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The first principle of success is knowing what you want. Yet, I find many people have more focus on what they don't want in their lives. "I don't want another boss like her", "I don't want to date another guy that is a loser" etc. And there are some people that are stuck, claiming that they don't know what they want. Knowing what you want seems to be a simple thing. Yet it isn't. Mainly because we get in our own way. We change our minds, (not always a bad thing) create our own fears and doubts, lose interest and faith. We don't take action on what we want.

Taking action on what you want. That then must be the second principle of success.

The Pepper Grinder

We have some wonderful neighbors. Charles and Nancy. We enjoy each other's company, socialize when    we can and enjoy the opportunity to laugh, have fun and learn about life through a different set of eyes and ears.

On our most recent visit we were having lunch with our friends when Charles came back from the kitchen with a beautiful, rather large, gold colored pepper grinder. He seemed to beam with pride as he put pepper on his ham sandwich and explained where he found the grinder. "And"he continued, "it took nearly two years of searching and testing to find the right blend of pepper to fill it."

I was delighted by what I was witnessing. 

Without even knowing it (or maybe he did!) Charles was giving a grand lesson at the dining room table. A lesson in knowing what you want and taking action. The pepper grinder itself was a great example. To search and test for two years to find the right blend of pepper was even grander.

Today or this weekend I challenge you to identify one thing that you want in your life and to put it writing. It could be your own pepper grinder. Or it could be a new place to live. As you are writing, be specific about what you want.  

And then, make a plan of action. Put it in writing too. One day at a time. One step at a time, take the actions needed to achieve your success.

No excuses this time. Nothing will stop you. You are unstoppable.

One final thought:

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein." -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Andrew Sanderbeck 

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