Michael Jeffreys 8 “Secrets” to Success

Author Michael Jeffreys personally interviewed 15 top motivational gurus in 1997 for his then upcoming book. After talking to gurus from Brian Tracy to Dr. Wayne Dyer, he distilled 8 Secrets to Success they all agreed upon.These secrets are still good today and are as follows:

1.Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life

In a society where people blame everything from their parents to the government for failure, those who don’t buy into this mentality or succumb to the “victim” thinking succeed. To blame something or somebody outside yourself is saying they have control of your life and not you. Someone else’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.

2. Live Your Life On Purpose

What separates motivational thinkers from the unsuccessful is that they believe they’re doing what they were put her to do. The difference between this and just living, is that the latter is just getting through the week with the least problems.But when you live your life on purpose, your main concern is doing the job right.For the entrepreneur this means finding a cause you believe in and building your business around it.

3. Be Willing to Pay the Price

Be willing to pay the price for your dreams.Wanting a big house, a luxury car, and a million dollars in the bank is all very nice, and everyone wants these things – but are you willing to pay the price to get them?This is one of the major differences between the successful and unsuccessful.

4. Stay Focused

Every day we’re bombarded with hundreds of tasks, phone calls, messages, and everyone competing for our time. Focusing requires giving up something in the present because you are investing your time in something that will pay off big-time down the road. Jack Canfield and Mark Hanson were turned by 30 publishers when they submitted the first “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book.Instead of giving up, they stayed focused on their goal and did four or five interviews per day for radio, TV, and newspapers, for five days a week for a whole year. Eventually, a small publisher decided to take a chance, and of course now it’s a best-seller that spawned an entire series that have sold more than 10 million copies.

5. Become An Expert in Your Field.

One striking factor all successful people have in common is how seriously they take their profession.They strive to be the best at what they do, and do almost anything to improve.If someone followed you around all day with a video camera at your business, would it be a tape you’d be proud of or embarrassed about?Make the decision today to work at being the best in your field.How? By finding out what the “best” in your field are doing, and do what they do.

6.Write Out a Plan for Achieving Your Goals

Write out an action plan/map for how you’re going to achieve your goals.Trying to reach your goals without a plan is like trying to drive from Los Angeles to Chicago without a map. A goal that isn’t written down is merely a wish or fantasy.

7. Never Give Up

Never, never, never give up. When you’re fully committed to achieving your goal, giving up is not an option. You must be willing do whatever it takes to make it happen.The power of perseverance is an awesome force.As someone once said, “inch by inch it’s a cinch”. Think of the lowly inchworm – if it pondered the length of the trip from start to finish before it started, it probably would never move. To a worm’s point-of-view,the garden path must look like a trip to Mars. Never give up! Keep on going like the Eveready battery bunny, and pretty soon you’re there.

8. Don’t Delay

Nobody knows how much time they have left to accomplish their dreams, and we must remember that we don’t have forever. The clock is ticking, and sooner or later your number comes up and you’re gone.Successful achievers know this too, but they don’t view it as a “negative”.Achievers use it to “spur them on”.They go after what they want as energetically and as passionately as possible, for as long as they have.

I had a friend who used to say, “Today is a check – cash it!Yesterday is an I.O.U. – forget it! Tomorrow is a promissory note, don’tbank on it!”I think that’s a pretty good summation of life, so go out there and cash in on that “today” check.

PS: If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I stand for these principles. They are no secret. They have been around since the beginning of mankind. Be true to yourself and follow them.

Intentional is a powerful Force

I absolutely LOVE this article. Read it with care and make sure your intention is what you truly want!

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Welcome to Genius Sparks from Paul R. Scheele
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   Intention is a powerful force. Fueled by imagination, it brings to life the dreams of champion athletes and best-selling authors alike.

  • Tara Lipinski was just six years old when she decided to be a figure skater while watching the Olympics on TV. When her mother saw Tara standing on a chair and asked what she was doing, the future champion replied, “I’m standing on the podium at the Olympics receiving my gold medal.”
  • For years college students Jim Nantz and Fred Couples role-played the same scene: greeting each other in Butler Cabin at the Masters Golf Tournament for the awarding of the championship green sports coat. Every Saturday Nantz, the would-be sports reporter, interviewed Couples, the would-be golf champion. Several years later the scene played out for real.
  • Jack Canfield had not written a single word of his first book when he walked into a party pretending to be a best-selling author, fake books in hand. Since then over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold.

When you visualize and affirm your goal, you give it a dynamic power that sets the stage for success. As Jack explains in our Effortless Success personal learning course, this focus actually trains your brain on what you need to make it happen.

The human brain has this amazing tool called the reticular activating system. It operates full-time to let in the information appropriate to our current intentions.

When you’re driving and feeling hungry, for instance, what do you notice? All those fast-food billboards. If you suddenly realize your gas gauge is on empty, your focus changes to finding a gas station.

When you form inspired intentions linked to powerful emotions, the reticular activating system filters out what you don’t need and lets in those resources you do need–the people, ideas, and possibilities.

Those resources were there before, but you weren’t seeing or sorting them, because you were focused on fast food, gas stations, or something equally mundane.   Now, however, you see the valuable resources that match your beliefs and align with your goal. You start to perceive opportunities, attract supportive people, and take actions that accelerate your success.

If you want to seriously energize your dreams, consider this fun exercise from Effortless Success. Host a Come-as-You’ll-Be-Party:

  • Invite a group of your friends or colleagues to a personal gathering or a business get-together.
  • On the invitation write, “Come as the person you will be five years from now when you have achieved your goals.”
  • Date the invitation five years from the time of the party.
  • Encourage people to bring props and to dress as their vision of themselves in five years.

Then, celebrate your success! Spend the evening bragging about your accomplishments and talking about how happy you are. Embody your dreams and you’ll attract what you need to bring them to life.  www.LearningStrategies.com/EffortlessSuccess/Home.asp Read more ways to get faster results in achieving your goals on our blog. Next week we will focus on Effortless Success.  www.LearningStrategies.com/blog

Now plan your next party as “Come as you’ll be” Party. Not only will it be fun, but you will also learn if you have the right friends.