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Students at Mililani Middle School

Middle school students

Patrick Taylor in Louisiana became rich from the oil business. He decided he wanted to give back to the community, and to teach some of the things he had learned about building wealth.

He found an inner city middle school which fed a high school where the dropout rate was 86%. That meant that almost all the students did not graduate from that high school. Patrick told the students that if they would keep a B average and 98% attendance record he would pay for their college education. But he knew the students would forget about this, or maybe would not believe they could do it.

The Plan

He and the teachers knew they had to do more than just talk about it. So they took the students to a college campus and each middle school student shadowed a college student for the day. They went to class, student union, library and other places with a college student.

Patrick asked the teacher to do something else. Every morning they would ask the student to close their eyes and visualize being on the college campus as if they were students there. The class of students that were in involved with the daily visualization finished their last year of high school with a 16% drop out rate. It went from 86% dropout to 16%, an amazing turnaround.

Visualization is used in sports

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, East Germany had more gold medal winners in the Olympics per capita than any other country. One of their secrets was visualization. In fact, they had perfected the art of visualization so well, it was kept classified as state secrets.

American Olympic athletes practice visualization. Every day they see themselves performing flawlessly at their sport. Then they see themselves standing on the winners stand receiving a gold medal for their achievement. It has been found that this creates the faith they need to work hard and maintain the persistence to become champion athletes.

Your dreams are important

What are your dreams and goals in life? If you want to own a Rolls Royce, go to the dealership and hang out. Visualize yourself in one every day. Hang pictures of Rolls cars where you will see them often.

If your goal is great relationships, visualize it every day. Use pictures and vision boards to put the goal deeply in your mind. I found that faith, optimism is extremely important in relationships. Pessimism tends to tear relationships down. When I feel pessimistic about how a loved one feels about me and I dwell on negative feelings, pretty soon I begin to act out the negativity.

Visualize yourself winning

Brian Tracy, success coach and self-made millionaire said this:

“Visualize yourself as highly efficient. Your subconscious mind is most immediately influenced by mental pictures. In self-image psychology, the person you see is the person you will be. Begin to see yourself as one of the most highly effective people you know. Recall and recreate memories and pictures of yourself when you were performing at your best. Think of a time when you were working efficiently and effectively and getting through an enormous amount of work. Play this picture of yourself over and over again on the screen of your mind.

In athletic training, this is called ‘‘mental rehearsal.’’ This requires practicing and rehearsing actions in your mind before you actually engage in the physical activity. The more relaxed you are when you visualize yourself performing at your best, the more rapidly this command is accepted by your subconscious mind and becomes a part of your thinking and behavior later on.”

There are hundreds of true stories about visualization. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who helped many people achieve success wrote an entire book about the importance of visualizing. Visualize yourself to success. Believe it, work hard and do it!

Affirmation: “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”

Funny baby pics

Brad Stanton —  December 22, 2012 — 16 Comments

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Faith is powerful

Brad Stanton —  December 21, 2012 — 7 Comments

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About 4 dozen times, Jesus says faith is the key to answered prayer. Here are just a few of those:
Matthew 9:22 Jesus said “Your faith has healed you.”
Matt 9:29 according to your faith it will be done to you.
Matt 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer
Mark 9:23 everything is possible for him who believes
Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it and it will be yours
Luke 8:50 Don’t be afraid; just believe and she will be healed
Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up
Luke 18:42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you
John 16:23 I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Matthew 7:8 for everyone who asks receives.

What do you think about this? Leave a comment please…….

Alice_in_Wonderland_by_MeganeRidThis is the last page of the story by Lewis Carroll, I’ve changed it slightly:

‘Wake up, Alice dear!’ said her sister; ‘Why, what a long sleep you’ve had!’

‘Oh, I’ve had such a fantastic dream!’ said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember, with excitement in her voice as if it had all been real, all these strange adventures of hers that you have just been reading about. When she had finished talking, her sister kissed her gently on her lightly sunburned cheek, and said, ‘It was a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to drink your tea and eat your little cakes; it’s getting late.’ So Alice got up and skipped happily away, thinking while she went, what a wonderful dream it had been and how delightful it made her feel.

But her sister sat still thinking about the incredible story. She remained just as Alice left her, leaning her head on her hand, watching the setting sun, and thinking of little Alice and all her wonderful adventures, till she too began dreaming about what she had just heard, and this was her dream:—

First, she dreamed of little Alice herself, and once again Alice’s tiny hands were clasped upon her knee, and the bright eager eyes were looking up into hers—she could hear the delighted tones of her voice, and see that cute little toss of her head to keep back the wandering blonde hair that would always get into her eyes—and still as she listened, the whole place around her became alive with the strange, fantastic creatures of her little sister’s dream.

A peaceful feeling enveloped her as she sat amazed at what she had just heard. As she sat dreaming about it, the long grass rustled at her feet as the White Rabbit hurried by—the frightened Mouse splashed his way through the neighboring pool—she could hear the rattle of the teacups as the March Hare and his friends shared their never-ending meal at the fun party, and the shrill voice of the Queen ordering off her unfortunate guests to execution—the thick smoke from the hookah smoking caterpillar—once more the shriek of the Gryphon, the squeaking of the Lizard’s slate-pencil as he wrote, and the choking of the suppressed guinea-pigs, filled the air, mixed up with the distant sobs of the miserable Mock Turtle.

So she continued to sit and daydream, with closed eyes, and half believed herself to be in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open her dreamy eyes again, and all would change to dull reality—the grass would be only rustling in the wind, and the pool rippling to the waving of the reeds—the rattling teacups would change to tinkling sheep-bells, and the Queen’s shrill cries to the voice of the shepherd boy—and the sneeze of the baby, the shriek of the Gryphon, and all the other queer noises, would change (she knew) to the confused clamor of the busy farm-yard—while the lowing of the cattle in the distance would take the place of the Mock Turtle’s heavy sobs.

Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, after one year melted into the next, be a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her older years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel  all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own life during childhood, and the long, happy summer days.

As the warm summer breeze came across the pond she sat mystified, marveling that imagination could turn a dull and ordinary life into an amazing adventure in wonderland, and how happy it made her. She was sure her life would forever be changed by this incredible story that her beautiful, precious sister had told her. Suddenly she felt like she was the luckiest girl in the world.

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 Andrew Carnegie 

This is a synopsis from the famous success coach Brian Tracy. He went from rags to riches and started many types of businesses, making millions of dollars in the process. He has written many books about achieving goals and becoming wealthy. These ideas are great for not only creating wealth, but also for improving relationships.


Step 1. Start with a dream, a burning desire to achieve your dreams and goals. The more you want it, the harder you will work for it and the easier it will be to achieve it.


Step 2. Set goals. Don’t be afraid to set high goals. Andrew Carnegie was the king of the steel industry in his day. He became incredibly wealthy and helped the USA become more competitive in the world market through his industrial efforts. Carnegie started his career in poverty. He said this:

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hope.”


Step 3. Believe you can achieve your goals. People who don’t really believe they can achieve their goals usually give up quickly. If you have a strong belief that you will succeed, and believe in your abilities, you are much more likely to achieve success.


Step 4. Search for positions at work that you can do well at and start preparing yourself before you get the promotion. Or, for relationships, search for ways to make the relationship better.


Step 5. Read about and learn from mentors everything you can about the kind of position you are working for. The more you know about it, the more likely you are to get the job.


Step 6.” Implement your plans with courage and persistence. Have complete faith in your ability to succeed and never, never give up. Before you accomplish anything worthwhile, you will have to pass the persistence test. And the test will come far sooner than you imagine.” ~ Brian Tracy


Affirmation: I can do it! Say it over and over out loud and soon you will find a way to do whatever you set your mind to.


charles-dickensIf I voted for the best writer of English literature, I would vote for Charles Dickens. His writings about orphans enlightened and changed the way people perceived homeless children and brought about great positive change for them. The photo is Dickens as a boy.

Dickens had to quit school and go to work in a factory after his father went to debtors’ prison. He had very little formal education, but he became one of the greatest writers of English literature. He enjoyed more popularity and fame than any writer of his time.

One reason his writing is so good is that he published novels on installments. That means he published a little each week and eventually the writings made up a complete novel (similar to blogging today). He got feedback regularly and changed his writing accordingly.

Many believe his extreme poverty as a child drove him to succeed even though the odds were against him. He had not been trained in writing skills, but apparently learned them as he went. He mailed many transcripts in the dark of night to publishers because of his embarrassment of being constantly rejected. Fortunately for the world, his bulldog determination and faith motivated him to keep trying over and over again even though he failed constantly.

Dickens’ work was read aloud for small sums of money so that illiterate people could enjoy it. The cruel conditions he endured working ten hours a day for little money in a factory as a child no doubt gave him a special appreciation for poor people. Many of his characters and essays were influenced by those difficult years in his life.

Dickens is another example of rags to riches. People who have faith in their abilities and are willing to work very hard seem to end up prospering. But it all starts with belief that the goals and dreams really can be achieved.

English: Phyllis Diller portrait

Phyllis Diller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most people don’t realize they have seeds of greatness on the inside of them that are just waiting to be cultivated so that they can grow.

Not everyone is successful early in life. Not everyone makes good grades in school, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do great things in life. There have been some people who contributed great things to the world who did not do well in school. They might have let it get them down and decided they would live a normal, mediocre life. But they didn’t. Some of these people are Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, numerous rock stars, actors, sports stars and many, many others.

Some people have very little formal training in their field, but they still stand out due to the fact that they allow their seeds of greatness to grow. Joel Osteen has one year of Bible College in which he studied TV broadcasting, not preaching or pastoring, but he preaches at the largest church in the USA, which he took from his father and grew it to what it is today.

Phyllis Diller was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. ~ Wikipedia

Diller competed with many beautiful women for the top spot in humor and many say she took it. She took what she seemed to think was her liability and turned it into an asset—her appearance.

The movie Rocky, was written by Sylvester Stallone. Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech. ~ Wikipedia

Many would feel that if he had a mouth that was crooked, acting was not for him, but Stallone didn’t let it deter him. See photo below. Actually, many think his mouth adds character.

In the movie Rocky said to Adrianne, his girlfriend “My mom always told me that since I didn’t have much of a mind, I had better develop my body.”

Adrianne replied “My mom always told me that since I didn’t have much of a body, I had better develop my mind.”

Many people who seemed to fail at many different things in life often ended up training their mind to do something amazing. I have written blog posts about many of them.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. (And the waist is a terrible thing to mind.) Don’t forget to say your affirmations, whatever they may be. Example: I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.

Shepherd humour

Brad Stanton —  December 10, 2012 — 13 Comments

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A shepherd was bringing his large flock of sheep down a dusty road when a man in a Ferrari drove up and stopped. He got out of his car wearing an expensive Armani suit and had a laptop computer in his hand.

He said, “What a wonderful flock of sheep you have here, I’ll make a deal with you. If I can tell you how many sheep you have in your flock in less than a minute, you give me one sheep. How about it?”

The shepherd agreed.

The man scanned the flock with his computer cam and began typing on the laptop. In less than 45 seconds he shouted “You have 1253 sheep!”

“Yes, exactly!” said the shepherd. “You can have a sheep.”

The shepherd watched the rich man carry an animal to his car.

“Wait a minute” said the shepherd, “I’ll make a deal with you. If I can tell you what kind of work you do for a living, you give me back my animal, OK?”

“It’s a deal” said the rich man.

“You are an IT consultant” said the shepherd.

“Wow, that’s right, how did you know?” asked the IT man.

“Three reasons” said the shepherd. “One, you came and asked for work without me calling you. Two, I had to pay you to tell me something I already knew, and three you don’t understand my business at all. I don’t think you know the first thing about shepherding. Now give me back my dog!”


I’ll be happy when…

Brad Stanton —  December 8, 2012 — 33 Comments

It is easy to get into the habit of thinking “I’ll be happy when…

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I have kids
I get out of this marriage
my kids leave home
I get a promotion
I get well
my kids behave better

Why not be happy today? Psychologists and success coaches say that the thoughts you are thinking right now and today are creating your future. The feelings you are feeling now and today are creating your thoughts and actions that create your future. Emotion causes motion, in other words, when we feel strongly about something, we take action.

Nothing positive ever came from thinking negative.” ~Many people

Many good things come from thinking positive. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote many books and traveled around the world giving speeches about the power of positive thinking. He saw many people changed for the better by the power. He himself was a very timid person until a college professor took him aside one day and told him to get rid of his timid nature. The professor told him that he was smart and hardworking, and would go far in life if he would get rid of his pessimism and timidity. At first, Peale was very upset about what the professor had said. But after he let the words sink in, he began to realize the professor was right. Peale began to slowly change, and never forgot how important it is to believe in yourself, to have faith in your abilities.

In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, James Scott Bell writes about meeting Dr. Peale. He said it was a day that changed his life. Bell and his wife came to a point in their life when they began to wonder why everything was going wrong. Then Bell began thinking about positive thinking and shared the idea with his wife. They both began to think positive instead of negative and soon their life had turned around.

I realize that some people’s problems are so difficult that a little positive thinking won’t help. But maybe a lot of positive thinking will. Morris Goodman, who was seriously injured in an airplane crash, could not breathe without a machine, or swallow, walk, talk or do anything except blink his eyes. But he had extraordinary faith that he could walk out of that hospital by Christmas. No one believed that he could do it, especially not the doctors. But because of his amazing faith he learned how to talk, eat and swallow, walk and live a rather normal life.

Photo of Oprah Winfrey at her 50th birthday pa...

Photo of Oprah Winfrey at her 50th birthday party at Hotel Bel Air (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi to a poor unwed teenaged mother. She was raped when she was only nine years old, an experience that must have been very traumatic. She ran away from home at age 13 after suffering years of sexual abuse from a cousin, uncle and a family friend. She gave birth to a baby boy who died in infancy when Oprah was only 14 years old. She moved to Tennessee to live with a man she calls her father. When she was still in high school she got a job in radio and began co-anchoring a local evening news show when she was 19 years old.

People enjoyed listening to her emotional ad-lib delivery of the news and she eventually got promoted to the daytime talk show on a third-rated Chicago program. She put so much passion into her work that she brought the show to first place. With that success behind her she started her own production company and was internationally syndicated. I think it is very likely that her passion sprang from her difficulties that she faced earlier in life.

“Few people would have bet on Oprah Winfrey’s swift rise to host of the most popular talk show on TV. In a field dominated by white males, she is a black female of ample bulk. What she lacks in journalistic toughness, she makes up for in plainspoken curiosity, robust humor and, above all empathy. Guests with sad stories to tell are apt to rouse a tear in Oprah’s eye […] They, in turn, often find themselves revealing things they would not imagine telling anyone, much less a national TV audience. It is the talk show as a group therapy session.”  “Oprah Winfrey: Lady with a Calling” 8 August 1988. Time Magazine. Accessed 2010-19-17

The talk show made incredible money and she became a millionaire when she was 32. She was so popular that she eventually made a nine figure annual salary by 1994.

She says that one message she has tried very hard to share for 21 years is that “You are responsible for your life.” She told Larry King in an interview that in 1985 she was obsessed with the book “The Color Purple.” She thought about it all the time and says the Law of Attraction helped her. She prayed and prayed to get a part in the movie they were making on the book. She auditioned but didn’t hear anything for months. She said she was fat at the time, at a fat farm to lose weight. She prayed and cried and prayed more. She was walking the track singing the song “I Surrender All” a song about surrendering all to Jesus. She said she had drawn “The Color Purple” into her life by focusing and praying about it so much. It changed her life when she got the part in the movie.

She said the thing that transformed her life was that she learned you can change your own reality based on the way that you think and that YOU are responsible for your life.


Believe (Photo credit: aftab.)

If you want a certain quality like intelligence, beauty, wisdom, good judgment, etc., you can bring it about by believing that you already have it. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? But many people have verified this countless times.

“When you realize that inventors, artists, scientists, architects, and builders of great companies all must employ their imagination, you get some idea of its magnitude. Shakespeare said, “Assume a virtue if you have it not.” Let’s follow some of the implications of this great advice. In assuming a virtue, you are assuming it via your imagination. To become the person you would like to be, you must create a mental picture of your newly conceived self, and if you continue to hold it, the day will come when you are that person in reality. So it is with the accomplishment of desires.” The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol. Page 155

Shakespeare was a very wise man. He found that if a person lacked a virtue, they could pretend to have it, tell themselves they had it, and soon they would have it. I’m not saying that is always easy, but I know it is true. Many modern day psychologists and success coaches spend a lot of time teaching this concept.

It is amazing what the imagination can do. It is reported that some people, believing that an ordinary postage stamp placed on the skin of patients who believed that they were small mustard plasters had blisters develop under the stamps. A man died of hypothermia in a refrigerator truck after he was accidentally locked into it overnight. He believed the refrigerator was on, when in fact it was not, but by believing strongly that he would die of the cold, he did.

Belief is very powerful. If we believe something to be true about ourselves, we will begin to have that attribute.

I have mentioned a famous study by Rosenthal, a Harvard Psychologist who showed that if teachers are told their students are smart, the students make better grades just because the teacher believed they are smart. Tell a person he is smart and if he believes it he will begin to behave in a more intelligent manner.

Women who tell themselves they are beautiful every day tend to act more beautiful and begin to be perceived as beautiful.

The mind is far more powerful than most people realize and can do much more than anyone knows is possible.

Here is an affirmation to say every day: “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”