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Living & Being Above Average

freedomIf we are honest with ourselves, most people don’t want an average life or existence, the great news is that we don’t have to settle for average in anything. We can change gears and our circumstances anytime, it’s up to us!

Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth. It’s really the open door to it all. In fact I’d like to have you memorize a most important phrase. Here it is, “The major key to your better future is YOU.”

Let me repeat that. “The major key to your better future is YOU.” Put it someplace where you can see it every day, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, at the office, anywhere where you can see it every day. The major key to your better future is YOU. Try to remember that every day you live and think about it. The major key is YOU.

Now, there are many things that will help your better future. If you belong to a strong, dynamic, progressive company, that would help. If the company has good products, good services that you are proud of, that would certainly help. If there were good sales aids, that would help, good training would certainly help. If there is strong leadership that will certainly help. All of these things will help, and of course, if it doesn’t storm, that will help. If your car doesn’t break down, that will help. If the kids don’t get sick, that will help. If the neighbors stay half way civil, that will help. If your relatives don’t bug you, that will help. If it isn’t too cold, if it isn’t too hot, all those things will help your better future. And if prices don’t go much higher and if taxes don’t get much heavier, that will help. And if the economy stays stable, those things will all help. We could go on and on with the list; but remember this, the list of things that I’ve just covered and many more – all put together – play a minor role in your better future.

The major key to your better future is you. Lock your mind onto that. This is a super important point to remember. The major key is you. A friend of mine has always answered when asked, “How do you develop an above average income?” He says, “Simple. Become an above average person. Work on you.” My friend says, “Develop an above average handshake.” He says, “A lot of people want to be successful, and they don’t even work on their handshake. As easy as that would be to start, they let it slide. They don’t understand.” My friend says, “Develop an above average smile. Develop an above average excitement. Develop an above average dedication. Develop an above average interest in other people.” He says, “To have more, become more.” Remember; work harder on yourself than you do on your job. For a long time in my life, I didn’t have this figured out.

Strangely enough, with two different people in the same company one may earn an extra $100 a month, and the other may earn a $1,000. What could possibly be the difference? If the products were the same, if the training was the same, if they both had the same literature, the same tools. If they both had the same teacher, the same compensation plan, if they both attended the same meetings, why would one person earn the $100 per month and the other person earn the $1000? Remember here is the difference…the difference is personal, inside, not outside, inside.

You see the real difference is inside you. In fact, the difference IS you. Someone once said, “The magic is not in the products. The magic is not in the literature. The magic is not in the film. There isn’t a magic meeting, but the magic that makes things better is inside you, and personal growth makes this magic work for you.”

The magic is in believing. The magic is in daring. The magic is in trying. The real magic is in persevering. The magic is in accepting. It’s in working. The magic is in thinking. There is magic in a handshake. There is magic in a smile. There is magic in excitement and determination. There is real magic in compassion and caring and sharing. There is unusual magic in strong feeling and you see, all that comes from inside, not outside. So, the difference is inside you. The real difference is you. You are the major key to your better future.

What If It All Goes Right? Stop Worrying, Start Expecting !!

Have you ever watched people bowl? Many of them go through a little ritual before they actually get to the point of hurling their bowling ball in the direction of the pins. They carefully lace up their bowling shoes, and then the hunt for the perfect bowling ball begins. They may put on a bowling glove as well as an elbow brace. As they step to the line they glare at the bowling pins and get into their approach posture. Then they step forward and release the bowling ball down the alley.

That’s when it gets interesting. As the ball rolls toward the pins the bowler starts deploying facial expressions, body English, and hand signals to “guide” the ball into the best impact point on the pins. As they see the ball drifting into a less-than-perfect point of impact they begin to give voice commands to the ball to correct its course. Of course, once the ball is released it is on the way, and there is nothing the bowler can do to change what is going to happen. The bowler could just as easily release the ball, turn around, and not even look at the impact of ball and pins. The results would be the same.

The bowling illustration demonstrates the futility of “worrying” about results. When you have set your goals properly and planned the action you need to take it’s a waste of time, energy, and emotion to worry about the results of what you have set in motion. When you execute an action step, it is like releasing a bowling ball. The results ball is rolling, and there is little you can do to change the point of impact.  Worrying about where the ball will impact the target won’t improve or change what happens. The results will be the fruit of how well you prepared and planned and executed the action.

Worrying Makes Problems Worse

Worrying about the results will not change them.  I certainly recognize that a certain amount of worry is just part of being human. People have concerns about many things. There are legitimate concerns about money and financial security. There are legitimate concerns about health issues, and there are concerns about our personal and professional relationships. People want all of these things to go well in their lives, and a certain amount of worry and concern is normal. But there is another kind of worry that is not only dangerous to your health; it is dangerous to your success. The kind of worry I’m talking about is “imagined worry.” Imagined worry is when you spend a lot of time thinking about the future and what might happen in your life that could be terrible. My late friend Mary Crowley said, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination,” and she hit the nail on the head with that remark.  Now you might be wondering why I’m so concerned about worrying and what it has to do with success and expecting to win, so I’ll tell you.

Worry is the most significant factor that relates to the root of negative thinking. As a matter of fact, worry just might be the engine that starts negative thinking, and if you are involved in negative thinking, you will not expect to win. If you spend an excessive amount of time imagining all the bad things that can happen in your life, you will become a person who is problem-conscious, not solution-conscious. There is perhaps no greater example of how this can be so dangerous than when it involves worrying about health issues.  I have known many people who receive bad medical reports, and when they hear the news, they begin to worry so much about it that their life may as well have ended at that moment, while others may have bad days, but they choose to focus on the good days and what they can still do. They live in the moment and know full well that tomorrow will be what it is and they can deal with it when it arrives, not before.

Stop Worrying . . . Start Expecting

Worry is the result of thinking and imagining what might happen in the future. I want to stress the word “imagine.” The only reality people have is what is going on in their lives today. It is in the events of the day that life transpires, and anything based on tomorrow is pure speculation. I’ve learned that if you have planned and prepared, you can have reasonable expectations about the future. If you take care of your health through a good diet coupled with exercise, you can reasonably expect good health in the future. If you save and invest your financial resources, you can reasonably expect to have financial security in the future. If you live by principles of love and service to others, you can reasonably expect to have good personal relationships in the future. Good action today will produce good living tomorrow. Reasonably good expectations for tomorrow are based on positive thinking and prudent action today. Try this: instead of imagining all the bad things that might happen to you in the future based on your fear, start imagining things working out. There’s a song titled, “What If It All Goes Right?” by Melissa Lawson. The second line of the chorus is, “What if it all works out, what if the stars all line up . . ” You have to develop a what if it does go right and work out expectancy if you want to be the winner you were born to be.

I Don’t Worry

Worrying is something I quit doing many years ago, and today I can honestly tell you that I don’t worry about anything—period!. I know that the principles I live by are true and correct. I also know that I always try to do the right thing, and when you do the right things in life, you don’t have to worry about results. As a matter of fact, if I’ve done the right thing every day I’m not even responsible for results. I just get the benefit of what I do, and the benefits are usually better than I could have hoped for.

Finally, remember that if you have planned and prepared yourself to win, there is no need to worry about the results. Like the bowler who has released the ball down the alley, you must learn there is nothing your worrying can do to change anything. If you have planned well and set good goals, you can have confidence that you know where you want and need to go. If you have done what you need to do to prepare yourself to win, you do not have to worry. You will have no justification to worry about failure. You can expect to win!

Leave a Legacy

I’m sure anyone would like to leave a legacy. After all, who wouldn’t like to be remembered or revered? Leaving a legacy is to live a life for people to respect, look back on, applaud and approve of. Do you feel you have a sense or purpose on this world? Majority of people don’t, and that’s fine, but it’s the people of the world who feel they do have a purpose and execute it that are remembered. Although you won’t live forever, rest assured your legacy will. You don’t have to rule a mass empire like Julius Caesar or lead a country to independence without violence such as what Mahatmas Gandhi achieved in India, however. Leaving a legacy can come much closer to home.

Think of your children, it’s important for parents to set an example. You can leave a legacy of respect. Teaching them to respect their elders, treat others like they would like to be treated and to be overall good people is a great way to leave a legacy.

Another way to leave a legacy for others, is to be an optimist. Being optimistic around others inspires people to work harder, to make the impossible seem possible. If you perform to the best of your ability every day, your peers and everyone else around you are more likely to also. One of the greatest legacies is your life, and you only get one shot, so don’t waste it.

Offering encouragement is also a great way to be remembered. Think of a time you have been in a tough situation and someone has helped you through it, sticks in your memory, right? Lifting people up with encouragement will leave a lasting positive legacy, however putting someone down, can have the same affect, but in a negative light. Someone can look back ten years and remember the discouragement you offered, just as easy as they can if you offered encouragement. Which of the two would you like to be remembered for?

The final way to leave a legacy is through love. My friend’s partner sadly passed away unexpectedly. In their last few days together, they had a massive argument, but this isn’t what he dwells on. What he does remember however is that she was always there for him, in times of need and he knew she always had an undying love for me. Sure she wasn’t perfect, no one is, but she did leave her legacy of love upon my friend, which he will always be grateful for.

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3 Legs of Success – Ability: Motivation: Attitude…. Are you winning?

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

There are three primary aspects of your life that will determine whether or not you are successful in your endeavors. You will not be successful if you have only one or two. You must have all three working together. Consider them like the three legs of a “stool of success.”

Ability – the level at which you are able to actually do things. Your skill level. If you have a high level of skill, that´s good. And the better you get, the better it will be for you. To the degree that you can perform your actions at higher and higher skill levels, the more and more success you will find in your chosen field.

Motivation – the level at which you are able to find “a reason to act.” This is the internal drive that you find that enables you to exercise your abilities. To the degree that you can find a way, or ways, to keep yourself motivated, you will see yourself right in the thick of things, carrying out your actions to the best of your abilities and succeeding accordingly.

Attitude – this is the mental state that you have while carrying out your actions to the best of your ability. It is the way you view the world around you and choose to see it, either positively or negatively. To the degree that you can maintain a positive attitude about yourself, others, and the circumstances you find yourself in, you will see yourself achieving greater and greater things.

“But can’t I get away with just two?”


What if you have high skills and motivation but a rotten attitude? People will stay away and hinder your success. What if you have a good attitude and motivation but poor skills? People will like you, maybe even root for you, but go to someone else with the skills they need. What if you have great skills and attitude but no motivation? Well, you’ll be sitting on the couch like a lazy slug while the go-getters are out there making your money and achieving your dreams!

No, it takes all three. So let’s ask some questions:

Ability: How highly skilled are you? Is your skill level holding you back? How so? What could you achieve if you just took your skills to the next level beyond where they are right now? How would improving your skills improve the bottom line of your success?

Motivation: How motivated are you? Why do you answer that way? What would your spouse or close friends say? Would they say you are as motivated as you say you are? Why or why not? Why do you have the level of motivation that you have? What could you do to find a higher level of motivation? What would happen if you became super motivated for the next period of your life. What great things would happen?

Attitude: Do you have a good attitude or a poor one? How would you rate yourself? What about when things go wrong? Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? What would happen if you took your attitude to the next level for the next 60 days? What if you just chose to have an incredible attitude? What would be the ramifications?

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.” Booker T. Washington

This is so true. People will judge you on what you accomplish, not what you know or what you talk about. In fact, if you know a lot or talk a lot but do not accomplish anything, people will wonder what happened. So the question is whether or not you will take the actions necessary to deliver on your potential. To do so, you will need to focus in on the three legs of the stool of success: Your ability, your motivation, and your attitude.

Take some time this week to give serious thought to these three areas. Your success depends on it!

Getting Over the Fear of Failure

The most destructive element entailed with the fear of failure is one’s inability to take criticism or feedback well. Instead, they tend to magnify the mistakes they have created along the way until it overtakes their mind such that it is difficult to get rid of them. There are also instances wherein the fear of failure is so immense that people tend to limit themselves to the point of not trying for fear of failing.

Steps to Overcoming This Fear

Why must fear of failure be given attention, you might ask. Unless you are able to let go of the fear of failure, then you are unable to achieve your desired result. Often times, fear of failure produces negative thoughts that reduce your actual potential. You think you are incapable of achieving something when it fact you can.

Once you are brave enough to do something about this fear, then you are able to provide yourself more freedom to do what you need to do and succeed at it. Here are some basic methods you can try.

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Boost Your Productivity

Attitude is so important in your work life and your home life. If you are lacking motivation at work which is causing you to have low productivity then it may be time to take a step back and review your attitude towards your job. If you cannot find a way to improve your attitude towards your work then it may be time to change your job. We spend most of our lives working so you might as well do something that you enjoy.

The first step would be to define what productivity means to you and your job. Choose goals that define you and what you want out of your own life. Seek your own path instead of following someone else’s and never measure your success by someone else’s standards. Follow your own dream and work towards your end goal. By making your goals in your career personal you’ll hold yourself more responsible and will therefore become more productive.

Instead of focusing on managing your time, try focussing on managing your actions and your energy. Set clear priorities bu

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Staying Motivated to Workout

Of course, once we are overweight, we usually want to trim down for a whole lot of reasons, some related to physical condition and fitness, while others would want to enhance their physique and appearance. And it is never too late to be fit.

In the past 50 to 75 years, physical activity has become the exception rather than the rule, both at home and on the job. People tend to drive where others once walked. People tend to flick a switch and machines do the hauling, lifting, pushing, and pulling for them.

However, people who try to lose weight tend to believe that weight gain is likely to happen if they will not take forward-looking steps to stop it.

The point here is that health experts believe that people lose their way, especially when it comes to dieting. They tend to go back to their old eating habits even after they learn to enjoy low-fat eating. They tend to return to sedentary ways even though they enjoy exercising.

But despite the momentum toward weight gain, you ca

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Have a Positive Attitude. It’s a Big Deal…Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference

Thank you to Mr. Drew Stevens of Southridge School for this article. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. A positive attitude can have a significant impact on how we interact with each other, our motivation and our overall effort and success in life. In a sense, a positive attitude is like a learning utensil, and just as a pencil or ruler is fundamental to being able to complete work and assignments, a positive attitude is essential to completing life to the best of one’s abilities.
A positive attitude is the foundation for so many other important attributes that have an effect on our lives. Attitude influences how we make use our time, whether we are prepared for the day properly, the degree to which we are able to meet deadlines and the overall quality of interactions with others. In short, having a positive attitude is an underpinning for many other elements of success.

A positive attitude also has an impact on others. Let’s face it; spending time with positive people is enjoyable and fun. It’s contagious too. One of our guidi

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Save your Business Budget through an Equipment Lease.Are you a small business owner? If yes, consider the following tips on how you can save more from your equipment lease:

According to The Equipment Leasing Association a large number of businesses use equipment lease financing.  The report shows that over $200 billion worth of equipment are leased by companies each year.

Are you a small business owner?  If yes, consider the following tips on how you can save more from your equipment lease:

  • 1. Choose the Right Leasing Company. If you choose the wrong leasing company, you may encounter problems later on. For instance, there could be delays with the approval of your lease application or the equipment you ordered may not be delivered on time. There are lease providers that charge hidden fees and do not give a reliable service. To find the right lease provider, use the internet to shop around and check the company’s reputation and track record of service.
  • 2. Choose the Right Lease. Lessors offer varying business equipment lease packages. Compare the pricing, repayment options, and the specific terms of your chosen leasing company. Pay special attenti

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Successful Resolutions – Reach Your Goal

  • Make sure you really want to keep your resolution. Make a genuine, serious goal that you want to achieve success in. Your goal should not be dictated by someone else. This is a recipe for disaster and a guaranteed failure.
  • Avoid following fads or trends, especially when dieting or trying to lose weight. Do lots of research and talk to professionals or others who have achieved long term success with a similar goal. See what worked for them but adapt the plan to fit you.
  • Have a clear purpose. Dreams do not always transfer to goals. Be reasonable about what is achievable and set a tangible goal that can be measured, ie> losing 10 pounds instead of “being thin”.
  • Focus on one resolution at a time so you can put all your energy towards succeeding at it. Break large tasks down into smaller ones and make a road map of how you will reach your goal. This will give you something to refer back to and will keep you on track.
  • Create accountability by designating a friend or family mem

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