Sunday, May 31, 2015

How to Use Fear to Be Successful
Written by Jack Canfield

Feeling fear is a very natural part of living. Fear is a helpful emotion as it tells you when you need to be extra careful, keenly aware and cautious—fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop. Acknowledging it helps you know when you are stepping
out of your comfort zone. Fear brings your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow, and confronting your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success. There is no other way.

Successful people also feel fear, but they don’t let it discourage them from moving forward. They realize that fear is a feeling telling them they are about to do something new—something that they are not especially good at yet. For this reason, they know they should pay extra attention to how it should be done, research the process and plan out the steps they will take to accomplish it. And as they go through the process, they can see what worked and what didn’t.

To be successful, you must be willing to be afraid, because fear accompanies risk. Without taking risks, you will not achieve your dreams.

Know that so many of your fears are self-created. You imagine a horrible outcome to your new experience, and that image is the fear that holds you back. So realize that all new experiences will be slightly scary, but also acknowledge that what it is you are afraid of is a self-created image of what is going to happen. Acknowledge that you are imagining the worst and that you really have no idea what will happen. You have a choice in what you let your mind dwell on. If you’re going to let yourself visualize the worst, then make sure you let yourself visualize the desired outcome, too.

If a fear is too great for you to overcome, try breaking it down into smaller challenges. Try starting out doing the parts of the project that don’t scare you so much. You need to give a speech in front of a large group? Try giving your speech in front of a small group of people who care for you. Work your way up until you are able to feel the fear but still move forward. As you do, you’ll build your confidence and eventually won’t feel fear surrounding those issues. You will have done them enough to count it as a skill.

As you move toward your goal, don’t attach yourself to the outcomes. Keep moving toward your dream doing everything you can to create what you want, then let it go and see what shows up. Sometimes the universe will have a better idea in mind for you and presents a better opportunity when you were expecting something completely different. Don’t let fear keep you from moving forward—even if the horrible outcome that you imagined happens, the universe will always provide for you another way to succeed. So be on the lookout.

Acknowledge your fear. Treat it like a child, hold its hand and take it with you. Trust that no matter what happens, you are smart and strong enough to keep looking for opportunities. If you are willing to try new experiences in spite of your fears, more new experiences will present themselves for you to try. And the more you try, the more you are likely to succeed!

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, May 24, 2015

A Story About Twins and the Incredible Time Value of Money

On the road to retirement and to becoming financially independent, let's face it, there sure are a lot of challenges along the way. Some of the major ones most people face are debt, taxes, inflation, deceptive financial products and a general lack of investment knowledge.
I'm sure you would agree that those are some pretty big challenges to overcome. But, would you believe that as important as all of challenges I already mentioned are, not understanding the "Time-Value" of money actually trumps them all.

I can not stress enough the importance of really and truly understanding how the time-value of money works. I believe the lack of understanding this simple, yet powerful financial concept is the number one reason why many are struggling with their finances today. This lack of knowledge is pushing back or putting off many people's retirement plans as well as making many more people easy targets for deceptive financial products and practices.

In the following video I tell a story about twins and how the incredible time-value of money drastically effected each of their retirement nest-eggs.

I hope you enjoy and please leave me your comments below!


If you cannot view the video please click on this link

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, May 17, 2015

4 Straightforward Steps to Success
Written by Jim Rohn

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.

I’ve said it before, that success is the study of the obvious—but sometimes we need someone to remind us and show us the simplest way to get there.

Here are four simple steps to find your way to more success than you could ever imagine:

1. Collect good ideas. My mentor taught me to keep a journal when I was 25 years old. It’s the best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way. And that inspiration will be passed on to my children and my grandchildren. If you hear a good health idea, capture it, write it down. Then on a cold wintry evening or a balmy summer night, go back through your journal. Dive back into the ideas that changed your life, the ideas that saved your marriage, the ideas that bailed you out of hard times, the ideas that helped you become successful. That’s valuable, going back over the pages of ideas you gathered over the years, reminiscing, reminding yourself. So be a collector of good ideas, of experiences, for your business, for your relationships, for your future.

It is challenging to be a student of your own life, your own future, your own destiny. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal.

2. Have good plans. Building a life, building anything, is like building a house; you need to have a plan. What if you just started laying bricks and somebody asks, “What are you building?” You put down the brick you’re holding and say, “I have no idea.”

So, here’s the question: When should you start building the house? Answer: As soon as you have it finished. It’s simple time management.

Don’t start the day until it is pretty well finished—at least the outline of it. Leave some room to improvise, leave some room for extra strategies, but finish it before you start it. Don’t start the week until you have it finished. Lay it out, structure it, put it to work. The same goes for the month ahead—don’t start it until you have a plan in place.

And, the big one, don’t start the year until it is finished on paper. It’s not a bad idea, toward the end of the year, to sit down with your family for the personal plans, to sit down in your business for the professional plans, to sit down with your financial advisor to map out money plans. Plan out your calendar, your game plan, for all of life’s moving parts.

The reason why most people face the future with apprehension instead of anticipation is because they don’t have it well designed.

3. Give yourself time. It takes time to build a career. It takes time to make changes. It takes time to learn, grow, change, develop and produce. It takes time to refine philosophy and activity. So give yourself time to learn, time to start some momentum, time to finally achieve.

I remember when Mama was teaching me a little bit about the piano. “Here is the left hand scale,” she said. I got that; it was easy. “Here is the right hand scale.” I got that, too. Then she said, “Now we are going to play both hands at the same time.” “Well, how can you do that?” I asked. Because one at a time was easy... but two the same time? But I got to where I could play the scales with both hands. “Now we are going to read the music and play with both hands,” she said. You can’t do all that, I thought. But you know, sure enough I looked at the music, looked at each hand, a little confused at first, but finally I grasped it. Then I remember the day when Mama said, “Now we are going to watch the audience, read the music and play with both hands. Now that is going too far! I thought. How could one person possibly do all that? By giving myself time to master one skill before we went to the next, I got to where I could watch the audience, read the music and play with both hands.

Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.

4. Change yourself. Learn to solve problems—business problems, family problems, financial problems, emotional problems. The best way to treat a challenge? As an opportunity to grow. Change if you have to, modify if you must, discard an old philosophy that wasn’t working well for a new one.

The best phrase my mentor ever gave me: “Mr. Rohn, if you will change, everything will change for you.” I took that to heart, and sure enough, the more I improved, the more everything improved for me.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2015. 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, May 7, 2015

Putting Life Insurance Into Perspective

For most families, Life Insurance is one of the most important financial products that they will ever own. But, as important as Life Insurance is, it is also very misunderstood.

Some alarming statistics according to a survey from LifeHealthPro.com back in 2010: 68 million Americans have no Life Insurance at all - and that number has only been going up, not declining. Also, for those who do have Life Insurance, many find themselves being under-insured or over-premiumed.

I understand that the last thing most people want to do is to think about their own mortality. However, the statistics on mortality are astounding too! There is actually 100% chance that you are going to die. It is not a question of if, but of when. I know this may be unpleasent to think about, but if you have someone relying on you then you should be thinking about it.

Furthermore, Life Insurance can be very confusing and you can go into "analysis paralysis" if you are not careful: Should I get the kind of insurance that builds up savings or the kind that doesn't? Should I get the kind of insurance that lasts my whole life or for just a certain period of time?

So, in the following brief video, I will help sort it all out by putting things into perspective.

I hope you enjoy and please leave me your comments below!



If you cannot view the video please click on this link

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, May 3, 2015

The #1 Reason You Can’t Get What You Want
Written by Jack Canfield

I have spent my whole life studying, living, and teaching the common principles that successful people follow to achieve their goals and create the life of their dreams.

And one thing I’ve noticed is this:

Most people fail at achieving true success because they haven’t clearly defined what “success” means for them.

After all, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s almost impossible to find it! So here’s a question I’d like you to think about...

How do YOU define “success?”

If you answered something like, “making a ton of money,” or “having a big house and fancy car,” or “owning a multimillion dollar company and dominating my industry,” you are thinking way too small. Success isn’t about what you have – it’s about how you feel.

If you wake up every morning excited to dive into what the day holds in store for you, THAT is success. If your heart overflows with joy because of the loving relationships in your life, THAT is success. If you’re living your life in alignment with your highest beliefs and make a positive difference in the world, THAT is success.

Are you living your own definition of success – or someone else’s?

Inside of every one of us is a tiny seed of the “you” that you were meant to become. Unfortunately, you have buried this seed in response to your parents, teachers, coaches, and other adult role models as you were growing up.

Think of all the times you were told...

“Don’t touch that!”

“You don’t really feel that way.”

“You can’t have everything you want.”

“Stop being so selfish!”

“Can’t you think of anyone but yourself?!”

After many years of listening to these kinds of sanctions, most of us eventually lose touch with the needs of our bodies and the desires of our hearts – and got stuck trying to figure out what other people wanted us to do. We learned how to act and how to be to get their approval.
  • We go to medical school because that’s what Dad wanted for us.
  • We get married to please our mother
  • We get a “real job” instead of pursuing a dream career in the arts
In the name of being sensible, we end up becoming numb to our own desires. There are too many layers of “should’s” and “ought to’s” and “you’d better’s” piled on top of and suffocating what you really want.

It’s time to reclaim your vision

So how do you get back to what you really want and reconnect with your true passion with no fear, shame, or inhibition?

You start small by recognizing and honoring your own preferences in every situation. When you are confronted with a choice, no matter how small or insignificant, ask yourself, “What do I really want?”

Remaining unclear about what you want – and making other people’s needs and desires more important than your own – is a habit. You can break it by practicing the opposite habit.

You can also create a list of all the things you love to do – and all the things you want to do, have, and be in your life – and review the list regularly to keep it top of mind. By acknowledging your own wants and desires, you make it possible for yourself to act on them in a much more powerful way.

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/.