Monday, April 29, 2019

Accepting 100% Responsibility Is Empowerment In Action

"Complaining means you have a reference point
for something better that you would prefer
but that you are unwilling to take the risk of creating.

Either accept that you are making the choice to stay
where you are, take responsibility for your choice,
and stop complaining. . . or. . . take the risk
of creating your life exactly the way you want it."

-- Jack Canfield
The Success Principles

The above quote comes from The Success Principles by Jack Canfield that contains 64 principles for success. The quote above comes from principle #1: Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life. I love how he begins the chapter with these words:

"One of the most pervasive myths in the American culture today is that we are entitled to a great life--that somehow, somewhere, someone (certainly not us) is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time, and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist.

But the real truth--and the one lesson this whole book is based on--is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of life you live.

That person is you.

If you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life. This includes the level of your achievements, the results you produce, the quality of your relationships, the state of your health and physical fitness, your income, your debts, your feelings--everything!"

This might be where some people close the book and say the heck with the other 63 principles, this guy ain't putting all that on me!

To me, though I do not yet have everything that I want, it has been one of the most empowering things I have ever accepted, and that is that I create my own circumstances, events, and outcomes. Whatever I look at in my life, I now fully accept that I created it. That includes the things that I don't like that much or the things I'm not proud of.

At the same time, as I look at those things, I find myself making peace with them rather than pushing them off as someone else's responsibility. This allows me to see my real power and then to turn and create anew something more pleasing.

"It Is Time To Stop Looking Outside Yourself For The Answers." -- Jack Canfield

Friday, April 26, 2019

WILLING: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

Can he or she? How about will he or she? Which one has more power? Willingness is the key to movement. Certainly, we can, but the best place to focus is on whether or not we are willing.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Learn. Practice. Improve. Call Bart.

"Practice is as valuable as the sale. 
The sale will make you a living; 
the skill will make you a fortune." 

-- Jim Rohn 

Another great quote from Jim Rohn is this: "The purpose of training is to find out who you have." These two quotes lead to three terms that make all the difference in any organization and anyone within that organization. Those terms are, Learn, Practice, Improve.

The purpose of training is to learn. The more and better the training, the more that can be learned. The more training the more the business determines who they have and what best to do to have them be a productive part of the organization. From a personal perspective, the more that is learned, the better the saleable skill is expanded and the better the productivity personally and professionally.

There is simply no substitute for practice. Practice is the key to increase skill levels in the organization and also within each individual within the organization. If we don't practice what we learn, what good comes of that?

Improvement is the end result of learning and practicing. Improvement is a given if the learning takes place and the practicing is encouraged as an organization or within the realm of each individual. We cannot force people to improve, and each individual holds the most power of their own improvement, but with good training and attention to the training being practiced, we can have the best opportunity to grow as an organization and as individuals at the same time.

Learn. Practice. Improve.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Unleash the Power of Goal Setting - Jack Canfield's Success Tip #6

Unleash the Power of Goal Setting You know, experts on the science of success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, the brain will actually start looking for information, for resources, and for opportunities and other ways to achieve the "want" you have identified. While this may sound like an impossibility given your current situation or circumstances, we've seen countless individuals "suddenly" get what they want -- often from a source or opportunity that already existed in their life or sphere of influence, but that they had never instructed their brain to find it before. Now to effectively engage the powers of your subconscious mind, a goal has to be specific and measurable. How much, by when. When there aren't any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want... we call it a wish, a preference, or a just good idea, but it does not register in the mind as a goal. So you've got to decide what is it that you want...and then be specific. For example, "I want to lose weight" is vague. But it might become... "I will weigh 135 pounds by August 1st at 5 PM." Or "I will increase my income to $80,000 year by December 31st at midnight." Or I will live in a 35,000 square foot home, as big as the one Bill Gates has, by December 31st at midnight." Now, notice in these examples, they all stated how much, by when. A specific amount that you can measure by a specific time that can be measured. Now an easy place to start when you're setting goals is to simply look at one area in your life that you would like to be different. It might be where there is something that is negative or disturbing that you'd like to eliminate, or it might be where there's something missing that you'd like to create. Something you'd like more of...more money, more love, more time. Now once you've decided what you want you can either do something about it...or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices. But bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior and do something different if you want to create a different outcome. You have to be willing to take whatever risks are necessary to get what you want. Now, if you've already taken some initial steps in the right direction towards some of your goals, now's the time to decide what next steps do you need to take to keep moving you toward your chosen goal. You see, it's very liberating when you finally realize that you have the power to make your life whatever you want it to be. It's a wonderful feeling knowing that your success does not really depend on anyone else. So if you're looking for one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Then choose what it is you want. Decide what actions you're going to need to take to create it and then take those actions one step at a time. There are a lot of things you can learn to do to accelerate your success. But the basics that will move you from where you are to where you want to be are simply this: Decide what you want, take control of your thoughts, visualize what you want, make a plan and then take action. Actualize your plan. Start with these simple steps and I promise you that you'll start seeing the results you want.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ethics In Business? What A Thought!

"When people go to work 
they shouldn't have to 
leave their hearts at home." 

 -- Betty Bender 

It's easy to get caught up in the idea that this isn't personal, it's just business. It's as if we can somehow get out of our human bodies and become this other entity called a business. That seems ridiculous to even think about.

Leadership master, John C Maxwell published a little book in 2003 with a very interesting title. The title is There's No Such Thing As Business Ethics. In the preface, he says, "There are no such things as business ethics--there's only ethics. People try to use one set of ethics for their professional life, another for their spiritual life, and still another at home with their family. That gets them into trouble. Ethics is ethics. If you desire to be ethical, you live it by one standard across the board."

In the second chapter, John Maxwell discusses one of the greatest guidance systems ever conceived: The Golden Rule. It is commonly stated as doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. I learned this rule at a very young age, and as I have remembered it and brought it freshly to my mind periodically, I see that it has served me as well as anything possibly could.

Following your heart and living by The Golden Rule? Isn't that the same thing?

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Importance of Believing It's Possible - Jack Canfield's Success Tip #3

"Believe It Is Possible" Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But what we now know is that instead, we respond to what the brain -- based on previous experience -- expects to happen next. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want through the power of positive expectation. But you have to believe that what you want is possible. This is why it's so important to always hold a positive expectation that what you want is going to happen. It is simply a choice and a discipline of the mind. And as you commit to believing in yourself, also make a commitment to toning down the negative thinking and the complaints that you have in the complaint department of your head. Look at what you are complaining about. Think of all the things we complain about... I'm fat. I'm tired. I can't get out of debt. I won't ever find a better job. I can't stand the relationship I have with my father. I'll never find a soul mate in this lifetime. Take the time to really examine your complaints because more than likely these are things you can actually do something about. These are not things being controlled by other people, other things or other events. They are things YOU can take constructive action on. And when you replace your old negative expectations with more positive ones... when you begin to believe that what you want truly is possible... your brain will actually take over the job of figuring out how to accomplish that possibility for you. It will start to come up with creative ideas. It will start noticing resources and people in your environment that were always there, that can help you, and it will attract people and opportunities into your life. And ... better than that ... your brain will actually start to expect to achieve that outcome. But first, you have to choose to believe that what you want is possible. Even if it feels like you are lying to yourself at first, I promise you...if you keep it up for 30 days in a row, and you're going to start noticing some amazing results.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Confidence Is A Driving Force!

"Confidence is the most important 
single factor in this game, 
and no matter how great your talent, 
there is only one way 
to obtain it--work." 

-- Jack Nicklaus 

Hmmmm. Certainly work, or rather, a better word would be practice, is something that can lead one to have increasing confidence. Yet, the word, work, and especially when it is preceded by the word, hard, is only of real and profitable value when doing something we are driven to do, love to do, can't wait to do, as was obviously the case with Jack Nicklaus, and I'm sure all the top golfers then and now. And, then, in my mind, it is no longer associated with that four-letter word, work. It certainly would be more appropriately associated with the word, play.

But, the reason I chose this quote was the idea that confidence comes from work. I know for sure and for certain that it is indeed, the most important single factor in the game, or any game, or any task, of any kind. And maybe it can come from practice, or work, or even hard work. Yet, confidence is not a thing to be received or attained. It is simply a thought, and a feeling, that creates a temporary belief.

This thought, resultant feeling, and temporary belief can just as easily come from our imagination, and perhaps even more powerfully and fully than through any amount of practice or work. In fact, work is sort of a backward way to the feeling and belief of confidence. It's an action way. The faster, easier, smoother way is through imaginary visualization.

Confidence is a feeling. It is the result of thought. And, from the place of a desire to do a thing, it is a very desirable feeling to feel. There are many routes to every destination.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Being The Fan In The Stands For Yourself And Others

We all want to have an enthusiastic and supporting fan in the stands at whatever event we may be participating in. It need not even be a public event. We all want to be supported and we all want to be loved and appreciated. Whether we realize it or not, we all have people in our lives that are more than willing to support us.

And yet, we must first be our own best fan. As we are that, other fans naturally show up. And, as this comes to be, the most natural thing for us to do is to be that fan to others in our lives. By encouraging and loving each other, we help each other become the best that we can be in all aspects of our lives. Be the fan in the stands!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Acknowledge Your Positive Past

"Acknowledge Your Positive Past:
Because the brain more easily remembers 
events that were accompanied by strong emotions, 
most people underestimate and underappreciate 
the number of successes they've had
in relation to the number of failures, they've had.
One of the ways to counteract this phenomenon
is to consciously focus on 
and celebrate your successes."

-- Jack Canfield, 
Principle 26 of The Success Principles

I love Jack Canfield's book, The Success Principles. It contains 64 principles to success and all are short enough to read in a few minutes, come back any time, or just open the book where ever you might like and pull out a gem of wisdom.

This one is great because he says that we are trained in this pattern early with our parents and in grade school. A lot of people get upset if we don't perform properly and punish us or yell at us to help guide us to do better, but what really happens is we become more emotionally involved in the failures and that makes it seem sometimes that we have more failure than success.

Jack says, "the sad truth is that we all have many more victories than failures--it's just that we set the bar too high for what we call a success." He goes on to talk about a participant in one of his programs who told that he left Iran to Germany where he learned the language and became an auto mechanic. Then he had the opportunity to come to America, learn English and was learning how to be a welder, but he thought he was not a success. Come to find out, his idea of success was a home in Beverly Hills and driving a luxury car! Yet, to many others, his life was an ongoing massive success.

Jack talks about creating a Victory Log, which can be a fancy leather-bound diary or a spiral notebook. It is just something that you record your successes or victories in regardless of the size of them to later show how many you have. Success needs to be reinforced.

He adds to display your success on a success wall and look at it often. Make it so that your successes, however minor they may seem to get the attention they deserve, or rather, you deserve to create in each of us a stronger and more risk-taking self-esteem. It's not about bragging, it's about putting things in perspective. We may as well let our successes lead the way.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

DISCOVERY: A Minute With John Maxwell

John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 22 million books. His organizations have trained more than 6 million leaders worldwide.

Bart Nollenberger is a John Maxwell Team Executive Director.