Power – Personal Development for Smart People – by Steve Pavlina summary by Derek Sivers

This is a post of summary by Derek Sivers of a really nice book by Stevel Pavlina available at amazon.com

Read it slowly as there is wisdom.

Power is your ability to consciously and deliberately create the world around you.

No matter your history, the burden of responsibility for your life now rests squarely on your shoulders. Blame can only make you powerless.

No one is coming to rescue you.

If you don’t proactively solve your own problems, they’ll never be solved.

If you want different results, you must go out and create them yourself.

Desire is the fuel of power. Enjoy the progressive fulfillment of your desires through the exercise of your power.

What do you want?
What do you fantasize about?
What do you long for so badly that you can’t stop thinking about it, even if you consider it impossible?
Never deny that you want what you want. When you deny your desires, you fall out of alignment.

You’re completely free to decide what you want.
You don’t need anyone’s permission or approval.
Your choices are yours to make and can never be dictated by others.
You never need to justify what you want.
You want what you want, and that is enough.

Life is constantly asking, “What do you want?”
Answer that question however you wish.

True power only exists in the present.
There is no power in the past. It’s done.
There is no power in the future. It’s only in your imagination.
You have no power to act yesterday or tomorrow.
Whenever you project beyond the present, you make yourself powerless because you’re succumbing to an illusion.

The purpose of goal-setting isn’t to control the future.
The point of goal-setting is to improve the quality of the present.
Ask, “How does setting this goal improve my present reality?”
If it doesn’t, then the goal is pointless.
But if it brings greater clarity, focus, and motivation to your life when you think about it, it’s a keeper.

Set goals that make you feel powerful, motivated, and driven when you focus on them, long before the final outcome is actually achieved. Avoid setting goals that make you feel powerless, stressed, or weak.

When you set a goal that improves your present reality, what does it matter how long it takes to achieve the final outcome? Whether it takes one week or five years is irrelevant. The whole path is fun and enjoyable.

Whenever I focus on an inspiring goal, I feel extremely driven and motivated.

Material goals always de-motivate me.

If you find yourself unmotivated, you’ve set the wrong goals. You need to set goals that are so inspiring to you that you can’t wait to take action.

Self-discipline is the willingness to do what it takes to achieve the results you want regardless of your mood.

When you’re feeling unmotivated, apathetic, bored or lazy, self-discipline provides your second wind and keeps you moving.

Motivation is highest at the beginning of a project. Self-discipline can prevent you from quitting. Motivation starts the race, but self-discipline crosses the finish line.

Self-discipline remains one of the most significant aspects of personal development.

Progressive training requires that once you succeed, you must increase the challenge. If you keep working at the same level, you won’t get much stronger.

The first hour is the rudder of the day. Adopt a disciplined routine for the first waking hour, and you’ll enjoy a highly productive day.

How you expect to use what you have just learnt?

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