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Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

The amazing thing is that the principles for getting better relationships with friends and loved ones are the same principles for doubling your income in a year (more on this later in the post), for excelling at your career, losing weight or doing well in sports.

Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school, and while he was in school his grades were low. He failed high school English, but went on to write many books that have sold millions of copies. He became a multi-millionaire. After leaving school, he began laboring jobs, and moved from job to job and eventually got into sales.

He didn’t sell well, but he found a salesman who was making 10 times more than anyone else. He sold the same product to the same people during the same times, but always sold much more. Tracy asked him how he did it, put those ideas into practice and began to become very successful. He became a top salesman by reading and learning how to sell. Later he became a sales manager and began reading how to succeed at that.

It really is true, leaders are readers.

The law of cause and effect (sowing and reaping-you reap what you sow) says that the effects, the circumstances in your life are happening because of certain causes. You can change the causes to achieve the effects you want. In other words you can change what you are doing to achieve the results you want. It is possible for every person and it is possible every time. The law of cause and effect is a powerful law that can change your life for the better, or for worse. Use it to your advantage.

Success leaves tracks – if you study the tracks of successful people (study what they did) you can learn how to be successful.

Nothing works the first time. One of the keys to success is that one keeps trying even after he has failed. It is impossible to find a person who always succeeds the first time he tries something new.

Most people see that their relationships, career, finances, etc. are not as good as they want, but they often just assume that it will always be that way because they have tried in the past, year after year, to improve a relationship, but didn’t see any improvement, so they gave up and quit trying.

Most people wish they could have a better relationship with their husband or wife. Well, guess what? It is certainly possible if you learn how to do it and are willing to work hard at it

Skills are learnable. If you can read this and use the internet you can learn the skills you need to achieve the goals we are talking about here. Tracy talks about certain skills that are necessary to achieve goals, and all are learnable.

Brian Tracy says you are one skill away from doubling your income, improving your relationships, excelling at your career.

Dream big dreams. You probably want to be happy, healthy, wealthy, slender and with good relationships. If your life were perfect in five years, what would it look like? The starting point for great relationships is that you dream and believe you can achieve it, and really want it enough to change what you are doing in order to get your goal. The starting point for success in creating wealth is the same as that, and is the same for career goals.

Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.

click here for the 15 skills by Brian Tracy and for a link to his youtube video. Tracy talks about how to double your income in a year.


Lose weight

Brad Stanton —  March 1, 2014 — 7 Comments

I 574612_suppose we all agree that in order to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise. That seems pretty simple, so why is it so difficult to lose weight? For me, I find there are five keys to losing weight, the five D’s:

  • Desire-first I have to really want to lose weight
  • Don’t doubt (believe you can do it)
  • Dream about it, visualize it
  • Discipline-I have to be willing to eat less and exercise
  • Determined-I have to be persistent and keep dieting even though I occasionally give in to temptation and eat too much.

The great thing about the five D’s is that it works for any goal or dream in your life, not just losing weight.

It all starts with desire. If you have burning desire to achieve a goal, you probably will achieve it if you believe you can. We have all heard people say “I just can’t lose weight, I’ve tried many times and failed.” Doubt is one of our worst enemies for achieving any goal, something that I write about often in my posts.

Interestingly enough, the secrets for losing weight are pretty much the same as the secret to building wealth. I have read a number of books about how to be successful in relationships, career, health, wealth and life in general. The amazing thing is that they all give the same advice about how to achieve goals. I expected the wealth book to give me tips on which stocks to buy, which real estate to purchase, but most of well-respected books about building wealth give advice about setting goals, desire, belief, visualization, discipline and determination to succeed.

If a person really wants to lose weigh more than they want to eat too much, they will soon begin to eat less. If they want a slender body more than they want the pleasure of overeating, they are on the road to success.

If a person has strong desire they will be willing to work hard to achieve their goal. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that when he was lifting weights to accomplish his goal of winning Mr. Universe so that he could become an actor, that if he missed a workout he felt so badly about it that he actually felt sick. The emotional discomfort of not achieving his daily goal was so strong that the next day he wouldn’t even consider staying away from the gym. That is not to say that we should feel guilty and criticize ourselves when we miss our goal. In fact, that deflates our motivation and starts us in a downward spiral. But if we want something very badly, we just won’t be satisfied if we are not on track to achieve whatever it is we want.

Don’t Doubt
If you are really sure you can and will lose weight, you will. No doubt about it. The key to losing weight is to desire the benefits of weight loss, be disciplined enough to exercise more and eat less and determined enough to stick with it for a long time.Many experts say that instead of dieting, it is best to modify eating habits. In other words, make a permanent change to the way you eat.

Visualizing yourself slender helps a lot. In his book “Arnold, The Education of a Bodybuilder” Schwarzenegger said that one of the keys to building muscle is visualizing your muscles growing larger. I read his book in the late 1970’s and thought it seemed silly and unbelievable. But now I find that many sports psychologists say it is true. In fact, back in the days of the Soviet Union, visualization techniques for Olympic athletes in East Germany were state secrets because their psychology was so advanced and successful. In those days East Germany won more medals per capita than any other country. US athletes use visualization techniques while preparing for the Olympics. Visualizing yourself at a certain weight will help a lot.

I find affirmations are great for building discipline and bringing about change. If you have never used affirmations, you might think the idea sounds silly at first, but I promise you they really do work. Some of mine are:

I weigh xx pounds (State your goal weight, not your current weight. Does that sound dishonest? Look at Joel 3:10 “Let the weak say I am strong.”)
I don’t like to eat too much.
I enjoy healthy food.
I enjoy the benefits of my slender body.
I say these out loud as often as I need them. In addition, I say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”  (Doesn’t have to be true yet, haha)

A great way to say affirmations is to say the sentence out loud, stressing the first work in the sentence. Then say the sentence out loud stressing the second word, then the third, until you have stressed every word in the sentence. It really makes your mind meditate on the idea and causes your subconscious  to work on it for you. For example, an affirmation with supernatural power that has helped countless people is “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13 So say “can do everything through Christ who give me strength.” Then the second time “I CAN do all things…” The third time: “I can DO all things…”

By determined, I mean keep with it, don’t give up no matter what.
Eating healthy food and plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water help you lose weight. I find if I don’t get proper nutrition, my body starts to crave food that might be high in calories because I need the nutrition in that food, but it is best to get it in low calorie alternatives instead of junk food. Some fad diets say don’t eat grains, this is bad advice. For decades the experts tell us we need plenty of grains for good nutrition. The problem is that it is easy to eat too many grains and that leads to weight gain.
I find that if I want something bad enough and really believe I can do it, everything else falls into place to achieve the goals and dreams in my life.

So to lose weight, stay motivated! Read motivational books, blogs (including mine), magazine articles. Listen to motivational material as you drive. All it takes is desire (motivation) and everything else falls into place.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. You can read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” The ebook is the same, it just has a different title.


Exercising (Photo credit: NOAA’s National Ocean Service)

Extensive research shows that inactive lifestyles contribute to heart disease; high blood pressure; type 2 diabetes; colon cancer; stroke; osteoporosis; depression and anxiety; breast cancer; and falls among the elderly.  Physical inactivity is unhealthy and can be expensive.  Increasing your activity level is one of the best ways to improve your health and save you money.

If only I had exercise equipment at home.  If only I didn’t have so much work to do.  If only I had more time to groove (exercise). Some people are now calling exercise “grooving.”

We all have reasons for not being physically active.  But getting regular physical activity doesn’t need to be intimidating.  You can begin to see physical activity in a very different light: 10 minute segments, three times per day.

Instead of thinking of physical activity as something that requires special effort, notice the many opportunities to become more physically active all around you.  Washing windows, doing lawn work or taking the stairs instead of the elevator all qualify as physical activity.  So does playing catch with the kids, sweeping the sidewalks, dancing to a favorite song, or walking from the “worst” spot in the parking lot.

When it comes to physical activity, the small things in life do matter.  Instead of a 30-minute ride on a stationary bike at the gym, we can also meet our goal by carrying in the groceries, walking the dog, throwing a Frisbee, trying to double dutch jump rope, or even playing a little hop scotch.  Just remember there is no right or wrong way to Groove…just Groove 10 minutes 3 times a day.

Grooving can and should be fun- something we can do together as a Spirit team, family, and a community.

Why bother with such a challenge?  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that you can get the same cardiovascular benefit by “Groovin” 10 minutes 3 times a day that you would if you decided to “Groove” 30 minutes all at once. So remember there is not right or wrong way to “Groove”, just do what works best for your schedule… 10 minutes 3 times a day or 30 minutes all at once… just get Groovin’! 

If you’re ready to start Groovin’, but you’re not the treadmill type or you just can’t find the time, take a look around you.  Maybe the “bad parking spot” is actually a good parking spot after all!

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Stepping Stones, home of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill W. and his wife, in Katonah, NY, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wikipedia lists the 12 original steps from Alcoholics Anonymous and I have copied them here. The great thing about these 12 steps is that they can be used for any addiction, from overeating to alcohol, anger to drug addiction. I’ve added my own thoughts under each of the 12 steps.

 1.    We admitted we were powerless over alcohol [overeating or any addiction]—that our lives had become unmanageable.

The first step is to admit you have a problem and that you are not able to solve the problem by yourself. Usually this is difficult to admit and to really stop and think about what it means to say our life has become unmanageable. It simply means we are not managing it in the best way and that we know there must be a better way of doing things. We just have to find that better way. Getting out of denial is actually very freeing.

2.    Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Restore us to sanity? That sounds harsh. But you know the old saying: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If this is true, almost everyone is insane at some point in their life.

3.    Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

That may sound scary to many people, to turn our will over to God. Many just don’t believe that there is a God, and that he loves us much more than we love ourselves. If you look at the principles in the Bible, they are not made to limit our fun, but to keep us out of self-destructive thoughts and actions. Jesus said that he came so that we can have abundant life, and have it to the full, to really enjoy it. John 10:10

4.    Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Stop and think about what it is that makes us overeat, get angry, fail at a career, etc. Is something missing from our character? Are we being lazy? Why are we being lazy? Probably we are craving something that our soul needs but is not getting and we try to fill that void with overeating, drunkenness, self-destructive drugs, etc.

5.    Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

If we can get out of denial and admit that we are wrong about something, it is a huge step toward conquering the problem. If we don’t think we have done anything wrong, why change? It really helps to talk to others about it. Talking about it has always been a huge help in my life, and I have heard others say the same thing.

6.    Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Jesus promised to give us great power by giving us the Holy Spirit. If you are not sure you have the Holy Spirit living in you, you can always ask God for him, and he will come and fill you. More information at

7.    Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Ask the creator of the universe to take away a weakness, he will give you success. I have heard of a few people getting cured of their addition right away, but for most people it takes time and a lot of effort. That is not easy to hear, but just think of an ugly caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly, the struggle he goes through to get out of the cocoon makes him stronger so that he can fly and be free.

 8.    Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Overeating is dangerous to our health, but we don’t usually think of it hurting other people the way alcoholism does, but it can. Check with your loved ones for information about this.

9.    Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

If we are fighting to overcome anger or other bad habits, it is good to ask people to forgive us. This takes wisdom. Sometimes it hurts a person’s feelings to ask them to forgive something they didn’t know we did against them.

10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

This means that as the weeks and months go on, we have to be willing to review our growth and if we find ourselves slipping back into bad habits, to correct our path.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Unlimited power comes from God. We get that enormous power by staying connected to him. Prayer puts us on a higher plane and makes us stronger, as does meditation (thinking about) the promises in the Bible that guarantee success.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Say the second verse out loud ten times and it will change your attitude. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will change your life if you have the faith to accept it. Try looking in a mirror when you say it and it will help even more.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [overeaters, lack of success], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

I have found this is one of the most powerful steps. When we teach others something, it really makes us learn it well and fully accept it. Blogging about weight loss, teaching or mentoring others in a support group are ways to really make us experts on these ideas and strengthen them in our hearts.

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Alcoholic anonymous @lisspong (Photo credit: vernieman)

Maybe you have an addiction to food, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, laziness, sexual problems or anything else. Here are five steps to get out of the pit. The five steps are from Believe That You Can by Jentezen Franklin, but I have written it in my own words.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”~ Og Mandino


It all starts as a thought in your mind. You see the need to quit doing something or to start doing something else. You realize your life could be better than it is now.


Not only do we see something we want, we have to take hold of the idea that we really can get it. Many people would love to lose weight or get out of debt, but they don’t believe it will ever happen, so they don’t even try to find a way to become more financially secure. Some would love to be a high level manager in their company, but they just don’t think it will ever happen, so they plug away at their boring job week after week, not doing the level of work they are capable of.


You have to pay the price for your dream. Decide to take a risk, try your best to do something you didn’t think you could do in the past. Maybe your old life is too boring. Step out on your idea. You can believe that with God all things are possible. Phil 4:13


After you buy into dream you really get committed. You focus on it no matter what others say. You get in the habit of seeking it with all your heart.

Ask yourself: “How bad do I want it?” That is a key. If you really want it, you will be willing to do what it takes to make it happen.


Now you are there, you got the prize, or are starting to get the prize. Now you don’t have to suffer regret for not trying to accomplish your goals and dreams. Maybe you have gone a week without overeating. Even if you pig out one day, don’t worry about it. Don’t let it get you down, because that will make it all the more difficult. Tell yourself that you are a winner and will not fail next time. The more you say it to yourself, the more it will become true.


No success without a successor. Are you blogging or journaling about what you learned? When you teach something, it helps you really get it firmly in mind, to get it deep into your subconscious. This is a very important part of any goal, to teach others how to do it. Alcoholics Anonymous stresses that to overcome an addition it is very important to mentor others to overcome theirs. When you teach it, you learn it much better and are much more likely to continue your success over the addition.

To overcome really tough addictions it is best to join a group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Celebrate Recovery.

The number one key to losing weight or breaking an addiction is motivation. You have to get motivated and want something badly enough to make changes. Motivation is what this blog is all about.