Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Power of Sharing What You Know
Written by Jim Rohn

Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in.

The key to make your life really unique and worthwhile is to share what you know, because sharing has a certain unique magic of its own.

If you share an idea with 10 different people, they get to hear it once and you get to hear it 10 times—getting you even better prepared for the future. Share ideas with your family, with the people around you, with other employees, with your colleagues.

If you share with someone else, they could be transformed. You may have dropped in at the right time—this may be their moment, the moment the door will open and there's opportunity they never saw before.

But here’s what else is exciting: The person who speaks could be transformed, too. Because guess what, we're all looking for transformation for our new life—the new life tomorrow, this month, this year, next year.

One day the caterpillar says, "I think I was made for more than this crawling on the ground." So the caterpillar climbs the tree, attaches himself to a leaf and spins the cocoon. Who knows what disciplined effort it takes to spin a cocoon. But something inside the caterpillar says, "I was designed for something more than being just a caterpillar."

I'm asking you to go through such a metamorphosis—to go through a period where you say, "New skills, new things are waiting for me." And part of this will come if you'll translate for other people what you feel in your heart—as awkward as it might be at first, don't hesitate to do it. Because sharing makes room for more.

If a glass is full of water, can it hold any more? The answer is yes. Yes—if you pour some out. If you want more, you've got to pour out what you have, and then you have the opportunity to receive more.

Now, unlike the glass that remains the same size when you pour some out, not so with human beings. Your capacity will increase the more you share. You'll get bigger and bigger and bigger.

Why the self-interest wish to be bigger? Here’s why: to hold more of the next experience. Some people can't hold much happiness because they're too small—their thinking is too small, their activity is too small. They're too small in their ability to share. They're just too small.

But the bigger you get, the more you will receive. When happiness is poured out, you'll get more. When joy is poured out, you'll get more. When bounty is poured out, you will get more. If you share what you have and become bigger.

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, March 17, 2016

Are You Too Smart to Become A Successful Entrepreneur?

One of the most counterintuitive traits that can hurt entrepreneurs is "smarts". The more successful you are; the more talent you have, the harder it is to run a business. While you might think being smart, motivated and talented would logically make the best possible candidate for entrepreneurship, unfortunately this is often not the case.

Think about it, the smart people challenge starts back in school when the dreaded group projects are first assigned. Remember the 80/20 rule – 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people? Well, what do you think happens in every group project in school? The smartest and most talented people in each group decide they are going to do the lion share of the work.

They don’t want to risk their grade in a class by dividing the work equally and hoping that Timmy, the guy who is absent from class two days a week and on average sleeps through class on the other three days, does his part - if he remembers to do it at all. In school there isn’t any benefit in trying to get Timmy up to speed quickly. Forget that! The smart people just take over and do the whole project themselves. And thus, begins the smart people work cycle.

The smartest people do just about everything better than anyone else – they write better, they plan better and read better. They are better until it comes to running a business. Then, they are not better. They’re screwed.

There are only 24 hours in each day and a person needs to eat, sleep, shower and do certain other things. The smart person tries to do everything himself because he can’t stand someone else doing a job badly. Then he’s stuck with the one-man-band job business and ends up not being able to grow. Let's face it, you can’t do everything yourself. You need help; I don’t care how smart you are.

Why slackers can reign supreme as entrepreneurs
Some of the slackers are better suited for entrepreneurship than the smart people. Why? They figured out early on to surround themselves with smart people who would do the work. They know how to delegate and sometimes how to manipulate other people to doing things that they don’t want to do. You are only as smart as what you can automate. Ideally, smart people would just be able to convey their talents to others, but since the smart people are so used to doing everything themselves, they don’t learn the key skills for making their business successful, including automating and delegating as many tasks as possible. As a smart person, you need to use your smarts and talents to boil down to essence an easy to follow format that anyone can replicate. You need to be able to duplicate yourself.

Are you too smart for your own good?
Smart, intelligent people also often have a flare for the unusual, the complicated. They make it so complicated that a person they get involved in the business and try to train, those people look at the business and go,"OMG, I could never do that!" When you are really smart, you want to come across as smart, you want to seem really complicated, you want people to think you are smart – well that’s dumb! They don’t like to follow the K.I.S.S. system – Keep It Simple Stupid - which is required to make a business succeed.

If you think of the assembly line in a fantastic manufacturing plant or the global presence of McDonalds or Starbucks - They both seem complex. In reality, they are a series of incredibly simple functions. Every single task is broken down into easy to follow steps. The assembly line worker repeatedly performs a few tasks that are specifically defined and so does a McDonalds cook, cashier and drive-through order taker. There is little input from these individuals because everything has already been standardized and automated for them.

Some of the largest, most successful businesses in the world aren’t staffed in majority by the smartest people. They are actually staffed in large part by regular, average people. These successful entities have just a few people who are smart enough to standardize, automate and delegate the majority of tasks in a way that can’t get screwed up by their average employees. The more complex anything is, the fewer the people who can do it. People avoid the complex. That is why you want to make things simple, so people feel like they can do them. So, being smart or talented isn’t going to help you unless you can use those smarts to figure out a way to simplify those tasks that will make a business successful.

Now, this isn’t easy because this goes against everything you’ve ever done. It’s counter to how you’ve been taught to think, however, it is necessary for a business to succeed and it is why smarts and talent alone don’t predict entrepreneurial success.

Too much to lose
Another issue with smart people starting a business is that they have the most to lose. The smarter you are, the more worried people are about what other people think of them – they are afraid to make mistakes, they are afraid to do anything, they don’t want to look silly. When you start a business, you have a lot more to risk than someone who makes less money and who has fewer career options. This is often referred to as the “Golden Handcuffs” dilemma because you have more to risk.

It helps to be smart, don’t get me wrong; I just think there are also a lot of limitations for really smart people. So, don’t be surprised when the person most likely to succeed from high school ends up in corporate America while one of the more average students finds success in his or her own business.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

7 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition and Take Soul-Inspired Action
Written by Jack Canfield

When we have a big question or an important decision to make, many of us look outside of ourselves for the answers.

We turn to Google. We get advice from our friends and family. We read books or consult the teachings of experts. Yet we often neglect to consult the most important authority of all: our own intuition.

Your subconscious mind is the source of your hidden genius and will always provide you with the knowledge you need to move forward in the right direction. This is true for all people, not just those who consider themselves to be psychic or highly intuitive.

Consider this: have you ever been thinking about someone – and out of the blue the phone rings and that exact person is on the line?

Or have you ever felt like someone is watching you – and when you turn around you see someone staring at you from some distance away?

These are just two common examples of your intuition at work. Just like memory, critical thinking, and intellect, your intuition is a mental muscle you can strengthen and use to create success and become the best possible version of yourself.

Here are seven tips on how to develop your intuition and leverage it to make wiser, more soul-inspired decisions for your life.

1. Recognize when your intuition speaks
First of all, in order to be able to use your intuition, you must able to recognize it when it speaks to you. Intuition usually isn’t loud or demanding – it’s subtle and communicates in different ways for different people.

For example, you may receive visual messages, such as images that appear in quick flashes or visions that unfold slowly, like a movie.

Your intuition might speak to you as a hunch, a thought, or in words. You may even be able to enter into a dialogue with your intuition to get more information and clarity.

Alternatively, your intuition may speak to you in physical sensations, such as goose bumps, discomfort in your gut, a feeling of relief, or a sour taste in your mouth.

You may receive intuitive messages through your emotions, such as feelings of uneasiness or confusion when your inner wisdom is steering you away from something – or feelings of euphoria and profound peace when you’re being guided down a path that will lead you to greater personal joy and abundance.

Sometimes intuition messages are simply a deep sense of knowing and certainty. If you’ve ever felt that you knew something to be true in the depths of your heart or soul, chances are it was a message from your intuition.

2. Deepen your intuition through meditation
In order to access your intuition, you need to deepen your connection to it – and meditation is an excellent tool for this. Regular meditation will help you clear your mind of distractions and teach you how to better recognize the subtle impulses from within.

I recommend you set aside time each day to meditate on your own, or use guided meditations.

It doesn’t have to be long – even 10 minutes a day will yield powerful results and will make it much easier for you to notice your intuition when it speaks to you through words, images, emotions, or physical sensations.

3. Dedicate time to listen to your intuition each day
Life is busy, and in the rush to cross off items on our daily to-do lists, it’s easy to forget to stop and tune into our higher intelligence. But your most valuable wisdom comes when you are most open to receiving it.

That’s why I encourage you to devote time every day – multiple times a day, if necessary – to consciously give your intuition center stage. This is especially important when you’re being asked to make any important decisions. Be sure to take some time to sit with your intuition and look inside yourself for the answers before you choose which path to take.

4. Ask questions
Receiving wisdom from your intuition shouldn’t be a passive experience. Get specific about the information you need and what kind of answers you’re looking for. The more clearly you pose your questions to your innate wisdom, the clearer the answers will be.

5. Write down your answers
Intuitive messages are subtle and can fade from your conscious mind very quickly unless you take action to record them. In fact, neuroscience research indicates that intuitive insights not captured within 37 seconds will likely never be recalled again.

Journal writing is a highly effective way to access your intuition and capture its wisdom. I suggest you make a regular practice of journaling for just five or ten minutes a day – you’ll be amazed at the clarity of what comes through!

6. Take immediate action
The Universe rewards those who take action – and so does your intuition. When you act on the information you receive from your inner source of wisdom, you open the channel between your subconscious and conscious mind even wider and will receive more intuitive messages that are stronger and easier for you to hear and act on.

7. Trust yourself
The more faith you demonstrate in your intuition, the greater the results will be.

Whether you want to make better decisions, solve problems faster, or create winning plans for your life, you will achieve your goals faster and more effectively when you tune into your intuition and listen to what your inner wisdom has to say.

Trusting your intuition is all about trusting yourself – and the more trust you place in yourself, the more success you will have.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Key to Getting All You Want? Discipline
Written by Jim Rohn

Without the discipline of paying constant, daily attention, we take things for granted. Be serious. Life is not a practice session.

For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards. That's one of life's great arrangements. If you sow well, you will reap well. Life is full of laws that both govern and explain behaviors, but the law of sowing and reaping may well be the major law we need to understand: For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.

What a concept! If you render unique service, your reward will be multiplied. If you're fair and honest and patient with others, your reward will be multiplied. If you give more than you expect to receive, your reward is more than you expect. But remember: The key word here—as you might well imagine—is discipline.

Everything of value requires care, attention and discipline. Our thoughts require discipline. We must consistently determine our inner boundaries and our codes of conduct, or our thoughts will be confused. And if our thoughts are confused, we will become hopelessly lost in the maze of life. Confused thoughts produce confused results.

Remember the law: For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards. Learn the discipline of writing a card or a letter to a friend. Learn the discipline of paying your bills on time, or arriving to appointments on time, or using your time more effectively. Learn the discipline of paying attention, or paying your taxes, or paying yourself. Learn the discipline of having regular meetings with your associates, or your spouse, or your child, or your parent. Learn the discipline of learning all you can learn, of teaching all you can teach, of reading all you can read.

For each discipline, multiple rewards; for each book, new knowledge; for each success, new ambition; for each challenge, new understanding; for each failure, new determination. Life is like that. Even the bad experiences of life provide their own special contribution. But a word of caution here for those who neglect the need for care and attention to life's disciplines: everything has its price. Everything affects everything else. Neglect discipline, and there will be a price to pay. All things of value can be taken for granted with the passing of time.

That's what we call the Law of Familiarity. Without the discipline of paying constant, daily attention, we take things for granted. Be serious. Life is not a practice session.

Think about your life at this moment. What areas need attention right now? Perhaps you've had a disagreement with someone you love or someone who loves you, and your anger won't allow you to speak to that person. Wouldn't this be an ideal time to examine your need for a new discipline? Perhaps you're on the brink of giving up, or starting over, or starting out. And the only missing ingredient to your incredible success story in the future is a new and self-imposed discipline that will make you try harder and work more intensely than you ever thought you could.

The most valuable form of discipline is the one that you impose upon yourself. Don't wait for things to deteriorate so drastically that someone else must impose discipline in your life. Wouldn't that be tragic? How could you possibly explain the fact that someone else thought more of you than you thought of yourself? That they forced you to get up early and get out into the marketplace when you would have been content to let success go to someone else who cared more about themselves.

Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition... or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued.

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.