Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What is the Most Valuable Use of Your Time Right Now?

By Joshua Rodriguez

One of the most important skills you must develop in order to achieve your goals is the ability to properly manage your time. You may have been disorganized your entire life, and procrastination may be your middle name, but this can and must change if you are to achieve everything you can. Time management is a skill, just like any other skill that you can learn, practice, and eventually master.

The first key to time management is to begin with a clear vision and understanding of your long-range goals. You must first decide what you would like to accomplish in the long-term for each area of your life, including family relationships, health and fitness, and career and finances. This is an entire exercise in itself, and we won't go too deeply into it for now. However, the basic idea is really to determine what your eventual goals are for each part of your life, and then to break down these goals into smaller, more easily achievable goals that will be accomplished over the next few months and years.

If you're just getting started with goal setting, you should probably start with some more short-term goals that are easier to achieve and don't take as much faith or confidence over the long-term.

Once you know what you wish to accomplish in these areas, both in the short term and long term, you need to develop lists so you can begin to accomplish milestones each month along the way.

The real trick to time management, if you want to think of it this way, is to learn to manage yourself and not time. After all, you can't do anything about the number of hours you have today, and you don't have any more or less time than anyone else in the world. We all have 24 hours per day, and you must learn to use these as efficiently as possible.

Learn to identify the tasks that are unimportant and seem to interrupt your day. You may feel like you are staying busy in accomplishing much during your workday, but you might be spending most of your time on low value tasks that do nothing as far as your long-term goals. Instead, focus on the 80/20 rule, which simply says that you must spend 80% of your time on the 20% of tasks that have the most benefit in your work and personal lives.

Ultimately, you must answer the question we posed at the beginning of this article. What is the most valuable use of your time at this moment? What could you be doing each day in order to move yourself one step closer towards achieving your goals. If you can answer this honestly and, more importantly, if you take action immediately, you can become much more productive than you have ever been. You can even become one of the most productive members of your field and can ultimately reach all of your your goals much more quickly than you ever thought possible.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The World Cup Soccer Tournament and Life's Surprises Have Much in Common Presenting Many Challenges

By Sandy Shaw

The World Cup, that football or soccer tournament, is full of surprises. It is like life in many ways, because life is so full of surprises, no matter where you are or what your circumstances are.

Some teams can do very well when they appear in these competitions and others who thought they could do well find that the reality is quite different.

Eight years ago there were many people shocked when South Korea managed to defeat Spain, Italy and Portugal, to reach the semi-finals. Not people would have thought of South Korea as one of the semi-finalists.

Did they have a secret? There are suggestions that it was all down to the training! It has been said that the South Korea squad spent more time than any other in training and preparation through various practices matches. They knew the secret of hard work as they strived towards their goal of scoring goals.

The quality of motivating leadership must have been important in that squad.

ng and preparation are vital if we want success. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary!

If man will put in all this effort for a game, what ought we be to be investing in as we prepare for the game of life? That most powerful and anointed man of God, Paul, wrote in his letter to young Pastor Timothy that physical training is good but training for godliness is much better. That gives the promise not simply of a mere trophy but indicates various benefits in this life and also in the life to come.

In other words, Paul is indicating and showing us and all of mankind what is really worthwhile.

Now, here is a leader who took leadership to a higher and deeper dimension.

When a man follows Jesus Christ, the risen and living Son of God, that man is on to a winner.

I continue to enjoy going out jogging and running and exercising but I am also seeking to prepare for when this physical life is all over down here.

As we train to be godly through reading the Bible and prayer, we begin to reflect something of the character of Almighty God in our own lives. God calls us to live for Him and to shun and avoid the temptations around us which can lead us astray. Although I value physical training, this type of training is much more valuable.

The efforts of the South Korean soccer squad are to be admired and appreciated and commended, but outside the world of sport and football, their training really runs out of us es, in a sense.

Go for godliness. Be as active as you physically can, but choose to be a man or woman who reads and studies the bible which is the Word of God, and make that determined effort to pray. Prayer is hard work.

Writing is comparatively easy. Reading and studying the Bible is comparatively easy. Prayer is hard work, but always remember that the rewards of godly living yield eternal benefits and blessings, as well as a sense of physical well-being at present.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Your Subconscious Or Unconscious Mind - How to Unleash Its Unlimited Power and Potential

By Mahindra Raj

Your unconscious mind or subconscious mind (those terms are used interchangeably), is what controls all the automatic functions of your body. It is where all the conditioning and programming that even you are unaware of, is stored. Your unconscious mind or subconscious mind is literally what automatically runs all your "un-thought of", automatic behaviors and habits. It is where all your "automatic" emotional reactions come from. It is the place from which you act in life and do things. Even when you think and believe you are doing something consciously and even when you believe you are deciding or making a choice consciously, the first ideas and thoughts first came from your unconscious storehouse of neural networks, information and behavioral patterns called the unconscious mind.

This makes it quite complicated for most human beings because they are unaware of what unconscious and subconscious patterns of thought, emotions and behaviors they are running. But that's only because firstly, they are unaware of their patterns and habits and secondly, because most people don't know how to create awareness about what is running unconsciously and condition their unconscious mind with what they desire more of in their life. Is it possible to do that? Of course it is!

Many of the most successful people on Earth understand and realize how their conscious/unconscious mind and brain works and rather than fighting it, then embrace it and use it to create what they want. Every single material object that has been created by humans first began as an idea and then a thought. If everything that exists in the physical World as you know it now first began as an idea and thought, then what is stopping you from creating all the most amazing things, feelings, people and experiences that you want in your life? That is the main question isn't it? What makes it so challenging for many people to create and have what they want in their life?

Here are a couple of strategies I will share with you to get you moving in the right direction. But before I share it with you, I must tell you one important condition about how your unconscious or subconscious mind works. These insights that I share with you will only work if you do them and condition them repeatedly until it becomes part of your unconscious mind or subconscious mind.

First, you create awareness and clarity about what has been holding you back by asking yourself this again and again until you get deep into the root cause or causes of the blocks and limitations you are experiencing: "If I was in control of my own life's creations and experiences, what is the main thing, thought or belief that is stopping me from creating all that I want NOW?"

Then once you have got a clearer perspective about what is holding you back, you must condition your mind with the opposite of the limiting thought or belief that has been holding you back. and I'm not talking about "affirmations". Affirmations, even if they work, take a long, long time to work. What you must do is, is do (as Tony Robbins calls them) "Incantations".

I'll give you an example of what I do 5 days a week to condition myself and my unconscious mind with more abundance. I run 5 days a week, in the mornings. And as I am running, I say out loud, "Every day and every way, I'm getting healthier and stronger!" I repeat this over and over again as I run for at least 5 minutes, then I switch to another incantation I have. I run about 30 minutes each time and I have about 6 incantations I condition into my unconscious mind every day.

That's how you condition yourself for success and what you want to experience more of in your life. Don't believe me? Go do it yourself and then tell me you don't feel absolutely awesome and unstoppable after 30 minutes of that. This is just one of the highly effective strategies of success and conditioning that you can get from Serenity Life Coaching Programs. I hope you take this tip and actually use it to begin experiencing more of what you want now.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ways to Get Your Dream Car - Train Your Mind to Attract What You Want

By Anne McKenzie

Do you have a dream of owning your ideal car? Do you know exactly what car you would buy if you had the cash but you are not sure if you will ever be able to get it whether it is a Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Lotus, BMW or even just a brand new car that you currently can't afford? Do you have a picture of your dream car imprinted on your mind but it always seems like it will stay a dream? You have probably heard of the Law of Attraction and how this can help you to get the things that you want in life. A lot of people work on the basis of the Law of Attraction but deep in their own mind they do not believe it will happen and this is why it does not work for them.

If you really want to get your dream car then you must believe that this will happen, and really believe it! One way that you can do this is to program your mind to believe in your dreams and the fact that they will happen, but you must not only program your conscious mind, but also your subconscious mind. You can do this by using subliminal messages that go straight to the subconscious because they are recorded at a different frequency to messages that can be heard by the human ear. This means that, by bypassing the conscious mind, you can target the subconscious and the area within it that means you will not sabotage those messages by your own negative thoughts.

To quote "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill:

Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.

This is the equivalent of saying that any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available.

This book has been read and studied by millions and is essentially advocating the use of subliminal messages. So if you really want that car of your dreams, make it a reality by programming your mind to accept it will happen.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Attracting New Business On a Shoestring Budget

Kelley Robertson

In a recent marketing workshop I attended, I discovered that most business owners rely on just two or three marketing strategies to attract new business. However, there is a multitude of ways to drive new business to your door. Here are a few:

Networking. Networking is perhaps the most commonly used approach by small business owners. However, it is often poorly executed. Many people attend a networking function and take the wrong approach by trying to meet as many people as they can. They bounce from person to person, handing out business cards like it is an Olympic event and they are vying for the gold medal. They fail to realize that the most effective way to network is to cultivate relationships and give referrals to other members first.

Referrals. This marketing strategy places a close second in preferred methods of generating new business leads. The key here is to ensure that you take a proactive approach rather than a passive one. Instead of assuming that a satisfied client will refer someone to you, ask for that referral. Tell people who your ideal client is and ask for their help in finding these types of clients. The real estate agent who represented the seller when we bought our house sends us a card every year and reminds us that she loves referrals. It is not pushy, does not sound like she’s begging, and I’m confident it helps generate new leads.

Writing. This often under-utilized marketing strategy is an excellent way to become recognized as an industry expert. Every industry has trade magazines and most are hungry for good content. The Internet is also filled with websites and e-zines looking for material to send to their subscribers and customers. I now write at least one article every month and send it to more than two hundred publications. This marketing strategy alone has helped drive more traffic to my website more than anything else. It is sometimes challenging to come up with ideas and to write an 800 word article but the investment of time and effort is definitely worth it.

Newsletters. This is another powerful marketing strategy to keep your name in front of your customers and prospects. Provide key insight into business challenges and offer solutions to them. In other words, help your prospects and customers solve problems. Some newsletters are nothing more than advertising so be sure to provide valuable information to your customer. Although it is less expensive to send a newsletter electronically, you can issue it in paper format. A local real estate agent regularly sends out a one-page update of the housing market in our neighborhood. (More: Newsletters Are Smart Marketing.)

Cold calling. Without a doubt, this is usually the most challenging way to market a business - I know very few people who actually enjoy cold calling. However, it can be a good way to uncover qualified prospects in a relatively short period of time. Be sure to start your conversation with a good opening to capture the other person's attention. (See 10 Cold Calling Tips.)

Give free information. At the marketing workshop I attended, the facilitator suggested giving information to interested prospects. Using this marketing strategy on my website, I have quadrupled the number of subscribers to my newsletter in the last year. You do not need to give away all the information relevant to your product or service. Instead, offer information that will help your target market with their problems. For example, when people sign up to my e-zine, they receive a report that outlines 100 tips they can use to increase their sales.

Offer a guarantee. A concern many people have when changing suppliers is the risk associated with the change. They may not be completely satisfied with their existing supplier but the risk of choosing a supplier who may be worse can prevent them from changing. Eliminate this concern and offer a guarantee.

Advertising. This can be a great marketing strategy if you know how to create a good ad. The best marketers know that great sales copy is what makes the difference; I have experienced this first-hand. When I began selling my book on my website, I generated mediocre results for the first two years. I eventually changed the copy on my site and sales have soared every since. Glance through the ads in your trade magazine and you will quickly notice that most ads focus on the company's product features instead of on the customer's problem. Create a great ad by concentrating on the problem you can solve.

There are many other ways to market your business and generate new business leads. However, the marketing strategies I mention in this article are effective low- or no-cost options. Use them consistently and watch your sales grow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Secrets to Becoming Disciplined

By Kass Hanson

What are the secrets to becoming disciplined? How disciplined are you? Score yourself from 1-10. Webster states "Discipline - to train or develop by instruction and exercise... especially in self-control." Please read that again. If you didn't give yourself a high score, it's understandable. We know we could be more disciplined yet we tend to resist and defend our ways fiercely.

After all, we've made it this far and we're not dead or in jail right? The fact is, we are creatures of habit and we have many good ones. You brush your teeth and shower fairly regularly right? Those are excellent habits that require discipline.

Why not apply this to some other areas in need of tlc? To avoid frustration, it might help to keep in mind the following:

1st: The benefits of the new habit must exceed the old (increased health, career advancement, better relationships). Otherwise, where is the motivation?

2nd: It takes about 34 days to internalize and develop a new habit. Simply knowing this makes a world of difference. Commit to that time frame and give yourself a chance.

3rd: Start with a mini-version. Write down one thing you have been meaning to do (send a letter, drop off alterations, buy flowers). Give yourself a one-week deadline and check it off. This will get you in the mindset and allow you to move forward with confidence and success.

Suggestions to stay on track:

Distract yourself through the pain and discomfort phase... write, take a walk, make a phone call, paint, listen to music.

2. Engage your mind elsewhere. You will surprise yourself. Time will fly by and you will have made it over the hump.

3. Be gentle on yourself. If you fall off track, so what? Get back on. You can do it and if it's important enough to you, you will.

Time's a Tickin': View once then act, forward, or file! Once you get the hang of it, you'll find it difficult to go back. Think of dealing with each memo, letter, email, call, meeting in this way and you'll develop new patterns and start to plan ahead. The payoff is reduced stress, efficiency, and an incredible sense of accomplishment and productivity. No more procrastination. Prioritize and determine what deserves your immediate attention.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Marketing Basics Result in Good Practices

By Kathy J Baka

It may seem obvious but the principles of marketing basics result in good practices. The aim of your marketing efforts is to capture new customers for your business, or retain the customers you already have.

You cannot expect that the population at large will become your customer. You need to identify the exact type of person who could become your customer and this will help you to market directly to that group. You may become confused if you keep all your ideas in your head. Writing out a marketing plan will ensure you do not forget something important. Ideally, your marketing calendar will show your plans for several months, just like your business plan does.

Although all marketing will not cost you money, you may have a marketing budget, and if so, make sure you spend it in line with your marketing plan. Avoid depleting your budget on sporadic advertisements without an overall plan. When you have planned properly, you will be spending money exactly where it will yield the best marketing result.

Customers will know what alternative products or services they could buy, and so should you. Keep an eye on your competitors marketing, so that you know what you have to beat. Your own product or service will have to provide a better value proposition to the customer, and your marketing will need to get this message across.

The value proposition you offer is not just about the price you charge - everybody cannot be the lowest price producer. The value proposition will incorporate the aspects of the purchase that customers value. This could be longer opening hours or some other element of value.

Customers may not care about the technical features of your product. They are buying the product because they believe it will give them something they value. This could be a feeling or some other positive factor.

At all times, keep your target customer in mind and remember their lives and tastes are changing all the time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How to Be Busy Constructively

By Susan Leigh

Many of us are busy. We rush from one situation to the next, crisis managing, snatching time here or there, trying to fit everything in. But how much of what we are doing is valid or constructive? How much of our time is spent repeating what we have already done, going over old ground or just putting a plug in situations until we can revisit them at a later time. Let us spend five minutes looking at ways to be busy in a constructive way and really use our time wisely.

- Write a list of everything that needs to be done. Initially it may take time, but once you get into the habit of committing everything down onto one list it becomes a useful point of reference. It is also a good discipline. It formulates the thoughts into a logical frame of mind.

- Prioritise the things on your list. There should be both work and personal items written down. Some may have time constraints like opening hours, others may have specific deadlines. Organise your list by degrees of urgency. It helps you to move more fluidly from one item to the next. And some things may drop off the list as the day progresses.

- Is everything that you are doing useful? Some things may be whimsical, which is all well and good, but if you are already overloaded could those things be done another time?

- Respond to situations rather that react. Consider the things that you are asked or expected to do. Then take time to weigh them up and think about the best approach, rather than rush in and find that you have wasted your time on doing things that are not necessary or are a duplication of previous work.

- How much of what you have on your list is there through feeling guilty? Often busy people have responsibilities like partners, family, children, business, that they feel are not given enough attention. It can be natural to feel that we have to compensate by doing extra things, spreading ourselves even thinner. Is that the best approach or would something more constructive be better, like finishing work earlier, delegating some jobs or being honest about the pressures of our situation.

- Time manage. Keep a diary and let your day be better organised. See where you need to be and work around it, allow yourself enough time, rather than always being on the last minute and rushed.

- Try to finish what you have started. Rather than do a little of several jobs all at once try to finish one job before moving onto the next. When that is not possible take the time to make notes at the front of the file, on where you are up to, what is in progress, so that when you resume the job you know exactly where you are up to. It saves a lot of time.

- Schedule breaks, food, exercise for yourself. If you become unfit, unwell, stressed then you will not be able to function properly. Our car needs to be taken for a service, have oil put in the engine and air put in the tyres from time to time. We need to be maintained too.

- Ask for help. If people are asked they are often pleased to help. Include them in your plans.

- Think simple. I remember an older colleague being asked to join the young lads from the office for a game of football. They raced up and down the pitch, expending loads of energy. He looked up and down, moved in and took possession of the ball over and over again. Sometimes keeping it simple and seeing what is needed is the best option.

Monday, June 21, 2010

How to Be Cool With Different Nationalities Easily

By Kevin Baker Jacinto

Reading the following steps will allow you to see how easy it is to be cool with different nationalities. There is a great reward for you if you can master this skill for yourself, in a major life changing way.

Step 1
Be open to new ideas. Being open to new ways of doing things, is the first step. You have to broaden your horizons and realize that there is so many different types of ideas that people have about life, that you want to know about and are curious about. Begin now to realize you don't know about different nationalities, and begin to learn and be open to this idea. When your horizons are wider, you will be more open to experiences that will serve you well.

Step 2
Travel more. Set some time to travel to distant locations. Learn about other cultures, by asking good questions and seeing their life from their point of view, by really being the present moment with the locals. Learn by observing and humbling yourself in their presence. The more traveling you get to do the more exposure you get to different cultures and lifestyles.

Step 3
Be Yourself. It is important to learn from other nationalities, but the best way to learn is to be yourself as well. They learn from you, and you learn from them, and you develop a nice bond. Have fun. with this and always remember to treat all people, no matter what their nationality is with respect and love.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Automatic Negative Thoughts - How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts in 3 Simple Steps

By Michael Lee

Automatic negative thoughts can cause serious damage to your confidence and your decision making skills. They can keep you from doing the things you've always wanted to do and from saying the things you want to say. And, well, that's not much of a life at all, is it?

Fortunately, there are ways to stop these automatic negative thoughts before they take over your life! Read on to find out how!

Step 1: A Positive Thought a Day...

Thinking negative might be second nature to you, but that doesn't mean you can't think positive thoughts either.

As your assignment, I want you to think of at least one positive thought each day. It doesn't have to be something remarkably grand like being promoted or winning the lottery. It can be as simple as having a good breakfast or having a roof above your head.

Do this everyday without fail and soon positive thinking will be as natural as eating and breathing!

Step 2: Live in the Now.

Automatic negative thoughts usually center on what has already happened and what might happen in the future. To keep those thoughts out, invest yourself in the present. Concentrate only on the now so you won't waste time worrying about the past and the future.

For example, if you're meeting a blind date tomorrow night, don't waste your time thinking about whether the whole thing is going to run smoothly or not.

If you're at work, focus on your work. If you're at home, focus on finishing your chores. And if you're already driving to meet with your blind date, focus on your driving.

Before you know it, you're already face to face with your date! And since you didn't waste your time thinking negatively, you are much more prepared to just experience the present.

Step 3: Counter Your Thoughts.

If you really want to get rid of those automatic negative thoughts, there's no better way to do it than to counter them with positive thoughts. Good vs. evil.

Every time you find yourself thinking, "I am fat," tell yourself, "Cancel! Cancel! Cancel!" Then say something like, "I choose to become fit and healthy." (Note: Saying something like, "I am sexy and desirable" might not be accepted by your subconscious mind immediately, so use the word "choose" to make it more acceptable.)

Or every time your mind thinks, "I'm not going to win this race," think, "I choose to be a winner!" Doing this helps steer your mind in the right direction and pretty soon, it'll get the hint.

Automatic negative thoughts are normal. Everyone gets them but now, you know how to stop them from being a constant presence in your life!

Friday, June 18, 2010

How to Make a Conversation Flow

By Peter Murphy

We all seem to know someone with the gift of gab. The just seem to naturally know how to make a conversation flow; even if it's with someone they are just meeting for the first time.

Here are some tips on how to make conversation flow by concentrating on why we talk to each other in the first place.

1. The golden rule.

The reason we talk to other people is to connect, on a heart-to-heart level. If a conversation is steered only by your head, there is probably not going to be a flow to it.

Use the golden rule when you enter that room full of strangers. You want to feel noticed and understood. Start by noticing and understanding others!

2. Smile!

Have you noticed that person who walks into a room 'smiling at the world?' When they do talk to someone their voices are warm and friendly. Smiling will make you look confident and relaxed, which makes people want to approach you.

Don't be surprised if someone comes up to you and says: "Wow, you seem like a happy person! Can I sit with you, today?"

3. Are you listening?

By far, people who know how to make conversation flow know when to be the one who isn't talking! How many times have you been on the phone and can tell that the person you are talking to is distracted with something else. For whatever reason - they are not really listening to you.

People who do a lot of networking have an underlying belief that everyone they meet is the most incredibly interesting person in the world. You can never find that out, unless you listen to what someone has to say.

Furthermore, if you are worried about what to talk about with someone, listening with your heart and not reacting with your head will never leave you without something to add to the conversation.

4. Remember past conversations.

Start up a conversation by remembering tidbits of any past talks you may have had. You remember this was the person that was trying to train their new pet dog.

You can start up a friendly conversation with: "So how's Sam doing? Did you ever get him to rollover and play dead?" This demonstrates your interest in the other person and it is always appreciated.

5. Eye Contact.

Another key in learning how to make conversation flow is to remember to maintain eye contact with whomever you are talking to. You only have had to be on one bad date with someone who keeps looking around at all the other potential 'dates' in the room, while you are talking to them, to know that the person is just not that interested!

Learning how to make conversation flow sometimes takes practice, but it can lead to quality, heart-to-heart connections.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Achieving Good Intent

By Steve Wickham

Good intent is sheer mastery.

The abovementioned quote might seem like a no-brainer, but there's more to it. For starters, as far as moral standards regarding "goodness" go, it doesn't get any harder to attain than the true biblical standard.

This, however, should not dissuade us from trying.

The perverse, we should learn, are untrustworthy and faithless, "those whose hearts have turned." The perverse waver; they're blown to the whims of their selfish and undisciplined hearts. They're weak-hearted.

The good are not good in themselves; they have simply mastered, to a strong and consistent extent, the following virtues:

1. Good intent is about sincerity in humility. The humble are neither better nor worse than their contemporaries; "class" or "position" in life is not something the humble even remotely think about. It's not on their agenda for they wish to see truthfully. That's all that really matters to them as far as the comings and goings of life are concerned.

2. Good intent is about alignment in justice. The just don't care so much about winners or losers. It's why the winner wins or the loser loses that counts. The right side and the right intent should hold sway. Partiality of competition is not on their agenda; again, they simply wish to see truthfully. It's all that matters really so far as life outcomes are concerned. Impartiality reigns. The just believe this even beyond their own desires, for they've disciplined them.

3. Good intent is practically about self-discipline. This facet of character alone commands the very seasons of life. A heart humble and just will apply itself in a vast self-discipline because, again, it's bent on truth. The self-disciplined are entirely trustworthy. As far as "goodness" is concerned, they have it.

A good intent, consistently applied, is based fundamentally in a good heart; a heart that has mastered - to a great, though not perfect, extent-its own crooked nature. For we all have some crookedness in us.

But, when we approach humility, justice and self-discipline with fervour and commitment we can very easily see how a good intent is very much in sight as a pervading modus operandi. This is a good spiritual goal.

This is one of the wisest things we can do as far as practical living is concerned.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Live a More Exciting Life

7 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone and Live a More Exciting Life
by Henrik Edberg.

It’s easy to get stuck.

Nestle yourself deeper and deeper into that warm, safe and comforting comfort zone.

But if you want to improve your life you’ll sooner or later need to step out of that zone. Because it’s there you’ll find all those new and exciting experiences. Where you’ll find freedom from boredom.

Here are 8 ideas that can help you get out of your comfort zone. Some are ways to make the process easier. Some are ways you may not have thought of (or forgotten).

1. Face your fears. But do it in small steps.

This is one of the best ways to overcome fears and get out of your comfort zone. What holds us back in our zone of comfort is often a fear or that facing that fear straight on might be overwhelming. This is a solution to those two problems. It allows you to stretch your comfort zone slowly making it less uncomfortable and frightening.

If you’re for instance nervous socially you might not feel able to ask people out on dates right away. The fear of being rejected and that others might think less of you if you get turned down can make many of us feel unable to ask the question.

So you take small steps instead. Steps like first just saying hi to people. Or starting to talk more to people online via forums and Instant Messaging. And then trying to be more involved in conversations at work or in school to exercise your conversation-muscles.

I guess one could say that you gradually de-sensitize yourself to social situations or whatever you are afraid of. Or, seeing it in a more motivating light, that you are building courage and expanding your comfort zone in this part of your life (which is something that often seeps over to other areas of life too.)

So, identify your fear. Then make a plan with some smaller steps you can take to gradually lessen your discomfort.

2. Try something weird.

One obvious way to move out of your comfort zone is to do something new. But a more interesting option might be to think of doing something weird. When you choose something new you may choose something that is line with your personality. So your experiences can become limited. Instead, choose something that’s out of character for you. Something that isn’t you as you are right now. Something that you – and/or the people close to you – wouldn’t think that you would do.

3. Make a new acquaintance.

This will expose your to new experiences, opinions and interests. And it’s not just about meeting new people the usual way. Try just picking up a biography about someone you know nothing about. Start reading a book from a writer you haven’t read before. Read about a random topic at Wikipedia. Or add an unexpected RSS-feed about something you normally never read about.

4. Take a friend with you.

In general, it’s often easier to not go it alone. And this applies to many situations. Including when you are going for the emotional bungee jump that getting out of your comfort zone can be.

I’d say this probably the most popular way to get yourself out of comfort zones. If you are going to a party where you know few people then it may be easier to bring a friend. If you have decided to start going to the gym it might be easier to actually get going and keeping going there every week if you have a gym-partner.

However, there are potential downsides to bringing friends too. If you are at the party with your friend then you might not meet and get to know that many new people. If you are going to the gym with a partner it might lead to the two of you talking and focusing less on getting a great workout.

5. Educate yourself.

Your comfort zone might be protecting your from imaginary dangers. Maybe things aren’t as difficult or scary as you imagine? Do a bit of research. Getting some good information can dissipate quite a bit of your fear and nervousness.

Do a bit of Googling. Read books and blogs. Ask someone who has been there before. By reading/hearing about what others that have done the same thing you are about to do saw, heard, felt and did you can not only lessen negative feelings but also get some very valuable and practical tips.

6. Awash your mind with positive memories.

Realise it can be fun to get out of your comfort zone despite what your mind and feelings might be telling you before you get started. Think back to the previous times when you have broken out of your comfort zone. Focus on the positive memories, when you got out there, when you took a chance. And it wasn’t so bad, it was actually fun and exciting and something new to you.

A lot of times we automatically play back our negative experiences – or negative interpretations of events – in our minds before we are about to do something. And we forget about the positive memories and our previous, positive achievements. Avoid that trap. Let the good memories flow through your mind instead and let things become easier.

7. Use other methods to pump yourself up.

Besides remembering positive memories, there are a whole bunch of things you can do to pump up your emotional state temporarily. Here is a small list of such tips within in this list:

a. Use Music. Listen to uplifting and motivational music.
b. Use Your Body. How you use your body affects how you feel. Move in a confident way and you’ll soon feel more confident. Move in an excited way and you’ll soon feel more excited.
c. Use Your Imagination. Close your eyes. Visualize how great everything will unfold. How wonderful and excited you will feel. This is a whole lot more useful than seeing in your mind how everything will turn out badly.
d. Use Guided Meditation. I like Talking to Win and Self-Esteem Supercharger by Learning Strategies. They are useful for giving you a positive boost for a couple of days.
e. Use Your Breathing. Not exactly a way to pump yourself up but rather to calm yourself down quickly. Have a look at Here´s a Quick Way to Better Breathing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Did You Wake Up With a Smile Today? Learn to Start Your Day Off Right

By Sean Leifer

I recently moved in with my cousin; her husband and their two daughters. This one morning as I went in to wake the girls up, Aryll the 4 year old was already awake; she was laying in bed smiling, when I asked her why she was smiling she explained that she just woke up like that. I laughed and then it dawned on me, when you choose to wake up with a Smile and see the Beauty all around you, like a 4 year old, you are in fact lining up the energies for that day. When you choose to think positive and start the day off being focused, you will attract everything you truly need and want into your life. On the other hand if you choose to as they say get up on the wrong side of the bed, and start the day off being grumpy and negative, you will attract to you things that correspond with that energy, and as you had chosen to wake up grumpy and negative you will inevitably attract things to you that you most likely do not want or need.

Every Morning before you get out of bed, take a few minutes and just lay there, begin to Focus on the things in your life that you are truly grateful for. Whether it is the people in your life, your job, your house even your car, really truly focus on the gratitude for, when you are grateful for the things you already have in your life, you create space to invite more in. Feel the gratitude, the joy within yourself, then radiate that gratitude, that joy out to the universe. Picture it being like a beam of white light, radiating out from your heart center, see that white light surround you, surround your bed, your room, your house. Feel the pulsating white light within your Heart center and radiate it out.

Next while you are still laying in bed, I want you to Smile to yourself for one minute, at first this might feel like you are forcing the Smile out, but bear with me continue Smiling. As you do this feel the Smile coming from your Heart center; after a while you will get to the point where you can not stop, it will feel as though the Smile is coming from within you. You will physically feel it within your Heart center, you will feel as though your whole body is pulsating.

That joy and that gratitude that is coming from within your Heart center, will be sent out as a signal to the universe, it will be like a magnet attracting to you everything you truly want and need in life. So do your best to make this your daily habit, to Smile to yourself everyday for at least one minute, and then get out there and Conquer your day, for there is Nothing that You can not BE DO or HAVE its all up to you and Always Remember The Sunshine Dwells in You.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sales Training - The Road to Success

By Aidans Doran

The sales and reputation of a company depends on its sales team. The more trained and effective the sales team is, the more profit is guaranteed for that company. is an important aspect that is necessary for generating effective sales. Sales training helps the sales personnel to achieve their targets without much ado. There are a few rules of thumb that ought to be followed to convince people that the product that is being presented to them is actually needful and that they would miss out on a great opportunity if they abstained from buying it.

is important for both telesales and direct sales executives. It is more important for the telesales executives to be properly trained, as the customers need to be convinced more on the telephone so that they will be convinced to buy the product or service.

Important tips for Sales Training

The following tips will help in training both the telesales and direct sales executives:

Seek attention: Everyday the customer is presented with hundreds of options that promise great changes in their lives. After a certain period of time, the customer is numb and unresponsive to these kinds of adverts. Therefore to be a successful sales executive, one needs to present something different to the customer. The greatest hurdle is to get the attention of the customer. To overcome it, be very tactful in the first few seconds of your interaction. Arouse the interest of the customer in your product. Your opening sentence and the first impression are very crucial in getting attention and in turn, the business.

Rouse curiosity: Once the customer is ready to spend a few moments listening to your explanation about a product, understand that he might be interested in purchasing the product that you are selling. It is now important that you rouse the curiosity of the customer towards your product. To keep their interest and curiosity sustained, present the product in the least time by highlighting its exact benefits.

Build rapport and trust: It is very important that the customer has enough credibility and trust in your product so that he is ready to buy it. This trust and credibility has to be built by the sales executive by asking relevant questions which will prove that you are genuinely interested in the requirement of the customer and are not trying to shove a product to him. You have to convince him to purchase your product.

Give a Personal touch: It is important that you gather as much information as possible from the customer about his needs and be assured that your product or service does serve their need. Make the customer feel valued. Instead of just selling, make him feel that you are serving him.

Provide a solution: Agree on the needs of the customer and accept what he is saying. If your product or service matches the need of your customer, then provide the solution to him in a polite manner. He should be convinced that your product will actually serve his needs. Even if he refuses to buy your product you should close the interaction with a positive note so that you may again approach him with the same or some other product.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Business Stress - 3 Great Ways to Stand Up Against Stress and Stretch Your Imagination

By Ellen R. Norman

Being sedentary at work can cause lots of stress.
Start a walk group at work this helps to reduce stress.
Office chair exercises reduce stress and keep you fit.

1) Get out of your chair-
It is easy to be carried away on a project or task. By setting an alarm on your cell phone or on your computer to alert you to take, a get up and walk break you reduced physical and emotional stress. Do this perhaps every hour or so, depending on your own needs and the intensity of the project. Walk to the bathroom, walk outside, or get more water or some juice. Just before you sit back down do a few gentle stretches with your arms. Place you arms over your head and stretch to the sky. Then place your arms at your sides and stretch to either side. The point is to get out of your chair and get the blood and oxygen moving again.

2) Walking buddies-
The effects walking outside during a break or during lunch is enhanced when you ask a friend to walk with you. You both have committed to the exercise and can have non-work conversations. You can compare this to the exercise buddy system that motivates you to exercise at the gym. A walking buddy will give you out of your chair and out of stress.

3) Exercise chairman- Exercising while in your chair at your computer is possible. It just takes some creativity. You can do gentle neck rolls, by rolling your neck in gentle circles. Go one way then, the other. Try exaggerated shoulder slouching. Then straighten your shoulders slowly and then relaxing them before you slouch again. Another great exercise is doing gentle leg raises with your toes pointed. Doing these exercises by alternating your legs then use both legs. If you feel self conscious about these exercises, close your door to your office or encourage an office mate to do them too.

You will find that you are no longer sedentary, your heart, weight and attitude will be healthier. You will start to enjoy doing some of those intense projects and get a lot of work done in a shorter time.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today's article – Discover the Secret to a Healthier Memory

By Taylor Bliss

A healthier memory is always a plus, after all, a healthy one equals a good one. Actual production happen in three distinct stages: encoding, consolidation, and retrieval. Simple, healthier practices boosts these three processes a long way. Here are simple techniques you can adapt to ensure that you are going for a healthier memory that can give you a more productive and happier life:

1. Eat the rainbow. When dealing with a healthier brain functioning, plant foods are sure to crop up somewhere. Fruits and vegetables do wonders for improvement because they are loaded with B vitamins and antioxidants that protect brain cells from performance breakdown. Opt for a boost in brain performance by loading up on an assortment of colors to ensure a healthier balance of nutrients.

2. Never underestimate rest and sleep. Stress is a major culprit in most memory loss related mental disorders. Furthermore, stress puts unnecessary pressure, making it harder for recall. Have a healthier disposition by finding activities to diffuse stress. Take a walk or have a warm bath to induce relaxation. Help yourself attain a healthier memory too by having enough sleeping hours, to allow your brain time to transform the information you learn into actual memories.

3. Do brain exercise. A healthier brain is one that is always active. Continue to challenge your brain with stimulating brain games that allows for planning and strategy, which also works against a clock. Brain exercises would keep your brain functioning sharp and help you attain a healthier mental state.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Why Security Doesn't Come From Money

By Aaron Parkinson

Security is a hot topic lately, especially financial security. It's not surprising considering the thousands of people being laid off on a daily basis. The definition for most people is quite simple. Get a great job, get paid well for a long time, and save enough to retire.

The problem with getting attached to this definition is the "what if?"

What if you get downsized? What if your company goes bankrupt? What if a new hot shot gets hired in your department? What if you are a hair model and one day you go bald in a crazy hot marshmallow accident?

What just happened to your security?

About five years ago I learned a different definition and it stuck with me forever.

"Security does not come from money. It comes from knowing that you will do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal."

When you start living your life through this filter everything becomes a lot more peaceful. You rarely panic or get stressed out. You know that you can turn the tide whenever you feel like putting your mind to it.

Let me be clear though: This is not a "change your mind and change your life thing."

You must have had enough experiences to "know" what you can do. You must have taken risks and followed through a few times. You must have paid some dues and fallen on your face.

Then you can differentiate between "hoping" and "knowing".

Only then will you truly have security.

Now go out and make some mistakes.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Benefits of Having a Coach in Your Corner

By Sharon Mikrut

Although coaching is beginning to gain some momentum in the nonprofit field, most nonprofit professionals don't understand what coaching is or how it can be of value to them in their personal or professional life. Also, individuals often confuse coaching with therapy, counseling, or consulting. The following article provides information describing the difference between therapists, counselors, consultants, and coaches, and how coaches work with their clients to resolve issues, achieve goals, or makes significant changes in their lives.

Therapists work with clients who need professional help to work towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution. They are experts in medical and behavioral sciences, trained to treat diagnosable conditions. They are required to keep their personal feelings and thoughts removed from the process.

Counseling is generally considered to include assessment and treatment of emotional difficulties displayed by individuals or couples. The process could include setting goals, planning action, changing behavior, and generally assisting the individual or couple to improve their functioning within their environment.

Consultants advise their clients about how to solve problems. They are focused on results. They are hired to produce a certain outcome.

Coaches work with individuals who are motivated to change, and are willing to move forward regardless of their past. They partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential; they focus on the client taking action toward the realization of their visions, goals or desires; and they use a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client's level of awareness and responsibility, and provides the client with structure, support and feedback. The coaching process helps the client both define and achieve professional and personal goals faster, and with more ease and fewer struggles, than would be possible otherwise.

Coaches listen deeply, provide support, and encourage clients to be the best they can be; to reach their highest potential. They do this through helping clients to identify or clarify the real issue; identify and address all obstacles and barriers standing in their path; develop individualized strategies and solutions to address the issue; develop a plan of action with goals and specific objectives; and hold the client accountable to follow through on their plan of action.

There are many types of coaches including, but not limited to, life/personal, empowerment, executive, business, spiritual, and health coaches. For example, I am a certified executive and life coach. As an executive coach, I partner with nonprofit executive directors and managers to maximize their resources in a competitive environment. Having been a former executive director of three nonprofit organizations, I definitely understand the issues and challenges that nonprofit executives face on a daily basis. As a life coach, I work with all professionals who are interested in creating positive changes in their lives.

So, if there is a professional or personal issue you are struggling with and haven't been able to resolve, or you have a goal in mind that you'd like to achieve but you continue to put it on the back shelf, or you would like to make a significant change in your life but feel stuck and don't know how to go about it, a coach can help. Contact a coach today!

Monday, June 7, 2010

3 Ordinary Things That Will Help Us Achieve Our Goals

By Steven Magill

Achieving our life goals and ambitions are very important in the sense that accomplishing this leads to a measured sense of satisfaction and accomplishments, and if so desired, the material compensation of such success enables us to purchase goods or services that do gratify us. Here are some of the things that we may use or utilize in achieving our goals:

- Keep the goals achievable and measurable. Suppose one wants to be successful in a certain business. From the start, the focus is to acquaint oneself with that business. Keep things measurable in terms of years or amount of knowledge. For example, if one is in the advertising industry and would want to be the head creative writer, one should try to climb up that corporate ladder every 2 years or less. Either that or perhaps one should accumulate the number of successful accounts as years passed or awards given by the advertising industry. Keeping things measured is a good indicator of how near or far one's goal is.

- Dream about achieving the goal. No matter what people say, to dream about achieving one's goal is good and should be encouraged. There are even theories about dreams being a precognitive of your future. To this, one can research about the lucid dreaming methodology and lucid dreaming techniques to use in sorting out the dream for sometimes the answers to the impediments to your goals are found in dreams. Dreams and its interpretations have been around since our civilization began. From the Incas to modern day shamans, dreams have been often interpreted as visions and even omens of things to come. For most of us, there must have been a déjà vu moment in our lives wherein a scenario or setting seemed something familiar. It may have been an incident happening which you seem to know the outcome, or a place that seems familiar to you even though it is the first time that you have visited the place. Those are some examples of how dreams are powerful.

- Evaluate your goals constantly. As you measure your goals, you would also need to evaluate them periodically to see what kind of progress you have made or if there is a need to modify or change something, perhaps the goal itself or the methods in achieving the goals. This form of measurement doesn't have to be formal but perhaps taking the time to think things over and maybe list the things need to be done. Some evaluations can even be done over a bottle of beer with your best friend. Knowing where you are and what you need to do is important in knowing where you stand with your goals.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Working With A Time Table For Success in Business

By Dinesh Ranawat

Time is the most important commodity for any businessmen and everyone is awarded with limited amount of hours and minutes. Successful businessmen know the importance of time or Time Management is key to success of most of the businessmen. A single second wasted cannot be recovered back at any cost.

The proper key to Time Management is setting priorities for the most important works. It is better to divert or delegate the work which can be done by unskilled or semiskilled person or it is better to delegate work to experts. However, one should not forget to spare some time for leisure activities, time for health and for hobbies.

During the School days, we used to have Time Tables for each and every subject. A fixed number of hours were allotted to each subject. During exam we were advised to allocate equal time for all the questions. In the same way Time Management by use of Time Tables is required in real life. One can allocate time to each and every important work, so that nothing is missed out. One can allocate time for exercise, leisure activities, business meetings, planning, advertising, networking and other required areas. However, the most important thing is that nothing is missed out.

Time is a player opposite to us, it can show us anything, it can be good, bad or normal. It shall never allow any indecision. Successful businessmen and Successful person never wasted time in taking decisions and remained firm after deciding something. The same is required from novice entrepreneurs.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Live by the Values You Want to Live By

By Len Williamson

I hold a great piece of advice for anyone is to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. I am absolutely convinced that these two pieces of advice lead to the best outcomes for a life. It seems tough as the constraints that arise from the need to earn money or survive daily life often lead you in to doing things you do not want to do and being who you do not want to be. In the area of values this is a particular challenge.

Take a look at the values you would like to live by. Go and Google personal values if you want a listing of the potential values you could live by. Go through the list and pick out the top ten values you want to live by. When you are comfortable with your ten now reduce your choice to your most important five. You will probably find this difficult as you weigh up preferences. This is normal. Most people experience this. Now you have the five values you would like to live by compare them with the five values you currently live by. A perfect match means a pretty good life on the scale of being who you want to be and doing what you want to do. This is also rare. If there is a mismatch start to explore the reasons behind living by values you do not want to live by. It could be to do with money, survival or because something is being imposed upon you. The question to ask yourself now is how could you meet the needs of the reasons you come up with in a way that allows you to live with the values you would like to live by. It is surprising how many solutions there are to this problem. Many people don't find the solutions because they do not look. Look hard and you will find something there.

You can also attack the problem from the other way by asking what you could do to live the values you would like to live by. What sorts of activities and ways of being would fit with the values you like? You now need to work through how you overcome the obstacles you see to doing these things. Look at what you would like to do first without constraints and only then consider separately the obstacles and what you can do about them. You can do far more about them than you initially thing.

Be who you want to be and do what you want to do.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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How to Create Powerful Positive Affirmations

By Dr Hannes Dreyer

Being able to maintain a positive mindset is a big step towards reaching your goals and dreams. By being able to create your own powerful positive affirmations will help you to be able to do this and thus bring you closer to achieving your goals and dreams.

Positive affirmations are a very powerful mental tool for you to use and are really quite easy to create. However the thought and wording which you put into your affirmations will determine how effective or powerful they are.

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when you begin to create your own powerful and positive affirmations:

Always be sure that the content of your affirmation is positive - What you might think of as being a positive statement is perhaps not when your subconscious gets it. A statement such as "I will not smoke!" is not a positive statement according to the subconscious, rather try something like "I only allow fresh air into my lungs as it is good for me!"

Affirmations should be in the present - As the subconscious only reacts to immediate instructions it is essential that your affirmation be in the present tense. So instead of I must/will loose weight!" rather say "Every day I only eat healthy food as this is good for my body!"

Affirmations should always be in the first person - Always write your affirmations in the first person, an affirmation such as "You will succeed!" is not going to be effectively understood or acted upon by the subconscious, rather keep it in the first person as in "I am a successful and wealthy person!"

By using these few bits of information, you will see that the affirmations which you are using will be transformed into powerful positive affirmations and will have a lot more effect on your subconscious mind and thus yield far better results in your life.

So begin to experience this power in your life as you begin to take back control of your subconscious mind and will be able to begin your journey towards a life of abundance and harmony.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Is Your Leadership Style Giving You the Results You Want?

By Peter L Mitchell

The most common leadership style appears to be the one that is centered on reward and punishment. It is simple to apply, however, there are some serious flaws in this approach. For most of our life we have been subjected to this method as our parents initially controlled behavior by rewarding us when we were good and punishing us when we were bad. This carried on once we entered the education system and we were rewarded for good behavior and deprived of privileges if we misbehaved. If we worked hard we got good grades, if we didn't we got bad grades.

Because of this, everybody understands the concept and when they get to a leadership position they automatically adopted this method as their first way of exercising control. This style of reward and punishment is characterized by the use of pressure and incentives to control the behavior of other people. Sometimes it can take the form of offering rewards or incentives for compliance and threatening punishment or deprivation for non-compliance. There is plenty of praise and criticism, approval and disapproval but also judgments over what is right and what is wrong. The pressure can be exerted through overt means although the threats can be veiled rather than just open power.

This leadership style normally ignores individual characteristics especially if they don't positively react to the reward and punishment method. Leaders who use this tend to be very one dimensional and not flexible enough to use any other style to fit the occasion. However, these leaders are very good at setting expectations and giving feedback on performance. They make sure that their people understand what standards will be used in judging their performance. When they follow up to discover progress or lack of progress, they will offer praise, positive reinforcement, approval, blame equally. They tend to be specific in communicating desired objectives, quick follow-up and apply their judgment.

For many years now, psychologists have pointed out that the effective use of this style requires a balance between the negative criticism and the positive praise. Their prevailing thoughts are that the positive praise should far outweigh the negative criticism by a factor of four. In other words, four instances of positive praise to one of negative criticism.

The downfall of this leadership style of reward and punishment is that many users of this style tend to be negative and many more times than positive. This has a number of less than desirable consequences which are the opposite of what any leader would want. Under this style people tend to reduce their commitment and willingness to change. They also feel resentful, uncooperative and withdraw all of their discretionary effort. Most of all, they apply a considerable effort to create strong resistance to any changes in the workplace.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Top 10 Secrets of Getting Rich

By Philip E. Humbert

As many people have observed, "Success leaves clues." If you want to achieve extraordinary success in the coming year, study the experts, do what they do, and modify their techniques to suit your particular situation. It's easy!

Well, maybe not easy, but there are basic fundamentals. In the belief that we all need to be reminded of them regularly, here are some of the secrets that have helped me and my clients over the years:

1. Focus on values. I've known people who made some money, but I've never known anyone who got rich without examining their own values, priorities and beliefs. Start by writing down a list of things you value, things you believe, what you want, and what you plan to do with this incredible life you have. Start with your values.

2. Get a life. Before you can handle great wealth, you must make room for it. This is the old, "if you build it, they will come" model. Trying to squeeze success, wealth, fame or fortune into a small life won't work. Create a life first; the lifestyle of your dreams will follow.

3. Eliminate clutter. Trying to create success and achieve wealth while your life's a mess won't work. Success requires clear priorities and a passionate commitment. Simplify your life. Eliminate the excuses. Clean up everything that distracts you from reaching your most important goals.

4. Specify your results. Nobody can hit a target they can't see. Define your outcomes and set clear, achievable results in advance. Know what "success" looks like! Have measurable, specific outcomes and determine that you will achieve them!

5. Burn your ships. There's an ancient story about a Greek general who landed his troops on an enemy shore, then burned his ships. He wanted to make it very clear: Retreat and failure were not an option! Leave no room for failure.

6. Put in more than you take out. No one will pay you more than your services are worth! Get clear about that! You just can't fool people very long. Your services and your results must be far more valuable than the small fee you charge. Some people will rip you off; the rest will make you rich!

7. Live below your means. Rich people know this. Wealth is accumulated, re-invested, used wisely and given away. It is never spent! Let the millionaire athletes and folks who win lotteries buy the fancy cars and flashy jewelry. If you want to achieve great wealth, live simply, invest wisely, enjoy it all!

8. Get rich slowly. The key to great wealth is to minimize income, while maximizing your assets. Income is taxed. Income gets spent -- think about all the cars, boats, diamonds and houses people with huge incomes like to buy! Investing in assets that are hard to spend (buildings, stocks and bonds, collectible art, etc) creates wealth that is not taxed, and isn't spent on a casual impulse.

9. Pay lots of taxes. No, I'm not talking about paying more than you owe, but pay every cent the law requires. Rich folks don't haggle over nickels and dimes, they invest to make millions! If you can legally avoid taxes, do so! Use the law to your advantage when you can. But juggling the books to hide income or save a few bucks, wastes your time, wastes your energy, creates fear of getting caught, and makes you cheap. Don't do it!

10. Give it away. You can't take it with you when you die, and money is not attracted to the selfish, the miserly or the mean. If you would attract money to your life, be clear about what you want to do with it. Contribute to charities that will use it for good. Make the world a better, richer place and you'll create wealth that will last for generations to come. Your children will thank you!