How do you feel about yourself?

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.


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?

dreamstime_5653067Denis 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.

Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Dr. Maxwell Maltz

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.


Can you challenge yourself to change for the better?

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.


OMC – The Edge

CHALLENGEThe 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.”dave thomas

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?

What problems are stopping you?

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


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.”

HALF FULL EDIT CRISISIt 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.

Do you see yourself as a business owner?

How do you stop worrying about money?

Action Steps to Owning Your Business

DIYDeciding to own your own business, you sit alone with your business plan software dreaming about your private parking space rig
ht at the front door, or even your private jet to whisk you off on intercontinental sales calls. Nice dreams, then the question, “Where do I get my start up money?” Fredric Lehrman says, “Stop worrying about money.” We do not have a money problem. We have an idea problem. Lack of funds does not stop a great idea. Dreaming the big dreams, finding your purpose, is the first step. Discover more action steps to take you to the CEO position on this episode of My Power Podcast. Feed Your Mind with Positives You see them most everyday. The coffee machine water fountain executive committee that gathers, hold court, shake their heads about the latest company memo. While they spend all that energy complaining and pointing fingers, they could be using that energy to solve real problems. Just doing their job would be a step in the right direction. These are the people to avoid at all cost. They have loser lifestyles that love to pull everyone else down to their level where they can hold court patting themselves on the back. Instead, you can leave the losers behind. Set your course by feeding your mind everyday with positives. Brian Tracy says, “Just as you are what you eat, you become what you think about.” That quote is part of his segment from the program The Psychology of Achievement featured on this episode of My Power Podcast Show Two. He shares a great deal more about ways you can use resources to feed you mind with the positive message that will insulate you from the negative thinking that is abundant from friends, co-workers, and the media. Brian Tracy is one of the most respected authorities on personal development and business leadership skills. He’s a dynamic and entertaining speaker with a wonderful ability to inform and inspire seminar audiences toward peak performance and high levels of achievement. In The Psychology of Achievement, you’ll discover the skills needed to achieve your goals. Motivational Quote Our motivational quote for this edition of My Power Podcast comes from Thomas Paine, who wrote, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

What does Positive Self Expectancy have to do with you getting what you want?

Have you set powerful goals and are acting on them daily?

In this episode we’ve lined up authors with topics that relate to setting and achieving goals. First we’ll hear from Denis Waitley to learn how to enjoy the excitement of your big dreams. Next, Brian Tracy poses a question to get you thinking about what you really want.  Zig Ziglar says on goals, “You can not be a wandering generality, you must be a meaningful specific.”  In addition to Denis, Brian and Zig, you’ll hear advice form Joe Vitale, David Allen, Larry Winget, and Jim Rohn. Enjoy this episode of My Power Podcast.


Is Self Help For You? 


The term “Self Help” has been around a long time and has many different names and labels. Whatever term you reference from New Thought to Self Help, the concept of personal development is essential as a unique part of being human. All other life forms only rise to the level of necessity. We in turn, look to a higher calling, and we answer. It’s centuries old and hard wired into our DNA to become better. As far as labeling our journey, you can trace self help back to a guy named Samuel Smiles (1812 – 1904). He  was a Scottish author, reformer, and author of what some have called the first self-help book simply titled, Self Help.Smiles_Samuel_black_white

He is known to have said, “I would not have any one here think that, because I have mentioned individuals who have raised themselves by self-education from poverty to social eminence, and even wealth, these are the chief marks to be aimed at. That would be a great fallacy. Knowledge is of itself one of the highest enjoyments. The ignorant man passes through the world dead to all pleasures, save those of the senses…Every human being has a great mission to perform, noble faculties to cultivate, a vast destiny to accomplish.”

Self education is easier today than ever before.  My Power Podcast service is one new tool to help you cultivate that destiny you are uniquely meant to achieve.

The topic of Goals is our first theme for the premiere podcast. In coming weeks, you’ll hear themes based on starting a business, does positive thinking work, action steps to succeed, and many more themes to be addressed in each new podcast.