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All data in a computer is composed of binary (only two) information which comes in values of 1 and 0. All programming and commands are processed, translated and transmitted in this machine language. Our brain also operates in a similar fashion. It needs a clear command to operate. It activates either with a firm “yes” or “no” or “true” and “false,” and gets confused with maybe, could and others.
If I ask you to prepare a list of goals that you have already achieved and objectives that have yet to materialise, you will realise that those you have accomplished fall under the “must” category, which means you made a firm decision to do whatever it takes to achieve them. The goals you have not achieved till date are just dreams which fall under the “I wish” category. You did not take action because you are just interested in the ideas but are not ready to pay the price to make them come true.
If you are in any social gathering and hear people use the phrases “I should,” “I will try” and “I wish,” for sure, most of them have not yet achieved anything significant in life because they put their success under certain conditions similar to their language pattern. However, if you hear someone speak “I will” and “I must,” they are meant for success. They are committed to do everything and are willing to face challenges.
I remember when I flunked in one of the major exams that would get me to engineering college. I saw my parents’ pain because it was not only my dream that was shattered, it was also their dream. That instance gave me a compelling reason to take responsibility for my failure and change my way of thinking, which eventually led me to where I wanted to be.
I dissuade you to watch out for the language you use. Make the commitment to never surrender, give up, back out, regret and stop until you have in your hand what you have been aiming for. You will soon get so used to this mindset that saying “I will” in every endeavour becomes second nature to you.
* Devote time, will and effort to bring your goals to reality
* Visualise results and set small goals that lead to success
* Take long-term action and accept constructive criticisms
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company