Tuesday, 19 September 2017

How To Apply The Law Of Attraction To achieve your goals and become A Millionaire by Linda Boertjens

What exciting times we live in! More people are now "wakened" to the idea of being able to direct their destiny. I have come across a lot of people wanting to apply the Law of Attraction, particularly to attract more wealth and fortune into their lives. It is probably one of the most important areas for which people truly see a change to transform their reality. At the same time I have read numerous books and articles devoting at least one chapter to this topic. In this article I thought I'd share some of the techniques I came across and techniques I use myself.

The first recommended technique is to really see yourself as a millionaire and feel yourself already being a millionaire. Focus on wearing clothes that make you feel prosperous and doing the things a millionaire does, such as looking at amazing houses and going out for lunch. Really focus on wealth and abundance instead of on lack or
limitations, not having enough etc as that is what you will keep getting otherwise. If you think you "need" money then that is exactly what you will be attracting to your life: more "needing"! If you feel broke, guess what... you will attract more "broke-ness" to your reality.

On the other hand, if you focus on an abundance of money flowing into your life and you really feel this abundance in every fibre of your body, you will create "money attracting vibes"! The interesting thing is that the more you focus on abundance in your life, the more the "standard" in your mind shifts towards having money. Combined with the right action you will eventually attract that wealth into your reality. Your ideas and feelings shift from "I don't have money" to "I am receiving more and more money" to eventually actually having it.

Another technique is to visualize your actual fortune. If your goal is to become a millionaire, then write out a check made out to you for 1 million dollars and hang it somewhere in your house where you will see it often. Better still, make copies and hang them all around your house! Visualize a stream of money flowing into your life, like a river. Or visualize your bank account with a million dollars in it. You could even print out a bank statement, white out the amount and replace it with a huge number. See yourself with a full
wallet, happily paying diner for a group of friends. Or anything else that you wish you could do if you had the money. Becoming a millionaire is great, but I assume you have this goal because you have some ideas as to how to spend it once earned. So really see yourself already wealthy! What you see in your imagination, is what you will eventually see for real with your eyes! This method is called "vivid visualization" and is extremely powerful. By practicing it, you will find that your self-image begins to conform to these new images in your mind. You are literally growing into the new successful person you intent to become.

A key factor here is to stop worrying about HOW it will come to you. The universe will take care of that, you need to believe that and focus on positive feelings and vibrations. This will attract the events, circumstances and people into your life to make your goal a reality. Look at your million dollar check and feel the feelings of having that money right now. How would you spend it? How would it feel to spend that kind of money?

A final important point to know, is that if you don't have enough money right now, it means you are blocking the flow of money into your life, with your thoughts. Your wallet speaks very clearly about the vibrations you are sending out into the universe about money at this present moment. So have a really good look at your own beliefs about money. If your beliefs are limiting
and scarce, you will need to address this before you can attract your true fortune. You can work on a more positive and abundant belief system by using affirmations. Use affirmations like "I am so happy and excited that I am now attracting a flow of money into my life" or "I easily attract money like a magnet".

Combine the vivid visualization technique with empowering affirmations and the action steps you need to further your goals. This creates a powerful process, and gets you on your way to becoming a millionaire!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

No More Morning Meltdown: How to Streamline Your Morning Routine by Heather Leigh Clark

Mornings. Most of us don't like 'em, but they're a fact of life. So how do you make the morning game of 'beat the clock' more bearable? Try these tips.

A few weeks ago as I was looking for missing shoes, trying to convince my daughter that she would not die if she had to eat a piece of toast instead of pancakes, looking for my keys (which were in my hand the whole time) and generally rushing around
trying to get everyone out the door, I swore to myself for the 437th time that I need to organize my mornings a little better. But seriously - where do you even start? After some trial and error, I've found some tips that (usually) work at my house. 

To make a long story short, if you want your mornings to go a little smoother, you'll have to start the night before. I know, I know. No one wants to think about the morning during your last precious moments of free time at night. But a little pre-morning planning really does go a long way toward simplifying your morning. Here are some things to try: 

Check the Date
Keep deadlines and reminders on a calendar and check it every night - and be sure to look a few days ahead as well. That way you'll remember your children's project due dates, sports practices and doctor appointments or lunch dates, and can prepare for them the night before. 

Check the Weather
Sounds simple, right? Well, it actually is. Knowing the weather forecast for the next day will help you with the next step. 

Get Dressed before Bed
Ok, not literally. Just try to select clothing for yourself and/or children (including their shoes) before bed. That eliminates some of the hassle of finding 'just the right outfit' during the morning rush. 

It's in the Bag
Working on a big presentation for work? Children completing their homework? Once all the paperwork is finished, repack briefcases and school bags so they're ready to go in the morning. And remember - you can make your children responsible for repacking their own bags! 

Kitchen Night Shift
Deciding what to pack for lunches the next day - and
actually preparing as much as possible the night before – makes it much easier to simply drop the lunches into school or work bags. 

Kick Your Coffee into Gear
Drink coffee every morning? Get your coffee maker ready at night. If you can program yours to start at a certain time, do it. If not, you can at least get the coffee measured out and put in the filter the night before. I mean really - the sooner you can get to your caffeine in the morning, the better. 

There are also some things you can do weekly to help your mornings go off without too many glitches: 

Write it Down
Take some time each week to update your deadlines
& reminders calendar and to see if there's anything you can do ahead of time to be fully prepared. 

Get the Goods
Make sure you're stocked up on lunch fixin's and easy breakfast foods so you're not dining on peanut butter-covered cardboard. And if you like to drink coffee on the go, invest in a travel mug or disposable coffee cups with lids. (It will be kinda like Starbucks in your car, but you'll save more time and money.) 

Fill 'er Up
Who has time to get gas in the morning? Not me. Try to make a weekly trip to the gas station so you're not caught on empty. 

Wardrobe, Please
This may take a little extra time initially, but the payoff can be well worth it. When putting clean clothes (or dirty clothes, your choice) away, try to keep outfit pairings together. Like to wear a certain shirt with that great black skirt? Hang them beside each other in the closet so they're easy to find. Some people even go so far as to hang coordinating necklaces on the hanger with the shirt, but I'm not up to that level of organization yet...or maybe ever. 

The best way to streamline your mornings is to start at night. I know - the last thing you want to do at night is 'morning stuff,' but trust me. If you implement these tips (or even just a couple that sound easy) you'll thank me when morning comes. Or at least after you've had some caffeine. 


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Reaching Your Goals Begins Here by Bill Treasure

Most people perform better when they are heading toward a goal. But it is important to understand that the goals must motivate. If your goals leave you feeling inadequate, stressed out, or over-worked, then you will lack the motivation to complete them.

Goals that motivate have specific characteristics:

* Clarity. Clear goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). When a goal is clear and specific, people know what needs to be done and what is expected.

* Challenge. We are often motivated by achievement, so we'll judge a goal by how difficult we perceive it to be. If it is too easy, we won't give it as much attention and energy. However, if it demands us to stretch ourselves in order to achieve the recognition of a job well done, we are more likely to be motivated to excel.

* Commitment. For goal setting to be effective, the goals need to be agreed upon and understood. While this doesn't mean you negotiate every goal with every employee, there is value in engaging the people working towards the goal in crafting it. When we help to create the stretch goal, we are more connected to the challenge and more willing to commit. The harder the goal, the more commitment is needed.

* Task Complexity. For goals that are highly complex, we have to not only give people sufficient time to meet the goal, but actually provide the time to practice or learn skills that are necessary for success. The purpose of goal setting is successful achievement, so you have to be careful that the conditions around the goal support that success rather than stifle it.

* Feedback. Incorporating feedback into the goal setting process allows for expectations to be clarified, difficulty to be adjusted, and recognition given. In particular, when a goal is long-term in nature, it's important to set benchmarks that help people gauge their success and see their achievement.

Once the goals are defined, each goal should be "drilled down" with specific objectives and measures. Objects can be thought of as the yardstick; measures can be thought of as the exact location on the yardstick of each goal area; and both short-term and long-term objectives and measures should be defined.

When determining your objectives and measures it can be helpful to ask, "How will we know when this goal is achieved?" "What, exactly, will be different around here when the goal is attained?"

I appreciate this simple statement from Sir Edmund Hillary: "You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things - to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals."


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Why the Conscientious Mind Is a Successful Mind by Anna Chui

Douglas Hostetter was a conscientious objector to war who found himself faced with the dilemma of having to fulfill his military obligation during the Vietnam War in 1966. As a conscientious objector to war, Douglas refused to carry or use a weapon or participate in any of the violence of war. Instead, he opted to serve by teaching English to Vietnamese children. 

He also opted to live outside the heavily guarded walls of the American camps. He lived in a bungalow completely exposed to enemy forces. He had no gate, walls or weapons to defend himself.
He insisted on fulfilling his service in a non-violent manner and was able to dedicate himself to providing quality education to surrounding Vietnamese villages on his terms.

Being tagged a conscientious person, on the surface, seems to like it would be a pretty good way to be classified. But the truth is that those who truly commit to living a life of conscientiousness subject themselves to a lifetime of sacrifice and to the possibilities of being ostracized and misunderstood.

A Conscientious Life Is a Fulfilled Life—but Not Necessarily a Happy One
Many personality psychologists believe that there are five basic dimensions that comprise a person’s personality. Experts call them the “Big 5”.2 These are a set of five broad personality traits and include: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

Conscientiousness as defined by Psychology Today is:

“…a fundamental personality trait that influences whether people set and keep long-range goals, deliberate over choices or behave impulsively, and take seriously obligations to others.”

Conscientiousness is the character trait of being deliberate, careful, meticulous and vigilant. The presence of conscientiousness is the fundamental personality trait and determinant that influences people to set and systematically chase goals. It is what makes people keep their word, fulfill their
obligations and remain steadfast and loyal in the face of opposition.
In other words, it is the ability to live intentionally.

The Conscientious Mind Is a Strong Mind
How do you know if you are conscientious or not? A person with low levels of conscientiousness can be described as easily distracted, unfocused, unmotivated, spontaneous and is often called “flighty” and “all over the place.” If you find yourself constantly failing to achieve your personal goals or quitting projects midway through—you may need to work to live a more conscientious fashion.

The absence of conscientiousness is a key contributor to the absence of success. Becoming more conscientious requires an organized and industrious mind.

Organization and living an orderly life is a predictor in whether or not you achieve what it is you want in life. Having things neat, tidy and well organized keeps your mind neat, tidy, organized and focused. Establishing routines and sticking to them as much as possible is a great way to bring order to your life.

When working to become more organized, be careful not to over do it. Placing routine and order as a top priority leads to perfectionism, anxiety and other counterproductive attitudes. Put yourself on a schedule and get organized—but don’t go overboard.
Industriousness is associated with tenacity and grit. It is the passion and perseverance needed to achieve long-term goals. Industrious people are often described as achievement/goal-oriented, disciplined, efficient, purposeful, and competent. They are productive, not busy. They chase their goals and live life intentionally and methodically work hard to achieve their destiny.

Equipping with the Conscientious Mind
Conscientious people have several common habits that are worth studying. Here are five lessons we can learn from the masters of conscientiousness:

1. Think Deeper Before You Act
The conscientious mind always evaluates the pros and cons of a situation and considers the consequences of their actions. They exercise impulse control and work to act versus merely reacting. They count the cost before they undertake an endeavor and give their word.
Before launching a business, a conscientious person will do extensive amounts of research and ensure they have the appropriate capital and resources in place before they dive in and begin. They understand the market space, their brand, their customers and know the type of people they need to hire in order to be successful. Their business succeeds and thrives because of preparation, planning and diligence; not luck.

2. Commit to Promises
Because the conscientious think before they act, they are able to commit to things they know they can deliver. They provide exactly what they promise. They consider the cost before they make a promise and then dogmatically work to do what they say they are going to do.
If you promise your best friend you are going to help them move on a specific weekend, that is precisely what you should do. But before you commit to helping your friend, you should first ensure that you are available for the date and duration of time they need you. You should add it to your calendar and consider that date, time and task non-negotiable. You should show up when you said you would, work hard and fully deliver on that promise.

3. Don’t Rely on Mental Notes
Taking mental notes is great and we all do it. But there is one major problem with using your mental notes to recall information—you won’t remember it. Conscientious people write things down. They add dates to their calendar. They are schedulers and note takers. They intentionally make jotting notes a part of their routine and standard operating procedure. Read more about why Human Brains Aren’t Designed To Remember Things.

4. Take Breaks and Carry On
Take rest, regroup and restart. But don’t ever quit. Quitting is not an option. Remember, in order to be successful you need drive, determination and a stubborn will. You have to have fight, grit and a scrappy attitude to be who you truly can be.4

If you have watched The Hacksaw Ridge, you would have heard of Desmond T. Doss. He epitomizes the type of fight, tenacity and strength of will the truly conscientious have. Desmond was a
combat medic serving in WWII and his heroic actions, driven by his value system, led him to perform acts of heroism during the Battle of Okinawa. He became the first ever conscientious objector in US history to win the medal of honor. And he did it without ever firing a shot.

5. Take Responsibility for Problems
A conscientious person is not a coward nor a victim. They take responsibility for their part in failures and don’t run from problems. They stand flat-footed and stare issues in the eye. And then they devise a plan and attack. They are brave, tough and resourceful. They seek out solutions to their problems and refuse to “sweep things under the rug” and blame others.
Say if you have a report due at work and you realize it’s going to be late because you don’t have the necessary input from your colleagues. You apologize to your boss and give him a new time that the report will be due while taking full responsibility for not getting the input on time. You work with your colleagues to expeditiously get the input you need, and do whatever you have to do to ensure that you deliver on your promise and meet the new deadline.

A Conscientious Life Is Not Easy, but Is Worth It
Conscientiousness is an act of one’s will. It is intentional and requires purposeful actions, an organized mind and an industrious attitude.
By internalizing and embracing the five key habits of conscientious people, you set yourself up to be a reliable, productive and wildly successful best version of yourself.