What can you do immediately to achieve your goal?
In this Power Podcast Brian Tracy gets you started, Fredric Lehrman defines wealth. Zig Ziglar explains what you have to do, Dr. Wayne Dyer on doing what’s right, Joe Vitale turns off negatives, and Earl Nightingale reveals the origin of the Strangest Secret. All this and more in this episode of My Power Podcast.
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Have Enough to Do Want You Want?
Is it possible the people who say, “Money can’t make you happy,” are those that never had an great wealth?
We should distinguish the difference between wealth and happiness. Happiness is a mental attitude. Wealth is a quantifiable sum. This article is about accumulating the quantifiable sum of your riches.
The majority of the water cooler -coffee machine residents that populate companies large and small spread their gossip about the luck and karma that made others more money. Being born under a lucky star has nothing to do with sustainable wealth. It comes down to the results from efforts. Work.
Earl Nightingale wrote, “Money is the harvest of our production.”
Production is the key. It’s the things that unlocks all the treasures you could want. If you want more, do more. If you want to become important, work toward becoming indispensible. Sure, we all can be replaced. The difficulty in replacing us determines the measure of compensation. The top sales person that brings in the big deals month after month is hard to replace. The person that delivers the supplies can be easily replaced. Who makes more money. Both jobs are important. It’s the degree of cost of replacement. Some sales organizations see the top producer as making too much money. So, they cut their client list and hire two up and comers to work those accounts. Bad move. The two up and comers will have to be trained. That costs. The new people will make mistakes and make clients angry. Bad results that cost more money. It’s better to take care of the big producer with big rewards. Don’t let them go. If you are the big producer, keep producing. Pay attention to the little daily tasks you had to do to get to be the top producer.
Our challenge in the day-to-day is to create more value from the work we do. Whatever the task, we must reach out to do it better than anyone else. To be able to have all the wealth you want, listen to Zig Ziglar’s segment in this episode of My Power Podcast. He explains in easy simple to understand terms exactly what you must do to be able to do anything you want.
What Money Is
Some say the first stamped coins were minted around 650–600 BC. Since then, we have been counting our coins carefully and always hoping that good fortune will provide us more. The idea of currency is more deep rooted in us as humans as a means of getting stuff. The banter of , “You give me that, and I’ll give you this,” has been around a long time. The use of barter has been with us at least 100,000 years. When barter did occur, it was usually between either complete strangers or potential enemies. Negotiating became a desired skill to acquire.
Once the negotiating is done and you assess how good the deal was and how much money you may have left on the table, you now have the starting point of your future wealth. How much did you earn from your hard work and effort? That is the starting point. You created value and were paid as a direct result of what you did. The secret to wealth is not just your ability as a money changer, your wages are the immediate result of your production.
The measure of your wealth is how much you keep.
We’ve all heard stories about the multi-million dollar athletes that gain instant rewards for their skills at out running, out jumping, and out doing anyone else. Wow, you say, “Twenty million a year. Wish I could do that.”
Then, you hear how the cost of bling, cars, boats, and hot babes left the athlete too broke and too old to earn anything more.
You, on the other hand, learning from great books like, The Richest Man in Babylon, will have the secret power to be the winner at the end of the day.
The value you bring to work each day produces the instant results in salary and commissions. The value at the end of the day is how much you decided to pay yourself.
Larry Winget, Success is Your Own Damn Fault leads our sales skills special with his take on how to make sales easy. Roger Dawson, Power Negotiating for Salespeople explains why it is imperative to sell with a profit. Brian Tracy, Psychology of Achievement on goals and the three turning points. Jim Rohn, A Day That Turns Your Life Around says the first goal is to make as much part time as you do on your fulltime job. All this and more on our sales skills special.
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Sure, you’ve heard the saying, “What you see is what you get.”
In the book, How to Sell Your Way Through Life, Napoleon Hill writes, ”Hard work is the only thing that will turn sales training and ability into money. No amount of good health, courage, or imagination is worth a dime unless it is put to work; and the amount of pay a salesman gets is usually fixed by the amount of very hard, intelligent work that he actually puts out. Many people side-step this factor of success.”
It’s great to listen to our Podcast, build a success library, and go to seminars. The truth is all the positive thinking in the world will not hand you the success you are meant to enjoy unless to apply positive action to your positive thinking. W. Clement Stone wrote, “Intentions are one thing, results are another.”
This episode of My Power Podcast is packed with advice that will help you take action.
The year of the horse is your year to follow your desires.
A discussion about desire has been around for centuries. Even back to ancient Greece when Aristotle suggested that desire alone cannot account for all movement towards a goal. He went on to say that reason, in conjunction with desire along with imagination, makes it possible for reason and desire work together to determine what is a good object of desire. He wrote that the soul is guided by two horses, a dark horse of passion and a white horse of reason. Then Socrates comes along and does not suggest the dark horse be done away with. This is important, he said that passions make possible a movement towards the objects of desire. Passion moves us to achieve the result of our desires. He went on to teach that desire must be placed in relation to reason so that the object of desire can be identified correctly. That way we know that we have the right desire. The reason for your passion must ring true. Once we know the essence of our desire we must ignite that desire with a burning passion.
What is it you desire so much you can taste it? Is the thing you desire balanced with reason? Does this mission mean everything to you so that you can create the passion needed to carry you across the finish line? Of course, you have a strong purpose in you. We all do. Want to discover what great mission may be waiting deep in your subconscious?
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If you were to choose the most important goal of your life, what would the magic wand grant you? Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Achievement presents his case for time management and the ability to set your major life goal. Roger Dawson, The Secrets of Power Performance discusses your quest for success. Denis Waitley, in Seeds of Greatness presents a look at your self worth. Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People addresses your commitment to your goals. Zig Ziglar, Goals. Earl Nightingale, Lead the Field. Vic Conant, This I Believe describes discipline. And, Larry Winget, in Get Out of Your own Way says, “It’s up to you.” All this and more on this episode.
On self esteem in this episode we have answers from some of the biggest names in success beginning with Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness. Jack Canfield, Maximum Confidence. Les Brown, The Power of Purpose. Roger Dawson, The Secrets of Power Persuasion. Dan Kennedy & Dr. Maxwell Maltz, The New Psycho-Cybernetics. All this and more on this episode.
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Seeds of Greatness
Think of the word, ‘seed’, and potential is evident. Every seed has a specific life to fulfill. Everything needed for an oak tree to grow is held within the acorn. What specific life has been hard wired into your DNA?
Denis Waitley has told the story about how he and his grandmother planted a garden together, “I was amazed that the tiny seeds we were burying in the ground would become something we would later harvest and eat.”
His grandmother told him that they were planting seeds of greatness. Years later, that line became the title of his New York Times Best-Seller and Nightingale Conant audio program, Seeds of Greatness.
Then, there’s the ‘Parable of the Sower’, the first parable to occur in the book of Mark in the Bible. In this parable, a sower dropped seed on the path, on rocky ground, and among thorns, and the seed was lost; but when seed fell on good earth, it grew, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. The point of the parable is to illuminate the need for us to realize that we are in a manner of speaking, the good earth where seeds can grow into great successes.
Some have given interpretations to the parable such as: The sower sows seeds of greatness in all of us. We just handle the seed differently. The seeds falling on the path represent those who dismiss the idea. The seeds falling on the rocks represent those who accept the idea of the seed, but dismiss it and think great things are only for a few. The seeds falling on thorns represent those who take it to heart, but allow things like money and day to day busyness prevent the idea form ever having a chance. Then, there are the seeds falling on good soil. This represents those who truly understand it, they get it, they cause it to bear fruit.
You are one of these who like the good soil will nourish, prune, watch over, study, love, believe in the idea, and have a passionate pursuit of the greatness destined within that seed.
Controlling Desire or Magnificent Obsession
Dr. Maxwell Maltz (1899 – 1975) was a cosmetic surgeon. To his amazement, his patients who would undergo the knife for a new nose, perfect chin, or whatever, and later still have the same self image of themselves, no matter what the mirror reflected. In 1960 he wrote, Psycho-Cybernetics a bestseller claiming a system of ideas that is considered the forerunner many now popular self help books.
The book introduced his view that we must have an accurate and positive view of our self before setting goals. Visualizing goals and self-image is the cornerstone of all the changes that take place in a person. Not the latest liposuction, botox, or nip and tuck this and that. According to Maltz, if your self-image is unhealthy or faulty — all efforts will end in failure. He writes, “To win the war against your enemy, your failure mechanism, you must first be able to pierce the disguises behind which it lies.”
He goes on to say, “The act of failing is not part of the failure mechanism.”
In other words, one act of failing doesn’t make a failure. The fear of failure can not be the thing that stops you from attempting to succeed. Maltz writes, “If you’ve never failed at anything, you have never tried anything.”
The failure mechanism is a much deeper seeded fault that we must confront. Self doubt happens to all of us, but can not be a dominant thought. Or, it will shape the result in a way we don’t want. As James Allen wrote in, As A Man Thinketh, “You will become as small as your controlling desire, or as great as your dominant aspiration.”
The secret is to escape the small negative self thoughts, and reach for the success you are meant to enjoy.
Why can’t life be easy?
In this episode we’ll explore a new way to challenge yourself. Larry Winget leads off with an un sugar coated explanation to get you unstuck. Joe Vitale talks about the turning point we all face to challenge us to change. Fredric Lehrman says our thoughts make us rich. Paul Zane Pilzer on destiny. Zig Ziglar explains how to be tough on yourself. Plus, Brian Tracy, Napoleon Hill, and more have answers for you to listen to now.
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OMC – The Edge
The old movies have such memorable scenes, like the guy with a sword, holding his head up at some offense from some other guy in uniform, takes his glove, smacks it across the face, one cheek, then the other, and says, “Sir, I challenge you.”
They do this with gentlemanly manners. The glove seems to be a way of getting the other person’s attention. It’s a gesture that says, wakeup, you are about to get whooped.
We have to do that to ourselves sometimes, and look in the mirror and say, ” I challenge you.”
“I challenge you to do more today than you did yesterday. I challenge you to act now. None of this waiting until dawn stuff.”
The salesperson that agrees to end every day with OMC – One More Call. The runner than runs an extra mile, or distance between mail boxes. The student that reads one more chapter than required. The parent that stops what they think is important to spend the really important moment with their child. The husband that calls the wife for no reason. The one extra thing that accumulates a life full of riches and rewards.
It’s mall about going the extra mile.
That’s one of Napoleon Hill’s laws of success. It’s a good plan. In economic hard times most people are willing to do whatever it takes to earn a dollar. That’s one benefit of hard times. The outside world presents all the challenge you need. But, what about those times when you think you’re fine, doing enough to get by, not upsetting anyone, staying under the radar, and making sure there’s no target on your back. These are the time when you need to grab your glove and smack yourself across the face and say, ” I challenge you!”
People that fly under the radar and make no extra effort never get to the top. You, being the winner that you are, will always be willing to invest the extra effort to get noticed. The truth about trying to avoid notice inevitably backfires and the slacker gets noticed for being dead weight and is fired.
One of Napoleon Hill’s 17 Laws of Success is, “Go the extra mile.”
That philosophy will put substantial mileage between you and the rest of the pack that watches the clock. Once I was part of a job interview where the manager asked a prospective administrative assistant, “What’s you favorite part of the day?”
She answered, “Lunch and going home.”
She did not get the job.
The person who will get ahead in any economy will demonstrate certain assets such as, willingness to do more than asked, willingness to learn more about the business, and willingness to produce more than the one’s waiting for lunch and going home. Make it your business to make ‘happy hour’ the first hour on the job. You may challenge yourself to invest a little extra time now, but the dividend will pay off in countless hours of pleasure as a success.
Have Any Problems?
It was a pleasure to hear R. David Thomas speak some years ago, as he addressed the Pompano Economic Forum. His dry wit and down to earth personality won over the room. He explained how Wendy’s had grown to such a level that he found himself sitting in his office, staring out the window, and thinking, “I don’t have enough problems. So, I took Wendy’s public. Raised so much money that I then had enough problems.”
He was a fantastic business person who came from humble beginnings and never took anything for granted. With all his fortune, fame, and high position, he was kind enough to share with me his time and his insights. He started a program to mentor High School students. He had been inspired when he was in the Army after reading Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, so, it was natural for him to be a firm believer in motivating, inspiring, and challenging others to do more than they thought they could. Dave Thomas could easily have chosen to make excuses. He chose excellence over excuses, and look where it took him.
Wow, how far can you go, if you just challenge yourself to look for more problems to solve?
Is procrastination holding you back?
Learn simple steps to cure that problem and start on your path to becoming the person you are destined to be. We’re featuring an interview with Og Mandino. Plus segments from Brian Tracy, The Psychology Of Achievement. David Allen, Getting Things Done. Dr. Robert Schuller, Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do. Jim Rohn, A Day That Turns Your Life Around. Michael Gerber, The E Myth. Dr. Wayne Dyer, What Do You Really Want For Your Children. Denis Waitley, The Psychology Of Winning, And Finally Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret. All this and more… Listen now.
”Every adversity has the seed of a greater benefit.”
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How Long Must You Wait?
One of my favorite quotes comes from one of our featured speakers in this episode. Dr. Robert Schuller said on one of his many television broadcasts from The Crystal Cathedral, “What great thing would you attempt, if you knew you could not fail?”
As you remove fear, the dream becomes destiny. he has shared so many great motivating statements like, “What looks like the end in the road is really only a bend in the road.”
We can’t know what’s around the corner. We can have a vision of where we want to go and we can see the obvious steps we need to take. So, why wait? If you feel fear that your dream is to big, too impossible, out of your league; and you let those mistaken fears take hold, you may miss the destiny you were born to accomplish. The great fear is not the fear of where you are going. The greatest fear is looking back and asking, “What if?”
In the game we all are part of, there is only one person that can throw in the towel. That person is you. Others can not quit you from chasing and conquering your challenge. People may create obstacles. But obstacles are tremendous learning opportunities. It may take you some time. In the segment on this episode from Jim Rohn, Jim answers the question, “How long will it take?”
Your Future Will Not Wait
Trends indicate major changes and those changes mean we must learn to adapt quickly. Some of the business changes that are challenges today include lack of trust in businesses, government interference on the rise, financing is harder and technological change is a moving target traveling at warp speed. This means businesses that can survive and thrive during rapid change will be the market leaders. One of the great lessons to keep us flexible and willing to embrace change is the magic three words written by W. Clement Stone, “Do it now.”
In the book he co-authored with Napoleon Hill, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, he used the example if you are walking across the office, see a paper clip on the floor, pick it up; don’t wait and leave it for someone else. This task, especially since it’s small, is an important lifestyle exercise to train your mind to act in the present. That training prepares you to embrace the newest technology – before your competitors. I wondered if someone as rich and powerful as Stone actually practiced what he preached. It was an honor to interview Og Mandino, a long time associate, and his answer is in this episode. Og Mandino was a wonderful man who became the editor of Success Magazine. That publication started off as an in-house newsletter for Stone’s insurance business. Og went on to write some of the most successful and best selling books such as The Greatest Salesman in the World.
Like so many success stories, Og Mandino had it tough in the beginning. He came back from World War II as a decorated fighter pilot. That was his skill. But, that skill didn’t turn into immediate job skills in the new post war era. He fell on hard times, drank too much, lost his family and his home. One cold Chicago night, alone, with only twenty-nine dollars left to his name, he passed a pawn shop, saw a gun, and bought it. Cold steel in his pocket, he began planning to shoot himself. He decided to find someplace warm to sit and think about his last moments. The only free place open was the public library. He knew they wouldn’t let him stay for long, so he picked up a book. Strange title to occupy a man during his last moments; Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude. As he read over the pages and the quotes such as “Do it now” “To become enthusiastic, act enthusiastic,” and one quote really hit home, “Every adversity has the seed of an equivalent benefit.”
The book told him to look for the good in every situation.
There it was before him. His future, not in the cold steel barrel of a pistol, in the pages of a book that would drive him to meet and befriend one of the most successful men of all time, W. Clement Stone.
Faced with change, we all have these moments of great clarity. The secret is to recognize the moment, and act immediately, do not hesitate, in other words – do it now.
How Important Are Your Daydreams?
In this episode we’ll explore the way your thoughts produce reality. Discover more about the power of your thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Learn how to defeat the doubters that would hold you back in this episode of My Power Podcast featuring Denis Waitley, Psychology of Winning, Fredric Lehrman, Prosperity Consciousness, Paul Zane Pilzer, Entrepreneurial Challenge, Brian Tracy, Psychology of Achievement, Napoleon Hill, Science of Personal Achievement, and Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret.
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Will Doubters Determine Your Destiny?
In 1952, The Power of Positive Thinking was first published. It stayed on the New York Times best seller list for a straight 186 weeks. Millions have bought the book, and many more have been influenced by the principles. With all that success, you’d think Norman Vincent Peale would be loved and cherished by everyone. Nevertheless, he came under heavy criticism from many who tried in vain to tarnish the book. Criticism came mostly from several mental health experts, one of whom directly said Peale was a con man and a fraud. No one remembers those guys. There’s a good reason. The loser’s list is vast. A majority finds it easier in their minds to allow negative thoughts dominate their lives saying, “That’s the real world.”
You have made a choice to set yourself apart from the crowd, rise above the limited thinkers to the leadership of possibility thinkers. When you began your journey as a positive thinker, you most likely came under criticism for looking at life through rose tinted glasses.
Everything that has been accomplished in the real world began as a thought. There’s no problem getting agreement on that. So, why do so many think that a good life can be the result of anything other than a thought? Think of the list of things like a car, first a thought, an airplane, first a thought, fly to the moon, also first only a thought, a dream, an idea that’s been around for centuries.
At the end of the day, looking at the life you create. If it is full of successes, friends, family and a good life, all those things first began as thoughts. Instead, if you end up broke, alone, no friends, no family you must know that result was launched in your mind. The ideas you chose to follow showed up in the physical; the real world.
To sum up the power of positive thinking, here are the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “If you expect failure, you will get failure, but if you expect to succeed, I am sure you will succeed.”
In this episode of My Power Podcast, you’ll hear many experts prove to you many more great ideas to prove that positive thinking really does work.
Big Idea. Big Success.
The concept of thoughts becoming reality has been a round a long time. As evidence, take a look at, As a Man Thinketh first published in 1902 and written by James Allen. The basis of the book is much older. The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
In this wonderful little book comes such big ideas. If you doubt the power of thought, here’s a passage, “The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers. It can not let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know. He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.”
Are you the dreamer ready to give the world its next big idea? Of course you have a great dream. We all do. The energy that drives dreams to a fulfilled destiny is positive thinking. Engage the thoughts presented in this episode of My Power Podcast and you will begin to see your invisible ideas take shape in the visible results of a good life you are meant to enjoy.
In Joan Lunden’s book, Wake Up Calls, she writes, “A mind lift is better than a face lift!
Can your perception of problems prevent you from accomplishing your purpose? Or, do you see the next setback as an opportunity?
In this episode we’ll explore a new way to think about problems. Can your perception of problems prevent you from accomplishing your purpose? Or, do you see the next setback as an opportunity? Joe Vitale, The Missing Secret, Jim Rohn, A Day That Turns Your Life Around, Dan Miller, Dream Job, Larry Winget, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Zig Ziglar Goals
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Bad News. Better Ideas.
The way all of us face problems starts with the thought, “This is a problem.” Or, “That can’t be good.”
It doesn’t matter what the problem is. Some as simple as the electricity goes off. The outside influence of sitting an the dark and losing all the stuff you just entered in your spreadsheet is real enough. But, being in the dark really isn’t that bad without your opinion popping up in your mind, “This is bad.”
In the book, This is Earl Nightingale, there’s a quote about problems from professor Robert Seashore of NorthwesternUniversity. Earl writes the quote, “The happiest people are not the people without problems; they are the people who know how to solve their problems.”
Cool quote, but how do you do it? Earl wrote out a six step action plan you can use when faced with problems more serious than sitting in the dark waiting for the lights to come back on. Here are the steps:
1.) Define your problem on paper.
2.) List the obstacles in your way of solving the problem
3.) List people or idea sources than can help you.
4.) List as many possible actions you can choose to fix it.
5.) Visualize the results of each action.
6.) Choose the very best course of action and do it.
Mistakes Send Mixed Messages
We live in a time that the thought of failure is all around us. Massive unemployment charges the daily news with the “What if” fears. “What if I get fired?” “What is I can’t make a mortgage payment?”
The state of fear is a fertile ground for failure to grow – but failure only grows in our mind. It is the quiet subconscious thoughts that only exist in our minds that present all the reasons and excuses to fail.
Of course losing a job or home is a very real possibility. You can’t just treat those events with a false sense of reality. We can’t all just jump up, smile, and in some phony cheerleader motivational moment say, “Hallelujah I’ve got a problem!”
However, even the worst setback also comes loaded with opportunity. There’s a lot of valuable lessons in this episode of My Power Podcast. Personal development is not about smiling in the mirror and hoping for things to get better. Personal development is about handing real problems. The experience of handling a problem prepares you for unlimited possibilities.