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Start with Baby Steps

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Today I start with another series of steps toward a better life which is the result of my research. That means someone else came up with the idea and I am expanding on it. The following ten days will be dedicated to the Top 10 Strategies for Success. If you want to read ahead, this is based on a post on the Motivation page of the Spark People Healthy Lifestyle page.

Step One, Start Small or as I like to say, "Start with Baby Steps"

Confucius is credited with saying that a journey of one thousand miles starts with a single step. This is true of any endeavor. At Weight Watchers, they are fond of quoting "by the yard it's hard but by the inch, it's a cinch"

When I was a teenager and really into drag racing, a rule of thumb was that to start out efficiently, you had to have a ration of 12:1 from the motor to the wheels to get started efficiently. That means that the motor has to turn twelve revolutions for each revolution of the drive wheels. When the car is in high gear, depending on the rear axle ration, this ratio is reduced to about 2:1. To get the car started moving, it is necessary for it to take baby steps and then successively larger steps until it reached high gear.

Watch a bicyclist on a twelve speed bike. When the cyclist starts out or is h=going up a hill, the pedals are turning very rapidly but the bike is moving slowly. When speed is reached or the bike is going down hill, the pedals move much more slowly. When an airplane takes off, it accelerates slowly from a standing start but as speed increases, acceleration increases too. The airplane is using the same amount of power throughout its takeoff roll but it begins to utilize its momentum to increase its speed.

Watch a sprinter in a 100 yard race. When the racer comes out of the blocks he is taking short quick steps which increase in length with each step until the sprinter reaches his stride about fifteen yards out and then is taking maximum yardage with each pace.

Any worthwhile goal can be obtained but not immediately. Take your long range goal and break it up into a series of short range attainable goals and attack them one at a time until you have reached your ultimate goal.

Success is yours, Start with Baby Steps

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ROBCURTROSS 5/8/2009 10:46AM

  Excellent technique.

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Take Twelve Steps to Success

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

For the past twelve days I have been posting twelve steps to success based on Ed Foreman's Twelve Habits of Successful People. Ed Foreman is a motivational speaker who has a total person approach to improvement and success. If you want to learn more about him, just Google "Ed Foreman".

To sum up, the twelve steps to success are as follows:

1. Don’t condemn, criticize or complain... Think of ways to improve the situation. The big rewards are paid for finding the solution, not for identifying the difficulty.

2. Show real, honest, and hearty appreciation...let others know they are loved.

3. Think good thoughts about other people ...and yourself

4. Give before you get. Always give others a reason to agree with you before asking anything of them.

5. Smile generates enthusiasm, friendliness and goodwill.

6. Remember names. A person’s name is the sweetest, most important sound he hears and instantly captures his attention each time it is used.

7. Be an effective communicator by listening. Encourage others to talk about themselves by asking questions. (When Where, Who, What, How, WHY?)

8. Think, Act and Look happy and successful...and you will begin to think, feel, and actually become HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL.

9. Never engage in worry conversations or participate in gossip sessions.

10. Always greet others with a positive cheerful statement...not the question, “How are you?”

11. Respond to another’s question, “How are you?” with an enthusiastic, meaningful “TERRIFIC!”

12. Look for and expect GOOD things to happen to you.... Inquire of others: “What GOOD things are happening with you today?”

Pick one of these rules at a time. Practice it earnestly every chance you get every day for at least a full week. By mid-summer, you will notice a significant change in your life.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain so give it a chance, Take Twelve Steps to Success

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Expect good things to happen!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Step Twelve, the final step. Expect good things to happen!

If you have followed the advice of the previous eleven days, you have no choice but to expect good things to happen! Remember Abraham Lincoln, "People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be" If you fill your head with positive thoughts (day three) and take positive actions towards others without fault finding (day one) your life will be filled with positiveness.

Think of the people you like to be around the most. Is it Gloomy Gus or Susie Sunshine. Now I will be one of the first to admit that sometimes Susie Sunshine gets a bit tiresome but Gloomy Gus is always tiresome. How do you feel when you are with these people. If you are not careful, your mood and disposition will match theirs. Hang around Gloomy Gus and watch the gloom roll in. Hang with Susie Sunshine and good things begin to happen.

Remember Henry Ford, "Whether you expect to succeed or to fail, you are right!" Why would you expect bad stuff to happen when it is just as easy to expect good things.

Ed Foreman recommends the response "Terrific" to the How are you doing question. He reminds us that Terrific and Terrible are both eight letter words. The first five letters of both of them are identical. It is not until the final 37.5% that you have to make the choice and by choosing "fic" over "ble", your day and your life will begin to improve and keep improving.

W. Clement Stone tells us that "Success comes to those who try and keep trying with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitude" What happens when you have a positive mental attitude. Simple you expect good things to happen!


I am terrific!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Day eleven on our twelve step journey. Today is the converse of yesterday. Whenever someone asks you how you are doing respond "I am Terrific!" or just "Terrific" some people use fantastic or most excellent. any of these works. Zig Ziglar's standard response is "Fantastic, but I'm getting better!"

When someone asks how you are doing or "how do you do", they don't care and they don't listen to your response. They only ask because at an early age they were taught it was good manners to inquire how someone was doing. If you don't believe they don't listen, come up with some off the wall response like "my cat died" or "it's raining in Istanbul". Most of the time the asker will go on with the conversation, responding with something along the lines of "I'm doing OK" (As if you had asked them the same question)

In a vast majority of the cases, the only person who hears your response is YOU. Take this opportunity for a little more positive self programming. Respond with a heartfelt "Terrific" or some other equally positive phrase. I am currently "most excellent" but I am thinking it might be time to become "fantastic" again. I don't want my sub-conscious to become complacent.

Even if it not a particularly terrific day at the beginning, if you say it is at every opportunity, eventually, the day will turn the corner and become a terrific day.

So, when someone asks how you are doing respond with the truth, "I am Terrific!"


I Hope You Are Doing Well

Sunday, May 03, 2009

We are getting toward the end of the twelve steps. Today's message was hard to title. but the essence is when you greet someone do it with a positive statement and not How are you doing. I hope you are doing well works very well.

The trouble with asking someone how they are doing is that they are liable to tell you and truth be told, you don't really care. You have been told since you were a small child that the proper way to greet someone is to ask them how they are doing. Leo Buscaglia says the most ridiculous combination of words he can come up with is "How do you do?" This is obviously some inside out translation of an ancient greeting in some dead language.

What happens when you ask someone how they are doing. You get an answer like "so-so" or "can't complain" or maybe even "not bad". What is this message? It is negative programming, that's what it is! Make the other person give you a positive message. When you greet someone, instead of asking how they are, say "I hope you are doing well" This is a double positive statement. It conveys that you are wishing them good chance and giving them the opportunity to say something good. There was a lawyer in our community and his standard greeting was "Everything going to suit you, is it?" While Dr Buscaglia might move this into first place for a convoluted statement, it served the purpose of eliciting a positive response which should be the goal.

When you can surround yourself with positive statements, you are also surrounded with positive energy which will create positive results.

So, to sum up, I hope you are doing well

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MNABOY 5/4/2009 1:36AM

    Thanks for the uplifting reminders and new ideas

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