Motivated. Driven. Inspired.

What best describes how you stay in action?

How do you stay motivated and keep from giving up when things get tough? 

In Principle 37 Jack Canfield recommends “listening to the masters”.

Who has time for that you ask?

Let’s get creative and look for opportunities where you might find the time….

  • Walking the dog.
  • On a long commute.
  • On the treadmill.
  • Waiting.

Not sure of where to start or who to listen to? Some of Jack Canfield’s favorites can be found here: www.TheSuccessPrinciples.com/resources. 

And if you like his work go to www.JackCanfield.com for more motivation.

And as the always inspiring Zig Zigler once said: “Of course motivation is not permanent. But neither is bathing, but it is something you should do on a regular basis”,

 

 

 

 

 

Commit to Lifelong Learning

When my grandmother, “Gingle”, turned 90 I traveled to Albuquerque to celebrate this special day with her and lots of family members.

Gingle, an avid reader, greeted me when I walked into her home with this…”Joey Sue I’m reading the most incredible book…7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and she proceeded to share a passage that she was especially inspired by.

My grandmother taught us, our family, the love of reading and the joy of a commitment to Lifelong Learning.

Jack Canfield titled Principle #36 Learn More to Earn More.  This applies and I would also add…learn more to transcend limiting beliefs, expand your world view and enjoy the richness of other cultures.

 

PS: Thank you Gingle

 

The Habit of Habits…

Yep…I just stated the obvious.  

The real questions are what habits are helping you and what habits are harming you?

In Principle #34 of The Success Principles Jack Canfield points out…”good or bad, habits always deliver results”. 

He suggests making a list of all the habits that are not helping you (here are some examples to get you thinking):

  • Procrastinating
  • Paying bills last minute or late
  • Not keeping your promises
  • Consistently being late
  • Not silencing or even worse answering your phone when you’re with a friend or business associate
  • Not listening…really listening
  • Smoking
  • Sugar
  • Fill in the blank(s) ____________________, _____________________, _______________, ________________

 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”  Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

“I still don’t know what I was waiting for …” lyrics and song by David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl3vxEudif8

Principle 31 encourages us to Embrace Change. 

Jack Canfield reminds us that “change is inevitable “.

What’s changing in your life?

Are you embracing or resisting the change(s)?

What could you do differently, that you’re not doing now, to embrace change?

What ARE you waiting for?

 

 

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Is it just me?

The answer is probably yes….when things aren’t working we need to take a close look at why they aren’t working and not go into denial or hiding.

Often we just don’t want to accept the bad, uncomfortable, embarrassing or painful situations in our lives.  And we all know they don’t just go away…it takes courage to take action.

Principle #30 shows us how important it is to Face What Isn’t Working and to take action now. Jack Canfield goes again to the concept of making a list od what isn’t working in your life. He says to start with the seven major areas where you would normally set goals:

  • Financial
  • Career or business
  • Family or free time
  • Health and appearance
  • Relationships
  • Personal growth and development
  • Making a difference

What’s not working? How can I improve it? What requests do I need to make? What do I need to do? What actions can I take to get each of the areas that aren’t working to work the way I’d like it to?

See you over on the working side……

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Letting Go…

Principle #29 is all about how hanging on to past hurts and resentments will keep you from moving into a joyous future.

Nelson Mandela is known to have said “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies”. 

Jack Canfield offers Six Steps to Forgiveness 

  1. Acknowledge your anger and resentments.
  2. Acknowledge the hurt and pain it created.
  3. Acknowledge the fears and self-doubts that it created
  4. Acknowledge any part you may have played in letting the behavior or the event occur or letting it continue.
  5. Acknowledge what you were wanting that you didn’t get, and then put yourself in the other person’s shoes and attempt to understand where he or she was coming from at the time, and what needs they were trying to meet—- however inelegantly—by their behavior.
  6. Let go and forgive the person.

Let go and live a lighter life……

 

 

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Clean Up Your Messes…..

And Your Incompletes advises Principle #28.  

Easier said than done…that junk closet you’ve been meaning to get to, that letter you’ve been meaning to write, that project you started and didn’t finish or that difficult conversation you know you need to have.

Jack Canfield offers up a system that makes a lot of sense; The Cycle of Completion:

  • Decide- non negotiable
  • Plan – what needs to happen in order to implement 
  • Start – implement your plan
  • Continue – keep going don’t get distracted and move on to something else
  • Finish – wrap it up
  • Complete – make sure there are no loose ends

You’ll feel so much better in every way: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually when you can let the weight of your messes and incompletes  go.

Let me know what mess you’re going to start cleaning up by hitting reply and sharing. I want to support you and cheer you on…..

 

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Keep Your Eye On The Prize…

Remember as a kid the intense focus it took to play (and win) at a game?  

What was the prize you got when you won?

What’s the game you’re playing today? 

What’s the prize you’re aiming for?

Success Principle #27 is about focus. There’s more to what jack Canfield has to say about the topic…however here’s the hack…

Get into the habit of visualizing your ideal next day the night before.  

Sweet dreams….

 

 

 

Do Good.Take Credit.

“Do Good. Take Credit.” I remember hearing this from a mentor, Jim Hughes, founder of The Brand Establishment.

At first I just smiled however as the years have gone by and I have worked with hundreds of people I notice more and more that we tend to focus on what we haven’t done instead of what we have done, or perhaps continually move the success bar so it’s always just out of reach.

In Principle #26 the invitation is to “Acknowledge Your Positive Past”. There’s a great exercise Jack Canfield suggests:

  • Divide your life into 3 equal time periods birth to your current age (i.e. if you’re 66 [birth to 22] [22 to 44] [44 to 66].
  • List three success for each time period.

I hope you’ll take the time to actually do this and share it…Do Good. Take Credit.

 

 

 

 

Let’s hang out…

Who are you hanging out with?

Nay Sayers or Yay Sayers?

I have created a group of friends and business associates who are positive thinkers and offer generous support to those in their lives.  

I’d say I hang out with Yay Sayers!

One thing about Nay Sayers they’re not that fond of hanging with Yay Sayers…we tend spoil all their fun and they often fall away naturally. 

With Success Principle 25 Jack Canfield encourages us to “Drop Out of the Ain’t it Awful Club…and Surround Ourselves with Successful People”.

And remember according to Jim John…you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Who are you hanging out with? 

 

 

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