7 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  August 31, 2014 — 1 Comment

successful give upIn the book Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, (and also Think and Grow Rich) the author lists 6 steps to success. I added step 7 and 8 to his 6 steps. Over many years, Hill studied hundreds of people who had achieved what they considered to be success in their lives. His books still sell today, even though they were written many years ago. You can get the free ebook Law of Success here.

1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite plan date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. Notice it says you must FEEL the good feelings of achieving your goal. I can’t overemphasize this point. If you don’t feel it, you probably won’t achieve your goals if the going gets really tough.

7. Jesus said more than three dozen times that faith is the key to answered prayer. Pray for your goal. Believe that you have received it, even before you see it appear in your life.

8. If the date arrives and you have not accomplished your goal, think of different ways that you can accomplish your goal. Don’t give up. Read or listen to books and lectures that motivate you to keep striving for your goal. Most people have to do this daily.

Jack Canfield tried 144 different publishing companies before finding one that agreed to publish his enormously successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He suggests trying five different things every day to accomplish your goals. He has sold over 155 million books in many languages.

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE something so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. It is critically important that you are clear about what you want, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.


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1240354_740395179312243_1966366663_nI have heard it said that God never created anyone to be ordinary. If you talk to any person long enough you will find that they have special talents and abilities.

They say people use less than 10% of their brain power. I am sure that is true. People use less than 10% of their talents. Every person can improve their relationships so that they are happier and more fulfilling. Everyone can improve his performance at his career. Everyone can find ways to improve their finances.

So many people settle for average. They may not enjoy their work because they have not learned to enjoy it. But we all know that the more a person loves their work, the better they will perform at it.

You have seeds of greatness inside you. Maybe that is hard to believe, but I am sure it is true.

Just think, if your father or mother were the CEO of a huge company, they could get you a good job within the company. If your father as the king of a country, or the president, he could open all sorts of doors for you. If you are a Christian, your Father in heaven can open doors for you. I mean he can do much more than you can imagine. Most people don’t understand the enormous power they have – the power of the Holy Spirit living inside them. They go through life just getting by instead of excelling.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

(Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV)

 

“If you will receive this into your spirit and not talk yourself out of it, it will ignite your faith and become a reality. Let it go beyond being an encouragement and grab hold of it in your spirit. Believe, “This is for me. This is my destiny. Something new is being birthed. Yokes are coming off of me. Chains are being broken. I am stepping in to the fullness of my destiny!”  ~ Joel and Victoria Osteen

 

Free ebook “Make Money Doing Your Hobby”  click here.

 


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job. To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


No matter how bad things seem, there is always hope for tomorrow.

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Prosperity IQ

Brad Stanton —  August 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Passion first

Two groups of people were observed for many years. The two groups totaled 1500 people. Category A had 1245 people. They said they would pursue money first and do what they really wanted to do later.  Category B made up of 255 people said they would seek their interests and passions first and let money follow later. 20 years later there were 101 millionaires from the entire group. 100 of them came from group B. Do you focus on money or passion?

Prosperity IQ

1.       Do you secretly fear wealth make you unlikeable by friends and loved ones?

2.       When you grew up were you told rich people were bad?

3.       Did your upbringing say sacrifice now for reward in heaven?

4.       Do you feel guilty if earn more than your parents?

Were you or do you:

5.       Raised to fit in not stand out

6.       Grow up liking shows like Dallas where rich people were bad

7.       Chronic health challenges that doctors can’t seem to help

8.       Jealous with people with money, subconsciously hate/dislike rich people

9.       On some level do you think it is noble to be poor

10.   End negative relationship and replace with other person like the person in the last relationship

11.   Use idioms such as poor as a church mouse, filthy rich, obscenely wealthy

12.   Do you say “You have to have money to make money” or “You have to know someone to be successful?”

13.   Relish being the underdog all the time

14.   Could it be you are experiencing challenges to get sympathy?

15.   Are you in a stable relationship, enough money but feel life passing you by?

If you said yes to 1 or 2 questions you have a prosperity mindset and are not repelling money.

Yes to 3 or more questions show some problem

Yes to 5 or more you are in stagnancy cycle so that you don’t break thru to real success

Yes to 7 you are headed to or experiencing serious challenges

From The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale

http://www.myprosperitysecrets.com

 


This blog is all about success in relationships, career, finances and whatever you consider important. Years ago when I started reading books about how to be successful (written by people who achieved great success), I was surprised to find that the keys to success in relationships is very similar to the keys to success in career, building wealth and everything else.

More than three dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer.

(For references click here.) But strong faith is hard to develop. The disciples spent three years watching the hundreds of miracles that Jesus performed. That gave them faith. We are not that fortunate, we have to read about miracles and do other things to strengthen our faith. How do we do that? Below is a list of 25 ways to strengthen faith. If you don’t believe the things Jesus said, keep reading. The success experts agree these are important factors to success.

For powerful prayers do this…

The following is a test I hear in the book The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale. He borrowed this from someone else. After reading many books about how to achieve success, I would say that he summed it up very well with this test, which I have simplified from the original. Read the questions and write yes or no to each one. The questions in parenthesis are for clarification and don’t need to be answered. I’ll tell you how to score it at the end of the test.

1. Do you know what you want in life, can you write it, have you written it down on paper or computer?

2. Are your dreams and goals the same as years prior? (Have you had the same goals and dreams for at least several years?)

3. Say out loud your goal, for example “I am earning $200,000 a year.” How do you feel–do you feel relaxed and happy?

4. Are you very, very motivated to succeed?

5. Would your friends and family say you are incredibly persistent?

6. Positive mental attitude. Do you believe God adores you and will always help you or that this a friendly universe that will always help you?

7. Are you a grateful person? (Do you feel grateful every day?)

8. What has prevented you from achieving your goals and dreams? Is it completely due you? (As opposed to other people or things?)

9. Do you consider yourself a “lucky” or fortunate person?

10. You are a creator, you have power to create. You are one with the great I AM of the universe. Do you believe these statements?

11. When unsure, are you most likely to ask God (or work things out for yourself) for direction and help?

12. Would you be comfortable if someone told you that you are very talented and would pay you half a million dollars a year to work for him?

13. Do you feel you are being realistic when you think about achieving your goals?

14. You can have, be or do anything you want. Do you believe this is true? Does it make you feel good?

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7558068-hundred-dollar-billsFaith

Many times in this blog I have written about the power of faith. Both atheists and Christians believe that it is critical for success.

Your beliefs may be limiting your life more than you realize. Our mind is like an iceberg, with the conscious part like the part of the iceberg above water and the subconscious being the submerged part. The subconscious is much larger than the conscious. Sounds hard to believe doesn’t it?

Freud wrote about the importance of the subconscious mind. At that time many were surprised to learn how influential the subconscious is. Now most people understand that it is true.

When we are not getting the results in life that we want, it is good to check our limiting beliefs. Maybe in our conscious minds we want to get out of debt and have an abundance of money but we always seem to be broke all the time because in our subconscious we feel money is wrong.

Poverty

People who are often in financial trouble probably have a bad attitude about money. Whether they know it or not, they are repelling money from themselves. The negative attitudes and feelings limit their faith that is needed to attract money.

Many people believe that money is somehow evil. If you believe that it is more noble to be poor than rich, or that it is a sin to be rich, you will probably find yourself repelling money.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The words “love of money” are the Greek word “philarguria.” It means:

  1. Avarice, insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

  2. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess;

  3. Sordidness: morally ignoble or base, vile, meanly selfish, self-seeking dirty filthy

  4. extremely stingy; miserly; extremely poor; destitute; indigent; poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

So this word can actually mean “extremely poor.” Why do most Bible translators translate it as “love for money?” Probably because we don’t have a word in English that has the same meaning, and the context of the verse before it seems to indicate that it means something like an unhealthy love of money. But everyone likes money, unless they don’t have enough of it. Then they have a bad attitude about it and probably feel uncomfortable when they get bills in the mail or have to spend a lot of money that they don’t have.

Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move a stronghold (mountain). Matthew 17:20. Poverty is a stronghold and can cause many problems. When a person is poor they often feel they are not able to help others financially. However, Jesus said that if you give, you will receive in the same measure that you give. Luke 6:38. That means that if you gladly give, you will receive.

God’s idea of prosperity

Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 6:24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 29:9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Deuteronomy 30:1 [ Prosperity After Turning to the LORD ] When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Hopefully the information above will help your subconscious mind realize that money is not dirty or sinful. You can also make up your own affirmations and say them out loud or silently to get this idea deep into your subconscious.

More verses about prosperity, click here.

So, let me know what you think about all this. Also, if the link above doesn’t work, please comment. Thanks and have a great week.


waltonChristians and atheists both believe in the power of faith.

Back when there was an East and West Germany, East Germany had the highest number of Olympic gold medals per capita. They had secrets they used to train the athletes. Basically, they built the athletes faith. Every knows that if you really believe you will win the prize, you are more motivated to work hard for it. A person who believes they have no chance of winning a gold medal, or even a bronze, will not work hard to train for the Olympics. I don’t feel I have any chance of winning a gold, so I don’t even try. But give someone faith that they can win the gold, and they will work very hard.

If a person really believes (has faith) he can succeed, he is more willing to work hard to achieve the goal, no matter what it is. He has to really love the idea of winning also. So you can say faith and love are two of the keys necessary.

What does this have to do with happiness?

Everyone has goals and dreams in life. Many decide they will set very low goals because they don’t have the faith to try for bigger goals. Most people who don’t enjoy life don’t realize that they lack happiness because they have allowed negative thinking in their minds for years. Fear, anger, guilt, depression are all negative thinking. All unhappy thoughts fall into those four categories. For example, worry is a kind of fear. Frustration is a mild form of anger. All of these negative emotions cause toxic chemicals to be pumped into the bloodstream.

Programed to see the negative

It has been said that the mind can made a hell out of a heaven and a heaven out of hell. That means a person can be in very good circumstances, but they feel they are in bad circumstances. A man had a great job, but wasn’t grateful for it and hated it, later he lost his job. A woman had a good husband, but was not grateful for him and later lost him because she separated from him to teach him a lesson and he never came back to her.

Renew your mind

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind…”

(Romans 12:2, AMP)

People can reprogram their minds to focus on the positive, happy things in life. If they are with a complainer they can leave or gently tell the complainer that talk like that isn’t helpful for happiness. They can quit being overwhelmed by negative stories in the news. It is good to be informed  but not inundated with negative stories.

One of the most powerful things to do is to think about things you are grateful for first thing in the morning. It sets the mood for the entire day. if you feel yourself losing joy, just count your blessings again. Thank God for all the good things you have, they outweigh the bad a hundredfold.


hygdfsI read about a man who was very distraught and anxious about a business deal that he had to make the next day. He was afraid that his business that he had worked so hard and so long for was going to fail if he didn’t successfully make the deal.

Peale gave him an affirmation to repeat from the Bible. As he repeated it, his fear melted away. Not only that, he went to the meeting the next day in confidence. He was able to win the deal that he needed. But more importantly, he learned to have confidence instead of fear.

I say affirmations every day. If you want to strengthen your prayer-faith, or just have a happier life, I highly recommend daily affirmations. They really work wonders.

I have found that counting my blessings in the morning is a great way to start the day in a happier mood. It makes me stronger mentally and emotionally and I am able to concentrate better at work. I work much faster when I am in a good mental state.

Here is the quote from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking (Originally called The Power of Faith):

After speaking to a convention of businessmen in a city auditorium, I was on the stage greeting people when a man approached me and with a peculiar intensity of manner asked, “May I talk with you about a matter of desperate importance to me?”

I asked him to remain until the others had gone, then we went backstage and sat down.

“I’m in this town to handle the most important business deal of my life,” he explained. “If I succeed, it means everything to me. If I fail, I’m done for.”

I suggested that he relax a little, that nothing was quite that final. If he succeeded, that was fine. If he didn’t, well, tomorrow was another day.

“I have a terrible disbelief in myself,” he said dejectedly. “I have no confidence. I just don’t believe I can put it over. I am very discouraged and depressed. In fact,” he lamented, “I’m just about sunk. Here I am, forty years old. Why is it that all my life I have been tormented by inferiority feelings, by lack of confidence, by self-doubt? I listened to your speech tonight in which you talked about the power of positive thinking, and I want to ask how I can get some faith in myself.”

“There are two steps to take,” I replied. “First, it is important to discover why you have these feelings of no power. That requires analysis and will take time. We must approach the maladies of our emotional life as a physician probes to find something wrong physically. This cannot be done immediately, certainly not in our brief interview tonight, and it may require treatment to reach a permanent solution. But to pull you through this immediate problem I shall give you a formula which will work if you use it.

“As you walk down the street tonight I suggest that you repeat certain words which I shall give you. Say them over several times after you get into bed. When you awaken tomorrow, repeat them three times before arising. On the way to your important appointment say them three additional times. Do this with an attitude f faith and you will receive sufficient strength and ability to deal with this problem. Later, if you wish, we can go into an analysis of your basic problem, but whatever we come up with following that study, the formula which I am now going to give you can be a large factor in the eventual cure.”

Following is the affirmation which I gave him—“ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4: 13) He was unfamiliar with these words so I wrote them on a card and had him read them over three times aloud.

“Now, follow that prescription, and I am sure things will come out all right.” He pulled himself up, stood quietly for a moment, then said with considerable feeling, “O.K., Doctor. O.K.”

I watched him square his shoulders and walk out into the night. He seemed a pathetic figure, and yet the way he carried himself as he disappeared showed that faith was already at work in his mind. Subsequently he reported that this simple formula “did wonders” for him and added, “It seems incredible that a few words from the Bible could do so much for a person.”

This man later had a study made of the reasons for his inferiority attitudes. They were cleared away by scientific counseling and by the application of religious faith . He was taught how to have faith; was given certain specific instructions to follow (these are given later in this chapter). Gradually he attained a strong, steady, reasonable confidence. He never ceases to express amazement at the way in which things now flow toward rather than away from him. His personality has taken on a positive, not negative, character so that he no longer repels success, but, on the contrary, draws it to him. He now has an authentic confidence in his own powers.

There are various causes of inferiority feelings, and not a few stem from childhood.

Peale, Dr. Norman Vincent (2003-04-03). The Power of Positive Thinking (pp. 1-3). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

Dog jokes

Brad Stanton —  July 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

from old computer 825smallA man was passing through a small town and decided to stop for a soft drink. He parked and got out of his car. In front of the store was a girl, about 8 or 10 years old and a dog. The man was impressed by the dog and asked

“Sweetie, does your dog bite?”

“No, my dog doesn’t bite, mister.” the girl said.

The man reached down to pet the dog and suddenly the dog lunged and bit his hand.

“I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite!” the man cried out.

“That’s not my dog” the girl answered.

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It was summertime and a man walked past several boys with a dog. “What are you boys doing?” he asked.

“We are competing to see who wins this dog as a prize. Whoever tells the biggest lie gets to keep the dog.” One of the boys said.

The man was shocked at the morals of these young boys, competing to see who could tell the biggest lie. He decided he would do his good deed for the day and encourage them to find a more honest way to compete for the dog.

“Boys, it’s not a good idea to tell lies. Why, when I was a boy I became a Christian at an early age and I didn’t tell lies after that. In fact, I was so blessed by the Lord that I became a preacher.” He talked and talked, going on and on about how bad it is to lie and how he didn’t do that kind of thing. Eventually he paused to see if he had any effect on the boys. They were staring at him with strange expressions on their faces.

“OK, give him the dog. None of us can tell that big of a lie!” one of the boys said.

cute dog on table

Don’t give up now!

Brad Stanton —  July 27, 2014 — 3 Comments

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Success

A man who studied 500 of the most successful people in the world wrote a number of books about his findings. One idea that he stresses in his writing is:

“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.” 1

They struck gold

A man named Darby lived during the gold-rush days of the west in the USA and moved to an area where many were finding gold. He searched for weeks and finally found  gold. He covered up the mine and went back east to raise money from friends and relatives so that he could buy the equipment he needed to mine the gold. Because he was so enthusiastic, many agreed to invest money in his gold mine.

He mined a sizable amount of gold with his uncle, but not enough to pay off the debt. In doing so he found that this was one of the richest mines in Colorado! He kept working, bringing up more gold and bringing it to the smelter.

Darby and his uncle drew up more gold and were very happy. But then the unimaginable happened. The vein of gold was mined and they found no more veins. They searched day after day but could not find any more gold.

They quit too soon

They grew weary and decided to quit.

They took the machinery that mined the gold and sold it to a junk man for very little money. They did not realize the junk man was very clever. He called in a mining engineer to investigate the mine and apply his knowledge of mines to search for more gold. According to the engineer, the original project failed because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” The amazing thing he found was that the owners had quit digging just three feet from a mother lode, a huge vein of gold. It pays to learn about how to accomplish your goals in life. There is a lot of information out there that can help you in just about any endeavor.

The junk man made millions of dollars from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert advice.

So it seems that it might be a sad ending for Darby. But the truth is that he learned a very important lesson. He realized he had stopped just short of millions of dollars’ worth of gold. He realized that he quit too easily and that even though the chances looked bleak, he should have kept going and sought expert advice.

Successful in the end

So Darby began to sell insurance. Many try and fail at this endeavor. But Darby had learned his lesson, he learned to keep going no matter how bleak things look and to seek advice. He learned not to give up when a potential buyer said no. Because of the lesson he learned he was able to sell more than a million dollars of insurance every year, and that was in the days when a million dollars was worth much more than it is today.

“More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.” 2

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1 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 22

2 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 23


0000000000000000000000000247If you believe you can do it, you work hard

There is a way to connect all nine dots with four straight lines. Can you figure out how to do it? If you have never seen it done it can very difficult to figure out.

Take six match sticks or toothpicks and make four equal sided triangles with them. All the triangles have to have three sides of equal length, the length of the match stick.

Both of these puzzles may look impossible. If you think it is impossible, you probably won’t work very hard to find a solution. But if you love a challenge, you will keep trying and probably figure it out. If you would like to see the solution, email me at brad at bradstanton.com (I’m writing it this way to avoid spam)

They said it couldn’t be done

There used to be an expression that people often used if they felt something was impossible. They would say “You can’t do that any more than you can fly to the moon.” Well, in 1969 that expression quit being used, because that was the year they sent astronauts to the moon.

The Golden Gate Bridge is another example of something that many experts said was impossible, but they did it.

At one time many believed that it was impossible for any person to run a mile in less than four minutes. Most people believed it was true, so they didn’t bother trying. But Roger Bannister believed he could break the four minute mile. He believed it so strongly that he ran and ran to prove he could do it. Then, to the amazement of many people, he ran the mile in less than four minutes.

It was belief, it was faith that caused Roger to work hard to accomplish that goal. He never would have worked hard to break the four minute mile if he didn’t believe he could do it.

I have read of many, many super successful people (by whatever definition of success) who said that faith got them where they are in life. Some are Christians and some are not.

Faith in powerful

Do you sometimes feel that it is impossible to get an answer to a prayer? Don’t give up. Maybe you have a limiting belief lurking in your subconscious. One way to find and get rid of limiting beliefs is to think about why God is not answering your prayer. If you find yourself saying to God, “But I really will be able to handle abundance if you give it to me.” You limiting belief is that maybe you can’t handle abundance. You might fear that too much money will cause you problems.

When you get rid of your limiting beliefs and have strong faith, miracles will happen. Several dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith. It takes a long time to achieve strong faith. Keep building your faith, don’t give up.

Repeating memory verses out loud help a lot. Try memorizing Matthew 7:8, 9:22, 9:29, 17:20 or 21:22. Say them out loud often and your faith will grow. Along with that you will see more answers to prayer and more success in relationships and your career.

Gratitude strengthens faith. The more you thank God for what you have, the stronger your faith becomes and the more joy you find in life. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Neh 8:10

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Some people are deeply in debt and feel there is no way to get out. They say that the economic times are just too tough now. Or they say that since they have a job, there is a ceiling to the amount of money they can make. But many experts say that is not true. The quote below is from Joe Vitale. I don’t agree with all of Joe’s ideas, but I heartily agree with some of them.

 

When I talk about past recessions and the opportunities they presented, someone will usually say, “But things are different now.” My response is that they are and they aren’t. Yes, we live in a different environment than past generations. Technology has made our lives easier and more complicated at the same time – and it has also brought us more opportunity.

These days you can start a business from your computer, you don’t physically have to go find a market or open a brick and mortar store as people in the past did. One of my favorite stories is of Ashley Qualls – a self-made millionaire before she was out of her teens.

Ashley, who was only 16 at the time, started a website called whateverlife.com from her home in Michigan. She wanted to help her friends get cool layouts for their MySpace pages and provide her friends with easy to understand HTML tutorials. When she started her website, she gave all the designs for free. She earned her money from the advertising revenue. It was a very simple concept. Ashley saw the need and wanted kids her age to be able to get really nice page designs for free. The website now receives several times more traffic than most circulations of popular teen magazines including Seventeen, Teen, Vogue! – combined.

Back in 2006, someone tried to buy whateverlife.com from her for $1,500,000 and she turned down the offer. In September 2006, Ashley attracted enough money to buy a home for $250,000 cash. She works out of her basement employing family and friends and is attracting more money everyday.

Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 251-263). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I have heard of many accounts of people who learned the right mindset and begin to make enough money to not only get out of debt, but also become able to give away a lot of money. Faith is powerful. Many times Jesus said that if you have a little bit of faith you can do anything, even move a mountain (stronghold). Matthew 17:20. A stronghold can be either good or bad. In the Old Testament, a city on a mountain was a stronghold. If the enemy held the city, it was bad. If friendly people held the city on a hill, it was a good stronghold.

It is the same with you. You have good and bad mountains in your life. A bad stronghold might be an addiction. Most of us are addicted to overeating. Realize that any stronghold can be overcome.

 2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Many books have been written about how to make money. Most of them deal with your mindset. Most financial counselors agree that mindset is important for creating wealth. If a person is sure they can’t make money, they tend to “bury” their money, just like in Matthew chapter 25. Two servants doubled their money, but one servant buried his in the ground because he was afraid. He had the wrong mindset. He didn’t have faith.

People who have a bad attitude about God often end up with a bad mindset for making money. Others think that money is sinful. But Jesus said that the master (who was a symbol of God) was pleased with the people who doubled their money and displeased with the wicked lazy servant who buried his money because he had a bad attitude about God.

In the past I blogged about Og Mandino, the gifted trainer of salespeople. Read it here. He turned poor potato farmers into wealthy salesmen. They sold life insurance, one of the hardest things to sell. They did it because they completely changed the way they thought about themselves and others.

I know that some reading this may be going through difficult financial times. Have hope! You don’t have to stay where you are. Jesus said that he came to give us life and to give us abundance. John 10:10

I have seen many miracles happen and heard about even more. Keep the faith and a miracle will happen to you.  Verses about the power of faith.

Here is another quote from Joe Vitale:

I knew two hospital surgical techs that were facing a foreclosure on their home. The husband, Kenny, said he’d been in a state of depression for weeks and unable to see any options. I asked, “Options for what?”

He replied, “Options to keep our home.”

“Why are you so convinced those are the only options?”

He stared at me for a while like I’d grown a horn on my forehead. But a home is just a thing – nothing more, nothing less. His emotional attachment to that home was altering his perspective. There are many options and opportunities that we encounter every day, but we are so sure that only one type of option or opportunity will work that we don’t even consider any other possibilities. This doesn’t mean it’s easy. Kenny and his wife wanted a solution that included rescuing their home from foreclosure. I asked, “What would happen if you lost the home. Then what?”

He thought for a moment. “We’d have to start over.”

“And what would that look like?”

Again he thought. “Well we could relocate to an area with higher pay as our hours have recently been cut at the hospital.”

His wife chimed in, “We could even become traveling techs who earn even more money since we wouldn’t have a house to hold us here.”

As they talked, ideas flowed. Within an hour, they were convinced that losing this home was perhaps the best thing that could happen to them as it had prevented them from pursuing other opportunities that would have attracted much more money.

They had been so caught up in the drama and chaos of the foreclosure that they hadn’t looked at it objectively, in a detached manner. Once they removed all the negative emotions they attached to the event, they were able to think of many good things that would come from it. 

Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 295-309). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

By the way, I bought this book for 99 cents on Kindle from Amazon.com.


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During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty his roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a
relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious….

Read the rest of the joke…


Dickens as a boyThis post about Charles Dickens turned out to be one of the most popular on my blog, with 143 likes. Click the link below to read how he changed the world for the better by getting the word out about the plight of orphans. I am working to start a charity to help street kids. http://bradstanton.com/street-kids/  I’m looking for people willing to help. If you are on Facebook and other social media, you can help get the word out about the plight of street kids today. If you want to help, leave a comment below. Thanks.

 

Charles Dickens changed the world.

 

Follow your hunch

Brad Stanton —  July 10, 2014 — 4 Comments

Have you ever had a hunch that you should make a decision and later found out that the hunch was right? Sometimes our subconscious mind puts together information without telling the conscious mind all the details and just gives us a feeling that we should do something. If you are led by the Spirit, it can often be the Spirit telling you something important.

In World War II the Battle of Midway was a very decisive battle fought between the Japanese and Americans. Each side had several aircraft carriers. The Japanese found the US fleet and attacked first, doing a lot of damage. Later, the US launched their airplanes to go search for the Japanese carriers. It was a daunting tasking, pretty much impossible. There were millions of square miles of ocean to search and the planes had to stay together. They flew north, but on a “hunch” of the squadron commander they turned left and finally found the Japanese carriers with their planes on the decks-the worst possible scenario for Japan.

After fierce fighting, all four Japanese carriers were sunk and all 248 planes destroyed, all because someone had a “hunch” that turned out to be true.

These hunches happen often. In modern warfare today, they still happen. Naval Admiral William H. McRaven said this about the war in the Middle East:

A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten soldiers in his squad are saved from close-in ambush.

In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a non-commissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500 pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn—were also saved. And their children’s children—were saved.

Generations were saved by one decision—by one person.

In Seoul, South Korea, a young lady was walking down the street when she felt God was telling her to go to a certain house and pray for them. She had no idea who lived in the house and was a bit nervous about knocking on the door because she was alone and vulnerable. She obeyed and found a middle aged lady at home who thanked her for coming and asked her to pray for dying son. She did and he was healed. He was so thankful to her and to God that he went on to start the largest church in the world. It was Dr. Younggi Cho.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the most successful people he could find. One thing he found was that they often knew how to go on a hunch to make the correct decision. I have read about and talked with many people who by years of practice have learned to hear God’s voice, that still, small whisper in the spirit that guides and directs and keeps us out of trouble.


Snapshot_20120128_5I give three wishes to everyone reading this, I’ll tell you how I’ll do it later in this post.

The three wishes that I give you are what everyone wants:

Love

Joy

Peace

Have you ever met anyone who says they don’t want more love in their life? Everyone wants to be with those they love and go to places they love. Everyone wants to eat food they love and do the things they love to do.

Joy is another one. You have probably never heard anyone say “I’m just too happy. I don’t want any more joy in my life.”

It’s pretty much the same for peace. We all live in a hectic world. Things move so much faster now than they did one hundred years ago. Almost everyone has someone putting stress on them, whether it is a boss at work, a teacher at school, a spouse or parents or even your children.

So how would I give more love, joy and peace to all who read this? Actually it is not magic, but it works like magic. I would recommend that every reader spend some time every day being thankful for what they already have. In fact, the time you spend being thankful not only makes you happier, it also makes you stronger so that you are better able to get the things in life that you don’t presently have.

I write a blog about “success” in life. You probably wonder what I mean by success. Well, success is whatever you think it is. Everybody wants good relationships. So I write about things that build better relationships. Almost everyone wants to be financially secure, and I write about that. People want to be healthy, so I write about things that promote well-being.

I wrote a short ebook about getting your wishes in life. It is called “Make Money Doing Your Hobby.” Get it free here.

It just so happens that I posted a joke about a genie about a week ago. Read it here.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/generous-genies/


000000000000000make MoneyClick for Free ebook If you are starting a business and you train two people to make money online this month, then they train two next month who each train two, and on and on, you have involved over a million people in 20 months.

I wrote a short free ebook about making money doing your hobby. In the past, I made $2300 per month doing my hobby, which was spreading God’s love in Asia. I did it for ten years, making no money at all the first couple of years because I didn’t know the secret of raising money. This ebook will tell you what you need to know to make money doing your hobby.

It really is possible to make money doing any hobby. Maybe your hobby is basketball, well, you can make money doing that. One man wanted to clean up the Mississippi River, he made money for that. George Muller wanted to help orphans. He raised over $70 million (if you convert to US dollars and adjust for inflation) to build orphanages and provide food for homeless children. He did it without asking anyone for money.

I know plenty of people who make money doing their hobby. That is their full time job and many make over $5000/month. Most are helping people in some way, or doing other charity work.

Did you know that there are millions of dollars in grant money ready to be given to people like you? It’s true. One man started out homeless, living in his car and eating mostly peanut butter and crackers. He got a grant, then another. Later he got the second largest grant given in the US. Read more about him here.

If you want the FREE ebook, click the link for it below. You can download the free ebook immediately after submitting your name and email. Not only that, but I will email you a couple of other free items that will give you strategies for making money doing your hobby in the next week or two.

click for Free ebook after entering your name and email, click “submit.” It will take you to a verification page, click “continue” to go to the next page, then click “Return to Website.” If you entered your valid email address it will send you to the ebook so that you can download it.

The genie joke

Brad Stanton —  June 26, 2014 — 11 Comments

424461_412914045450456_627438586_nA man and his wife were walking along the beach for their 30th wedding anniversary. They were both 50 years old. There on the beach was a lamp, so they picked it up and rubbed it. Out came a genie and gave them each one wish.

The wife asked for air tickets to a dozen different beautiful cities around the world. Poof! After the smoke cleared she stood there with a dozen air tickets in her hands. She was so delighted she jumped for joy.

Now it was the man’s turn to ask for a wish. He hung his head and sheepishly said to the genie “I want a wife 30 years younger than me.” Poof, when the smoke cleared he was 80 years old.

Well, the moral of this little joke is that it is important to be careful what we ask God for. It might be that what we are asking God for is not a big enough request, or a request that would somehow hurt us. Sometimes we get upset because it takes a long time for God to answer our prayer. But maybe there is a reason that God is taking his time. Maybe if we shortcut the amount of time it takes to get our prayer answered, it will short circuit our life in some way that we can’t see.

Are you praying for things that you haven’t gotten yet? Keep the faith, keep thanking God that the answer is coming. Be grateful for all the things God has already given you. Your gratitude strengthens your faith, and faith is important for answered prayer.

“Don’t stop believing, hold on to that feeling…” That is a line from a song by Journey. When you keep believing and you hold on to that feeling that you have already received what you pray for in God’s will, it will make it more likely to happen.

God loves you more than you love yourself, and he wants good things for you even more than you do. Don’t be afraid to pray for things you want, God is your father in heaven (if you are a Christian) and he wants to give you good things, just like an earthly father enjoys giving good things to his children. If you have a dream or desire in your heart, maybe it came from God.

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10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nI remember when I was a child I would help my grandmother with her garden. She grew roses and fruit trees. I still remember the delicious peaches that we picked ripe from the tree in her backyard.

She was an organic gardener. She didn’t use artificial fertilizers. Instead we would sometimes go out to the “sludge” place and scrape up a few buckets of sludge to bring back to put on her garden. The sludge was actually manure. It looked bad and smelled lousy. But it made the plants grow lush and green. The roses were beautiful and the fruit was delicious.

Maybe you have difficulties in life that are a bit like that sludge. It is no fun to be kept in the dark and have people stack poop on you. Maybe someone left you, or a boss was unfair to you. Maybe a spouse cheated on you. But just remember, you can use those difficulties to get better, not bitter. The things in your life that seem like poop can actually make you much stronger.

God will bring good out of all the difficulties you have gone through. Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called by him. Don’t worry, if you love God, you are called by him to do great things. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s masterpiece, his workmanship, created to do great things that he planned in advance for you to do.

It is really true, every difficulty you have been through makes you stronger and better. It makes you able to climb up to the next level in life.

So keep a good attitude, because it is true, your attitude determines your altitude in life, it determines how high you go.

Motivating and encouraging ideas on my facebook.

 


amazing-planDon’t give up.

Maybe you have been working on a relationship for several years and it looks like it just won’t get any better. Perhaps a child is going the wrong direction in life or ignoring you. Maybe your spouse doesn’t understand you and causes you grief. Or maybe you are working on a promotion at work and it just seems to be impossible to get it.

Don’t give up, but learn to enjoy life while striving for your goal.

I remember a Vietnamese lady telling me that her husband had ideas for a number of different businesses to start here in the USA. He would start one business and if it didn’t do well after a couple of years he would move on to something else. She said he didn’t have the patience to stick with something until it was successful. The average new business takes five years before it becomes profitable.

If you have friends who seem to have a knack for solving relationship problems or career challenges, maybe you feel unlucky, like you are just not blessed in life. But when you compare yourself with what someone claims they have (maybe their claims are overstated) you often get discouraged.

To those of you reading this who have goals and dreams in life that just don’t seem to be possible, just remember, Jesus said that with faith all things are possible. Not only Jesus, but many other successful people said the same thing.

Don’t give up, you will make it.

Abraham Lincoln failed many, many times before becoming president of the United States. Many consider him our best president. Winston Churchill also failed many times and struggled with depression almost constantly before becoming the outstanding leader who guided Great Briton through one of their most dangerous times in history.

When discouraged, there are many things that can get you feeling better. Read or listen to encouraging, motivational books and sermons. Take a walk. It is amazing how much better a person feels after exercise because it releases the “feel-good” chemicals into the bloodstream.

Count your blessings.

Gratitude not only helps you make it through the day with a happier mindset, it also makes you stronger and it certainly makes your prayers more effective. Gratitude is one of the 10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nkey faith lifters, and Jesus said many times that faith is a key to answered prayer.

So if it seems that God is not listening to you, don’t give up. Remember, he loves you more than you love yourself and he is always looking out for you.

Remember, the people Moses led to the Promised Land had to fight sword to sword with giants (or more correctly, they thought they would have to) and you probably never will fight a giant. However, you may have to fight against your impatience. It may take longer than you expect to see success.