Thursday, December 31, 2015

It Only Takes 6 Steps to Plan Your Success
Written by Jim Rohn

Because it’s not about what happens to us, but rather what we do about it.

Our results are only as good as our plan.

My mentor Earl Shoaff taught me that it's not what happens that determines the major part of our future—because what happens, happens to us all. Instead, he taught me that the key is what we do about it. If we start the process of change by developing a plan, doing something different the next year than we did the previous year, it won't matter how small those efforts start. Start doing different things with the same set of circumstances—the ones we've always had and cannot change—and see what miracles occur. If we start the miracle process and change ourselves, then everything changes. And here's what is interesting: The difference between failure and success is subtle.

Let me explain by giving you my definitions of failure and success: Failure is a few judgment errors repeated every day. The man says, "Well, I didn't walk around the block today and it didn't kill me, so it must be OK." No, no, it is that kind of error in judgment that after six years has him out of breath and panting as he walks from his car to his office. You can't make those kinds of mistakes. It will cost you.

Now, here is my definition of success: a few simple disciplines practiced every day. Do you see the distinction? A few disciplines... Here's a little phrase we've all heard, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." And my question to you is, "What if that's true?" How simple and easy is that plan?

The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for success.

As humans, we have the unique ability to affect change in our lives. It is through our own conscious choice when we engage in the miracle process of personal development that we are able to transform our nature and our lives.

I want this year to be a success for you—a smashing success—and we know that means you need to have a plan, and then methodically work that plan. The combination of materials, your open attitude toward learning and your diligence to follow a plan that is right for you will make this year the kind of success we know you want it to be. So let me challenge you to be no less sincere, no less committed to the advancement of your philosophy, the set of your sail, your plan.

So, what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to the finish line powerfully? Here are the five major points to keep in mind:

1. Develop the right plan for you.
Some people are very detail-oriented and are able to closely follow an intricate plan. Others are less detail-orientated, which is OK, too.

So what plan is the right plan? The plan that fits you. Each of us is unique and motivated by different factors and you've got to develop a plan that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others, but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along. If you are a free spirit, don't tell yourself you are going to spend two hours a day with a book and a journal. It probably won't happen and you will just get discouraged. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them. This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.

2. Establish times to spend on it.
It might be every Sunday night. It might be 20 minutes each morning or at lunch at before bed. It might be in the car listening to CDs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Whatever it is, set the times and do it. In your step-by-step plan, put down points that you can accomplish every week. They should be specific and achievable. Develop the discipline and take those steps every day, which will move you closer to your goals.

3. Keep a journal.
Take notes. Mr. Shoaff taught me not to trust my memory, but to write it down, to find one place to gather the information that affects change. And that advice has served me well all these years. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Put down your thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and your ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you are serious about becoming wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique, if you come across something important, write it down. Two people will listen to or read the same material and different ideas will come to each one. Use the information you gather and record it for further reflection, for future debate and for weighing the value that it is to you.

4. Reflect.
Create time for reflection—a time to go back over, to study again the things you've learned and the things you've done each day. I call it “running the tapes again” so the day locks firmly in your memory and serves as a tool. As you go through the material in this plan, you will want to spend time reflecting on its significance to you. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day: who you talked to, who you saw, what they said, what happened and how you felt. Every day is a piece of the mosaic of your life.

Next, take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week's activities. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you've got it, so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.

5. Set goals.
Remember that your plan is the roadmap for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Of all the things that changed my life for the better (and most quickly), it was learning how to set goals. Mastering this unique process can have a powerful effect on your life, too. I remember shortly after I met Mr. Shoaff, he asked me if I had a list of my goals, and of course I didn't. He suggested to me that because I lacked a set of clearly defined goals that he could guess my bank balance within a few hundred dollars... and he did! Well, Mr. Shoaff immediately began helping me define my view of the future, my dreams. He taught me to set goals because it is the greatest influence on a person's future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go. The future must be planned, well designed to exert a force that pulls you toward the promise of what can be.

6. Act on your plan.
What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action. They aren't necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan. The time to act is when the emotion is strong. Here's what happens if you don’t: The Law of Diminishing Intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don't translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, diminish and a month from now it's cold and a year from now it can't be found. So set up the discipline when the idea is strong, clear and powerful—that's the time to work the plan. You must capture the emotion and put it into disciplined activities and translate it into equity. And here's what is interesting: All disciplines affect each other; everything affects everything. That's why the smallest action is important—because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one... So step out and take action on your plan, because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2016. 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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Is Self-Improvement
Written by Jim Rohn

Because what you give becomes an investment that will return to you multiplied.

I'm often asked the question, "How can I help someone else change, improve, be better?"

My answer often comes as a surprise, and here it is: The key to helping others is to help you first.

In other words, the best contribution I can make to someone else is my own personal development. If I become 10 times wiser or 10 times stronger, think of what that will do for my adventure as a father... as a business colleague... as a friend.

So the best gift you can give to others, really, is your ongoing personal development—getting better, getting stronger, becoming wiser.

If you have ever ridden in an airplane, then you might have noticed the oxygen compartment located above every seat. There are explicit instructions that say, "In case of an emergency, secure your own mask before helping others." Take care of yourself first. If we used that same philosophy throughout our whole life, it would be so valuable.

I think parents should pick up this valuable philosophy. If the parents are OK, the kids have an excellent chance of being OK. If you learn to create happiness, your kids have an excellent chance of being happy. If you create a unique lifestyle for yourself, it will be a great example to serve your family.

Self-development enables you to serve, to be more valuable to those around you—for your child, for your colleague, for your business, for your community.

That's why I teach development skills. If you keep refining all the parts of your character, yourself, your health so that you become an attractive person, you'll attract opportunity. Opportunity will begin to seek you out. Your reputation will begin to precede you and people will want to be close with you, to do business with you.

All of that possibility is created by working on the philosophy that success is something you attract by continually working on your own personal development.

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, December 20, 2015

WARNING: The Killer to Your Success
Written by Darren Hardy

I have to warn you about something.
There is a murderer in your midst.
In fact, this killer lies within and it will be what kills your success.
Let me explain in the audio below:

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You see, becoming successful is easy. Many people reach success.

It’s staying successful that’s hard. And most don’t.
To stay successful, you have to stay hungry.


Those, in fact, were the final words of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech, “Stay hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Why is this so important?
Because the enemy of success and the death of your drive and spirit, is complacency.

Complacency moves into your life so subtly and slowly like a fog bank that ends up blanketing a coastal village and then suppresses our potential without us even realizing it.

Hey, we all start out excited about life. We have grand visions and big goals. We make heroic proclamations about what we will do and who we will become. Fired up about the future with intoxicating passion surging through our veins, we tackle the unknown with unbridled courage and determination.

But then, as we stub our toes a few times we start heeding the warnings of others. Those “who know better” and eventually learn to play it safe. Our zealous enthusiasm is bridled a bit, and we meld into doing things according to “best practices” and they way it’s always been done.

Finally, with some reasonable level of success achieved, enough social admiration and a feeling of security and self-esteem obtained, we become content. Our ego is satisfied, society has accepted us and we’re “off the hook.”

THIS is when the grim reaper of complacency starts moving in. It’s part of our human nature. Our brains instinctively conserve energy by relying on things staying the same as a way to survive. Being complacent is easy. CHANGING something because it’s the right thing to do, that is what’s hard.

Complacency is what leads our resistance to change. Fear of the unknown confines us to the comfort zone of complacency, particularly when we can convince ourselves that our current condition is “good enough.” So we stay with jobs, relationships, lifestyles and identities WAY beyond the vital learning curve.

We settle in, forever enslaved to a self-contentment that caps our willingness to move into the fertile realm of insecurity, where our greater potential resides and our grand adventure awaits.

When we run from hard work and negative emotions, we are running from the very thing that we need to make us stronger. Too many times, people get into a routine in their lives. They get up and have the same breakfast. They do the same work, the same way day after day. They come home and do the same evening routine, possibly drinking too much or watching too much TV.

And then they say they are “content” with their lives. They say that they like what they are doing and how they are living their lives. But are they really content or have they gotten complacent?

How many times a day do we react to growth opportunities with: “Yeah, but” or “Why bother?”
Complacency entraps us in a dependency on situations that have long outlived their purpose, justifying all the “good” reasons why we should just play it safe, stay where we are, and not rock the boat.

But here’s the real risk—you risk LIFE. It is not contentment that makes us happy. It’s actually, quite the opposite. It’s the moments when we are striving, driving and reaching for something that we feel most spirited and alive. And look, life isn’t worth living unless you feel it, right?

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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pay Yourself First - Yes, Even Before Your Bills

The philosophy of the rich versus the poor is this: The rich invest their money and spend what is left; the poor spend their money and invest what’s left. ~ Jim Rohn

Think you don’t make enough money to save some of it? Think again!

If you earn $25,000 a year for 40 years, you will have earned $1 million dollars! Earn $35,000 for 40 years, and you’ve earned $1.4 million dollars. And if you earned $45,000 for 40 years, you’d have made $1.8 million dollars!

Just like your taxes are automatically taken out of your check, you can automate paying yourself first as well. By paying yourself first, you can get ahead in the savings game.

Here’s what can happen when you save just $100 a month for 40 years:
  • At 3% interest, you would have about $93,000.
  • At 5% interest, you’d have about $153,240.
  • If you got a 9% interest rate, you’d have about $472,000!
That’s the power of paying yourself first! After all, it’s not what you earn – it’s what you keep!

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

6 Daily Gratitude Habits That Will Attract More Abundance and Joy into Your Life
Written by Jack Canfield

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread."
- Mother Teresa, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize


We are officially entering into “peak gratitude season,” when we celebrate our thankfulness for all the good things in our lives.

But wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience that level of joy, love, and appreciation every day of the year? How would it change your life if you did?

Gratitude attracts more good things to be grateful for

"Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough."
- Oprah Winfrey


Appreciation is one of the highest emotional states you can experience. When you cultivate gratitude, you’re able to feel true joy and contentment, no matter what you have or don’t have in your life. And since the Law of Attraction states that like attracts like, when you’re grateful for what you already have, you will naturally attract more for which you can be grateful.

However, many people find that it requires great diligence to cultivate a persistent attitude of appreciation. That’s because we’ve been culturally conditioned to focus on what we don’t have, rather than appreciating what we’ve already received or achieved.

To help you combat this conditioning, here are 6 simple tips on how to make gratitude a natural part of your daily routine, so you can attract more joy and abundance into your life all year long:

1. Take 7 minutes each morning to write down everything you appreciate in life
Starting your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring. It also helps you cultivate an air of positivity that makes you naturally more attractive to other positive people – and inspires them to want to help you achieve your goals.

2. Make a conscious effort to appreciate at least 3 people every day
By letting people know how much you appreciate them, you increase their own sense of appreciation and self-worth, and encourage them to pay this positive energy forward to other people.

While most people enjoy receiving verbal appreciation, written notes are also nice because they can be saved and re-read. (For ideas on expressing appreciation, grab your copy of The Success Principles and review Principle 53: Practice Uncommon Appreciation.)

3. Play the Appreciation Game
Set a specific time each day to consciously appreciate everything you encounter. An ideal time to do this is on your way to or from work. Appreciate the people you pass, the road you walk on, the cars that let you merge into a different lane, the street signs that make it easy for you to know where you’re going, the rain that’s nourishing the plants and trees, and so on.

Look for the good in all situations – even those you would normally view as negative. As the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” For example, when my wife was in a car accident a few years ago, she could have chosen to berate herself or question her judgment. Instead, she focused on her gratitude for suffering only minor injuries and for the help she received from other drivers.

4. Carry a physical token of gratitude in your pocket, such as a heart-shaped stone, crystal, or some other small item
A physical reminder can bring you back to your practice of gratitude when your mind has drifted elsewhere. As you reach into your pocket throughout the day and feel the token, use it as a reminder to stop, breathe and take a moment to fully experience the emotion of gratitude. The more conscious effort you put into seeking it out, the easier it will be to find it – and the more powerful your experience will be.

5. Remember to appreciate the smallest blessings
The best way to activate your gratitude is by acknowledging the gifts most people take for granted. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes in your closet and a roof over your head, you are better off than 75 percent of the world’s population.

If you eat three meals a day, you are far better off than the 1 billion people on the planet who eat once a day at most.

Do you have a phone? How about a car that allows you to travel to work or to explore the country? Is your family healthy? Do you have a computer and Internet access to stay in touch with the world, get access to education, and perform work for which you are paid? Do you have clean water to drink?

Celebrate these simple blessings. These daily conveniences are gifts that most people in the world do not enjoy.

6. Appreciate yourself
Finally, don’t forget to appreciate your OWN positive qualities and accomplishments. In addition to celebrating your big successes, acknowledge your small daily successes too. We all need acknowledgement, but the most important acknowledgement is that which we give ourselves.

One of the most powerful ways to acknowledge and appreciate yourself is by doing the Mirror Exercise. This powerful exercise requires you to appreciate yourself for the day’s accomplishments while talking to yourself in a mirror. For detailed instructions and guidance for the Mirror Exercise, see page 199-201 of The Success Principles.

It may not feel natural at first to focus on appreciating what you already have, but by faithfully practicing the Daily Appreciation Habits outlined in this article, you’ll begin to change your conditioning.

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/.