Sunday, March 30, 2014

Practice Being Like a Child
Written by Jim Rohn

Remember the master teacher once said 2,000 years ago, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances are zero; you haven’t got a prayer.” A major consideration for adults.

Be like children and remember there are four ways to be more like a child no matter how old you get…
  1. Curiosity- Be curious; childish curiosity. What will kids do if they want to know something bad enough? You’re right. They will bug you. Kids can ask a million questions. You think they’re through. They’ve got another million. They will keep plaguing you. They can drive you right to the brink.

    Kids also use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever noticed that while adults are stepping on ants, children are studying them? A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.

  2. Excitement- Learn to get excited like a child. There is nothing that has more magic than childish excitement. So excited you hate to go to bed at night. Can’t wait to get up in the morning. So excited that you’re about to explode. How can anyone resist that kind of childish magic? Now, once in awhile I meet someone who says, “Well, I’m a little too mature for all that childish excitement.” Isn’t that pitiful? You’ve got to weep for these kinds of people. All I’ve got to say is, “If you’re too old to get excited, you’re old.” Don’t get that old.

  3. Faith- Faith is childish. How else would you describe it? Some people say, “Let’s be adult about it.” Oh no. No. Adults too often have a tendency to be overly skeptical. Some adults even have a tendency to be cynical. Adults say, “Yeah, I’ve heard that old positive line before. It will be a long day in June before I fall for that positive line. You’ve got to prove to me it’s any good.” See, that’s adult, but kids aren’t that way.

    Kids think you can get anything. They are really funny. You tell kids, “We’re going to have three swimming pools.” And they say, “Yeah. Three. One each. Stay out of my swimming pool.” See, they start dividing them up right away, but adults are not like that. Adults say, “Three swimming pools? You’re out of your mind. Most people don’t even have one swimming pool. You’ll be lucky to get a tub in the back yard.” You notice the difference? No wonder the master teacher said, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances, they’re skinny.”

  4. Trust- Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great merit. Have you heard the expression “Sleep like a baby”? That’s it. Childish trust. After you’ve gotten an A+ for the day, leave it in somebody else’s hands.
Curiosity, excitement, faith and trust. Wow, what a powerful combination to bring (back) into our lives.

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, March 20, 2014

Amplify the Power of Your Thoughts
Written by Jack Canfield

Your thoughts have a lot more substance than you might think.

Researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. But those who tucked the paper into their pocket were more likely to use them when later making judgments.

The findings suggest that people can treat their thoughts as material, concrete objects, said Richard Petty of Ohio State University, co-author of the study recently published in Psychological Science.

“At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works,” Petty said. “However you tag your thoughts—as trash or as worthy of protection—seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts.”

In one experiment high school students wrote about what they liked or disliked about their bodies. Half of the participants were told to contemplate their thoughts and then check them for grammar or spelling mistakes. The other half were told to contemplate their thoughts and then throw the paper away in a trash can.

Those who physically hung onto their thoughts were more likely to use them in forming judgments later when asked to rate their bodies on various scales (bad-good, unattractive-attractive, like-dislike).

“As would be expected, participants who wrote positive thoughts had more positive attitudes toward their bodies than did those who wrote negative thoughts,” reported the Association for Psychological Science. “However, those who threw their thoughts away showed no difference in how they rated their bodies, regardless of whether they wrote positive or negative thoughts.”

A similar experiment found that people were even more likely to rely on their thoughts when they placed them in a safe place like their pocket.

“This suggests you can magnify your thoughts, and make them more important to you, by keeping them with you in your wallet or purse,” Petty said.

That’s not surprising. When you write something down—whether it’s a thought, intention, or goal—you put your energy into it. It’s like writing a contract to yourself.

And, as Feng Shui Master Marie Diamond would tell you, it’s like sending a message to the universe, telling it exactly what you want.

Committing your goals and intentions to paper is a key aspect of nearly every self-learning program, because of how effective this simple act is in achieving successful outcomes.

In Diamond Feng Shui, you write your intentions on what Marie calls “activation cards.” You then place them in specific directions to activate the flow of positive energy in your environment to support your success, health, relationships, and spiritual growth.

In Effortless Success, I stress the importance of committing your life purpose, goals, and dreams to paper. Writing about what you want is a way to gain clarity and form intention, which in turn activates the Law of Attraction.

Journaling can play a critical role in enhancing your ability to see energy and benefit from your meditations.

Writing your intentions initiates the remarkable goal-seeking capabilities of your brain. So as you approach the last quarter of your year, think about what you want to create in your life. Then write it down. Be very specific, and be positive.

When you’re done, place your goals in a location important to you. Or, carry them around in your pocket or purse to amplify their effect!

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, March 16, 2014

Stop Writing About Your Past—And Start Writing About Your Future
Written by Chris Widener

"The history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice—their choice." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Many people spend a lot of time on their history. Some do it purposefully with such hobbies as journaling, while others simply write and rewrite their history over and over in their minds. Depending upon the way you go about this, this can be good or bad. If you are doing it so you can reflect back on your life, that’s good. If you are doing it so you can learn from your past, that’s good, too. Unfortunately, many people do it simply as a subconscious act of running themselves into the ground over and over.

What you "write" in your mind is an act of mental discipline, just as what you write on a sheet of paper is a discipline. Keep that in mind.

So if this is true, that we can make a choice as to what we want to write, both literally and figuratively, we have an extraordinary opportunity. Instead of going over and over our past, we can choose to write our future. Have you ever thought about writing your future before it even happens to you? Well, now you can—and you will!

Here is a process that will let you determine and write your own future:

Choose to choose your own future. If you don't make the decision to accept responsibility for your own future, then you are choosing to not write your future. You must choose to choose. Do you?

Determine what you want your future to be. Be specific. What do you want to earn? Where do you want to live? What do you want to weigh? What do you want to do for a living? What do you want to do in your leisure time? How much do you want to retire on?

If you don't know the answers to these questions, then you may as well not even begin to write your future. Take some time to answer them fully.

Get a good understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. If you are going to write your future, you will have to have a sober understanding of what you are good at and what you are not particularly good at. Maybe ask a good friend or your spouse to give you an honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses.

Focus on playing to your strengths while ever improving your weaknesses. Be sure that what you are doing is utilizing your strengths to their fullest. And you don't want to forget your weaknesses, even while you are trying to stay away from them. Instead, set smaller goals for improvement in your areas of weakness while you set grand goals for the areas you are strongest in!

Get out a three pieces of paper. On the top of one, write, "One year from today I will…" On the next write, "Three years from today I will…" On the last write, "Ten years from today I will…" Then begin to fill them out. Make commitments to yourself. As you write them, end each sentence with a transition to how you are going to do it. For example, you may write, "One year from today I will… Have $4,800 in my savings account by saving $400 per month."

Start putting only information into your mind that will benefit the fulfillment of the kind of life you are writing about. For example, if you have a hard time spending money rather than saving it, you should probably cancel all of the catalogues that come each day that entice you to spend. Instead, spend the time you would have spent thumbing through catalogues going through financial growth material instead.

Discipline yourself to spend your time in a manner that will help you get to your goals. For example, cut out five hours of television a week and spend that time on your goals instead. That would be a difference of 260 hours in the next year. Wow! What could you do with another 260 hours? Almost anything!

You do not have to be a paper cup blowing to and fro in the wind. You do not have to live at the whims of other people or circumstances. You CAN choose your future. You can write it out just the way you want it to happen. Yes, ups and downs will come, but you will outlast them and eventually arrive at your destiny. Then, when you get to the end of your life, you will know how it all turns out because you will have been the author.

Get going—write your own future!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Create Financial Success While Living with Purpose and Balance
Written by Jack Canfield

My clients often ask, “How can I do what I’m passionate about and still be financially successful?” Before I answer that question, let’s see what some individuals are thinking. Some say, “My passion for music will never be fruitful …” Others may think, “Money doesn’t buy happiness…” These statements may not be necessarily untrue, however, most often than not, they are the result of early childhood programming.

The truth is that being financially healthy is an essential part of a well-balanced life. Whether you’d like to save money for a dream vacation, create or expand your business, buy your first home, or simply have peace of mind; you need to take specific steps to assess, diagnose, and cure your financial health.

Start by following my Success Principles to improve your financial health:

Shift Your Financial Thinking
Take the time to meditate and reflect about the limiting thoughts and beliefs that you have about money. You may experience fear, hopelessness, shame, or even guilt. What are the attitudes that are holding you back? Once you have identified the root of your early programming, it’s time to let go. A very effective technique I teach is to fully experience the negative feeling, confront it, release it and finally, replace it with a powerful affirmation that will drive your every day actions and will motivate you to keep striving forward.

Evaluate the Condition of Your Financial Health
Make a complete and honest assessment of your current financial situation. Just as your physical health is critical, your financial health is also vital in many aspects if not for the fact of simply giving you peace of mind! Take the time to identify where you are now, and where you want to be. If you’re at the beginning stages, maybe you’d like to learn how to set and keep a budget. Or you might have already established your net-worth by now, and perhaps you need additional resources to assess your business’s financial statements. It’s crucial to have clarity about the condition of your financial health.

Get Your Cash Flow Under Control
We are creatures of habit; you’ll need to make the conscious decision that you will change whatever is necessary in order to achieve your next goal. This might mean adopting a debt reduction plan, establishing a family savings plan, or figuring out the next steps to reduce your expenses and increase your cash flow.

Create Your Success Strategy
This is possibly the most important step of the process. You have determined the “why”, the “what”, and the “when”, now you have to determine the “How”. Establish a step-by-step plan to reach your immediate goals. What is the next step? How long will it take until it’s completed? How will you monitor your progress? Do you need to seek additional resources to help you? When will you start? Don’t worry about getting it “perfect” the first time, it’s an ongoing process and you will undoubtedly make adjustments as you move along.

Adopt a Mindset of Service
No matter what your goal is, if you drive your results with an attitude of service, you will absolutely receive success. Ask yourself the following: How can you help others? How can your product help others? Could you volunteer your time and help a great cause? What principles are you teaching your children? What will your legacy be? In order to receive you must first give. The rewards of making others happy and acting from a place of service will complete your journey towards creating good and sound financial health.

Take the time to follow my Success Principles so your financial health is always thriving.

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, March 2, 2014

How to Lead a World Class Life
Written by Jim Rohn

Every four years the world is given the gift of the Olympics. For a few weeks nations lay down their arms and come together to let their world class athletes compete on a level playing field to see who the best is in the many events. It boggles the mind what these young men and women can accomplish with their bodies—great feats of skill and determination bring them to the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Incredible.

As I think about what it takes to become a world class athlete capable of competing at the Olympic level, I realize that there are some foundational lessons for all of us to learn as it relates to becoming world class in whatever we set our hands to.

The secret of how these athletes became world class is found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

We all know people who dream of big things but never accomplish those dreams, don't we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. But the engine that drives the dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want, while dedication is what will get it for you.

There are three parts to desire: 1. Dreaming, 2.The Vision and 3. Focus.
  • First, is dreaming. Have you let yourself dream lately? Just sit down and begin to imagine all of the incredible possibilities your life could become? Spend some time just dreaming.
  • Next is the vision. Once you dream, you begin to cut back on all of the possibilities and narrow it to what possibility it is that you really want. You begin to create a vision for your life. You begin to see it as you want it.
  • Lastly under desire is focus. Once you have the vision, you have to really focus in on that dream. This is where you get really specific about what your life is going to look like.
There are also three parts for dedication: 1. The Plan, 2. Beginning and 3. Perseverance.
  • First is the plan. Without a plan you will drift to and fro. You will certainly not carry out your dream if you do not have a plan. So write it down. Set your goals. Know what you want and how you are going to get there.
  • Second is the beginning. This may sound simple and yet it is simply profound. Many people have a dream and they even have a plan, but they never begin. So simple: just start. The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.
  • Lastly is to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section that is hard to travel. Every great dream will encounter difficulty. The question isn't whether or not you will encounter trouble but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough or will you persevere? I have found that every successful person I know, myself included, has encountered problems along the way that tempted them to quit. Yet they persevered and achieved their dream.
Let's take a look at the progression. As you do, think about where you are in the progression of becoming a world class dream pursuer.
  1. Dream
  2. Create a vision
  3. Focus the vision
  4. Develop a plan
  5. Begin to pursue the dream
  6. Persevere
Friends, I hope for you the fulfillment of every dream that you have. That is what life is about isn't it? But to do so, I know that you will have to combine your desire with good old dedication. And when you combine those two, you will be well on your way to leading a world class life!

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.