Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Why Wile E. Coyote Will Never Retire - By Nancy Ayash

I don’t want my frail, bony body to crash against the rocks anymore; smashing to smithereens and breaking my dream of success. I want my parachute to open this time, so I may float down gently; not landing with a solid thud. I grow weary of the high walls before me; and all the tries to climb, scale, and jump over these towering stones. Yes, I grow tired, disheartened and sad. I don’t want to be Wile E. Coyote any more; chasing that Road Runner who always outsmarts, eludes, and causes me to live a life of frustration.

Who am I kidding? Without disasters, mishaps, inventions that backfire, and parachutes that fail, my life would lack challenge. Oh sure, we dream of that day when total success finally arrives. We’ve got the Road Runner. But now what? Remember the adage “be careful what you wish for?” It is a simple, and yet deep truth.

Of course, we need to have some reward now and then to keep us going; just a fleeting moment of ALMOST catching the fastest creature in the desert. This is not some ordinary bird; it can outrun a supersonic race car. The chase; the challenge; we must get out there and find a way to nab that pesky, long necked, goofy-looking bird.

Wile E. can’t retire. To sit on the sidelines without an exciting pursuit is a death knell to any rangy desert dweller. Imagine a coyote so portly he can barely stand. Instead of experimenting with Acme gadgetry, he simply chows down at the nearest Coyote Inn Retirement Home.

Another reason Wile E. can’t retire is the loyalty to the Acme Company. He is, after all, one of their biggest customers; all those detonators, parachutes, antigravity shoes, and aerodynamic inventions. Wile E. has access to an array of thingamajigs, doodads, and contraptions. Without Wile E. the company would fold.

Life will go on in this desolate wasteland, where conditions are often harsh and unforgiving. Wile E’s chase for the Road Runner will continue, filled with determination and defeat. No leisure in this area of the world; no resort, no recreation and no time for distraction. As long as a there is a zippy, silly bird to be caught, Wile E. can’t retire.

Beep, Beep.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Infinite Abundance - By Anthony Butler

One of the biggest road blocks to success is the belief in scarcity. Many people have the idea that in order to succeed they must take something away from someone else, or take advantage of someone. Isn’t by taking advantage of the poor the way most rich people get rich?

The idea that there is a scarcity of resources in the world is a myth. Contrary to popular belief we live in a universe of nearly limitless resources. Scarcity is created through limiting beliefs. It is caused by poor use of imagination. Scarcity is a self inflicted wound on the world that can be easily healed through the proper use of thoughts and the imagination.

By understanding that there is more than enough to go around you can give yourself permission to ask the universe for everything that you want without feeling greedy or selfish. I am not talking about loving money or material things. I am talking about living a life of abundance, love and joy.

There are more than enough resources in the world today to feed, clothe, house and entertain the entire world many times over. There is no lack of energy, food, clean water, clothing, or housing. Some individuals experience lack because of corrupt political systems but not availability.

The sheer size of our universe defies measurement by scientists. For all intents and purpose the universe is infinite in size and mass. The total mass of all the accumulated planets, suns, meteors, comets, black holes, and other cosmic forms is a number so large it approaches the limit of the human mind to comprehend. The total available energy in the universe is also veritably limitless.

There is more than enough food in the world to feed every man, woman, and child. Governments around the world including the US government actually pay farmers to stop growing food in order to drive prices up. Only a small portion of available land in the world is developed. Hunger in the world is not caused by scarcity. It is caused by political ambition, war, and poor social structures.

Housing shortages are not caused by a lack of materials to build houses. There is more than enough material and land in the world today to house every man, woman and child in a home that would have made most kings throughout history jealous of their comfort and beauty. Housing shortages are caused by the lack of enough people wanting to build houses. Nations are thrust into poverty and lack through war and their own social systems filled with limiting beliefs and lack of imagination.

The lack of resources experienced in the world today is caused by poorly administered political and social institutions and not the unavailability of resources.

Just in our solar system with only our nine planets exists more than enough matter and energy to supply the entire human race with anything it desires for eternity. All we need to do is develop the vision and will to go into space and gather the resources we need.

In order for you to change your life and improve your own circumstances you must first experience a revolution in your own personal philosophy. You must learn to harness your creative imagination into a powerful tool that helps attract abundance, love and joy into your life. A revolution that takes place in the mind of every individual in the world is what is needed to move mankind into the next enlightened age of learning.

We as a race, in order to experience the full abundance of our world must learn to utilize our imagination and develop our culture to help us continue to acquire and better distribute the resources we need.

Creative imagination and connection with the Infinite Intelligence that encompasses and fills our universe is the key to unlocking true human potential. Many philosophers and religious leaders have written about our connections with Infinite Intelligence, and the majority of the population of the world believes in its existence. The inability of science to quantitatively prove its existence does not preclude it from existence.

The one common theme among nearly every religion is that communication with Infinite Intelligence takes place through the human mind. Our mind works much like a radio station and has the ability to both send and receive thought. We either do not have or lost the ability to consciously control our incoming and out going messages, but our subconscious still has the ability to send and receive. Much has been written on this subject by philosophers and religious leaders around the world. One of the easiest to read works on the subject was written in 1910 by Wallace Wattles in his work the Science of Getting Rich where he describes an entire system of utilizing the subconscious mind. You can get a copy of his ground breaking work at

Our world has the ability to save itself, but first we must teach our children that there are endless possibilities in the world and that we only have to reach for them with our minds.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Importance of Intuition and Trust in Personal and Business Success - By Nickolove Lovemore

I recently had to make a decision on a business deal. Looking purely at the numbers my decision should have been straightforward. Yet I hesitated. You see my intuition or my gut feeling was not in agreement with the outwardly, more logical decision that analysis of the numbers was leading me to.

Offer A was more lucrative but I felt that the person making it would change their mind at a moment's notice leaving me high and dry. I had more trust and respect for the person making Offer B. I felt that they would behave in a more trustworthy manner and that it would be a pleasure doing business with them. Through a mix-up in communications, although I didn't know it at the time, while I was considering these two offers, the person making Offer A had already rescinded their offer. My intuition had been proved right. Fortunately, it was early enough in the deal that no irreparable damage had been done.

Intuition is often viewed more as a feminine trait but men use their intuition as well. Best-selling author, Marc Allen, reflecting on one of his mistakes regarding a business deal that went sour, said in a recent teleseminar,

"My first gut impression when I looked in his eyes was "Don't trust this guy". That was my initial intuitive impression and ever since then I've never denied that intuitive impression. I always wanted to meet people face-to-face. Just look in their eyes and you get a lot of intuitive information."

Allen's intuition was proved right when the company that this guy was brought in to manage went belly-up.

Some people underestimate the power of their intuition but it is not just a whim. Intuitive thought or a hunch is often the result of, among other things, our senses taking in and analysing a mass of data and helping us to formulate an opinion on the subject and assess a situation in a uniquely insightful way manner.

So as Dr Joyce Brothers said,

"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."

However, like most things intuition is a skill that must be honed so here are five ways to improve your powers of intuition:

i. Accept that intuition exists and is a gift that can help you to reach your goals faster;

ii. Discover what fears you have that prevent you from using your intuition fully;

iii. Follow you intuition - when you hear that quiet voice, when you have inspired thought, act on it;

iv. Practice extreme self-care - take care of mind, body and spirit by exercising regularly,
eating healthily, drinking plenty of fresh water and getting adequate rest this will make you more receptive to intuitive thoughts; and

v. Keep a journal - you may be able to see patterns that emerge when you have intuitive thought.

Intuition and trust go hand in hand. You cannot exercise your intuition without also using trust and when you trust you often have to rely on your instinct or intuition. There are many situations that don't allow the time for other mechanisms for building trust to come into effect. Sometimes we have to make a snap decision relating to matters that can involve large sums or money or even our well being.

Legendary stock market investor, Warren Buffett and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, provides a great example of the value of trust in business success. Company mergers can be complex and drawn out affairs involving an army of lawyers, accountants and the like. It can sometimes take up to a year to finalise details. However, a few years ago Berkshire Hathaway bought McLane Distribution Company from Wal-Mart and following a 2-hour meeting managed to finalise the acquisition in just under a month. We're not talking about trifling sums here either; this was a $23 billion transaction.

Both companies were public and therefore their records could be scrutinised by the public. Warren Buffett said, "I trusted Wal-Mart, I trusted the people I worked with. I knew everything would be in exactly the order that they said it would be, and it was." He said, "We did no due diligence."

Can you see the advantages of being able to operate under such an umbrella of complete trust? As Indira Gandhi said,

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist."

A word of caution - this deal may have been lightning fast but this relationship was gradually built up over time. Yet building trust is something we are all capable of and need to develop if we are to be successful in building any sort of relationships whether personal or business.

Here are five simple ways you can create trust in your relationships:

i. Be open, transparent and scrupulously honest in your business dealings;

ii. Stick to your word - be known as someone who is completely reliable;

iii. Under-promise and over deliver - people love to receive unexpected bonuses;

iv. Refrain from gossiping about your colleagues or business partners, it is unprofessional and can seriously backfire; and

v. Take responsibility for your actions especially when things go wrong - similarly give credit where credit is due.

Trust and intuition are inexorably linked. To be able to tap into your intuition you have to learn how to trust yourself and as Cardinal de Retz said:

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else."

Nickolove Lovemore is a Life & Success Coach and a Certified NLP Practitioner. Take the puzzle out of success with this special series of FREE reports by internationally acclaimed speaker and coach, Bob Proctor. Simply send an email to Success Puzzle to get your reports now!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

3 Things That Will Determine If You Will Succeed In Life Or Not! - By Iyabo Oyawale

As I always say,success,in this life,is predictable.You will know a person who is headed for success and vice versa.

Now,what are the 3 things that will determine if you succeed in this life or not?

1.Your Mindset

2.Your Attitude

3.Your Relationships

Let me now explain each point to you starting with your mindset.If your mind tells you you cannot succeed in life,I am sorry to say there is nothing that can be done to help you.So,your first point of call,if you want to succeed in this life, is to develop a ‘CAN DO mindset’,a ‘CAN DO mentality’.Take a cue from the several succcess experts that say in their books,speeches,etc:that you can do whatever you set your mind on achieving.It only takes the commitment and discipline to follow through.And remember that famous quote from Henry Ford:”if you think you can,you can,if you think you can’t,you can’t.” Now,how about that for serious thought?

Your attitude also matters if you want to achieve success.Your attitude to these 4 things-work,time,sleep and money matters a lot.

Your attitude to work.Are you the type that is gainfully employed but does not put in enough effort because the business is not yours? Before closing time,you are already at the gate? Or you are just plain lazy and can’t wait for the weekend to come for you to stay at home? Remember this attitude will follow you when you start anything of your own.

Your attitude to time.Are you a time waster or time investor?Do you spend your time doing productive things or unimportant things that don’t contribute in anyway to your bottomline? Are you a social butterfly that must attend every party in town? Have a rethink about how you spend your time from today and don’t forget we’ve just finished a month and moved into another,are you going to sit down and allow the year to slip away without you achieving anything substantial? The ball is in your court.

Your attitude to sleep.Are you the type that believes you must sleep 8 hours a day? You better watch it because that sleep could be a clog in the wheel of your success in life.And for your information,I don’t know any successful person in this life that sleeps for 8 hours a day because while you are sleeping,they are awake,strategizing and thinking of how to push their frontiers further.

Your attitude to money.Do you spend your money or you invest it in shares,stocks,bonds and real estate? The fast food restaurants are your favourite hangouts,no problem but do you know the money you spend there can be invested now for a financially secure future for you and your kids?

Your relationships also matter.What type of people do you move with? Are they idea killers or dream supporters? I have seen people start off businesses and move into financial security all because of their relationships.I am not saying you should turn yourself into a beggar or a leech,just cultivate fruitful relationships,productive relationships and see your success soar beyond your imagination!

Iyabo Oyawale assists people achieve success in small business,Internet Marketing and in life generally.You can download her 100% free success manuals at the free ebooks section of and

Thursday, February 22, 2007

What is the Law of Attraction and How Does It Work? - By Sylvia Riley

What is the law of attraction and how does the law of attraction work? The law of attraction is the principle by which you attract into your life that which is in vibrational alignment with your consciousness; your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes.

As quantum physics now proves, reality is comprised of wavelengths of energy that respond directly to your thoughts. You are the creator of your experience whether you are conscious of it or not.

If you've watched ‘The Secret' movie, then you'll already know a little about the law of attraction. The law of attraction is the power of like attracts like, and the means by which you materialize into your life that which you focus upon and are in energetic alignment with. It is how feeling and thought vibrations are manifest into form.

The most effective way to use the law of attraction is to experience the outcome you desire mentally and emotionally NOW, using your imagination to put yourself in the picture of this goal fullfilled. Experience what it's like to have already achieved your heart's desire with belief and certainty and you will manifest it in your life.

The law of attraction is an absolute. It does not discriminate, it simply is. This means it can work both for and against you. To attract what you want into your life you need to align our heart and mind to the outcome of your desire, the juicy positive thoughts and feelings of your dream come true which palpably resonate and act as a magnet to your goals.

In addition to visualizing and imagining the outcome of your goal in the present, below are some additional tips for engaging the law of attraction fully in your favour.

Align your Thoughts and Feelings

You want to mentally and emotionally become the future you that has already achieved your goal. This will align your vibration to that goal and engage the law of attraction for manifestation. For this you want your beliefs to support and be congruent with your goals. You also want to release and resolve any resistances around your goal, such as fears or feelings of undeserving.

Gratitude and Appreciation

Being grateful for what you already have attracts more of it into your life. Gratitude opens your heart and creates space for more. Gratitude is the sweet song of appreciation and is synonymous with abundance. When you appreciate something you focus on it lovingly which makes it grow and expand.

Desire versus Need

There is a difference between desire and need or desperation. Need and desperation are synonymous with feelings of lack and the absence of what you want hence will repel your desired goal and perpetuate your not having it. Desire, however, is a positive generating emotion. It fuels your imagination, expectation and all the positive feelings associated with your goal so integral to successfully attracting it. Be passionate about your outcome yet remain light-hearted and unattached to ensure you don't become needy or dependent on it.

Outcomes Versus Hows

Focus on the outcome you desire and not how you're going to get there. Asking yourself ‘how' breeds doubt and limits your imagination and the vistas of your horizons. Let the universe work out the hows for you. From its vantage point of boundless possibilities this is a fun and easy task.

Open to Receive

You are a co-creator with the source of life, whatever name you hold for such, that ever conspires in your favour and will perform any amount of miracles and magic for the attainment of your desires. Trust in the gifts and offerings that will come your way when you begin to work with the law of attraction. Seed your intentions with your desire and imagination and be open and willing to receive their fruits in your world. The more you recognise that you are eternally connected to an all-loving infinitely abundant source, the more you will allow in the gifts and synchronicities.

Know you Deserve

You deserve simply by being alive! You deserve all your heart's desire and there is nothing the universe wants more than for you to attain them. If you lack feelings of deserving you will repel or sabotage your success. Recognize your inherent innocence and worth and forgive yourself for failings or mistakes. Release any negative beliefs or self-concepts that suggest anything other than your innocence.

Take Inspired Action

It is important to act on synchronicities and opportunities that will show up when you engage the law of attraction.. These serve as stepping stones to take you to your visions, dreams and goals and play an important part in the overall ‘bigger picture' of your manifesting process. Even seemingly unrelated incidences and encounters can end up having great significance further down the line so be open to new possibilities and act on what comes your way.

Be Persistent

Engaging the law of attraction involves harnessing the power of your mind and emotions and creating a new approach to your life and the way you think and feel for the attainment of your desires. This may take practise. If you don't manifest immediate results and your goal does not materialize instantly before your eyes, don't give up. Work at refining your tools of attraction, your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes, your imagination, desire, and connection to the future you desire. What first shows up may be the stepping stones that will take you to your goal, so have humility and faith and keep visualizing your outcome. Where there's vision, there's a way.

Love Love Love

The more you love and value yourself and others, the brighter realities you will attract, the more effortless your success will become, and the more elegantly you will manifest your desires. Love is the highest vibration. It heals and purifies, elevates and expands. It is your number one ally for harnessing the law of attraction in your favour.

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How To Get Motivated and Stay Motivated - By Colleen Kettenhofen

"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition." Artur Rubenstein

1) Practice patience, perseverance, and prayer. There's a story of the person who prayed, "God, please give me patience, and hurry!" In this day and age of cell phones, fax machines and instant gratification, it's easy to want what we want NOW. No one is willing to wait anymore. However, as we mature, we discover that it often takes patience, perseverance, and a lot of hard work to get the things we really want. Whether it's a promotion at work, losing weight, or having a great relationship.

If you believe in God, pray for patience, persistence and guidance. God sees the big picture. We don't. Often, looking back, we see that many of the things we just "had to have" weren't really right for us anyway.

2) Learning how to overcome procrastination helps you get motivated and stay motivated. I believe deep down most people know what they're supposed to do to improve their lives. But we procrastinate doing that activity. We just don't want to do it. Whether it's getting rid of the clutter in our home or office, cleaning up our eating habits or cleaning out the garage. Most of us know there's something we need to do that we've been procrastinating. Yet, by procrastinating a task, we end up cluttering our minds further by thinking about what we should be doing.

Again, if you have certain spiritual beliefs, just ask for the courage to do it. Turn to God. This is not something I discuss in my speaking engagements as my audiences are diverse businesspeople from different backgrounds. But asking for strength works. By admitting your weakness you will often gain strength in overcoming procrastination. And getting help in many other areas of your life as well.

Stop trying to do it all yourself. Give yourself a break. Give up some of the control. Take it in baby steps. For example, clean up just half of the garage. Or, begin that exercise program just three days a week for 30 minutes a day. Too often we fall into the "all or nothing" mentality. If we can't do it all at once, well, we simply don't do it at all!

3) Practice positive thinking.Think about what you're thinking about! I read on the internet that the number one thing people would like to change for the new year is to have a more positive attitude. Thoughts lead to words. Words lead to actions, and your actions determine your approach to your career, relationships, health and just about everything else. Positive thinking is something you often have to practice.

I am a worrier. And of all things, a motivational speaker! It's my job to help people become more productive, improve morale and stay motivated. In many cases, it's also my job to help them increase profitability. Worrying is a habit I've tried to consistently break. After all, worrying is negative thinking. Worry doesn't solve anything. It doesn't add a single day to your life. I make a conscious effort to think about what I'm thinking about. I shift my thinking to the positve whenever possible and it's becoming more of a habit. Becoming more aware of your thoughts is half the battle.

4) Eat right in order to feel happier, healthier, and stay motivated. We all know what to eat but often need to be reminded. Too many junky foods produce junky negative thoughts. Start your morning with protein to stabilize your blood sugar. Increase your daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Switch to organics whenever possible toavoid exposure to harmful pesticides. If you travel a lot this isn't always easy. Do the best you can. Remember, moderation is the key. The minute you have that all or nothing approach, you set yourself up for disaster by beating yourself up for not being perfect.

See your doctor to find out what types of vitamins and minerals you should be taking. Studies show that even when we're eating at our healthiest many of us are still missing vital nutrients. Drink more water. If you're under a time crunch, and who isn't these days, try eating raw nuts such as almonds or pumpkin seeds for protein and iron. Dried fruits such as apricots, raisins and cranberries contain vital nutrients and add lots of flavor. I do this all the time when I'm conducting day-long speaking engagements. It's vital for me in keeping up my energy and blood sugar levels not to mention improved mental acuity. Find out what works for you because everyone is different.

How To Get Motivated and Stay Motivated...Choose To Be Happy In Spite of Your Circumstances

5) Make a decision that you will be happy in spite of your circumstances. Don't wait until everything is going your way in order to be content. Otherwise you will spend much of your life discontented. Avoid the "when script." For example, "When I get that promotion then I'll be happy." Or, "When I get pregnant and have children then I'll be happy." How many times have you heard people say, "Once the kids are grown and out of the house THEN I'll be happy!"

There's always that illusive "when script" projecting into the future. And just because you count on something positive to happen, doesn't mean it always does. People aren't perfect and can disappoint you. You can lose your job. Your money can disappear. Things won't always go your way. It's okay to plan ahead and set goals for where you want to be. Just make certain you're also happy where you are now.

6) Don't compare yourself to others. We tend to compare the worst in ourselves with the best in others. Don't compare your insides to someone else's outsides. This is especially true for women. In our society, we're bombarded with magazines and media projecting an unrealistic standard of what we are supposed to look like. Many magazines feature ads with supermodels who are six feet tall. Even worse, the photos have been airbrushed and retouched dozens of times. Focus on developing your own unique gifts and talents. If you're too focused on trying to be like other people, you will become discouraged, give up, and lose sight of your dream.

7) Rest, relax, and recharge completely. It's one thing to get motivated, but to stay motivated you need downtime. If you're sleepy on a weekend afternoon, take a nap. In our fast-paced American society, this is virtually impossible during the work week. America is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't take an afternoon break. Lots of scientific research has shown that lack of sleep negatively affects mood, stress levels, mental acuity, weight, and overall performance. If you're tired, you're more likely to snap. You won't be a pleasant person to be around.

8) Exercise plays an important role in getting and staying motivated. For example, many participants in my speaking engagements tell me that walking outdoors during a short lunch break is enough to reenergize them. Exercising outdoors is especially beneficial in helping reduce depression during the winter months.

While you're exercising, and driving to and from work, listen to your favorite music. One of my favorite songs is "It's On," from Boney James "Pure" CD. Very upbeat music with lots of saxophone, and serves as a huge energy booster and mood lifter for me! I'll often play it after finishing a project. It's a small but very positive reward.

9) Get out of yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Do you have enough clothing, food, and a roof over your head? Probably so. Do volunteer work, or spend time listening to a friend or family member in need. By helping others you realize that whatever your "trauma of the day" happens to be, really isn't so important after all.

Focus more on what you have, not on what you don't have. Today, make a conscious decision to be happy in spite of your circumstances.

Colleen Kettenhofen is a speaker, workplace expert, & co-author of "The Masters of Success," as featured on the Today Show, along with Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield. For free articles, e-newsletter, or to order the book visit Topics: leadership, success, difficult people, public speaking. Colleen is available for keynotes, breakout sessions and seminars. (971)212-2412.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dreams - By Karen Lynch

“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you
If you’re young at heart”

I can remember being a kid and hearing that song and getting so excited. It always reminded me of the magical dreams and all of the fairy tales and princesses and dreams of Disneyland. At that time there was only one Disneyland, the one in California. Disneyworld in Florida came a few years later. Don’t we all still think of Disneyland as that magical place? And Disney has become a large part of the American and even the International Culture. Disney has given the world magic, whimsy and optimism.

Walt Disney is remembered as an innovator, a creator, a folk hero and a legend. Walt Disney was a self-made success in the American tradition.
But apparently it wasn’t always easy. Walt Disney was forced to file bankruptcy five times on his way to success. Many people would have given up and quit with the stress and failures of that many bankruptcies but not Disney. He pressed on and the rest is history. The world is a more magical and wonderful place for it. Aren’t you glad he didn’t give up?

Ray Croc, the founder of McDonalds was 52 years old when he came up with his idea to sell hamburgers. He was in need of some investors so he presented his plan to a few people who could help him out. These two men with their vast business acumen and years of practical experience reviewed his plan. On a Monday morning as the one came to his office, Ray was waiting for him and his answer. He took Ray into his office and he told him that they had run the numbers, they had reviewed the plan, and they knew what could work and what was not a good business decision. After much study they had determined that it was absolutely not possible for Ray to make any money selling hamburgers. Well, Ray disagreed and he pressed on and the rest is history.

When I was a kid I used to love to read. Still do in fact. It is definitely one of my favorite pastimes. But when I was a kid one of my favorite books was “Little House in the Big Woods”. It was the first book of the “Little House” series of eight children’s books. Most of us remember the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show and few are not familiar with these books. But it is less well known that the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when she published “Little House in the Big Woods” and of course she was older than that as the remaining seven books in the series were published. Many people get a nasty notion in their head about life when they get to a certain age that they are too old. Nope, I refuse to believe in too old!

Okay, there are people who have overcome obstacles on their way to success, but what about ordinary, everyday people? Well, here’s another story.

Just a few short years ago Lori McKenna was an “everyday, 30-something” stay-at-home mom. She had married at a young age and she was busy raising five kids and taking care of a household and a husband. But she still dreamed. And she wrote down those dreams in the form of music. Lori is a songwriter. But she didn’t know how her dreams might come true or if they even could come true. It seemed impossible. Her family responsibilities seemed to have taken over her life and there were times I’m sure that she felt the pain of thinking that her dreams and aspirations were in vain. But a couple of years ago, some of her songs were brought to the attention of Faith Hill. Yeah, that would be Faith Hill the country music superstar. Faith is at the point in her career where she can pick and choose the songs that she records. Well on Faith’s last CD, Fireflies, she chose three of Lori McKenna’s songs- “Stealing Kisses” (a beautiful song but very haunting, haunting lyrics!), “If you ask” and “:Fireflies”.

Now Lori McKenna is described as an “Acclaimed singer, songwriter” when just a few short years ago, Lori was just a stay-at-home mom trying to get all the laundry done and the house cleaned and only daydreaming of her songs being heard.

What is your dream? Maybe in a few short years you can be the one who is acclaimed!

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. It might not come easy. There are always obstacles in life. That’s just the way it is.

But Dreams are the high-octane fuel, the premium ice cream and the combustible electricity in the game of life. They keep you going, they sweeten it up, and they serve up the energy. Just having dreams makes life better, sweeter and more satisfying to the soul.

Keep on dreaming because “Fairy tales can come true, they can happen to you, if you’re young at heart”.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

How Comfortable Are You? - By Garry Zancanaro

I hope you are sitting comfortably because today's article is about being comfortable. We all like to be physically and mentally comfortable and to be with family or friends and to have everything around us that we are familiar with. This makes us feel secure and at ease and generally gives us the feeling of wellbeing and contentment.

It is a natural human instinct to seek comfort and security. In fact, this is the next level of human needs after basic physiological needs such as eating, breathing and sleeping etc. Once these most basic of human needs are fulfilled the next level of needs that we automatically seek to satisfy are security needs. This includes feeling physically safe and healthy, and having financial security and employment.

The next level of human needs relate to belonging, being accepted and loved. These needs are generally met by partners, family, friends, and in the broader sense, by belonging to clubs, teams, religious organisations etc.

After belonging and acceptance, most people need respect, both from others and from themselves. This is often obtained by taking part in some type of activity or activities that allow us to feel we are doing something of value and making some sort of contribution.

The final and highest level of human needs relate to the need for growth and development - the need to find self-fulfilment and realize one's potential, make the most of their unique abilities and to strive to be the best they can.

You may be thinking this sounds a bit too technical and scientific, and if so there's good reason. I didn't just come up with these different levels of needs. This is based on extensive research carried out by the highly respected psychologist Abraham Maslow first published in the 1940's, which he continued to work on and adapt until his death in 1970.

Maslow recognised there would be exceptions to his theory due to personality types or other reasons, and there have also been detractors and alternate theories developed since. However, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is still considered to be one of the most important and influential works ever developed to explain and understand human motivation and behaviour.

If you'd like to learn more about Maslow and his work click here:

There are many observations and conclusions we can draw from this. The most obvious is that the lowest level of needs will always be the ones we need to satisfy first. If we don't have the basics like food and shelter, we are unlikely to be thinking about any other needs further up the scale.

Maslow's research found that all levels of human need, with one exception (more on this below) follow the principal of homeostasis. This is just a big word that simply means for most human needs, when the need is filled, the need stops. When we are hungry, for example, the hunger stops when we eat.

However, there's another need that many people can't get enough of that can help to explain why many people don't go on to become all they could be and achieve the kind of success they'd like to.

This relates to security. Closely related to security is comfort, and when people become too secure and too comfortable it can actually stop them from trying to achieve more.

We've all heard about Comfort Zones. Comfort zones can relate to any environment or condition we become accustomed to. In can relate to various important aspects of our lives including our homes, our work, and the people we socialise with. They don't even have to be that 'comfortable' as such, it's more what we are familiar with. Comfort zones are like mental boundaries we subconsciously set ourselves. They cause us, for example, to stick with a job or stay in a relationship we aren't happy with because of the security it offers and because we're scared of the risk involved in trying something unfamiliar.

Many people have goals and dreams and things they want to achieve in their lives. Taking action to turn these into reality will involve risk and uncertainty. Anyone that is too comfortable is unlikely to be prepared to move into an area of uncertainty and risk which means their goals and dreams will very often remain unfulfilled.

This also means that many people never really move into the highest level of needs on Maslow's hierarchy, the level he described as 'growth motivation, being needs and self-actualisation.'

These are the needs referred to above that do not involve homeostasis. These needs don't stop when they are fulfilled. In fact, it's just the opposite. These are needs that actually become stronger the more we feed them. These are also the needs that bring us the highest levels of fulfillment and satisfaction.

There's no doubt that if we want to achieve our goals and enjoy success and happiness in our lives we have to take risks. It may be difficult, but we simply have to move beyond the familiar and comfortable to make it happen. The great news is that when we get into the flow of motivation and taking action it has a snowball effect so in time it becomes almost like second nature.

About The Author Garry Zancanaro is the creator of a collection of outstanding and life changing Success and Personal Development Resources, and the founder of where you can claim a FREE copy of THINK AND GROW RICH.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tight Lips Float Ships! - By Dr. Gary S. Goodman

I was doing some self-study of real estate principles when the wizened trainer said: “Never talk to anyone at a test!”

He went on to say everyone has cheap and wrong advice to offer; especially serial flunkies who “know what they’re talking about” because they’ve had to sit for the exam several times.

His remark represents a bedrock truth.

It isn’t our anxiety about our performances that is nearly as handicapping as letting other people’s wacko ideas and runaway fears seep into our hearts and minds.

How many eager and well prepared people hesitate to boldly go after their dreams because a well meaning parent, mate, or pal has deterred them by regaling them with their horror stories, or other people's near-misses with doom?

I’ve known for as long as I can remember that it is smart to keep your deepest wishes and new initiatives an utter secret from everyone, except those that are in a position to help you to make them come true.

Sadly, most folks that aren’t involved will only slow you down or razz you out of your pursuits.

When I was going to law school, I told no one in my extended family and I kept it a secret from each and every one of my clients and prospects. Believe me, there were times when I heard some “civilians” popping off inaccurately about one legal concept or another and I had to bite my tongue.

I was unique at graduation, because I accelerated my studies and passed the bar exam and was an official attorney by the time we donned our caps and gowns. It was only then that I mentioned my investment in this area to my relatives.

Time and again, when I’ve been consulting, I’ve been in the presence of defensive clients who attack new ideas and methods, not because they’re convinced they, or their advocates are faulty. They’re so utterly afraid that a failure could devastate them that they try to infect you with their “disease.”

So, the next time you’re about to do something significant don’t blab about it.

Remember the words of that smart guy, William Shakespeare, who suggested, and I paraphrase:

To all lend your ear, but lend your tongue to few.

Or, to put it in positive terms: Tight lips float ships!

Best-selling author of 12 books and more than 1,000 articles, Dr. Gary S. Goodman is considered "The Gold Standard" in negotiation, sales development, customer service, and telephone effectiveness. Top-rated as a speaker, seminar leader, and consultant, his clients extend across the globe and the organizational spectrum, from the Fortune 1000 to small businesses. He can be reached at:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

An Atypical Success - By Karen Lynch

Melba Rae likely never traveled the world. It’s likely that she never rode in a limousine. She had none of the trappings of fame and there was probably very little fortune. She was just an ordinary woman that was extraordinary in her ordinary profession.

Most of us have many teachers in our life. As we think back on our years in school we can often recall the names and some of the characteristics but there are not many who have a lasting place in our hearts. Melba Rae was different. I am sure that she holds a lasting place in every one of her student’s hearts.

High School students tend to think that they are all grown up. Of course, they are almost grown up being in the last years of the schooling they started back when they were five. Most of the teachers from my high school treated us like that also. School was serious business. We were all preparing for life ahead, college admissions, job placements, preparing for where our lives would lead us when we no longer were told where to go and what to do with our days.

Many seniors had most of the credits required to graduate. Many of the seniors were able to attend school for half a day during senior year. But almost every senior signed up to take Miss Barnett’s Advanced Composition class whether they needed it or not. It was not the class or the credit. It was being able to be in Miss Barnett’s class.

Many a student would walk around the halls with a gold star on their forehead after being in Miss Barnett’s class. Tootsie Pops were also handed our freely for active participation in class. She taught us to write and she taught us to think. She spoke to us as equals and reminded us that we were smart and ready to face the world. Every one of us was important to her, from the smartest valedictorian to the one who struggled to put a sentence together on paper. We were all equally loved and important to Miss Barnett.

She said that all of her students were her kids. Miss Barnett had never married. She claimed to be waiting for Efrem Zimbalist Jr. to come along and sweep her away. Most of us were too young to know who Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was but Miss Barnett explained to us that he was the most handsome man in the world. He was an actor of course. At a later time I saw an old photograph. He was very handsome, indeed!

When I think back on some the things I learned from Miss Barnett, there are not so many lasting things that I recall that have affected my writing. She hated the words “a lot” claiming that a “lot” was a piece of ground and the word had no place in compositions. I still find myself searching for an alternative if I am tempted to use the word. I never misspell the word “separate” because Miss Barnett always said, “se-PA-rate”. But the other things I cannot specifically recall, yet she undoubtedly affected my love for words and for writing.

At my senior classes commencement exercises we chose Miss Barnett to give the speech. It was the first time a teacher had ever been given such an honor. But it was well deserved and it showed our great respect for our favorite teacher. A couple of years later she passed away.

Miss Barnett may not have had many of the things that we all think of as success. She didn’t have the typical trappings. She did not have money. She did not live in a big house. She did not have the handsome husband (Efrem never did come!). But Miss Barnett found Joy and Happiness in her work. She gave it her all and it all came back to her. Every student loved her and respected her and learned from her.

Miss Melba Rae Barnett was an enormous success.

Karen Lynch is the creator of the motivation and inspiration website

Monday, February 12, 2007

Why February Has Only 28 Days (Unless It Is A Leap Year) - By Greg Nicholls

I have discovered that there are two answers, both answers are right, however they are completely different.

Having breakfast with the family this morning, we began to talk about birthdays (birthday season is shortly upon us) and then everyone started counting out how many days they had before their big day.

Some went to the calendar, some used their hands, then my daughter Kassidy began to demonstrate that she knew and easy way to determine the months that had 31 days from the months that did not.

Putting her hands together as two fists, she began to count the knuckles as months with 31 days and in between the knuckles for months without 31 days. As she reached the last knuckle on her left hand, she finished with the index finger knuckle, "July," then she resumed with the index finger knuckle on her right hand, "August," then she carried on and finished out her demonstration.

At that point, (being the wise-guy) I asked her a question;

"Why does February only have 28 days?"

Now, she is 8 and I did not expect a perfect explanation, but she nailed it! As an adult, I realized that the answer that I was looking for would have involved history, going back to Julius Caesar, getting into a big, long winded explanation. Her answer was genuine, accurate and beautifully simple;

"Because it is a short month."

We all burst out laughing at how simple and yet how accurate the answer was; it was funny because she was so matter of fact.

After congratulating her on a perfect answer, we began to talk about how we (adults) tend to add so much unnecessary detail, when a simple answer is all that is really necessary.

Ever wonder how kids get to move through their day so happy and care-free, well, they are not overwhelmed with coming up with unnecessary details.

I would challenge you to start to think in simple terms too, you will attain success much faster.

Life can be simple if you allow it to be.

Copyright 2007 - Nicholls Enterprises

Greg Nicholls is a business owner that teaches people how they can start and run a successful business. The keep it simple philosophy is key. Greg authors a free weekly newsletter that offers simple insights in to business and into life, subscribe today at Greg is also a personal and professional success coach, to learn more about what he does and how you can be Coached To Success, visit

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The 9 Environments of Millionaires - By Zamri Nanyan

At the beginning of the call, I heard Jim Bunch mentioning the most important point that will stick in my mind for a very long time.

"Surround yourself with the best of the best and you'll produce the results of the best of the best."

If you are into personal development, I believe that there is nothing new in that statement. However, Jim continued by saying that your "will power" is on only when you turn it on, but environments will stick with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you managed to be in millionaire environments every second of your life, wouldn't it make sense that you'll stay millionaire or become a millionaire one day?

That clicked and made me want to know more about the environments Jim was referring to. In this article, I will briefly mention what the 9 environments of millionaires are as discussed by Jim Bunch.

1. Memetic Environment

Beliefs, ideas, knowledge and concepts are examples of memetic environment. They are intangible and very important because it starts with you believing that you can get what you want in life. You might ask "how to change your belief". The answer is to change what you do and the result will change too. As soon as you see the results, you begin to believe. Think like a millionaire.

2. Relationships Environment

Family, friends, colleague and support personnel are in the "relationship environment". This environment controls your behavior that causes you to think, act and feel in a certain way. As hard as it can be, sometimes you have to let go off some relationships in your life because they are not bringing in closer to your goals in life. Build a millionaire relationship with those who will always push you closer to your dreams and goals.

3. Network Environment

It is simply a community that you are in. This community has rules, values and beliefs on its own. You have to be extremely selective in choosing your network. Remember that millionaires network with millionaires. To identify if you are in the right network, identify the topics of your conversations when you are in your community. Do you talk about creating wealth, being a better husband or wife or simply the weather?

4. Financial Environment

This is the environment that causes people most stress. The problem with financial environment is that when you grew up, nobody seemed to talk about money. Soon you'll realize that you have to manage your own money, investments and insurance, and you don't know all of them certainly, especially once your wealth grows. This is the time when millionaires hire and surround themselves with specialists and mentors on finance. Millionaires have their own wealth team.

5. Physical Environment

Physical Environment revolves everything around you such as home, office and furnishings. Confused mind creates chaos and that's what happens if your physical environment is not taken care of.

6. Nature Environment

Human beings require energy and you'll feel a powerful energy from nature when you're close to it. Have a jog in a gym and along a sandy beautiful beach and you'll know the difference what nature environment brings you.

7. Body Environment

Most people are ignorant about their body environment. You have to treat your body like a temple, not a playground. That means you have to take care of your health because there is no point of having wealth without health. Health will suck the wealth out of your life.

8. Self Environment

Personality, personal gifts, talents and emotions belong to the self environment. You can't see, smell or touch your self environment but you maybe able to identify them and make full use of your ultimate strengths. Use your self environment to match up with the world outside.

9. Spiritual Environment

It is your connection to higher source, love and self. If you are not in the habit of doing it, you'll have to put yourself in the spiritual environment again. Change all your environments and you start to change your thinking.

Another important point is that you have to develop your own mastermind group so that you are always focus on your environments. Take seriously the 9 environments of millionaires above in the next 90 days. You will feel the difference in your life.

Zamri Nanyan is a team leader in the hottest and most lucrative personal development program on the Internet. Visit now for more details. For Jim Bunch’s free recorded audios, visit today.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

My Mistake-Your Success - By Jason Osborn

We all make mistakes in our life. Some are small
but with others we wonder if we will ever get
over them.

Have you ever made a mistake or failed at
something when you had one or more people trying
to tell you that if you do it the way you are
doing it you won’t succeed?

Ok, I know that’s a rhetorical question because
we all have.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go back in time and listen
to their wisdom and advice?

In your journey towards your dream, goal, or
passion, you will have the opportunity to make
loads of mistakes. That’s why it’s so important
to learn as much as you can from other people’s
mistakes and failures.

A great example of this would be if you were
going to travel somewhere for the first time. You
may have a general idea of how to get there. You
may even have a map, which would be a great

Then the day before you leave you start to talk
to someone that has made the exact same trip that
you are getting ready to make. They begin to give
you advice about the journey.

They tell you where the speed traps are and they
draw out a little short cut to bypass a town and
it will save you 20 minutes. They even tell you
where there is a great little café about halfway
through the journey where you can get something
to eat, relax, and use the bathrooms.

You now have a choice to make.

Do you take their experience and learn from them,
or do you ignore it and say to yourself, “Thanks
for the advice, but I think I can find the way on
my own.”

You may still get to your destination even if you
don’t listen to their advice, but you may get a
ticket, or it may take you longer because you
didn’t take their short cut, and/or you may get
there but be hungry, stressed, and worn out.
That’s about the time when you say, “Man, if I
just would have listened to their advice I would
have gotten here so much faster.”

However, if you do listen and act upon their
experience, most likely you will be ahead of
those around you who didn’t have the advice of
someone who was experienced.

This is one of the reasons it’s so important to
have mentors and coaches around you who you can
trust. They will help you avoid, hurt, pain,
disappointment, discouragement, and will help you
shave off time on your journey.

Many times, their advice can mean the difference
between success and failure.

Now, we will still make our own mistakes in life
that we can learn from.
However, I would much rather learn from someone
else’s experience, than have to learn the hard

Jason and Rebecca are the founders of They have helped many people to get started on their path towards greatness and start living their dreams. They are an inspiration to everyone they meet.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ignite the Might Within You - By Mary Kay Buttery

We may think that to detach ourselves means to hate, to ignore, to stand aloof or to be cold and rough toward a given thing. However these are not signs of true detachment.

Every spiritual tradition speaks about detachment, but detachment cannot be confined only to spirituality. Detachment is important in daily life, in pursuit of ambitions, and on the spiritual path. It is of great importance to everyone, whether pursuing spirituality or material success.

Real detachment means inner strength, and the ability to function calmly with equanimity and self mastery under all circumstances. A detached person is not harassed and hurried, and can do everything with concentration and attention, all of which attribute to a successful conclusion to their endeavors.

With detachment you are dis-identifying yourself, but not separating. You are releasing yourself from any "rat packing". When you have achieved detachment, you are no longer conditioned and controlled by inertia, allurement, and what is happening around you.

Detachment means freedom. It means a truly self-determined attitude. Detachment is being cool and uninvolved on the emotional level. It is definitely not indifference. Indifferent people do not care, do not mind, and are not active and take initiative. On the other hand, a detached person can be very active and caring, though they accept calmly whatever happens. If they cannot do or change something, it does not disturb their peace of mind. On the other hand, if they need to do something, they will pursue it whole-heartily. They will do everything needed to succeed. If it does not work out, they stay calm, and will either try again, or forget the matter and move to something else.

When you are truly detached, personality factors do not disturb or control you. Detachment eliminates personality conflicts and friction. The inner reality, the core of another person becomes the important factor to you, and you help to release that beauty by detaching yourself from personality response, inertia, allurements and illusions. You can see more clearly than before because you are not caught in the net of personality "hullabaloo".

As you detach you will also see an escalation of people who are learning to detach, people who just like you are stepping back to watch the drama. Pretty soon you won't be standing alone any more, there's going to be a whole band of you watching!

Let me give you an example of detachment. When someone says something to you that you do not like, you may become disappointed, angry, or feel down. Why? It is owing to the fact that you value another's words and opinions, more than you value your thoughts and opinions of yourself. Your happiness and your actions depend on them. On the other hand, if you learn to stay detached, you may choose to listen to what they have to say, and if what they say rings true, you benefit from it. If what they say does not ring true for you, you go on with your life as if nothing was said. It's that easy!

Detachment develops automatically when one engages in any form of meditation. This could mean the traditional form of sitting on a cushion in silence. Or it could include listening to your favorite music, taking a walk in nature, watching your favorite movie, taking a cat nap: just to name a few. It is a gradual automatic process. Meditation allows thoughts and feelings to flow through: to come and then GO. It is a time for a mental and emotional vacation. Meditating day after day fosters the ability to stay cool and calm, not only during meditation, but also in daily life.

If you practice this mental and emotional vacation, sooner or later you will start to experience detachment. You will find that you feel and behave in a different way under circumstances that previously raised anger or agitation. And you can accept whatever you see without judgment. You will find that you handle your daily affairs of life in a calm and relaxed way.

As you incorporate the process of detachment, you become magnetic! Your unconditional love increases, and your joy deepens. People are naturally drawn to you. Your relationships are no longer based on personality reactions. So, you are not mechanical in your behavior. You radiate your true essence.You are true to yourself and others. You delight in life and all it has to offer!

Mary Kay's desire is that people discover how to create (and then live) a life they truly love. She is available for private consultations and speaking engagements. Be sure to visit her website and sign up for her *FREE* Monthly Newsletter, which is filled with inspirational, motivational and helpful information. Dare to be Different. Dare to be YOU! If you want Mary Kay to speak at an event in your area or you want to contact her: call 702-239-5451 or e-mail

The Mountain Behind the Mountain - By Wendy Betterini

I'm reading through a new book I bought recently, "Creating a Charmed Life" by Victoria Moran. It features a collection of 75 short essays about how to bring more joy, meaning, and simplicity into your life.

One of my favorite essays from the book (so far) is called, "Give Up Your Mountain." By "mountain" she means the foreboding issue that stands between you and the life you want to be living. Everyone's mountains are different. For one person, it might be haunting memories of an abusive childhood, for another it could be an addiction, for someone else it could be financial struggle. She mentions the necessity of surrendering to situations you can't change, and continuing on to create a meaningful life in spite of them. Wonderful advice, and this essay holds a lot of truth.

But something else occurred to me as I was reading, and that is, the mountain behind the mountain. Sometimes what we think is our biggest mountain is simply an anthill at the base of the true mountain lurking behind the clouds.

Some people think that financial lack is their mountain. Then, by some miracle, they win the lottery or inherit a large sum of money. But their problems don't vanish, do they? If anything, they experience more stress, family problems intensify, and everything seems to get worse. If their mountain was caused by lack, the money should have dissolved it. Yet, a surprisingly large percentage of people who win the lottery are broke again with a few years. Another good example is people who are overweight and believe that everything in their lives would be better if they could just lose the weight. Once they do lose it, what happens? They feel vulnerable and insecure, turn to food for comfort and regain the weight. In situations like these, we can see clearly that there was something else behind the immediate struggles, something that wasn't addressed in order to resolve the issues completely.

There are exceptions to these examples, of course, but my point is that our mountains usually exist for a reason. Most often, they are based on a fear, thought, or belief about ourselves or our lives. Once we break down the initial mountain, we see the bigger mountain looming large in the background, and we realize that our work has just begun.

So, how do we conquer the bigger mountain? How can we even tell why it's there? In my own experience, it requires a lot of self-discovery. We must be willing to explore ourselves fully, question our beliefs, dig into our past, work through any unresolved issues, and make better choices.

Even more challenging, we must overcome the fear of facing the hidden parts of ourselves. Our fear could accurately be called the mountain behind the mountain behind the mountain! But the beauty of this process is that once we face our fear, it doesn't seem so big anymore. We can chip away at our mountains a piece at a time, keep the momentum going, and our lives will begin to transform.

It's important to point out also that there's no end to this process. We are never really done with learning and growing into ourselves more deeply. Our lives will always have room for improvement. We may also have periods of time where we feel uncomfortable with the work we're doing, and start backsliding with our efforts. New mountains could spring up in our path, seemingly overnight.

But if we continue our efforts, day by day, week by week, and even year by year, we will make progress. We will learn how to love our mountains because of the way they strengthen us, and what they teach us. And we will realize that even though it wasn't an easy journey, it was definitely worthwhile in the end.

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Wendy Betterini is a freelance writer specializing in self-improvement and personal development concepts. Visit her website, for free articles on positive thinking, goal-setting, self-esteem, personal growth, and more.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The 7 Simple Habits of the Super Successful - By Sadiyya Seedat

What is the difference between you and someone who is considered highly successful. Is it intelligence or luck? Being in the right place at the right time?

Actually it's none of these things. What it boils down to is that successful people perform certain actions/have certain habits that those who are unsuccessful don't have.

So lets take a look at those habits one at a time.

1.The first habit, and the foundation on which all the other habits are built, is a clear sense of purpose. A wonderful way to do this is to write a mission statement. Avoid making the mistake of reading it once and then forgetting it. Read your mission statement at least twice daily, morning and evening and keep it in a visible place throughout the day.

2. Affirmations. Now doubt you've heard about affirmations, and perhaps you've even tried them because you've failed to see any positive results. For affirmations to be effective, you need to ensure that:-
You phrase the affirmation in the present tense. "I am..." and not "I will..." affirmations need to be repeated to cement them into the subconscious mind.

3.Write down your goals. Make them specific and measurable. But don't stop there. Read your list of goals out loud to keep yourself focused and on track. And everyday ensure that you're taking some time small steps toward achieving your goals.

4.Visualization. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something you vividly imagine and something that is really true. Professional athletes have been using this technique for decades with spectacular results. Picture in detail what you want to achieve/have happen/want to acquire. See, feel, smell,touch and taste your goal. For example, if you want a new car, then see color, model and make, see the gleam of the paint work, feel the soft leather seats, feel the wind in your hair as you drive it and so on. Make the visualization come alive. The more senses you can visualize and the more senses you can involve, the better.

5.Take care what goes into your mind.
What you put into your mind is what you will get out. Garbage in, garbage out. The mass media is very negative. They thrive on horror stories and bad news. Can you ever remember the headlines being about something positive and uplifting?

Do you start off each day by listening to the radio and end your day by watching the eleven o' clock news? Try replacing that by listening to a motivational cassette, CD or mp3 instead. Not only will you feel much better, but your life will improve as a result as you grow and learn.

The number of self-improvement topics you can listen to is virtually endless. You'll never run out of good listening material.

Spend some time reading books on areas in which you wish to improve, whether it be marketing or parenting.

6.Physical Exercise.
You already know all the physical benefits of exercise, but how can regular exercise improve your bottom line? Exercise reduces your stress level, clears your mind so that you can think more clearly, helps you to feel better about yourself and gives you more stamina and energy. So get moving.

7. Hang around other successful people. It has often been said that who you become and what you achieve in the next 5 years depends on the company you keep and the books you read. Spend time with successful people who have accomplished what you are trying to accomplish and seek their mentorship and guidance. Stay away from negative people who belittle you and your dreams.

That's it. The 7 simple habits of the Super Successful.
Choose 1 habit that resonates with you and commit to making it a regular habit of yours. Once you have mastered the first habit move onto the second one and so on until you, too, are super successful. I'll see you at the top.

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