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Do You Have A Choice?

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TODAY  God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or grow in its light
And be of service to others. But what I
Do with this day is important
Because I have exchanged a day of my life for it.
Anonymous

When you make a choice it not only effects yourself but it has its effects on others like a chain reaction. Therefore before you say or do something, think of the possible future consequences to yourself or others. History has a long path strewn with bad decisions and wrong choices which has caused untold disasters, and cost millions of lives. However, whilst advocating that we control our own destiny, it is only a half truth for, whilst the choice is yours, the error would be to think that we do it all alone; we do not. Continue reading →

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The Creative Guru Within

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Would you like to be a little more creative, but believe that it’s wishful thinking and that the specific talent is for a gifted few? Well, you are wrong. You can become a genius if you want to. Here’s what Albert Einstein once stated about the subject: “Genius is the ability to use your imagination and your creativity.”

Creativity is all about finding new ways to solve problems, handle situations and market yourself or your company’s products or services in order to make customers excited about wanting to deal with you. This isn’t a skill restricted to writers or artists. It’s a skill for people from all walks of life. To help you get started, you need to make up your mind and be committed to developing the hidden abilities lying dormant within you.

There are specific actions you can take to develop your creative skills. For example, researchers have found that having a positive mood often leads to more creative solutions to problems. So trying to create ideas or solutions when you are overwhelmed by negative thoughts is not the way to go.

Set goals: Enlist the help of others and put time aside each day to develop your skills.

Explore new topics: Research subjects with which you are not very familiar.

Be Willing to Take Risks: When it comes to building your creative skills, you need to be willing to take risks in order to advance your abilities. While your efforts may not lead to success every time, you will still be boosting your creative talents and building skills that will serve you well in the future.

Take Time for Creativity: You won’t be able to develop your creative talents if you don’t make time for them. Schedule some time each week to concentrate on some type of creative project.

Avoid Negative Blockers: According to a 2006 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, positive moods can increase your ability to think creatively. “If you’re doing something that requires you to be creative or be in a think tank, you want to be in a place with good mood.” Focus on eliminating negative thoughts or self-criticisms that may impair your ability to develop strong creativity.

Dump The Fear: The fear that you might make a mistake or fail in your efforts can paralyze your progress. Whenever you find yourself harboring such feelings, remind yourself that mistakes are simply part of the process. While you may occasionally stumble on your path to creativity, you will eventually reach your goals.

Brainstorm with others: It’s easier than going it alone. Brainstorming is a common technique in both academic and professional settings, but it can also be a powerful tool for developing your creativity. Start writing down related ideas and possible solutions. The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible in a relatively short span of time. Next, focus on clarifying and refining your ideas in order to arrive at the best possible choice.

If you want a more fulfilling life, one that gets you excited when you awaken each morning and makes you want to get on with your life, then start down the “Creative Road” today.

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Oh My Goodness!

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Nelson Mandela once remarked that he befriended his jailers; those grim, khaki-clad overseers of his decades of hard labor in a limestone quarry, by “exploiting their good qualities.” Asked if he believed that all people were kind at their core, he responded, “There is no doubt whatsoever, provided you are able to arouse their inherent goodness.” If that sounds like wishful thinking, then think again, because Mandela actually did it.

I believe that the real joy of living comes from the goodness you express to others without expecting any reciprocal feelings. We tend to expect people to be kind to us if we are kind to them. But most of the time it doesn’t work that way unfortunately, because of the inherent selfishness of humanity. Unless you have been programmed to be kind by parents and teachers, nature intervenes with a rule of “only if I feel like it.” If you want to change your life and help others do the same by arousing their “inherent goodness,” then here are a few areas worth reflecting on:

Patience
The art of patience is difficult to develop because it demands you to be tolerant. An old Indian saying states: “Vanquish an angry person by your gentleness.” This means that being tolerant and patient is especially important in those moments when you feel the urge to reach out and reduce someone’s life span.

Kindness
Goodness in action is kindness and love of others. Start today and think of the many ways in which you can “exploit” your own good qualities, as Mandela would say, by giving, not just in terms of money, but by offering encouragement or assistance to people around you who are struggling with their job or personal life.

Intellect
Intellect is what you know, not necessarily how clever or intelligent you are. This can be improved by developing your knowledge of the billions of things you don’t currently know. Join a library or scour the internet and discover all the amazing facts available to you. Then use this knowledge to improve your personal development, help others and as an interesting point of conversation.

Compassion for Others
Compassion is a powerful means of showing kindness to other people who are experiencing physical or mental anguish. Compassion essentially arises through empathy, putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. The key to developing compassion is to make it a daily practice. It is one of the few things which can bring long-term happiness to your life and others. Think about it when you interact with others, and meditate on it in your quiet moments until it becomes a part of your life.

Taking Action
You recognize a tree by its fruit. Therefore, other people will recognize you by the actions you take to develop the qualities of goodness and kindness, and in your positive expectations for the future. Who wants to hang around a negative self-centered person?

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Commitment

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WHAT IS COMMITMENT

Commitment helps you light the fire within yourself. It is also a pledge to yourself to a certain purpose you hold to be important. It is one of the most important factors of individual success. To be committed requires of you a strong belief system i.e. strong expectations you hold to be true about yourself and a willingness to see it through. Commitment focuses on an optimism in the future, but it is a two-way street. You only get it if you are willing to give it which requires leading by example and eliminating complacency.

Every successful person you will read about has one common denominator – the ability to hold true to their commitment. So what is it that sets individuals apart, what is it that great leaders in society and business are committed to? It is a sense of values both to themselves and to others. Here are some of those values:

Integrity
Integrity means being honest in all your dealings whether on a personal or corporate level. This integrity defines both you as an individual or your organization’s uniqueness and direction in which you want to head. This leads to a vision and purpose for yourself, your organization or company, and consequently commitment to others.

Self confidence
Means absolute trust in yourself to accomplish whatever it is you set out to achieve. It also means a positive commitment to yourself, employees and customers. It’s an assurance that the thing is possible. This reflects itself in the building of confidence in others because confident people demonstrate their faith in others by expressing what Mark Twain once said: “that they too can become great” the hallmark of a great person.

Self-improvement
Self-improvement strengthens commitment because it forces you to take a long hard look at your limitations and do something about them. In the process you become strong in character and expose the leader within you.

Commitment to others
The first demonstration of commitment to others is how you treat others with respect, encouragement and praise for effort. Ensuring that everyone is treated equally, that they given their rights, such as the right to be heard, the right to an opinion and finally the right to be treated as a human being and not just a number on a pay roll. Also, that there are open lines of communication so that everyone gets a chance to be heard. Cooperation in any society or organization is vital. How people talk to, and about each other, greatly affects the quality of that cooperation.

Commitment is tested and proven during tough times. When your competition scores heavily against you, when the cash-flow dries up, or when the success wears off, this is when it is easiest to compromise your commitments. When you are well down the road and feeling perhaps a little weary or ever slightly disillusioned just remember why you started out on the journey in the first place. Ask yourself: what was your purpose and stay focused on that. Has that purpose changed? No? Then carry on. Have for your motto – “I will not quit”

You need to accept that if you are going to feel good about commitment, then it’s going to be because you’ve done something about it. Make the decision to do something about it now, and make sure you stick with it.

If you want to move on with your life, if you want to take control and not let the fear of commitment rule you for the rest of your life, then make the decision to do something about it today.

Make a commitment!

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The European Recovery

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Try taking your present financial situation and look at it from a positive viewpoint. There are many options open to you to change your circumstances. Changing your financial future today requires you to develop a personal financial revolution and the ability to ignore all the negative hype of the media. At my seminars, I am meeting many individuals who are dissatisfied with their lot in life. Not the super smart people, gurus who could sell sea view properties in the middle of the Australian desert, but average people from all walks of life and uniquely a lot of individuals that often come from the overlooked members of society. They are people who are seeking to make changes in their financial situation and determined to make it happen. It all depends on your creative thinking and possessing the determination is all it takes. Also sometimes a little humour helps.

For example, it has been a slow day in a small Scottish town. The rain has been beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everyone lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a $US100 note on the counter telling the Hotel Owner that he wants to inspect the rooms before he books in. The owner gives him some keys. As soon as the visitor goes up stairs to examine the rooms, the owner grabs the $US100 and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher, who in turn takes it and runs down the street to pay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $US100 and bolts down the road to the produce supplier to clear his debt with him. Immediately, the produce supplier takes the $US100 and races off to settle his debt with the pub owner. The delighted pub owner rushes off to pay his debt to the hotel owner. The hotel owner places the $US100 back on the counter before the tourist returns from upstairs

The rich tourist comes down to the lobby, picks up his $US100 and tells the Hotel Owner that the rooms are totally unsatisfactory and leaves. No one has produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that my dear reader, is how the stimulus package works!
What ideas have you created in the last few minutes to stimulate your own personal economy?

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Why Motivation Doesn’t Last Long

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Many people after they have either read an inspirational or motivational book or heard a motivational speaker become very excited and enthusiastic. Within four to six weeks the enthusiasm wanes and their suddenly new found excitement disappears

Why does this happen when the author or speaker was probably first class and very successful? Why does the motivation not last?

The reason for this conundrum is because the human mind is programmed at a very early age and most of the programming is of a negative nature, which restricts achievement of the human potential. As a result of this disinformation the person develops a very limiting belief or expectation of themselves and performs accordingly for the remainder of their life unless they are fortunate enough to learn how to reprogramme themselves.

It is almost like that same person deciding to refurbish their entire home because they want a new type of living being that they are fed up with the old style, as it doesn’t do much for them. So they move all their old furniture into the garage with the intention of looking at a major change by purchasing new and exciting furniture and fittings. Over the next few days and before they have a chance to really refurnish the home they look around at the bare rooms and decide to bring back in at least a few chosen items to fill the void. First it is a picture perhaps then a chair and before you know it everything is back as usual. Do you get the picture? Why do they do this? The old stuff feels more comfortable and familiar.

How does this relate to the human mind? It is important to remember a person will always perform and relate to others consistently with the picture they hold of themselves. If that picture has no limitations and is full of positive expectation for their future then they can achieve almost anything. If their picture is limiting then they will be restricted in their achievements and their personal relationships until a major change takes place in their belief system, which requires that person to reprogramme the human computer called the brain.

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The Future is Yours

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Hope for the future depends on the path you choose.  This is the most critical time in the history of mankind and the future will depend on the choices we as a human race make right now.

Today, instead of inculcating in the mind a desire to strive for achievement, to extend ourselves, to reach our potential, to make sacrifices, to choose what is right, advocates through the media, proffer instant gratification through credit cards and electronic banking. This is what makes it so difficult for parents to teach their children to strive for good. The willingness to achieve is being erased from their minds.

Those who choose to be achievers, opt for a willingness to work for what they want because they believe that the world does not owe them a living – that their future is a matter of choice.

I have researched the lives of many great achievers in history and have discovered that one of the strongest characteristics of genius is the ability to ‘light your own fire’, to make your own decisions.

We are experiencing the most exciting time in history with medical techniques undreamt of a hundred years ago, social benefits our grand-parents would have drooled over, educational opportunities once available only to the chosen few, jet transport, micro computers. The ability to communicate with others on the other side of the world through a hand held cellular phone via satellite stations thousands of miles above the earth’s surface.

Enormous changes are going on in the way the world does business.  This has evolved by fast telecommunication, and the global Internet. E-commerce is having tremendous impact on businesses and individual lives. In the 1980’s no one had heard of the Internet.  By 2000 over 360 million people worldwide had access to it and today that number is growing at astronomical figures. The potential is enormous.

Jump at Each Opportunity
You can decide to be a winner or a loser. However, what you choose is not just going to happen, you must make it happen.  What is the secret of success? There is no easy secret, and you must jump at each opportunity. You may ask, “How can I tell when my opportunity comes?”  “Sometimes you can’t, you just keep jumping.”

The problem for many people is the critic within them.  Any time they come across a good idea or an opportunity that could really change their life, they find some negative aspect to it or some fault or weakness.  Turn the impossible or the challenges in your life into probabilities by looking for the possibilities.

Condition Yourself to Win
The Olympic Gold medallist doesn’t achieve the medal simply by turning up. The athlete trains every day in preparation for the big event by conditioning, disciplining and feeding the body with the correct nourishment and exercise. The same applies to the mind and to learning.

Most learning is conditioned learning and many people condition themselves to fail through negative self-talk, as a consequence of this negative self-talk their belief system changes and they develop a poor self-image which in turn fulfils their belief that they will never be able to achieve anything worthwhile because now they can’t see it.

Over ninety percent of what you hear is negative talk and many of the media think we will buy that.

From the thousands of conversations I have had with people over the years I have come to the conclusion that many people condition themselves negatively.

How often have you told yourself “You silly idiot, look what you have done!” “Stupid me!”, “I knew I’d do that wrong!”.  What is happening is self-punishment or conditioning yourself to make changes in your behaviour. But of course it doesn’t work anymore than the physical punishment that was handed out when I was at school.  In the first instance you are rejecting yourself therefore it is likely you will go on repeating this behaviour.

The key to success lies in being positive and being gentle and nurturing to yourself, that way you can condition yourself to be a winner.  It won’t happen all of a sudden but it will happen.

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The Principles For Success

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Albert Schweitzer wrote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ” Unfortunately, some people don’t really like what they do, and look on what they do for a living solely as a form of an income only. They keep hoping some opportunity will come along and release them from their dull and limiting and in many cases unhappy existence. A great number of people don’t know how to go about seeking opportunities whereby they could change their daily lives and make them more exciting. Yet, to find an opportunity you need to be constantly looking for it. Dr Eduard de Bono states: “Everyone is surrounded by opportunities, but they only exist once they have been seen. And they will only be seen if they are looked for.” He adds, “The same as, is the killer phrase that is used to quash any new idea by suggesting that it is not new at all and hence has already been tried and is not worth considering. This focuses on the similarity between the proposed new idea and an old idea instead of on the difference.”
One of the common traits among successful people is their willingness to be open to new ideas in fact what made most of them successful was in their ability to create new ideas people such as Steve Jobs, founder of Apple.

People who adopt a happy approach to their life and work, subscribe to similar principles of success they hold in common. The following quotation about success, was written by Kansas poet Bessie Stanley in 1905: “They have achieved success who have lived well, laughed often and loved much; who have gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of little children; who have filled their niche and accomplished their task; who have left the world better than they found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who have never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who have always looked for the best in others and given them the best they had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”

Here is a set of success principles anyone can readily follow without compromising themselves. Because what Bessie Stanley is saying is to be successful is first to look outside of ourselves and focus on making others become successful whether that is in loving others or looking for the best in others or simply encouraging them.

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Unfortunately many people never discover the excitement of an opportunity because they allow their own or others to cloud their judgment. In his best selling book “The Wave 3,” author Richard Poe so eloquently described the coming revolution of success opportunities for everyone. But success does not come automatically. To discover some opportunity which will impact on your future you must make it a deliberate conscious effort. Sometimes it is because people are either too busy surviving or who just exist and don’t really live life. Not so Montgomery Ward (1843-1913) who kept looking for opportunities. He was the retail magnate most noted for his innovation in mail-order catalogues for department stores. Working as a door-to-door salesman for a dry-goods wholesaler, he noted the disparity between the cash prices farmers received and high retail store prices. In 1872, he produced a single-sheet catalog of farming equipment at reasonable prices–the first of its kind. The catalog’s popularity was immediate, growing to 150 illustrated pages in just four years. More than a decade later, sales reached $1 million. Montgomery Ward exists today as an online catalogue.

Here are some principles which if followed, can help you to achieve success in your life no matter what you do:

Have Faith In Your Dream Goal
Create a new belief about yourself and have high expectations about who you are and what you can do. Start using your imagination. Big dreams are actually easier to accomplish than timid little ones because they challenge the best in you.

Create A Future Memory
Think about how you will feel when you realize the accomplishment of the goal. What will it feel like and what would you do. Draw a mental picture.

Enjoy The Journey
Stop struggling and start enjoying your life’s experiences and the rewards accompanying it.

Be Happy and Feel Happy
Happiness opens up a door to a great future especially when you share it with others. Make others feel happy. Become a messenger of happiness.

Be Committed
Be committed to being a better person, take others with you and become truly successful. Create an enduring legacy.

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We Experience Our Expectations

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If you are earning say, $60,000 per year and you change companies, chances are you’ll still earn around $60,000 with the new company.
Your future is predictable by your expectations and your success is restricted only by your low expectations. You can have all the necessary qualifications and experience but if you limit your expectations of success you will never succeed. Good mental health is about programming yourself on a daily basis.

A matter of choice
We can be a partner in our own treatment and aspirations of a cure. In the final analysis we know our bodies functioning and capabilities better than anyone who only sees us when we decide to consult them.
When diagnosed with cancer the specialist couldn’t give me a prognosis with any certainty. He believed that it would advance rapidly unless I undertook immediate invasive surgery with the statistics against full recovery plus there was a truck load of side effects, Since then I outlived his expectations and am free of cancer through my choices

Mixed emotions
We should be integral in the choice of the treatment, whether traditional therapy or natural remedies which could solve or prevent health problems.
We live in a world of mixed emotions. There are many people living lives full of hope, happiness and fulfillment who know how to cope with life’s challenges both mentally and physically. They are the people who beat the odds and succeed against all the opinions to the contrary. There also those millions of others who lead lives of quiet desperation and who’s future look anything but rosy. It is these people who fear and even expect illness or disease because they are externally driven and controlled.
Millions of people around the world suffer from the scourge of depression which interferes with good health and it starts with the thought processes. When we allow our thoughts to deteriorate through anxiety and worry it is certain that mental and subsequent physical health will suffer. Anxiety is a common and sometimes useful response, but for some it spins out of control. Many sufferers become accustomed to their condition assuming it’s normal to feel constantly on edge.

The biology follows the psychology
In most cases illness is preventable. But we are programmed at an early age to believe someone else has all the answers. So we grow up believing this negative disinformation promulgated by those who lack the knowledge of how the mind works and those whose interest is in opposition to natural health remedies.
In 2000 for example, the top ten drug companies in the USA had a median profit margin of 17% compared with only 3.1% for all other industries in the Fortune 500 list. Those ten companies made more in profits that year than the other 490 companies put together. The drug companies like to say prices have to be high to cover research and development costs, but it would be truer to say they are to cover marketing costs and profits. Throughout the 1990’s top drug companies spent approximately 35% of sales on marketing and administration and only 12 to 14% on research and development

When faced with cancer I began studying natural healing methods including natural foods such as Colostrum, Bovine Cartilage, Green Barley and many other products. The latest of these is Gelceuticals by Agel – which are powerful bio-available nutrients, minerals and vitamins suspended in a pleasant tasting gel in a small satchet, and now available worldwide.
David Wolfe once wrote – “You are not what you think you are but rather, what you think – (therefore) you are”

Take charge
The majority of people today are concerned with their emotional, physical and financial needs. Everyone wants to be significant and fulfilled, healthy and live a long life. The way you think and how you programme yourself to believe is the determinant in which your life will unfold.
Programme your mind to own and possess good mental health which starts with personal development and mental growth. Those with powerful mental health generally enjoy life more and are healthier. Just imagine how you would feel if you had it all……occupation or business achievements, a loving relationship, vibrant health and financial sufficiency.
Wouldn’t those be wonderful? Look at your life; do you have what you really, really want?

You CAN create the life you want.

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