Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Planning Is the First Step to Success
Written by Jim Rohn

How dramatically we can change our results is largely a function of imagination. In 1960, it was a technological impossibility for man to travel into outer space. Within 10 years, however, the first man stepped out onto the surface of the moon. The miraculous process of converting that dream into reality began when one voice challenged the scientific community to do whatever was necessary to see to it that America "places a man on the moon by the end of this decade." That challenge awakened the spirit of a nation by planting the seed of possible future achievement into the fertile soil of imagination—with that one bold challenge, the impossible became a reality.

The same principles apply to every area of our life. Can a poor person become wealthy? Of course! The unique combination of desire, planning, effort and perseverance will always work its magic. The question is not whether the formula for success will work but rather whether the person will work the formula. That is the unknown variable. That is the challenge that confronts us all. We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.

No matter how busy you are, try to find some time over the next two weeks to reflect, think, give and plan.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is the ideal time for this. Try to slow things down. Spend time with the ones you love and care about. Take some time to talk with your spouse and kids about goals and dreams for the new year. Use this as a time to recharge your batteries—not just by watching TV the entire time—but to seriously, and with excitement, think about a handful of changes or additions you want for your life in the new year.

I believe you will find the act of reflecting, thinking, dreaming and planning to be one of the most important exercises you can do that will positively impact the next 12 months.

And remember, do not neglect to commit to set this time aside, or you will find that the business of life can and will get in the way.

So let's all take a moment to gather up the past year of victories and defeats, times of growth as well as times of stagnation, and use it to wipe a clean slate and thoughtfully design the next year the way we truly desire it to be.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Finding, Deciding, and Being: On Purpose
Written by Jack Canfield

Being On Purpose

I think we are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it. You can begin to discover your purpose by exploring two things:
  1. What do you love to do?
  2. What comes easy to you?
Of course, it takes work to develop your talents- even the most gifted musician still has to practice-but it should feel natural, like rowing downstream rather than upstream. I love to teach, to write, to coach, to facilitate, to train, and to develop transformational seminars, workshops, and courses. I love to bring other leaders together for conferences and to co-create new approaches to our work.

These things come easy for me. Although I invested many years in learning how to master these skills, I loved every minute of it. In other words, work is required, but suffering is not. If you are struggling and suffering, you are probably not living on purpose.

But what if I am still searching for my purpose?

Let me share with you a quick little exercise from my book The Success Principles that may help you discover your purpose.

First, ask yourself, What are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are love and joy.

Second, ask yourself, What are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people. I inspire people with the moving stories that I tell in my seminars and that I write about in my books, and I empower them by teaching them powerful success strategies that they can apply in their own lives.

Once you’ve answered these questions, take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three of the above into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose. Mine is “inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.”

Can you share examples of “living on purpose”?

One of my coaching students, Dr. Sudheer Gogte, a successful cardiologist, was struggling to identify his purpose. I suggested another exercise from my book, and asked him to look back over his life and answer the question, When have I felt most fulfilled?

He shared three periods in which he felt the happiest and most fulfilled. First, he told me about a time with his grandfather when he was growing up in India. The second was his experience of playing with his own grandchildren. The third was a time he spent vacationing on a sailboat. When I asked him what was common to all three of these experiences, he told me that it was the sense of freedom that he felt.

Noticing that none of his three experiences related to his profession in medicine, I asked him to tell me about his most fulfilling experiences as a doctor. The incidences he reported were when he had donated his services for free or for a lesser fee than his partners thought he should have charged. He shared about a time when he too a much longer time than usual during an office visit to support and encourage a family who where in fear of losing their father during an impending heart surgery. As we examined his life further, it became apparent that he took very little time for himself. He was always n call, always working late, always overscheduled with little or no free time for self-care. I asked him why this was so. He answered that people could die if he didn’t attend to them. The problem became clear: By attending only to patients and never to himself, he was-in a sense- dying.

The drive this point home, I asked Sudheer what he would do in the following situation: “ A patient comes to you for an operation. If you operate on this patient, you will die. If you don’t operate on him, he will die. It’s him or you. What would you do?” He reflected quietly on this scenario for along time, and the finally he said, “I would choose to live, rather than die myself. It doesn’t make sense to kill myself to save others.” This was a turning point in his life. He later told me that while he still wants to serve people, he now knows he has a right to take care of himself-his mind, his body, and his needs. This cardiologist now places a higher value on doing what truly comes from his heart, not someone else’s.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

3 Keys to Finding Your Genius
Written by Jim Rohn

It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs, because when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this and feed your mind with valuable information. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind. Here are three steps to help you find your genius:

1. Get the right knowledge. Words—if they are not true—are meaningless. I hear children say, “I read it in a book.” But is it true? Just because someone says it or writes it, doesn't mean it is true. As learners, we want to get the right knowledge, not just information or opinions. It is our job to seek out information and knowledge and then test it and run it through our minds to see if it is true and if it can be rightfully applied to our lives in order to make them better. We need to weigh and measure what we learn in order to gain the right knowledge.

2. Become passionate about learning. This will take some work, but the only way to do it is to begin learning about things that have an immediate impact in your life. When you learn about a new financial concept that helps you earn money or get out of debt, you get fired up. When you learn about a way to communicate that helps you sell more products, you’ll feel energized. When you learn about how to interact with your family in a healthy way and your relationships get better, you’ll feel inspired.

3. Discipline yourself through the hard work of study. Learning will take work. Until someone comes up with modules that can plug into your mind and give you instant access to knowledge, you are on your own, and that takes work. The process of learning is a long one. Yes, we can speed it up, but it is still a process of reading, listening, reviewing, repetition, applying the knowledge, experiencing the outcomes, readjusting, etc. Simply put, it takes time. Slowly but surely, when you discipline yourself, you will gain knowledge and begin learning.

Learning is possible, no matter what your age. You are never too young or too old. Your mind was created to learn and has a huge capacity to do so. This week, make a commitment to unlock the potential of your mind!

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Inspired Action Gets It Done
Written by Jack Canfield

I have had an enormous amount of success in my life, and I owe it all to two things. The first is that I have learned how to access my intuition and tune in to my inner guidance (which comes from both my own subconscious mind and from God); I have learned how to meditate, use guided visualization, and read the kinesthetic signals from my body (what some people call learning to trust your gut). The second is that I have learned to quickly act on my inner guidance—the sooner the better!

The Power of Asking for Inner Guidance
Asking for inner guidance through meditation has provided me with some very powerful ideas, ones that have accelerated the rate and magnified the size of my personal and professional success. When we needed a title for the book of inspirational and motivational stories that Mark Victor Hansen and I had compiled, I agreed to meditate an hour a day in search of the perfect title. I simply asked God to give me a title, then I sat in silence waiting for it. Nothing emerged the first two days, but on the third day, a green chalk board, like the ones used in schools, suddenly emerged. Then a hand appeared and wrote the words “Chicken Soup” on the board. I contemplated that for a moment, then I asked what I assumed was God’s hand: “What does chicken soup have to do with this book?”

I heard, “Your grandmother used to give you chicken soup when you were sick as a kid.”
I replied, “But this book isn’t about sick people.”
The voice responded, “People’s spirits are sick.”

This was in 1992 during the recession that accompanied the first Gulf War, and many people were indeed living in fear, hopelessness, and resignation.

I played with the title “Chicken Soup for the Spirit,” which didn’t sound quite right, and then it morphed into “Chicken Soup for the Soul” . . . and I immediately got goose bumps—what Mark likes to call God bumps. They almost always seem to accompany an idea that is deeply aligned with what is for my highest good.

I immediately got up from meditation and told my wife, who got goose bumps. Then I called Mark, who got goose bumps, and our agent, who also got goose bumps. By the end of the day the full title had emerged—Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. It seemed we were definitely onto something.

Inspiration Must Be Followed by Action
Sometimes inspirations occur without our even seeming to ask for them. Other times, we have to ask for them, then create the quiet space within which to receive them. They can occur while lying in bed in a semiconscious dream state, while taking a shower, or while walking along a beach or through the woods. But however and whenever they come, they need to be acted on as soon as possible. I have come to believe that when they come, they come in a certain window of time that is ideally suited for the action to begin at that moment.

So Mark, our agent, and I headed off to New York City to sell our book. Unfortunately, during the three days we were in New York City, no one at the fifteen publishing houses we visited got goose bumps. Everyone told us that nobody bought collections of short stories and that our title was stupid. Our agent became so discouraged that he gave us the book back and said he could not sell it.

Action Must Be Consistent and Persistent
That is when we had to choose between believing in our dream and trusting our inner guidance or believing the naysayers in the publishing industry and trusting their judgments. Well, one of the secrets of success that I have learned is to never give up on the dreams that come from deep in your heart. In fact, by this time, our dream had become more of a divine obsession. We couldn’t let it go. So we took more action. Over the next five months, we were rejected by 144 publishers. Eventually, we went to the American Booksellers Association Convention and walked the floor of the exhibit area for three days asking hundreds of publishers, “Will you publish our book?” It was not until late in the third day that Health Communications, Inc., a little publisher in Deerfield Beach, Florida, decided to seriously look at our book. A month later they decided to publish it.

The Rule of Five
When the book finally came out in July 1993, it was not an overnight success. It wasn’t until a year later that it hit its first bestsellers list. But it was during that year that Mark and I came up with what we dubbed the Rule of Five. We agreed to take five action steps every single day, except on holidays and vacations, to promote and sell our book. One day, we called five radio stations and asked them to interview us about the book. On another, we sent out five free review copies to book reviewers and influential people. One of those people was the producer of the hit television show Touched by an Angel. She was so taken by the book that she required all of her writers, directors, cameramen, and other crew members to read the book. She said that the feelings generated and evoked by our stories were the same ones she wanted to create in their TV episodes. That story made it into Variety and later onto the Associated Press wire and generated thousands of book sales. We also bought the book 1001 Ways to Market Your Book, by John Kremer, and wrote each way on a Post-it note and stuck them all on a long wall in our office. We did five of those suggestions every day. Eventually, Chicken Soup for the Soul reached number one on the New York Times list and stayed there for almost three years, selling ten million copies along the way.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What are the five action steps that I need to take every day—no matter what—to achieve my number one goal?”

Finally, never give up. If we had stopped trying to sell the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book after one hundred rejections, I would not be sitting here writing this today. If we had stopped trying to promote, market, and sell the book after six months of no major results, I would not be a multimillionaire who has traveled to more than forty countries speaking and training people on the principles contained in that book and my other books.

It has taken more than fifteen years to build a brand that has generated more than a billion dollars in retail sales and has created more than twenty licensed products, including Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul dog and cat foods. So also be patient.

If you follow your heart, believe in your dreams, trust your inner guidance, take action, and persevere no matter what, you will eventually find yourself living a life far greater than you ever could have imagined.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

All Life Wishes to Reward Its Benefactor
Written by Jim Rohn

Parents, leaders, employers, teachers and volunteers, have you discovered one of the great positive mysteries of life? Here it is: All life seems to wish to reward its benefactor.

If you become the benefactor, you will receive these incredible rewards. If you are the benefactor to the garden, the flowers seem to bloom and say, “Look at me. Look how bright and beautiful I am because you took care of me. I wish to reward you by being beautiful, lovely and spectacular.”

Your own children, if you become their benefactor, want to reward you with their progress. I taught my daughters how to swim. And my daughters would say, as they were about to dive, “Daddy, daddy watch, watch, look, look, watch,” as if to say, “Look what you have created here, you've spent the time with me, and now look at me. This is the payoff. Watch me dive.” I was their benefactor.

I have found that all life wishes to respond to the benefactor—the ones who give their time, give their effort, give their patience, give their ideas, the benefit of their experience. Whatever has benefited from that wishes to respond.

Remember that whatever you move toward tends to move toward you. Just as when you move toward education and education starts to seek you out, or when you move toward progress and progress seems to want to now embrace you, you will find that, just as predictably, as you move toward helping those in your care, they will wish to repay you with their own success and accomplishments.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Staying Focused in the Face of Negativity
Written by Jack Canfield

The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on is what you will attract into your life. This is why it’s essential to stay focused on your goals.

Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to maintain focus in today’s world, where we’re bombarded by negative messages from the media, co-workers, friends, relatives and even clients.

The good news is that you can take action to shield yourself from motivation-sapping, fear-instilling negativity. This article shares 5 easy ways to get started.

Tip #1: Accept 100% Responsibility
The most critical principle to master if you want to create greater success is to accept 100 percent responsibility for your life – including the type and amount of negativity to which you allow yourself to be exposed.

Your job is to take care of yourself. This includes creating environments that are conducive to success. Take note of how negativity manifests in your life, and then consider ways that you can reduce your exposure.

For instance, do you watch or read the news every day? Try abstaining, and trust that if anything major happens, such as a natural disaster, someone will tell you. At that point, you can choose to read an article or two to bring yourself up to date.

Do you have well-meaning relatives who urge you not to follow your dreams because they fear the consequences of the risks you’ll take to achieve your goals? You may want to limit the time you spend with these individuals.

Alternatively, recognize their advice for what it is: an expression of their love and concern for you. The simple truth is that many people are blind to their limiting beliefs and how it colors their view of the world. Simply thank these well-meaning individuals for caring enough about you to share their thoughts, then turn your attention back to your goals.

Tip #2: Release Negative Feelings
To attract what you want in life, you must live in a state of love, joy and gratitude. Negative environments stir up feelings of fear, anxiety and doubt, which must be released so that you can return to a higher state of feeling and vibration.

The Sedona Method, created by Hale Dwoskin, offers a fast and effective solution to the need to release negative feelings.

Start by tuning in to the feeling that is disturbing you. Really feel the emotion – welcome it and let it flood your body.

Then ask yourself, “Could I let it [the feeling] go?” Both “yes” and “no” are acceptable answers.

Next, ask, “Would I let it go?” If your answer is “no,” ask whether you would rather have this feeling or would you rather be free.

Finally, ask, “When?” This is an invitation to let the feeling go now. You can make the decision to release a feeling anytime you want. Repeat the entire process as often as needed until you feel free of that particular feeling.

Most people either wallow in their negative emotions or they try to resist experiencing negative feelings. Neither approach works. Use the Sedona Method to allow your emotions to flow through you, so that you can return to a positive state.

Tip #3: The Evening Review
Whatever you read, see, listen to, talk about and experience during the last 45 minutes of your evening has a huge influence on your sleep and your next day. During the night, your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often than anything else you experienced during the day. Use the following process to focus your unconscious mind.

Sit with your eyes closed, breathing deeply. Ask your mind to show you where you could have been more effective, more conscious, more loving, more assertive, or more of any other characteristic you want to focus on. (Note: review only one characteristic at a time).

You’ll see that a number of events from the day will come to mind. Observe them without any self-criticism. Then take each incident and replay in it in your mind the way you would have preferred to have done it. This will help you form the desired behavior the next time you face the same situation.

Tip #4: The Daily Success Focus Journal
Another way to stay focused on your goals and on the positive is to create a Daily Success Focus Journal.

Each evening, identify 5 accomplishments you made throughout the day. Next, identify why each accomplishment is important to you. Then, identify how you can make further progress in the same area. Finally, write down a specific action step that will lead to this progress and enter the to-do item into your schedule.

Tip #5: Create Your Ideal Day
Before you leave work or go to bed, take a few minutes to plan your schedule for the following day. Doing so sets you up for success, as you’ll be able to get right to work as soon as you begin your day.

After planning your schedule, take a few additional minutes to visualize your day going exactly as you want it. See yourself performing at your best in every situation you will encounter. This gives your subconscious all night to work on creating ways to make it all happen just as you visualized it. Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what else is happening. They choose to concentrate on their success, rather than their failures, and on the next action steps they need to take. Use the tips outlined in this article to stay positive and proactive as you create your ideal life.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thriving through the Holidays
Written by Jim Rohn

Thanksgiving is close, and December festivities are right behind it. I believe our holiday times should be wonderful and filled with lasting and enjoyable moments and memories. So how can we ensure that we come out of the holidays in January with great memories of the past couple of months? Here are six thoughts that will help you enjoy the holidays the way they were intended to be experienced:

1. Be temperate.
Enjoy the food. Enjoy the treats. Enjoy the busy schedule of activities and parties. But also be disciplined enough to know when to hold back, when to say no. When we go overboard, we regret it and lose the opportunity to fully experience that moment. But when we enjoy a little and refrain from going too far, we can enjoy all that little piece of time has to offer.

2. Lower your expectations.
Much of the frustration people experience from the holidays is from setting their expectations too high. They expect presents to be perfect and when they aren't, they get frustrated or disappointed. Instead of having huge expectations this holiday season, just take it as it comes and delight in what you can.

3. Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest.
You can't control other people or their actions. If a family member pushes the limits of your patience, ignore that and instead focus on how much you can relish the time you have with other family members. If things don't go perfectly—which they won't—then enjoy what you can and let the rest slide. You will feel a lot better about life if you can take all things a little easier.

4. Stay out of debt.
Debt is a killer. It will steal your enjoyment of life. Be sure to stay within your financial boundaries this holiday season. The last thing you want is to start the new year with a deeper burden financially. You don't have to impress anyone; just buy gifts that you can afford and express your heartfelt feeling in the giving.

5. Take time for yourself.
Take time to read. Take a long bath if that relaxes you. Take a walk. Spend some quiet time in front of a fire. Don't rush through the holidays and zap all of your energy. Your mind and body need to be reenergized, so be sure to take time to do so.

6. Focus on your spiritual life.
Ultimately, no matter what tradition you come from, the holidays are historically days in which we focus on the spiritual side of life. But our culture today tends to stay away from a focus on the spiritual, and that has even crept into our holidays. Be sure to place an emphasis on building your faith and growing in that area. This will help keep you grounded and able to deal with anything that may come your way.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Put the Action in Attraction
Written by Jack Canfield

When activated, the Law of Attraction can make it effortless to achieve your dreams. But many people are missing a key ingredient that negates all of the important inner work they do – action!

Law of Attraction teachers Esther and Jerry Hicks, speak often about the importance of the inner journey and the action journey, explaining that one hour of internal work has the same impact as seven hours of taking action in the outer world.

The problem is that many people spend so much time on inner work, that they fail to spend adequate time in action. Balance between inner and outer work is essential.

Here are 5 ways you can move into action – starting today:

1. Develop a strategic action plan. By creating a detailed list of every action steps that you need to achieve each goal, you’ll find it easier to move into action. You won’t waste time wondering what to do – you’ll see it clearly laid out before you. In addition to creating action plans to achieve your goals, identify steps to take to overcome every one of your obstacles – both inner and outer.

2. Follow the trail. Identifying what action steps you need to take doesn’t have to be difficult. After all, other people have blazed a trail for you to follow. If you want to shorten your learning curve, find someone who has achieved the goal you’re pursing. Ask them what steps they took to achieve success … then follow their lead.

3. Rule of 5. When Mark Victor Hansen and I published our first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, we were overwhelmed with possibilities and ideas for making the book a best-seller. A wonderful teacher, Ron Scolastico, shared a powerful piece of wisdom. “If you would go every day to a very large tree and take five swings at it with a very sharp ax, no matter how large the tree, it would have to come down!” From that lesson came the Rule of 5, which simply means that every day, you must do five specific things to move your goal toward completion. (Daily utilization of our new Top 5 Action Cards is the simplest way to ensure that you are taking meaningful, daily action to achieve your goals.)

4. Involve others. If you’ve developed a habit of spending too much time involved with inner work, it’s easy to let yourself slip when it comes to taking action. Sharing your specific commitments with another person can be powerful in ensuring that you follow through on what you vow to do. An accountability partner is someone who meets with you daily by telephone to share your commitments for the day – and to hold you accountable for meeting your goals. A coach can also help to hold you accountable, as well as help you explore what might be fueling your behavior when you don’t keep your commitments. Finally, a business partner can be a tremendous support. I am blessed to be business partners with Patty Aubery, holds me accountable, as well as motivates and inspires me when I’m feeling funky. I do the same for her. We each have unique skills and talents that we bring to our partnership, and we keep each other in action.

5. Check your beliefs. Many of us have beliefs that limit our success – including beliefs about our ability to take action, about our capabilities, and about what it takes to succeed. Take time to identify any negative beliefs that might be impeding your desire or ability to take action, such as If you find that you have negative beliefs regarding action – such as “It doesn’t matter what I do, it’s not going to work anyway.”

Chapter 33 of The Success Principles includes powerful exercises to shift limiting beliefs.

In addition, I’ll offer you something that I use myself: A small sign on my computer that says, “So what? Do it anyway.” So what if you’re afraid? So what if it’s expensive? So what if you’ve never done it before? So what if you don’t have all the information? Do it anyway, because once you take action, you’ll get feedback, and feedback tells you how to do it better.

Remember, the last six letters in the word “attraction” are “action.” If you want to achieve results, you cannot only work on your internal world. You must also take action!

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forging Your Character
Written by Jim Rohn

Personal success is built on the foundation of character, and character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you might make that gradually turn who you are at any given moment into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you'll still be somebody—you'll still be alive—but you may have a personality rather than a character, and to me that's something very different.

Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you must take responsibility for forming. You build character by how you respond to what happens in your life, whether it's winning every game, losing every game, getting rich or dealing with hard times.

You build character from certain qualities that you must create and diligently nurture within yourself, just like you would a plant and water a seed or gather wood to build a campfire. You've got to look for those things in your heart and in your gut. You've got to chisel away in order to find them, just like chiseling away rock to create the sculpture that has previously existed only in the imagination.

But the really amazing thing about character is that if you're sincerely committed to making yourself into the person you want to be, you'll not only create those qualities, you'll strengthen them and re-create them in abundance. Building your character is vital to becoming all you can be.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rich Habits
Written by Darren Hardy

Last week I shared with you the two Money Making Rules that I live and thrive by. To continue our theme of wealth, I’ve picked my favorite ½ dozen rich habits.

Now let’s create a 30 day Get Rich Campaign:

Just for 30 days, exercise the habits of a rich person. Just 30, after that you can go back to poor habits if you like, but only for 30… until the next issue of SUCCESS Magazine hits your mailbox, try on these habits.

You in?

Okay… the first habit is:

#1: 80% of rich people have long-term goals. While only 12% of poor people do.

So this one should be easy. You should already have long-term goals.

But I am always amazed when I ask someone if they have long-term goals, and they say “oh ya sure!” then I ask to see where they have written them down… and that is when things get uncomfortable.

So number one, be sure you have clearly defined, long-term goals… and that they are written down. The next time we cross paths I just might ask to see them… so be ready!

#2: 88% of rich people spend 30min or more reading to learn vs. 0% for poor people.

Look, it’s so easy to separate yourself from the herd of mediocrity. I mean really. In 30 minutes a day, doing what… digging ditches, cliff diving, swimming with sharks? No. In 30 minutes of reading a day you can join the ranks of the rich.

So how much time each day do you… spend reading a book related to success and achievement?

This also coincides with this stat: 85% of rich people read 2 or more books per month.

If you read for 30 minutes a day, you’d read two books a month. It’s really that easy.

So for the next month, probably first thing in the morning, read something instructional, inspiring and related to your success for 30 minutes each morning. Put this habit on a sheet and track that you do it each morning.

#3: 63% of rich people listen to audio books/programs while commuting, exercising or working around the house. While only 5% of poor people do.

So now, every morning and anytime your car is moving for the next 30 days, play success oriented CDs (like the ones you find in each issue of SUCCESS).

Even if you listen to the same program over and over it will continue to elevate your mind, stir your creativity and keep it positive and abundance seeking. You get extra credit if you also do this while you jog, cycle, walk your dogs, garden or work around your house.

#4: 67% of rich people watch less than an hour of TV each day. 77% of poor people watch more than an hour.

TV is the great Bermuda Triangle of productivity, hopes, dreams and ambition. It’s the place all those values go and are never heard from again. It’s a black hole, a vortex… and it sucks the time and energy of your life right away.

While it’s fine to have some entertainment and R&R, be very, very careful as it can easily suck you in and crush several hours of your life every day.

This is also something that Brian Tracy taught me in his E:E Ratio. What separates the 5% who are wealthy and the 95% who are not?

The 95% spend their spare time on entertainment. The 5% spend a majority of their spare time on education.

This is the great divide between the Have’s and the Have Not’s. And I’m not saying you don’t ever have any entertainment. Of course not. Everything in moderation. And entertainment’s ok, in small doses.

Hey, just for the next 30 days restrict yourself to less than an hour a day. Not to worry, you can go back to poor people habits later.

Just 30 days. Can you do it? Test yourself.

#5: 89% of rich people sleep 7 hours or more each night.

This too is a big one. I am surprised how many struggle with this one.

Arianna Huffington wrote an entire book about the PRODUCTIVE benefits of sleep as her key to success. I discussed how sleep was her single most effective productivity trick in my previous blog post on WOW Productivity.

When I asked Dr. Oz the most important factor to anti-aging, vitality and good health his #1 answer was SLEEP.

So for the next 30 days, schedule and give yourself permission to sleep AT LEAST 7 hours per night. You just might be amazed at how your life will change over the next 30 days because of it.

I have found many people are sleep deprived, and they don’t even know it. When they force themselves to plan and stick to a sleep plan, they cannot believe what it was like to live alive versus as a zombie.

And your sixth and final 30-day challenge rich habit is this:

#6. 76% of rich people exercise at least 30min 4X/wk.

By the way, this will help you with #5. A lot of times the reason why people don’t sleep well or long enough is because their body is not tired enough. Oh sure your mind, emotions and adrenals might be tired as all get out, but if your body isn’t exhausted and ready to rest, it will keep you up tossing and turning and waking up still mentally exhausted.

So for the next 30 days, stick to a disciplined and rigorous, AT LEAST 4X/wk exercise plan. I’d say bump it up to an hour, or at least 45minutes.

But if you can’t do that then at least do the 30 minutes 4X/wk. You can always find 30 minutes no matter how busy you are, where you are or what you have access to.

There you have it, your 30-Day Rich Habit Challenge:
1) Clarify and write down your long-term goals.
2) Read success materials for 30 minutes a day.
3) Listen to success materials while your drive or are mobile.
4) Less than an hour of TV a day.
5) More than 7 hours of sleep a day.
6) More than 30 minutes of vigorous exercise (not walking) 4X/wk.

Easy, no problem, you can do this. But you have to actually DO this… not just listen, say to yourself, that was interesting, then go back to your, let’s just say less than rich habits.

You in?

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Money Making Rules
Written by Darren Hardy

When it comes to making money, there are two rules I live by. Lucky for me, I learned them both when I was 12.

I suppose I was like any red-blooded 12-year-old boy—I dreamed of one day owning a Ferrari. I didn’t deck my bedroom walls with posters of movies, celebrities, athletes or outer space; I had four Ferrari posters—all cherry red.

One day after school, I walked into my house to see my dad’s mentor, business partner and former college football coach sitting at the kitchen table with my father. He had seen my small shrine to the Red Beauty in my room and asked, “A Ferrari, huh? Have you figured out how you are going to get one?”

“Um, no.” I replied with 12-year-old feigned disinterest. “Well you better get to work if you want one of those bad boys.” I explained that I was working – I mowed a couple lawns on the street and picked up straggler nails at a local construction site for a penny a piece.

“How much you earning in a week?” Coach asked. “$25,” I responded, bragging. Coach let out a guffaw. “At that rate, you’ll be a corpse behind the wheel! You need to make more money, faster!” “But how?” I asked.

The next sentence is Money Making Rule #1.

Coach leaned across the table and said in a tone that signaled this was important.

“Want to make more money, faster? Find something scary. Find something most don’t have the courage to do. The scary things pay the most.”

As I lay on my bed that night, my Ferrari posters hanging over me, I remembered a buddy talking about a local trade school who wanted people to stand outside bus stops, train stops and in the mall to ask complete strangers to take a survey.

“Approach people who don’t want to be bothered,” I thought. “That sounds pretty scary.”

The very next day I was standing outside the busiest bus stop in my neighborhood with a 16 year-old boy (who wanted a Lamborghini Countach) there to show me the ropes. We spent the entire day walking up to strangers who pushed us, yelled at us, spit at us, and at best simply pretended we didn’t exist.

I even had one woman shout at me to get a respectable job. “Go mow lawns or something!” Trust me, I considered it. I wanted to quit more times in those six hours than I have the rest of my life combined. But when the shift was done, I had 56 completed surveys. At $2 each, that was $112 in a single day! More than I made in a month mowing lawns and gathering nails. I could practically smell the leather of my Ferrari as we walked into the trade school to exchange our surveys for cold hard cash.

Unfortunately, when the boss was done counting the bills, he handed all $112 dollars to the Lamborghini lover. Seeing the shock (and fury) on my face, he explained, “Sorry kid, you’re training today. You’ve got a few more days until you get to keep the cash.”

I slammed the front door as I walked into my house that afternoon where, once again, Coach was sitting at the kitchen table. I told him what happened – that I found something scary, that they took all my money and that his idea was a bunch of hooey.

It was in the middle of this adolescent tantrum that Coach taught me Money Making Rule #2:

Training is always worth the price.

“Sure,” he said. “You don’t have any dollar bills to show for it. But you got something much more valuable. You learned a skill – an important one at that. The things you learned at the bus stop today you will use over and over and if you continue to apply them, you will make yourself millions.”

Sure enough. Facing rejection, overcoming objections, making a sale to a moving target, people skills, perseverance; everything I learned that first uncompensated day, I have used over and over to amass quite a fortune.

Finally, when I was 15 years old (a year ahead of schedule) and many, many surveys later, as well as several other scary entrepreneurial ventures, I had enough money to buy my very own Red Beauty. It was Mazda RX7—cherry red. While not a Ferrari, it sure felt like one to me.

Remember those two Money Making Rules:
#1—Scary work always pays the most. By scary that usually means dealing with rejection, disappointment and the risk of failure. It’s scary alright, but it much, much more profitable.

And #2: Training, mentorship and personal development is always worth the price as they are seeds that reap a perpetual harvest the rest of your life.

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

WOW Productivity
Written by Darren Hardy

Talk to almost anyone today, and they complain about having "no time". It is obviously a boast disguised as a complaint when you hear this.

Our most frequent response when we hear someone say how crazy-busy they are: “That’s a good problem to have” or even “Better than the opposite.” And it isn’t ER nurses, doctors or people with three different minimum wage jobs who say they are “crazy-busy.” It is people like you and me who are lamenting our own self-imposed busyness.

Being busy isn’t the problem; it’s what we are so busy with.

Face it, just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are achieving your most important goals. In fact it is probably the exact opposite. Am I right?

You spend every day running around trying to get things done but when the day ends you stop and look at what you have accomplished and somehow it isn’t as much as you hoped or even thought you did.

Why? Because being busy doesn’t equal being productive.

Being busy doesn’t equal being productive.

So why do we get stuck with mind-numbing busyness instead of productivity? I have talked with countless high-profile CEOs and millionaires, heck even billionaires. Not one of them has complained to me about how busy they are.

The reason? Because while they are definitely busy they know how to take that busy and transform it into WOW productivity.

They know their limits. They hone their skills and delegate the rest.

They are focused on getting the right things done, not getting everything done.

They know from experience what they need to do or not do in order to have WOW productivity and continue to build their million- or billion-dollar empires.

And in this week’s post on WOW Productivity, I will be sharing some of the top productivity tips by some of the most productive movers and shakers of our society.

First of all Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media group, said she slept her way to the top—literally.

In an interview Arianna said, “My single most effective trick for getting things done is to stop doing what I’m doing and get some sleep.” She went on to say, “Look at how careful we are about recharging our smartphones, as opposed to our brains, our spirits, and our bodies.”

To keep this discipline Arianna suggests scheduling your sleep. “Certain things are not negotiable,” she said. “My sleep is not negotiable. It’s like an appointment.” Look at it as a really important, unmovable, do-not-disturb seven- to eight-hour-long meeting.

Google cofounder Larry Page takes a hands-on approach to his productivity. He fired his assistant. Not because she wasn’t getting the job done, but because she was the “gatekeeper.”

He found himself in too many unwanted meetings. He said in an interview, “Most people aren’t willing to ask me if they want to meet with me. They’re happy to ask an assistant.”

So now anyone who wants his attention has to approach Page directly, giving him the power to control his own schedule.

Guess what happened? Yeah, people stopped making dumb requests on his time.

Richard Branson’s number one secret to greater productivity is to keep fit and exercise.

Branson claims that working out gives him at least four additional hours of productive time each day. Exercise increases energy levels, helps you sleep better and improves your focus.

Branson gets up early to run and work out. Branson is now 63 years old. If he can do it, what’s our excuse, right?

Sir Branson isn’t the only one to use the early morning hours to increase his productivity. Disney CEO Robert Iger wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every morning. He uses the time for a little bit of quiet time to himself and to recharge his batteries in preparation for the busy day ahead.

What time do you get up? Good thing to check in on, BUT don’t forget Arianna’s tip—get your sleep. It just requires you to shut off the TV, computer, iPad, X-Box, YouTube, Netflix, or whatever is keeping you from getting to bed early enough.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, says her best productivity practice is keeping a handwritten journal. According to Miguel Helft at Fortune, “Sheryl’s days are a flurry of meetings that she runs with the help of a spiral-bound notebook. On it she keeps lists of discussion points and action items.

“She crosses them off one by one and once every item on a page is checked she rips the page off and moves to the next. If every item is done 10 minutes into an hour-long meeting, the meeting is over.”

Sheryl is also well known for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to get home to be with her kids.

The Midas touch of billionaires Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison’s lives can also be described as the One Touch Rule. They will open an email, letter or voicemail and immediately respond, delete or forward it. This way it is taken care of and there is no need to waste time by coming back to it again later.

I also have my own One Touch Rule, and I call it my 4P Process:

One P is for Produce. Act on it now.
The second P is for Pass—pass it on to someone else.
The third P is Purge. Throw it away.

This is my favorite P: 99.9% of what comes at me or is sent to me is NOT important to my main focus, goals and priorities. I have gotten better and better at just purging everything, and quickly.

The last P is for those things my Catholic guilt or that back of the mind nagging that says, ‘someday, maybe you’ll get to this or maybe you might need this.’ Then I put it into Purgatory.

I have purgatory repositories for everything—emails, materials, files, clothes, everything. If I don’t have the chutzpa and courage to purge something right away, I put it into the purgatory repository, then, if I don’t go looking for it in 6 months, I throw the whole repository away without even looking through it again. If I didn’t go looking for it, obviously I didn’t need it and there is now an excellent chance I never will.

Hopefully that is helpful to you to: Produce, Pass, Purge or put in Purgatory.

Right now you should be asking yourself, “If that is what millionaires and billionaires do to be productive, why can’t I do that.”

You can! You can be every bit just as productive as Warren Buffett, Larry Page, Richard Branson, and Arianna Huffington.

Their “secrets” to productivity aren’t secrets at all. They are all simple things that we can do in our lives even if we aren’t billionaires running 300 companies like Richard Branson.

Being productive is a choice. It won’t just happen naturally because your to-do list gets longer and longer. You have to work at it, hone your productivity muscle and make the right choices for your goals and ambitions.

Being productive is a choice.

If you enjoyed learning the productivity secrets from some of the best, don’t forget to tell all your overachiever friends, family and colleagues to up their WOW productivity.

Content republished with permission from Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine. For more great insights, tips and strategies on success and achievement go to http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com. More about Darren Hardy can be found at: http://DarrenHardy.SUCCESS.com/About.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What Constitutes A Good Life?
Written by Jim Rohn

The ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The ultimate expression of life is not a Mercedes. The ultimate expression of life is not a million dollars or a bank account or a home.

Here's the ultimate expression of life in my opinion, and that is living a good life. Here's what we must ask constantly, "What for me would be a good life?" And you have to keep going over and over the list.

A list including areas such as spirituality, economics, health, relationships and recreation. What would constitute a good life? I've got a short list.

1) Productivity. You won't be happy if you don't produce. The game of life is not rest. We must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity. What's the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It's to see what you can do with it. To try your hand, other people have tried their hand; here's what they did. You try your hand to see what you can do. So part of life is productivity.

2) Good friends. Friendship is probably the greatest support system in the world. Don't deny yourself the time to develop this support system. Nothing can match it. It's extraordinary in its benefit. Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you and still like you.

A few years ago I lost one of my dearest friends. He died at age 53 - heart attack. David is gone, but he was one of my very special friends. I used to say of David that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly and if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That's a friend. Somebody who would come and get you.

Now we've all got casual friends. And if you called them they would say, "Hey, if you get back, call me we'll have a party." So you've got to have both, real friends and casual friends.

3) Your culture. Your language, your music, the ceremonies, the traditions, the dress. All of that is so vitally important that you must keep it alive. In fact it is the uniqueness of all of us that when blended together brings vitality, energy, power, influence, uniqueness and rightness to the world.

4) Spirituality. It helps to form the foundation of the family that builds the nation. And make sure you study, practice and teach. Don't be careless about the spiritual part of your nature; it's what makes us who we are, different from animal, dogs, cats, birds and mice. Spirituality.

5) Don't miss anything. My parents taught me not to miss anything. Don't miss the game. Don't miss the performance, don't miss the movie, don't miss the show, don't miss the dance. Go to everything you possibly can. Buy a ticket to everything you possibly can. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can. This has served me so well to this day.

Just before my father died at age 93 if you were to call him at 10:30 or 11:00 at night, he wouldn't be home. He was at the rodeo, he was watching the kids play softball, he was listening to the concert, he was at church, he was somewhere every night.

Live a vital life. Here's one of the reasons why. If you live well, you will earn well. If you live well it will show in your face, it will show in the texture of your voice. There will be something unique and magical about you if you live well. It will infuse not only your personal life but also your business life. And it will give you a vitality nothing else can give.

6) Your family and the inner circle. Invest in them and they'll invest in you. Inspire them and they'll inspire you. With your inner circle take care of the details. When my father was still alive, I used to call him when I traveled. He'd have breakfast most every morning with the farmers. Little place called The Decoy Inn out in the country where we lived in Southwest Idaho.

So Papa would go there and have breakfast and I'd call him just to give him a special day. Now if I was in Israel I'd have to get up in the middle of the night, but it only took five minutes, ten minutes. So I'd call Papa and they'd bring him the phone. I'd say, "Papa I'm in Israel." He'd say, "Israel! Son, how are things in Israel?" He'd talk real loud so everybody could hear - my son's calling me from Israel. I'd say, "Papa last night they gave me a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean." He'd say, "Son, a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean." Now everybody knows the story. It only took 5 - 10 minutes, but what a special day for my father, age 93.

If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter's kiss on his face all day, he's a powerful man. If a husband walks out of the house and he can still feel the imprint of his wife's arms around his body he's invincible all day. It's the special stuff with the inner circle that makes you strong and powerful and influential. So don't miss that opportunity.

Here's the greatest value. The prophet said, "There are many virtues and values, but here's the greatest, one person caring for another." There is no greater value than love. Better to live in a tent on the beach with someone you love than to live in a mansion by yourself. One person caring for another, that's one of life's greatest expressions. So make sure in your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Are Your “Efforts” Compounding - for you?
Inspired by Jerry Snavely

Have you ever wondered, "Why is it that some people earn $50,000 per year, while others, who may not work as hard or be as smart, will have fun consistently earning over $500,000 per year? I mean they both have the same 24 hours in their day.

Albert Einstein once said that Compound Interest was the eighth wonder of the world. But did you know that everything that you do or don’t do also has the same powerful capabilities to compound - either for you or against you?

Let’s say that with an eight hour day, you are exerting “Effort” to do work for pay – as you would at a typical job. Let’s assume you earn $25/hr. and you work, putting forth “Effort,” for eight hours. You would get paid $200 for that day’s work – or “Effort.”

A seemingly dumb question would be, “Do you ever get paid again for that same day’s work?” The obvious answer would be, “Well of course not. I only get paid once for each hour that I work.” Well, that is the equivalent to getting 0% return on your money and how long would you let your retirement money work at 0%? In this example, what you got paid is all you will ever get for that block of time/effort! And, it is exactly what most hard working, intelligent, highly educated people do for 30 to 40 years of their working life, until they retire.

However, suppose there were other “Options” for exerting “Effort.” Suppose you choose to work a different way, over that same eight hour block of time, and earned the same $200 for that day’s work. But, because you chose a different way to exert “Effort,” the next day, you earn an additional $25. And, the day after that, you earn another $50, and the next day another $100, and the next day another $200, and so on – all from that one original eight hour block of time. You may say, “How can that happen?” It happened because you found a way that allows your “Effort” to compound over time. It’s not just the usual “one-time” pay out agreement for each block of time, with which most people are familiar.

Let’s compare some different “Effort Option” returns using the example that you are a “Writer” of books:
  1. Get paid once to write a book for your employer – trading your hours for dollars and working as an “Employee” for a company (similar to getting 0% return on your “Effort”). You do some work and get paid for that work. Done! You do some more work and get paid for that work. Done! Etc…
  2. Write books and get paid every time one is sold – a single passive income stream from each book written (similar to addition of passive “Simple Interest” on your “Effort”). You do work and get paid to write a book and again every time one is sold. No income limit!
  3. Train other people to write books – get paid to train others, and get a percentage of all sales from all the books written by all the writers you trained. You do work and get paid many times, from multiple sources, for that work. No income limit!
  4. Train people to train other people to write books – get paid to train others, and get a percentage of all sales, from all the books written by all the writers that you trained – both directly and indirectly. You do work and get paid many times from an exponentially increasing number of sources with no new work required from you! Unlimited returns!
The difference in return between option #1 and option #4 over a 30 to 40 year working period is almost incomprehensible, yet most intelligent, highly educated, hardworking people choose option #1, simply because they are unaware of option #4 and its incredible “Wealth Building” benefits.

We are all given 24 hours each day of our lives, to use any way we choose and all of our “Efforts” in everything that we do are compounding … for someone. In option #1, when we trade our time for money, our “Efforts” are actually compounding, not for us, but for our employer. In options #2 - #4 we start to get our “Efforts” compounding for us. So, one important question you may want to ask yourself is, “How effectively are my ‘Efforts’ Compounding for me?”

I'm so excited to share this information with you. If you have enjoyed the information or feel that it would benefit someone else, please share it. If you have any comments, please post them below, otherwise, feel free to contact me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What to Do When Life Doesn’t Seem to Be Working for You
Written by Jack Canfield

When things happen in the world that seem so far beyond our individual control, it can feel unsettling. But don’t give up on your goals and dreams just because “the time isn’t good”... you can still make this year the year to uncover a personal breakthrough!

Even in tough times, you get to decide how to respond to certain conditions, opportunities, and outcomes—both good and bad.

Life will always be a series of choices and YOU get to decide on what will move you closer to your goals, or farther away from them. External forces will always be part of the equation, even during the good times when the world is thriving.

When people ask me about the single most important ingredient to success, I always share the same response: realizing what’s making you achieve success, and then realizing what is stifling your success.

Sometimes recognizing the things that are NOT working in your life can be painful, yet VERY powerful to shaping the life you want.

Don’t try to rationalize them, make excuses for them, or hide them. This is when it’s even more critical to take personal inventory and evict those excuses, rationalizations, and hidden habits that don’t serve you. These things will keep you from the life you want to be living.

Let me give you some examples (do you see yourself in any of these questions?):
  • Do you want to be active, fit, and strong? Then you have to stop making excuses about your weight, diet choices, and lack of exercise.
  • Do you want to be in a loving relationship based on friendship and respect? Then you have to stop rationalizing why your mate is so unsupportive or why you are not communicating well.
  • Do you want to embrace Monday mornings and feel joyful about going to work every day? Then you have to stop hiding your true passions and go after whatever it is you really want to be doing day in and day out.
  • Do you want to lose the debt forever? Then you have to stop ignoring your spending habits and get real about a budget that will pull you out of debt and allow you to reach financial freedom.
  • Do you want to feel more connected to the people in your life, such as your children, friends, and colleagues? Then you have to stop complaining about your poor relationships and figure out why you don’t feel as connected as you’d like to be.
These things can be painful to look at because the truth is that you have to do something about them in order to make it work in your life.

You’ll have to say no to the second helping of dinner and the dessert to follow and go through the action steps to get into shape... You’ll have to confront your partner about the areas that need work... You’ll have to get past fears about changing your job or professional path... You’ll have to cut back on your spending and be a bit more frugal... You’ll have to take a good hard look at your personal relationships and perhaps consider your own shortfalls and weaknesses in communicating your needs and concerns.

Plain and simple, you will have to do something uncomfortable.

Successful people don't waste time in denial (or complain or make excuses for that matter). They face situations like a warrior. They look for the warning signs, they find out why things aren’t working, and they go about fixing them- even when fixing requires problem solving, hard work, risk, and a level of uncertainty.

It’s okay to identify a problem even though you haven’t a clue about how to go about solving it right away.

The first step is just recognizing the issue, and then having faith that you’ll figure it out with careful attention to it. That’s how successful people live—in constant focus on goals, on results, on problem solving, and on the actions that get them to where they want to be.

Following are three things to do constantly in pursuit of your goals and dreams, however big or small:
  • Awareness: Keep your awareness on the feedback you are getting from life and decide to address the situations immediately. Don’t bottle up feedback, cast it aside, and avoid it like you would a pile of dirty laundry or a stack of unopened bills. Life tells you things every day. Do this. Don’t do that. Think about this. Try me. Forget that. We live in a world that seemingly encourages us to live on autopilot. Successful people fly manually every day and so should you. When those feedback signals come in, listen to them and use them in planning your next step.
  • Commitment: Commit to finding out why things aren’t working and learn what will fix them. Once you start the process it will be much easier to continue. Nothing fruitful stems from inaction.
  • Trust: Trust that making changes to the situation will ultimately bring about the best results. Sure you might go through a bit of discomfort during the change, and some unlikely or unwanted outcomes, but in the end you will triumph!
So are you ready to admit the things that just are not working out?

Make a list of the things in your life that are working against your success and ask how the situation can be improved. Commit to tackling just one of those issues and be brave!

If you need help organizing those “things” in your life, try using the following list of categories. I recommend reflecting on each of the 7 areas and ask yourself, what’s not working here in each one and then brainstorm 3 potential solutions.

1.) Financial Goals, 2) Career/Business Goals, 3.) Free Time/Family Time, 4.) Health/Appearance Goals, 5.) Relationship Goals, 6.) Personal Growth 7.) Making a Difference

Remember, by facing what is not working, you can only improve your life!

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

5 Tips for Building a Successful Mentor Relationship
Written by Jack Canfield

When facing a challenge or trying to figure out how to accomplish a goal, most people ask their friends, neighbors, co-workers, siblings and others for advice. Asking for support is admirable. However, in some cases, it’s unproductive, because the people being asked typically have not overcome the hardship or achieved the goal in question.

High achievers take a different approach. Recognizing that success leaves clues, they seek advice from people who have already traveled the path they are on. The most successful people in the world make a habit of seeking regular guidance and support from experts in their fields. They do so by seeking mentors.

What Is a Mentor?
Mentors are experts who agree to build an ongoing relationship with you for the purpose of passing on knowledge and nurturing your growth.

Mentors can help you achieve your goals in a variety of ways. Sometimes they offer practical advice to solve a problem or achieve a goal. They also might open doors for you, introducing you to other experts who can offer helpful advice or referring you to potential clients.

Mentors also help you see possibilities. My mentor, self-made millionaire and Success Magazine publisher W. Clement Stone, is the one who helped me recognize that I could create a life of unlimited success. He was the first person to declare that I could have and be anything I wanted, despite the challenges I faced being raised by an alcoholic mother and workaholic father in a lower-income blue-collar home. Stone took me under his wing, introducing me to the success principles I now live and teach, as well as providing me with an amazing job that allowed me to work with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.

5 Tips for Growing with a Mentor
If working with a mentor sounds appealing, here are 5 helpful tips to build a successful mentoring relationship.

1. Research. Search the Internet, read industry publications, ask trade association directors, attend trade shows and conventions, call fellow entrepreneurs, and approach others in your profession for suggestions about who to approach. Look for people with well-rounded experience that would be helpful in tackling your goal.

If you’re a small-business owner or are thinking about starting a business, contact your local chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). This national network of more than 10,000 volunteers provides free business counseling and advice, as well as low-cost public workshops for businesses.

2. Be clear about what you want. Make a list of specific points you’d like to cover during your first conversation, such as why you’d like them to mentor you and what kind of help you’d be looking for. Be brief, but be confident, too.

Be reasonable about your expectations. A mentor will probably not have hours each week to help you, but a short phone call each month would be agreeable.

3. Ask, ask, ask. Not everyone will have the time to mentor you, so make a list of a few people you would like to have as a mentor. Keep asking until you get a positive response.

4. Act on advice. Mentors don’t like to have their time wasted. When you seek their advice, follow it. Study their methods, ask your questions, make sure you understand the process, and then do your best to duplicate it.

5. Return the favor. Look for ways to give back to your mentor, such as keeping them updated on technology trends or industry information or by calling with new opportunities that might benefit them.

Successful people like to share what they have learned with others. It’s a human trait to want to pass on wisdom. Use the tips in this article to build successful relationships with your mentors. Also be willing to help others by sharing what you’ve learned. Seeing a former protégé out in the world helping others to grow is one of the best rewards you can give to your mentors.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why Weigh, Count and Measure?
Written by Jim Rohn

Three key words to remember: weigh, count and measure. But why? To see what your results are from your activity, your attitude and your philosophy. If you find that the results are not to your liking, there are only three places to look. Your philosophy needs to be fine-tuned, your attitude needs to be strengthened or your disciplines need extra skill. Activity, attitude and philosophy create results.

Now on results I teach that life expects you to make measurable progress in reasonable time. But you must be reasonable with time. You can't say to someone every five minutes, “How are you doing now?” That's too soon to ask for a count. Guy says, "I haven't left the building yet, give me a break!" Now you can't wait five years—that's too long. Too many things can go wrong waiting too long to see how you're doing.

Here are some good time frames:

1. At the end of the day. You can't let more than a day go by without looking at some things and making progress. Old Testament says that if you are angry, you should try to solve it before the sun goes down. Don't carry anger for another day. It may be too heavy to carry. If you try to carry it for a week, it may drop you to your knees. So some things you must get done in a day.

2. A week. We ask for an accounting of the week so we can issue the pay. And whatever you've got coming, that's what you get—when the week is over. Now in business, there are two things to check in the course of the week: your activity count and your productivity count. Because activity leads to productivity, we need to count both to see how we're doing.

My mentor taught me that success is a numbers game, and very early he started asking me my numbers. He asked, “How many books have you read in the last 90 days?” I said, “Zero.” He said, “Not a good number. How many classes have you attended in the last six months to improve your skills?” And I said, “Zero." He said, "Not a good number. In the last six years that you've been working, how much money have you saved and invested?” I said, “Zero,” and he said, “Not a good number.”

Then here's what he said: “Mr. Rohn, if these numbers don't change, your life won't change. But if you'll start improving these numbers, then perhaps you'll start to see everything change for you.”

It's the numbers that count—making measurable progress in reasonable time. The best accounting is the accounting you make of yourself. Don't wait for the government to do it; don't wait for the company to do it. You've got to add up some of your own numbers and ask, “Am I making the progress I want, and will it take me where I want to go now and in the future?” You be the judge!

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Be Thankful for What You Already Have
Written by Jim Rohn

Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you would respond with, “No, Jim, thankfulness is not key to survival,” and I would tend to agree with you. Most of us have probably already solved the necessary problems of survival, gone beyond that and are now working to achieve our desires. But let me give you this key phrase: “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished.

Both the years and the experiences have brought me here to where I stand today, but it is the thankfulness that opened the windows of opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way. My gratitude starts with my parents who raised me and gave me an incredible foundation that has lasted me all of these years and continues with the mentors that I've met along the way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my life, my income, my bank account, my future. I'm grateful for it all.

Now, thankfulness is just the beginning; next, you've got to challenge yourself to produce. Produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share and give your ideas away. That is called fruitfulness and abundance. And here's what I think fruitfulness and abundance mean: to go to work on producing more than you need for yourself so you can begin blessing others, blessing your nation and blessing your enterprise.

Once abundance starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it's amazing what the numbers turn out to be. But to begin this incredible process of blessing, it often starts with the act of thanksgiving and gratitude, being thankful for what you already have and for what you've already done. Begin the act of thanksgiving today and watch the miracles flow your way.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Great Challenge of Life
Written by Jim Rohn

Here's the great challenge of life: You can have more than you've got because you can become more than you are.

I have found that income seldom will exceed your own personal development. Once in a while, income takes a lucky jump, but unless you grow out to where it is, it will go back to where you are. Somebody once said if you took all the money in the world and divided it equally among everyone, it would soon be back in the same pockets. However, you can have more because you can become more.

You see, here is how the other side of the coin reads: Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got. The marketing plan won't do it. It's a good plan, but it won't work without you. You've got to work it. It is the human effort that counts—the major thing that makes the difference is what YOU do.

In order to have more, you need to become more. The guy says, “If I had a good job I would really pour it on, but I have this lousy job so I just goof off.” If that is your philosophy, you are destined to stay there. Some people say, “If I had a lot of money I would be really generous, but I don't have much so I'm not generous.” See, you've got to change that philosophy or you will never have “the lots of money.”

Unless YOU change, IT won't change. Amazingly, when we throw out our blame list and start becoming more ourselves, the difference is everything else will begin to change around us.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.