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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Habit Is as Habit Does

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Let's begin with the painfully obvious truth:
  • Successful people have successful habits.
  • Losers in life have loser habits.
  • Habits are behavior, and behavior never lies.
  • Your habits determine you're your past, present and your future.
  • If you want change in your life, you must change your habits.
Let's do a simple fill in the blank exercise to determine how well your current habits are serving you.

Here's a health related example with two possible answers:
  • My health, exercise and eating habits have... turned me into a firm, energetic and unstoppable powerhouse.
  • My health, exercise and eating habits have... turned me into a flabby, lethargic and unmotivated person.
Now, take a few moments to answer these questions regarding your habits.
  1. My savings and spending habits have...
  2. My sales and marketing habits have...
  3. My relationship habits have...
  4. My parenting habits have...
  5. My time management habits have...
  6. My demonstrated leadership habits have...
  7. My communication habits have...
  8. My work habits have...
So, how did you do? Are your habits helping or hurting your performance?

The one true path to success and happiness in life is to change your behavior by replacing your bad habits with positive habits that move you in the direction that you want.

It's easy for me to say that if you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting, so change your behavior.

And that's exactly what I'm going to tell you to do-just change!

I want you to look at your results year to date, right now-- today and determine what habits you must change in order to secure a better tomorrow.

Don't procrastinate as that's a destructive habit that is definitely not worth repeating as it bears no desirable fruit and most likely will lead to regret and missed opportunity.

Everything Counts!

[source: personalstrategicplan.com, by Gary Ryan Blair]


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Personal Story with an Olympic Gold Medal Winner

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American wrestler Rulon Gardner defeated Alexander Karelin (the greatest Russian wrestler of all time) in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. It’s gone down in history as the “Miracle on the Mat.” At the time of this Olympic match, Karelin had NEVER lost a wrestling match in 13 years… and for six straight years the Russian “Karelin” hadn’t even given up a single point!

This is unheard of in wrestling. Just think of that…six years without giving up a SINGLE POINT in any match!

It was one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, especially when you consider that Rulon was raised in humble beginnings on a Wyoming farm, one of 9 children. (he happens to now live near our “Land Office” during part of the year).

Anyway, I first met Rulon last summer because of a charity we are both passionate about. The charity invited us in to do some filming in a studio, because they wanted to post some stuff to their website.

I’ll never forget this day for one special moment that took place.

You see, a producer guy had written out some lines for us to say via teleprompter into the camera. And I’ll never forget when it was Rulon’s turn in front of the camera.

After like 14 takes, he still couldn’t read the first sentence. People in the studio were kind of looking around, fidgeting and pretending not to notice. And then finally Rulon yelled “cut”! He said, “That sentence just comes off as too negative…I don’t like anything with the word “can’t” in it…can we please change this sentence to read more positive?”

(the opening sentence written for Rulon had the word “can’t” in it)

How do you argue with a 300 lb. man in the room with a gold medal around his neck? You don’t! And as soon as the teleprompter dude changed the sentence, Rulon read the more positive version in one take, and just smiled all the way through it.

You could feel this good vibe just dance around that studio room. It happened to give me a case of the goose-bumps - & I could tell it did to everyone else.

I'm not a "walk on hot coals" kind of guy. But I will say this. There is an energy that halos around an Olympic gold medal, and the person wearing it. If you've ever been around one, you know what I'm talking about!

After filming, I got a chance to hang with Rulon and I asked him about that match in Sydney. He told me that for months leading up to the Olympics, he never allowed a negative thought to once enter his head, not one. And as I sat there staring at his gold medal he went on to say we can do and be whatever we want in life. And that the only reason he beat Karelin was because he never had one negative thing cross his mind.

I just got the goosebumps again about this whole experience, just thinking about it and writing this to you!

Anyway – I just wanted to share this encounter with you – it's personal and special to me. And it’s still fresh in my mind and it’s a clear reminder of how much we’re capable of.

We all have a “Karelin” in our path that looks impossible to beat. But if you relentlessly remain positive – you can do the “impossible”. The only person holding you back is you!

Remember this, the next time you run up against a wall or the next time you think something is impossible.

If the guy who has the gold medal around his neck can't even say the word "can't" -- how should you be thinking and talking to yourself about what you want to overcome?


I've got some pics of this right here:

http://spilnk.com/1582-1247-86432-396716/www.masterincometrader.com/olympics

I hope you enjoy them a lot. And I hope this finds you well!

Until next time,
Preston James

[Source: masterincometrader.com, Traders Edge Network]


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Read All the Books

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All of the books that we will ever need to make us as rich, as healthy, as happy, as powerful, as sophisticated and as successful as we want to be have already been written.

People from all walks of life, people with some of the most incredible life experiences, people that have gone from pennies to fortune and from failure to success have taken the time to write down their experiences so that we might share in their wealth of knowledge.

They have offered their wisdom and experience so that we can be inspired by it and instructed by it, and so that we can amend our philosophy by it. Their contributions enable us to reset our sail based upon their experiences.

They have handed us the gift of their insights so that we can change our plans, if need be, in order to avoid their errors. We can rearrange our lives based on their wise advice.

All of the insights that we might ever need have already been captured by others in books. The important question is this: In the last ninety days, with this treasure of information that could change our lives, our fortunes, our relationships, our health, our children and our careers for the better, how many books have we read?

Why do we neglect to read the books that can change our lives? Why do we complain but remain the same? Why do so many of us curse the effect but nourish the cause?

How do we explain the fact that only a small percent of our entire national population uses the library card they possess - a card that would give us access to all of the answers to success and happiness we could ever want?

Those who wish for the better life cannot permit themselves to miss the books that could have a major impact on how their lives turn out. The book they miss will not help!

And the issue is not that books are too expensive! If a person concludes that the price of buying the book is too great, wait until he must pay the price for not buying it. Wait until he receives the bill for continued and prolonged ignorance.

There is very little difference between someone who cannot read and someone who will not read. The result of either is ignorance. Those who are serious seekers of personal development must remove the self-imposed limitations they have placed on their reading skills and their reading habits.

There is a multitude of classes being taught on how to be a good reader and there are thousands of books on the shelves of the public libraries just waiting to be read. Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives.

A little reading each day will result in a wealth of valuable information in a very short period of time.

But if we fail to set aside the time, if we fail to pick up the book, if we fail to exercise the discipline, then ignorance will quickly move in to fill the void.

Those who seek a better life must first become a better person. They must continually seek after self-mastery for the purpose of developing a balanced philosophy of life, and then live in accordance with the dictates of that philosophy.

The habit of reading is a major stepping-stone in the development of a sound philosophical foundation. And in my opinion it is one of the fundamentals required for the attainment of success and happiness.

To Your Success,

Live a Beautiful Life


[Source: jimrohn.com, by Jim Rohn]


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