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5 Pointers on Keeping a Positive Attitude

December 1st, 2010 No comments

I have learned over the years that perception plays a major part in our relationships with others and ourselves.  It plays an intricate role in our careers, the flow of money into our lives, and our enjoyment of our lives.  Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial to the colors we paint the perceptions of our lives.

Have you ever had a goal or dream that moved you so much you could hardly sleep at night?  We start out so excited and motivated by our great idea.  But, we allow ourselves to begin to focus on the negative aspects of them.  Before long, we have relegated our exciting idea to the should have, could have and would have part of our brain.  At that point, our idea is officially dead.

If we don’t cultivate our positive attitudes about our idea, we will begin the process of talking ourselves out of it.  We start out with little things, such as doubt that we can even accomplish it.

For instance, when we charge into the world of being an entrepreneur starting our own business, we can start some stinking thinking, such as, it takes too long to make money doing this.  There isn’t a quick money fix like there is when we start a traditional job.  Sometimes, we even slide into flawed thinking of telling ourselves that people like us just don’t make it big!

Here are a few pointers on how to keep ourselves positive so we can reap the rewards of success in our lives:

BE KIND AND ENCOURAGING TO OURSELVES

Instead of picking out our own faults and hammering ourselves about them, choose to focus on our attributes.  Think kindly of ourselves.  I believe that we are harder on ourselves than on anyone else.  We should be as kind to ourselves as we are to our partners, friends, or even our pets.  Words of encouragement to ourselves is very beneficial for all our endeavors.  If we learn to love ourselves more and are kinder to ourselves we can accomplish unbelievable things.

PLUG INTO DAILY MOTIVATION

The average person drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles per year, which works out to 500 to 1,000 hours per year.  we  can plug in a motivational CD into our car every time we get behind the wheel.  Think how much more motivated and positive we would be!  We could be rolling around in our classroom on wheels.  Learning new things while we keep our positive attitude going.

KEEP LEARNING OUR CRAFT

Knowing more keeps us feeling better about what we are doing.  We can attend seminars and online training sessions in our field of endeavor.  Learn from the experts.  Write to those experts; ask questions, read their books and articles.  Listen to people with proven track records in the areas we are striving to succeed.

HANG OUT WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Did you realize that your income will be the average of the 4-5 people you associate with on a regular basis?  Instead of hanging out with the negative complainers and gossipers, we could choose to hang out with the people that are succeeding and are practicing success habits.

CLARITY AND VISUALIZATION

Clearly defined goals are a must.  We have to have a clear mental picture of what we want our lives to look like.  It is difficult to achieve something if we don’t know what it is or what it will look like when it is achieved.

The best time to reach our subconscious minds is to implant our visualized images of our goals first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.  Or, right before falling asleep at night.  Our subconscious minds are more open to programming at those times.  The subconscious mind is activated by affirmations and pictures we feed it in the present tense.

Picture in your mind the situations working out the way you want.  See yourself succeeding.  Some people use vision boards or journals as a good visualization tool.  I know people who keep their vision boards on the ceiling in their bedrooms so they can feast their eyes on the dreams when they first open their eyes!  I keep ours on the bathroom wall across from the toilet.  Be creative!

Keep in mind, all our dreams and goals are unique to each of us.  It is up to each of us to keep striving for them.  After all, when it is all said and done, it is about our own individual successes.  No one can make it happen for us.  We should keep feeding our own personal positive attitude muscle.  Like all muscles, they only get strong when we keep using them.  Let’s get out there and exercise them!

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What is the Secret to Becoming Successful?

September 24th, 2010 No comments

On my quest for self improvement, I have studied a lot of information on the Law of Attraction.  When the movie “The Secret” burst on the scene it became an overnight success.  I must admit, I liked the movie.  But, even the makers of the movie will tell you, it’s not complete.  There’s so much more to being successful than visualization.

We could curl up on a pillow in our lotus position and visualize all day long.  I have nothing against visualization.  In fact, I love it!  When I visualize my success, it makes me smile!  It pumps me up!  It helps me develop my clear, concise mental picture of what I really want.  It is the daydream of inspirations which adds the fuel to my desires.  But, as Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.  I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident.  They came by hard work.”

I’ve also heard motivational speakers say, “it’s not how hard you work, but how smart you work that makes the difference”. There’s an element of truth to that statement.  We do need to work smart.  If we don’t, we can spend hours and hours chasing our tails and not getting the job done.  No matter how smart we work, it is still leaves the 99% of hard work we have to put in to succeed.

Napoleon Hill talks about “paying the price”.  Many people would LOVE to have a successful business and be financial independent.  If they could find that on their pillow of visualization everyone would be in on it.  There’s no way to escape it.  What separates the people who obtain success from those that don’t is still the ugly four letter word, W-O-R-K.

Most people aren’t willing to put in the sacrifice of hard work.  They aren’t willing to put themselves on the line for their idea and follow it through with an incredible amount of effort.   Not everyone is an Olympic athlete.  Why?  Because, not only does it take an amazing amount of talent, it takes an astronomical amount of work, sore muscles, getting up early, and working late nights.  Time and effort squared!  If it was easy, everyone would be an Olympian.

The next time you are presented the idea that we can visualize and get into the “flow” and all our desires will come to us.  Realize, this may be true for the vital 1% part of the equation of success.  We’ll still need the other 99% to succeed.  I say, let’s leap off those pillows and get the job done!

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What Mistakes Do I Make Setting Goals?

December 11th, 2009 No comments

goalsIn today’s culture the word “goal” has become a buzzword.  Many people say, “my goals is to ___”.  That is good, in the respect, they are stating what they want.  In that statement, they have substituted the word “goal” for what might, more appropriately, be called an “intention”.  If it has become such a buzzword, why is it that only 2% of the population have written, specific goals?

When I coach and work with people in business, I am always surprised that people find setting goals so hard to do.  They talk as if they will sit down and write their goals, but unless they have a business coach, who will keep them accountable, they tend to stick it in the section of their minds labeled “I will do this tomorrow”.  Why do people struggle with setting goals?

I believe, one reason is, they really don’t know how to set goals.  After gathering the information on how to set effective goals, some will still not do it.  The reason could be that many people are afraid of success.  When people hear that, they tell me they aren’t afraid of success, they are afraid of failure.  Let’s look at that statement a little closer.

As we progress through life we stumble, fall, and fail at many things.  We start this process off, early, as infants learning to walk, feed ourselves, and how to explore our environment.  When our parents tell us “no”, or we fall down, that is failing.  We all learn coping skills for the dreaded failure scenario.  Would it be safe to say most of us have a tool in our toolbox of life called “dealing with failure”?  Don’t misunderstand me, failure can be devastating if you perceive it that way, or it can be a tremendous learning experience.  It is all in perception.

Success, on the other hand, is a bit more frightening for most people.  They really don’t have a clear concise mental picture of what it would look like to succeed.  Our quest for success is often the place were we find most of our limiting beliefs.  Limited beliefs are what stops us from going where we want to go.  Limited beliefs are dis-concerning because, most often, we have no idea what those limited beliefs are until we get a mentor or a coach that can help us uncover them and hold us accountable.

Another area that trips up the goal setting individual is not taking responsibility for the people they hang around.  We are all products of our environment.  Our incomes will, often times, be very similar to the 5 people we associate out with the most.  Think about that for a moment.  Picture in your mind the 5 people that you are in contact with the most.  Are you all in the same economic bracket?

The last thing I want to propose to you is that most people are not in tune with their values.  They haven’t thought, consciously, about what they value the most or the least in their lives.  When we don’t know what our values are, it is easy to set a goal that is in direct conflict with a value we weren’t aware of.  For instances, if a person’s top value is their family and the time they spend with them, setting a goal for the next promotion or starting a business might be in direct conflict due to the increased time it will take to accomplish it.  Can you see the friction in obtaining that goal?

I have found the product called “Mind Movies” to be very helpful in developing a conscious mental picture of what you want.  Their workbook is exceptional in helping to pinpoint what we want and what we value most.  The Mind Movie is an excellent visualization tool for accomplishing the goals we have set.

I have for you, today, a 6 minute video entitled “12 Goal Setting Mistakes in 5 Minutes or Less”.  It has some very good information for you.  As Huxley said, “There is only one corner of the Universe that we can change and that is our self.”  If you gleaned some information that you feel others could use, feel free to pass it on!

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What Role Does Imagination Play in Our Life?

December 3rd, 2009 3 comments

Did you realize that everything you see in your physical world first started out as something in some one’s imagination?  The computer you are reading this on.  The car you drive.  The clothes you wear.  Even in the world of nature, would it make sense that all of it, including us, was first in the imagination of the divine?

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein.  He said,Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. That is a powerful statement from a brilliant man with a immense imagination.  I watched a biography on the History Channel about Albert Einstein.  Early in his life, he was considered a “failure”.  He had trouble in school.  His grades were not good.  When he graduated from the University, by the skin of his teeth, his desire in life was to teach at a University.  He was considered unacceptable for a University job because he had trouble with authority figures.  In today’s world, he might have had a label pasted on him such as ADD.

Opportunity often comes dressed as failure or adversity.  In his case, he had to take a job at the Patent Office that his relative owned.  The opportunity for him was that he had time to sit on his stool and use his imagination.  He dreamed of what it would be like to race along side of a beam of light.  When he rode the street car he imagined it racing at the speed of light.  He questioned what traveling at the speed of light would do to the concept of time.  Albert Einstein is now considered one of the most well known and respected geniuses that ever roamed the planet!

What role does imagination play in our life?  Napoleon Hill says, “If you can see it, and believe it, you can achieve it.”  Our imagination resides “outside the box”.  Many of us grow up being taught that we need to stay in the “box”, which stifles the imagination.  Most of our educational systems are not structured for the child who is “outside the box”.

Our imagination will not be denied.  If we don’t take control of this precious asset, it will find a way to emerge in our lives.  It can appear as negative thoughts and scenarios in our minds.  Left to its own devices without proper management, our imagination can fall into the clutches of habitual hypnotic rhythm (see Napoleon Hill – Part 13).  It can paint a rather dismal picture for us.  Our imagination, strengthened by emotions has direct access to our subconscious mind which will set into motion the events to accomplish what our imaginations has pictured.  No questions asked. The subconscious doesn’t have a sense of right or wrong or whether you really want what you have imagined to happen in your life.

What is the harm of imagining what it would be like to race beside a beam of light?  Let’s use visualization to create the life we design.  A good visualization tool can get us on the right track until it becomes our nature to control our thoughts.  Two of the best I have found are, Mind Movies where you actually create your own mind movie to watch on your computer every day.  They give you 6 generic mind movies which you can download to try out for free.  When you purchase the Mind Movie package, the workbook that comes with your Mind Movie package walks you through the process every step of the way and digs deep into what you really want in your life.  If you prefer audio, the Relaxations for Wealth could be a good fit.

For your viewing pleasure and food for thought, I have included this 6 minute clip “The Death of the Imagination”  from the movie “Six Degrees of Separation”. Feel free to pass this blog post on to others.

How Do I See With My Mind’s Eye?

November 2nd, 2009 No comments

 

eye-of-god1I have had such a feeling of synchronicity the last few days.  When this happens to me, I feel I need to pay attention.  A lesson is presenting itself to me.  The synchronicity I keep hearing refers to “our mind’s eye”. 

I listen to and read a lot of information on self improvement every day.  In the past week, I have heard several speakers use the term, “seeing with your mind’s eye”.  One speaker said that we have our physical eyes in which we see so-called “reality” and we, also, see with our mind’s eye.  What does that conjure up in your mind when I say your mind’s eye? Do you see a big eyeball in the middle of your brain?  That would be very Halloween-ish.  I believe our mind’s eye is that space in our minds where we keep our vision for our lives.  It is for the things we desire, or habitually think about.  If you can’t see what you want in that space, you can’t have it.

I was watching a video of Bob Proctor’s called the “Paradigm Shift”.    He said we have to, “figure out what we want to do and then get rid of the monkeys in our minds.”  The monkeys being the thoughts of lack and non belief among others.  He also said we need to “create a space in our minds for what we desire.”  If we fill our mind’ eye with horrific images of what we don’t want, what do you suppose is going to happen in our lives?  What you focus on grows.

I am a fan of “Dog Whisperer” with Cesar Milan.  I love animals.  My favorite is dogs.  They can be the perfect example of unconditional love, devotion, and loyalty.  A dog doesn’t care what you look like, how much money you make, or if you’ve made mistakes in your life.  They just love you for you.

Friday night, I was burrowed in on my couch with my dog, Frank, watching Cesar.  He had invited two people to his new “Dog Psychology Center” to visit their dog he was working with.  One of the people commented that the “center” would be great when it was all finished.  Cesar said, “In my mind it is already done.”  Cesear could see the completion of his dream in his mind’s eye as if it already done.

Our mind’s eye is a place that exists in all of us and is unique to each one of us.  We choose what we fill that space with.  It can be images of failure or it can be a vision of success.  That space has a direct feed into our subconscious mind.  As John Kehoe, author of Mind Power Into the 21st Century, says, “The mandate of the subconscious is to attract circumstances and situations that match the images you have within.”

What do you see when you use your mind’s eye?  Is it clear?  Is it something that you want to actually manifest in your life?  If you are holding a picture of what you want to happen in your life, do you see it as it has already happened?

I have a great article from John Kehoe that I encourage you to read.  It is full of great information on how our mind works with our subconscious.  It is called, “The Subconscious and Synchronicity“.

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What Successful People Know About Big Mo

August 27th, 2009 1 comment

Most people that aren’t successful wonder why.  Successful people, on the other hand, know exactly why they are successful.  Successful people, whether they realize it or not, study success.  All successful people developed a desire for success.  It became a “must” for them.  Quitting is not an option for them. 

Yesterdays blog post, “The 3 Things You Must Do to Create a Success Breakthrough”, I wrote about clarity.  To obtain success, you must be clear on what you want and why you desire it.  Once you have become clear on why you want success it is time to develop certainty.  When you know that quitting is not an option, that is certainty.  When success becomes a “must”, that is certainty.  Tony Robbins calls certainty the “holy grail of action”.  When you combine certainty with action you will get results!

How do you develop certainty when the entire world seems to be conspiring against it?  Most people struggle with their level of belief.  They have the potential to accomplish what they want, but their belief level is so low that they struggle.  In my July 30th post, “Finding the Millionaire in You”, I wrote about Roger Bannister.  Before 1954, no one had run a mile in 4 minutes. Roger Bannister, against all odds, was the first person to break that record.  Two years later, 37 people had run a 4 minute mile.  Those other 37 people had the potential to break that 4 minute record, but they didn’t do it.  Until they believed it could be done by seeing Bannister do it.  That is when the shift happened in their minds.

When the shift happens and we believe we have the potential, action must follow.  Once action is in play, results start to happen.  When results happen it reinforces the belief in our potential and the cycle starts all over again on a higher level.  That creates Big Momentum.  When “Big Mo” is on your side, look out!  Amazing things start to happen.  If you don’t have “Big Mo” your progression towards success can be painful slow.

How can we attract Big Mo to come play on our team?  It starts in our mind.  It is time to pump up our belief level by finding those people that have done what we want to do.  Model them.  We could even mentor with them.  Mentoring is effective if it is done correctly.  That will be a blog post for another day.

Another way is to visualize.  It has been proven in the sports world that better performance hinges on visualization.  All of us have beliefs about things that are unconscious.  Even though our subconscious mind is not the thinking part of the brain, it rules the roost on our belief levels.  Visualization, done correctly, produces amazing results.  When visualizing, only picture the end results, with emotion.

Getting results in our head first, conditions us for certainty.  Certainty burns the bridges in our minds.  Perfect practice creates perfect results.  Visualization can create that perfect practice.  Keep in mind that visualization is not an overnight thing.  It takes practice and patience and must be followed up with action.

If you are looking for a visualization tool, I highly recommend Mind Movies.  It is a visualization tool that you create on your computer.  You are able to create your own mind movie that you can watch on your computer or iphone every day.  You personalize it with your goals and dreams.  It can even run in the subliminal mode.  The Mind Movie people have made your movie ultra easy to create.  Their small workbook that you go through to prepare your mind movie is excellent for helping you become clear on what you want.

If you are looking for more of a relaxing while you visualize kind of thing, Bruce Muziak’s Relaxation for Manifestation and Relaxation for Wealth are two Cd’s that you can use while you relax.

Above all, nothing happens until you take action and continue to taking action.  When Big Mo becomes your best friend the world of success opens up for you!

Success – Are You Ready to Rumble?

July 22nd, 2009 No comments

Most of us have dreams and goals.  Unless, of course, you have become a dull, disillusioned, dead butt.  That is a choice.  I personally prefer dreams and goals.

Having said that, there are times in our lives where we might feel like we have become dull and disillusioned.  If you enjoy self improvement and are reading this blog, I would guess that if you ever feel this way, it is only temporary.

How do we achieve our goals and dreams?  First of all you have to be willing to fight every day for them.  I don’t mean grab a gun and go blast people.  I am talking about fighting the robbers of our dreams.  They come in the form of procrastination, frustration, negative people, loosing focus, and lack of self discipline.  Pretty hefty stuff, right?  This is a blog post not an ebook so let’s take little bites of the issue.

Have Goals You Can Measure and Monitor

Most people don’t have a focus.  They know they would like to have something, but it is vague and unfocused.  If you are wanting help from the metaphysical or physical means you must know what you want.  WRITE IT DOWN!  I can not stress that enough.  I was going through the Mind Movie creation booklet yesterday to update my own personal mind movie and I was re-impressed (if that is a word) on how this simple exercise helped me crystalized my goals and dreams.  That feature alone is worth the small amount spent on the program.  I hope you take the time to look at the website and down load the free premade movies.  The premade movies are amazing!

Do Something Every Day to Move Forward Towards Your Goals

Read over your goals every day.  When your goals are written down it is so much easier to look at them in concrete form.  I guarantee, that if you miss the step of written goals your success will be limited.  Do something every day to move towards your goals.  When you do something, even if it is a small movement towards your goals, you  are creating momentum.

Honestly Evaluate Your Actions You Have Taken Towards Your Goals

Get in the habit of sitting down at night to critique your day and prioritize your next day.  This can be done before you leave your work for the night.  This will help you conquer the dreaded disease of procrastination and it keeps you in touch with your progress.  Be a loving but tough critic of your progress.

Play Full Out

What do I mean by that?  Simply, go after your goals with everything you have.  We are only have this one life, right now.  When you are working at your goals give it all you have.  Extraordinary things are created by extraordinary effort.

Put yourself in the position to fall in love with your dreams over and over.  Whether you use Mind Movies, Visualization techniques, Vision Boards, or Dream Shopping.  Whatever it takes to help you remember what juiced you up about your goals in the first place.