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Think Like A Success: Chapter 7

Happy Monday!

This week’s focus is on “Understanding the Makeup of You”.  Each week I feel like the chapter topics give us much to consider as we change our psyche.  This week, the title itself tells us to take time to perform much needed self evaluation. 

So let’s do that for a brief moment.  Let’s analyze the progress we are making towards your goals utilizing a technique that has been successful to me in the past.

What are your goals? – Be specific and list each one seperately

What are the barriers to your attainment of these goals?

What do you need in order to remove the barriers identified?

What strengths can you utilize as you work to adopt the tasks which will remove your barriers?

Before I go into my favorite quotes and the questions for reflection, I wanted to point out a few key terms that we need to ensure we focus our attention on.  These terms are common but there use is unique to the lessons we are learning.  Now that you have finished Chapter 7, how would you define each word?

Key Terms:
Vehicle

Visionary

Integrity

Open

Balance

Favorite Quotes:
“Your makeup is the driving force behind the vehicle you have attached yourself to that will lead you to success” – Steve Harvey

“When you are with the right people, there are ripe opportunities for you to gain from their experiences and knowledge” – Steve Harvey

“You have to be honorable and reliable by doing what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it” – Steve Harvey

“Don’t be afraid to get the help you need in order to live the life you deserve” – Steve Harvey

“Time is in your favor when you use it productively.” – Steve Harvey

“As we grow our integrity, one of the first pieces to focus on is learning how to lead” – Steve Harvey

“Real integrity is knowing where your shortcomings are” – Steve Harvey

“You should always be educating yourself about your gift and whatever business you are in” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:
1.  What are the four types of makeup you need? For each type indicated, ask yourself – do I have these traits?Coduct

2.  What are the three essential tools you must have in your makeup?

3.  What is the thing or things you d that keeps blocking you?

4.  What assistance or resources do you need that will help you live the life you deserve?

5.  How are you using your time?  How would you classify this use?  What type of changes should you make in order to be more productive?

6.  What are your strengths and weaknesses?  Before you answer that question, do not recite the answer you give when asked by a prospective employer.  Take a moment and actually analyze then answer honestly.

7.  What are your personal life areas that give you balance?  Are you actually living your life according to these or are you working out of order from your desired process?  Here is an opportunity for change.

8.  Are you one of those people that have it all together?  What steps help you get to this point?  How happy are you with the life that you have?  Is it everything you imagined for yourself?  If not, what’s next?

9.  Take some time to identify your skills.  Now take a little more time to identify how to make those skills better?

Application Step:  Answer the brief self evaluation at the beginning of this post.  Do not combine your answers but make them specific to each of your goals.  Then write your personal definitions for the five key terms.

Til next time,
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that what happens to you in life” – John F. Kennedy

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Think Like A Success: Chapter 5

Happy Monday!

Welcome to a recap of Chapter 6 Act Like a Success, Think Like A Success.  This week’s topic was “Knowing Your Gift and Putting It Into the Right Vehicle” which is a great method for identifying the next steps in your progression towards the identification and attainment of your gift.  There were many times throughout this chapter when I felt as if Steve was talking to me directly.  I could hear him saying my name and pushing me to get prepared for my next vehicle.  It was ironic to me that earlier this year I had an Aha moment that it was time for a change so I joined a Professional Association and began working towards additional skills.

There was no way I could have known that this one change or the switching of vehicles would result in this full hearted statement – CHANGING VEHICLES WORKS.  It re-energizes you and it allows you to look for additional opportunities. Hopefully you will experience this revelation for yourselves very shortly.  Until then, here are my favorite quotes and the questions for reflection.  Enjoy!

Favorite Quotes:
“Similar to a trademark, your gift mark is the stamp that you leave on the world every time you use your God-given talents and skills at your highest.” – Steve Harvey

“Once you uncover your gift, find that distinctive touch that will make your gift stand out and shine” – Steve Harvey

“Finding the right vehicle for your gift will be the key to moving your gift from a dream to a reality.” – Steve Harvey

” If you notice that you are working hard and smart, connected to a vehicle and clear on your vision, but every day you seem to move less and less, it’s time to upgrade.” – Steve Harvey

” Tailor your vehicle for your gift and your journey, and you will always be in the right ride.” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection :
1. Is there something that you always wished you could purchase because it would fill a need you have?  Have you considered creating it for yourself?  Consider your gift as that item to fill an unmet need, now how would you package it for the world?

2.  What does Steve Harvey call a gift mark?

3.  Have you already identified your next vehicle?  What are the standard features which would let you know it is a good fit for you?

4. What vehicles have your used to get to where you currently are?  What didn’t you learn from them?  Your answer becomes part of your decision making for selecting the next vehicle?

5.  Do you know people who have stayed with the same vehicle for too long?  What is your impression of them?  Is it possible that you maybe one of those people?

6.  Identify at least one of each areas to pursue this week:  A new class or A new professional organization

7.  Do you have any hijackers accompanying you on your journey towards your dream?

Application Steps: Take out your journal and write the answers to each of the success action questions

Til next time,
“Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain” – John F. Kennedy

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Wednesday Wisdom

Happy Wednesday!

I hope this day has proven to be wonderful up to the point of you reading this post.   If not, it is my hope that reading this will give you a mental push towards re invigorating your Wednesday.

Here are a few of my favorite inspirational quotes from around the web:

“Work harder on yourself than you do your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune” — Jim Rohn

K.E.Y: Keep Educating Yourself – Author Unknown

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher, life is already filled with those who want to bring you down” — Oprah Winfrey

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” – Julie Andrews

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” – Charlie Chaplin

“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” – Marilyn Monroe

Application Step:
You can never dream if you never sleep.
You can never have fun if you keep going and going like the energizer bunny.   Instead of fun you will find frustration.

Take a moment today to look at the positives and identify a way to ensure at least one of your routine tasks can include an element of fun.  Smile and wave at each person you meet as you enter and/or leave the elevator or parking lot.  You will be amazed at the impact it will have on them and yoirself.  At the least it will make you laugh as you see the look of surprise on others faces.

Til next time,
“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” – John Lennon

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Think Like A Success Monday!

Happy Monday!

I know its not typically a day of celebration if you work a Monday – Friday 8-5 job.  For most people, it is the day you realize that you didn’t get as much rest as you intended but then we drink our morning coffee and we are off and running ready to get the day’s activities started.  Or maybe that is just me.  Its interesting I hated coffee until the mighty two some entered my life, 4years old & 16 months, making coffee one of my daily essential vitamins.

This brings me to chapter 5 of Act Like a Success, Think Like A Success.  Chapter 5: Not What You Are Paid For, but What You Were Made For.”   I must say the chapter title reminded me a lot of Mondays – both are things we inherently know are applicable to our lives and each require embracing but we often dread them until they arrive.  We can’t see our potential because we are unable to focus or attentions past the money we need to make to care for our families.  We delay pursuing what we are made for because we fear failure.  We dread Mondays because they signify the end of our weekend.

But have faith, you are one step closer to your potential.  You are one step closer to pursuing what you were made for.  So here are my observations from Chapter 5, hopefully they will bring you one step closer to identifying your gift.

Favorite Quotes :
“Your gift is the single thing that you do at your absolute best with the least amount of effort.” – Steve Harvey

“Our gift is not the job we have that we think is better than everyone else’s” – Steve Harvey

“But your job is not your gift.  It may be one of the places where  you can use your gift” – Steve Harvey

“Your gift exists because you do” – Steve Harvey

“Passion is the emotion, but it is never the gift” – Steve Harvey

“Use your talents, but know that it will be your gift that puts you in the presence of great people” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection :
1.  Think about the last person you allowed to have influence of major decisions in your life and/or career.  It that the kind of person you want to be?  Do they have the kind of life you want for yourself?  If the answer to both are no – why are you listening to them?

2. In the words of Steve Harvey, “What do you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort?”

3. Is your job your gift or a place where you can utilize your gifts?  Is your answer one of complacency or one of adventure, looking forward to the next day?

4. Think of the tasks and the skills you utilize at your job each day.  Write each talent down.  Now write down those things that everyone turns to you to fix at your job.  Next go back and highlight in a bright color the skills that you can take with you when you leave this employer.

Til next time,
” If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow,  we aren’t really living” -Gail Sheehy

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Think Like A Success: Chapter 4

Happy Success Monday! Its a great day to begin working on your dreams.

A day when rest and relaxation becomes a memory.

A day when the road not taken can lead to regret or frustration.  Since accomplishing your goals depends on planning and implementation, I thought it would be best to move posts related to this book to a new day. 

A day in which you will make more time to “work harder on yourself than on your job” – Jim Rohn.

Also a day in which you remember the importance of following your dreams.  As you plan the remainder of the week and especially your weekend, let’s delve into Chapter Four and identify tips you can implement.

Favorite Quotes:
“Perishing is the dangerous state of living in a mundane existence without even realizing it.” – Steve Harvey

“By failing to have a vision, you are stripping yourself of every possible blessing, relationship, and opportunity” – Steve Harvey

“You can’t expect to create a new life and a new vision for yourself if laziness is part of your routine” – Steve Harvey

“Another way to put your state of perishing into perspective is to realize that one day your life will come to an end” – Steve Harvey

“If you’ve still got breath in your lungs and blood running through your veins, you’ve got another day to make your dash count” – Steve Harvey

“But, which is worse – leaping and falling and getting back up, or living your life regretting that you never leaped at all?” –  Steve Harvey

“We think that motivation comes from somewhere else, but our greatest motivation is inside of us” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:
1.  Are you in a state of perishing or flourishing?  What traits or actions support your self characterization?

2.  Do you have a vision?  Do you need a new vision?  Are you participating in activities that support your vision? What would that vision look like?

3.  Think about your current life and analyze your daily activities, is laziness a part of your daily routine?  What are the top three things you can do today to remove laziness from your life?

4.  Think about your friends and family, are you the smartest person in your group?  Are you experiencing personal growth or are you staying in the same position you were in a year ago?

5.  What are you doing with the dash in between your date of birth and your eventual date of death?  Are you making dash deposits each day?

6.  True or  False   I am allowing fear of the unknown to keep me from my destiny

7.  What is your “out-of-the-jar, no-holds-barred” dream that you have?

Application Step: Follow the steps indicated in the area entitles Success Actions.

Til next time,
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
― Jim Rohn

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Think Like A Success: Chapter 3

Welcome to another Think Like a Success Thursday (This time on a Tuesday)!

I hope you are finding these first chapters enjoyable and useful to your current life circumstances.  As we approach chapter 3 and week 3, I am finding that the subtitles for each chapter truly emphasize the principle which is being highlighted.  Take the lid of the jar means remove the barrier to your full potential.

As I read Steve’s memory of his childhood teacher, I could relate to this story as I too have had a teacher like this.  I suspect at least one of you reading this post has either experienced a teacher or a trusted adult who has told you that your dream was unrealistic as well.  The question is, did you have a parent or anyone that validated you?  Are you validating someone else?

This was a hard chapter for me as it made me really look at myself in the mirror and say, take your lid off.  I actually realized that I had at least 3 yes answers to the seven questions posed.  How about you?  Were you surprised by your answers?  While you contemplate the answer to that question, here are my favorite quotes and the questions for reflection:

Favorite Quotes:

“But you can’t allow yourself to be held down by what your parents did or the limitations in your immediate environment.  You have to take the lid off of your expectations and dream big.” Steve Harvey

“You can’t concern yourself or try to duplicate the action of others around you” Steve Harvey

“Far too many times we have stunted our own growth, and we have impeded our leap because of the opinions of others” Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:

1.  Is there something from your childhood that is holding you down?  Can you remove this by yourself or do you need assistance?  Where can you get help, if applicable?

2.  Who have you allowed to influence you and as a result limited your jumping ability?

3.  When was the first time you put a lid on your ability?  When was the last time you put that lid on your potential?

4.  Who are you allowing to kill your dreams?  Why have you given them so much power?

5.  Who was the first person to validate your dream?  Who is your biggest cheerleader today?  How much influence are you allowing them to have in your life?

6.  Think about your life at this moment — Is your lid still on?

Application Step: Utilizing the questions Mr. Harvey posed in this section, which of those can you relate to?

Til next time,
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it..” – Henry Ford