Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary

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9780974856209: Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary

Do you set New Year's resolutions every year? Do you make the same resolutions every year, but find yourself farther away from accomplishing them each time?

You aren't alone.

What are your usual resolutions?

Lose weight
Stop smoking
Stop swearing
Floss your teeth
Read more and watch less television
Stay on a budget
Exercise

David DeFord has written the book you need to accomplish all that you seek in your life.

Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary-A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement will help you bust past the inevitable obstacles. In the past, you became discouraged and quit chasing your dreams.

Now, you can press past these roadblocks and reach your chosen destinations.

Learn:
* How to finally take control of your future
* How to build foundations under your dreams
* How you no longer need to "settle" for what you have
* Why living the "TV Existence" kills your dreams, and how to break free
* The best way to select your goals
* How to identify your "Great One Thing"
* How to use all of your sense to keep enthused
* How to become the success you seek
* How to deserve it
* Some simple record-keeping techniques to measure your progress
* How to talk yourself into overcoming the temptation to backslide
* How keeping a journal will help you succeed
* Resources that can help you keep your determination high
* Free e-zines to instruct and inspire you
* Discussion groups and forums that can help you
* How giving back to your community helps you deserve abundance

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About the Author:

David DeFord has studied personal development all of his adult life. Having discovered Dale Carnegie, Napolean Hill, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as a young man, he has read and put into practice many of the teachings of the greatest motivational teachers of our time.

A frequent and popular speaker, he has honed his talents over the years. His enthusiasm and passion lifts his audiences.

A long-time information technology executive, David has served as manager, director, vice president, and officer of regional corporations.

In 2003, David turned a disappointing job loss into a successful entrepreneur venture with Ordinary People Can Win. He publishes the website OrdinaryPeopleCanWin.com and its companion electronic newsletter. He also speaks to civic and service organizations as well as corporations and conventions regarding achievement, living with passion and compassion, giving back to the community, and living with integrity.

David has been married to the love of his life, Kathy, since 1972. They have four children, and several grandchildren. They actively participate in church and volunteer organizations.

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Chapter 1: Settling for What You Have

The Grocery Bag Analogy

Have you noticed how a plastic grocery bag acts by the side of the road? The wind from passing cars tosses it into the air according to the direction the car is traveling. The bag has no control of its movements; it travels by the external force of the air currents. It ends up where the wind determines.

We need not be subject to the winds of external forces. We have the freedom to choose our destinations. Don't we?

Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don’t. We often allow ourselves to be swept along by life, rather than proactively choosing our paths. We need to passionately pursue what we want.

Early in our lives, we develop lofty dreams. Thoreau calls them "castles in the air." We see ourselves becoming physicians, lawyers, famous authors, and we have many other beautiful dreams of happiness and achievement.

But, as life kicks us around a bit, we lower our expectations, and begin to settle for what we have become. We cede control like the plastic bag—tossed by the winds of adversity and challenge and deposited by the side of the road that would have led to our dreams.

Deliberate living

Jim Rohn has said,

"If you don't have a plan (goals) for what you want, then you will probably find yourself buying into someone else's plan and later find out that wasn't the direction you wanted to go. You've got to be the architect of your life."

Before the builders of a massive office structure begin construction, architects spend months in designing every detail. They discuss functionality, beauty, local ordinances and make detailed plans for the building’s construction.

They produce blueprints that detail the physical structure, the ventilation and electrical systems. They consult with interior designers to create the finest arrangement for beauty and function possible.

Contrast that office building with a young boy building a tree house. He dreams of a place he can go to be alone-a secluded, secret place. He imagines a wonderful "castle in the air." But, rarely do young men plan the details of such a structure. He may find a board and nail it up on a limb. Next, he finds some masonite, which he nails next to the board. As he finds materials, he adds them to his little structure. Without planning, his castle becomes less than a shack.

We do that with our lives. We take what comes, try to find a way to use it in our lives, and settle for what comes our way. Rather than planning what we will become, we settle for what comes to us.

We may have striven to reach our dreams and because of opposition and trial, chosen to give up on them.

Road Construction Analogy

If you were on your way to work and found barricades indicating that your usual route has been closed for construction, what would you do? Give up and go home? Go somewhere else? Of course not, you would find another route to your destination.

We will often find barricades blocking our way toward our dreams. But, too often we give up and find another destination. Rather than changing our dreams, I suggest that we should change our route to our dreams. Find another way to get there. Make a new plan. The blueprints may change, but the basis of our dreams need not.

Napoleon Hill, in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich, relates the story of R. U. Darby’s case of "gold fever." Young Darby staked a claim in California’s gold fields, working hard with pick and shovel to discover a vein. After weeks of labor, he found what he sought. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. He traveled back to the East and raised money from friends and relatives to purchase the needed equipment.

He excavated car loads of rich ore that proved he had hit pay dirt. However, shortly the vein of golden ore disappeared. He moved around his field, drilling and searching—to no avail.

Finally, he gave up, selling his machinery to a junk dealer. Now, the junk dealer called a mining engineer to study the abandoned mine and assess its value.

The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the Darby had quit too soon. He had stopped drilling just three feet from the true vein.

That junk man took millions of dollars in ore from Darby’s abandoned mine!

We need not settle. We can live our dreams. We need a plan.

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