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August 2006

Work on your daily habits

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread. Every time you repeat the act you strengthen the strand. You add to it another filament with each repetition, until it becomes a great cable and binds you irrevocably to each thought and act.

First you make your habits and then they make you.

Your thoughts lead you to your purpose.
Your purpose always manifests into action.
Your actions form your habits.
Your habits determine your character,
and your character fixes your destiny.

Your habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters.


Everything begins with a dream

You know what you are today but not what you may be tomorrow. Use your imagination and look at things as they can be.

You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
and be anything you wish to be.

You don't know what you can really do until you try. All you have to do is to act on your dreams.

You have the power within you to do things you never dreamed possible.
You would amaze yourself if you did all the things you're capable of doing.
This power becomes available to you as soon as you change some of your beliefs.

Success begins in your mind.


Persistence

Your success is not a matter of idle chance,  it's a matter of making the right choices. Success is not something you wait for, but rather something you achieve with effort. Things won't turn up in this world until you turn them up.

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. The people that truly succeed in the world are the people who look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, they make them.

Don't sit on the sidelines, get in the game. Your access to success has no real limits. The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.

Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity for you. You have grand opportunities all around you.Open your eyes, and you will find it.

If you have the desire, you have the power to be successful. Taking continuous action is all that is required.


Facing the Fears

by Dr. John C Maxwell

Remember when you were a kid and just knew there was a monster lurking at the foot of your bed?  How did you get over that fear? Most likely someone turned on the lights and pointed out that your monster was nothing more than a sweater hanging on a chair. Once the lights came on, the monster was no longer frightening.

The same principle applies to overcoming our fear of failure.When we look at our fear in the light of day, we discover that what we are afraid of isn't so frightening after all.

The following acrostic gives us a handy tool for remembering the steps to take in order to shed light on that which we fear most.

*F*IND A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

We often admit defeat simply because we failed to achieve the results we had anticipated.  Those results may not be failures at all.  Spencer Silver, a chemist at the 3M research laboratories,was trying to invent a stronger adhesive in 1970.  The results were exactly the opposite of what he had intended.  The adhesive stuck to objects, but could easily be pulled away.  It was super-weak instead of super-strong.

Four years later, another 3M scientist named Arthur Fry put some of Silver's adhesive on slips of paper to mark pages in his hymnal as he sang in his church choir.  From Silver's failure, Post-it notes were developed in 1980 and have become one of the most popular office products on the market.

Take another look at your failures.  You may find that, from a different perspective, they open the door to a whole new market for you.

*E*NGAGE YOUR PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, reportedly told of a time when he climbed into a taxicab in Paris.  Before he could utter a word, the driver turned to him and asked, "Where can I take you, Mr. Doyle?"

Doyle was flabbergasted.  He asked the driver if he had ever seen him before.

"No, sir," the driver responded, "But this morning's paper had a story about you being on vacation in Marseilles.  This is the taxi stand where people who return from Marseilles always come.Your skin color tells me you have been on vacation.  The ink-spot on your right index finger suggests to me that you are a writer. Your clothing is very English, not French.  Adding up all those pieces of information, I deduced that you are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."

"This is amazing!" the writer exclaimed.  "You are a real-life counter-part to my fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes."

"There was one other clue," the driver said.

"What was that?"

"Your name is on the front of your suitcase."

If only all clues were that obvious!  I've found that those who cannot overcome their fear of failure are often those who walk away from a failed attempt without making any effort to discover why they failed and how they can avoid the mistake next time around.

*A*SK FOR HELP.

Somewhere in your network is someone who has information you need to solve a given problem.  Someone in your network can offer you encouragement when you struggle.  Someone in your network has been where you are now and can suggest ways to get to where you want to go.  What's keeping you from calling them right now?

*R*ESIST THE TEMPTATION TO GIVE UP.

Persistence is really the only difference between those who finally reach their goal and those who just talk about it.  Who can forget the image of Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame a more skilled adversary simply because he refused to stay on the canvas after being knocked down?

Fear not the temporary setback.  It will fade as soon as you attempt success again.  Fear instead a life spent thinking, what if...?

Face your fear of failure, my friend.  You'll discover it is no more frightening than that imaginary monster of your childhood.

"This article is used by permission from Dr. John C. Maxwell's free monthly e-newsletter
'Leadership Wired' available at www.INJOY.com."


Life Lessons

Lessons on Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, one by one, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.


The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral :
Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.


Put the glass down today

A professor began his class by holding up a glass  Chugger with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students,' How much do you think  this glass weighs?'

'50gms!' .... '100gms!' ......'125gms' ......the students answered.

'I really don't know unless I weigh it,' said the professor, 'but, my
question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few
minutes?'

'Nothing' the students said.

'Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?' the
professor asked.

'Your arm would begin to ache' said one of the students.

'You're right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?'

'Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress &
paralysis &have to go to hospital for sure!' ventured another student & all the students laughed.

'Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?' asked the professor.
'No'

'Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?' The students were puzzled.

'Put the glass down!' said one of the students.


'Exactly!' said the professor.' Life's problems are something like 
this. Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK. Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache. Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.
It's important to think of the challenges (problems) in your life, but 

EVEN MORE IMPORTANT to 'put them down' at the end of every day before you go
to Dreaming sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh & strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!'
Remember friend to 'PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY! '

Attitude

Harvard  and  Stanford  Universities  have reported that 85% the  reason a person  gets  a  job and gets ahead in that job is due to Attitude; and   only 15% is because of technical or specific skills.

Interesting, isn't it?

You spent how much money on your education? And you spent how much money on  building  your  positive  attitude?  Ouch.  That hurts. Now here's an interesting thought. With the "right" attitude, you can and will develop the necessary skills. 

So where's your emphasis? Skill building? Attitude  building?  Unfortunately,  "Neither"  is the real answer for many people.  Perhaps if  more  people knew how simple it is to develop and maintain a  positive attitude they would invest more time doing so. So here we go.

Five steps to staying positive in a negative world:

1.       Understand  that  failure  is  an  event, it is not a person. Yesterday ended last night; today is a brand new day, and it's yours.  You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare  to win, and then you can expect to win.

2.    Become a lifetime student. Learn just one new word every day and     in  five  years you will be able to talk with just about anybody about     anything. When your vocabulary improves, your I.Q. goes up 100% of the   time, according to Georgetown Medical School.

3.   Read something informational or inspirational every day. Reading  for  20  minutes  at just 240 words per minute will enable you to read     twenty  200  page  books  each  year.  That's 18 more than the average   person  reads!  What an enormous competitive advantage . . . if you'll just read for twenty minutes a day.

4.    The  University  of  Southern  California  reveals  that you can acquire  the  equivalent of two years of a college education in three  years  just  by listening to motivational and educational cassettes on  the way to your job and again on the way home. What could be easier?

5.   Start the day and end the day with positive input into your mind.  Inspirational  messages  cause  the  brain  to flood with dopamine and  norepinephrine, the energizing neurotransmitters; with endorphins, the    endurance     neurotransmitters;     and     with    serotonin,    the   feel-good-about-yourself  neurotransmitter.  Begin  and end the day by  reading or doing something  positive!

Remember: Success is a process, not an event.

Invest the time in your attitude and it will pay off in your skills as well as your career. Think about it .......


What is your plan of action?

Wanting success isn't sufficient enough to get it. You have to ask yourself,
"What am I going to do to get the things I want?"

Your problem is how to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.

You cannot fail with a definite step by step plan, because each step carries you along to the next step, like a track. All you need is the plan, the road map,and the courage to press on to your destination.

You cannot get lost on a straight road.


Sowing and Reaping

It's a universal law: You have to give before you get. You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest. The more you sow, the more you will reap. In giving to others, you will find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back more than you have sown. The giver's harvest is always full.
Those that obtain have little. Those who scatter have much.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.