Saturday, November 24, 2012

What Do People See When They Look At You?

"The image you project, in many circumstances, is far more valuable than your skills or your record of past accomplishments."

Whether you like it or not, appearances do count. No, it's not "fair" but it is reality.

Why do people prejudge, stereotype, profile, and "judge a book by its cover"? At the core, it's a basic survival instinct. Internally we're asking the question "are you like me or different from me?"

If you are trying to be accepted by other individuals or groups of people, you need to make sure your appearance is acceptable to them so they will be more comfortable with you.

Some people will see you as a positive, others will see you as a negative, others will ignore you altogether – and each person will quickly decide their “first impression” of you and categorize you.

Always be aware that “people do judge a book by its cover” but understand that you can present yourself more comfortably to others through your choice of clothes, actions, and overall appearance.

"The world is governed more by appearances than by realities." ~ Daniel Webster

So remember, if you want to be accepted as a (you fill in the blank), then dress and act like a (what you filled in the previous blank with).


Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Do You Have This Special Character Trait?

"If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider."

Do you have the state, or instance, of being obligated or emotionally impelled?

That's the dictionary definition of commitment.

eschipul / Foter / CC BY-SA

Total commitment is:
- the level of commitment that includes enjoyment of working toward your goals
- the sacrifice of other activities that are distractions from your goals
- the ability to focus, concentrate, and think with clarity to enter into the state of flow

Total commitment is not a lifestyle recommended for everyone.

Are you willing to go "all in" and work hard to experience success?

If not, you can stop reading now.

You have probably experienced some “magic moments” when you are doing something you really love to do, where you have set aside distractions and are able to focus and concentrate for long enough to really get into the flow of things. You lose your sense of time, there seems to be no past or future, only the present; and you have the sense that you have become one with the activity in which you are engaged in the moment.

One of the steps to getting in the "flow" is to work quickly and with passion, do not slow down, keep up the feverish pace of thought and action, lose yourself in the moment, and allow yourself the freedom to truly be in the present. Be aware that no one can, or should, remain in a constant state of flow.

Do more than you are expected to do, you will be noticed as someone who is different from others, someone who has risen above the negative and lazy attitudes of others, and for doing so, you will be presented with many opportunities for promotion and advancement.

Total commitment is one of the few ways to experience a life that results in the attainment of important personal goals. Do you have total commitment?


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Do You Tend to Act Like a Sheep or a Tiger?

"Here are some keys that will free you from the cage of a dull, passive, and complying existence so that the tiger within you can begin to assert itself."

Hussain_Quantum / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
You have only one life to live on this Earth. As you live your life be kind to yourself so that you can be kind to others.

Your success, security and freedom is not found in being part of the herd. Your success, security and freedom is found in your personal strength, the choices you make, the actions you take, and the things you accomplish for the good of yourself and others.

Here are some steps to improve your creative self-management:

1. Don't ask for permission, just do what needs to be done. By taking action on choices that are right and good you will notice that you affect other people’s lives in a positive way.

2. Don't report to others, check things out with yourself instead. You lose your most precious power of choice when you completely rely on others, so be sure to exercise your power of choice and take action to celebrate your success, security, and freedom.

3. Don't be afraid to say "yes" or "no." Answer and act on what you think and feel. Take time to understand the motivations of yourself and others before making your choices and taking action.

4. Do your own research and stop relying on others to make decisions for you. Self-belief is increased every time we ask ourselves, rather than others, what we should do.

Creative self-management - right up there in importance with money management and time management!


Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

How to Get People to Perform

"Once you learn this valuable principle of success, and use it, the results will amaze you."

Can you really get anybody to do anything?

To the degree you give people what they want, they will give you what you want.

Do you know what you want? Do you know what you are willing to give to get it?

A wise man once said “You have to put wood in the fireplace before you get any heat.”

Do you know what other people want? Are you willing to help them get it?

Yes, people buy what they want before they will buy what they need.

So let's change the wording the degree you give people what they need, they will give you what you need.

Then the question becomes, what do people really need?

The strongest emotional need, and yes it is a human need, is to be loved by others and to love others.

Other needs include recognition and acceptance. Care for others, recognize them, and accept them.

What do people need? Look within yourself to see what you need. Therein lies the answer to what others need.

If you put more in, you'll get more out.


Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.