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Here are two serious questions for you:
1. What is it that motivates you to change?
2. If you don’t like the results you are getting, What will motivate you to change the actions you are taking?
If you ask a smoker to quit his 10 year long habit and not smoke anymore for the rest of his life, you probably will get much resistance. Until the smoker experiences something drastic in their own life, he probably won’t be willing to quit.
It would take something like seeing a friend pass away from lung cancer. Or maybe the smoker doesn’t want to see their own children follow in their footsteps.
Until something DRASTIC happens in their life, until the smoker first experiences PAIN as a result of smoking — change is UNLIKELY to take place in the person’s life.
The same is true with just about anything, though…
Perhaps you’re in an unhappy relationship.
Perhaps your career isn’t bringing you the level of success you have always wanted.
Perhaps you are trying to build a business of your own but so far, all you seem to do is spend money, not
How can you change these patterns?
How can you motivate yourself for big change in your finances, your health, or even your relationships?
The secret is simple…
“It requires an EXTREME effort. It requires ACTION!”
This means that you MUST completely abandon your OLD HABITS and start with a 180 degree different approach that will bring you what you want in your life.
Change is often painful by itself, though. But you can get through it if you have someone to support you both physically and emotionally. Someone who helps you get what you truly want in life.
Go ahead and do yourself a favor. Ask yourself the following:
A. Who are the people in your life that love you and want to see you grow?
B. Who are the people in your life who are willing to do whatever it takes to see you achieve what you want in life?
C. Who are the people in your life who would like to make the same changes you are making in your life?
Identify them. Tell them the changes you want to make.
Ask them for their support. Create a support group.
Network with them. Take your life to the next level.
This is how you grow.
This is how you are able to achieve success in your life.
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I draw your attention to perhaps the single most important distinction that you can make in your quest for success in any endeavour.
Team huddles are marked by the repetition of strong affirmations. Clenched fists reinforce a conscious commitment to achieving some objective or goal.
Make no mistake! Affirmations are ingrained in our culture as a key to attaining high performance levels. And they work to some degree. They keep our goals in focus and motivate us at the conscious level.
The challenge with affirmations is that sustained results are really controlled at the subconscious level. The subconscious records all our actions and identifies patterns of behaviour that it uses to formulate an image of who we are. This image that is etched into our subconscious plays a significant role in determining our future actions.
We are all fitted with an internal “teleprompter”. Our teleprompter throws up thoughts, words and actions for us to use. Right now, a range of those are coming into your head. Your teleprompter is at work.
Now, you will notice that your teleprompter usually presents content that it thinks will be appealing to you. It does not want to waste energy producing material that you will not use. No point prompting me to investigate bungee jumping. Wasted prompt!
What happens in reality is that your teleprompter is directed by your subconscious which has a record of your every thought, word and deed. So the teleprompter is guided to motivate you to think thoughts, speak words and perform actions that are aligned to the image that your subconscious has of you.
That is why behavioural change is so difficult. While we are reciting affirmations at the conscious level the subconscious is funnelling invitations to our conscious mind that might be diametrically opposed to the affirmations.
Hypnosis guru Gerald Kein has developed a wonderful diagram to depict the gate-keeping role of the subconscious in blocking out new ideas and contrary actions that come from our conscious minds.
That explains why so many weight loss projects fail all too soon. The same thing with fitness programmes. We march into those projects with affirmations in tow. However, the subconscious crowds out the affirmations with prompts that fit the image that is etched into it.
That is why the distinction between affirmations and Afformations is so vitally important in your quest for success. Afformations is a clever technique for bypassing the gate-keeper to the subconscious mind and getting ideas into your teleprompter that would normally be blocked.
The technique tricks the gate-keeper whose role is to stop new ideas that come from your conscious thoughts from interfering with what your subconscious has grown used to accepting as reality.
Afformations use the way our minds work to lead us to success, higher levels of performance, happiness, health and self-actualization.
The mind is trained is find answers to questions that are asked of it. It is in automatic research mode. Its job is to find answers. So, the secret to success then, is to ask our minds the right questions!
Have you ever misplaced something or had a name on the tip of your tongue for a while? You then give up in frustration and move to something else. Bingo: “I remember now…” You left your mind to find the answer and it did.
That is how Afformations work. Ask the right (empowering) questions and move on so that your mind gets the opportunity to find the answers. Do NOT interfere. That would be like storming around fuming in search of the misplaced item. Ask your empowering questions and move on!
I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of Afformations in support of believing prayer.
If the goal is to be a great spouse, you raise it in prayer and afform it in the form of this type of empowering question: “Why am I such a thoughtful, caring spouse?”
Resist the urge to give up because of the flood of prompts from the subconscious that questions how you could even think that given the historical situation. Your job is to ask the empowering questions repeatedly and leave the answers to your mind.
This much is true. Show me the output of your teleprompter and I will tell you where you have been and where you are headed. Start re-programming your subconscious today with empowering Afformations!
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This is a great productivity video from Brendon Burchard.
Loving self – an alternative path to happiness
The G.R.O.W.T.H. model provides a pathway to sustainable happiness that is not necessarily tied to having a partner in your life. However, the beauty of the concept is that it inevitably produces the qualities that people want to see in their life partners.
G – grounding. Get to know yourself and be more comfortable with who you are.
- You are unique. Cherish that.
- Grounding is made much easier if you have a personal relationship with your Creator.
- Accept your self worth. Do not allow past experiences and the opinion of others to snatch away the treasures that are yours.
While in the G zone, it is important to avoid the pitfalls of greed, gossiping and goofing off. Any one of these has the potential to derail your plans.
R – Respect is the cornerstone of this zone. Respect for self, for others, for time, for the environment, for God.
- Take responsibility for your actions and for how life unfolds for you. Blaming others is not a useful practice.
- Make every effort to be more responsive. Be a willing, caring soul. When the answers to your ‘What’s in it for me?’ questions are linked to benefits to accrue to someone else you know that you are on the right track.
- References play an important role in our lives. Ensure that wherever you interact with people, you will have given them every reason to present you in a favourable light.
- Reading. Reclaim several hours per week and channel them into reading worthwhile material. Keep abreast of current events, provide spiritual food for your soul and deepen your understanding of topics that are of interest to you.
- Key pitfalls to avoid in the R zone include a spirit that requires revenge. In a world that is degenerating into acceptance of the eye for an eye philosophy, people who are long-suffering and ready to forgive will be very special. Be one of those persons.
O – Open-mindedness is the cornerstone of the O zone
- Open your mind to new information. Be hungry for knowledge. Ask pertinent questions. Be inquisitive.
- Put new ideas and your cherished views to the test. Learn to distil facts.
- Pursue self-development. Get the education and training that will prepare you for the attainment of your goals.
- Anticipate and accept change.
Ugly O’s to avoid include obstinacy, over-reaction, over-dependence.
W – win or make a contribution to winning.
- Winning covers a multitude of deficiencies. The world loves winners and you too will like yourself.
- Words – and how you use them are a determinant of your success. While you use words to communicate do not ignore the role of body language in communication. Words are said to communicate less than 10% of the message that is received.
- Work – find something to do that you find rewarding and generates income.
W pitfalls include whining, wastefulness, aimless wandering.
T zone – Thankfulness. Be grateful for your blessings and respect the provider of those blessings.
- Be tactful. Show you are a person of class.
- Be able and willing to teach. This provides an immediate boost to your self-esteem.
- Manage time well.
- Master technology.
Elements in the T zone to avoid include: temper tantrums, talking down to others, truancy, tearing others down.
H – health consciousness. As we get a better understanding of how closely inter-connected mind, body and soul are, the issue of health demands attention. It has direct implication for all your aspirations. Critically, you must evaluate your current state of health at least once per year with a health care professional. Many experts believe that nutrition is at the core of all medical problems. Your health watch must also include an exercise regime. We suggest that you view your exercise period as an opportunity for bonding with others.
- When hope is lost, things fall apart. You must device mechanisms that you will use to fan the flame of hope and drive away the clouds of doom.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Be humble. However, humility is not synonymous with weakness.
- Be helpful. The two fundamental spiritual laws are loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbour as ourselves. Once you get into that mindset your giving will never be able to keep pace with the abundance that you receive!
H pitfalls include: hiding behind others, hasty judgement, hassling others.
Don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements identifies a major obstacle to loving self. He points to the prospect of self-rejection that comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. He suggests that you make and keep agreement with yourself. Tell yourself who you are, what you feel, what you believe and how to behave.
Trevor & Althea Smith
The Smiths are directors of INFOSERV INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, an Accredited Training Organization. They have been happily married since 1972 and have been engaged in providing coaching for their 3 daughters and for groups and corporations in personal development workshop sessions, including the acclaimed “Success with People” series. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipe for success:
2 Kings 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD.. 7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.
2 Kings 20: 1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life.