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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cultivating Intuition
Written by Jack Canfield

For most people, early education and training taught us to look out outside of ourselves for the answers to our questions. But we have the answers we need inside. Our unconscious mind is the source of our hidden genius.

Intuition is not something relegated to certain people. Not only does everyone have intuition, but everyone has experienced it as well.

Have you ever been thinking of someone, and the phone rings and it’s that person on the other line who was just thinking about you? Have you ever felt a burning sensation on the back of your neck and when you turned around you see someone staring at you from across the room?

We’ve all experienced this kind of intuition. If you want to leverage your innate wisdom to create greater success, you must learn to tap into your intuition at will.

Recognize When Your Intuition Speaks
To be able to use your intuition, you must able to recognize when it is speaking. Intuition is not loud and demanding. It is subtle and appears differently for different people.

Some people receive messages as visions or images, which can appear in quick flashes or unfold slowly, like a movie. Your intuition might speak to you as a hunch, a thought or in words. You may even find that you are able to dialogue with your intuition to get more information and clarity.

You might notice physical sensations, such as goosebumps, discomfort in your gut, a feeling of relief or a sour taste in your mouth. Others experience intuitive messages through emotions, such as feelings of uneasiness or confusion when their intuition is trying to steer them away from something or, when the message is positive, feelings of euphoria and profound peace. Sometimes intuitive messages are simply a deep sense of knowing and certainty; if you’ve ever said “I felt it in my heart” or “I knew is in the depth of my soul,” chances are it was a message from your intuition.

Deepen Your Intuition
Although intuition is something everyone has, you must cultivate it to receive the maximum benefit. Here are 5 tips to help you access and use your intuition to greater effect.
  • Use meditation to deepen your intuition. Regular meditation will help you clear your mind of distractions, as well as teach you how to better recognize the subtle impulses from within. Set aside time each day to meditate on your own, or use guided meditations such as those found in my Awakening Power program. As you become more attuned to your inner world, you’ll be able to more quickly and easily pick out the sound of your higher self or higher power speaking to you through words, images and sensations.
  • Make time to listen. Life is busy, and in the rush to achieve our tasks and goals, it’s easy to forget to stop and tune into our higher wisdom. Your most valuable wisdom comes through when you are open to receiving it. Devote time every day – and even multiple times each day – to consciously giving your intuition center stage.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be passive when communicating with your intuition. Step up and ask for answers to the questions you are struggling with.
  • Write down your answers. Intuitive impressions are subtle and can “evaporate” quickly. Neuroscience research indicates that intuitive insights not captured within 37 seconds will likely never be recalled again. Many people find journal writing to be a highly effective way to access their intuition. Try it – you’ll be amazed at the clarity of what comes through.
  • Take immediate action. When you act on the information you receive, you’ll find that you get more and more intuitive impulses. After a while, you’ll be living in flow. Intuition works best when we trust it. The more you demonstrate faith in your intuition, the more you will see the results in your life.
Whether you want to make more money, make better decisions, solve problems more quickly, or create winning plans, tuning into your intuition will help you achieve your goals. Trusting your intuition is trusting yourself. The more you trust yourself, the more success you will have.

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, August 17, 2014

Take Control of Your Destiny
Written by Jim Rohn

One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” That is your success and your course is up to you. This doesn't mean that you do it all alone. It simply means that you take responsibility for your life and your career.

Too many people today look at opportunity and figure it is up to someone else to make sure they get it. They look at financial security and hope that the government will make sure they live safely in retirement or in case of disability. They wait and wait, figuring that it is all up to someone else. And then the wait is over, and it is too late to do anything. Their life is over and they are filled with regret.

But this isn't true for you. You know that you must take responsibility for your life. It is up to you. The fact is that nobody else is going to do it for you, you must do it yourself.

I have nothing against affirmations as a tool to create action. Repeated to reinforce a disciplined plan, affirmations can help create wonderful results.

Now, some people may say, “Jim, that's a lot of responsibility.” Friends, that is the best news you can ever hear. You get to choose your life. Hundreds of millions of people all around this world would give anything to live in the situation you do—just for the chance to have the opportunity to take control of their destiny. “It is up to you” is a great blessing! Here's why:

1. You get to chart your own destiny. Maybe you want to start a small business and stay there. That's great because you can choose that. Maybe you want to have a net worth of $100 million. The idea is that you get to choose. You can do whatever you like. Different people have different dreams and they should live them accordingly.

2. You can reap what you sow. Sleep in and go to work late and reap the return. Or get up early and outwork the others and earn a greater return. You decide what you will sow and thus what you will reap.

3. No one else can stop you from getting your dream. Yes, there will always be things that come up and people who may not like what you are doing, but you can just move on and chart your own course. There is great freedom in that.

4. You experience the joy of self-determination. There is no greater pride than knowing you set your mind on something and accomplished it. Those who live with a victim mentality never get to experience the joy of accomplishment because they are always waiting for someone else to come to the rescue. Those who take responsibility get to live the joy of seeing a job well done.

Let me ask you a question: Where will you be in five years? Ten years? Or 25 years? Do you know? Do you have an idea? Have you ever dreamed about it or set a goal for it? Are you willing to take responsibility and recognize that “it is up to you?”

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 10, 2014

DON’T Fake It Till You Make It
Written by Darren Hardy

We often hear the phrase, “Fake it till you make it.”

I know the loving intent people have when saying it, but it has dangerous consequences.

It’s a common catchphrase that suggests you imitate confidence so that the confidence produces success, which will seemingly generate real confidence.

But I have found that when people fake anything, they only produce more fakeness, and that leads to disconnect, trouble, misery and ultimately failure.

When people fake anything, they only produce more fakeness, and that leads to disconnect, trouble, misery and ultimately failure.

Let me tell you about someone whose experience can serve as a warning and an example of this important principle.

Jimmy White was standing in the hallway outside a conference room.
This was it.
The biggest pitch of his career.

At 23 years old, Jimmy had just started his own commercial and residential land brokerage firm, although opening his own business was never his plan. It was only after being interviewed 30 times at the biggest existing firm and still being rejected that he decided to start his own.

He named it White & Associates, though at the moment Jimmy was the only associate. But that could all change. He was moments away from persuading a bank to let White & Associates represent 2,000 acres of a 4,000-acre plot of developed, bank-owned land. Jimmy knew the odds were against him; he lacked a national presence, a portfolio of past projects or even a team to back him up. He also knew the bank was already planning to sign with someone else—the firm that rejected him 30 times!

Doubt began to creep in, and Jimmy resolved to just fake it. But then as the door to the conference room opened, he recalled another pivotal hallway moment. It was in 10th grade and Jimmy was delivering a report on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in class. Had he read the book? No. His dyslexia meant Jimmy had never read a book in his life—but he was going to fake it.

One minute into the presentation, his teacher stopped him. “Jimmy, please come with me into the hallway.” Standing outside the classroom, his teacher asked, “Did you read the book?” “No.” said Jimmy as he stared at his shoes. His teacher sighed. “Jimmy. There’s something I want you to learn here. Look at me.”

The next words changed Jimmy’s life. “I’m going to give you a passing grade, but only if you promise that from now on, you’ll only talk about what you KNOW. If you don’t know something, be honest about it. If you don’t have the answer, say so. And then, instead of faking what you DON’T know, talk passionately about what you DO.” Jimmy nodded, knowing his teacher was talking about more than book reports.

As Jimmy was invited into the bank conference room, he knew what to do. He spoke passionately about everything he knew—and he knew every inch of that land. He had driven it, walked it and surveyed it himself. He knew every road, rock and ripple on the water of the man-made lake. Were there questions he couldn’t answer? Sure; he freely admitted that. But it didn’t matter, Jimmy was on fire, and at the end of the pitch the deal was his.

But it didn’t end there. The bank that owned the OTHER 2,000 acres wanted Jimmy, too. When he sold the land to developers, THEY wanted him to sell the 12,000 lots to the home builders. And years later when the market crashed and the lots went back to the banks, Jimmy was there to sell it again.

That one moment, of selling what he knew instead of faking what he didn’t, made Jimmy White millions of dollars, and now White & Associates brokers more than $1 billion in land deals a year.

Look, don’t fake it until you make it.
Just get busy making it!


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, August 3, 2014

The Law of Sowing and Reaping
Written by Jim Rohn

Here’s the first of the basic laws of leadership: Whatever you sow, you reap. Now here’s another way to put it on the positive side: In order to reap, you must sow. Reaping is reserved for those who sow, who plant. To deserve the harvest, you must plant the seed. Take care of it in the summer. Carefully harvest it and then do wise things with the harvest.

Now, here’s the rest of the law of sowing and reaping. If you sow good, you reap good. If you sow bad, you reap bad. You can’t sow bad and hope for good. You can’t plant weeds and hope for flowers. Here’s something else about the law of sowing and reaping. You don’t reap only what you sow. That’s important to understand. You reap much more than what you sow. If you just reaped what you sow, what’s the exercise for?

An important thing to understand about that is it works both positive and negative. The old prophet said, “If you sow the wind, you don’t reap wind, you reap a whirlwind.” You’ve got to be careful sowing the wind. It comes back as a whirlwind. That’s on the negative side. But now it also works on the positive side. If you plant a cup of corn, how much do you get back—a cup? No, a bushel for the cup. You get back much more than what you plant. That’s the reason for planting—for the increase.

Now here’s the next key to the law of sowing and reaping. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. Everybody has to understand. The farmer plants the crop in the spring and takes care of it all summer. He’s an honorable man. Loves his family and is a decent citizen. But the day before he sends the combines into the field, a hailstorm comes along and beats his crop into the ground. And it’s gone. It’s lost.

So this time it didn’t work. Now what must the farmer do? He’s got to decide whether to do it again or not. “Shall we take another chance the next spring?” We would advise him to do so even though he lost everything in the last harvest because more often than not, you’ll have a harvest if you plant in the spring. There’s no guarantee, but it’s pretty good odds. It’s better than Las Vegas. Incredible! The law of sowing and reaping.

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.