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1.) Improve Your Attitude
you think you can or you
think you can't....you are right -"
Henery Ford -
Find ways to become more optimistic. The subconscious mind is an amazing tool,
learn how to use it. It works hard behind the scenes to make sure our perceived reality
comes true. If we constantly see things in a negative or pessimistic light, the
subconscious excepts that as reality and goes about making our low expectations come
true. Likewise, if we always expect things to work out or to be successful, the
subconscious will work just as hard controlling our actions behind the scenes,
to make those positive expectations come true.
A poor attitude or low expectations is just a bad habit. Change the habit.
The first step is accepting the fact that you want to make a change. Put A little
determination behind it. Refuse to allow negative thought to dwell in your conscious
mind. Replace negative thought with a Positive Motivational Quote. Find one that is
appropriate and preferably short enough to easily memorize. Next, the instant you
feel a negative thought enter you mind, recite the quote to yourself. Youíll be amazed
how well this works. Finally, make an extra effort to find good and hope in ever
situation. If you arenít looking for it you definitely wonít find it.
2.) Smell the Roses
"Happiness is as a
when pursued, is always beyond your
which if you will sit down
quietly, may alight upon you -"
Hawthorne - pg.4
This is a time allocation issue. Itís not hard to do, in fact, itís quite
enjoyable. Unfortunately, we have the tendency to consider ďsmelling the rosesĒ a
luxury item and we just donít make time for it. The fact of the matter is,
it will help improve our attitude, clarify our priorities and put us in touch
with our inner self. (you know those warm and fuzzy things we call feelings)
Our lives get so busy sometimes, we end up in a response mode, responding to
all the demands placed on us by the people around us. Busy fulfilling deadlines and
expectations from our co-workers, friends and family. The problem with this is our
own needs, thoughts and priorities get lost in the confusion. This isnít
just about us either, it affects the quality of our work, efficiency and
overall productivity. It even has bearing on the quality of our relationship
with others. We must listen to that inner voice for creativity, true priorities and
to lay down the load for a moment and find peace. Everything we do will benefit as a
One of the most effective ways to ďsmell the rosesĒ is to stop whatever we are
doing, step away, just for a moment, and observe the beauty and serenity of nature.
It could be as simple as a breath of fresh air, feeling the warm sun on our face,
listening to the wind whisper through the trees or rustle the leaves. Smell the
sweet fragrance of a flower and find the peace in your soul!
3.) Help Somebody
along the extra mile -"
- Napoleon Hill
Speaking of your soul,
notice we are working from the inside out?
A little chicken soup for the soul compliments our attitude and
ďsmelling the rosesĒ. By
this I mean make a point to help someone out even if just in the
smallest way. Open the door
for someone when their arms full, help someone one with directions that
looks lost and confused, maybe a co-worker needs a ride home.
There are any number of simple little things that in the past you
have avoided because you were too busy or focused on your own problems.
Making that extra effort
to help out others, will come back ten fold.
It will make you feel good and people will notice your kindness
and treat you with the same in return.
If you ignore or our miserable to people, they will treat you the
same way. You are the seed
that can make the world a better place, donít squander the
opportunity. Plant the
seed, water it, and nurture it, you are the one that will blossom.
More Restful Sleep
future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty
of their dreams -"
Eleanor Roosevelt - pg.8
Many fears and anxieties
are born out of fatigue. Not
to mention loosing your edge. Productivity,
efficiency, creativity and accuracy are all things that only come to us
when we are at the top of our game and we need to be well rested to be
reasons can prevent some people from obtaining restful sleep, and if you
suspect this is your situation, you should seek professional medical
advice and assistance. The
majority of us however, fail to obtain restful sleep because of bad
habits, poor planning and a lack of understanding as to what is
First of all, plan on
getting a good nights sleep. Donít
be telling yourself all day, I probably wonít sleep well tonight.
Make sure you eat dinner at least 4 hours before retiring for
bed. This allows your body
sufficient time to metabolize the food you ate, so your body is done
working and it is prepared to rest also.
Avoid bedtime snacks, particularly stimulants like caffeine,
associated with coffee, tea, chocolate and soda.
If you must, only drink water the last couple of hours before
bed. Wind down with the
expectation of preparing to rest. Stop
trying to accomplish things to the very end, give yourself a little time
without your mind rehashing the dayís activities or pondering
Recognize the importance
of sleep and take it seriously. Make
sure you are allowing sufficient time for the recommended amount of
sleep. Typically an adult should obtain 6-8 hours of sleep with the
emphasis on the larger amount. When
you are ready, lay down, take a moment to get comfortable, take a few
cleansing breaths and allow the feeling of contentment to enter your
whole body. Visualize
yourself in a hammock under a shade tree or lying on a desolate beach or
whatever brings you peace and natural sleep will follow.
Improve Your Health
is a house with four rooms,
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
we go into every room, every day,
if only to keep it aired, we are not
complete person -"
Iím not talking
surgery, therapy or a personal trainer here.
You know what you need to do.
Maybe quit or reduce your smoking, lose a couple of pounds, get
more exercise, reduce your caffeine intake or eat better.
Donít try to take it all on at once either, just take a small
step in the right direction. We
know these things are bad for our health but we tend to justify it by
saying to ourselves, we worked hard or put up with a lot, we deserve
these little indiscretions as rewards.
Unfortunately, the physical toll on our bodies and the baggage,
carried by our subconscious mind that we are not taking care of
ourselves, holds us back from our potential top performance.
Pick one thing to work
on and start slowly. Donít
set an objective so high that you will become frustrated or discouraged.
Set many small goals over a period of time so you have frequent
gratification from achieving those goals.
Bask in the knowledge that you are doing something good for your
health, itís good for the soul too.
Make it a regular part of your regiment, to always be working on
something to improve your health.
Your Finances Under Control
strongest oak of the forest is not
the one that is protected from the
and hidden from the sun.
It's the one that stands in the open
it is compelled to struggle for
existence against the winds and rains
scorching sun -"
This probably eats at us
more than most things and the burden on our minds prevents us from
giving our full attention to our work and the enjoyment of our lives.
The concept is simple though, we only earn so much, so we can
only spend so much. Why is
it so hard to keep the two on the same track?
Of course this is an over simplification, there are circumstances
beyond our control that impact our finances.
The key is to make sure we are not doing anything to contribute
adversely to our finances and develop a plan to correct the problems we
Make sure you are living
within your means, develop a budget, a financial plan.
If your income is fixed all the easier, if your income varies
from tips, commissions or hours, then figure your income on the
conservative side. Donít
bet on what might happen, plan on what you know for sure.
If you get a little extra, always save some and reward yourself a
Figure your fixed
expenses that occur every month. Then
add all your estimated expenses for the year like, insurance
renewals, car maintenance, vacations, Christmas, health care
deductibles, etc., you get the idea.
Take the total of all these expenses, divide by twelve and add
that amount to your fixed expenses. Subtract the resulting total from your estimated monthly
income. No, the difference
is not you party money! The
remainder needs to be proportioned into thirds.
One third gets saved for getting ahead and as a buffer for
unforeseen emergencies. One
third goes to paying down debt. The final third is to enjoy and have a
little something in your pocket.
You be the judge, the
three proportions donít have to be equal, but make sure something goes
into each area. If there is
nothing left to divide into thirds, you need to seriously consider
making adjustments to your lifestyle or find additional work.
The mere knowledge of having a plan, knowing what you need to do
and getting it done will make you feel so much better.
You wonít have to hash everything out in your mind every night
when you are supposed to be sleeping.
Goals for Yourself
choice is yours. You hold the
tiller. You can steer the course
choose, in the direction of where
you want to be -- Today,
or in the distant time to come -"
Clement Stone - pg.7
If you keep doing what youíre doing, youíll
keep getting what youíre getting!
All progress starts with change. If we donít change our course
or speed we will stay right where we are now. Spend some quality time
thinking about where you would like to be in a month from now, in six
months, in a year, in 5 or 10 years, or by retirement.
If you havenít thought about where or what you want to be,
chances are real good you probably wonít be happy when you get there.
ďI wanted to be somebody
when I grew up, I probably should have been more specificĒ, Lilly
Thomlin. Greater words were
When setting goals for yourself, you need to be
very specific. You need something by which to measure. You need to know when you are getting closer to your goals,
so you can do more of whatever it is that youíre doing. And you need
to know when you are moving away from your goals so you can change your
course immediately. The basic problem here, is that most people, even if
given the world on a silver platter, have a great deal of difficulty
determining in very specific terms, what they want out of their life.
You must answer this question for yourself in as much detail as possible.
Once you have determined the specific goals and
objectives you have for both the short and long term, write them down.
Your subconscious will make an incredible effort to assist you
once your objectives are crystallized and it has a specific goal to work
towards. Break down the
steps necessary to achieve your goals into baby steps. Small little
steps or subgoals that you can easily see achieving in your mind. Write
them down! Record on a calendar, the date you want to achieve the main
goal and subgoals by. Review this often and monitor your progress. If
you are falling short of you goal, the sooner you can detect it, the
sooner you can make an adjustment to stay on track.
not Rocket Science, but it works and works well. ďPeople donít plan
to fail, they fail to planĒ. This method is very effective for both
short term and long term goals. It also works great for things like
loosing weight, quitting smoking and a host of other life adjustments.
Learn Something New
as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live
When you stop learning and growing you start to
wither and die. I donít mean to be the Grim Reaper here, but it is
imperative that we never stop expanding our knowledge and improving our
lifeís experience. Remember, Itís
the journey not the destination! Make the journey a good one. You
donít necessarily have to go back to school to brush up on your
Algebra, thatís what we have kids for. Find a subject that peaks your
curiosity, and if possible something that will improve the quality
and/or enjoyment of your life. This
should be a fun thing or something that is going to make your life more
productive or efficient.
can find great tutorial videos that you can buy, rent or borrow. Maybe
take a trip to the library and check out a couple of books on a subject
that interest you. (When is the last time you did something like that?)
Browse the magazine rack at the grocery store, youíll find some great
self-improvement articles or interesting how to stories.
Donít be afraid to learn and grow. Who knows, you may even
enjoy the experience.
Every time we learn something new, we see our lives from a
slightly different perspective. This new perspective often reveals doors
of opportunity that we never knew existed, and many times, they are
right within our grasp.
goals can only be reached
through a vehicle of a plan,
in which we
believe, and upon which we
must vigorously act. There
no other route to success -"
- Stephen A. Brennar - pg.10
Have you ever heard the expression, ďone step
forward, two steps backĒ? Does that describe you? Most people can
significantly improve there productivity just by getting a little more
organized. Again, Much like goal setting, we can function so much better
if we know what is expected of us. One of the best tools for this sort
of thing is a ďTo DoĒ list. At the end of the day or first thing in
the morning, make a list of the tasks that need to be accomplished.
Organize them in order of priority. As you progress through your list,
strike out the items you have completed. This aids in giving you a
deserved sense of accomplishment and simultaneously lets you know
exactly where you stand, so you can budget your time accordingly.
advantage of getting organized is becoming more time efficient, thus
more productive. When you make out your ďTo DoĒ list, group tasks
that compliment each other. Organize things that need to be done on the
phone together, in the office, at the meeting, at home, in town and so
on. Whatever you donít get done today, roll in to tomorrows list. Make
it a daily challenge to get everything crossed off your list, but
donít fret if you donít make it. Some days you will get redirected,
and some days you will get lucky The important thing is to start each
day with an organized plan, so you know what it is you need to get done.
Eliminate A Bad Habit
are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act,
Aristotle - pg.12
How many little counter productive things do we do each day as a matter of
course just because of little bad habits we have developed that have gone
uncorrected? Bad habits are like parasites, they subtly eat away at us
and we tolerate it because it is easier than making a change. They become
part of our routine, always present, almost like a familiar friend.
Correcting or eliminating a bad habit is easy. Itís just like all other
self-change, you have to start with wanting to change. The first step is
acknowledgement. Identify the fact that you have a bad habit and recognize
all the subtle little ways it holds you back or interferes with your life.
The next step is commitment. Commit yourself to eliminating the counterproductive
habit that you have identified. Donít be wishy washy about it either, develop
some determination about your task.
The easiest way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.
Replace smoking with deep breathing exercises, replace always being late with
always being early, replace procrastination with a ďDo it NOWĒ attitude, replace
fretting with peaceful meditation. You get the idea. At first it takes a
conscientious effort to make the substitution, in a short time the substituted
activity becomes the habit.
The bottom line is, identify the bad habit, accept that it does exist and
commit to making a change. You have to want to make a change, take stock in
yourself, work to your betterment Youíre worth it!
Well, there you have it.
Certainly not a cure-all or end-all but a great place to start. Don't try
to do everything at once. Prioritize the things you want to work on first.
Take it slow. Don't dread what you're doing, embrace it, knowing that each
little step is one step closer to a better YOU!
"Even if you're on the right
you'll get run over if you just sit there -"
- Will Rogers
Best of Luck
Robert (Bob) Van Riper
Happen To Positive People~