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10 Rules June 20, 2011
I usually start most of my time with you with a “I decree, I affirm, and I declare” statement. Today it’s all about the “I affirm”.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve looked at this on my bathroom wall (no, not soap scum). These two 8.5 x 11 white pages that I typed a series of affirmations that were sorely needed because I with a business partner had put together a large business expo at a larger arena with all the media expenses like radio (no TV except for PR), billboards, and more. My concern was that it would be good for the vendors, and the public would show. To say the least this was a “stressor”. The end of the story is that we didn’t have as much paying public and didn’t quite cover our costs but it was a bounceboard to greater things.
As the date became closer, the words on these two sheets were a motivation and comfort that I was doing all I could do and helped calm me so I could do my best to make the event the best possible. It really did work for me and I’m sharing it with you today in this post. You can also get your printable version by going now to: www.terscott.com/affirm .
Enjoy!
Ter Scott

I Affirm…

1. I remember all the good God has done for me in the past. I visualize all the good God will do for me in the future.
2. I fill my mind with truth, and truth casts out error.
3. God never willed that I should be less than I can be.
4. I look at worry coolly and logically, and worry loses its power.
5. I respect God, I do what is right, and I walk unafraid.
6. As long as I live, I can always do something about my situation.
Adapted from “How to Handle Tough Times” by Norman Vincent Peale (c) Ter Scott 2010

I LIFT MY SPIRITS

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. “Psalm 121:1
1.    I monitor my moods
2.    I think of the sun
  1. I clear my mind

I HANDLE MY MISTAKES

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

1.    I learn from my mistakes
2.    I replace error with truth
3.    I eliminate the cause

I UN-LIMIT MYSELF

“Nothing shall be impossible (for me)” Matthew 17:20

1.    I believe in my potential
2.    I know that nothing is impossible
3.    I break the limitation barrier

I BANISH WORRY

“(I) cast (my) burden upon the Lord, and He sustains (me)” Psalm 55:52
1.    I replace worry
2.    I take (break) worry apart
  1. I rise above worry

I FEAR NO MORE

“I sought the Lord, He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
1.    I  practice (positive) affirmation
2.    I stand up to fear (I face fear in the eye and fear no more)
3.    Fear motivates me!

I SOLVE MY PROBLEM (S)!

“In the world I will have tribulation: but I’m of good cheer because I, through God, have overcome the world” John 16:33
1.    I think deep thoughts
2.    I clear my mind
3.    I use creative silence

Adapted from “How to Handle Tough Times” by Norman Vincent Peale (c) Ter Scott 2010

Face your fear, and you’ll conquer fear.

I teach classes and seminars covering topics from public speaking to marketing and customer service. Here I speak to my students and clients who are public speakers or at least want to improve their communication skills.

As always there are as many challenges and rewards as there are personalities of students in the class. Every student has grown in at least some ways. My regret is that some students only do the minimum and could certainly stretch themselves further.

For whatever reason, some do not stretch themselves. As long as this is not the way they conduct other things with their lives, this would be OK but sadly I know better. Just as when a person keeps a neat and organized trunk means that they have probably maintained the rest of the vehicle, in the same way, how one conducts school activities is how one conducts their life.

Face your fear, and you’ll conquer fear. It’s this way with public speaking and anything else in life. Once you conquer one fear, another takes it’s place. Have you met someone who you think is a leader, someone who “seems” fearless? It’s only because they have conquered many smaller fears. Conquer fears early in life and get through them faster so you can live in victory.

Public speaking, or at least communicating socially and at work, are soft skills that are sought by employers because when one does them well, employees are so much more productive. Having such soft skills means you’ll have a better chance of landing that position after a great interview and loving the job when you have it. Also, I’m an advocate for working for oneself versus working for a boss (or at least moonlighting so you can eventually get yourself free). Having soft skills when working for yourself may be at least “doubly” important. (Really, when working for another you are still in control as to whether you keep your job, get a raise, or get out so you really are “working for yourself”; it’s just that another signs your paycheck. I know you may disagree and “blame” it on the economy, etc. but deep in your heart and inner being, you know this to be true).

Every day I am reminded of the need for soft skills because so many people around me are looking for a job. (Actually I remind them that they are really looking for what a job gives them which is “money”, etc, which helps open their mind to greater possibilities)! But that’s another topic; for more go to: www.attainmentrules.com).

The soft skills that you’ve hopefully learned in our time together will add dividends in many unexpected ways from today forward. These “skills” have been used since the beginning of time and will continue  to be valuable to the one who takes the time to master them.

For example, not so long ago, only about 60 years ago, Jews used their communication skills to save themselves and their families from the death camps. Even today, here and abroad, people use soft skills to make their lives better in small and big ways. If you are not where you want to be in life, it is up to you, it’s your choice to be where you are today and where you will be tomorrow. Soft skills will get you where you want to go.

Keep learning and honing your skills because you may need them to literally “survive” in the future.

Ter Scott

Don't think debt, think wealth!

I decree, I declare, I accept: “I choose wealth first for myself, then for others.”*

Don’t spend as much time thinking about “getting out of debt” as you do “getting into wealth”. 

There are so many “get out of debt” programs out there and they have their good points. However, I think that having more “get into wealth” programs would be better. You see, we can either choose to live on only what we make (which gets smaller everyday due to inflation, the cost of living, the fact that our jobs offer a limit on our income, etc.), or we can choose to make more, which immediately gets our thoughts “proactive” in thinking of ways to do more to get more. Remember, that when we do more to get more, we are also helping others, so everyone wins! It’s not just about us. 

Everything that we have and everything about us came about because of the choices we made, which first originated in our mind as thoughts, and then were realized in our real world by our words and actions. When we “speak” about debt, even to “get out of debt”, “lower our debt”, or “to be debt free”, as good as all of this may “sound”, our mind “hears” debt, debt, debt,  and that is what you get; more debt! Just voicing the word, causes your thoughts to spiral downward in this direction of having to do with less, being poor and down, down, downhearted and miserable, woe is me, etc. Next, you then act in that direction; causing you to have less, give less, so you’ll be “blessed” less.

Let’s give our mind something positive to work toward (not away from) such as: “get into wealth”, “raise my income”, and to be “independently wealthy”. When you heard those words what did your mind hear? It heard: “wealth”, “income”, and “wealthy”. When you think about wealth, your mind goes to work on ways to earn more money. True, you may still have an internal conversation that argues that you don’t have time to do more, or “that it will never work”, or “that’s illegal”, etc. But you are the one who masters your thoughts; manage those thoughts before they are expressed in your negative words which ultimately become actions which become reality.

Our national economy for example, at present, is terrible and it’s this way because of choices we’ve all made. Yes, those in power as our representatives in government make the “big” choices that move us either closer to debt or wealth as a nation many times much faster than we with our individual thinking. These representatives who are employed to do our bidding would bring this country back to financial stability if they would think wealth for everyone followed by the proper words, and actions; all  concentrated on ways to keep people free to live their choices. Collectively, we as a nation can choose our thoughts, words, and actions and then choose the leaders who share this so we can continue toward wealth and not debt.

Do you want debt or wealth? I understand that you do not want debt. But every time you say you don’t want debt, that is what you get. The answer to the question is this, “I want wealth”.  Choose wealth with your mind, your thoughts, and deeds. Then choose to work on all of the options for it; not on “_ _ _ _” (Debt is truly a four letter word!).

*Today's declaration about wealth may seem a bit selfish at first because we state that we want wealth first, and then we think of wealth for others. 

The reason for this is that we are responsible for our own wealth and actions, etc.; not others. So first, we seek and find wealth and then share it with others (not necessarily by handing it over, but through educating others in how they may do the same). When one becomes wealthy others know they too can become wealthy. Also, jobs and new opportunities now become available. Thinking of this reminds me of how even though we love our young ones and would literally give our life for them, we are told when flying that "in case of an emergency", we are to place the oxygen mask on ourselves first. We need to be conscious to be able to help them. In this same way, we need to be wealthy to help others; be wealth conscious.

Also, remember that "wealth" is not only money.

Best of success!

Ter Scott!

Make Your Own Economy

“I Decree, I declare, I accept: Money and success come to me easily and abundantly; all of my bills are paid in full… without stress!”
Because so many people are obsessed by this “bad economy”, I’m sharing today how you can get out of this (thinking) and prosper. And by doing so, you’ll have your faith strengthened about the power of these 10 Attainment Rules.
I know that many people are “hurting” financially and I also know that this doesn’t have to be. Sure, we all feel the “pinch” from time to time, but regardless of where, or when, you can confess your need and you’ll get an answer. When you feel the pinch, and are low on cash flow, do everything in your power, and then know that your answer is just out of sight; on the other side of this bend or hill on your life journey.
Recently, I received a letter from a past employer stating that going through their books they realized that I hadn’t cashed my last paycheck for $375. I was to contact them and they would send me another. Hmmmmm, sounds a lot like a previous entry in this blog!
Why do some people see results in their lives in any and all of the Major 8? First, they recognize the need, they confess it, and then they expect an answer. It doesn’t matter who or where you are.  
·         Don’t continue to “confess” this bad economy; confess good things are coming.
·         Quit hanging around those who have less money, and complain about it without doing something to improve their situation.  
·         Cut off “bad economy” conversations like you would a bad or racist joke. Change the subject to something positive.
·         Confess a good economy. When people ask or say negative things about economy, state things like: “I know that there are hard times, but I’m getting through it”.
·         When you don’t have money (or any other of the Major 8) give something to another person. This “gift” can be as small as a smile, a visit, or a phone call. Pick flowers and give them to an ailing neighbor, sell some of your things, your talents, and your services; use your mind to creatively think on how to improve your situation.
Here is some advice by others:

A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
Sam Houston

A wealthy landowner cannot cultivate and improve his farm without spreading comfort and well-being around him. Rich and abundant crops, a numerous population and a prosperous countryside are the rewards for his efforts.
Antoine Lavoisier

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. 
~Mother Teresa

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James 

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. 
~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. 
~Leo Rosten

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. 
~Author Unknown

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. 
~Mother Teresa

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long. 
~Sunshine Magazine

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. 
~Author Unknown

Go forth and do great things! Ter Scott!