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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Sunday, August 28, 2016

How to Start a New Discipline
Written by Jim Rohn

Success starts by becoming the master over the small details of our lives.

Everyone has a mental list of “I should have’s”:
  • I should have written to my mother this weekend.
  • I should have told her how much I really care long before now.
  • I should have called that creditor and told the truth last month.
  • I should have started working out years ago.
Any day we choose we can go to work on the basics—on any one of a host of small activities that will start the process of self-discipline. The joy that comes from this small achievement will start the miracle process.

The early inspiration that comes from the practice of new and simple disciplines will start a process called “soaring self-worth.” It does not matter how small or how insignificant the activity is because it is within those obscure but important disciplines that the great opportunities exist.

This kind of simple progress will build a ladder leading out of the abyss of failure and neglect that once was our dwelling place. With each new discipline we will have constructed a new rung that will enable us to climb out of darkness where the failures, the complainers, and the confused and misguided gather to share their sad stories of how unfair life is.

Building the ladder is easy to do.

The smallest of disciplines, practiced every day, start an incredible process that can change our lives forever.

Until we have learned to take care of the little opportunities life brings our way, we will never master the disciplines for becoming happy and prosperous. The major accomplishments in life begin with the mastery of the small disciplines. The mental, emotional and philosophical “muscles” required to write a letter, clean the garage or pay our bills on time are the very same “muscles” involved in running a company or managing a department. As a wise prophet has written: “Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not.”

We cannot rule the city until we can rule our spirit. We cannot rule the nation until we can rule ourselves. We cannot design our future until we have redesigned our habits. We cannot increase our rewards until we increase our level of intelligent activity.

The place to start is within ourselves through the development of new disciplines. That is where success really starts, by becoming the master over the small details of our lives. All of the great rewards in life are available to each of us, if we will discipline ourselves to walk through those early stages of growth without neglecting any of the disciplines. We must not permit any small activity to rob us of our future health and wealth and friendship and lifestyle. We cannot allow any error in judgment to delude us into thinking that “letting the little thing slide” would not make a major difference. We cannot say to ourselves, “This is only area where I am letting down on my self-discipline.” It is this “only area” that will start the process of erosion on all of our other disciplines.

One of the great challenges facing us all is disciplined activity. We must discipline ourselves to maintain a proper attitude, for we are surrounded by sources that can quickly erode the attitude we have worked so hard to develop. And we must discipline ourselves to convert dreams into plans, and plans into goals, and goals into those small daily activities that will lead us, one sure step at a time, toward a better future.

Finally, we must use the power of our imagination. We must ponder all that is possible. We must remind ourselves that to do what is possible we must sometimes challenge ourselves with the impossible. As an ancient warrior once wrote, “It is better to aim the spear at the moon and strike the eagle, than to aim at the eagle and strike only a rock.”

Planning, imagination and intense activity are awesome forces that have the power to dramatically change the quality of our lives.

Activity is a major part of the life puzzle. It is the power that gives substance and meaning to our philosophy and our attitude. Intelligent, planned, intense and consistent activity creates new energy and keeps us moving toward the exciting future that our thoughts and desires have already designed for 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, August 21, 2016

What the Olympics Can Teach You About Achieving Your Dreams
Written by Jim Rohn

Like world-class athletes know, a person with desire but no dedication will never achieve much.

Every four years the world is given the gift of the Olympics. For a few weeks, nations lay down their arms and come together to let their world-class athletes compete on a level playing field to find the best in the many events. It boggles the mind what these young men and women can accomplish with their bodies—great feats of skill and determination bring them to the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Incredible.

As I think about what it takes to become a world-class athlete capable of competing at the Olympic level, I realize there are some foundational lessons for all of us to learn as it relates to becoming world class in whatever we set our mind to.

The secret of how these athletes became world class is found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

A 22-year-old man doesn’t simply wake up one day and find himself on the Olympic basketball team. No, it started years before. In fact, it probably started when he was only 6 or 7 years old. Maybe his father took him to a basketball game and that little boy said, “Someday daddy, I am going to be a basketball player.” That was the first sign of desire. Desire is key. World-class people start with desire. They have to at some point want it.

But we all know people who dream of big things but never accomplish those dreams, don’t we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. But the engine that drives the dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want while dedication gets it for you.

Someone might see a young gymnast and say, “Wow, that looks easy.” What they don’t see or perhaps overlook is the years of practice, the years of getting up at 4:30 every morning and going to the gym before school. It is the dedication of the young athlete, the many times of failing in practice, the many times of falling off the equipment and faithfully getting back on that turns a wisher into a world-class doer.

A person with desire but no dedication will never achieve much. You must have the powerful combination of both.

So let’s take a closer look at each of these and gain some insight into what desire and dedication are all about.

1. Desire
There are three parts to desire:
  • Dreaming
  • The Vision
  • Focus
Have you let yourself dream lately? Just sit down and begin to imagine all of the incredible possibilities your life could become? Spend some time just dreaming.

Next is the vision. Once you dream, you begin to cut back on all of the possibilities and narrow it to what possibility it is that you really want. You begin to create a vision for your life. You begin to see it as you want it.

Lastly under desire is focus. Once you have the vision, you have to really focus in on that dream. This is where you get really specific about what your life is going to look like.

2. Dedication
There are also three parts:
  • The Plan
  • Beginning
  • Perseverance
Without a plan you will drift to and fro. You will certainly not carry out your dream if you do not have a plan. So write it down. Set your goals. Know what you want and how you are going to get there.

Second is the beginning. This might sound simple and yet it is simply profound. Many people have a dream and they even have a plan, but they never begin. So simple: Just start. The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.

Lastly is to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section that is hard to travel. Every great dream will encounter difficulty. The question isn’t whether you will encounter trouble, but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough or will you persevere? I have found that every successful person I know has encountered problems along the way that tempted them to quit. Yet they persevered and achieved their dream.

Let’s take a look at the progression—think about where you are in the progression of becoming a world-class dream pursuer:
  1. Dream.
  2. Create a vision.
  3. Focus the vision.
  4. Develop a plan.
  5. Begin to pursue the dream.
  6. Persevere.
Friends, I hope for you the fulfillment of every dream that you have. That is what life is about, isn’t it? But to do so, I know that you will have to combine your desire with dedication. And when you combine those two, you will be well on your way to leading a world-class life.

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, August 14, 2016

Why Some People Fail and Others Succeed
Written by Jim Rohn

What if we converted our dreams into plans and our plans into refined activities that would lead toward the achievement of our goals?

If we have a sincere desire for progress, then we are compelled to find every possible means to implement all that we know and feel. We must find ways to demonstrate on the outside all of the value that we possess on the inside. Otherwise, our values will remain unappreciated and our talents unrewarded.

Why some people fail and others succeed can be baffling. Sometimes it may even seem unfair. We all know people who have a good education, the right attitude and a sincere desire to make something of themselves. They are good parents, honest employees and loyal friends. Yet despite their knowledge, feelings and desires, they continue to lead lives of quiet desperation. They should have so much more than they do, but they seem to receive so little.

Then there are those who always seem to receive so much and yet merit so little. They have no education. They have a poor attitude about themselves and other people, and are often dishonest and unethical. The only thing they seem to share in common with those who should do well but do so poorly is a sincere desire to get ahead. Despite their lack of virtues, knowledge and appreciation, these people often seem to come out on top.

Why is it that some good people seem to have so little while the dishonest seem to have so much? Why is it that the drug dealers and the mob members and the criminal element in our society are driving Rolls-Royces while many are struggling to make the payments on their inexpensive compacts? If our desire to succeed is as strong as theirs, and if we have the added virtues of philosophical refinement and emotional sophistication, why are we not all doing better than they are?

The answer might well be that we do not work at achieving our goals, and they do. We do not take all that we are to the marketplace and put it to work. They do. We do not stay up late at night developing new plans to achieve our dreams and work hard day after day to make those dreams a reality. They do. We do not learn all that we possibly can about our industry and our markets. They do. We do not make every effort to get around the right sources of influence, to associate with those people who can help us to achieve our goals. They do. While we are dreaming about the promise of the future, they are doing something about it. Granted, they might be doing the wrong things, but they are doing consistently and with an intensity and a level of commitment that would put many of us to shame.

Evil always rushes in to fill the void created by the absence of good. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing, and unfortunately, that is what too many good people choose to do. It is our lack of intense, disciplined activity that has allowed evil to flourish and good men to flounder. If life does not seem fair sometimes, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Imagine how different our world would be if we made a commitment right now to put into action all that we currently are, wherever we currently are, and with whatever we currently have. What if we all gave 100 percent to our jobs, families and communities? What if, starting right now, we began to read the books, replace errors with disciplines and associate with people who have stimulating ideas? What if, starting right now, we converted our dreams into plans and our plans into refined activities that would lead toward the achievement of our goals? What an incredible different we could make! In no time at all we would have evil on the run and good would be rushing in to recapture its rightful place. What a life we could then share with our families—a life filled with challenge, excitement and achievement. And what an inheritance we could leave to the next generation—a wealth of virtue, integrity and substance with which to build a whole new world, and all because we cared enough to do something with our lives and to put our skills and talents to work.

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, August 7, 2016

Jim Rohn’s Financial Planning Philosophy

Financial Planning: The poor spend what they have and invest what is left. The rich invest what they have and spend what is left. It’s not the amount of money you have but what you plan to do with it that counts! It is vitally important to have a financial plan.

The 70/30 Rule
After you pay your fair share of taxes, you must learn to live on seventy percent of your after-tax income. This is important because of the way you'll allocate your remaining thirty percent. The seventy percent you will spend on necessities and luxuries. Always remember though, we must teach our children not to spend their money a dollar at a time. If you spend your money a dollar at a time, you’ll wind up with trinkets instead of treasures. You can’t buy much of value a dollar at a time. The thirty percent? Let's allocate it in the following ways:

1) Charity
Of the thirty percent not spent, one-third should go to charity. Charity is the act of giving back to the community that which you have received in order to help those who need assistance. I believe that contributing ten percent of your after-tax income is a good amount to strive for. (You may choose a larger or smaller amount -- it's your plan.)

The act of giving should be taught early in life. The best time to teach a child the act of charity is when he gets his first dollar. Take him on a visual tour. Take him on a tour of a place where people are truly helpless so that he learns compassion. If a child understands, he won't have any trouble parting with a dime. Children have big hearts.

There is another reason why the act of giving should be taught early and when the amounts are small: It's pretty easy to take a dime out of a dollar. But it's considerably harder to give away a hundred thousand dollars out of a million. You say, "Oh, if I had a million I'd have no trouble giving a hundred thousand." I'm not so sure. A hundred thousand is a lot of money. We'd better start you early so you'll develop the habit before the big money comes your way.

2) Capital Investment - Money that you let someone else use to make money off it (passive capital - i.e stocks, shares, investments into other businesses that you are not involved with)
With your next ten percent of your after-tax income you're going to create wealth. This is money you'll use to buy, fix, manufacture, or sell. The key is to engage in commerce, even if only on a part-time basis.

So how do you go about creating wealth with the ten percent of your income you set aside for that purpose? There are lots of ways. Let your imagination roam. Take a close look at those skills you developed at work or through your hobbies; you may be able to convert these into a profitable enterprise.

In addition, you can also learn to buy a product at wholesale and sell it for retail. Or you can purchase a piece of property and improve it. And if you're fortunate enough to work at a place where you're rewarded for additional productivity, you can work for more income and use this income to invest in an ownership position through the purchase of stocks.

Use this ten percent to purchase your equipment, products, or equity -- and get started. There is no telling what genius lies sleeping inside you waiting to be awakened by the spark of opportunity.

Here is an exciting thought! Why not work full time on your job and part time on your fortune? Why not, indeed? And what a feeling you'll have when you can honestly say, "I'm working to become wealthy. I'm not just working to pay my bills." When you have a wealth plan, you'll be so motivated that you'll have a hard time going to bed at night.

3) Savings - Money that you invest in your own business or savings (active capital)
The last ten percent should be allotted to savings. I consider this to be one of the most exciting parts of your wealth plan because it can offer you peace of mind by preparing you for the "winters" of life. And through the magic of compounding interest, greatly aided by the new tax-free retirement programs available to every working person in this country, you can accumulate a princely sum over the years.

Let me give you the definition of "rich" and "poor." Poor people spend their money and save what's left. Rich people save their money and spend what's left.

Twenty years ago, two people each earned a thousand dollars a month and they each earned the same increases over the years. One had the philosophy of spending money and saving what's left; the other had the philosophy of saving first and spending what's left. Today, if you knew both, you'd call one poor and the other wealthy.

So, I'm asking you to not only be a happy taxpayer, but to also remember that giving, investing and saving, like any form of discipline, has a subtle effect. At the end of the day, a week, a month, the results are hardly noticeable. But let five years lapse, and the differences become pronounced. At the end of ten years, the differences are dramatic.

And It all starts with the same amount of money -- just a different philosophy.

If people of any age focus on doing these three simple things over a long period of time, they will be assured success!

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.