Sunday, January 24, 2010
Do you believe in positive affirmations? Do you believe you can be successful by repeating to yourself positive thoughts?
I believe if we think of negatives, we get negative responses in return but if we think positive thoughts, then we get positive responses.
Not immediately of course.
Simply telling ourselves that "today I will be 50 pounds lighter" doesn't work. But positive thinking is about so much more than mere thoughts. A positive mental attitude is about a lifestyle, about believing in ourselves, believing we CAN accomplish a certain thing.
In stressful, game-on-the-line situations, top athletes remind themselves how often they have succeeded in similar situations before. They tell themselves they CAN make a successful shot, that they WILL succeed.
"Whatever you put into your mind - in one way or another - is what you will get back out - in one way or another." Shad Helmstetter
"Whatever you plant in the mind is going to come up - multiplied. Plant a negative or a positive and you reap in multiples because between planting and harvest, imagination enters the picture and multiplies the result." Zig Ziglar
"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture." Norman Vincent Peale
It's not difficult. Use index cards to write positive thoughts on and read them when you awake and before you go to bed and often during the day. Or record positive affirmations on a tape and listen to it when you're home and driving and when you get up and before you go to bed.
"Have you ever seen a negative baby? Children come into the world with no doubts or fears at all. And whatever has been learned can be unlearned through practice and repetition." Brian Tracy
It will take a while to overcome established negative thinking and to forget all of the failures in our lives. But it has been done by a multitude of people and can be done by us.
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens
Do positive affirmations work? I believe so and would rather develop a positive attitude than allow a negative one to rule my life.
How about you?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Chapter eight of the book, "The Greatest Salesman in the World" begins with the story's man character, Hafid, reading from a scroll marked I:
"Today I begin a new life."
"Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity."
"Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all."
"Today I will pluck grapes of wisdom from the tallest and fullest vines in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me..."
"Today I will savor the taste of grapes from these vines and verily I will swallow the seed of success buried in each and new life will sprout within me."
* * *
"Failure no longer will be my payment for struggle. Failure...is alien to my life. In the past I accepted it...Now I reject it..."
"Yet, within my allotted time I must practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste."
"In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedeth all others is -- I will form good habits..."
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The man then begins to study each of the scrolls of wisdom for 30 days.
"And what will be accomplished with this habit? Herein lies the hidden secret of all man's accomplishments. As I repeat the words daily they will soon become a part of my active mind, but more important, they will also seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend."
"Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform..."
"Today I begin a new life...Today my old skin has become as dust. I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life."
* * *
What lessons can we learn from Hafid and apply to our lives and our journeys of weight loss and better health?
* He willed himself a new life, knowing he would need to be patient for results to occur.
* He planted a visual scene in his mind of success.
* He vowed to reject failure and embrace success.
* He also vowed to take the knowledge of those who had succeeded before him and apply it to himself.
* He committed to creating new habits.
* He realized the importance of positive affirmations, said repeatedly until they are a part of the subconscious.
Aren't these the tips SP has taught us? When we follow the principles of success that others before us have followed, failure is certain to be absent from our journey. We must visualize the new us, make a commitment to creating new habits and allowing our old self to turn to dust.
"I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life."
Isn't this what we all seek?
Then let's start now developing our own code of behavior for our future. Let's each become our own greatest salesman in the world. We can do this. We WILL do this. Nothing will stop us.
WE WILL SUCCEED!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Stress is a silent, ever-present killer.
In our lives there are many things we can control and a great many things we can not. The things we can control are usually not even thought of in the course of a day. The things we canít control, are, hopefully, recognized and compensated for when they arise.
Here are some easy ways to defeat stress.
Don't simply drive into a fast food joint and order a greasy burger and greasy fries and then wonder why you donít feel all that well. This not feeling well just adds more stress. Follow SP and other guidelines that call for fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Proper eating will provide the fuel needed to stave off fatigue that adds to feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Don't be a workaholic. When you're done with work, leave. Take a walk by yourself, spend quiet time relaxing reading or with a hot bath. Enjoy the peace and replenish your soul.
ON YOUR DAYS OFF
Forget work and forget not working out. It's a day off for a reason. To recuperate from the week till that point. You need time to decompress and unwind. Enjoy being around the wife or husband and kids or enjoy doing something you like.
It doesn't matter what they are -- skiing, golf, hunting, fishing, bowling, knitting, painting -- whatever. Hobbies are a great way to get rid of anxiety and stress. Youíre doing something you like and your mind is off your daily obligations and responsibilities. Try not to make your hobby work related.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CO-WORKERS.
You canít get two or more co-workers together for more than five seconds without the conversation turning to work. With this in mind, meet people from other professions to network or join groups that have a common interest -- sports, hobbies, etc.
Stress has indeed been called a silent killer. But it needn't be if we take care of ourselves and follow these five simple rules to help balance work, home and play.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
"We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed."
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Tonight I talked with a friend from Trinidad who lives in New York City. He related a story his very traditional and wise grandmother told him when he was a young boy. It's a poignant story he has never forgotten.
The tale tells of a man who was depressed because he had no home, no job, no friends or family and nothing left to eat but a banana. He decided life wasn't worth living and vowed that after he ate the banana he would hang himself and gain relief from his worldly worries.
As he began eating the banana, he climbed up a tree and tied a rope to a branch. He then fashioned a noose and put it around his neck. He took the last bite of his banana and tossed the fruit's skin to the ground beneath the tree.
Just as he was about to leap from the branch, he saw a boy run to the tree, grab the discarded banana skin and begin eating it before running away.
The man realized that what was a useless banana skin to him was a meal for someone less fortunate than himself. He realized, too, that as bad as he thought his life was, there was someone else whose life was worse.
He undid the noose from around his neck and climbed down the tree.
He still had no home, no job, no friends or family and now nothing left to eat. But he now had hope. His faith was restored. He vowed to begin his life anew. He didn't know how or where he would end up but he understood that no matter how bad off he was, there was always someone worse off, like the little boy.
When times seem overwhelming and we have nowhere to turn, let us remember the story of the banana and realize that there is always someone worse off.
For, what is life without hope and faith?
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