Saturday, June 30, 2012

Words Of Motivation: Beginning Self Improvement

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By Keith Braithwaite

"He who stops being better stops being good" - Oliver Cromwell.

Many aspects of the modern world seem simpler but at the same time life can be a lot more complicated overall.

Certainly the widespread availability of information has the effect of making us more dissatisfied with the life we have and for this reason more and more people seek ways to make more of themselves.

There are certainly plenty of books and entries here on the Internet that give you advice and useful inspirational messages but most of it has little effect without a predetermined plan. All major projects need a blueprint to succeed and improving your life is no exception. We can call it a blueprint for success.

Getting started is always the most difficult part of any undertaking and a set plan will always help you on your way.

You could find outside help in finding your route to success. A mentor is ideal but can be hard to find. Perhaps the best way to find someone who can lead you is to look around for someone who is living the life you would like and ask them for their advice.

Most people would be happy to help as this has to be one of the most sincere compliments you can pay anyone. Make sure however that they do indeed live the life you would like: many apparently successful business people, for example, have less than desirable private lives.

Another source of help would be a life coach. One of the signs of the popularity of self-improvement plans is the proliferation of life coaches. As with most professional advisors it is always best to find one recommended by someone you trust as there are good and bad examples around.

There are many other services online that also seem to offer help but these too should be treated with caution - particularly before parting with any money.

A good life coach or mentor is a great asset however. He or she will offer advice and words of motivation when they are needed and know which books would help fire you up. If you are looking for someone to help you in a specific area, such as self-employment, a good coach can also give you direction in terms of finances and marketing.

Feedback is always useful as is the encouragement to keep going and a good mentor or coach will provide both. The journey to success is always harder when undertaken alone.

When starting a self-improvement programme it is always worth knowing the point from which you start. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. If you are lucky enough to have a spouse, coach or mentor this may be something you could discuss with them.

This is particularly useful if that person already knows you well. It is important to focus on your strengths though as this sets you off on a positive footing.

Once you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, you might consider including some training of some kind to draw on your assets and improve areas where you may lack skills.

Perhaps a local college offers a course that might help or a reputable online source might provide what you want (again, be careful if you are parting with money). In any case, learning will expand your mind and improve your self-worth.

Once you know where you stand you can safely plan where you want to be. Firstly you want to fully understand what are your dreams or ambitions. Once again you need to sit down and brainstorm what it is you want out of life. Why not think of your ideal day in a year's time or perhaps in five or ten years?

Let your imagination roll but make sure what you come up with is really what you want. Too many of us list dreams that will impress other people. What we are after is what will make you happy and fulfilled. Once you have your dreams clear, write them down.

Now we come to one of the vital elements of any self-development programme: goals. Many words have been written on the subject of goal-setting so a long discussion on the subject is not necessary here suffice to say that it is important to devise a list of steps, the achievement of which will bring you nearer to your dream life

Your ambitions are easier to achieve if you set goals that act as stepping-stones to the lifestyle you want to reach. It is important to remember that this will take time. A good, ambitious goal will take a while to reach and a series of smaller complimentary goals will help you stay motivated on the journey.

So you now have a list of goals leading you to the lifestyle you want. The key is to take action right away. A set of goals will get you excited for a short time but if you do nothing about them frustration will soon set in. Start immediately and your enthusiasm will grow with each goal you achieve.

The likelihood is that you will get addicted to improving your life so, once you achieve your major goals, you will want to set new ones and chase them to keep the momentum going. Indeed, Ralph Waldo Emerson describes this as "the never-ending task of self-improvement", so we should all spend our lives trying to be better.

Start your self-improvement now and life will always feel better.

Keith Braithwaite is a generally nosey and opinionated guy but his heart is in the right place. After nearly thirty years in the corporate world and twenty keenly observing direct selling, he is now following his interests in self-development, internet marketing and historical studies.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

You Are Living Someone Else's Dream

dramatic dream
dramatic dream (Photo credit: unNickrMe)
By Tami R Principe

Sometimes it's hard to get a grasp on how large our world really is. This is how I look at it. We are all living someone else's dream.

We can take each and every moment and the things that we do in that moment and spread it throughout the world. Here are some examples:

Let's take for instance the most simplest of things such as walking, talking or clapping. Somewhere in the world at this very moment there is someone who cannot walk, talk or clap their hands. Their dream is to do that, in essence, you are living that persons dream.

We can take it to another level and look at the house that we own, the car that we drive and the state/country that we live. Again, you are living someone else's dream. Someone else dreams of owning a house like yours, or driving a car like yours and living where you live.

Now, let's break it down to the most simplistic of things, water. We use it and we waste it, and there are countries that need it. It is a large part of who we are. Some places in the world there is abundance, while other countries ration it. It's a part of our survival.

You are living someone else's dream while someone else is living yours. It is more than just having things and abilities, it is about owning a company, being able to visit different parts of the world and seeing their culture first hand, it's about volunteering every chance you can to see first-hand what it's like when the shoe is on the other foot. It's about life.

You are living someone else's dream so treasure it, appreciate it and with each heartbeat, enjoy it. You might have days when you don't understand your direction in life or where your life is leading, but that's when you need to stop and just focus. Focus on the fact that you are breathing, and some people don't have that. You are living someone else's dream, somewhere a breath that they are fighting for.

When you awake each day, try and reflect on someone else's life. Think about how you are living their dream. This will help you put each day into perspective. If you reflect on this every morning you will see a difference in yourself. You will notice just how happy you are and how truly blessed you really are.

My website, http://www.WomensRecreation.com, offers hope and encouragement to others. We are here to help each other and learn from each other.

I wrote four books "Walk in Peace" & "My Soulful Journey" and "The Wishing Well" and "The Green Rabbit" which can be purchased on my website, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

I also have a Blog Talk Radio show. I have interviewed people regarding all subject matter. Feel free to listen to the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/womensrecreation

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Momentum: The Key to Achieving Your Goals

Momentum 2005
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By Nicolette Goff

Picture in your mind a rocket, blasting off from the Cape. In order for it to get off the ground, and to escape the chains of Earth's gravity, a lot of fuel is needed.

However, once it is free of those ties, very little fuel will keep it on its path towards its final destination. It has achieved momentum.

How can you apply this metaphor to achieving your own personal and business goals?

Your daily activities are the jet fuel that will get you up to speed, and once that speed is achieved, you can keep moving with a lot less effort. There are three parts to get that momentum needed to achieve your goals.

Consistency


That rocket doesn't stop and start the flow of fuel that powers it toward its destination. It has a continual flow. Your consistent and focused activity is your jet fuel that will power you towards your goal. As you perform the activity and overcome the hurdles along the way, you build that momentum.

Each time you find an obstacle in your path, you use your momentum to push past it. And each time you overcome a hurdle that previously stopped you; you become stronger, more able to overcome the next one. That consistency of action is the first step towards building true momentum.

Add More Fuel


More fuel? Yes. Your goals are your fuel. Set small goals that mark your journey. Whatever path you're on, whether it's creating a certain income or building a house or becoming more healthy, that path can be marked with certain 'goalposts'. They are the markers that drive you forward, each one bringing you to a new level in achieving your final goal.

As you reach and achieve each one, celebrate your achievement. Then reach onward and upward to the next goal. This acknowledgement and celebration of each small achievement is a vital step. Each goal achieved is the fuel, the second step towards building momentum.

Overcome Distractions and Discouragements


Whenever we set goals, one of the most difficult things to overcome is the negative feedback from others. Friends and family can be supportive, or they can be discouraging. For some reason, they often will try to 'save you' from making changes in your life. It makes them uncomfortable to see you grow, and fearful that they might have to change also. Their discouraging words can make you lose focus on your goals.

And what about distractions? Most of us have a lot going in our lives - work, jobs, social obligations, family, and so on. We can easily become distracted by all this activity happening around us daily. And as soon as we allow ourselves to be distracted, we lose that vital momentum.

Refuse to let distractions or discouragement make you lose your energy and focus. The third step towards building momentum is to have a clear vision of your goal at all times, and to believe you can achieve it.

Achieving Momentum


The best way to achieve and to keep momentum is to adopt a system that automatically drives you and motivates you. Create a 30-day game plan, and a daily method of operation. Each day, focus only on the action you have planned.

Your business DMO (daily method of operation) should include time for review, income producing activities, and personal development.

A daily review will allow you to stay focused on your goals, and to make alterations or corrections when needed. Income producing activities will vary, but should always have tangible and recognizable results. This is where 75% of your time should be invested.

Make sure you take time daily for your personal and professional development. Hone your existing skills and develop new ones in time set aside for training. Benefit by setting up a small accountability or mastermind group. Read daily, attend webinars and seminars, and share your wins with others.
Take these steps towards achieving and retaining momentum and see both your personal and business goals come alive.

Nicolette Goff is part of a husband and wife team that strives to help others along their path to success. She publishes tips and articles on all aspects of online marketing on their blog, http://www.DennisandNicki.com.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

John Cleese on Creativity

6 Steps to Better Focus

English: The spotlight model of attention.
The spotlight model of attention. (Photo: Wikipedia)
By Laura Wright

If you're like most people, you keenly feel the weight of what you need to do in life.

Unfortunately for some, the feeling does not leave even when you aren't really behind on anything.

Many people struggle with the battle of working more efficiently over that of working exhaustively.

The best way to start begins with a simple "to-do" list. Jot down ever issue, no matter how trivial, that you feel needs your attention right now.

This is the first step in narrowing down you overtaxed focus. Once you have everything you can think of on that list, it's time to prioritize.

What is most important? What do you actually need, as opposed to what you would merely like, to have done? Cross out anything that seems insignificant or isn't particularly urgent.

Here are some things to consider:

1. What is most important to me?
2. Which is most worthy of my attention?
3. How do I best accomplish my goals?
4. Which task would give me greater satisfaction to accomplish?
5. Does any item seem wasteful, does it waste time or energy with no real result?
6. How do I intend to complete my goals?

Too many people today have aspirations to accomplish or complete any number of wonderful, worthwhile goals. The inability to organize or coherently approach those goals does more to harm those ambitions than any factor of luck or fate. It's imperative to take each task into consideration as well as the actual importance of the task.

Now, narrow your list down, and only leave the most important tasks on the list. Which are really the most imperative? Rank each goal from 1-10, with the most important task being given a 1.

Once your list is down to a manageable level, you must decide how you're going to accomplish them.

The best way to work with a "to-do" list is to give yourself adequate time to accomplish each goal. If you don't complete everything today, or even this week, you already know what you will need to do tomorrow. This can help your tired mind focus the most intense on what it needs to achieve.

The things you want to achieve in life have not gone anywhere. Anything is possible with the right amount of focus and drive. Approach your list with much reflection on the best ways to accomplish what you need to.

Would you like to take an extended family vacation? There's no time like the present to start saving for one. Would you like to reconnect with family members? It's all possible and attainable with the right amount of concentration and focus.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Following Your Dreams - How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Goals

English: Follow your dreams, Graffiti on the s...
Follow your dreams, Graffiti on the sidewalk in Urbana, IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Jack H M Wong

If you are an employee now, have you ever dreamt of becoming a business owner? If you are deriving only one income stream, have you ever dreamt of generating multiple income streams? We all have dreams, my friends.

Here is one common thing among some of my friends - they have been working as employees for years. They have dreams too. However, what they do is to give excuses for not pursuing their dreams. For instance, they would say that they have a lot of work to do. When they reach home, they feel exhausted and do not have any more energy to pursue other interests.

How many of you know what I am talking about? Are you of one those who have been giving excuses to yourself too?

During the famous Stanford's Commencement Speech in 2005, Steve Jobs said the following:
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life ... Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
Here is the question for you - are you going to waste any more time and give excuses for not pursuing your dreams? If not now, then when are you going to do it? Are you prepared to leave this world with regrets?

What I am going to do in this article is to list down a few things which can help you to follow your dreams and avoid sabotaging your goals. They may look obvious to some of you but I still hope you will find my sharing useful.

Suspend judgement when we list down our dreams

When you look at successful people such as Steve Jobs, their goals may look or sound crazy. I could not imagine that a mobile phone like iPhone has only one button on the screen until I have seen it. There is a saying that big ideas are crazy.

What this means is that when we list down our dreams, we have to suspend our judgement and let our heart do the talking. At this point, invite our mind to rest for a while so that there would not be any questions as to whether these ideas are realistic and/or practical. Go with the flow and keep on writing. Treat this moment as a brainstorming session with ourselves.

Translate dreams into actionable steps

Once we have listed down our dreams, it is time to translate them into actionable steps. It is also important at this stage to prioritise these steps. If the steps look too big, break them down into smaller pieces. The reason is that the smaller the steps are, the easier they can be accomplished. And as we have completed a smaller step, we are actually moving closer to a bigger step.

Use empowering and positive actionable verbs

There is another saying that everything is energy. Even an actionable step can generate energy. If we use disempowering and negative words, the actionable step will generate negative energy.
For instance, let's say one of your goals is to lose 20 pounds in 6 months. If you write down your goal as "I don't want to be fat", our mind will negate the word "don't" and see it as "I want to be fat".

This is because our mind cannot take on negative suggestions. Instead, you can consider saying "I must lose 20 pounds in 6 months so that I will become more attractive to men." It may mean the same but the latter is a more empowering and positive way of phrasing our goal.

Take action now

Are you a perfectionist? If not, are you a perfectionist in denial? There is no right time to take action actually and therefore, the best time to take action is now. A good analogy is parenting. I have some friends who chose to wait for their "best" time to become parents because they needed to study how parenting would work and whether there would be any sacrifice to make in order to become parents. In the end, it took them 5 to 10 years to become parents. Thus, if you do not do it now, when are you going to do it?

Have an accountability partner

One of the key reasons why I have achieved certain goals in my life is that I have my accountability partner. He does not need to do a lot. I just need to report to him what I plan to do and by when I will complete the tasks. When the due date arrives, I will report to him my results and any further action to take. The process will repeat itself. Having an accountability partner is a good way to help us to do what we say we will do and move forward.

Do you have any other ideas or comments to share? Please do so in my website as I would love to hear from you. Meanwhile, I trust that you will find my sharing useful to you.

About the Author

After working in the corporate world for 16 years as an international tax lawyer, Jack Wong is now an entrepreneur working from home, allowing him to spend more time with his family. He specialises in coaching his clients to identify their passion in life, and how to make money from home. For more details, check out Jack's Website and Personal Blog.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Surefire Attitudes to Rekindle Your Passion for Life

English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions
English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Shirley D Rieger

Familiarity breeds contempt. Regardless of how enthusiastic you are about your first day on the job, regardless of how much you love your profession, there will come a time when the monotony catches up to you and you feel your passion for life decline.

It's important that you are aware of this, and it's important to that you accept this phenomenon as a normal event. In most cases, however, all it takes to rekindle your passion is an attitude adjustment. Here are some examples of such adjustments and how they can contribute to improving your general sentiment about life.

1. Improve your passion for life by living with gratitude

Happiness is a complex human emotion. The things that make some of us happy are the exact same things that cause depression in others. Owning a cheap car is a curse for those who aspire for a luxury car, but is a blessing for those who've never had one. It all boils down to expectation.

Make the attitude adjustment of being grateful and you will rekindle your passion. Whenever you feel dissatisfied about your situation, remind yourself of the fact that some every day you live is already something you should be grateful for and you should make the most out of it by living passionately.

2. An attitude of creativity can rekindle your passion for life

Human beings have an inherent desire to create and innovate. Ingenuity is a part of human nature. Unfortunately, most people never get a venue to express that part of the self. This absence of such a venue may cause feelings of boredom and inertia.

In order to energize your passion, make the attitude adjustment of making it a point to be more creative. Try thinking outside the box and looking at things from multiple perspectives. A fresh take on an old job can spell the difference between inspiration and depression.

3. Increase your passion for life with an attitude of generosity


Selfishness is a negative value that dampens even the highest of spirits. When you live with selfishness, you deal with feelings of guilt daily. You often feel isolated and separated from society. Once you get what you need, you're no longer inspired to work as hard. Make an attitude adjustment and try being more generous. Give to those in need and find fulfillment in the joy of others. Doing so might help you find a new sense of purpose.

4. Develop an attitude of awareness to rekindle your passion for life


Those who live with a purpose always have something to be passionate about. If you're not passionate about life, maybe you don't know a lot about it. Make the attitude adjustment of becoming more socially aware.

You might find a social cause you feel passionate about. Aren't you worried about global warming? Don't you want to defend your right to free speech? Don't you want to help people in need? Learning about important social issues can spark your innate desire to make a positive impact in society.

5. An attitude of pride can ignite your passion for life

Why do some of the wealthiest people in the world continue to have 10-hour work days when they can afford to stay at home or go on permanent vacations? They do it because they take pride in what they do. If you want to be passionate about life, make that attitude adjustment and develop a sense of pride. As long as you're proud of what you do, you'll never stop being passionate about it.

Whether we see life as boring, exciting, difficult or easy is a matter of attitude. At the end of the day, life is a blank canvas. We make of it what we want. It bends to our will. We have the power to change our own lives. Your passion for life will determine how much fulfillment you derive from it. If you don't feel fulfilled in what you're doing or how you're spending your life, then it's time to make an attitude adjustment and find something to be passionate about.

Shirley Rieger knows how a person's attitude affects his passion for life. Visit her site to learn more about making simple attitude adjustments to discover more fulfillment and joy in life!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Motivational Quotes - 24 June 2012

Andrew Carnegie at Skibo, 1914
Andrew Carnegie at Skibo, 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Nicolas, Inspirational Quotes blog: http://inspirational-quotes-blog.com/

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer - W. Churchill

All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord - E. Nightingale

Water is the driving force of all nature - Da Vinci

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results - Tony Robbins

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die - Da Vinci

Money is usually attracted, not pursued - Jim Rohn

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it - Andrew Carnegie
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Goal Setting - Why Most People Fail

Goal Setting
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By Rusty O'Connor

Goal setting is one of the most effective ways to achieve success in your life. Sadly, for many people the setting of goals ends in failure, and they deem the goal setting process to not work. There are many reasons for why the goal setting process may not have worked, this article shares with you the major reasons.
  • No clear direction: If the overall outcome of the goal isn't given much thought then then is a high chance that the goal will not be achieved. To over come this you need to clearly and specifically look at what it is that you actually want to achieve and what is involved in turning your dream into a reality.
  • Lack of planning: Writing a goal down on a piece of paper is a good start, but there is a lot more to the goal setting process than this. As with the above dot point you need to clearly identify what is involved in achieving the goal and develop up a clear plan of action. Following on from this the goal should then be broken into sub goals.
  • No daily to do list: Again, while high level goals are good, you need to be taking action every day to help make your goal a reality. This requires a thorough knowledge of the goal and a to do list which reflects the goal.
  • The goal isn't important enough: You need to remind yourself just how important the goal is for you and what it will mean for you and your family. Without this, there won't be much of an incentive for you to actually want to achieve your goal.
  • Time: The process of achieving a goal isn't going to be easy. It will require a lot of work, and will take away from some of your relaxation time. You need to have a solid understanding of how long your goal will take to achieve and what it will mean to your schedule.
  • Dream stealers: Yes ... there are people out there who will try and take away your dreams. They will put you down and tell you that it can't be done. Firstly, always consider advice, but take it with a grain of salt. If you have done the research and know what is involved you will know that it can be done ... don't let people steal your dreams and goals away.
As you can see from above there area a range of reasons why goals may not be met. Now that you know the major reasons, you can use this information to make sure that your goals will be achieved.
If you want to learn how to finally achieve your goals, then check out our free goal setting e-book at Goals Setting

Rusty O'Connor has been an avid goal setter for the past 10 years and has written numerous goal setting and time management articles and has provided in-depth advice to numerous clients. Outside of goal setting and time management, Rusty enjoys Internet Marketing, rock climbing, surfing and traveling. Rusty is married with four young children and currently lives as an expat in the Middle East.

Here's to your goal setting success!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Study of the Day: Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity

Hi readers,

Here is an interesting study that sheds some light on good environments to stimulate creativity. Enjoy!

by Hans Villarica, The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/06/study-of-the-day-why-crowded-coffee-shops-fire-up-your-creativity/258742/

Hans Villarica writes for and produces The Atlantic's Health channel. His work has appeared in TIME, People Asia, and Fast Company. 

Yes, caffeine helps. But new research shows that the moderate noise level in busy caf├ęs also perks up your creative cognition.

PROBLEM: To optimize creativity, how quiet or noisy should your workspace be?

METHODOLOGY: Researchers led by Ravi Mehta conducted five experiments to understand how ambient sounds affect creative cognition. In one key trial, they tested people's creativity at different levels of background noise by asking participants to brainstorm ideas for a new type of mattress or enumerate uncommon uses for a common object.

RESULTS: Compared to a relatively quiet environment (50 decibels), a moderate level of ambient noise (70 dB) enhanced subjects' performance on the creativity tasks, while a high level of noise (85 dB) hurt it. Modest background noise, the scientists explain, creates enough of a distraction to encourage people to think more imaginatively. (Here's a helpful chart on typical noise levels.)

CONCLUSION: The next time you're stumped on a creative challenge, head to a bustling coffee shop, not the library. As the researchers write in their paper, "[I]nstead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one's comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas."

SOURCE: The full study, "Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition," is published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Leave Yesterday Behind - Today Is A New Day

New Day
A New Day (Photo credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines))
By Kimberley Cohen

Have you ever had one of those days where the dust of today just doesn't seem to clear for tomorrow and where the emotional forecast is calling for more whirlwinds of irrational thoughts, perhaps mixed with some stress and/or anxiety, and bouts of crying, questioning, doubting, or worrying?

You wake up and you are met with a new dawn but the prediction for it doesn't look much brighter than the day before.

Perhaps you are feeling the pressure and stresses of finances or a relationship, or that life is all work and no play, or you are facing an illness or someone you know is.

Maybe you are feeling at a loss, or that things are out of your control, or you are concerned about the outcome of a situation, or apprehensive about the future.

Just about anything can leave a day feeling pretty dismal and gloomy. You might feel that even though the sun is shining outside you seem to be under a dark cloud inside.
 
Well, good news. You can anticipate a cleaning! The greatest outcome of the challenges you face are the possibilities. A possibility to ...
  • Grow and learn something new about yourself or someone else.
  • Start with a fresh mind-set.
  • Leave yesterday(s) behind and see today as a new day.
  • See the promise that this day could hold.
  • Enjoy today the best you can.
  • Adjust your attitude.
  • Begin again.
  • Believe.
  • Breathe.
  • Put things back in perspective.
  • Ask for help and receive it.
  • Listen for guidance and hear it this time.
  • Make amends.
  • Forgive.
  • Love.
  • Grieve.
  • Gain insights.
For some, it can be days, and sometimes, even years before they feel like there is a new dawn, a new day, and that they can move forward again.

For others, they feel overcome by the resentments, pain, or unfairness of it all. Even though there is a new day there isn't a new way. It is possible though.

Yes, in the present day the past may hang around a lot longer than you would like and you may not be able to let it go "at this point in time".

At this point says, "Right now this is how things are, but they can change".

I don't believe it's so much about letting yesterday(s) go as it is about learning about and from them. Each time you discover something about yourself is like a star shining in the midnight's sky. It may seem far away but it's there right before your eyes.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get out of our heads and back to what is before us in this very moment. If we choose to accept it as it is and allow it to embrace and grace us, this day is filled with potential!

How do you leave yesterday behind and see today as a new day?

Start off by saying exactly that, "Today is a new day". Then you ask, "What did I learn from yesterday and about myself that can help me today?" You let yourself know that although you may still have thoughts and emotions from yesterday, today is still a new-found day filled with hope. You look to the moments that are still perfect in the emotional storm you are encountering. You remind yourself that the skies will clear even though a few clouds may still linger, and that's perfectly okay.

Even though yesterday may be clouding over today, there are rainbows and sunshine after the emotional thunderstorms. Believe it is so and so it is. Remember, today is a blessing even though it may be disguised in uncertain skies.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

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By Themis Smirneos

Getting Your Life In Order Through Personal Development

Think about what you want most out of your life. This could be your career or maybe where you want to live eventually.

Try to imagine exactly what would make you happy and identify things you can do to get there. Nothing will happen overnight, but once you figure out what would make you happy, you will be better equipped to start working towards it.

Make a list of all of your goals that get you moving in the right direction. No matter how small the goals are, write them down. If you want to be more fit, you could make it a goal to take a walk every day. Maybe your main goal is to run every day, so by starting with walking, you are able to build up your stamina. Figure out exactly what you want to do and make sure you are working towards that.

Once you identify your goals and start working on them, don't get discouraged and stop. It may be easy to give up, but you have to be ambitious about your goals. If you start to feel like you cannot reach a goal, ask yourself if you're just giving up or if you really need to rethink that goal. Things take time and work, so never give up on what you want to do. Think of how easy it will be once you get to where you want to be.

Figure out what career would make you happy. Do all the research you can on this career and start planning how you can get yourself into it. You may have to take classes or maybe take a job that you don't want to get experience for the one you do want. If you're serious about getting a career you love, you are probably going to have to work hard for it. In the end, though, you will be happier so it's worth it!

What kind of lifestyle do you want to have in the future? Some people would be happy just being rich, and some people would rather not have to deal with money and material things all the time. Consider this carefully so that you can be happy. Maybe you need to change where you live because you don't like the city or you don't like the country. Whatever the case may be, you should go over this carefully so you can shape your goals accordingly.

By using these personal development skills, you will be a lot more content with things. This will allow you to become more successful in your life, so keep these tips in mind when you're working on your personal development.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Want to Get More Out of Your Life? Do These 5 Things

Stop and Smell the Roses
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By Tony Mase

Where does the time go? One minute it's March and the next, we're celebrating a new year.

And, in the process, we don't feel like we've truly enjoyed a single second of it!

If you feel like life is whizzing past you, you're letting stress get the best of you. It's as simple as that.

Unfortunately, though, we all have daily stresses. That project at work, taking the kids to dance class, folding that last load of laundry - they're all stressful in their own right.

And, unfortunately, they usually come on top of bigger stresses - like trying to pay off the credit card debt or trying to pay for expensive medical bills.

So, how do you get past the stress and enjoy your life again?

1. Slow down

Chances are all you need is a little bit of organization to free up some time. Create a routine that works for you and stick to it. If you stop flying by the seat of your pants, you'll have more time to enjoy life.

2. Remember the simple pleasures

The next time you're feeling sorry for yourself because you don't have the money for a fabulous vacation - or even the money for a fabulous night on the town with your sweetie - remember the simple things in life.

Go play a board game with your kids. Take a relaxing bath. Take the dog for a nice, long walk. Stay in with your friends and have a movie night.

In the end, those will be the memories you cherish for years - while the memory of the fancy-shmancy appetizer you had at the trendy new restaurant downtown will fade in a couple of days.

3. Stop and smell the roses

If you have an actual rose bush sitting outside of your window, stop and smell it on a regular basis. If you don't, find pleasure in the other natural beauties of life. That's all that stopping and smelling the roses really means!

You might see a butterfly in your back yard or a beautiful oak tree down the street that really makes you stop and remember what true beauty looks like. Sure, they're simple pleasures, but they're pleasures nonetheless. They can provide a reality check when you're running out the door towards a carload of screaming kids or heading out to do battle with all of the other drivers on the highway.

No matter how busy you are, you have to find time to get outside and embrace nature. Take a spare weekend and go camping. Or, walk through the park to pick up your lunch, instead of driving downtown. Or, simply sit on your porch and watch the sun set before you head inside to make dinner.

4. Laugh

Laughter is a powerful thing. Don't believe me? Talk to all of the doctors and psychologists out there who tout the successes of "laugh therapy"! Laughing makes you feel good inside and it's a surefire way to relieve the stresses you're dealing with.

And, the best part is, laughter can come from a variety of sources - whether it's your favorite romantic comedy, a night out with friends, or reminiscing about old times with your family.

5. Celebrate successes of all shapes and sizes

Success comes in all shapes and sizes. You don't have to be named CEO to justify a celebration. Something as simple as getting the big business report done is a great reason to pat yourself on the back and celebrate with family or friends.

If you celebrate both major and minor successes, you'll have an easier time remembering that life really is good!

Tony Mase is a serious student of the works of Wallace D. Wattles and the publisher of the "A Powerful Life: The Lost Writings of Wallace D. Wattles" ebook that includes "How to Get What You Want" by Wallace D. Wattles along with twenty-four other rare books and articles by Wallace D. Wattles. Grab your copy now at: http://www.wallacedwattles.com

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Monday, June 18, 2012

What Is Your Big Why In Life?

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By Paul Vann

Knowing what one wants in life is by far one of the most important things in life. In other words, knowing what your why is in life can accelerate your success in life.

For example, some people talk about what they want to do in life but they do not move forward making it happen and the reason why is because they have not defined what their passion is. One can say, the why in life is what they are passionate about.

An individual that defines their why in life as being an inspirational speaker must take massive action to bring their why to fruition. The individual will have to go into the recesses of their mind to remember the most challenging life issues and write them down to develop a speech that resonates with their audience.

To continue assisting you in understanding your why, using the example of a speaker your why will inspire you to market, market, market your speaking business. No marketing will result in no speaking engagements, a clearly defined why will get you into motion.

Being able to resonate with an audience as a speaker is the direct result of an individual embracing their why in life. So what is your why in life?

Perhaps your why in life is to become an entrepreneur or a better employee for the company you work for. How does one go about defining their why in life?

The first thing to do is to make a personal assessment of what you are passionate about. In other words, what keeps you up at night and moves you to do what you love to do.

The next thing to do is to speak your why it into the universe, in other words you know what your why is and by sharing it by telling others what your why is will let the universe know the pathway you are on.

Staying up to date on the industry your why is in also propels you to see your dream come to fruition. Research what the top 10 people in your why industry do and position your unique expertise, talent and gifts to become one of the leading people in the industry.

Know what your why is, by focusing your entire being on what it is that you are passionate about. The world needs what you have to share with them, so do not let them down, rather get in front of audiences, clients and customers to get your message in front of the people who need it the most.

Paul Lawrence Vann is a Inspirational Speaker, Author, Certified Professional Coach, and Certified Business Success Coach. He is the author of the book, Living on Higher Ground and co-author of 101 Great Ways To Enhance Your Career. Discover more about Paul at: http://www.paullawrencevann.com or call: (240) 416-5077.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Goals: What Every Procrastinator Hates!

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By Steven Haar

Setting goals is what every procrastinator hates because it compels you to actually get off your butt and do something. It may seem crazy, but having set goals really works. My guess is that you probably already know this.

What I am going to go into is how to set goals that will work and can be achieved. There are a few simple steps needed to reach your goals as fast as possible.

First, you must set goals that can be accomplished! The biggest problem that most of us make is we set goals that are just about impossible to accomplished. If you have never made any money in any online business, then most likely you will not make $10,000 in your first couple of months. It does not matter what the gurus tell you.

If you made $5,000 last month in your business and you set a goal to double it in the next couple of months, then that is probably a goal than can be achieved. One thing to do is add up all your monthly bills, which is for most people probably $2,000 to $3,000 a month. A good reachable goal would be to set a goal to make enough to cover these expenses in the next 2 to 4 months.

Second, you must put your goal in writing every day. Write them down on paper every day. If not every day at least 3 to 4 times a week. This will help to keep you focused on your goal. When you write your goals do it in the first person. Example: Do not write "I want to make $1000 a month.", but write: "I am earning $1,000 a month on January 1st."(or what ever date you chose).

Write your goals like you have all ready have achieved them. This helps you to reach them faster. As an example, if you want say to have $5000 in savings. Then write: "I have $5.000 in my savings account.", Not "I want to have $5,000 in my savings account." If for example, you want to start walking a couple miles a day, then write: "I enjoy walking 2 miles a day." as opposed to: "I want to walk 2 miles a day".

Third, everyday you must read, study and focus on your goals first thing in morning and in the evening before you go to bed. These are the best time of the day for you to really focus on your goals. In the morning it will get you thinking about them. In the evening when you go to bed your subconscious will be working on them. When you read your goals imagine that you already have succeeded at achieving them.

See your self driving that new car, smelling that new car smell. Imagine how good it feels getting that bank statement that shows a balance of $5,000, or $10,000 or more. Focus on how good it feels already having what you had set for your goals. Focusing on your goals this way will help you get to your results much more quickly than just writing them down and hoping you will accomplish them.

Fourth you need to be happy and grateful as if you all ready have received that which you were striving for. I already alluded to this earlier when I said to "imagine yourself in a new car". Go ahead and imagine now. How does it make you feel? No doubt it makes you happy when you see yourself with the thing that you desire. Remember this feeling of happiness and gratefulness.

Do your best to feel this on a daily basis. If you want to take this to another level. You can even write the following phrase at the start of each your goals: "I am so happy and grateful that ...", then fill in the rest with your goal.

If you really want to be successful at achieving your goals, then you will want take this all to heart. Do all these steps and do them on a daily basis. As with everything you do in life, you will not see any results unless you do it on a consistent basis. Goal setting is a vital part of you achieving the success you deserve and desire. But you must do it right if you want it to work for you. Do not procrastinate!

I am a school bus driver and an almost full time internet marketer. I am currently in the process of making web sites, building lists, and helping others learn how to make some money or making a living having there own internet marketing business.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Motivational Quotes - 16 June 2012

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When a man loves a woman, periodically he needs to pull away before he can get closer - John Gray

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have - Thomas Edison

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible - Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion - Dalai Lama

Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish,focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing - Leo Babauta

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought - Napoleon Hill

There is no passion to be found playing small - Mandela
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Taking Action Now Eliminates Procrastination

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By Richard Brody

Isn't it interesting that the primary reason people give for procrastination is to avoid taking action, while, in fact procrastinating, in and of itself, is indeed an action.

The reality is that no-one who procrastinates does so because they are either self-confident or well prepared, but rather the vast majority of the time, those who procrastinate do so because they are insecure, weak of character, and afraid of their own shadow, and will do anything to avoid and absolve themselves of personal responsibility.

The legendary self-help pioneer, Zig Ziglar, explained the best way to get past these procrastination opportunities and tendencies, "When you don't really want to or feel like doing what needs to be done, do it and then you will feel like doing it."

1. I might be able to better appreciate and forgive procrastination if I ever saw any positives in behaving that way. The reality, though, is simply by avoiding taking action, never makes the situation simply go away on its own. In fact, in most cases, even the simplest and easiest situational challenge, if left unaddressed, will end up festering and festering, until eventually this little challenge ends up being perceived by most as a major problem, or even crisis.

Nothing is ever handled best when done during a crisis stage, because the best behavior is always planned, thought out, and ends up with well conceived and perceived actions taken. This is true in our personal lives, and to a large degree, is even more so, when it involves leadership scenarios. When we stall in our own lives, the impact is predominantly adverse more to us than to others. Many downward trends in individual personal development and achievement are directly related to time when we did not act in a timely manner.

2. Procrastination has destroyed or nearly destroyed many organizations. As a professional leadership trainer and consultant for over three decades, I always urge leaders and potential leaders to always prepare themselves for unexpected, off undesirable situations arising. When a leader is prepared, he is able to seamlessly direct his organization to transform any adversity into an opportunity.

Procrastinating, ill-prepared leaders create large amounts of waste, in terms of many resources, including financial, personnel, and organizational. Too many procrastinators simply try to plug huge holes with band-aids rather than taking timely and needed actions, and when needed situations go unaddressed, further complications ensue.

In our personal, business and professional lives, we need to take timely action so as to eliminate further deterioration or adverse scenarios.

With over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, Richard Brody has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs. He's negotiated, arranged and organized hundreds of events.


Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. His company Website is http://www.plan2lead.net, and he can be followed on Twitter @rgbrody. For great information on many topics, visit PLAN2LEAD's Facebook page and LIKE (http://www.facebook.com/Plan2lead).

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to Convert Your Annual Goals Into Monthly Plans That Take ACTION

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By David F. Byrd

Let me ask you something you may not have considered since January: how are you faring with your annual goals?

If you have to flip your calendar back a few months to answer, you need to evaluate how your annual goals are actually being transferred into your monthly/weekly/daily timeline. Keep in mind that you cannot hit goals in the dark. Goals require plans, and plans must become relevant on a monthly basis.

I have seen this mistake demonstrated in my experience with major corporations. They are willing to pay thousands of dollars for outside management consulting firms to design a strategic plan only to place that same plan on the shelf. They will then only refer to it at the end of the year to see how close they came to their goals or how far they fell short.

So how can you avoid this scenario? Monthly planning. You must keep your goals consistently in front of you if you want to achieve them. In order to consistently remember your goals, your annual goals must have action steps and those action steps must automatically flow into monthly plans.

How should you begin?

#1 - Formulate Action Steps

For example, let's say that one of your annual goals is to increase your client base by 25% by the end of the year. One of your actions steps to meet that goal would then be to add a small percentage of new clients each month by cold calling, prospecting, or networking. You could even give yourself a specific number of clients to recruit each month to further motivate you.

The important part of this exercise is providing you with concrete steps that you can take to facilitate meeting your annual goals. Without these action steps, you could easily fill your time with other business obligations that seem important but are doing nothing for your bottom line.

I'm going to take this one step further by encouraging you to set target dates for completion of your action steps that stand out as scheduled events on your monthly calendar. Continuing with the analogy of increasing your client base, you would want to add specific dates to your calendar with time slots for your target dates to acquire 5% more clients, 10% more clients, and so on.

Again, the whole purpose for such specific monthly planning is to keep your annual goals consistently in front of you so that they become more readily achievable.

#2 - Prioritize

Monthly priorities should be determined by the annual action plans and target dates that you have established. In monthly planning, it is important for you to consider both business and personal priorities for the month because attention to both personal and business planning simply leads to a more fulfilling and abundant life.

Once you have identified your personal and business objectives for the month, prioritize both lists. Then select your top one or two personal and business objectives. These objectives will be your priorities for the month. This practice of prioritization may be difficult for high achievers because they want everything to be a #1 priority.

As a result, they get overwhelmed with too many #1 activities, start to lose focus, and then eventually get burned out and frustrated. Prioritization is important. Something has to be number #1 something has to be #2, and so on. Prioritization brings clarity, and clarity is key to productivity.

By identifying priorities, it does not mean that you forget all the other monthly objectives. In fact, you should review your list weekly. The benefit of prioritization is that it helps you focus on those high payoff activities that propel you forward. Make a commitment to spend the majority of your time consistently performing your high payoff activities.

#3 - Organize Your Calendar

Your monthly calendar is the place where you should enter all time-scheduled events. It is important to build the habit of going directly to your monthly calendar anytime you need to schedule an event that has a date and time - this will include both personal and business commitments. Review your calendar with others who need to know your schedule to avoid scheduling conflicts that come from lack of prior planning.

This will work with the traditional desk calendar, your computer calendar, or one on your mobile phone or iPad. The importance in having every event in the same place is to eliminate the possibility of double entries or missing an important date. It may feel tedious at first, but you will find that this process saves you time and energy in the long run. Another benefit to writing in your calendar is that it reinforces your goals and stimulates clarity of thought, and clarity of thought motivates action.

The most important part of monthly planning for you to remember is that you always plan next month before next month begins! Planning the next month should be a time-scheduled event at the end of each month.

Practicing effective monthly planning will not only keep you focused on your long-term goals, but will also give you clarity as you perform your day-to-day activities. If achievement is doing the right things consistently over a sustained period of time, then your effective monthly planning is an important key to your success in achievement!

Inspiring genuine growth and achievement in leaders, David Byrd has 30 years of experience working with top business executives and their organizations. He is a master of effective leadership and works closely with leaders worldwide to maximize their leadership potential. For more information about The Next-Level Achievement System (C) or David's book, Achievement - A Proven System For Next Level Growth, visit http://www.authorsup.com/David-Byrd.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Take The Plunge and Jump In The Deep End

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By Greg Schreeuwer

Have you ever been faced with a situation in life where you had two choices about how to do something? One could be to do nothing and the other could be to take a risk and go into the unknown. How many of you did nothing when faced with this challenge? How many of you took the risk and went for it?

Most of us, when faced with a decision to act on something, tend to back away from the challenge and play it safe. We decide to exercise our right to caution and stay secure. We have been taught from a very early age to overt risk at all costs. There are too many consequences, setbacks or drawbacks that we'd have to face if we took the plunge.

We never give ourselves the opportunity to discover what it feels like to take the road less travelled in life. We spend most of our time journeying on a path that is familiar and comfortable. Even though this may feel better, we land up being in stasis and don't actually progress. That's not to say that we then need to always take risks though. A balance of both caution and risk helps us move forward in life.

So what is the benefit of taking risks? Doing things that we wouldn't normally do? How much can you learn from being in an environment that you know so well, that hardly ever changes and almost always produces or yields the same outcomes? Taking risks and diving into the unknown will certainly test your resilience, commitment, courage, ambition, motivation and so much more.

Your boundaries will be pushed and extended and what was once comfortable, may become uncomfortable for a time. By taking this road, our minds can open up to possibilities beyond our wildest dreams. Nothing great comes without paying a price. If it was that easy, we'd all be jumping in the deep end and taking the plunge. It's difficult and challenging and this is the main reason why most of us avoid it.

My advice is - TAKE THE PLUNGE! Push yourself, challenge your comfort zone and your boundaries. You may surprise yourself and do something amazing with your life that you never thought possible. The greatest discoveries are made when we do the unexpected and go beyond our own fears. When you hold yourself back, not only do you deprive yourself of your own self-discovery, but you also deny others from experiencing your greatness.

Dr Greg Schreeuwer is an empowerment coach and kinesiologist who specialises in helping people activate their inner child and genius in order to fulfill their true purpose in life. Take a look at his new eBook called, Action Your Life, which can be found at http://parallelpractise.com/action-life/

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Focus On Goals

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by Patrick J Hardine

Having plans to obtain goals are important and will help you stay organized. Having a plan that will help you stay focused will keep you on course. So what you end up with is two plans for the same goal.

For example; if your goal is to lose 25 pounds, your plan could be to go to the gym three times a week. And your plan to stay focused could include putting up a sign on your bed room door that states "Do your morning sit-ups", or asking a friend to exercise with you three times a week.

Staying focused may even mean not going to places you use to visit or abstaining from hanging out with old friends. Such as not hanging out at a bar if your goal is to stop drinking, or not hanging out with single friends of the opposite sex if your goal is to stop cheating on your spouse.

This might sound stupid but there are some people who believe that they can still hang out with the same old crowd and survive the pressure. It might not be impossible to do, but it only puts you at high risk for failure! A large number of these people end up back doing their old habits.

If your friends really care about you they will be understanding as to why you don't hang out with them any more. Also remember that your recovery might be enough motivation to help inspire one of your old friends to have a change of heart and move in the same direction you did.

5 helpful tips on staying focused on a goal:
  1. Talk to yourself. Tell yourself what your going to do. Look in a mirror and tell yourself every day "I am not going to drink alcohol today", or "I am not ever going to cheat on my beautiful spouse again", or "I will not eat junk food today", or what ever it is that your struggling with. It would even be wise to memorize a personalized one paragraph motivational speech that you tell yourself everyday. Words have power!!! Use them to your advantage.

  2. Tell others about your goal. Telling your close friends and family members about your goal could give you more reason to not give up! It doesn't matter if they support you. The fact that everybody knows could work as an additional reason and constant reminder of why you can't quit pursuing your goal.

  3. Ask for help. Don't let pride stand in your way! Getting help from friends, or family, or church members, or professionals could be the one thing you need to stay focused. Also others may have more insight on how you might be able to better reach your goal. Just having someone else to consult with can be helpful in relieving stress, increasing motivation, and maintaining your focus.

  4. Make a time table.A goal should be measurable. Have a date that you want to have your goal reached by. A date can motivate you and keep you away from dragging your feet and risking losing some amount of zeal. Having a date will also help keep you focused on finishing what you've started in a timely manner.

  5. Make short term goals related to the ultimate goal. Your short term goals are steps toward the ultimate goal. For instance; your ultimate goal may be to lose 10 pounds, but your short term goal might be one pound a month. Or your ultimate goal may be to read a 900 page book within a year, but your short term goal might be 3 pages a day. Short term goals show our progress and give feelings of accomplishment while pursuing the ultimate accomplishment.
Patrick Jaye Hardine is a United States war time veteran who writes positive motivational poetry. In his latest book, My Private Road, he discusses the importance of short term goals, long term goals, and what a goal must be comprised of. For more information please visit: http://www.myprivateroad.com

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Inspirational Poems for Self Improvement

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By Noah B Brown

The self help industry has seen a major turnaround in the past couple of decades. In the past, people just simply accepted their personal situations and did nothing to change their lives.

Nowadays, most people aren't willing to sit back and allow their lives to be decided by fate. They are now standing up and taking control of their own destinies.

However, not all people have the courage to do so. Simply by reading this inspiration article on the key to success, you have taken your first step to making your life better. You merely need to follow these easy self help advice and tips to control your own destiny.

Finding the Right Words

Many people spend tons of money hiring their own life coaches or pay fees to become part of a self help group. If you are wealthy, that shouldn't be a problem but most people are on a tight budget, especially with the economy being in such a poor state. You won't need to liquidate all of your assets to find the right words to help you in your pursuit of personal development.

There are many great websites that offer their members a host of motivational quotes and self improvement secrets. You will find that using inspirational poems and other words of wisdom can help you immensely. It is best for you to read through all of the available poems and daily inspirational quotes and print out the ones that you like the best. You will need these for the next step as well as for easy reference in the future.

Get the True Meaning

Simply reading inspirational poems will not necessarily assist you in attaining yourself help goals. You will need to find the true meaning behind the words. More often than not, the lessons the poet is trying to get across to the reader aren't going to jump off the page and smack you upside of the head. The meanings are usually underlying so you will need to read behind the lines.

Read the first stanza in the inspirational poem that you liked the best. Think about what the author wanted to get across to the reader. Don't worry if you can't grasp the idea immediately. Poetry is meant to reach the reader through the soul and not through mere words. When you think that you have found the message, write it down in a notebook and then, move on to the next stanza.

The process of understanding inspirational poems for self help can be time consuming however; if things came easy they wouldn't add any value to your life. Be sure to take your time and when you finally get the lesson the author was trying to teach, it will seem like a light bulb went off in your head. Things will suddenly become clear to you and the inspirational poem will have begun to make a huge difference in your life.

Put the Lessons to Work

Now that you have found the meanings behind some of the inspirational poems that you have read, you will need to incorporate those lessons into your life. Anytime that you think about success, you should whip out one of the poems as well as your trusty notebook to help you make it happen.

The poets who took the time to pen the words of wisdom, knew about success and how to achieve it through self improvement. It's your job to take the lessons that they are offering and transform your life by way of the lessons they are teaching you. No one can make you a successful person. This is something that you need to do on your own however; inspirational poems can assist in your self improvement and achieve personal success in life.

Noah Brown is a freelance writer who writes extensively about inspirational videos which offer tips on self improvement and self help. guidance and tips on personal success.

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