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How to Create an Empowering Vision Book

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Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the

Creating a vision book is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life. affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!

Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation-by representing your goals with pictures and images-you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions…  and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.

If you have already defined your dreams, it’s time to illustrate them visually.

How to create a vision book that depicts the future you wish to create.

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your book. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself in your book. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

You can use your vision book to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.  Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision book. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic book… you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision book. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision book at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.

How to use your vision book.

Try keeping your vision book on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.

The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind through¬out the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Acknowledge that it is working. Don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved.  Achievement of the goals in your vision book are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

I recommend you write down the date you created your vision book. The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires. Much like a time capsule, this book will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

It’s a good idea to create a new vision book each year.  As you continue to grow, evolve and expand, your dreams will too. Your Vision Book is meant to be kept and cherished. They chronicle your not only your dreams, but your growth and achievements.

Final thoughts on using your completed vision book:

  • Look at your vision book often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
  • Read your affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
  • See yourself living in that manner.
  • Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
  • Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
  • Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
  • Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
  • Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own vision book. Your ability to visualize your dreams will serve as a catalyst in their creation.

Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com

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7 Steps for Creating the Life YOU Want

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We all aspire to do, be and have great things. Yet most of us simply aren’t creating the results we want. We complain that we We point fingers and blame outside problems that “happen” to us and make life more difficult. But what we need to understand and keep at the forefront of our minds is that greatness exists in all of us. It is simply up to us to pull it out of ourselves. Regardless of personal circumstances, economic climates, and access to resources, it helps to maintain faith in the fact we each are more powerful than we think.don’t have enough money, romance, success or joy in our lives.

We all have the ability to create the life we want. We just need to learn how to do it. Is there an exact “formula”? No, but there are certain common features that successful people exhibit and that anyone can practice. They are what can jumpstart your success and attract what you want in life. You’d be hard pressed to find any high achiever who doesn’t live by the following 7 tips:

1. Take No Less than 100% Responsibility for Your Life

One of the greatest myths that is pervasive in our culture today is that you are entitled to a great life and that somehow, somewhere, someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live. That person is you.

Everything about you is a result of your doing or not doing. Income. Debt. Relationships. Health. Fitness level. Attitudes and behaviors. That person who reflects back at you in the mirror is the chief conductor in your life. Say hello!

I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but the mind can play games, tricking plenty of people into thinking external factors are the source of failure, disappointment, and unhappiness. But the truth of the matter is that external factors don’t determine how you live. You are in complete control of the quality of your life.

Successful people take full responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images they visualize, and the actions they take. They don’t waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.

2. Be Clear Why You’re Here

I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do, and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

If you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, then just tune in to the signals around you. Looking toward others for help and guidance is helpful, but don’t forget to stay tuned in to yourself—your behavior, attitude, likes and dislikes, and life experiences. Identify what’s working and what isn’t. If you need to, write it all down. You might be surprised by what you discover.

3. Decide What You Want

It sounds so simple, but here’s the problem: I see plenty of people who are overly-busy yet who feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled. They are physically tired, spiritually drained, and far from where they’d like to be—as if they’ve been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast. Why? Because they haven’t clearly mapped out what they want and then taken the steps to get there. Rather than identifying specific goals, milestones, and dreams (and I’m talking BIG dreams and goals here), they go through the motions day in and day out tackling unimportant tasks. They end up…you guessed it…going in circles and wasting lots of energy. In the meanwhile, they grow increasingly uninspired and out of touch with their authentic selves. This, of course, sets anyone up to living a life out of balance.

One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires in clear and compelling detail. What does success look like to you? Not everybody’s definition of success is the same, nor should it be.

Don’t let your inner devil’s advocate (or that incessant but unimportant To Do list) inhibit you from dreaming big. As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, but they also compel others to want to play big, too.

4. Believe It Is Possible

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But today, they’re learning that instead we respond to what the brain, based on previous experience, expects to happen next. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want. But you have to believe that what you want is possible.

As you commit to believing in yourself, also make a commitment to toning down the complaint department. Look at what you are complaining about. I’m fat. I’m tired. I can’t get out of debt. I won’t ever get a better job. I can’t stand the relationship I have with my father. I’ll never find a soulmate in life. Really examine your complaints. More than likely you can do something about them. They are not about other people, other things, or other events. They are about YOU.

5. Believe in Yourself

If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence or self-assurance, it is a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes; the abilities, inner resources, talents and skills to create your desired results.

Have unwavering faith in yourself, for good and bad. Make the decision to believe that you create all your experiences. You will experience successes thanks to you, and you will experience pain, struggle, and strife thanks to you. Sounds a little strange, but accepting this level of responsibility is uniquely empowering. It means you can do, change, and be anything. Stumbling blocks become just that—little hills to hop over.

6. Become an Inverse Paranoid

This one is straightforward: Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. Successful people do just that.

7. Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

Experts on the science of success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work day and night to achieve. To engage you subconscious mind, a goal has to be measurable. When there aren’t any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, or a good idea.

Sometimes we need to make just one initial goal to get started, and that’s okay. At least it comes with a few actions to achieve. A first step simply can be making an immediate change in a single area in your life. Are you unhappy about something that is happening right now? Make requests that will make it more desirable to you, or take the steps to change it yourself. Making a change might be uncomfortable and overwhelming for you. It might mean you have to put in more time, money, and effort. It might mean that someone gets upset about it, or makes you feel bad about your decision. It might be difficult to change or leave a situation, but staying put is your choice so why continue to complain? You can either do something about it or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.

Bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior if you want a different outcome. You have to be willing to take the risks necessary to get what you want. If you’ve already taken an initial step in the right direction, now’s the time to plan more steps to keep moving you forward faster.

Isn’t it a great relief to know that you can make your life what you want it to be? Isn’t it wonderful that your successes do not depend on someone else?

So if you need just one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process you’ll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations, and your actions!

 

Source – [JackCanfield]

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Finding Opportunities in Any Economy

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Your own beliefs and behaviors are great predictors of your success than any fluctuation in the marketplace.Even when the newspapers splash the word recession across the front page, you can write your own success story.

Master the Art of “Inverse Paranoia”

Start by becoming an “Inverse Paranoid”. What I mean by this is, believe that every event in your life is the seed for your greater good; something meant to enrich you, empower you or advance your cause.

Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity.

You can easily verify this belief for yourself. Just think about the last time that a terrible event turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

A big blessing for me came during the 1970’s when I lost my job. I was working at the Job Corps Center in Clinton, Iowa, pioneering new ways to teach underachieving students. One day the word came down that the center was being relocated – and I was being laid off.

While attending a workshop at the W. Clement & Jesse V. Stone Foundation in Chicago, I shared my predicament with the presenter. He happened to be vice president of the foundation, and he immediately offered me a job working with inner-city black and Latino kids.

I accepted the offer, and what I got in return was a bigger salary, an unlimited budget, and a laboratory for learning the success principles that transformed my life and launched a new career path.

Ask Yourself: What Opportunity Exists Here?

Take the fast track to inspiration by constantly asking yourself: What’s the opportunity here? Make this a habit, and you’ll stay calm and centered during any event that seems like a setback.

The beauty of this question is that it triggers your mind to respond with positive suggestions. Compare these to the useless information you get by asking yourself the questions such as: Why did this happen to me? Or, Who’s to blame for this mess?

If you get passed over for a promotion or your retirement account takes a hit in the stock market, remember to ask: What’s the opportunity here? – or one of its inspiring variations:

  • What can I learn from this event?
  • What will I do differently from now on?
  • Who can I turn to as a mentor or coach?
  • What’s my next action?

Remember the Three Things You Control

In a way, the economy is just a vague and sometimes ambiguous idea. It refers in a general way to trillions of dollars of goods, services and products by billions of people across the planet. When you face a financial challenge, it is the vast, impersonal economy at work? Or is it your personal economy, which you can directly control?

You can’t always count on the economy, but you can always rely on yourself.

Remember, you have absolute control over three things in your life:

  1. The thoughts you think
  2. The images your visualize
  3. The actions you take (including what you say to others)

Your life experience is simply the sum total of the choices you make in these three areas. And you can attract new results at any time by making new choices. Use the ideas and exercise found in this article to do just that!

 

Source – [JackCanfield]

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Taking 100% Responsibility for Your Life

social-responsibility-helpIf you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life. This includes the level of your achievements, the results you produce, the quality of your relationships, the state of your health and physical fitness, your income, your debts, your feelings—everything! This is not easy.

In fact, most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves for the parts of our life we don’t like. We blame our parents, our bosses, our friends, our co-workers, our clients, our spouse, the weather, the economy, our astrological chart, our lack of money—anyone or anything we can pin the blame on. We never want to look at where the real problem is—ourselves.

If you want to create the life of your dreams, then you are going to have to take 100% responsibility for your life as well. That means giving up all your excuses, all your victim stories, all the reason why you can’t and why you haven’t up until now, and all your blaming of outside circumstances. You have to give them all up forever.

You have to take the position that you have always had the power to make it different, to get it right, to produce the desired result. For whatever reason—ignorance, lack of awareness, fear, needing to be right, the need to feel save—you chose not to exercise that power. Who knows why? It doesn’t matter. The past is the past. All that matters now is that from this point forward you choose—that’s right, it’s a choice—you chose to act as if (that’s all that’s required—to act as if) you are 100% responsible for everything that does or doesn’t happen to you.

If something doesn’t turn out as planned, you will ask yourself, “How did I create that? What was I thinking? What were my beliefs? What did I say or not say? What did I do or not do to create that result? How did I get the other person to act that way? What do I need to do differently next time to get the result I want?”

Here’s an exercise I described in my FREE monthly “Ask Jack Canfield” teleseminar that can help you do that. Answer each question as honestly as you can. It’s even more powerful if you have another person ask you the questions and hold witness for your answers.

1. What is a difficult or troubling situation in your life?
2. How are you creating it or allowing it to happen?
3. What are you pretending not to know?
4. What is the payoff for keeping it like it is?
5. What would you rather be experiencing?
6. What actions will you take to create that?
7. By when will you take that action

 

Source – Jack Canfield

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JACK CANFIELD – APRIL 8 to 14, 2012 – Tour Summary by Gautam

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On the night of 14th April, along with Vikas & my Papa, I dropped family friend, international author & speaker Jack Canfield at the Bangalore Airport.

Jack’s trip started on his arrival in Dubai on 8th April with a welcome hug and a buzz of excitement & anticipation from all our 3 event teams & hundreds of lifelong learners in 3 cities. Jack’s trip ended with a big hug from me at Bangalore airport with wholehearted appreciation & gratitude to participants, sponsors, media, strategic partners, friends, families & Jack for the best 7 days of my 17 year business career. I am abundantly grateful to the powers above.

Right Selection Group has worked with our business partners Vikas Vij of The Ideas Exchange & Mac & Meena of Scion MasterMinds for the last 4 months in planning, marketing & promoting our 7 DAY Tour with Jack Canfield. I thank them & their respective teams who have worked day & night to ensure reach this exciting learning opportunity to as many lifelong learners as possible.

The Success Principles Tour in Dubai, Mumbai & Bangalore included 3 seminars, 3 book signing events, 3 CEO keynote events of which 2 events combined raised over US $20,000 for children with special needs in both Dubai & Bangalore, 26 published interviews, 3 TV interviews,  2 live radio interviews, 3 world class hotels, 2240 people who were personally inspired by Jack, over 2600 books signed personally by Jack, over 1200 pictures uploaded on facebook, 2600 facebook likes, 62 Flip video clips from the 7 days.

On the personal side Jack visited the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa, the only 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Museum, a boat ride by the creek in Dubai. Jack made a surprise visit to office to meet the Right Selection Team and thanked them for all their hard work.

In Mumbai Jack met with Bollywood personalities Rageshwaari, Aftab Shivdasani, Pooja Bedi & Tara Sharma. Jack Canfield also met & shared the stage with a man who certainly CAN FIELD, South African cricketer & Mumbai Indians fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes.  Jack also attended a live IPL cricket game between Mumbai Indians & Rajasthan Royals and enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere with over 40,000 cricket fans.

In Bangalore Jack visited the Shiv Temple and felt rejuvenated & positively energised. He visited RVM’s beautiful office surrounded by nature and different animals. Last but not the least he visited the beautiful Indian home of Meena & Mac Srinivasan and met the whole family and also surprised the Scion MasterMinds Team to thank them personally.

All 3 teams enjoyed dinner together with Jack & friend Puja from Chennai with her beautiful parents on the 7th night. On day 8 we all sat as a team tour & acknowledged the great learning experience for all 3 teams and shared our successes and what one could do differently in future for an even better experience.

It is hard to believe all of the above personal & professional experience happened in just 7 days. In closing I would like thank Jack Canfield for playing full out with 200 % participation. Professionally you were par excellence always looking to add value, sharing appreciation to all whom you met personally, signed books & took pictures in hundreds at each event with a smile and radiant positive energy. Thank you.

I am very confident that Right Selection, The Ideas Exchange & Scion MasterMinds Teams are totally energised, excited and looking forward to having Breakthrough Goals personally & professionally and will be creating our respective vision boards to ensure we make this a reality.

You can rest assured I will continue to live life with an attitude of gratitude. See you in the USA in August for 7 days to square off your time with us so we can then invite you back again in 2013 :-)

With love & blessings to you Jack & your Team,

Gautam

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“Breakthrough To Success” With Jack Canfield In Arizona – 2012

Greetings from Arizona one of the fastest growing states in the US and popularly known for the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also part of the Western United States , the sixth most extensive state and the 16th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix.

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I am staying at the Fairmont, Scottsdale Princess when I am attending the “Breakthrough To Success” for 7 days with Jack Canfield. I am delighted to be attending this learning experience with my dad & mentor & international speaker, Bob Urichuck with his son Dave. That itself is a unique story in itself to have two father & sons attend a world renowned learning experience with author, speaker & though leader, Jack Canfield.

Over 325 lifelong learners are attending BTS from 26 different countries, including 12 delegates from Dubai my home city. This speaks leaps & bounds of the credibility of this fantastic learning experience. This is Jack’s 20th year conducting BTS and officially his last time that he will be conducting BTS.

Our day started at 6.30am when we walked for an hour around the property include the amazing Golf Course followed by a swim. Actually I was awake since 3am considering I was still adjusting to the 11 hour time difference despite having slept only 4 hours the night before. I guess the body clock needs more time to adjust the clocks of sleep time.

The day start with a foyer filled with positive energy, meeting of friends & lifelong learners buzzing with positive energy & excitement.

Jack walked in cool, calm & collected with a positive aura & vibrant energy meeting each & every delegate with a warm heart to heart hug.

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He welcomed the delegates by promising us these would be one of the most exciting and challenging 7 days of our lives.

He assured us a learning experience that would be both conceptual and theoretical, with the aim to expose us to the most current concepts in how to create the life of our dreams. This was so very true, because after laying down the ground rules and securing our agreements to abide by the guidelines to get the most out of the training, he dived straight and deep into a series of group exercises that launched for us the experiential learning we were promised.

Each exercise was unique with subtle learnings about one self, as they pushed us to dig in and peel of layer after layer to uncover of forgotten information that had been pushed aside ( hidden away) over a period of time. One that was a unique experience was having a Hand Conversation with our eyes shut for about 10 minutes. The experience was totally new and just unbelievable, not easy to describe,

It left us deeply touched, emotional , with a sense of deep joy. It demonstrated how easily we can get close and connect and have an understanding with other human beings whom we may first meet as strangers.

He also got us familiar with the research conducting on how beneficial “Hugging” is for our health. That hugging is practically perfect, as it does not have batteries that wear out, no periodic check up’s required, non fattening and inflation proof. Additionally, he added with humour, hugging is all natural as it is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and 100% wholesome. Virginia Satir has also provided a daily hug prescription: 4 Hugs for survival, 8 Hugs for maintenance and 12 Hugs for growth.

We were also introduced to the Shoulder Massage Train, whereby participant stood in a line, back to back, with our hands on the shoulders of the person in front to form a train. We were then asked to massage the shoulders and back of the person in front of us and then reverse after a couple of minutes.

The hugging and the massage at regular intervals and between exercises certainly had an effect on our energy levels and our mind set to help us absorb the learnings much better. It was great fun but with loads of benefits to keep us in top energy throughout the day.

In between breaks, we had inspirational live music by Jana Stanfield and her tag line was Change your Music, Change Your Life.

The day ended with giving us some homework as these were exercises to do in the peace and quiet of our rooms in the evening, and help us reflect on our past achievements and understand ourselves much better. There was also a special mirror exercise we had to do to boost our self esteem and self confidence.

Overall a super first day and looking forward with huge excitement to day two.

Signing off from Phoenix, Arizona.

Gautam Ganglani

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Success Is A Team Sport

Success is a team sport. When you look for other people to help you achieve your goals, one of the fastest and easiest ways to find them is to be introduced by someone who has already made the connection. In other words, network your way to success.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t as effective at networking as they would like – or should be based on their efforts. But don’t worry … there’s a solution:Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think, the new book from my dear friend, Dr. Ivan Misner.

One of the world’s leading experts on successful networking, Ivan is the visionary founder of BNI, the world’s largest networking organization, with more than 5,900 chapters around the world. Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think presents cutting-edge information about the impact that gender can have on an individual’s networking efforts and level of success in business.

Entertaining and insightful, the book is based on the findings from a four-year-long survey that Ivan conducted with his co-authors, Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele. Participants included more than 12,000 businesspeople from every populated continent of the world.

In addition to understanding how to build stronger relationships with members of the opposite sex through effective communication, you’ll discover how to form stronger teams and more trusted relationships, close more sales, give better customer service, and negotiate better deals by knowing how our gender opposite thinks differently than we do.

Here are just some of the points the book brings to light:

Men:
1. Are Transactional, not relational
2. Network more often, but seem to be less satisfied with their results
3. Believe self-improvement comes from doing it on their own, not learning from others
4. Building credibility by stating their credentials, contacts and successes

Women:
1. Are all about the relationship, not the transaction
2. Network less often, but network longer and are more satisfied with their results
3. Believe self-improvement comes from a variety of sources and doing it themselves is not one of them
4. Build credibility by getting to know another’s character, family and personal issues

We’ve know for years that men and women think differently. Finally, here are the specifics about how differently we see things when it comes to relationship building and communication in the work environment (not to mention the non-work environment!).

Relationships are essential to success. If you want to become a master networker and build mutually beneficial relationships with both genders, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Business Networking and Sex. What you’ll learn is not only sure to surprise you, it will likely revolutionize the way you interact with the opposite sex.

Courtesy: www.JackCanfield.com

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7 Steps For Creating The Life YOU Want

SuccessWe all aspire to do, be and have great things. Yet most of us simply aren’t creating the results we want.

We complain that we don’t have enough money, romance, success or joy in our lives.

We point fingers and blame outside problems that “happen” to us and make life more difficult. But what we need to understand and keep at the forefront of our minds is that greatness exists in all of us. It is simply up to us to pull it out of ourselves. Regardless of personal circumstances, economic climates, and access to resources, it helps to maintain faith in the fact we each are more powerful than we think.

We all have the ability to create the life we want. We just need to learn how to do it. Is there an exact “formula”? No, but there are certain common features that successful people exhibit and that anyone can practice. They are what can jumpstart your success and attract what you want in life. You’d be hard pressed to find any high achiever who doesn’t live by the following 7 tips:

1. Take No Less than 100% Responsibility for Your Life

One of the greatest myths that is pervasive in our culture today is that you are entitled to a great life and that somehow, somewhere, someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live. That person is you.

Everything about you is a result of your doing or not doing. Income. Debt. Relationships. Health. Fitness level. Attitudes and behaviors. That person who reflects back at you in the mirror is the chief conductor in your life. Say hello!

I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but the mind can play games, tricking plenty of people into thinking external factors are the source of failure, disappointment, and unhappiness. But the truth of the matter is that external factors don’t determine how you live. You are in complete control of the quality of your life.

Successful people take full responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images they visualize, and the actions they take. They don’t waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.

2. Be Clear Why You’re Here

I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do, and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

If you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, then just tune in to the signals around you. Looking toward others for help and guidance is helpful, but don’t forget to stay tuned in to yourself—your behavior, attitude, likes and dislikes, and life experiences. Identify what’s working and what isn’t. If you need to, write it all down. You might be surprised by what you discover.

3. Decide What You Want

It sounds so simple, but here’s the problem: I see plenty of people who are overly- busy yet who feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled. They are physically tired, spiritually drained, and far from where they’d like to be—as if they’ve been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast. Why? Because they haven’t clearly mapped out what they want and then taken the steps to get there. Rather than identifying specific goals, milestones, and dreams (and I’m talking BIG dreams and goals here), they go through the motions day in and day out tackling unimportant tasks. They end up…you guessed it…going in circles and wasting lots of energy. In the meanwhile, they grow increasingly uninspired and out of touch with their authentic selves. This, of course, sets anyone up to living a life out of balance.

One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires in clear and compelling detail. What does success look like to you? Not everybody’s definition of success is the same, nor should it be.

Don’t let your inner devil’s advocate (or that incessant but unimportant To Do list) inhibit you from dreaming big. As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities

you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, but they also compel others to want to play big, too.

4. Believe It Is Possible

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But today, they’re learning that instead we respond to what the brain, based on previous experience, expects to happen next. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want. But you have to believe that what you want is possible.

As you commit to believing in yourself, also make a commitment to toning down the complaint department. Look at what you are complaining about. I’m fat. I’m tired. I can’t get out of debt. I won’t ever get a better job. I can’t stand the relationship I have with my father. I’ll never find a soulmate in life. Really examine your complaints. More than likely you can do something about them. They are not about other people, other things, or other events. They are about YOU.

5. Believe in Yourself

If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence or self-assurance, it is a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes; the abilities, inner resources, talents and skills to create your desired results.

Have unwavering faith in yourself, for good and bad. Make the decision to believe that you create all your experiences. You will experience successes thanks to you, and you will experience pain, struggle, and strife thanks to you. Sounds a little strange, but accepting this level of responsibility is uniquely empowering. It means you can do, change, and be anything. Stumbling blocks become just that— little hills to hop over.

6. Become an Inverse Paranoid

This one is straightforward: Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. Successful people do just that.

7. Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

Experts on the science of success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work day and night to achieve. To engage you subconscious mind, a goal has to be measurable. When there aren’t any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, or a good idea.

Sometimes we need to make just one initial goal to get started, and that’s okay. At least it comes with a few actions to achieve. A first step simply can be making an immediate change in a single area in your life. Are you unhappy about something

that is happening right now? Make requests that will make it more desirable to you, or take the steps to change it yourself. Making a change might be uncomfortable and overwhelming for you. It might mean you have to put in more time, money, and effort. It might mean that someone gets upset about it, or makes you feel bad about your decision. It might be difficult to change or leave a situation, but staying put is your choice so why continue to complain? You can either do something about it or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.

Bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior if you want a different outcome. You have to be willing to take the risks necessary to get what you want. If you’ve already taken an initial step in the right direction, now’s the time to plan more steps to keep moving you forward faster.

Isn’t it a great relief to know that you can make your life what you want it to be? Isn’t it wonderful that your successes do not depend on someone else?

So if you need just one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process you’ll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations, and your actions!

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