Last week I wrote about Paul J. Meyer, who was one of the greatest leaders I have ever met. Today, on October 26th, 2010, exactly one year since he passed, I wanted to continue to remember his legacy. Paul had a positive impact on so many people. I could go on and on about his impact on my life and my family’s life. But today, I want to talk about some of my favorite Paul J. Meyer quotes (listed below). Below each quote is what I have taken from it.
“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”
I remember hearing this quote from an early age and it really taught me to dream and to always believe that I can do anything. This quote was one of the staples of Paul’s legacy. I remember being at a national convention for one of Paul’s companies, and a man turned this quote into a song. I think anytime something gets turned into a song, thats when you know it is truly important. To some this quote might seem wordy. Or maybe it seems soft. But to those who knew Paul or even knew of him, you know that he meant this quote. He believed in himself and he believed in people. He dared to dream and taught others to do just that.
“Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile pre-determined personal goals.”
This definition of success has stuck so much with me that I teach it to my own clients. Success is what so many people are striving for, but they are unsure how to achieve it. But really they don’t know what success is. It is progressive, meaning that it is on-going. It is a journey. Success comes, not when you reach a goal, but when you begin working towards the goal. It is realization, meaning that you are actually accomplishing or realizing the goal. Your goal must be worthwhile, not just to you, but to others as well. Your goals must be pre-determined. You must develop a plan for achievement. They must be personal! They have to be your goals. And finally, success requires actually having goals and those goals must be WRITTEN!
Develop a dogged determination to follow through on your plan, regardless of obstacles, criticism, or circumstances … or what other people say, think, or do.”
This is the last step in Paul’s “Million Dollar Success Plan” that he wrote at age 19. This step was actually added a few years later because Paul realized the importance of determination and not accepting failure because of other people. We must all develop that DOGGED determination. We must believe so much in ourselves and our abilities, that we tune out the yeabuts. There will always be people that don’t believe, but we can never be those people to ourselves!
“If you are not making the progress you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.”
This quote has been my personal motto for the majority of my life. When I was younger, if I said I could not do something, my dad would say this quote to me. Anything is possible if you have a clearly defined goal that is written, has a target date, and has achievable action steps. At the start of a new year, so many people make new years resolutions. But those are not goals! They wonder why months later they have not lost the weight or have not gotten the promotion. It is simply because their goals were not clearly defined! If you want progress, if you want success, you must first write down your goal and develop a plan for its achievement.
Those are my favorite quotes from the great Paul J. Meyer. I remember him on this, the day of his passing, as I do everyday. He will always be an important part of my life, my family’s life, and the life of my business. If you knew of Paul, what are some of your favorite quotes? Think about those today. How are you living out what he taught you? Are your goals clearly defined? Have you developed a dogged determination? Are you letting others get in the way of your success? Are you daring to dream? Spend today thinking about how you can work on those things and start being the best version of yourself!