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Chapter 5. Goal-Oriented Retirement Plan... > Know When to Give Yourself a Break: ...

Know When to Give Yourself a Break: The Philosophy of Success

Here's my final point before moving into the retirement goal-setting element of this chapter: Managing goals and working on personal issues that affect our ability to achieve those goals is hard work. Along the way, you will tend to be tough on yourself—a natural byproduct of pushing to be successful. Be careful to manage the intensity of the toughness because it can work against you. People who are successful and who are great achievers have an exterior and an interior, just like the rest of us.

When Michael Jordan had a bad game, you could see the anger and disgust on his face. But I suspect the tape playing in his head was more balanced than the look on his face. That inner tape was probably being critical, supportive, and focused. He was likely mad at himself for not executing the way he knew he could and for not meeting a standard he had set through years of practice and game experience. But he also was likely to have put it into perspective and recognized that not every game would be the best game of his career. He probably reflected on his experience and his accomplishments and told himself not to be too hard on himself based on this one game or one experience. That's simply how successful people balance pushing themselves and supporting themselves. If the message is always negative, it is next to impossible to succeed. So the next time you get angry with yourself, put the experience into perspective, learn from it, and don't beat yourself up over it too much. After all, it was just another experience that brought positive change to your life.


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