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Oct 14 2009

Realizing Your Dreams With Tenacity

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I recently came across a story that I had heard before but had forgotten. It’s the story about how Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield got their business off the ground after writing their first “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. They had a difficult time getting it published and then they had an even more difficult time getting anyone to buy it. But on the advice of a teacher named Scholastico, they developed their “rule of five”. Each day the would do five specific things that would move their business forward to reach their dream of selling books.

They did five things a day, day after day, for over two years. Today they have over 170 titles in multiple languages and have sold millions of copies. That sounds like success.

I began doing the same thing a week ago with some accountability partners.  While we have all been working on our businesses, listing 5 things to accomplish and emailing them to each other has made a huge difference. For myself, I am considerably more focused. It’s easier for me to stay on task and I have a bigger sense of accomplishment. I have done lists before but never with this consistentcy nor with others. I can already sense a difference. It will be exciting to see where we all are a year from now.

Do you have the tenacity to do five things a day, every day to realize your dreams?

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Sep 24 2009

25 Must Reads for Personal Growth

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Years ago when Barbara DeAngelis was doing weekend retreats in Santa Monica, I asked her at the end of this fabulous weekend, “So this is great but how do we stay on track and stay focused once we leave here.” Her answer was to continually read books, listen to audio recordings and get to other events. I’ve done that over the years and it has become an important part of my life. Here’s just a few of the books I’ve come across.

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. Working with the Law by Raymond Holliwell
  3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  4. The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  5. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor
  6. The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen
  7. The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle – How to Become A Servant Leader by James C. Hunter
  8. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
  9. Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn
  10. You Can If You Think You Can by Norman Vincent Peale
  11. The Secret of Ages by Robert Collier
  12. Life is Tremendous by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
  13. The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
  14. It’s Not Over Until You Win by Les Brown
  15. The Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute
  16. Play to Win! by Larry & Hersch Wilson
  17. Life More Abundant by Bill O’Hearn
  18. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  19. Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey
  20. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
  21. The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
  22. Put Your Dream to The Test by John Maxwell
  23. The Hidden Power by Thomas Troward
  24. As The Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez
  25. Playing Life to Win by Dr. Taylor Hartman

There are obviously many more. What are some books that have had an impact on your life?

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Jun 05 2009

7 Steps to Creating that Life You've Dreamed Of

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Earl Nightingale believed that people with goals succeed in life and people without them fail.

There was a study on goal achievement done with people ages 23 to 72 from many different countries and a variety of professions. There were 5 groups. The first group thought about their goals, rated them according to importance and commitment. The second group wrote their goals down and did the same rating. The third group made action commitments in addition. The fourth group not only formulated action commitments but sent them to a friend. And the fifth group did all of the above and additionally did weekly progress reports with their friend.  The results were definitive. The fifth group did better than the fourth group which did better than the third group, etc.  The biggest percentage difference was between those who wrote down their goals and those who didn’t.

As a result of growing up poor, Napoleon Hill was driven to find out why some people are poor and others are not. He believed that we should live each day fully and to the best of our ability. He made his goal to find the secret of success and to become a writer. The result of these decisions was to write “Think and Grow Rich” –  which in a nutshell said ” we become what we think.” Obviously, the book has much more than that and it is a “must read” for anyone wanting to experience success in life.

So what do we  need to do to start down that path to success?

  1. Write out your goals making them measurable – Remember those  plans or goals you made at the beginning of the year? Time to dig them back out – what have you done that has moved you toward those goals?  There’s still time this year to realize those intentions if you’re willing to do what it takes.
  2. Make your action commitments and share them with a friend or mentor.
  3. Sometimes on the road to achieving our goals, we hit the old “I can’t do this wall”.  Everyone’s hit it at least once in their life – failure looms.  For the next 30 days every time a negative thought enters your mind say “switch” and change it to a positive thought.  The number of times you need to say “switch” will steadily decrease.
  4. Each day review your goals. If your goals are clear and true to who and what you are, you will be re-inspired. If not, adjust them and begin to take steps that will lead to their achievement. You don’t need to know how you’re going to get there, you just need to know where you’re going and be open to the possibilities that present themselves.
  5. Keep a log of what you did each day to move toward your goal and share this with your mentor/friend. As seen in the above study accountability will make a huge difference in your journey.
  6. Reward yourself for your achievements along the way.
  7. Read books by people like Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Mark Victor Hansen, James Allen or Jack Canfield to name a very few. They will re-inspire you.

We are 100% responsible for creating the life we want. We can just dream about it or we can take action.

Which will you do?

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