Sunday, November 29, 2015

Begin With Gratitude and Watch the Miracles Flow Your Way
Written by Jim Rohn

Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.

Is thankfulness a survival skill? Maybe most of you would respond with, "No, 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, 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 am also very thankful for the people, the associations, for the ideas, for the chance to work and labor, and to produce results. I'm grateful for it all.

Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and see the miracles that come from this one simple act.

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—it means working 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 © 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.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4 Keys to Unlock the Power of Your Mind
Written by Jim Rohn

When your brain is working at peak performance, it allows you to be your best because it controls the rest.

Take care to feed and stimulate your brain and you will expand your mind. The two are inextricably connected. We need to see the human brain and mind with wonder, awe and inspiration.

The brain is the equivalent of a human supercomputer. It is more complicated than any computer mankind has ever made, and maximizing its ability is essential to becoming the success you want to be—because it controls who you are. It is the command center involved in and controlling absolutely everything you do, determining how you think, feel and act.

Simply put: When your brain is working at peak performance, it allows you to be your best because it controls the rest.

There are some basic influences on the brain that shape how it functions and how far it develops, including genes, self-talk, life experiences, stress and study. Although these things influence the brain, they do not determine how far you can go or what you can learn. In other words, you have the incredible opportunity to go as far as you desire.

So with such a tremendous tool at our disposal, what keeps so many people from experiencing the possibilities that it can bring? There are some simple barriers that have the potential to wreak havoc on your learning if you allow them to, but you can overcome them. The key to breaking through these barriers is to do the opposite…

1. Change your beliefs.
Many people do not believe that they can learn, master knowledge or become "smart." These are deeply held beliefs for many, and ultimately, if we do not believe it, we will not achieve it.

So change your beliefs. It is up to you to do the work of changing your beliefs. And when you do, you will be opening up new worlds—literally! Feed your mind with information that will change your belief. The truth is that you have an amazing mind with a capacity for learning that is beyond your comprehension. You must believe this. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind.

2. Get the right knowledge.
What keeps some people from learning is that they choose not to access or do not have access to knowledge. Knowledge comes from experiences, books, people and other "knowledge dispensers." We must tap into that knowledge.

So 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 a learner, you want to get the right knowledge, not just information or opinions. It is your job to seek out information and knowledge and then test it and run it through your mind to see if it is true, and if it can be rightfully applied to your life in order to make it better and help you succeed. You need to weigh and measure what you learn in order to gain the right knowledge. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind.

3. Become passionate about learning.
Some people simply do not have the desire to learn. They may be lazy, or they may not see the positive impact that learning would have on them. They have no passion inside that drives them to learn.

So 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, that will get you fired up. When you learn about how to interact with your family in a healthy way and your relationships get better, that will inspire you. Become passionate about learning. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind.

4. Discipline yourself through the hard work of study.
Gaining knowledge is hard work and takes a lifetime to master. It is an ongoing discipline that is never complete.

So 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, that takes time. Slowly but surely, when you discipline yourself, you gain knowledge and learn. And when you do, you will be unlocking the potential of your mind.

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 © 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, November 12, 2015

We All Have 2 Choices in Life...to be all that we can be, or to be less
Written by Jim Rohn

Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives.

The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life—the the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.

And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice.

To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.

Like the tree, it would be a worthy challenge for us all to stretch upward and outward to the full measure of our capabilities. Why not do all that we can, every moment that we can, the best that we can, for as long as we can?

Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit—to settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.

Results are the best measurement of human progress. Not conversation. Not explanation. Not justification. Results! And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today than we were the day before. The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of whom and what they have become.

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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

“Inquire within” to achieve greater success in business
Written by Jack Canfield

“Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This data base is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part.” ~ Michael J. Gelb Author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Discover Your Genius

When it comes to achieving greater success in business, most people look beyond themselves for insight on what steps they should follow to take their business or career to the next level.

They attend conferences, consult with colleagues, watch webinars, sign up for new training, and read books written by experts.

All these are great things to do – but if you only turn to outside experts for answers on what to do next, you could be overlooking a very powerful source of wisdom: YOUR OWN INTUITION.

Successful people trust their own intuition

All of the most successful people I know inquire within and trust their own intuition first and foremost when it comes to finding answers or making any important business or career decisions.

They understand that all the ideas you need to complete any task, solve any problem, or achieve any goal are available inside you.

For example, when Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, wanted to buy the Stevens Corporation at auction, he submitted a sealed bid for $165,000. When he awakened the next morning with the number 180,000 in his head, he swiftly changed his bid to $180,000 and successfully secured the company.

The next highest bid was $179,800 – which means Hilton bid just enough to barely edge out a competitor. And that acquisition generated an easy $2 million in profit for him!

Or consider how Mark Victor Hansen and I came up with the title for our best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series...

We had almost finished writing the first book but still didn’t have a title for it. Because we both meditate, we decided to “inquire within.” Every day for a week, we asked our internal guidance for a bestselling title.

On the third morning, I suddenly saw a hand write the words “chicken soup” on a blackboard in my mind. My immediate reaction was, What does chicken soup have to do with our book?

I heard a voice in my head respond, Chicken soup is what your grandmother gave you when you were sick as a child.

But this book isn’t about sick people, I thought.

People’s spirits are sick, my inner voice replied. Millions of people are depressed and living in fear and resignation that things will never get better. This book will inspire them and uplift their spirits.

During the remaining minutes of that meditation, the title evolved from Chicken Soup for the Spirit to Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. When I first heard Chicken Soup for the Soul, I got goose bumps. I have since learned that giving me goose bumps is one of the ways my intuition tells me I am on track.

And over the last 20 years, Chicken Soup for the Soul® has become a brand responsible for more than $2 billion in sales of books and many licensed products including pet food and greeting cards.

So, how can you tap into your own intuition to unleash your creative genius, make better decisions, solve problems faster, create winning business strategies, and make more money?

Here are my suggestions:

1. Meditate regularly
In order to be able to listen to your intuition, first you need to be able to “hear” it. This is where regular meditation comes in. It will help you clear out mental distractions and teach you to recognize subtle impulses within. This is especially important when you’re about to make a big business decision.

I recommend meditating every morning as soon as you wake up. It doesn’t have to be for long – even ten or 15 minutes each day will have a significant impact on your life.

As you meditate and become more spiritually attuned, you can better discern and recognize the sound of your higher self or the voice of God (or the universe, or however you want to describe the power that flows through all things) speaking to you through words, images, and sensations.

When I meditate, I’m able to see connections that were previously not clear to me. I’m able to understand my motivations, fears, and desires at a deeper level.

If I’m dealing with a challenge in my life, solutions come pouring into my mind – clear thoughts and images of the steps I need to take, the people I need to talk to, and what I need to do to transcend the obstacles in my way. It’s a truly magical experience.

2. Get clear on the questions you want answered
If you’re looking for answers, first you need to get clear on what it is you’re asking.

I recommend that you take the time to figure out exactly what truth you’re trying to uncover, or decision you need to make regarding your business or career – and write it down on paper in the form of a question.

Then, before you go to bed at night, speak that question aloud at least three times, to embed it into your subconscious. Then put it out of your mind and go to sleep.

When you wake up to perform your meditation the next morning, you may find that your subconscious mind has been busy while you sleep, and ready to provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for.

3. Cultivate mindfulness so you can receive messages in whatever form they arrive
Your intuition can communicate with you in many ways. It may come to you in a vision or appear as an image while you are meditating or dreaming. It may speak to you as a hunch, a thought, or a voice actually telling you yes, no, go for it, or not yet.

In order to hear it when it speaks to you, practice mindfulness whenever possible. Mindfulness is the act of bringing your complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis in an open, accepting, nonjudgmental way. By remaining mindful in the present moment, you open your awareness of what you’re thinking, feeling, and experiencing, so that you can recognize your intuition when it communicates with you.

4. Listen to your body
Your intuition may speak to you through your physical senses.

A negative message or warning may come to you in the form as a chill, the creeps, a sense of restlessness, discomfort in your got, constriction in your chest, tightness or pain in your head, even a sour taste in your mouth.

A positive or “yes” message might come in the form of goose bumps, a dizzy feeling, warmth, a sense of opening or expansiveness in the chest, a sense of relaxation or relief, or a letting go of tension.

5. Listen to your emotions
Maybe your intuition will speak to you through your emotions.

If it’s trying to caution you or warn you against taking a particular course of action, you may feel a wave of uneasiness, concern, or confusion when you think about taking that action.

If, on the other hand, when you think about taking that action you feel a rush of joy, excitement or euphoria or profound inner peace, that could be your intuition telling you you’re on the right track.

6. Write down your answers
Whenever you access your intuition, make sure to immediately write down any impressions you receive. Intuitive impressions are often subtle and therefore “evaporate” very quickly, so make sure to capture them in writing as soon as possible.

Recent research in neuroscience indicates that an intuitive insight – or any new idea – not captured within 37 seconds is likely never to be recalled. And in 7 minutes, it’s gone forever.

So make sure you always have your smartphone or memo pad with you so you can record any intuitive insights or ideas that emerge.

7. Take immediate action
You know the saying, “the universe rewards action?” It’s true!

When you act on the information you receive, you’ll find that you get more and more intuitive impulses. After a while you will be living in the flow, and it will all seem easy and effortless as the wisdom comes to you and you simply act on it. You will learn to trust yourself more, and receiving insight from your intuition and acting on it will become automatic.

Experts agree that your intuition works better when you trust it. The more you demonstrate faith in your intuition, the more you will see the results of it in your life. So I strongly encourage you to listen to your intuition, trust it, and follow it.

Trusting your intuition is simply another form of trusting yourself, and the more you trust yourself, the more success you will have.

What is your intuition telling you to do?

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 1, 2015

When Compound Interest Can Really Hurt You

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.” ~ Albert Einstein

Nothing can be more true than this quote from Albert Einstein. I'm sure when most people think about compound interest, they think about how it can work in their favor, for instance, in a savings or investment account. However, most people don't realize the incredible power of compound interest and how much it can also work against them, especially with their DEBT.

And the banks and credit card companies sure aren't making things any easier. As a matter of fact, the average APR on retail credit cards continues to rise and now sits at 23.43% (up from 23.23% in 2014), according to a new report from CreditCards.com.

For instance, if you start with a $500 balance on your credit card at 19.8% interest, then each year make two additional charges of $75 each, and pay only the minimum monthly payment of 3.5% of the balance or $20, whichever is greater, after 25 years the interest charges amount to $3,121. And after 25 years, you will still have a balance of $624!

This reminds me of a cartoon by Randy Glasbergen where a boy asks his father, "What's a credit card?" and the father answers, "A credit card is what you use when something costs too much, and you want to pay more for it." Funny, but true!

So, the first step to reversing this trend and having compound interest work for you is to not only pay down your debt, but to completely eliminate it. A smart strategy for taking control back and eliminating debt sooner is to pay a fixed amount every month as opposed to just paying the minimum. For more details on this strategy you can compare “Revolving” vs. “Fixed” Credit Card Payment Plans.

Then once you have your debt under control you can really take advantage of the power of compound interest. But, to make sure your hard-earned money is working harder for you than for someone else you will also want to read You Work Hard For Your Money and Your Money Should Be Working Hard … FOR YOU!

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