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Ari Kiev
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In my practice as a psychiatrist, I have found that helping people to develop
personal goals has proven to be the most effective way to help them cope with
problems. Observing that lives of people who have mastered adversity, I have
noticed that they have established goals and sought with all their effort to achieve
them. From the moment they decided to concentrate all their energies
on a specific objective, they began to surmount the most difficult odds.

   

The practice of forgiveness can play an important role in your relationships with others.  Forgiveness will enable you to correct distortions in your relationships and to improve the quality, intensity, and meaningfulness of relationships.  It means letting go of past resentments toward others so that you can experience them in the present.  Even if you do not "feel" like forgiving someone, forgiving them will release you from the hold of the past and allow you to experience the world in a new way.  To forgive is to step outside the vicious circle of interpretation, where concepts from the past dominate experience, and to begin to live in terms of a larger, more worthy purpose. Forgiveness eliminates fear and anxiety, weakness and vulnerability.

      
How can you develop a self-concept linked to your untapped potential? First, you can decide on the kind of life you would like to lead in ten or fifteen years. This will give you a standard for making decisions about current activities and will reduce the inclination to compare yourself unfavorably to others. Learn to ask, "How would I handle this situation were I the person I hope to become?" And then take action in line with your vision.
  
A successful life does not result from chance, fate, or good fortune, but from a succession of successful days lived in pursuit of a worthy pursuit.
   
Living life in terms of your vision and working toward your goals must be done in the context of today's activities. Do not focus too heavily on the results of your efforts. Do not live for the future attainment of your goal. Live your life through the lens of your vision and what can be done in the present moment. Living your vision is not about reaching your goals. It is about living and working toward them. It is not about producing results but about living your life in a more meaningful and personally rewarding way.
     

The survival of love depends on the management of change.

   

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Why aren't people more successful? Because most people do not select
and pursue a vision without regard for other objectives. Most people shift
from one activity to another without any focused or directed purpose,
naively assuming that things will take care of themselves or will be
taken care of by others. George Bernard Shaw said, "The people who
get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the
circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

   

Unfortunately, spending time alone with oneís own thoughts creates
anxiety for many people and accounts for much escapist activity.
Learn to listen to your own thoughts. This will help you learn more
about your inner self and your real goals. Spend some time alone
each day familiarizing yourself with your thoughts. You can do this
while walking outdoors or relaxing at home, in a church, synagogue,
or mosque, or even in the public library. This solitude will provide you
with an opportunity to clarify and become comfortable with your feelings
and thoughts and to assess the strategies for reaching your objectives.

   

Donít be afraid to take risks. These need not be skydiving or mountain
climbing, but simply active efforts in simple daily activities that are so
often avoided because of the demands of courtesy, social obligation,
or the need to act according to the expectations that others have
of you. Make a list of ten steps you would take if you were the person
you would like to become. Take that course that you have been thinking
about; invest in what you have been thinking about; try a new venture;
try a new route to work; try taking a subway if you have been taking
a bus; try taking a bus if you have been taking your car.

   
    
Ari Kiev, MD, is a practicing psychiatrist who has received recognition in the financial community for his insights into the psychology of decision making under stress and for the creation of goal-directed programs to enhance trading performance.  He is the author of fifteen books, including Trading to Win: The Psychology of Mastering the Markets, Trading in the Zone: Maximizing Performance with Focus and Discipline, and the bestselling masterpiece A Strategy for Daily Living.

He is President of the Social Psychiatry Research Institute in New York, has appeared on CNBC and CNNfn, and has been featured on Forbes.com, cbsmarketwatch.com, in The New York Times, and The New York Post.  Dr. Kiev frequently writes for Active Trader magazine and was featured in Stock Market Wizards by Jack Schwager for his significant contributions to some of Wall Street's most successful hedge funds.

  

  

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