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Make it a Meaningful Year


It's up to you. What will 2017 hold? As Washington Irving said, "Great minds have purposes, others have wishes." And it's even better if you add passion to that purpose.

"The pursuit of passionate purpose, as well as its attainment, and relationships along the way bring the real rewards to life." Theresa Szczurek, author, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.
The Pursuit of Passionate Purpose Is a Four-Step Process
Know and Nurture the Person. Exploring who I am and what I value — what is my passion?
Find Passionate Purpose. Determining what I want and do not want — how can I align my passion with a meaningful purpose?
Pursue Purpose. Establishing how I can get it.
Assess Progress. Evaluating how things are going and what is next.


Practical Pointers

ASSESS PROGRESS. As we finish off this year and start another, it's the perfect time for your business planning and your personal life planning. Assess progress toward your goals and purpose. Look back on this year and look forward to the next.
  1. Did you achieve your goals and/or make progress toward your bigger purpose? (You do have goals, right?)
  2. What worked? What didn't work?
  3. Where do you want to go? What's next?
  4. What are the right strategic initiatives and actions in the New Year to get you there?
  5. What should you continue, start, or stop doing?
KNOW THYSELF. What makes your heart sing? Get in touch with your values, gifts, and passion. Keep it simple. I know that I value being with the proper people, close to nature, physically and mentally healthy in the flow, while making a meaningful difference and attracting financial and spiritual prosperity.
CLARIFY PASSIONATE PURPOSE. "There is one quality which one must possess to win, and this is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it," says Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich. What passionate purpose are you pursuing? Write it down. I like to transform my purpose into a short THEME to make it clear. For 2016 my theme was Resolution. It is a work in progress and for 2017 this same theme continues for me. State it daily as an affirmation.
PURSUE PURPOSE. Create a plan and put it into action. Get clear on your goals and priorities. Write them down — short and sweet. What is the first small step you can take today? What people will you take on this journey?


Assess progress, reaffirm what makes your heart sing, clarify purpose, set a theme, create a plan, and put it into action. Start now with assessment.

Theresa M. Szczurek, copyright 2016 2017, all rights reserved. 


PICK YOURSELF UP: Napoleon Hill's Wisdom to Get What You Want in Life

Regardless of whether you're distraught or jubilant about the state of the world or the outcome of the US elections, you may be asking "What's next?" Where should I go from here? These same questions are relevant when your business or life is at a crossroads, you have accomplished the purpose at hand, or you're getting ready to set next year's strategic direction.

That's Life

Perhaps you'll find guidance, as I do, from Frank Sinatra in his song, That's Life. Here's a useful interpretation of the song with seven key lessons. As Frank says, "Pick yourself up and get back in the race!"

Think and Grow Rich

In times of change, it's even more important to discern what your values are, to reaffirm your passionate purpose, and take action to accomplish it. Consider the wisdom of Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich which is encompassed in my work Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.

KNOW THYSELF. What is meaningful to you? What do you value? What gifts do you have? Nature gave you these tools — everything you need to get what you want. You get rewarded for accepting and using these gifts. You get the opposite if you don't use them.
CLARIFY PASSIONATE PURPOSE. There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose — the knowledge of what you want, and a burning desire to possess it. Write down your purpose. State it daily. One important purpose, Hill recommends, is to have complete harmony with your mate. What is your purpose?
REPEAT. Use repetition. Tell yourself over and over again what you want. Thoughts are things. If you tell yourself enough times, you will believe it, even if it's a lie. The human mind is constantly attracting vibrations which harmonize with that which dominates the mind. Any thought, idea, plan, or purpose which you hold in your mind attracts a host of its relatives, adds those 'relatives' to its own force, and grows until it becomes the dominating, motivating master.
BUILD A FIRE OF DESIRE (or Passion). Any idea, plan, or purpose held in the mind by repetition of thought and emotionalized with burning desire is taken over by the subconscious mind and acted on by all means available.
BELIEVE AND HAVE FAITH. Belief is what Napoleon Hill refers to as faith. Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
PERSIST. Lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure. It is a weakness that may be overcome by effort. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.
CREATE A PLAN. Then put it into Action and have fun with the pursuit!


Get back in the race and work to get all that you want. Follow Napoleon Hill's wisdom: know thyself, clarify purpose, repeat positive thoughts, build a fire of desire, believe and have faith, persist, create a plan and put it into action.

copyright Theresa M. Szczurek 2016.  All rights reserved.,,