Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Top 5 Personal Development Book Recommendations for Success
Written by Jack Canfield

I’m a huge advocate of continuous learning and part of that learning involves reading personal development books.

The world is always evolving and changing and, if we want to stay ahead of the curve and at the top of our game, then we have to be committed to learning something new each and every day.

If you ever see my home office, you’ll find hundreds of books on a variety of different subjects. Reading—and applying what I read—has been a critical part of my success. I consider it one of my most important daily disciplines. I read for at least an hour a day—sometimes much more, like when I’m on a five-hour plane ride.

I’ve read over 3,000 personal development books throughout the course of my life, but these recommendations I’m about to give you are books that I consistently keep coming back to because they offer timeless insight into how we can grow as individuals in every area of our lives.

Here is my top 5 list of personal development books:

1) "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy
No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire.

If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want. You can get it here.

2) "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill
This is Napoleon Hill's definitive landmark book (revised and updated for the 21st century) on how to unleash your full potential and achieve guaranteed success in life and work, by following the principles outlined in this book.

This book will also teach you how to conquer many common fears, such as Poverty, Ill Health, Criticism, Loss of Love and Death. "Think and Grow Rich," indispensable reading for personal achievement. Find it here.

BONUS: "Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice" by Dr. Dennis Kimbro
Author and entrepreneur Dennis Kimbro combines bestselling author Napolean Hill's law of success with his own vast knowledge of business, contemporary affairs, and the vibrant culture of Black America to teach you the secrets to success used by scores of black Americans, including: Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Dr. Selma Burke, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

The result is inspiring, practical, clearly written, and totally workable. Use it to unlock the treasure you have always dreamed of--the treasure that at last is within your reach. Get your copy here.

3) "The ONE Thing" by Gary Keller
You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress. You want more productivity from your work and more income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Now you can have both. In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to cut through the clutter to achieve better results in less time and build momentum toward your goal. You will learn how to dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling , revive your energy, stay on track, and master what matters to you. The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life--work, personal, family, and spiritual. Get it here.

4) "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich" by Timothy Ferriss
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. You can get it here.

5) "The Biology of Belief" by Bruce H. Lipton
The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.

Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species. Get your copy here.

So now that you know a few of my favorite personal development books, I’d love to hear some of yours!

I’m always looking for new reading material, so please share in the comments below at least one must-read book that’s helped change your life. Then share one book you plan to start reading this month to achieve your personal growth goals.

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/.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Role Good Systems Play in a Creating a Winning Business Model

Businesses operate off of systems. So, you need systems, but systems don’t win – people do.

Let’s say you decide to stay at a hotel that costs $500/night.

You pull up to the hotel and a valet asks you if you want him to park your car. Is that the business owner? No, he’s an employee. But the business owner saw a need and put a system in place and hired that person to run the system.

You have 5 bags. A gentleman walks up to you and asks you if you need any help with your bags. Is that the business owner? No, he’s an employee. But the business owner saw a need and put a system in place and hired that person to run the system.

You check in, not with the business owner. You move up to your room and decide you are hungry but you don’t want to leave the hotel. You want room service. You pick up the phone and you call - not the business owner. They transfer you to the kitchen and someone answers - not the business owner. They give your order to the chef – not the business owner. They give it to someone to deliver it to your room – not the business owner. You eat, put the plate outside, go to sleep, get up the next day and the plate is gone – not by the business owner. You leave your room for the day and you come back and the room is clean by someone who was not the business owner.

Who gets some of the $500/night? Most people say, “The business owner.” Yes, that is true, but the employees get some also. They might say that the business owner gets the most money. That’s probably not true though because there are a lot more employees. But what is the difference? This is the magical question. Where is the business owner? He’s not there.

The business owner can be anywhere he wants to be because once they put the system in place, the money is paid to him through the system. In order for the employees to get some of the money, they’ve got to put in time. If they don’t put in the time, they don’t get paid.

That is exactly why we need to be working out of business ownership mentality – that is why we need the prospecting system; that is why we need the presentation system; the overcoming objections system; the referral system; the closing system; the recruiting system. You’ve got to master those systems so you can, in turn, teach them to other people.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Key to Wealth: Pay Yourself First
Written by Jack Canfield

“Don’t save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving.” ~ Warren Buffett

Many people spend a lot of time trying to discover the key to wealth, or how to become rich.

In 1926, George Clason wrote a book called The Richest Man in Babylon — one of the greatest success classics of all time. It’s the fabled story of a man named Arkad, a simple scribe who convinces his client, a money lender, to teach him the secrets of money.

Becoming rich begins with a few simple rules...

Pay Yourself First
The first principle the money lender teaches Arkad is: “A part of all you earn must be yours to keep.”

He goes on to explain that by first putting aside at least 10% of his earnings — and making that money inaccessible for expenses — Arkad would see this amount build over time and, in turn, start earning money on its own.

Over an even longer time, it would grow into a lot of money, because of the power of compound interest.

Harness The Power of Compound Interest
If you’ve never heard that term before, compound interest is what happens when you earn interest on your savings, and -- when left in the savings account -- that interest begins to earn interest of its own. Given enough time, the earning power of that interest compounding on itself will eventually turn a small amount of money into a fortune.

Compound interest is one of the key reasons why paying yourself first – and starting early in life -- is so essential if you want to accumulate wealth. We’ll talk more about that in a second.

Learn How to Invest
Now, the world’s most aggressive savers pay themselves first and make investing money as central a part of their money management as they do paying their mortgage.

To get in the habit of saving some money every month, immediately take a predetermined percentage of your paycheck and put it in a savings account that you don’t allow yourself to touch. Keep building that account until you’ve saved enough to move it into a mutual fund or bond account or to invest it somewhere else.

Investing just 10% to 15% of your income will help you eventually amass a fortune. Pay yourself first, then live on what is left.

This will do two things:
  1. It will force you to start building your fortune and
  2. If you still want to buy more or do more, it will force you to find ways to earn more money to afford it.
Never Dip into Your Savings to Fund a Bigger Lifestyle
Never dip into your savings to fund your bigger lifestyle. You want your investments to grow to the point that you could live off of the compound interest that accumulates, if necessary. Only then will you be truly financially independent.

Start Paying Yourself First Today
Keeping this idea of paying yourself first in mind, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete after you’re done watching this video. Calculate what 10% of your income is, and commit to saving that much -- no matter what!

To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the most important thing you could start saving for. Is it your retirement? The ability to eventually quit your job and start a charity? Or maybe you need financial independence in order to start a brand new career doing work that you’re passionate about. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

Paying yourself first doesn’t have to stop with money. Learn how self-improvement and learning will pay dividends in your life. By improving yourself, you’ll attract more and more success into your life. You can begin to improve yourself by beginning to include positive affirmations in your life. They are the foundation for all self-improvement and positive thinking.

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/.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to Build a Library Worth Having
Written by Jim Rohn

Begin with a few books. Soon you’ll open up a whole new world of fresh ideas.

We all need a good library. My mentor, Earl Shoaff, got me started on mine. Here’s one of the books he recommended: Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. Mr. Shoaff asked me, “Doesn’t that title intrigue you?” Think and Grow Rich. Who wouldn’t need that book?” I found it in a used book store and paid less than 50 cents for it. It’s one of my most valued treasures.

You can start this process of developing a library like I did. Here’s a mindset to guide you as you begin: Your library needs to show that you’re a serious student of life, health, spirituality, culture, uniqueness, sophistication, economics, prosperity, productivity, sales, management, skills and values of all kinds. Let your library show you’re a serious student.

Your library will become your mental food—your food for thought. It is so important to nourish the mind, not just the body. You’ve got to be educated.

A good book to start with is How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler. In it, Adler gives you some good suggestions on how to not just read a book, but actually get the most information out of it. He also provides a list of the best books ever written, and I’ve used it as a centerpiece for my library.

I’m just telling you what worked for me. If it suits you, fine. If it doesn’t suit you, keep looking until you find something that does suit you. Just be sure to keep your library well balanced.

Let me give you some examples.

No. 1: We’ve all got to have a sense of history. We need to know about American history, international history, family history and political history. This sort of knowledge will illustrate for you that the state of one’s life rarely changes for the better of its own accord. Once you realize that, the next logical step is to realize that you have to do the changing.

History helps us to understand what there is to work with: seed, soil, sunshine, rain. It also tells us what human beings have done with those resources in the past to change their lot in life. You’ll find that many of them transformed from nonproductive citizens to productive ones. That’s what history is for: to learn the lessons of our ancestors. Be a good student of history.

The next crucial topic is philosophy. You might find it a little bit difficult to comprehend some aspects of philosophy, but you can’t just read and study the easy stuff. Try to tackle the more difficult-to-comprehend stuff. That’s how you grow as a person.

Next, novels. Many times, an intriguing story is interwoven with the philosophy that the author is trying to get across. Ayn Rand was probably better at this than anyone. Atlas Shrugged is a towering novel. It kept us intrigued as Rand was feeding us her philosophy. And you don’t need to agree with an author’s perspective to benefit from a novel.

Here’s a little personal advice: Skip the trash. Sometimes you can find something valuable in a trashy novel, but I wouldn’t take the time to read something trashy just to find it. You can find a crust of bread in the garbage can, but I wouldn’t dig through it. There’s simply not enough time to read the truly brilliant stuff.

Next are biographies and autobiographies. You can read the dramatic stories of both good people and terrible people. You need to understand the balance between good and evil. Get a book on Gandhi and a book on Hitler. One will illustrate the heights a good human being can accomplish, and the other will illustrate how low and despicable a human being can become. You need to comprehend both sides of the coin.

Next, accounting. You’ve got to have a least a primary understanding of accounting. Kids have got to start learning the difference between a debit and a credit.

And next is law. You don’t have to be a lawyer, but you’ve got to know contracts, what to sign, what not to sign and how to be safe rather than sorry. All of us need a little law.

I learned this the hard way. Some time ago, a company I was affiliated with in Canada wanted to borrow some money. They needed $250,000. The bank said, “Yes, we will loan the company the money if Mr. Rohn will sign personally.” I wanted to play the hero, and I knew the company could pay it back, so I signed. Sure enough, within less than a year, they had paid the loan back in full. I was indeed seen as the hero.

About a year later, this company got in financial trouble. They went back to the bank and borrowed $250,000 again. I said to myself, I hope my phone doesn’t ring, because I won’t sign the note this time. I knew they were in trouble. I knew they were probably going to go bankrupt. My phone never rang. I was off the hook.

Sure enough, within less than a year, the company went bankrupt. They couldn’t pay, and I got a letter from the bank saying, “Dear Mr. Rohn, since the company cannot perform its obligation and pay this $250,000, and since we have here your personal guarantee, would you please send us your check for $250,000?”

I thought there must be some mistake. I signed that first note, and they paid it all back. I didn’t sign the second note. What I didn’t know was that I had originally signed a continuing guarantee. So now I know what the word continuing means.

I’m asking you to study a little law, know what to sign, know how to defend yourself. Don’t sign too quickly. Be a student. Don’t be a lazy learner.

You’ve got to build a library that shows you’re a serious student of personal development in all areas. So begin with a few books. Soon, you’ll open up a whole new world of fresh ideas.

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.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Life Is Not a Practice Session
Written by Jim Rohn

We cannot keep waiting for a foolproof opportunity to come before we force ourselves to get serious.

The time for practice is over. Practice time was while we were growing up. Practice time was while we were in school.

We are now full participants in the game of life and our opponent is human mediocrity. In the absence of intense and intelligent human activity, the weeds of failure will move in to destroy the small amount of progress that our efforts have created. We cannot afford to wait for the “two-minute warning.” We cannot afford to wait until the last few minutes to discover that our game plan isn’t working. And we cannot afford to wait until the last few ticks of the clock to become intense about life’s opportunities.

We must challenge ourselves right now with a new level of thinking, and drive ourselves toward a new level of achievement.

We must impose upon ourselves a new discipline and develop a new attitude about life that motivates us and inspires others.

We cannot keep waiting for a foolproof opportunity to come by before we force ourselves to get serious. We must identify our current opportunity and embrace it. We must breathe our talent and our vigor and our new sense of urgency into it and discover all that we can do.

We cannot allow ourselves to dwell upon the risks in every opportunity. Instead, we must seize the opportunity inherent in every risk, knowing that we must sometimes run the risk of going too far in order to discover how far we really can go.

You can do it! You can change your life, and you can start right now simply by developing a new sense of urgency. Remember, the clock is ticking. You have the ability to achieve whatever you want if you will just begin the process now.

It is easy to achieve success and happiness. And it is easy not to achieve them.

The final result of your life will be determined by whether you made too many errors in judgment, repeated every day, or whether you dedicated your life to a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.

The discipline of strengthening and broadening your philosophy.

The discipline of developing a better attitude.

The discipline of engaging in more intense and consistent activity that will lead to the achievement of greater results.

The discipline of studying your results in order to anticipate the future more objectively. The discipline of living life more fully and investing all of your experiences in your better future.

These are the challenges to which you must apply your talent and your intensity with a sense of urgency and unshakeable resolve.

May the pieces to your life puzzle come together smoothly, and may you enjoy the picture of that finished masterpiece as a result of your unwavering commitment to mastering the basics.

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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Things don't always go as planned, but in retrospect they always seem to turn out for the best

Seven years ago I started a financial journey with my kids in the hopes of not only teaching them good financial habits, but also teaching them important lessons in entrepreneurialism as well as in life. I got their buy-in and I helped them each set up a business so they could start earning income. With that income they were to divide it into 4 important categories: Giving, Investing, Saving and Spending.

Well, things started off beautifully. My kids were excited to start earning money and then divide it into the different categories. My kids generously gave to the church and various local charities. I helped my kids invest a portion of their money into a Roth IRA to shelter their money from taxes as well as to start their retirement plans – it’s never too early. We had fun calculating how much it could grow into based on getting different interest rates. My kids set goals to save up for and met those goals – my son saved up for a laptop computer and my daughter saved up for an iPad Mini. My kids had fun budgeting and making purchases with their hard earned money. My son bought his own video games and Lego sets, while my daughter bought her own stuffed animals and dolls.

Fast forward to today and my kids are still doing all of the same things I mentioned above. So, “What’s the problem?” You may ask. Well, the problem is that I envisioned so much more – and who doesn’t envision much more for their kids? I envisioned my kids becoming more entrepreneurial and wanting to and finding ways to make as much money as possible so that there would be higher amounts of money in each of the different categories. I envisioned my kids really wanting to get involved with a specific cause or charity that they really had passion for. I envisioned my kids becoming more goal-oriented and wanting to set and accomplish larger and larger goals. I envisioned my kids becoming more budget-conscious and less frivolous with their spending.

I’m always learning and one thing I’ve learned is that not everything goes exactly as I envisioned in my head. That’s why, especially when dealing with people, it is very important, if you have a vision, to share that vision and keep on sharing it to make sure that everyone involved knows what it is and what the expectation level is. It is always good to remember that people are not mind readers.

So, as I go along on this journey of important lessons with my kids, I have to chalk up this lesson as one they taught me.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem
Written by Jack Canfield

Do people with high self-confidence achieve greater success?

“I need to increase my self-esteem” is a statement I hear often from my students. Their belief is that once their self-confidence and self-esteem is higher, they’ll be able to achieve more and become greater successes.

While it’s true that a high self-esteem can assist you in creating the life you dream of, the mistake most people make is how they think about self-esteem. It’s not a thing to be increased or decreased, although that is the common terminology. Instead, self-esteem is a verb; it’s the process of esteeming yourself.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, esteem means “to set a high value on: regard highly and prize accordingly.”

In other words, the process of boosting your self-esteem starts with deciding that you are valuable and treating yourself as such.

5 Good Habits to Build Great Self-Esteem
1) Believe in Yourself
The first step in creating greater self-esteem is to believe in yourself. It’s your responsibility to take charge of your own self-concept and your beliefs – including belief in your worth, your talent, your abilities, and your potential.

2) Identify 9 Major Successes
Research has repeatedly shown that the more you acknowledge your past success, the more confident you become in taking on and successfully accomplishing new ones. A simple way to start this process is to take an inventory of your major success. Divide your life into three time periods – from birth to 15, 16 to 30, and 31 to 45. The list three major successes from each time period.

Divide your life into three time periods – from birth to 15, 16 to 30, and 31 to 45. Then list three major successes from each time period.

To really convince yourself that you’re a successful person who can continue to achieve great things, keep going with your list.

See if you can identify 100 or more of your life successes.

3) Keep a Victory Log
Recall and write down your successes each day. This will log them into your long-term memory, enhancing your self-esteem and self-confidence. Whenever you need a boost of self-confidence, reread what you have written. Keeping and referring to your victory log keeps you focused on your successes instead.

Keeping and referring to your victory log keeps you focused on your successes instead.

4) Display Success Symbols
What you see in your environment has a psychological impact on your moods, attitudes, and behavior. Surround yourself with awards, pictures and other objects that remind you of your successes. Create a special place in your home – such as a hallway, shelf or even the top of your refrigerator – to display your symbols. This will subtly program you to see yourself as someone who has consistent successes in life.

5) Keep Your Agreements
One of the most commonly overlooked ways to boost self-esteem is to keep your word. Every agreement you make is ultimately to yourself, even those that involve other people. Your brain registers agreements as commitments. If you don’t follow through, you learn to not trust yourself. You lose integrity and faith in your ability to produce a result. Don’t undermine your sense of personal power – keep your commitments.

Increase Your Capacity to Take a Risk
To understand the importance of esteeming yourself, imagine you were playing poker. If you have 10 chips and I have 200 chips, who do you think will play more conservatively?

You will, of course, because the stakes are higher for you. Two losing bets of five chips each would put you out of the game. I, on the other hand, could lose five chips 40 times before I was out.

Your self-esteem is like a stack of poker chips. The higher it is, the more willing and able you are to take the risks that will lead you to greater success.

Use the ideas shared in this article to create and maintain the high levels of self-esteem you need to get where you want to be.

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/.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happiness Is Not in the Getting, Happiness Is in the Becoming
Written by Jim Rohn

Celebrate what you’ve already achieved as you look forward to the future.

George Leonard, in his book Mastery, talks about “enjoying the plateau.” This is an important point. So often, we find ourselves racing to get ahead, thinking so much about our next achievement that we can’t appreciate the time in between. We find ourselves losing our motivation.

Happiness is not in the getting; happiness is in the becoming. Happiness is a universal quest. Happiness is a joy that comes as a result of positive activity. It has a wide variety of meanings, a wide variety of interpretations. Happiness is both the joy of discovery and the joy of knowing. It’s the result of an awareness of the full range of life. It’s opening yourself to experiences, sounds, harmonies, dreams and goals. It’s the joy that comes from designing a life that practices the fine art of living well.

Happiness is being able to explore all that life offers. Happiness is quite often found in having options—options of doing what you want to, instead of doing what you have to. The option of living where you want to, instead of living where you have to. The option of looking like you want to, instead of settling for what you have to look like.

Happiness is receiving and sharing, reaping and bestowing. Happiness is found in taking the time to enjoy what you’ve accomplished: enjoying the plateau, giving yourself credit when credit is due, patting yourself on the back for a job well done. Happiness is the here and now. Happiness isn’t the end result; happiness is part of the journey.

There’s an old saying that goes, “The road to heaven, is heaven.” The happiness that you’re searching for in the future must be found today. The success you’re after in the future will only be found by working on it today. Motivation is generated when there is a balance between the need for active achievement and the satisfaction in taking the time to acknowledge what you’ve already achieved.

Take the time to reflect while you’re enjoying your plateau. And while you’re reflecting back on your past accomplishments, think about something else. Think about the potential within you that’s still untapped. Consider the following questions during your time of reflection.
  • What could I have achieved in the past, had I been more diligent?
  • Could I have been more disciplined?
  • Worked smarter instead of harder?
  • Said no more often to social functions and community commitments?
  • What could I have achieved in the past, had I tried things a little different?
Only you can answer this question. It’s very personal.

While you’re reflecting and enjoying your plateau, all I’m asking is that you dig a little deeper and see if you can’t be just a bit more effective next time. Work a little smarter instead of a little harder.

If you take some time to thoughtfully answer question No. 1, you’ll probably have a clue as to what’s needed in the future.

Do you need to work more diligently? Do you need to be more disciplined? Do you need to work smarter instead of harder? Do you need to say no more often? Do you need to manage your time better?

That’s one of the keys to reflection. You can put down on paper what worked for you in the past and figure out ways to translate this information into action. You can design your future better if you can learn from your past. You can face your future with more excitement, more anticipation and more motivation when you design a future worth getting excited about. You can see your future and have it pull you forward. Just don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for what you have done so far.

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.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Achieve Financial Freedom By Becoming Mindful About Your Money
Written by Jack Canfield

Most people are unconscious when it comes to their money. For instance, do you know your net worth? Do you know how much money you have in savings? Do you have a financial plan? These are just a few of many questions you should be asking yourself regularly.

If you want to achieve financial freedom, you have to become conscious about your money. Not only do you have to know precisely where you are, but you also need to know exactly where you want to go and what’s required to get you there.

Here are 4 tips to financial freedom that will make you more mindful about your money.

1) Determine Your Net Worth
If you don’t know your net worth, you can work with an accountant or a financial planner to calculate it or use any of the free tools available on the internet. Knowing your net worth will give you a baseline for where you currently are.

2) Determine How Much You Need to Retire
Calculate what your financial needs will be when and if you retire.

Be aware that retirement, by its very nature, requires that you have financial independence. A good financial planner can tell you how much in savings and investments would be required to produce enough in interest, dividend, rental, and royalty income to live your current or future lifestyle without having to work.

Financial freedom frees you up to pursue your passions, travel, engage in philanthropic endeavors and service projects—or do whatever else you might wish.

3) Become Aware of What You’re Spending
Most people aren’t aware of what they really spend in a month. This is a very important step to developing a millionaire mindset.

If you’ve never tracked your expenditures, start with these steps:
  1. Write down all your normal fixed monthly expenses such as your mortgage or rent, car payment, any other installment or loan payments, insurance bills, cable bill, Internet provider, health club membership, and so on.
  2. Go back over the last 6 to 12 months and calculate average monthly expenditures that fluctuate—utilities, phone bills, food bills, clothing expenditures, automobile maintenance, medical expenses, and so on.
  3. Keep a record for 1 month of everything you spend money on during that month, no matter how big or small—from gas for your car to coffee at Starbucks.
  4. Add up everything at the end of the month so that you are consciously aware—rather than unaware—of what you’re spending.
Check off those items you must pay for and those things you have discretion over. This exercise will make you aware of what you’re currently spending and where you could cut back if you chose to.

4) Become Financially Literate
Not only should you stay conscious around money by reviewing your financial goals every day and tracking your spending every month, but I recommend that you also proactively learn about money and investing by reading at least one good financial book every month for the next year.

Go online and do some research on books that will teach you about money and help improve your financial literacy. Commit to reading at least one of them this month.

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, October 30, 2016

6 Essential Traits of Good Character
Written by Jim Rohn

Success as a leader is built on the foundation of character.

The following are what I believe to be the basics of good character. Miss one of these, and you’ll find a weak link in your character—one that might be your leadership’s undoing.

1. Integrity
Integrity is a good catchword that is similar to character but provides us with a different way of looking at the ideas of character. The root of integrity means “whole” or “undivided,” and that’s a terrific way to help us understand what integrity is—an undivided life. For example, you don’t act one way in one situation and another in a different situation. There is integrity and wholeness to your life. Living this way will build trust in your followers. Another use of the word integrity that provides insight for us is when the word is used in regard to a physical structure. A wall or a building that is strong and has no cracks is said to have integrity. The same could be said for great leaders.

2. Honesty
It is regularly said that honesty is the best policy, but I would add that honesty is the only policy for great leaders. Think about it. Why do people hedge the truth? Usually for a few basic reasons: They are either afraid of the ramifications or they are trying to hide something. Either way, a lack of honesty results in the fact that you destroy the trust of those who follow you. Even if you tell them the truth but they know you have lied to others, it will destroy the trust you had with them. They find themselves thinking, “If he will lie to them, will he lie to me?”

I’ve never understood what people hope to accomplish by being dishonest. Eventually people come to know that you’re not honest in your dealings, and that is what you become known for. Your reputation is what your leadership is based on, though. When we’re honest and live transparently before our followers, they’re able to see us for who we are and make solid decisions to follow.

3. Loyalty
People of good character are loyal people. They have a “stick-to-it” attitude when it comes to others. Anybody who knows human nature knows that people fail. It’s just a matter of time, no matter how talented someone is. A person of good character stays with their friends even in the downtimes. Anyone can be friends with others when times are good. People of good character stay with their friends when they need them most. How this translates into making you a good leader is this: People want to follow a leader who will stretch them beyond where they are now, but who’ll also allow them to try—and to fail. When we are loyal to our followers, they’ll be loyal to us and make every effort to succeed on our behalf and on behalf of the organization. There are few things that strengthen the leader-follower bond more than when a leader shows loyalty to a follower in need.

4. Self-Sacrifice
Lee Iacocca became a legend when he said he’d bring Chrysler back from the brink of bankruptcy and would take only a dollar a year in pay. This was a classic example of a leader sacrificing for the followers. It also showed his understanding of and empathizing with the average line worker. As a result, the workers of Chrysler rewarded him with an incredible following as they built Chrysler into one of the world’s leading car companies.

What is it about self-sacrifice that breeds followers? Followers don’t mind putting in the hard work. They don’t even mind a leader making more money or reaping benefits from their work. What followers do mind, though, is when the leader is using them for personal gain. People of good character don’t use other people, period. So when a leader shows sacrifice of personal gain, it says to the followers that they are willing to come alongside of them—and followers reward that almost universally. A person of good character shows that they can give up personal gain for the good of the whole.

5. Accountability
People of good character don’t mind accountability. In fact, they welcome it. This is the act of allowing others to have a say in your life, to speak to you straight about your life and conduct. The brutal truth is that we have blind spots and need other people to be in close to us so we can advance down the road of success. The need for accountability doesn’t prove lack of character. Rather, it proves the presence of character. G.K. Chesterton said, “Original sin is the only philosophy empirically validated by 3,500 years of human history.” The person of good character knows this and invites others to speak into their life.

Followers grow tired of leaders who will have nothing to do with accountability. They don’t mind leaders who make mistakes, but they do mind leaders who don’t take responsibility for their mistakes by being accountable. When we allow ourselves to be held accountable, our followers know that we are serious about keeping our own house in order, and thus will do a good job in leading the rest of the organization.

6. Self-Control
The ability to make decisions—good decisions—about what we will and will not do with our actions is at the core of what we become in regard to our character. There will be plenty of options to participate in things that are not moral. Everybody has temptations, but a person of good character knows to exercise self-control—literal control over their choices. When people don’t exercise self-control, they sabotage their ability to lead. People lose respect for them and will follow less, if at all. Self-control is the ability to choose to do the things we should, and to refrain from doing the things we shouldn’t. When we exhibit self-control, we again build trust in our followers. They respect us and want to follow us.

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why Don't You JUST QUIT Already?

If you want to quit something, quit quitting. Quit being a punk. Quit thinking small. Quit saying tomorrow. Quit a life of small effort.

If you want to quit something, quit being an employee. Quit watching TV. Quit caring about what other people think. Quit wasting so much time.

If you want to quit something, quit going into debt. Quit earning so little income. Quit not saving any money. Quit being a financial disaster.

If you want to quit something, quit making excuses. Quit rationalizing your pitiful lot in life. Quit filling your mind with trash. Stop it!

If you want to quit something, quit thinking this is so hard and realize that you are too darn soft! Know you are better than that. Get tougher now!

If you want to quit something, quit hanging around duds, losers, small thinkers, employees, broke people, and people without any big dreams.

If you want to quit something, quit listening to the opinions of the crowd. Decide what you are on this earth to do and just go do it now.

When a person quits or avoids doing the work because he doesn't want to do the work, doesn't mean that his problem will all magically go away.

Be able to say even if you don't make it to the top that you gave it your best. Never let anyone say that you didn't give it your all … or that YOU JUST QUIT!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Being Successful Is a Personal Choice
Written by Jim Rohn

The epitome of success is giving a design to your life and pulling it off in a way that satisfies you.

Success is not a stereotype. Success is not an automobile. It’s not a house. It’s not a plan. It’s not money in the bank. That’s not success. Success is the continual unfolding of the design of our life and pulling it off. That’s what success is. Being successful in whatever you want to do that makes sense to you, for you and your family. Take on responsibilities or refuse them, it’s all up to you. We’ve been given the power of choice.

Every life form except human beings operates by instinct in the genetic code. It has no multiple choice. Only humans have multiple choice. In the winter, the goose flies south. Why? Because he’s a goose. He couldn’t fly west. If you said to the goose it’d be better to go west this year, he’d ignore that advice. He’d keep on flying south. Why? He has no alternative. He has no other way. He is only driven, as all life forms are driven, by instinct in the genetic code.

Except human beings. Now why not human beings? Because we’ve been given the dignity of choice. We’re not like a robot. We’re not stuck like a tree, using up all the nourishment and, with nothing left, you die because you can’t change locations. Not true. Humans can go north, south, east, west. Humans can change and do anything they want to do. We’ve been given the dignity.

But here’s what’s interesting about all life forms except humans: Every life form except humans strives to the max of its potential. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. You’ve never heard of a tree growing half as high as it could. No, that is impossible. A tree grows as high as it can, drives down every root it can, produces every leaf it can, extends itself as far as it possibly can. Every life form extends to the max, except human beings. Now why not human beings? Because we’re not robots. We’ve been given the dignity of choice.

Do It All or Don’t
Be part of or all of what you have the potential to be. You’ve got the choice. Do a little to make yourself comfortable and forget the rest, or do it all. There’s nobody here to dictate you’ve got to do it all. That’s nonsense. You’ve got to be rich because we live in a rich country. That’s nonsense. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to do it all. You can do a little, do some, do some more. Take advice, but don’t take orders. Take information, training, teaching, but don’t take orders from anyone who tells you how you need to live and what you need to own and what you need to do. Somebody says, “Well, you need to be successful.” That’s a personal choice, being successful. What we teach is the possibilities, and everybody chooses. Take a little, take a lot, do something, do nothing or ignore the subject.

Abraham Lincoln said, “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” Excellent philosophy. A guy says, “Hey, I’m soon cashing it in and I’m heading for the mountains. I’m going to live in a little cabin, live off the land and feed the squirrels.” If he goes and does that, guess what—he’s a smashing success. Why? He’s doing what he designed to do and pulled it off. You can’t say, “No, no, that’s not successful.” That is the epitome of success—giving a design to your life and pulling it off to make progress in the direction that satisfies you. If it doesn’t satisfy you, make alternatives and change. If you get some better ideas, sure, you might follow someone’s suggestions and ideas, but not orders.

Design Your Life
Design your own life like you want it. Now if you can take on some responsibilities, you’ve got to consider those. Yes, you can ignore your responsibilities, but you won’t feel good about that. Here’s what the old prophet said: “Some things that taste good now in the mouth turn bitter later in the belly.” So you don’t want to sacrifice.

We all must suffer one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. What we suggest to everybody is to consider the disciplines because disciplines weigh ounces; regrets weigh tons. You don’t want to substitute a discipline for a regret. In our opinion that would be a poor choice. Now you can do it, but some things are poor tradeoffs. The old prophet said, “What if you gain the whole world but it costs you your soul?” Would that be worth it? With a bit of intelligence, we say no, that doesn’t seem worth it even if you’ve got the whole world if you traded your soul. That experience would be so bitter and awful and so devastating, it wouldn’t be worth it.

What if you got some gain by greed instead of legitimate ambition? I’m telling you, it might taste good up front, but it’s going to turn bitter in the belly. And a bit of that advice saves some people from devastation. Say, “Well you’re right. I’d better think twice about that.” So we must confront all laws. Spiritual laws, agricultural laws, basic laws, fundamental laws. We must confront all of those. But you still now can design your own life. A little or a lot. Go east, north, south.

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.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How to Become a Leader Worth Following
Written by Jack Canfield

Whether you own a business, teach school, manage a small group, coach an athletic team, or are working to advance a worthwhile cause, you need to enroll others in order to achieve the success you want. This not only requires you to hold a vision of what success is, it also requires you to practice coaching and training skills that will inspire others to want to help you reach that goal.

Because our success often requires the help of others, successful people, not surprisingly, are also successful leaders.

They know how to communicate their vision in exciting and compelling terms. They’ve mastered the skill of motivating others to jump on board with full commitment. They recognize the potential in their people, coach their team members to go above and beyond, and routinely acknowledge others’ positive contribution.

And while great leaders must demand accountability from the people they lead, they also hold themselves accountable for their contribution to the result.

So let’s take a look at some of the basics of how to become a leader or coach whom people will want to work with and follow.

1) Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
One of the most distinguishing qualities of a great leader is their dedication to understanding themselves.

When you have a clear sense of who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, and know the impact your behavior has on others, your ability to lead others will improve. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses gives you the ability to discern when your skills will add value or not and keeps you open to delegating and listening to people with other points of view.

2) Hold Yourself Accountable
Essential to your success in leading others is a commitment to taking 100% responsibility for your own actions and results. When you consistently follow through on your own commitments, you begin to build others’ trust in your leadership. To be trusted, you must be reliable, punctual—and a person who keeps your agreements.

Do you arrive at meetings on time?

Do you deliver your part of projects completed and on deadline?

Do you abide by promises made to your team members and others?

These are the hallmarks of a leader who is responsible and consistent—versus one who is perpetually late, unprepared, emotional or continually led astray by the latest fad.

Of course, no one is perfect—including leaders. But while perfection might be desirable, consistency will be far more impactful because it builds integrity and reliability with your team. It makes you a trustworthy leader.

3) Inspire Your Team With a Clear Vision
To inspire others to work tirelessly to help accomplish your goal, you must first have a clear and compelling vision of the future.

What will you and your team ultimately achieve? By when?

What will everyone gain when the goal is reached?

Is it honorable, beneficial, ethical, and uplifting?

What’s so compelling about it?

What else will also be achieved as your team is striving for this major goal?

To get other people’s buy-in, you’ll also need to articulate who your team will become as they learn and grow on the path to achieving your vision. Your team must be able to see themselves in the future as better, smarter, stronger, more valued, and more confident.

Defining that outcome plus other benefits people will experience—is an important part of your clear and compelling vision.

4) Listen for Possibility
Once people are enrolled in the vision, a great leader will listen to his team not only to hear their thoughts and input but also to make sure they feel heard.

People want to know they make a difference and that their insights and opinions matter. When you develop your listening skills, you’ll be more present in the moment, you’ll be curious to hear other options, you’ll be able to truly hear what emerges from a discussion, and you’ll be open to a true dialogue with your team instead of simply delivering orders or explaining the game plan.

This requires a willingness to be transformed by what you hear. But more important, it requires you to shift your focus from listening for “the right way or the wrong way” to listening for what is possible. I call this “listening for possibility.”

5) Coach Others to Take on a Leadership Role
Growing a team of your own top-notch leaders simply makes your life easier. And the most useful skill for growing other leaders is coaching.

Through deep listening and skillful questioning, you can help others discover their own solutions to problems and opportunities. Instead of being the only person figuring out what to do next, when you use coaching to help others develop their own solutions, you are also helping them develop their own problem-solving skills.

To any leader who has been bombarded with the simplest and most mundane problems to solve, this idea of empowering your people with their own leadership skills will be a relief. So how can you coach your people to become leaders in their own right? Start by asking your people to correctly define the problem.

This gets them fully engaged in the process and helps them “take ownership” of the problem as one that they need to solve.

Studies show that once a problem or challenge is theirs, it will be solved more efficiently and stay solved longer if you allow your team to create the solution. You provide direction only when they have reached the limits of their experience or training. Give people the tools and information they need to solve problems—then let them stretch.

I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete after you’re done watching this video.

Ask yourself: How can you apply these tips to your current situation to make yourself a better coach or leader? How can you use these tips to help empower others?

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/.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Your Lifestyle Is a Reflection of Who You Are
Written by Jim Rohn

Lifestyle is a result of living more—living more fully, living more consciously, living more joyfully, living more appreciatively.


Our lifestyle communicates a clear message about who we are and how we think. Lifestyle is where we go, what we do and how we feel once we are there. Lifestyle is how we dress, what we drive and the type of entertainment we choose to enjoy.

Lifestyle is a mixture of substance as well as style, refinement as well as intellect, and emotional control in times of challenge, as well as emotional release in times of joy and happiness.

Successful people, and those in serious pursuit of success, tend to communicate the level of sophistication and intelligence they have managed to acquire. How they conduct themselves leaves little doubt about their intensity for personal development and personal achievement.

Everything about us is sending a message to others about our level of intensity as well. The things we do, the things we say, even our appearance, suggests an inner attitude about life. If we are spending more money on donuts than we do on books, that suggests something about the sincerity of our desire for personal progress.

Whether we spend an evening in front of a computer screen or a TV screen, talking with our children or having fun with our “pals from the office,” lifestyle is a function of attitude and personal values. We can all afford to live better. It doesn’t take more money to change how we live. It takes more deliberate thought and a greater appreciation of the real values in life.

Lifestyle means designing ways to live uniquely. It is a skill to be mastered, not a condition to be pursued. It is finding new ways to bring joy, pleasure, excitement and substance into our lives and into the lives of those we care for while we are working on our goals, not once we have achieved them. A more abundant existence does not necessarily mean a more enjoyable lifestyle.

Many of us dream of becoming wealthy, of having a beautiful home that is tended by others so that we will be free to enjoy ourselves. We dream of winning lotteries that will enable us to quit our jobs tomorrow and go off in pursuit of the good life. We dream of chauffeurs to drive us and servants to take care of us so that we can have all the time in the world to do whatever we want to do.

The big question is what would we do? In a very short time, most of what we dreamed of one day doing would become as uninspiring as our current lifestyle. There is only so much traveling, so much partying, so much sleeping and so much “enjoying” that we can experience before this too would become tedious.

If it is not a life of endless fun and laughter that we are after, then what are we in pursuit of? What is this thing we call lifestyle?

We might all have different opinions of what lifestyle is, but hopefully we will all agree on what it is not: It is not something we get simply as a result of having more. Lifestyle is a result of living more… living more fully, living more consciously, living more joyfully, living more appreciatively. The more fully we live, the more we do and the more we become. Lifestyle is not a reward for all of our hard effort; it is a way of making our hard effort more rewarding, more meaningful and ultimately more productive.

If we wish to be wealthy, we must study wealth, and if we wish to be happy, we must study happiness. The combination of these two studies create the aura that we call lifestyle.

Most people do not make happiness and wealth a study. Their plan for finding happiness consists of going through the day with their fingers crossed, hoping that, somehow, something will work out that will make them happy. But happiness is an art, not an accident. It is not something that falls out of the sky. Happiness—that unique emotion that we mistakenly believe comes to us only when we have become successful—must precede the achievement of success. Happiness is as much a cause of success as it is a result of success, and we can begin to experience happiness whenever we wish, regardless of our current circumstances.

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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Is There Really Such a Thing as Job Security Anymore?

Today the concept of job security is really more of an oxymoron. Phrases like, “You’re fired,” “You’ve been down sized,” “You’ve been laid off,” “Your position has been outsourced,” “Here’s your walking papers or your pink slip,” “There have been cutbacks,” are all-to-common in the workplace today. And the days of working for one company and being taken care of for the rest of your life with a pension are becoming relics of a different time period.

Here is the problem today as I see it, in Q&A format below:

Out of 100 people, how many are taught to work for money? Just about everyone in America, but the idea of “go to school, get good grades and get a safe and secure job” was a good one for people born before 1930. Today, everyone needs to go to school to prepare for a job or career, but we also need to know how to invest and how to create some form of passive income.

Out of 100 people, how many are taught to have money work for them? This is a subject that is not really taught in schools today and you will have to go elsewhere to get the answers to this question.

If the class for how to become a millionaire was offered, do you think you would have signed up for it? Probably most people would say yes!

So, most people were taught to go out get a job and work for money.

Out of 100 employees, how many do you think would like a raise? Probably all 100.

Out of 100 business owners, how many do you think want to give their employees more money? Probably very few of them if any.

So, everyone wants a raise, yet so few employers want to give out raises. Why is this so?

Many companies are publicly traded and have shareholders.

What are shareholders most interested in? Making more money.

What are the CEOs of companies most interested in? Higher profits, so they can pay the shareholders more money.

What are profits? Revenue minus Expenses

In this system, where is the employee – a source of revenue for the company or an expense to the company? As an employee you are an expense.

So, CEOs want to pay employees as little as possible to get the profits as high as possible.

In order to get the profits higher, what must the company work on decreasing? Their expenses

So, there is a limit to the amount of money you can get paid and once you start making too much money they will have to get rid of you because now you are starting to cut into the company’s profits. Because of this, the employee position today is more of a temporary situation. And that is why we have people with 2, 3 sometimes 4 jobs between husband and wife in a household - not to live lavishly - but just to make ends meet.

So how can you ever win being an expense to someone else? Unfortunately, it is very hard and nearly impossible to today. The reality is that your boss’s job is not to make you rich. Your boss’s job is to make sure you get your paycheck. It’s your job to become rich if you want to.

I realize that I am offering up more questions than solutions, but the bottom line is, “Don’t only rely on only your job because there is no such thing as job security anymore!” Make sure you have a Plan B. Heck, make sure you have a Plan C and D as well. Make sure you educate yourself on investing and start making some good investments now and get your money to start working for you – you will surely need this in your future. Make sure you keep an open mind to opportunities and look for ways to make passive income in areas that you actually love doing - opportunities are all around us.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Success Must Be Attracted, Not Pursued
Written by Jim Rohn

Our objective must be to work harder on ourselves than we work on anything else.

Personal value is the magnet that attracts all good things into our lives. The greater our value, the greater our reward. Since the solution for having more is becoming more, we must be in constant search for new ways to increase our value.
  • Self-control
  • The practice of discipline
  • Patience
  • Planning
  • Intensity of effort
  • The development of a well-balanced attitude
  • Consistent activity
  • The gathering of knowledge
  • Frequent reading
  • A sensible personal philosophy
All of these are examples of ways in which our value can be increased.

It is the acquisition of more value that we must pursue, not more valuables. Our objective must be to work harder on ourselves than we work on anything else. By giving careful attention to our philosophy, our attitude and our activity, we are making a positive contribution to what we are becoming, and in the process of becoming more than we now are we will attract more than we now have.

We become and then we attract. We grow personally and then we advance materially. Unfortunately, the vast majority seems to have the plan reversed. Their philosophy is this: “If I had more money, I would be a better person.” But that’s not the way life is designed to work. Having more doesn’t make us more. It merely magnifies what we already are. Those who cannot save a few pennies out of meager earnings will never be able to save dollars out of future fortunes. The same discipline it takes to put a few coins in a jar every week is the same discipline it takes to open a savings account or manage an investment portfolio.

Conversation about our intended progress will only take us so far and promises about the future will only buy us a little time. Promises must soon be matched by performance. If the results do not appear in a reasonable amount of time we run the risk of losing the trust of others in addition to our own self-respect. We may find that those who once believed no longer believe, and we will one day be left only with our well-intentioned, but unfulfilled, pronouncements. A loss of this magnitude is worth preventing. It is on the day when we discover our losses that we will taste the bitter pill of neglect. It is on that day when we will finally experience the agonizing consequences of self-delusion, procrastination and unkept promises.

Will we read the books, make the plans, make good use of time, invest a portion of all that we earn, polish our current skills, attend classes to develop new skills and get around better people in order to improve our chances for success? Will we tell the truth, improve our ability to communicate, use our journals and give careful attention to all the virtues that success requires? Or will we be content to let the time slip through our fingers like grains of sand while we slowly lose self-confidence, the respect of others, and perhaps even the few possessions and valuable relationships that our past efforts have managed to attract into our lives? Will we go on sitting idly by while our dreams diminish to memories, as hope gives way to remorse?

Surely not.

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Are You a Member of the “Ain’t it Awful” Club?
Written by Jack Canfield

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

Let’s discuss one of the only clubs in the world that no one should ever want to be a part of, and that is the “Ain't it Awful” Club.

The "Ain’t it Awful" Club is populated by negative, judgmental, and pessimistic people who only focus on how bad things are and how it’s always other people who are responsible for their unhappiness and lack of success.

They tend to be blamers, complainers, and excuse makers. They constantly blame others for everything that doesn’t work in their lives. They blame the government, the latest wave of immigrants, their bosses, their employees, their coworkers, and their spouses, parents, and children for why they don’t have what they want in life.

They are also complainers. They complain about their job, the traffic, their neighbors, the economy, the media, the schools, today’s kids, the weather, their faulty equipment, and on and on.

They are also perennial excuse makers. Instead of getting things done, they make excuses for everything. It is never their fault. The printer was late, the traffic was terrible, they didn’t have enough time, they were underfunded, everyone else screwed up, the lack of clear instructions, and so on.

Nothing is ever their fault.

The problem with blaming others
The problem with this kind of thinking is that instead of results, excellence, achievement, and success, you only end up with reasons why you didn’t create the desired result – for yourself or for your employer.

You may get a lot of agreement from other people. You may get to temporarily feel better, but what you don’t get is what you set out to produce - greater happiness, fulfillment, prosperity and abundance, and the achievement of your dreams and objectives.

Stop blaming others and take 100% responsibility instead
It’s critical to stop blaming others and replace complaining and excuse making with 100% responsibility thinking.

First, realize you are creating your current reality with your thoughts and your images.

One of the great positive affirmations to write down and put where you will see it every day is: “If it is meant to be, it is up to me!”

Learn to Ask Yourself Different Questions
You also have to start asking a different set of questions. Instead of, "Why can’t I?" or, "Why didn’t I achieve that result I wanted?" use positive affirmations and ask..."How can I achieve it?"

When something is not working the way you want, you can ask yourself any of these questions:
  • "How am I creating or allowing this to happen?"
  • "What am I doing that is working that I need to do more of, and what I am I doing that is not working that I need to do less of?"
  • "Am I working too much?"
  • "Am I talking too much and not listening enough?"
  • "Am I not asking enough questions?"
  • "Am I not inspecting other people’s work until the last minute and therefore, getting sloppy results?"
  • "Am I drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough sleep, gossiping too much?"
  • "What am I pretending not to know?"
  • "What yellow alerts that things are not right or not on track am I ignoring because it is uncomfortable to have to deal with them?"
  • "What actions are needed here?"
  • "If I don’t know or am not sure what to do, who can I ask for help, advice, or support?"
  • "When will I take action on the needed actions?"
Are you surrounded by negative people?
Finally, let’s look at what you should if you find yourself surrounded by members of the Ain’t It Awful Club…

Whether it’s at work, at the local bar, in your school, your sports team, or at home, the first thing is not to join into the negativity.

Don’t participate in the negative blaming, complaining, and excuse making. You can attempt to change the topic to what actions need to be taken to change things for the better, but if that doesn’t work, it is best to vacate the area and go about working on your goals and objectives.

Free Yourself From Negative People
Make a list of everyone you spend time with on a regular basis— your family members, coworkers, neighbors, friends, and so on. When you’ve completed your list, go back and put a minus (-) sign next to those people who are negative and toxic, and a plus (+) sign next to those who are positive and nurturing.

Next, make a decision to stop spending time with those people with a minus sign next to their name. If that is impossible (and remember, nothing is impossible; it is always a choice), then severely decrease the amount of time you spend with them.

You have to free yourself from the negative influence of others.

Are there people in your life who are always complaining and blaming others for their circumstances? Are there people who are always judging others, spreading negative gossip, and talking about how bad it is? Stop spending time with them as well.

Dedicate Yourself to Success
If you are going to be successful, you have to start hanging out with the successful people. Ask them to share their success strategies with you. Then try them on and see if they fit for you.

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/.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Your Mind is a Garden and You Are the Gardener

The mind is like a garden. Think about the deepest, richest soil that you can imagine because that is what our mind is like. Our mind is like an inner garden and any thought that is seeded into this garden and that is tended to, nourished and cultivated will grow and will produce. However, if you don’t consciously go in to your mind, seeding thoughts, then what happens is your mind will seed itself because the mind must and will always think thoughts.

We are the gardener of our own mind, of this inner garden. We can make this inner garden of ours, with care, diligence and awareness, like a botanical masterpiece. Or through neglect it can become a mass of weeds and negatives and insecurities and worries. But, make no mistake, we are responsible for it. We cultivate it or neglect it. We are the gardener of our consciousness. And your life will always - very accurately and very perfectly - reflect the condition of your inner garden.

So, if your life is not going the way that you would like it to go; if you have goals that you want to achieve and you are not achieving them; if you have desires that you want to fulfill and they are not being fulfilled; if your harvest is not to your liking, then you must think to yourself, what type of thoughts have you been seeding into your consciousness to bring this reality to you? How have you consciously been thinking and working in your inner garden to bring these realities to you? Because, let’s face it, this is our harvest, this is our life, it’s happening to us now. It’s not like life doesn’t have anything to do with you, life is a reflection of you. This is your harvest. You’re reaping your harvest right now in your life.

Negatives are like weeds to a garden and we need to cultivate them. So, if your harvest is not to your liking, then you must start with who you are today and start weeding your mind of the negatives and cultivate your consciousness. This is important because you either consciously seed your garden or your conscious seeds itself. It feeds itself from our environment. And it just so happens that we live in a very negative environment. That is why it is so important that you take responsibility for your own consciousness – that you feed your own consciousness. Because if you don’t your consciousness will seed itself on what’s happening all around it. That’s why it’s so easy to get negative, because it is coming at us from everywhere.

So, what seed thoughts do you put into your mind? Well, if a farmer wants a crop of corn, he sows corn seeds. Now, that may make perfectly good sense when we think about the farmer, but the problem is we tend to miss this same common sense thinking so badly in our own life.

One very important thing that most people don’t realize is that our thoughts are manifesting as our consciousness and our consciousness is creating our reality.

For instance:
  • You may say that you want an abundance of money; you may say that you want financial independence, and yet you are constantly thinking about your lack and limitation – constantly thinking about how expensive things are, about the bills coming in.
  • You may want abundance but your thoughts and consciousness are of lack and limitation – and consciousness manifests as reality.
  • You may say that you wish that you could find a new job; something that was really stimulating; something that paid really well; something that you could really express yourself in and yet you’re constantly telling yourself these jobs are impossible to find.
  • You may wish you could heal yourself of your illness and have abundant vigorous health, and yet you are always thinking about your illness; always worrying about it; always focusing on it. You are manifesting it.
  • You may wish that you were a more outgoing person – really bold and confident and spontaneous, and yet you are always putting yourself down; always reminding yourself of your inadequacies and how you don’t measure up.
  • You may want strength and yet your consciousness is on weakness – and your consciousness manifests as reality.

I mean if you want to be successful, it doesn’t really make much sense to wait to start thinking any successful thoughts until after you are already successful.

We need to start thinking more like the farmer because it doesn’t matter how positive he is, if he doesn’t plant corn seeds, he is not going to get a corn crop. And what you need to do, more like the farmer, is you need to plant the seed first even though at first you don’t see anything – it looks like it’s not happening; it looks like you are wasting your time; you planted it underground and nothing is happening. But you tend to it and you nourish it and you cultivate it; then you see the little green spear break through the ground; then it becomes a shoot; then it becomes a plant; then you get the corn. But, as ludicrous as it sounds for the farmer to demand to see that little green spear break the surface before he plants the seed, that is exactly what we are asking for in our lives.

So, what you have to do is you have to seed it in your inner garden first even though you don’t see it in the outer world. You can’t wait to see it in the outer world. It hasn’t yet manifested in the outer world. And how could it if you haven’t seeded it first in your mind?

Your seeds are your thoughts and all thoughts are vibrations of energy. And you can actually feel your different thoughts with different energies and different vibrations. It just so happens that confidence vibrates at an entirely different frequency than worry. It’s not an attitude or being positive, it is that every single thought has its own vibration of energy to it. Confidence is a vibration of energy and you can feel it. You can feel it when you are in the presence of somebody who has confidence and they can feel it when you are vibrating with confidence as well. You will never ever find a person who’s feeling confident or who’s feeling successful while he or she is thinking negative defeated thoughts. You’ll never ever see it. It can’t exist. Likewise, you’ll never ever find a person who’s feeling defeated or who’s feeling worried while he or she is thinking confident and successful thoughts. It just can’t happen.

So, the question you need to ask yourself is, “Do you want to feel confident? Do you want to feel successful? Do you want to feel dynamic? Do you want to feel outrageous?”

Well, if a farmer wants a crop of corn, he must sow corn seeds! In your life, you are the gardener of your mind and you must first sow into your inner garden the thoughts of whatever it is that you want to see grow before you will ever be able to harvest it into your reality.

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