This ring was made as a symbol of inspiration so that one can find the power and will to achieve any goal. The Laurel wreath around the ring is the ancient symbol of victory which was awarded to the winners in the ancient Olympics. The engraving around the stone says "Dare to be great!"
The sentence was sent to me by Mr. Andrew Kay who won a contest I've arranged among my friends and fans on Facebook. It's a powerful reminder that simply states that though many of us have the ability, the knowledge and the capabilities to achieve our goals sometimes we lack the faith and the courage.
The ring is an ongoing reminder of the power we have within us and the achievements we can achieve.
I've gathered for you some of the basic principles which led me time and again to meaningful achievements in many fields such as art, music and the many aspects of my personal life. These rules are the secret and the knowledge that I use on a daily basis.
The next set of principles will help you to achieve your goals and fullfil your destiny, whether it is to become a successful writer, a skilflul musician, athlete, starting your own world peace movement or raising a healthy family.
Achieving Victory – The Rules:
The first rule is that we must define a goal to which we want to reach. If you don't have a goal, how will you get there? Here are three questions that may help you define your goals (Thank you Mr. Amir Hardoof for the clear definition):
Where am I today?
Where do I want to be?
How will I get there?
Finding your goals is a process which sometimes takes refinement. We must stop and ask our self – what is really important to us in life? Layer by layer we may find the true answer that will supply a decent and deserved cause. One must learn to define long-term goals and short-term goals which are more realistic.
The urge to succeed does not come from wanting but from being in a state of need. You must find what motivates you and find the factor that creates a need to succeed. Many times in life the need comes from a negative experience that enhances the need to succeed and to prove the world and to ourselves that we can.
After we have defined our goals we must strive for it with constant persistence. In that context, one must beware from persistency that lacks the love to what we do. This will lead us in the end to becoming indifferent and to inertia – which are the greatest enemies of victory and success.
You must love what you do!
I believe our destiny is revealed to us in our childhood and is forgotten by most of us as a result of the "education system" and the influence of our close environment. Our destiny appears during our childhood as a certain talent and as our fields of interests as children. I remember my love of nature, art and ancient cultures and archaeology and my tendency towards art – all of these factors led me to what I do today.
"The loneliness of the distance runner……"
Our environment is one of the greatest barriers to victory and success. The people we love most and care for us are often the ones who will stop us from achieving our goals. I remember when I made my first design and showed it to someone. He declared knowingly that "You don't have a chance to sell even a single piece…" since that day my jewelry has reached every corner of the world and made a huge impact on people's lives. When I examined the reason for this repetitive behavior I have discovered that most people have a basic fear of failure - so they don't even try and prefer to stay in what is known as a "comfort zone" which leads to mediocrity which is the biggest barrier to success.
When someone from the outside tries to achieve something meaningful in his/her life or to reach an important goal it threatens the other people's "comfort zone," they will try to stop you. Therefore you must change the environment and always take advice from those who are exactly where you want to be.
Recruit people to your goal. Fruitful cooperation can bring great results. Teamwork will promote you to your goals with great power. One of the best examples of teamwork was the one before the last US elections. Obama used the internet and social networks and encouraged the people to join him and donate a small amount of money for his campaign. McCain, on the other hand, used the conventional ways and asked the financial elite –a small number of billionaires for donations. The result was that Obama created a team of millions and recruited them for his goal. Eventually, the numbers and amounts that Obama received from the people for his campaign where much higher and lead Obama to Victory.
Since you are your most valuable asset your time is your most precious resource. You can check if you are using your time wisely with the following exercise:
Divide your time to four parts:
1. Urgent and important (for example finishing a project on schedule; taking care of a health issue, helping our children and family...)
2. Not important and urgent (unimportant phone calls, emails, meetings etc…)
3. Important and not urgent (setting our goals, learning, making plans, spending quality time with our family and children...)
4. Not urgent and not important (watching TV, spending our time on endless shopping, or addictive online games…)
Among all four number 3 is the only one which will lead us to our goal –only there will we find the factors, elements and the process that will lead us to our destiny and goal.
Number 1 is important but these are immediate assignments.
The reason that we spend so much time in number 2 is the sense of urgency – we build ourselves an artificial world of Pavlovian reactions that we tend to forget to focus on the things that are really important to us.
It is the lighthouse that shows us the way. Without knowledge, we will never know how to get to our goal. Attaining relevant knowledge to our field is a must.
Surround yourself with inspirational resources like books, stories, movies of people who did it. The reason I create these jewels in the first place was to share and bring inspiration and to remind us what we strive for.
We fear failure. That fear can paralyze us and prevent us from reaching our goals. We must overcome our fears through the process of growing toward success. I find the obstacle lacking the courage to be the biggest barrier of all. That is why I have chosen the sentence "Dare to be Great" and engraved it on the ring and pendant…