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Secrets of success

Brad Stanton —  May 18, 2013 — 7 Comments

dont-give-upNapoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people in the world to find out what made them successful. If you are looking for success in losing weight, career, relationships, etc. these help. Here are some of his findings. People who are successful have these traits:

  1. They have a well thought out purpose in life. They know what they want and they believe they can get it. People who aim at nothing hit it every time. Statistics show that from one Harvard class, the 4% who had well thought out goals accomplished more than the 96% who didn’t.
  2. They have ambition to aim above mediocrity. Hill found that people with low ambition don’t get very far in life.
  3. Education. We all know that many of the most successful people had very limited education. Thomas Edison had less than a year of formal education. Bill Gates did not finish college. Ashton Kutcher dropped out of college, as did many, many others. But a college degree can open doors for you, no doubt about it. People are not paid so much for what they know as what they do with what they know.
  4. Self-discipline. Discipline comes through self-control. Hill says that a person must control all negative qualities. That is hard to do, not many really do that well. But the great thing is, if you are willing to do it, you are way ahead of most others. We are both our best friend and worst enemy.
  5. Persistence. Most people are good starters but not good finishers. A person who is willing to keep working at something and not let discouragement deter him will do great things in life. Most people quit when things get difficult, and often quit just before they would have accomplished something big. Persistence overpowers failure.
  6. They don’t try to get something for nothing. They know that in order to get what they want, they have to be willing to pay the price. Or as Zig Ziglar says, “You can get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want in life.”
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Bamboo (Photo credit: Brian Wilkins)

There is a type of bamboo that develops very slowly after it is planted. The roots begin to spread out. The bamboo doesn’t begin to grow up until the roots are fully established.  It takes four years for the roots to develop enough to support a tall bamboo plant. Then suddenly in the fifth year, the bamboo begins to grow very quickly and can grow 80 feet in one year. It can grow almost 4 inches in one day!

Many people work very hard on their dreams and goals in life. They may work hard year after year on a marriage, a relationship, a career, a business or other endeavor. They may feel that they are making no progress. But suddenly, success can come.

Jerry and Jana Lackey worked year after year in Botswana, Africa. They built orphanages and helped poor people. But they were limited by the need for money to build bigger facilities. One day they met a rich German businessman who gave them five million dollars for a huge facility to help people there in Botswana. Their year of growth appeared suddenly.

If you are working hard and don’t see any results, don’t get discouraged. God is lining up all the right people for you. Suddenly a rich businessperson can appear on the scene and help you. Suddenly a spouse or child can change. Suddenly your business can win the big client. Keep the faith and good things really will happen.

 


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John Grisham, the famous writer, was turned down by 16 agents and a dozen publishers before he got his first book published. It is amazing that he was only turned down that many times because many great writers were turned down ten times more than that.

John was a lawyer working 60-80 hours a week in Southaven Mississippi. But he still found time to write. He would get up at 5 AM every morning to write for an hour. After three years he finished his first novel – A Time to Kill.

Actor Harrison Ford was told by the VP of Columbia that he just didn’t have what it takes to become an actor. Ford became a self-taught carpenter and made cabinets and other things for the rock band The Doors, Sally Kellerman and a recording studio for Sergio Mendes. He made cabinets in the home of Georg Lucas, who gave him a role in American Graffiti (1973). Lucas didn’t give Ford the part of Han Solo right away. It took a lot of work and persuasion by Ford, but that role made him extremely famous.

Steven Spielberg tried to go to filmmaking school but was not accepted. He visited Universal Studios and met Chuck Silvers, an executive there. Silvers invited him to come back. Spielberg did and hung around the whole summer, pretending to be an employee there, wearing a black suit and carrying his father’s briefcase with nothing inside it but his lunch.

10 years later Spielberg directed Jaws, which made more money than any other movie at that time.


1228Billionaire Steve Jobs was adopted into a working class family; grew up in apricot orchards that would later become Silicon Valley. Dropped out of Reed College because he couldn’t pay the tuition; co-founded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976. Ousted from the iconic brand in 1985 after power struggle with chief John Scully. Returned to Apple in 1996, creating iPod sensation. In interim, started Pixar animation, creator of hits like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, that was later sold to Disney. Jobs was on Disney’s board and is its largest shareholder. –Forbes online

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. Actually, many think his mouth adds character.

Billionaire Ralph Lauren was the son of Russian immigrants and was born and raised in the Bronx where he shared a bedroom with two of his brothers. By age 12, worked after school to help pay for his fancy taste in clothes. At one time worked in department stores. Eventually dropped out of City College to launch Polo Fashions with a $50,000 loan. ~Forbes online

Seeds of greatness

Brad Stanton —  March 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

163917_16 - CopyYou have seeds of greatness inside you that enable you to achieve the goals and dreams in your life. When you plant a seed, you probably water it often, weed it, and put fertilizer on it. The more you cultivate it, the better the harvest will be. In the same way, your seeds of greatness need cultivation to grow and cause you to be extraordinary.

Your goals may be a happier marriage, a promotion at work, to get out of debt, or better health. These are all possible goals and dreams.

Some ways to cultivate your seeds of greatness are to think positive thoughts instead of negative. Set goals and believe that you can achieve them. Be persistent, diligent and enjoy working for the dreams and goals in your life. The more you enjoy working toward the goals, the better you will work. You will end up working smarter instead of harder. Thomas Edison said he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed it so much it was fun, not work.

Faith, belief, optimism are powerful forces that help you achieve the extraordinary. Most people don’t even think about becoming extraordinary. They don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t even try.

Affirmations are one way many people achieve success. The famous story of the Little Engine that Could is an example. The little engine was faced with a task that seemed impossible, but he repeated “I think I can, I think I can” over and over until he mustered the gumption to pull a heavy load. He accomplished the task and all the other engines cheered.

If you are a Christian, there are plenty of powerful affirmations you can use. One of them is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:10

The problem is, accomplishing big things takes lots of time, sometimes years. It is easy to get discouraged along the way and give up. But you have never failed until you quit. The old saying really is true: winners never quit and quitters never win.  http://bradstanton.com/2013/03/09/amazing-coincidences/


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Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
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It really is true, if you have faith, nothing is impossible for you, you can do anything! If you don’t believe this, then it is not for you. Only those who believe it have faith.
There are many things you can do to build stronger failth.
1. repeat affirmations (verses) on faith http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses
2. thank God for what you pray for, don’t beg for it, thank for it
3. imagine your prayer answered, this builds strong faith
4. hold on, it sometimes takes a long time
5. enjoy your life while you are waiting.
6. it took the apostles three years studyiing with Jesus full time, don’t expect powerful faith in just a month or two.

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People that consistently do more than the minimum at work, have a good attitude and keep gaining skills in their area and other areas are the kind of person companies want to promote.

Once a man was asked to do his work and also help another group. He resented this and complained to his boss, and finally talked his boss into letting him avoid the extra work. Later another employee did his own job and also helped the other group. It took extra time to learn how to do their job, but he did it. Then the time came for the boss to retire. The VP in charge was looking for someone who could do both jobs to promote to manager. Guess who he picked? You bet. He picked the man who was willing to go the extra mile.

Many years ago a very rich Jewish man was looking for a wife. He came from the wealthiest, most prominent family in the land. He was getting up in the years and still not married. But he wanted a very special wife. He wanted a woman who did more than the minimum, who went the extra mile.

A servant was sent in a caravan of camels to find a wife. The caravan traveled a long way and finally stopped at a well. A beautiful woman was there, getting water. The social customs of the day mandated that she offer the visitors something to drink. So she did. But she went far beyond the minimum. She looked at the camels, probably about ten of them, and asked if she could water them as well. She knew that a camel could easily drink 30 gallons of water after a long walk, and ten camels could drink 300 gallons. That is a lot of exhausting work, pulling a bucket out of a well over and over, possibly 300 times. But she did it.

The servant brought her back home to marry his master. The woman, Rebecca, married into one of the most famous and important families in the history of the world, her husband was Isaac, son of Abraham, the father of the Jewish race. If she had done the minimum, she would not have been chosen.

Zig Ziglar said that most people quit looking for work as soon as they find the job. I find it  true, most people don’t keep looking for work to do after they finish their tasks. But those that do learn important skills that make them more valuable. People who go the extra mile are rare, but like rare gems, they are extremely precious


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More than three thousand years ago several million people were released from slavery and they traveled to a land that was promised to them. But because they had “grasshopper mentalities” (we are not tough enough or good enough,, we are like grasshoppers compared to them) they didn’t have the confidence to fight for the land and instead wandered aimlessly in the desert, living a very austere life. Abundance and wealth was just beyond their grasp, they could have had it if they had faith enough to fight for it, as was proved forty years later when they fought for and won the land.

Most people believe they are not extraordinary and they will never do anything special with their life. They don’t want to get their hopes up because they have been disappointed so many times in the past. They don’t aim for any goals in life because they are afraid of failure. It has often been said “If you don’t aim for anything, you will probably get it.”

It has been said that if you ask a person in any store why they are there, they will have a good answer, they came to buy something or just came to look around. But if you ask a person why they are here in life and what their goals and dreams are, they will probably not be able to answer the question. Some say 8 out of 10 people don’t really have an answer to that question.

A young man was told by his parents and teachers that he wasn’t very smart. He didn’t do well in school and after leaving high school he applied for a job at a large company near his home. The company always gave IQ tests to everyone who applied and they found that he had an extremely high IQ. They put him in a position that required a lot of thinking and planning. He did extremely well, in fact he invented a couple of new things and was awarded patents. What was the difference? He suddenly had hope and faith that he could do well at his job. He was treated with respect and it caused him to respect himself.

However, it is certainly true that many people who don’t have much talent do incredible things in life. Many of the most successful businessmen, world leaders, inventors, athletes, rock stars, etc. do not have high IQ’s. It is not necessary for success in life, by any definition of success. But it seems that hope is necessary and so is faith, or confidence, whatever you want to call it.

A grasshopper mentality is the death of dreams and goals, and usually prevents people from having big dreams and plans for the future. The way to overcome it is to read/listen to positive instead of negative, every day.

“You are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Love is everything…

Brad Stanton —  February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Sinatra is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After 53 years I finally figured it out. It’s all about love. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING. It’s all about love. The entire Bible can be summed up in one word—love. Every singer that was loved by many had one thing—love. They may have been stupid, low IQ. They may have been weak. They may have been ugly and addicted and bad. But if people loved them, it was because they loved. They loved.

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I used to judge Frank Sinatra. He was connected. Connected the wrong way—with the mafia. He must have been a very bad man, I thought. But he had one thing that many don’t have. He had love, and faith and hope.

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If a person has love, faith and hope in abundance, he/she will be loved by others. He will rise above the crowd. He will become popular, famous. It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Love is everything. Love is all there is.

. I once read that a person could tell by reading others writing whether or not he liked people. I wasn’t sure it was true at the time, but now I believe it. If a person loves, it will flow through his work, whether it is writing, song lyrics, poetry or music.

Sinatra song a song called Summer Wind, lyrics by John Herndon.

John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (1909 –1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four. ~Wikipedia


00000DaniJohnsonDani Johnson went from being homeless, living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change.

Dani got stoned on coke and woke up very confused the next morning. She had grown so despondent that she decided to end it all. She was on a beach and began walking out into the ocean and dove underneath a wave. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t die, in fact her life changed dramatically at that point. She said it was like a miracle.

“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’

She rolled up her beach mat, turned around and walked a mile to her car.

Dani had lived through terrible problems, she was sexually abused and said this about her life:

“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”

“I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.” From Forbes Magazine online

She got in her car and suddenly realized she had a money making opportunity in the back seat. It was a weight loss product. She made a handmade flyer (this was before computers were popular) and put it up in the Post Office where everyone in town went.

She had bargained for a voice mail account and the next day she found 25 messages on it from the flyer. She ended the month with 40 checks from new customers for a total of $4000. She used a liquor store address as her own by talking the owner into it.

Dani made $250,000 the first year by selling the weight loss program. She was a millionaire by the second year and sold her business after starting 18 weight loss centers around the country. After selling her stores she was a multimillionaire. I will tell more about how she did it in my new book The Ten Keys to Success, which I will publish soon.


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Faithless people lost a good chance

Years ago a man named Joe Wright told me that he had a gasoline card that he prepaid and could go to the petrol gas station and fill up his car with gas. The card was going to expire at the end of the year and after he filled his tank there was still almost a hundred dollars left on the card. Since it was the last day of the year, he knew he couldn’t use the money so he walked over to a woman who just pulled into the gas station and asked her if she wanted to use the card. She looked startled and asked him what the catch was. Joe explained to her why he was giving her gas, but she refused. Apparently she didn’t believe she could get something for nothing.

Later a man drove in and Joe motioned for him to roll down his window. The man opened it a crack and Joe asked him if he wanted to use the card for free gasoline. The man said no.

Joe didn’t give up and asked one more man who gladly accepted the offer and thanked Joe profusely. There was still money left on the card, so Joe waited and asked other people. Most didn’t believe they would get something for nothing. A few who had faith got rewarded for their faith.

Do you have faith?

If a rich person came to you and said he would give you a million dollars to write a song, would you do it? I certainly would, but it probably wouldn’t be a very good song. Yet hundreds of people write songs and make millions of dollars off their music. They had to start with the belief that they could write a song that many people would like, they had to have faith. Most people don’t try to write music or books because they don’t think they can do it well.

My blog posts are all about how to be successful in anything. But it all starts with faith. Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes (Mark 9:23). Jesus spoke of the power of faith about 40 times in the Gospels.  Buddha said similar things, so do virtually all the success coaches and many psychologists. .

The problem is that it is very difficult to maintain faith in your ability to reach your goals and dreams. Here are some things that help:

Say affirmations every day.

An affirmation is simply a short phrase that says you have achieved your dreams. Jack Canfield, the writer, used this affirmation daily: “God is my infinite supply and large sums of money come to me quickly and easily under the grace of God for the highest good of all concerned. I am happily and easily earning, saving and investing $100,000 a year.”

Jack went from a very low salary to becoming a multimillionaire with this affirmation and a lot of hard work.

Change happens

Your life can change for the better at any time. Suddenly a goal you have been working on can come to fruition. Stay optimistic, you really can reach your goals and dreams in life!

More on affirmations. http://wp.me/p2rHBL-lb Or scroll down the right hand column to “Posts by category” and click affirmations.


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We all want to persuade people (our kids, boss, employees, spouse) to do certain things.

The Pygmalion effect (also called the Rosenthal effect) is a phenomenon that has been proven to work very well by scientists, including Dr. Robert Rosenthal of Harvard University and UC Riverside. It has been shown that when you have high expectations for your students, spouse, children, employees, etc. that they will perform better just because you have faith in them.

Also, it has been proven over and over that positive reinforcement (reward) works better to change people than negative reinforcement (punishment).

So when your child comes home with poor grades, it is best to say,

“Honey I know you can do better next time because you are smart” than to say “You are grounded for a week, dummy.”

Self-fulfilling prophecy is powerful. Listen to the way you talk to yourself in your mind. Do you call yourself stupid, lazy, ugly? If you do, you will start to become what you call yourself.

An MMA fighter named Tito Ortiz talked about this. He had grueling workouts to prepare for fights and tried to motivate himself by calling himself lazy if he quit a workout early. He called himself a loser and other names people should never call themselves or others. Ortiz was unpopular in the ring. He was often booed, and he could not understand why people didn’t like him.

Later Ortiz got a new coach who told him to be careful of his “self-talk.” Ortiz began to call himself a winner and a hard worker. To his surprise, the fans quit booing him and he dramatically improved his fighting ability. It became easier to finish his workouts.

Do you want to change someone? Wives I know you want to change your husband. The best way is to use positive statements. “Honey, I really admire you when you take out the trash” is better than getting angry and not talking. Silence only makes things worse, because us men are never smart enough to read your minds.

If you really believe in yourself and your people, great things will happen!

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“The number one problem that keeps people from winning is lack of belief in themselves.” Arthur Williams

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

Liz Murray is a bestselling writer and motivational speaker who started life with nothing. Through sheer determination, faith and hard work, she went from living on the streets to a very successful career. She often talks about the importance of faith, of believing that one can accomplish their goals and dreams in life.

“It amazing what people can do when they believe in themselves.” Sam Walton, founder of Walmart

“If you have faith, nothing is impossible for you.” Jesus Christ

Her book, Breaking Night: From Homeless to Harvard is the amazing account of her tenacity and faith. Breaking night means to stay up all night into the morning. Murray was born to a mother who had been a cokehead from the age of 13 and a father who was sometimes in jail for selling drugs. Both parents were sometimes so stoned they did anything for money, even inviting sexual molesters into  the house. Her mother was frequently institutionalized for drug-induced mental illness

Her mother died when she was 16. “(Death) jolts you and makes you reconsider what you are doing with your own life. I decided to live each day with a purpose.” Her father was in such bad shape that it was less miserable to move out and become homeless than stay at home. She was taunted for her dirty clothes and lice in her hair at school. She often slept in subways and did homework in the hallways to keep warm.

“Envision the future you desire. Create the life of your dreams. See it, feel it, believe it.”~ Jack Canfield

Liz had the help of a high school teacher who gave her confidence that she could succeed. While on the streets of New York she saw ladies carrying Gucci and Chanel bags in the same street corners as teenagers begging for change and it almost made her become bitter and angry, but she realized that was self destructive.

The death of her mother made her realize she had to make something of her life. She enrolled in an alternative high school and graduated in two years instead of the usual four. It was not easy studying in hallways, in the park or in the subways, so she used headphones to block out the distracting noises.

She won a scholarship for disadvantaged students to Harvard University and studied clinical psychology. She wrote a book and now travels around the country sharing her story at speaking engagements and hopes these appearances allow others to see the possibility of change in their own lives. “When suffering, I had to see that things could be different. I started to grasp the value of the lessons I learned living on the streets.”

Murray realized that holding a grudge against her parents was not healthy, so she forgave both of them. She now has a good relationship with her father who has been off drugs for six years.

Not only did she publish a bestselling book, but her story has also been made into a movie. She says she doesn’t want any story to minimize the faith and hard work it took to succeed.

“You are creating your future with every single thought.” Jack Canfield

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” Jesus Christ

“Release your faith. God is shifting things in your favor. He’s moving the wrong people out and the right people in.” Joel Osteen


 

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1. Believe you can have a great new year
It all starts with belief. No one works hard at any task unless they believe they can achieve it. Many don’t achieve really good things in life because they are pessimistic and just don’t believe great things will happen to them.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W Clement Stone

2. Start now
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” ~Chinese Proverb
Yes, if you had started saving $100 dollars a month ten years ago, you would be much better off today (I realize some readers save more than that), but you can always start now. If your goal is better relationships, start now to work on it. If your goal is to get a raise and promotion at work, sit down and start writing a list of things you can do to accomplish it.

3. Be persistent
Many people start a project, work on it for a few weeks and then forget it. Abraham Lincoln said: “Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
His business failed in 1833. His sweetheart died in 1835, almost destroying him. In 1836 he had a nervous breakdown. Lincoln failed many times to get elected for various different political offices. He was defeated for senate more than once, but finally was elected president in 1860. Not many would stay persistent, but he did and that is one reason he was among the best US presidents in history.

4. Be yourself
You have been blessed with strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your strengths, don’t spend time worrying about your weaknesses. You have a combination of skills that will enable you to do great things. Don’t envy others, they might not be as lucky as you think they are, or as talented!

5. Become better from your failures
I have written a number of posts about using failure to become better. Don’t let failures get you down, they can actually build you up. Colonel Sanders used the failure of a restaurant to begin his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants that are now in many countries. When he was 65 years old, a new highway took business away from a restaurant he had spent years with. Because of that failure, he was motivated to start something new. Even though he had very little money, he worked hard and accomplished big things. More about this at: http://wp.me/p2rHBL-iP

6. Reward yourself
All work and no play wears you down. If you don’t plan fun things to do and spend time every day relaxing, you will soon run out of steam, or get very bad tempered. Some people plan their work but never plan fun things for their family, causing a lopsided life. You will actually work harder if you reward yourself regularly.

more to come later……..


AM management

Brian Tracy is one of the top professional business and personal success speakers and authors in the world. His time management books are the bestselling in that genre in the world (in 38 languages). This information is from a free email that I received from his website at www.BrianTracy.com .

The importance of time management

Successful people all place high value on time management, they constantly work to be more and more efficient.

Most people think they are too busy, incapable of improving time management. But the more disorganized a person is, the more stress they have in life. You can improve time management if your motivation is high enough.

7 steps to get more done in less time

1.    Decide what you want

2.    Write it down in detail

3.    Set a deadline to get it done

4.    Make a list of everything need to do to accomplish the task

5.    Organize your list, what should you do first, second, etc.

6.    Take action

7.    Do something every day to achieve your goals

These steps will help you get more done in less time, be less stressed out and feel even better about your job performance.

Develop habits that get things done

Everything is hard before it is easy, time management is hard to start, but becomes easy later. One of the most important techniques is to visualize yourself as a highly efficient person

Develop habits that get things done.

Clear workplace of everything except what you need to get a task done

Think like a genius. Stop and think about how you approach decisions. Is it the smartest way?

Be aware of body language, think about how you sit. If you are slouching in your chair, that shows how you think of your job or your attitude of it. Sit up straight because you think with greater clarity and focus when you do.

Overcome procrastination

Procrastination makes people live lives of quiet desperation. Procrastination creates stress and hardship. Develop a reputation for speed and dependability. Fast workers are thought to be more intelligent and competent. Get job done fast and well. The highest paid, most rapidly promoted people are those who work quickly.

1.    Set deadlines on all important tasks and tell people of your dead line, this helps motivate you to get it done.

2.    Create reward system for completing each task. A cup coffee might be a reward for a small task, go out for lunch for a larger task complete, dinner for an even larger task. We are motivated by rewards.

3.    Refuse to make excuses or rationalize. If it is to be, it is up to me!

4.    Accept 100% responsibility, no excuses or blaming

Once you break the habit of procrastination it will pay off for the rest of your life.


hugOur beliefs control us

“We live our lives by a set of beliefs, or paradigms, that are always with us. These are beliefs that we have developed over time to help us define the world and our place in it. The biggest mistake we often make is to underestimate the power of our ingrained beliefs and their ability to limit our ideas of what is possible in life. When we set resolutions or goals that challenge these paradigms, we are frequently doomed to failure – yet don’t understand why.” Bob Proctor, from his free email newsletter at BobProctor.com

We believe we will never lose 40 pounds because we have tried and failed in the past.

We believe we will never get out of debt because we can’t see any way to do it.

We believe our marriage will not improve because it hasn’t in the past.

We believe we won’t get that promotion at work, that new house, new car, good health.

Struggling against our beliefs wearies us

Our deepest beliefs are like an automatic pilot on a ship or airplane. It controls which way the boat or our life goes. When you are steering a boat with autopilot, and you don’t want to go the direction it is programed to go, you have to constantly fight against the steering wheel, trying to pull it in a direction it is not programed to go. It tires you out and makes it very difficult to change course.

If our deepest belief says we won’t get out of debt, lose weight or be happy, it is very difficult to fight against that belief. But if we change our deepest beliefs it makes it much easier to achieve our dreams and goals in life.

How do we succeed?

How do we change our deepest beliefs? One way is to use affirmations. I used this method to lose weight during the holiday season. I repeated “I weight x pounds” over and over again to myself. I began to really belief I would lose weight. I began to eat less and kept exercising and I lost weight during Halloween and Thanksgiving, two holidays that normally make me gain weight. Then I decided to splurge for Christmas and gained some back, but I am sure I can use the affirmations again to lose the weight.

When we repeat affirmations, it puts a thought deeply into our subconscious so that we begin to see ways to accomplish the goal. It begins to change our core beliefs so that our brain starts looking for solutions to problems while we sleep and during the day. We start to see opportunities that were there all along, but we just didn’t notice them. It is like driving the same route to work every day and suddenly noticing a house that you didn’t notice before.

Some affirmations

I love my job.

I like myself (this works wonders)

I love my spouse and my spouse loves me.

I weigh xx pounds (even better: I will weight xx pounds by March 20, 2013)

I will get the promotion I am working for by January 2014

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…….


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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.

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…

I get married00014
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.


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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

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.”

Better to be rich or poor?

Brad Stanton —  November 29, 2012 — 16 Comments

English: President Reagan presents Mother Tere...

English: President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony, 1985. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russell Conwell was a writer, lawyer, orator, university founder, philanthropist, and Baptist preacher about 100 years ago. He delivered one speech over 6000 times, called “Acres of Diamonds.” This speech was about a man who traveled to the Middle East and heard his guide tell a story about a man who left home looking for wealth. The man didn’t find it and became so discouraged he killed himself. Later, someone else found acres of diamonds on his land, right under his feet. The dead man would have found them if he had bothered to look for wealth right where he was.

Many say this story means that true wealth and happiness are right where you are if you know how to find them. Tens of thousands of people heard this speech and many were so moved by it that they found motivation to seek wealth right where they were. One man, for example sat listening to the speech and saw a lady with a hairpin that looked rather difficult to insert in the hair. The man sat thinking of a way to improve the design.  He did and made a fortune selling the new hairpin.

Another man used the few pennies he had to buy needles and thread to sell on the street. He didn’t sell the products and realized he should find out what people want to buy before investing in the product. He observed that many were buying certain kinds of clothes and he invested in them. He began to sell his wares very quickly and after some years became the richest man in New York City at that time.

Conwell believed strongly that anyone could become rich if they had strong desire and worked toward that goal. He said

 “I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich…. The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly .. . ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men of America are honest. That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them. It is because they are honest men. … … I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins … is to do wrong…. let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings. …”

I don’t fully agree with Conwell’s statement, because people are poor for many different reasons including poor health, living in an area of the world where everyone is poor, mental retardation, and some choose to be poor to spend time helping people, such as Mother Teresa.

Some feel it is a sin to be wealthy and some people even believe Jesus taught that. I believed that for awhile, but while reading the Old Testament I saw over and over again that God promised prosperity to everyone who followed his commands and did certain things. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 30:15; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 37:11; Psalm 25:12-14 Proverbs 8:17-19; Proverbs 19:8 Jeremiah 29:11 are a few examples of many promises in the Bible. But unfortunately, they have to be accepted by faith, which is extremely difficult. Also, it can take years, and lots of hard work for promises to come about.

I find that in general, rich people can do more good for the world by donating money and time than people who are not rich. It doesn’t have to be that way, but it usually is. Poor people who have lots of free time could become very powerful prayer warriors, but most do not. They could spend time helping people, some do, but I find most don’t. It is usually the wealthier people who do this. Strange, but that is just what I have observed.

I know many will disagree, feel free to leave a comment expressing another viewpoint.