"The more you surround yourself with successful, inspirational people the more you'll learn and the greater likelihood some of it might rub of on you"
Carole Gaskell-Your Pocket Life Coach-
"People always blame their attitude on the day. I'm having a bad day is baloney. What you're really saying is: I've let other people get to my attitude, I've let circumstances get to my attitude. That's not only unjustifiable, it's a sign of mental weakness. If you tell yourself you're having a bad day, I promise you you'll have one, and if you tell yourself you're having a great day, I promise you will have a great one. The day is not bad unless you name it."
Jeffrey Gitomer-Little Red Book of Selling-
"If we want to model belief we need to model the beliefs of those who achieve excellence. The more we learn about human behavior, the more we learn about the extraordinary power that beliefs have over our lives.
Anthony Robbins-Unlimited Power-
"Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively"
Peter M Senge-The Fifth Discipline-
The Right People
"Those who build great companies understand that the ultimate throttle on growth for any great company is not markets, or technology, or competition, or products. It is one thing above all others: the ability to get and keep enough of the right people."
Jim Collins-Good To Great-
"The more contact and communication you have with a person the stronger and richer the relationship becomes. In business the secret to keeping and growing clients, as well as growing a career, is to keep continual and meaningful communication with everyone important to you. This a simple but very powerful method for getting the most out of your client or key contacts"
Jay Abraham-Getting Everything You Can Out Of All You've Got-
"If you are going to be successful, you have to start hanging out with successful people. You need to ask them to share their success strategies with you. Then try them on and see if they fit for you. Experiment with doing what they do, readingwhat they read, thinking the way they think, and so on. If the new ways of thinking and behaving work, adopt them. If not drop them, and keep looking and experimenting"
Jack Canfield-The Success Principles-
The Comfort Zone
"The comfort zone is the great enemy of human potential. Your comfort zones become habits of living that are hard to break, and any habit persisted over time becomes a rut. Then instead of using your intelligence to get out of your rut, you use most of your energies making your rut more comfortable. You justify and rationalise your situation as being unchangeable. You feel and say "there is nothing i can do"
Change your thinking and you will, you must change your life. The one thing you must do is to create the mental equivalent of what you want to experience in your reality. Everything else will follow from that.
Brian Tracy-Maximum Achievement-
"Most of what any of us achieve in life, of any serious degree of value to ourselves and others, occurs in a very small proportion of our working lives. 80/20 Thinking and observation make this perfectly clear. We have more than enough time. we demean ourselves, both by lack of ambition and by assuming that ambition is served by bustle and busyness. Achievement is driven by insight and selective action. The still small voice of calm has a bigger place in our lives than we acknowledge. Insight comes from when we are feeling relaxed and good about ourselves. Insight requires time, and despite conventional wisdom, is there in abundance."
Richard Koch-The 80/20 Principle-
"Your stress comes not from any event but from your response to it, and that response is nothing but a habit you can replace."
"Our own feelings, our anger, hostility, fear, anxiety, insecurity are caused by our own responses, not by externals. Thus relaxation is nature's own tranquilizer, which erects a psychic screen, between you and the disturbing stimulus."
Mental Control Buttons
'The more you learn to put volume controls on your internal voices and to place pictures methodically, to choose what you're going to believe and what you're not going to believe, the more you're in charge of your own mental processes, the more you'll be in charge of your life."
Richard Bandler(co-founder of NLP)-Get The life you Want-
"Stress is a choice. Yes bad things happen. The Economy sours our business struggles, the stock market tumbles, jobs are lost people around us don't follow through, deadlines are missed, projects fail, good people leave. Life is full of these. But still stress is a choice, because whatever the "trigger event", we always choose our own response"
John G Miller-The Question Behind the Question-
"Know your enemy; you must know the factors causing distress"
"To understand how the pressures and demands of your environment effect your life, you must understand your own perceptions, motives, ambitions and habits. You make your world by the way you think and the choices you make"
Dr.H.E Stanton-The Stress Factor-
"A thought links the external stimulus with the emotional response. A person who is trained to track his thoughts, can observe that his interpretation of a situation precedes his emotional response to it.
When a person changes his appraisal of a situation, his emotional reaction changes"
Aaron T Beck-Cognitive Therapy & Emotional Distress-
"There are unlimited sensations, unlimited ways at looking at virtually anything in life. If what you're doing isn't working, change the channel and tune in to something that will give you the sensations that you've always wanted. All of the sensations that you want are available all of the time, all you've got to do is tune in to the right channel. There are two primary ways to change your emotional state: by changing the way you use your physical body, or by changing your focus"
Anthony Robbins-Awaken The Giant Within-
"When a difficult challenge comes along, remind yourself that it is only your way of thinking that is holding you back from doing anything in the world you really want to do.
We are all handed a telescope to view the world; is it just a matter of luck which end we place to our eye?"
Paulette Meisner-Life is an Elevator-
Utilising Your Core Genius
"I believe you have inside you a core genius-some one thing that you love to do and you do so well that you hardly feel like charging people for it. It's effortless and it's a whole lot of fun. And if you could make a living doing it, you'd make it your lifetime's work. Successful people believe this too. That's why they put their core genius first. They focus on it-and delegate everything else to other people on their team"
"Oftentimes, success happens when you just lean in to it-when you make yourself open to opportunities and are willing to do what it takes to pursue it further-without a contract, without a promise of success, without any expectation whatsoever. You just start. You lean in to it. You see what it feels like. And you find out if you want to keep going-instead of sitting on the sidelines deliberating, reflecting and contemplating"
Jack Canfield-The Success Principles-
The Value of Problems
"There's a fortune in every one of your problems. In fact, the liability column should be relabeled. It's not liability but "lie-ability" the ability to "lie" about how bad things are, when the truth is that they're only bad if you haven't learned anything from them. As soon as you deposit your wisdom dividends, those liabilities transform into your most precious assets. In fact everything that happens to us is an asset-provided you learn the lesson.
Every life pulses to the rhythm of it's natural ebbs and flows. If you look back on your life and think you're not a winner, maybe it's because you haven't learned the lesson from your setback yet. Once you learn the lesson from a failure, you're a winner....because you turned what appeared to be a strikeout into a home run. You transformed what many feel was an experience to avoid into a valuable one"
Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G Allen-Cracking the Millionaire Code-
"There are only four ways that you can change your life. First, you can do more of some things, the things that are working well for you. Second, you can do less of other things, those things that are not working in your work and personal life. Third, you can start doing something that you are not doing today. And fourth. You can stop doing something altogether."
Brian Tracy-Time Power-
Dealing with indecision
"In a few instances, decision making methods will fail you and you will be left swinging to and fro like a pendulum. At this point the brain is undergoing a subtle shift from a two option choice to a three option choice. The decision is no longer 'Yes or No'. It is now: Yes or No or Continue thinking about the choice.
The third option is not only counter-productive but becomes more so the longer it is maintained. Eventually it becomes the choice because that is where your mental energy is being directed. The simplest solution to this problem is to decide not to make the third decision! In other words, the minute you recognize this spiraling whirlwind in your mental horizon, you should immediately choose 'Yes or No' (The first or the second option).
The basic principle here is that it is more fruitful to have made some decision and to be implementing it, than to be in a state of paralysis".
Tony and Barry Buzan-The Mind Map Book-
"Detachment will give you a sense of peace about what you see and hear. You will discover the simple truth that the world is worhing exactly as it is supposed to. Your attachment to how you think it is supposed to be working only makes you a victim.
Compete athletically and in business if you choose to, but cooperate at the same time by detaching yourself from the eventual outcome. This loosening up is detachment in action. Let every single move you make in a competitive encounter be something unique unto itself, something to enjoy, and live life fully in the moment.Remember if you are concentrated on what the eventual outcome will be, your attachment to winning will paradoxically make it less likely that you emerge with the better score.
Detachment works by seeing yourself in cooperation with all of humanity, including your adversaries. Detachment from needing to win frees you up to flow with every single moment needed in the competitive process"
Wayne Dyer-You'll See It When You Believe It-
Beliefs and Values
"Your beliefs about the cause and meaning of things, and your belies about yourself, structure your perception of reality. Anything that doesn't conform to your framework of beliefs and values, which includes your beliefs about what is possible, will at some level of your subconsciousness be rejected. Conversely, anything that supports your beliefs will be affirmed and will act to reinforce those beliefs.
Beliefs aren't necessarily true, even when you think they are. They are more likely embedded opinions of the world than matters of fact. What appears to be true is that they regulate the way you behave, until a new mental or physical experience or set of experiences, sweeps an old belief away and replaces is it with a new belief."
Desmond Guilfoyle-The Charisma Effect-
9 Lessons from Abraham Lincoln
Read everything of interest to you.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Consider the past, cherish your memories, learn from history, but always move forward.
Sorrow is a valid emotion-part of the richness of life. Therefore feel it, endure it, but do not allow melancholy to define you.
Try not to over complicate everything. Sift through all available information to arrive at sound, clear-cut decisions and then act on those choices.
Keep your focus on your goals.
The best presentation of a fundamental idea is honest and straightforward.
Rely on humour to get you through difficult times.
What is Happiness?
"What is the opposite of happiness? Sadness? No. Just as love and hate are two sides of the same coin, so are happiness ad sadness. Crying out of happiness is a perfect illustration of this. The opposite of love is indifference, the opposite of happiness is-here's the clincher-boredom.
Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your 'passion' or your 'bliss', I propose that they are in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement."
Tim Ferris-The 4-Hour Work Week-
"I never hit a shot even in practice, without having a very sharp, in focus picture of it in my head. It's like a colour movie. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I 'see' the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. then there's a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality."
Jack Nicklaus-Golf my Way-
Definiteness of Purpose
"Examine the first hundred people you meet, ask them what they most want in life, and ninety-eight of them will not be able to tell you. If you press them for an answer, some will say security: others will say-money: a few will say happiness: others will say fame and power: and still others will say-social recognition, easi in living, ability to sing, dance or write: but none of them will be able to define these terms or give the slightest indication of a plan by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence."
Napoleon Hill-Think and Grow Rich-
The Value of Failure "Failure is just part of the process of getting to world class. 'Screw-ups are the mark of excellence,' said management consultant tom peters. the best companies on the planet have failed more than the average ones. to me, the only failure is the failure to try and dream and dare. The real risk lies in riskless living. Mark Twain made the point perfectly when he observed: 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did.'"
Robin Sharma-The Greatness Guide-
The Value in Curiosity
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. one cannot help be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. it is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity"
Love Your Irritations
"The things that irritate, annoy and anger you are the entry points into your evolution and elevation as a human being. They are signposts for what you need to work on and the fears you need to face. They are gifts of growth. You can blame the people who trigger you and make it all about them. Or you can do the wise thing and look deeply into yourself to discover the reasons for your negative reaction. Use the challenges to grow self-awareness."
Robin Sharma-The greatness Guide-
Optimism Versus Despair
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed towards the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair."
Nelson Mandella-Long Walk To Freedom-
"Just look at your life. What do you see? Whatever you find, there's evidence of your beliefs. Your current life-your relationships, your health, income, your lifestyle, where you live, where you work, where you play, what you do every day, all of it-is an accurate reading of the picture you've been holding in your nonconscious brain."
John Assaraf-the Answer-
"Throughout history, great thinkers have reflected on this paradox and have concluded that adversity is the test that you must pass on the path to accomplishing anything worthwhile.
Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence.”
The very best qualities of strength, courage, character, and persistence are brought out in you when you face your greatest challenges and when you respond to them positively and constructively.
'Every moment in every day we are rippling out from ourselves emotions, expectations, beliefs, needs, values and attitudes. These ripples may be experienced as bouquets or brickbats. What you give out influences what you get back-it's your choice. Part of what determines how we receive these events are the filters that we use to make sense of what is there. Filters are what we use to decide what we pay attention to and what we don't, what we let in and what we keep out."
Sue Knight-NLP Solutions-
You are a Magnet
"Everything that happens in your life happens because of the magnet in you. Everything. Now that one's a tough one to accept because most of us have things happen to us where we think, 'Oh no, I didn't want that, I didn't cause that." But I'm really feeling on some level, yeah, we pulled it to us. On some level, for some reason, we did."
Joe Vitale-How To Write And Publish Your Own E-Book-
"As long as you keep complaining about your present circumstances, your mind will focus on it. By continually talking about it, and writing about the way things are, you are continually reinforcing those very same neural pathways in your brain that got you where you are today. And you are continually sending out the same vibrations that will keep attracting the same people and circumstances that you have already created.
To Change this cycle, you must focus instead on thinking, talking, and writing about the reality you want to create. You must flood your unconscious with thoughts and images of this new reality."
Jack Canfield-The Success Principles-
Just Get Started
"One person 'just about' starts a project, the other person starts it. One individual 'almost' completes a task, the other does complete it. One person sees an opportunity, the other acts upon it. One student 'nearly' passes the exam, the other does pass it-and although the difference may only be one percentage point out of a hundred, it's that one point that makes all the difference."
Bob Proctor-You Were Born Rich-
"Don't launch any new product or initiative that doesn't have a residual plan. A single sale is how most businesses operate. Smart businesses go for a stream of sales. In short, if it's not residual, don't do it."
Mark Victor Hansen & Robert G Allen-Cracking The Millionaire Code-
Choose Your Allies Carefully
"One of the most important decisions someone can make in life is their choice of allies. Almost nothing can be achieved without allies. Most people do not choose their allies carefully or even at all. The allies somehow arrive. This is a serious case of letting life happen to you. Most people have the wrong allies. most also have too many and do not use them properly. 80/20 thinkers choose a few allies carefully and build the alliances carefully to achieve their specific objectives."
Richard Koch-The 80/20 Principle-
"One of the most empowering of all rules is this: You can learn anything you need to learn to achieve any goal you can set for yourself.
This is one of the great principles of success. Properly applied, this means that there are no real limitations on what you can accomplish. If you are clear about your goal, and you can identify the knowledge that you will need to achieve it. When you learn what you need to learn, and then apply that knowledge, the achievement of your goal becomes almost inevitable"
Brian Tracy-Create Your Own Future-