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Think Like A Success Thursday : Chapter 2

Happy Think Like A Success Thursday!

It is bitterly cold in my Southern Neck of the United States.  The cold, ice and snow has led to all sorts of inconveniences such as lost electricity, school closings,  delayed business openings and car accidents of all types.   This weather reminds me of the lesson Chapter 2 is centered around – learning from our failures.

As many people know, GA went through a pretty terrible ice storm in early 2014 that left many people stranded in schools, buses,  and interstates shut down.  This included children stuck overnight at school and people abandoning cars on the road so that they could make it home.  But this time, a little over a year later, GA got it right.   The state learned from the lessons of the 2014 ice storm and made adjustments to its response.  And you know what, while the citizens may be a tad inconvenienced we have all adjusted our own familial responses as well.  As a result, we are each safer.

That is what Mr. Harvey is profiling in this chapter and below are my favorite quotes and this week’s questions.

Favorite Quotes from Chapter 2:
“You have to convince yourself that the possibility is greater than the inevitability of doing nothing” – Steve Harvey

“Failure is not here to defeat you, but to give you the power to gain those life experiences that you can come back to and learn from again and again” – Steve Harvey

“The key to our opportunities lies in our decisions” – Steve Harvey

The discussion of a topic such as fear and failure can actually lead people to have increased feelings of inadequacy so this I am simplifying your questions for reflection.  I want you to actually document your answers then go back and re-read this chapter.  This way you begin to condition your mind to look for the lessons specific to you and your circumstances.

Questions for Reflection :
What are you afraid of?  Are there any fears you were forced to face over the last 365 days? If so, what were the results.

Which life experiences have contributed to your best lessons learned out of failure? 

Did your past failures turn you into a positive person or contribute to your negative view of the world? How has your answer impacted your relationships?

According to Mr. Harvey: In order to get the _____ you want, you have to make the _____ to ___.  List 3 ways this principle has benefited you in the last 5 years?  Use those benefits to build up your courage to change.

Learning what ___ to do is just as valuable as knowing what ___ do. 

Action Step:  List each thing you fear on paper by hand in this manner: I am afraid of…. .  Begin lisying each fear with the same I am phrasing. Walk away from your list for one day then look at it again.  This time, rewrite each fear in this manner: I overcame …
Every week on the same day of the week, repeat to yourself what you wrote that you overcame.

Til next time,
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

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Think Like A Success Thursday: Chapter 1

Welcome to Think Like A Success Thursday!

I hope you are enjoying the reading of this book.  Chapter 1 has been a reminder of the words my parents would use on us as little kids.  Steve Harvey brought me back to the times my big momma would get on us about not trying hard enough, I remember her saying “Girl, you the smart one but you gotta step up.”

As I read chapter 1, Steve reminds me so much of a godparent or trusted family friend.  You know the type, they aren’t blood relatives but they have been around the family so long that we call them uncle or aunt.  They are the ones who can give us the same advice we’d heard a thousand times from our parents but when they say it, its like a light bulb went off in our head and we have an “A HA” moment.  And just like that, the words and lessons being imparted just make sense.

Another thing, I liked about this chapter is its abundance of questions for pondering as well as the success action plans.  For someone who reads looking for the lessons that can be learned, this made my job a little harder but in a great way.  He also provided a couple of quotes that I am adding to my personal cheerleader as indicated below.  But there is one quote that are words repeated in my family many times growing up and I myself have said it a few times as well – “Nothing is going to change until you get sick and tired of being sick and tired” Fannie Lou Hamer.
Favorite Quotes:
“This is you life, and you have to live it TODAY. You cannot afford to waste another minute being unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and underutilized” – Steve Harvey

“Excuses are the lies you convince yourself are true to avoid proving you are worthy of the gift you were given” – Steve Harvey

“Use your energy to perfect your game, not someone else’s” – Steve Harvey

“You think that you’re the only one who can see your words of defeat, but they show up in your demeanor and how you present yourself to the world” – Steve Harvey

“You will miss out on the true blessing of your life if you don’t accept that your gift if your winning ticket and the key to your life’s blessings” – Steve Harvey

“Excuses are self-imposed roadblocks, detours, and traffic jams that take you off your road to success.  Expectations are wide-open lanes reserved for those people who are willing to pay the price for excellence” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:
Have you reached a point in your life that you are tired?  What are the top 5 things that you are tired of?  Go on write them down and if you end up with more than 5, then you have some great motivation.

In what way are you your own opposition?

In what way are you placing limits on yourself and thus your success?  Where do you think you learned this behavior?

What do you say to yourself when you pass a mirror or are given a new challenge at work?  What would it take for you to change your self-talk?

Ask someone you love and trust to pay attention to the words you speak for one day.  How many times do you use statements such as “I can’t”?

Napoleon Hill and Steve Harvey both extol the importance of surrounding yourself with successful people.  Who have you introduced to your Master Mind group?

Have you committed to your dream?  How can others see this demonstrated in your daily actions?

Chapter 1 Success Actions begins with an exercise on identifying your excuses.  Follow those instructions by writing down all the excuses you’ve made this week.  By following this plan, you will have a declaration of commitment to yourself.

Til next time,
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” – Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street

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Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success – The Introduction

Welcome to the inaugural post regarding the reading of Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey.  I find it interesting that he subtitles his introduction as Your Gift is Calling..Are You Ready to Answer? This reminds me of a commercial I once saw for a tourist area that I cannot recall the name of but it had a catchy slogan that was something like, your life is calling.  The scenery was of water, sandy beaches, and blue skies.

The introduction of this book also reminds me of sandy beaches and blue skies but in a different manner. Mr. Harvey details how you will benefit from reading his book with one of the main themes being that we will expand the skills we currently possess AND we can start where we are at this moment.  So without further adieu, here are my favorite quotes and my questions for our reflection.

Favorite Quotes from the Introduction:
“Life is more than wading through a lifeless job, earning a gold watch, and cashing in your 401(k).  Your life has to be more than just waiting for the right opportunity to come along and find you.  Your life has to be more than just marking time watching others achieve success.” – Steve Harvey

“Incorporating your gift into your life and sharing it with others will bring you joy, passion, and a new vigor for living life to the fullest.” – Steve Harvey

“Everyone who comes with you cannot go with you” – Steve Harvey

“When you really take on acting like a success and thinking like a success, you can have all the riches that life has to offer” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:
When was the last time you took inventory of your life?  Did you identify your blessings and your achievements during that process or did you focus on the things going wrong?  Now is a great time to do an inventory

What are some amazing things going on in your life at this time that you did not plan for?  What challenges have you made it through?  Is there anything you learned about yourself during that time that you can draw on today to become a success?

What are your dreams?  Have you said them out loud recently?  Have you written them down?  What behavior/circumstance would demonstrate that you have successfully accomplished your dream?

Which statement accurately defines your life? 
A.  Waiting for the right opportunity to come along and find you
B.  Creating your own opportunity

Application Step: Create a vision board, folder, or Pinterest board.  Post it where you will see it each day.  

Til next time,
“Staying successful is as much an art as becoming successful” Steve Harvey


Wednesday Wisdom

Whenever I come across nuggets of wisdom, I write them down in either my electronic or paper journal, depending on what is available.  This way when I need of good kick in the butt to get me back on track or a reassuring voice that it will be ok, I take out my personal cheerleader and read a few lines.  

Yes, I call my journal my personal cheerleader because what do cheerleaders do?  They boost up a crowd and get them excited over the home team.  Well that’s what the quotes or lessons I journal about do for me – they boost me up, get me excited and make me cheer for myself as the home team.  

Here are few nuggets of wisdom pulled from my personal cheerleader to give you a boost and get you excited about team YOU!

“Never accept anything less than you deserve.  Remember, you teach people how to treat you” – Pinterest  

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. If you can’t crawl, keep moving”- Martin Luther King, Jr

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip” – Winston Churchill

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are” – Kurt Cobain

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Til next time,
“If you deliberately set out to be less that you are capable, you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life” –  Abraham H. Maslow