Be grateful with what you have and you'll be granted more.



Welcome to Article 4 of the 5 part series: Get Started toward Success

Welcome back. And really, you are reading part 4 and I must tell you that if you’ve come this far, (and completed the assignments) you must have a very good feeling of accomplishment but even more, you are probably already experiencing positive results and events in your life.

If this is your first time reading this series, I strongly suggest that you go back to the previous article (http://secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com/2014/07/know-your-past-accomplishments-and-know.html) and keep going back until you are at the first article and read all from the beginning and do the assignments!

Your last assignment was to list your greatest accomplishments, and contact those who helped make them possible. How many of you called your mom and dad, or a friend you’ve not chatted with for a long while? Good.

Those accomplishments and those relationships added to working on those traits that we first discovered will move you forward to great things. Your traits indicate what you are “good at”, and your accomplishments are evidence that you’ve succeeded in areas where you are “good”. Use what you’ve learned to form new goals. To succeed and attain greater success we must be grateful for what we have now. One will not be given something more in any of the Major 8 ™ areas if he or she is not grateful for and respecting what he or she now has. Here’s today’s assignment.

Set your timer for 10 minutes. Now I want you to list all of your greatest blessings. After your 10 minutes has ended, determine and circle your top 10. Write these top 10 on a 3x5 card and view it often. You will “get more” of what you focus on, so focus on these 10 blessings and watch happens in your life!

Don’t forget to share your comments below (even if you don’t see one yet, step forward, be the first!).

Make it a great day!
Ter
Terrific. Energizing. Results!

EXTRA CREDIT: This really should be part of the assignment but I’m thinking that you are doing the extra credits that I present because true winners do more than asked. Here goes.

Look at your long list of blessings and then choose 10 blessings that you think you’ll still be grateful for in 10 years; they may or may not be the same as you’ve chosen today. Take some “real time” to contemplate on your choices.

Our last part of this series will have you doing something that requires your full imagination so get ready!

Know your past accomplishments and know that you'll succeed again!

Welcome to Article 3 of the 5 part series: Get Started toward Success.

I will congratulate you here because after you read this, you’ll be over half way through these 5 articles; as I’ve mentioned, most people would not be reading this because they would rather have life happen to them instead of controlling the part that they can control, which is quite a lot! You now can congratulate yourself if you’ve done the assignments from articles 1 and 2. If not, go back to Article 2 (which has a link to Article 1) http://secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com/2014/07/heres-how-to-know-who-you-are-so-you.html and do those assignments first. To get the best results, do these in stepwise fashion. Finally, if you’ve done the “extra credit” you know that you are a high achiever and will realize your definition of success sooner than others.

Your last assignment was to write out your positive characteristics and choose your top 10 and work on them to improve them. Work on what you are best at; these traits are usually your most “natural” traits and are “meant to be”. They are what make you different from others; these are what make you, you!

Today I want to prove to you that you can and will be successful. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you but I can tell you that I believe with all of my being that you can be successful in every part of your life where you want to be successful.

“If one man can, any man (or woman) can” is a quote I’ve tried to keep in mind in my own personal success quest. Another which is similar is from the movie, The Edge; its: “What one man can do, another can do”. So you must know that if someone else has done it, you too can do it. But you may say, “No, because so and so had, was, (and you fill in the rest)”, making this person capable and not yourself. Alright then, here is why I know that you can succeed at anything (and I mean anything) that you desire. You’ve had success before, however small it may have been, which means that you can be successful in the future!

Any time that you (and I) face any challenge we need to take a look at our past accomplishments and tell our self that if we could get through (over, around, through) that, that we can do this new challenge also!

Today’s assignment is to set your timer for 10 minutes and write down all of your accomplishments up to this point in your life. Then, circle your top 10. Write these top 10 on a 3x5 card and keep it with you at all times. Look at it several times each day (especially when working on a specific goal) to remind yourself that you’ve been successful in the past so you know beyond any shadow of doubt that you will again be successful.

This is not to say that it will be “easy”. Again, look back at your accomplishments. I’m thinking that you’ll find your most prized accomplishments were the ones that did not come “easy”.

Make it a great day!

Terrific. Energizing. Results!

PS. Life is a game.
Have you heard a player being interviewed at the end of a game who states something like: “ I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but I knew it would happen, I knew that we would win the game”.

It’s the same with life. Be a player. Know that you are going to win. Expect things and they will appear! They will happen. In our next article we’ll discuss 10 other things that are most important to know to move forward toward success!


EXTRA CREDIT: When you’ve looked into your past for this exercise, no doubt you’ve remembered others who were instrumental in helping you with this struggle. Take time this week to contact them and tell them that you appreciate them having been there for you.



Here's how to know who you are so you can become who you want to be...

Get started toward Success 2 of 5

If you’ve not read the first of this 5 part series on “Get Started toward Success” then I invite you to do so now before moving on with this article. Read it here: http://secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com/2014/07/whats-your-definition-of-success.html .

Today I will discuss a few definitions of success, and then give you another assignment. I want to congratulate you in getting this far. You’ve taken action and put your mind to work in creating your own definition of success. Most people would not even be reading this series and of those who do will not do the exercises/assignments. Have you ever wondered why there are so few “successful people” in the world, in your industry, in your class, in your company or in your “sphere of influence”? It’s because so few do life’s assignments. You will advance faster when you seek out the assignments and do them instead of waiting for life to give you the lessons as you go along. Both work, but you will need to learn them!

Anyway, I’m getting beyond what I wanted to present today.

When you were thinking and defining your own definition of success you no doubt were thinking of success for your life as a whole. But for “extra credit” you could compartmentalize a definition for each area of your life: spiritual, emotional, financial, and social; or for each of the Major 8 ™ at the top of the page at www.secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com. But for now, let’s go with a success definition that can blanket all areas of life or can work (with minor tweaking) specifically in each area.

If you’ve earnestly been seeking success for a while, you may have heard the definition by Earl Nightingale, which most people choose for their own: Success is the realization of a worthwhile ideal (dream or goal).

So, what did you come up with? Here’s what dictionary.com tells us:

suc·cess

   [suhk-ses]  Show IPA
noun
1.
the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts orendeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
2.
the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.
a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as bythe attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.
4.
a person or thing that has had success, as measured byattainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on thetalk show.
5.
Obsolete , outcome.

Now, if you are “happy” with your definition or choose to borrow a few things from Nightingale’s or the dictionary’s from above, feel free to do so. You may even tweak it a little over time, but try to settle on a definition to live by soon.

to move you forward in your own personal success, you need to know a few things; such as who you are, where you are, who you want to become, and where you want to go. Let’s find out a bit about you.

“Know thyself” – Plato.
“Know thyself, because few will” – Ter Scott.  

In this assignment you’ll need to set a timer on your smartphone, or use the old fashioned egg timer in your kitchen; whichever is handiest. Set it for 10 minutes and started writing. Got a pen and paper out, ready?

Write out your positive charactersistics.

Don’t read on until you’ve done the assignment. If you’ve done the assignment, you may continue. I’m sure that 10 minutes seemed like an eternity but I had my reasons. I’m sure that you got most of what you wrote in the first 5 minutes; that is fine. I wanted you to have that extra time for inner reflection. So many people don’t take time for that anymore; that was my “gift” to you. But you are not done yet. Part B is easier. Go over your list and circle your “top 10” positive traits. Write these to 10 on a card, carry it with you and rejoice in them and use them on a conscious level.

That’s it for Part 2 of this series. I have some “extra credit” below for the real go-getters out there.

Make it a great day!
Terrific. Energizing. Results!

EXTRA CREDIT: We seldom see ourselves as we really are. And, others don’t really see us as we are. However, it would be great to get a few evaluations from others. Then you can see if there are any traits that are agreed on which should indicate that they are probably correct. To do so, ask 2 ohters to do the exercise above, but not about themselves, but have them write out your positive traits. To encourage them to take the time to do this, so the same for them. This is a great exercise for both you and them.

To make it easier and a shorter exercise, this time I offer this partial list of traits to choose from:

Accountable
Adaptable
Adventurous
Alert
Ambitious
Appropriate
Assertive
Astute
Attentive
Authentic
Aware
Bravery
Calm
Candid
Capable
Certain
Charismatic
Clear
Collaborative
Committed
Communicator
Compassion
Comradeship
Connected
Conscious
Considerate
Consistent
Contributes
Cooperative
Courageous
Creative
Curious
Dedicated
Determined
Diplomatic
Directive
Disciplined
Dynamic
Easygoing
Effective
Efficient
Empathetic
Empowers
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Ethical
Excited
Expressive
Facilitates
Fairness
Faithful
Fearless
Flexible
Friendly
Generative
Generosity
Gratitude
Happy
Hard Working
Honest
Honorable
Humorous
Imaginative
Immaculate
Independent
Initiates
Innovative
Inquiring
Inquiring
Integrates
Integrity
Intelligent
Intentional
Interested
Intimate
Joyful
Knowledgeable
Leading
Listener
Lively
Logical
Loving
Loyal
Manages Time Well
Networker
Nurturing
Open-Minded
Optimism
Organized
Patient
Peaceful
Planner
Playful
Poised
Polite
Powerful
Practical
Presents Self Well
Proactive
Problem-Solver
Productive
Punctual
Reliable
Resourceful
Responsible
Self-confident
Self-generating
Self-reliant
Sense of Humor
Sensual
Serves Others
Sincere
Skillful
Spiritual
Spontaneous
Stable
Strong
Successful
Supportive
Tactful
Trusting
Trustworthy
Truthful
Versatile
Vibrant
Warm
Willing
Wise
Zealous



What's Your Definition of Success?

Get Started Toward Success 1 of 5

This is the start of a short series of articles about success and how to achieve it. OK, already you’re not with me. You are thinking about other things. That sentence creates questions, and comments in your mind and you start a conversation with yourself…. STOP! First dismiss your most immediate thoughts, clean out the cobwebs of your mind, and let’s go on from here. You know the thoughts I’m talking about so I won’t entertain them by giving you examples. Let’s try this again.

In each of these “Get Started Toward Success” articles I will ask you to take action; to do a short assignment. If you are serious about making a change in your life, you’ll make a change in your life; you’ll do the assignment.

Are you ready? Here’s your assignment.

Write out your personal definition of success.

OK, here we go again. Your mind comes up with the definition(s) you've heard and parroted in your life up to this point. So how’s that working for you? The situation is that all the definitions as to what success is, and what it means, has been other people’s definitions. Someone else sat down and did this assignment and other’s copied their answer! No cheating. In life; especially in creating your own success, there are no shortcuts.

So before we can move on to the next 5 assignments (articles) you need to get out a sheet of paper, and a pen or pencil and brainstorm to come up with your own personal definition of success.

Feel free to leave your definition in the comments below. See you in the next success article.



Make it a great day!
Ter

Terrific. Energizing. Results!