BEGINS AND ENDS WITH YOU!!
Janice Dorn, M.D., Ph.D.
As individuals, groups, and businesses, we’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realize we’re in the wrong jungle. We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass (a set of principles or directions)…Effectiveness–often even survival–does not depend solely on how much effort we expend, but on whether or not the effort we expend is in the right jungle…Stephen R. Covey
You are the problem and you are the solution. It just doesn’t get any simpler than that. How wonderful to know this! It’s a revelation of sorts. You cannot change or control anything or anyone but you. At this moment, you are becoming the person you want to be IF you pay attention and take action. Doing nothing is not an option for success. Doing nothing is unacceptable. Without movement, there is only complacency, stagnation and death.
But it is not enough just to do something. It is not enough to be busy. There is too much “busy-ness” and always having to do something. It’s like trying to build a house starting at the roof or somewhere on the second story. How is that working for you? You need a blueprint and even that is not enough. So what is enough?
Make a blueprint for your life. Follow that blueprint exactly as you have drawn or envisioned it. There is a sequence to be followed and each step flows logically from the previous one. If you attempt to deviate from the sequence, you will falter and lose your way. Yes- you may be “crazy busy” but you are not focused on the outcome. You are so busy that it is making you crazy. You are doing so many other things that are trivial and absolutely not relevant to the task at hand that you lose sight of what you started out to do in the first place. You will fail and your house will crumble on shifting sands.
Your blueprint in the markets is your trading plan. Make it, work it and stick with it. Don’t be tempted to jump into or out of “the next best thing.” There is no next best thing. There are no “quick fixes” or “win the lottery” systems. NOTHING WORKS WITHOUT YOU!! There is only you and your plan. There is a clear sequence to trading and investing success. You must take each step to trading competence in its own time. Read the linked article below this one: So You Think You Can Trade?” Read it and live by it because it is your own personal trading success blueprint.
Among the most critical aspects of knowing yourself as a trader is understanding—truly, madly and deeply this one question: WHAT ARE MY VALUE SYSTEMS IN AND OUT OF THE REALM OF MONEY
If you do not know who you are, i.e., what are your true value systems are they relate to money, you have no business whatsoever trading. Do something else. You must know this and they make it work for you. If you are unaware of your true value systems outside the realm of money, you are not truly alive. It’s about taking personal responsibility for your own values. It’s about being in complete integrity and authenticity with your own values.
I am a survivor of two near-death experiences that changed my value system radically and took me to a completely new understanding of who I am—–both in and out of the realm of money. Prior to these experiences, I was a “reactor” who tended to focus on what I now believe to be matters of extreme unimportance. The victories I achieved may seem enormous to others, but, in retrospect, they were not. I had no idea who I really was, what other people truly meant to me and what was the meaning of money in my life. Boy- did I ever have a wake-up call (actually two!!) —totally beyond description! Now (most of the time), I know who I am, where I am, where I am going and how I am going to get there. Slowly, one step at a time, over many years, I have rebuilt my life based on the solid foundation of my core value systems.
It’s time to eliminate every person, place and thing in your life that is not in congruence with your core value systems. These are energy vampires that detract from what should be your major focus: Evolution to your own higher self and true enlightenment. You are a living creature that requires nourishment, rest, safety, movement and encouragement to blossom and grow. Take charge of your own life and your own trading. Don’t wait for someone else to bring you flowers or throw you a hot trade. Empower yourself. Become your own leader. Be your own hero. If not now, then when?
There’s a hero
If you look inside your heart
You don’t have to be afraid
Of what you are
There’s an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you…Mariah Carey, “HERO”
Janice Dorn, M.D., Ph.D.
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