Monthly Archives: August 2017

Achieving Success – The Importance of Continuing Learning

Continuing learning is imperative if you want to achieve significant success in your life and continue achieving success.What’s more, you should learn from a broad range of sources, although not so broad that your learning lacks focus, but broad enough to properly expand your level of consciousness, develop your awareness and challenge your current thinking.If you’ve old espionage movies then you’re probably seen movies about sleeper agents. In such movies the sleeper agent may be ‘awakened’ through hearing a special code that has been programmed deep into his sub-conscious mind. In many cases the sleeper agent doesn’t even remember that they are effectively a strategically placed spy working deep under cover. It’s as though they’re in a deep trance.Often they’ve built up a comfortable life. They have a family. They positively contribute to their community and they lead pretty contented lives and then one day they receive this code and the illusion that has been their life is shattered.

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They may be asked to do some dastardly deed or maybe even assassinate someone. The rest of the movie then shows the physical, mental and emotional struggle they endure as they try to retain the status quo and re-assemble their lives.Like the sleeper agent, Dr Joe Vitale suggests that we’re all in a deep trance:”We are all in a state of hypnosis. We think that we are such and such in life and all it means is we have put ourselves into a programmed state that says – this is the way you are in life.”And so, as you continue with your learning, there will come a point when you hear a word, a phrase, a sentence or you may see something and suddenly you experience a quantum leap in your awareness. You’ll understand and see your life as well as life in general in a manner hitherto unimagined.The sleeper awakes.And the analogy between you and the fictional sleeper doesn’t stop there. You’ve got that new-found awareness and you’re ready to transform your life. You want to transform your life and start achieving a greater level of success but the manner in which your sub-conscious mind reacts you’d think you wanted to slip someone a cyanide pill.You see, your sub-conscious mind resists change. Its role is to keep the status quo.But, if you persist with your personal development and, in particular, incorporate neural re-conditioning techniques into your program then gradually your sub-conscious mind will succumb. Your life will start to flow more fluidly and achieving success will be easier than ever before.

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However, it doesn’t stop there because again, as you continue your learning, you’ll be exposed to another ‘code’ and the whole process starts again.The good thing is that it is that you’ll soon recognize the pattern and when this happens you won’t be flummoxed. You’ll recognize that it is a process you have to go through as part of your intellectual, mental and spiritual growth that will lead to you creating a more fulfilling and successful life.And, when you experience resistance you’ll be able to dip into your ever expanding toolbox and select the techniques and strategies that best support you during the process of achieving success and achieving your ideal lifestyle.

How to Achieve Personal and Professional Success With NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming now there’s a meaty expression if ever you have heard one? However if you have been around the personal development/self improvement worlds over the last ten or fifteen years, it’s inevitable that you will have come across advocates and devotees of NLP as it is abbreviated to!? So what is it about?NLP was founded by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the 1970s. They claimed that NLP would be instrumental in “finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives”.They coined the title to denote their belief in a connection between neurological processes (‘neuro’), language (‘linguistic’) and behavioural patterns that have been learned through experience (‘programming’) and that can be organized to achieve specific goals in lifeUnderstanding this tripart connection espoused the potential for self-determination through overcoming learned limitations and emphasized well-being and healthy functioning. Initially this discovery was used in traditional therapeutic environments to “treat” depression, phobias, anxiety disorders and the like,but later it has been applied to people wanting to effect more generalised change in their personal and professional lives. This is done by a process called ‘modelling’. This means in effect to study and apply the effectiveness of highly achievers and successful people to one’s own life!

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NLP therefore at its simplest is a range of techniques and behaviours which lead to an enhanced communication process. It stands to reason that the better one is in ‘interpersonal communication’ the more likely one is to achieve success in all areas of life.One of the best known NLP techniques is “rapport building” which consists of “mirroring and matching” another individual. Now the reason this is important is because it has been proven in a 1970 study at the University of Pennsylvania that 93% of our communication process operates at an unconscious and non verbal level. Anthony Robbins, one of the leaders in the field of peak human performance in this era, has stated that “people who like each other tend to be like each other.” This means that essentially when we are “in sync” with another person effective rapport will be built and greater opportunity for more interpersonal and professional success.The good news is that NLP teaches you how to get in “rapport” with the other person by matching and mirroring the other person’s body movements, tone of speech and words used. For example observing how a person sits when in conversation, hand and body movements, words used, tone of voice, speed of speech etc. All of these can be skilfully observed and replicated by one person to mirror and match the communication of their partner. It is important not to let this turn into mimicry but to develop one’s skills in this area by subtle application of specific techniques. By doing this you create an unconscious empathy with the other person and this leads to a more “intimate” relationship. You are then fully able to understand their reality even if not necessarily agreeing with it. By gaining rapport with other people one can improve family relationships, land a plum job at interview, become a better sales person or whatever.

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Matching done with integrity and respect creates positive feelings and responses in you and others. Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make him feel you understand him, and that there is a strong connection between the two of you.Someone who has achieved great success in life by practical application of NLP techniques is a gentleman by the name of Adam Khoo. At the age of 26 he became a millionaire despite being thrown out of primary school and coming bottom of the class in the the “express stream” at secondary school!He has a unique story to tell on the benefits of NLP to Master Your Mind and Design Your Destiny. For more on this click here.

Achieve Success – The 20 D’s That Determine Your Success

The formula for achieving our goals and realizing our dreams is not difficult, nor is it a secret. It entails developing certain attributes and persisting in certain actions much more than it does acquiring specialized knowledge or developing specific talents. As you will see below, the principles are extremely simple in theory; and thankfully, they apply to anyone and to any goal or dream. To make them even simpler, I have essentially used some simple alliteration to explain each of the principles, attributes, mentality, and actions required to achieve any success. The difficulty is not being aware of or understanding these principles – it is implementing them!Each principle described below explains an attribute, mentality, or action that must be implemented – or prevented. Being aware of, being able to recognize, being able to avoid, being able to learn from, and being able to put into practice each of the principles below is necessary to achieve any goal or dream:DreamDream big! Envision your accomplishment constantly. Recognize that your dreams are completely possible, and the end success is always the result of the initial dream. Ensure your dreams are your dreams, and not the desires or expectations of others; and then believe in them and do whatever necessary to achieve them.DesireIf desire is lacking, the motivation to act and the determination to persist will be absent, and the result is always failure. Understand, however, that interest and strong desire are completely different – interest produces action when it is convenient, and strong desire persists in action despite challenges and failures. And real desire is much more than hope or a wish; it is a mentality that translates into power to accomplish incredible things.DisbeliefDreaming big is important, but it is also useless if you don’t truly believe your dreams are possible and believe that you are capable of accomplishing those dreams. Belief is not a sure knowledge, it does not eliminate risk, nor does it produce results – but it is absolutely necessary in order to produce the actions that Do produce the results that eventuate into success. You can become and accomplish anything, but you must first believe so.DecidePerhaps one of the greatest secrets necessary for success is the ability to decide, and then stick to that decision. Often, however, people make and act upon decisions that would result in success if pursued, but those decisions unfortunately get rescinded when things start to become difficult. Those who are unassertive, idle, unconfident, and uncommitted must develop the ability to make decisions quickly and confidently, and stick to them.DeterminedAnything is possible to the individual who is absolutely determined to accomplish their goal. Much more powerful than desire for and belief in a goal, completely committing to that goal will ensure that excuses are eliminated, challenges do not defeat, and persistence is the only alternative. Zeal and determination have always contributed to success far more than brains and talent have.

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DareTo dare is to have courage, to be bold, and to take risks. In order for the majority of successes and goals to be achieved, one must be willing to take that risk, go out of their comfort zone, Do what they don’t want to do or don’t feel comfortable doing, and even be willing to fail in the process. And therein is another secret – that when those inevitable failures do happen, one must be willing to dare again by persisting in the risk rather than retreating to security and mediocrity.DangersNobody is ignorant of the fact that taking such risks includes various dangers, necessary sacrifices, and potential failures. Be it money wasted, time lost, effort exuded, embarrassment faced, goals not reached, or failure experienced – it can (and probably will) happen. Recognizing these dangers and trying to avoid them is wise, but facing them is often assured. The challenge lies in learning from and persisting Despite them.DoubtsThe only limitations in life are the ones we create, believe, and nourish within our own minds. Doubts and fears, if heeded, result in a lack of attempt; and it is the ability to attempt and act that produces the confidence needed to overcome our doubts and fears and accomplish any goal. It is vital to remember that doubts and fears reside in everyone; and yet, they can be controlled by anyone. Ironically, they are never fully overcome, which suggests the importance of constantly controlling our minds, overcoming our fears, believing in ourselves, and being willing to attempt and act always.DeclareTell yourself you will be successful. Vocalize your goals Daily. Talk big to yourself and to everyone. Declare to others what your goals and dreams are. Then, shut up and get to work!DoOur dreams, our plans, our thoughts, our knowledge, and our very words are of no value and produce no accomplishment until accompanied with actions – Daily actions. Too often, people mistakenly think that success is a result of talent, knowledge, money, connections, characteristics, or inheritance; truthfully, at the foundation of every success, accomplishment, or goal achieved is one common and necessary principle – hard work!DisciplineDiscipline is an action that combines commitment and consistency; for one without the other fails to produce the desired attainment. The ability to refrain from or take action in something once requires effort, but the ability to consistently put forth the same effort until the goal has been realized requires discipline. Discipline is doing what is desired when feeling less inclined, making time at the most inconvenient of times, refraining from things regardless of what others think or say, and persisting in actions despite the difficulty. Success Demands continual discipline.DisorganizedFailures often result not from a lack of ability, effort, or knowledge, but from the inability to set goals, establish a plan, become organized, and prioritize daily actions. We’ve all heard the cliché of ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ However, effective planning is more than just putting pen to paper, it entails specific short and long term goals, daily actions that are reviewed and committed to, and back up plans because of the inevitable detours. Perhaps even more importantly, the goals and plans must be written, viewed daily, revised often, organized coherently, completely committed to, and Daily worked on.DistractionsDistractions are inescapable. Along the journey to success, we will experience various and numerous distractions, most often coming in the form of: fears or family priorities, work responsibilities or church and community involvement, hobbies or entertainment, health problems or vacations, or perhaps even other goals and worthwhile pursuits. Unfortunately, far too often people mistakenly blame the distraction for their resultant failure, rather than recognizing that the excuse is but a cover up of their poor response to the distraction. Persisting Despite the distractions is absolutely necessary.DetoursIt is vitally important to understand that things never seem to work out as originally planned. You’ll often find that the initial path, plan, requirements, and time frame you were expecting were miscalculated. Take comfort in the fact that all those who have accomplished their goals and successes have likewise miscalculated. The challenge lies in ensuring those detours do not turn into dead-end streets, but that they become merely road blocks that cause you to persist and others to quit.DisappointmentsFailures happen, Difficulties arise, and plans do fail. It is only those who are willing to fail that are truly willing to succeed. But, for whatever reason, in the moment of failure we often wrongfully assume that we personally are failures, and we thus quit. Failure is not a person; it is an event that is absolutely necessary to achieve success.DiscouragementsThe great Thomas Edison, perhaps the one person who had every reason to become discouraged after thousands of failed attempts to produce the light bulb, he perfectly described what our response should be whenever failure is experienced and discouragement is felt when he said: “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt Discarded is another step forward.”

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DiligenceDiligence is continually exerting ourselves mentally and physically, persistently recommitting ourselves, and willingly and constantly putting forth the necessary action required to accomplish our goals. Diligence is persistence and endurance – the key to any success.Don’t QuitDecide now to never give up, regardless of how difficult it may become. When those personal defeats, failures, or challenges arise, the natural tendency is to do what the majority of people do – quit, give an excuse, choose another goal, or give up on the dream altogether. Rather, you must learn from and get up after any temporary defeat or failure. The majority of personal successes in life are usually accomplished after an individual determines to not give up when they experience a failure.DisperseGive of your resources, knowledge, and time. Notice, however, that I did not say give if you have – I said give, regardless of what you have. Give now, and give always! Do not assume that later in life when you have acquired excess wealth, knowledge, and time that you will then freely give of it – Develop the habit of giving now (the amount is irrelevant compared to the intent). And never forget the unexplainable, yet true principle that when you give, you always receive (often, much more abundantly).DutyFar more important than any other ‘D’ described in this list is that of our duty to God and our family. When all is said and done, I think each of us would much rather deal with the disappointments of certain failures than the disappointment of certain successes, if those certain successes were achieved at the expense of the much more important priorities. God and our family must absolutely be our first priority. Thus, no goal or accomplishment in life is as important as becoming a person of integrity, character, and morality. Being a good parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor is far more important than becoming a great businessman, politician, doctor, attorney, or achieving any other accomplishment, title, certificate, position, or even dream in life.All of your Desires and Dreams are possible! However, your challenge today – and continually – will be to Dare to think big, Develop the ability to believe more, and Decide to act now. It is extremely Difficult, but completely Doable!

How To Achieve Success With Your Direct Mailing House

A good mailing house should be a direct marketing professional’s biggest strength. Developing a great working relationship will result in direct marketing campaigns which run to schedule, keep within budget, and give you the highest chance of making the required return on your investment. Direct marketing professionals want excellent service from their mailing house; in order to make this happen the mailing company must receive effective communication from its clients. Use the following points to help as a reminder of how to build a strong relationship with your direct mailing services company.1. Always visit your mailing house – this will provide you with inside information about the way in which their business operates and also allow you to put names to faces. Use the visit as an opportunity to ask questions about ways in which any technical processes work – plus – being able to see their technology close at hand will enable you to have a better understanding about timings. Your visit may also give you inspiration about ways in which technology could make your direct mail shots fresh and innovative – you may find there are better ways of folding inserts, or personalising your mail pieces.2. To get the most out of a mailing house it makes sense to try to co-ordinate your production schedule with theirs – if you are willing to fit in with their schedules you may be able to get cost reductions. Allow a mailing house enough time to complete the work satisfactorily, remember they have other customers whose needs are also time sensitive- so be fair with timings and get them agreed beforehand. If a number of third parties are involved in aspects of your direct marketing campaign factor in these timings in a logical order. It may help to allow for some slippage time to cover you in case of delays.

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3. Make sure you only supply a mailing house with materials it can work with – there is no point sending your mailing services company items which need to be inserted by hand if they do not offer this facility. Be very specific about the weights and sizes of materials to be supplied to ensure they are technically feasible for your particular mailing house.4. Consider what would be the best make use of your mailing company’s resources -do you want a one-stop shop? Or only to outsource one or more parts of your direct marketing processes? Discounts are often available if you let your direct mailing services company handle more of the direct marketing for you, but your company may insist on keeping most of the work in-house. In any case its worth finding out about the various services your mailing company has to offer- maybe you could persuade your company to run a test mailing in order to find out whether by outsourcing more direct marketing processes you can get better results.5. By depending on one mailing house to take on all your direct mail you are likely to get discounts, but make sure you are completely sure your mailing house is financially stable. For peace of mind check that the mailing house is a member of the Direct Marketing Association – if they are their company will have been given a positive financial bill of health.6. Communicate with your mailing house in order to update them about any new developments within your organization – and plan ahead as much as you can: being forewarned is forearmed. Your mailing house will benefit from any information you can give them about new company products or new markets you plan to target; your mailing services company wants to know and understand your company so that they can give you advice which is tailored directly to you.7. Make sure you and your mailing house work within a set of ‘best practice’ guidelines. Agree on which party supplies what, and when, and who is responsible for the payment of various items – these are all things which must be sorted out at the start. Quotations and estimates (including any amendments) need to be put in writing as well as instructions. As business partners you should be clear about who has responsibility for signing off, for example, proofs before the start of production.

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8. Nothing stops a good working relationship in its track as much as late payment – so pay on time! Always make sure terms are agreed with the mailing company right at the start then make sure they are adhered to. If you haven’t already set up a purchase order system it’s a good idea to do so, in order to help to keep an eye on purchases-this will help reduce problems for both parties when it comes to sorting out the figures.9. Think about reviewing your mailing house’s performance at regular intervals. In this way you can make sure you are still getting a good deal. Also is your mailing house updating you on new processes in terms of helping you become more efficient in your direct mailings? Getting feed back in terms of the opinions of employees at the mailing house is a way of gaining valuable information about whether improving communication could help speed up processes and increase efficiency.10. Lastly: Unfortunately it very occasionally happens that you and your direct mailing company fall out. If you have chosen a DMA registered business as your mailing house then the DMA can become an adjudicator and can work to produce an outcome based on mailing industry guidelines. However by sticking to the points such as these you are unlikely to experience this situation – so, best of luck with your direct marketing campaigns!

3 Incredible Strategies To Achieve Success Using A Subliminal Message

A subliminal message is the message or information that does not need our reception senses to be perceived. Such messages are mostly abrupt. They are quickly passed and do not give room for effective analytical thinking. They are absorbed and stored in the subconscious mind and gradually affect our thinking and actions. One can learn how to use subliminal messages to communicate and develop their personal life. There are many strategies to use to achieve success, but review will be done on three.Posting positive messages around – invest in subliminal technologyThis could be in form of small papers, reminders on your phone, posters on your doorways and even the words on the screensaver of your computer and actually. Actually, this is one of the ways that you can get assistance from subliminal technology. These messages should be strategically placed so you see them from time to time. The mind might be thinking about other things, but the messages will be saved in the subconscious mind. During relaxation, you might find yourself thinking about the messages that you cannot even remember seeing.

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This strategy can be used to set goals ranging from business targets, weight management schemes, budgeting financial resources and others. These messages may not be well analyzed by the individual, but the subconscious mind stores them for later assessment. They build up the drive to accomplish and satisfy personal aspirations.Ensuring positive environment and inputsKeeping company with pessimists and discourage-rs might be disastrous since our mindset is likely to concur with theirs. Rationally, we might argue with them and declare that we are not the same. Words and messages that they occasionally transmit are sent to the subconscious mind and that affects how we think.Surrounding oneself with successful people can be challenging especially when we are not as prosperous. Their thinking, dressing and communication skills with time will be stored in our minds without our knowledge. The popular saying “Birds of the same feather flock together” will be realistic. An individual will start viewing things in a very new dimension of class and success. This will further result in self confidence and persistent pursuit of one’s goals in life.Watching and listening to positive messages also ensures good use of subliminal techniques. When watching, one should be very keen. To achieve the subliminal effect, one should not critically analyze the message, but should enjoy the music or program. The message will be stored effectively in the subconscious mind when one is not thinking about it. Repetition of the messages will provide good results in the mind set.

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Good physical presentationWhen it comes to relationships, there are things that define attractiveness. An individual who dresses well, communicates well and handles his body language effectively is considered a plus. Such conditions are never thought about mostly as we interact, but they are absorbed into our subconscious mind. An individual will command respect from his outward appearance and his behaviours from colleagues and even strangers. This subliminal technique helps us to get ahead in terms of wooing lovers, colleagues or potential clients. Subliminal message need a brain set and an understanding of how it works. Lastly, a subliminal DVD or tape will go a long way, play it for fun and the message will sink in where it can never be erased or criticized.

Positive Attitude: The Importance Of It In Achieving Success In Life

Why having a positive attitude is so important in life? Is it really necessary to have a positive attitude? Should go through all the trouble to learn how to have a positive attitude? These are the kind of questions that some people might ask.Recent studies have shown that education contributes only a mere 15% in getting a new job or promotion while the remaining 85% is because of attitude! This really shows in order to achieve success in life; the importance of having a positive is unchallenged.

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There will always be 2 thoughts that will be fighting in our mind. One will be the positive thinking and the other will be the negative thinking. Each and every moment of our life is determined by this difference between the stepping stone and the stumbling block. Positive attitude is the key to success while Negative attitude is the key to failure.Recent studies done by the University of Texas has shown that people with an upbeat view of life were less likely than pessimists to show signs of frailty. Plus, research has found that a positive attitude may delay the ageing process!In the study, the Texas team carried out tests on 1,558 older people from the Mexican American community to examine whether there was a link between positive emotions and the onset of frailty. At the start of the seven year study all the volunteers were in relatively robust good health. The researchers assessed the development of frailty during the study by measuring the participants’ weight loss, exhaustion, walking speed and grip strength. They found that those people who had a positive attitude towards life were significantly less likely to become frail.

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So it has been proven that not only having a positive attitude can improve our mental health, it can also improve our physical health. It is so important to have a positive attitude as it can really improve our life. So start to have positive attitude today.

The 10 Ingredients That You’ll Need To Know In Order To Achieve Success In Life And Business

Hi All,You have a dream? You want success? You need to succeed? Here’s what you need to make it happen.I don’t like the expression keys to success. There are no locks to success that need to be opened. Success really has an open door policy and it’s up to us just to walk on in and make all our dreams come true.There are INGREDIENTS that need to be blended and a recipe to follow to create a successful life. As in cooking everyone will always add that little something of their own to the recipe to make it special and successful.The 10 ingredients below are to be working together for and with you at all times. They’re not to be addressed as individual ingredients to be used individually at certain times. You will find that all these ingredients will blend and overlap each other on a daily basis. The more you know about each one and how it will affect you on your success journey the stronger and more accurate you’ll be when trying to hit your targets or goals.The following are the 10 ingredients for success:1-Support – Everyone needs a cheerleader. Everyone needs someone to go to for advice, support and information. When the body and mind want to quit you need a voice whispering in your ear that you can and will make it. Friends, family or other professionals could make up your success support team. This is the most critical ingredient for your success journey.

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2-Dreams – Everything starts here. Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve. Don’t let anyone tell you to give up on your dreams. Make your dreams an integral part of your life.3-Goals – We all need direction. You need to know where you’re going and when you’ll be able to get there. Goals will help you with this. Make them big goals. Don’t be afraid to set big goals. Big goals will energize and inspire you.4-Reality – You must learn how to deal with the harsh realities of life at the current moment and at the same time keep your eye on where you want to be. Your dreams and goals will help make this happen for you.5-Positive Expectancy – You must be able to know in your heart that whatever life throws at you it will be OK and you’ll be ok. You must embrace and have faith in the notion that every day is another chance to start fresh and fix and adjust anything that knocked you off course.6-Emotions – Emotions are yours and they are meant to help you and guide you. You must acknowledge them all and respect them. Let your emotions have their say and question why you feel that way. You’ll feel empowered and confident once you and your emotions become allies.7-Fear – Everyone lives with this particular emotion. Courage is not the lack of fear it’s feeling the fear and moving forward anyway.8-Think Negative – Expect the worst and hope for the best. This attitude will never let you down. It will stimulate questions that need to be answered and it will help in keeping you safe in business and in your personal life.9-Questions – Questions get you answers. Answers are what you need to be able to achieve success in your life. Always ask questions that start with who, what, when, where, why and how. Question everything and your chances of success increase at an incredible rate. You can never ask too many questions.10-Action – Just move forward. Adopt the attitude of ready, fire, aim instead of ready, aim, fire and make adjustments as you travel. You can’t get to where you’re going unless you get out of the house and let opportunity bump into you.

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Embrace all 10 ingredients and as you move forward build your own success support community. As I said earlier this is the most critical ingredient of all.Having success support is about having people in your life who care about you and are loyal to you as well as having people in your life who are positive, intelligent, ethical, and ambitious. Having quality people participating in your success journey and each person enthusiastically participating is absolutely essential to your success.Your success support team gives you feedback, helps you brainstorm new possibilities, and sets up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You must create a success support group who will brainstorm together with you and help you move closer to all your goals and dreams. Success Support is a significant, critical ingredient for you achieving all your goals and making your dreams come true.Good Luck,
Regards,
Barry

Mind Mapping: Building Your Confidence With Better Communication Skills

I always used to believe there was a particular unspoken understanding amongst humans, hardwired into our nervous system and that if we act in a certain way then our counterpart will respond accordingly. I was wrong!I think my confusion stemmed from a misplaced assumption that my counterpart would always respond to my positive acts with an appropriately positive communication! The point is that not everyone receives the same basic social training in the parental home and, therefore, as adults we do not all exhibit the same responses in particular situations.This can make useful, productive communication at home and at work difficult, creating unnecessary arguments and impeding the progress of your career! Add to this the obvious differences in communicating how one thinks and feels, inherent in a multi-cultural society – and you will understand why Mind Map has proved so useful in personal and workplace training!Bedrock of Self-EsteemGood communication skills are the bedrock of how to motivate your staff, boost creativity and improve employer/employee relations. For individuals seeking employment, excellent communication skills is very high on the list of personal attributes that employers demand when hiring or promoting employees. People who take the time to improve their communication skills through Mind Map Mentoring find that it greatly increases their self-esteem.

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Communication Takes Many FormsIn times of difficulty, when an individual is struggling with managing life’s changes and feeling a distinct lack of self-esteem, a kind word or an offer of help communicates that they are worth more than they think – it tells them that you think they are worth helping. This type of communication costs the giver very little effort, but it can be of tremendous value and significance to help someone regain their confidence and self-motivation.Selfless acts of kindness and practical offers of help can be courageous acts that reveal the strength of your character and communicate your personal integrity to those around you. Just as withholding supportive communication can be seen as an almost hostile act. After all, showing care for a stranger or the weaker person is at the very core of true humanity.Mind Map Training for Improved CommunicationIn terms of effective verbal communication, the one main question is this:Can you silence your inner thoughts and actively listen to the person in front of you, so you actually hear what they have to say? When you stand before a person who has an opposing point of view and are able to have a constructive discussion, this shows a healthy and positive readiness to, at least, listen carefully and understand why they hold a contrary point of view.Don’t Feel Cut OffSome of us have been effectively silenced from our natural desire to communicate what we really feel or believe by all types of external pressure. This can be detrimental and individuals can find themselves cut off from who they really are and what they really want to achieve in life.Mind mapping is an excellent brain-training system that encourages participants to speak up in guided sessions, knowing that whatever they contribute will be listened to and valued for its uniqueness. This is a key part of building your confidence through mind mapping.

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Positive Personal DevelopmentThought mapping is great system, allowing people to get in touch with their true self and promoting self-growth and positive personal development. Once you have experienced the non-judgemental, active listening that is an essential component of mapping your mind for success – you also learn the value of listening carefully to what the people around you have to say!This creates better communication and more harmony in family relationships, with friends and with work colleagues. Mind mapping, also known as thought mapping and concept mapping, is a great tool for weeding out false pre-conceived notions and the negative stereotype thinking that impedes self-growth and personal development.Mind Mapping promotes meaningful conversations that produce positive results.

Success With Dollar Stores Requires Fast Receiving of New Products

If you are seeking success with dollar stores you will soon realize the many implications of success. After all, while shoppers are eager to take advantage of the great products for such low prices, there is another side to the coin. Every time sales climb higher more items must quickly make it into your store, through the receiving process, onto the floor, and finally to the cashiers who are eagerly waiting at the checkout stations in your store. In this article we examine some of the keys to positioning your store to always have the right products waiting as eager shoppers come to make their purchases.Before we proceed however let’s acknowledge one of the most painful errors often made by those who are running a dollar store. That mistake is forgetting the need to have the right products displayed on the sales floor whenever a shopper comes into your store. Many make the mistake of assuming just because hot-selling products have been requisitioned and maybe even they have arrived, they do you no good unless they are received, priced and then placed on display. If those steps have not been taken the sad result is ‘no sale’ will be made.

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It is imperative for those seeking success with dollar stores to immediately move merchandise onto the sales floor when it arrives. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goal of success with dollar stores:* Track shipments of critical merchandise and then be prepared to quickly receive, price and stock the order. Make sure it promptly gets onto the sales floor of your store.* Trained stock clerk(s) should be available for receiving, pricing and stocking newly arrived merchandise that currently have low inventory levels immediately upon receipt.* Establish a simple set of rules for receiving and stocking incoming products. Be sure this includes time limits regarding merchandise that is sitting in the receiving area of your store.

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* Never ignore the value of the money you invest in merchandise. Those running a dollar store can take that same money and earn interest or more. Don’t waste your investment by making purchases and then allowing items to sit in receiving or the back stock area of your store.* Never allow products to be ordered that will not immediately go onto the sales floor.Those running a dollar store must set guidelines around ordering replenishment merchandise, as well as the receiving and stocking of those products. Always communicate those guidelines to all employees and hold everyone accountable to them. Only then are you setting yourself up for success with dollar stores.

Six Keys to Building Wealth and Achieving Success

There are keys to wealth and success that those who have attained them understand. If you wish to build wealth and achieve success then it’s crucial to implement the keys discussed below.Here, then, are six things that the successful understand and implement. As you read them, please understand that you can practice them too!1. They believe in themselves!Successful people believe nothing can stop them from reaching their goals – financial and otherwise. They do what is necessary to reach those goals. That means they even do things they dislike or take on tasks that seem impossible.You can sense their self-belief and can almost see it when they enter a room. Successful people exhibit a high level of self-confidence that is contagious. Most are optimistic and maintain a positive outlook even when life is tough. Their confidence is not easily shaken by external factors. They see opportunities in problems!2. They learn from people who have achieved more than they have!Successful people know that in order to grow they need to learn from those who have already realized greater success. They know that when you stop growing you stop living!

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They ask questions, study and learn from others. One man that I interviewed said to me, “No one has asked me questions like this before!” I wasn’t surprised to hear him say that as I have heard it before.Who can you ask about their success? What might you learn?3. They recognize the tremendous value of time!Successful people understand time is their most important asset. They know it is a very scarce resource. They don’t spend much time watching television soap operas, for example. One of the best investments we made recently was to spend $9.99 a month to get the digital video recording service our local cable provider offers. While we already watch limited programming, now we record the few shows we normally watch so we can zip through the commercials! (Sorry, advertisers!)Wealthy people know the power of the use of leverage to achieve maximum gains with minimum efforts. When you can leverage time, you can achieve tremendous results!4. They understand the importance of investing in themselves!Successful people understand that many expenses are investments. They know that by spending money to acquire an asset or skill (learning) they will realize a future return. In many cases that return will be a large multiple of their original expenditure. (A good accountant will help them to see this, too!)Many successful people spend good amounts of money on educational and motivational resources – CD’s, seminars, books, membership websites and more. They know that it is an investment that can never diminish in value because it is an investment in themselves.5. They implement strategic monetary decisions!Wealthy people place a significant portion of their wealth in some type of investment that gives them a better return than a savings account.These investments might be real estate, gas and oil, stocks, bonds, or their business. Recently we learned about an investment opportunity that over the last year (February 2006 – January 2007) returned over 70% compounded. We learned about it because we are actively looking for things that have the possibility of doing much better than the local bank.

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Successful people also know that not putting all your eggs in one basket is critical. There are far too many stories of people losing everything because everything was riding on one horse that couldn’t make it to the finish line.6. They understand the power of being generous!Many wealthy people are also great givers. They have come to see the importance of giving to something beyond themselves. They know that as they give to their community, college, church and other organizations they are helping others and that, too, is a great investment!To be sure there are tax benefits involved, in some cases tremendous tax benefits (i.e., charitable remainder unitrusts), but for most successful people it is a benefit of giving and not the primary motivating factor.ConclusionWealth and success are not measured simply by money in the bank and are rarely attained quickly. Practice the disciplines above and you too will develop a wealthier life in many ways!