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).

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

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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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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program (affiliate link)

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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!

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

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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 slightly...to 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.

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

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Avoiding Criticism and Blame

"Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career."

Without friendship and assistance, the successes you enjoy will be few, if any. Don't harm your existing friendships with criticism and blame. Criticism and blame are dangerous since they wound a person's pride and raises their resentment.

It seems that criticizing and blaming anyone and everyone except yourself is a trait of human nature. We can do better. As Benjamin Franklin said, "I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody." If you feel like someone really needs to change, the person you should first decide to change and improve is yourself.

When you need to work out an issue with another person, and you will, you must make sure to focus on what is correct and right, rather than just being right. It rarely helps to argue another person's position against yours because it puts the other person on the defensive and hurts their pride, so much so that they will dig in their heels even harder to justify their emotional connection to their position.

It is so much better to lead by example rather than criticizing and/or blaming other people. A great book to read on this subject is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

In summary, don't criticize or blame others, look at your own life first, lead by example, and value the perspectives of others.

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

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

How's the Quality of Your Work?

"The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world."

Let me ask you an important question. Are you ever tempted to deliver less than your best? My current coach and mentor Mark Hendricks says "Good enough, isn't".

I would suggest that you dedicate yourself to high quality work versus just average (or good enough) work. Did you know that the habit of accuracy and precision improves a person's whole character?

Your work reputation is one of your greatest assets, and you should know that it precedes you wherever you go. Remember, potential employers or clients will speak with those who know you and ask them about you.

Remember that your words speak loudly, but your actions speak louder than your words. Be careful what you are saying with your actions.

People in positions to help will take notice of those who are dedicated to quality, excellence, honesty and integrity. Those same people are also looking for similar people to associate with in their own activities.

John D. Rockefeller said the secret of success is to do the common duty uncommonly well.

The world is full of people who start things, but the world is always wanting people who can finish things. Decide to be a finisher, finish what you start. Accept nothing less than your best work and make your life motto "where only the best is good enough."

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

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Three Part Formula to Success

"Three short rules that can help you become as great as you want to be."

In 1935, Will Rogers shared the profound rules to 1) know what you are doing, 2) love what you are doing, and 3) believe in what you are doing.

1. Know what you are doing.

Always appreciate and treasure the value of continuing education. Continually be in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. There is no force in the world that has a greater impact than the statement of a knowledgeable person fortified by confidence and experience. If you are going to be successful you must first know what you are doing.

2. Love what you are doing.

What are you working for? Hopefully, it's for the love of what you are doing. When you love what you are doing you naturally become an optimist. Don't you prefer to be around an optimist more than a pessimist? Commit to looking for the brighter side of things and love what you are doing.

3. Believe in what you are doing.

People are persuaded more by the depth of your conviction than by the height of your logic - more by your own enthusiasm than any proof you can offer. Persuasion is not converting people to your way of thinking, it is converting people to your way of feeling about things. People make decisions emotionally and justify them with logic.

Do you know what you are doing? Do you love what you are doing? Do you believe in what you are doing? If you can answer "yes" to those 3 questions you are truly a success.

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

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Most Effective Way to Wealth

"It is true that money cannot buy happiness but it does help you to enjoy what the world has to offer."

With wealth many things are made possible. Fine home furnishings, travel, nutritious food, jewelry, charity and gratification.

Three big mistakes un-wealthy people make is 1) spending all of their income without saving any for future needs, 2) taking advice from those not qualified or experienced, and 3) expecting government or others to support them with handouts.

Alternatively, the wealthy have decided a part of all they earn is theirs to keep. Or stated another way, the proven path to financial success is to make sure you live on less than you earn.

Keep a long term perspective about wealth and focus on net worth growth versus just what is coming in and going out in the short term.

(In case you didn't know, the term net worth refers to the value of all assets minus the value of all liabilities.)

Do you have a plan to keep a part of all you earn? Have you implemented your plan? Are you on the road to wealth?

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

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

How To Turn Your Desires Into Reality

"What you are about to learn was worth $100,000,000 to Andrew Carnegie."

Your thoughts and desires are things, and they are the seedlings of all you will have and become.

Are your desires just hopes, wants, or wishes? Be advised, they must reach the level of a burning desire for them to be transformed into reality. Is your desire stong enough?

You must have the burning desire to acquire each goal, along with a workable plan to accomplish it, and the never-give-up persistence to keep moving forward past obstacles that seem to be in your way. Almost all who succeed in accomplishing their desires pass through struggles on their way to achieving them.

Here are six practical steps anyone can use to transform their desires into reality:

1. Decide specifically what you want / desire.
2. Decide exactly what you will give in return for your desire.
3. Set a definite date for achieving your desire.
4. Create a specific plan and begin working it immediately.
5. Write your answers to the previous 4 steps in a clear statement.
6. Read your statement aloud twice daily, once upon rising and once before going to bed.

As you read your written statement aloud, it's important that you see, feel, and imagine that you already possess your desire.

See this great poem by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse to help you through times of doubt or struggle.

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

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Important Steps to Build Wealth

"The acquisition of money has always been a simple matter to those who can practice a little discipline and follow a few rules."

Q: What is the "secret" to creating personal wealth and achieving true financial security?

A: Making sure your income exceeds your outgo.

Sound simple? Yes. Hard to do? Yes, for most people it is.

One way to build wealth is to automatically pay yourself first. If you continue to think that you will save what's left over you will rarely save anything. Treat your savings as one of your highest priority bills that must get paid. Once you've established the habit of paying yourself first you will find more satisfaction in rationale saving than in irrational spending.

Another method of building wealth is to use debt and credit only for acquiring appreciating assets. Proverbs 22:7 says "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." Do you really want to be in the servant role? Just like “Do It Now” conquers procrastination, "Pay As You Go” conquers the improper use of debt and credit.

Remember, no one cares about creating wealth and taking care of your assets more than you do...

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

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