Soulful Voices

{March 3, 2007}   The Great Challenge of Life

Here’s the great challenge of life – You can have more than you’ve got because you can become more than you are.
I have found that income seldom will exceed your own personal development. Once in a while income takes a lucky jump, but unless you grow out to where it is it will go back to where you are.

Somebody once said if you took all the money in the world and divided it among everyone equally, it would soon be back in the same pockets. However, you can have more because you can become more.

You see, here is how the other side of the coin reads – unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got. The marketing plan won’t do it. It’s a good plan but it won’t work without you. You’ve got to work it. It is the human effort that counts. If you could send a sales manual out to recruit – wouldn’t that be lovely? The major thing that makes the difference is what YOU do.
In order to have more, you need to become more. The guy says “If I had a good job I would really pour it on, but I have this lousy job so I just goof off.” If that is your philosophy you are destined to stay there. Some people say if I had a lot of money I would be really generous, but I don’t have much so I’m not generous.

See, you’ve got to change that philosophy or you will never have “the lots of money”. Unless YOU change, IT won’t change. Amazingly, however, when we throw out our blame list and start becoming more ourselves – the difference is everything else will begin to change around us.
Written by J. Rohn


{December 12, 2006}   Attitude


Harvard and Stanford Universities have reported that 85% the reason a person gets a job and gets ahead in that job is due to attitude; and only 15% is because of technical or specific skills. Interesting, isn’t it? You spent how much money on your education? And you spent how much money on building your positive attitude? Ouch. That hurts.

Now here’s an interesting thought. With the “right” attitude, you can and will develop the necessary skills. Perhaps if more people knew how simple it is to develop and maintain a positive attitude they would invest more time doing so.

So here we go.  
Five steps to staying positive in a negative world:  1.Understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Yesterday ended last night; today is a brand new day, and it’s yours. You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and then you can expect to win.

2.Become a lifetime student. Learn just one new word every day and in five years you will be able to talk with just about anybody about anything. When your vocabulary improves, your I.Q. goes up 100% of the time, according to Georgetown Medical School.

3.Read something informational or inspirational every day. Reading for 20 minutes at just 240 words per minute will enable you to read 20 200-page books each year. That’s 18 more than the average person reads! What an enormous competitive advantage . . . if you’ll just read for 20 minutes a day.  

4.The University of Southern California reveals that you can acquire the equivalent of two years of a college education in three years just by listening to motivational and educational cassettes on the way to your job and again on the way home. What could be easier?

5.Start the day and end the day with positive input into your mind. Inspirational messages cause the brain to flood with dopamine and norepinephrine, the energizing neurotransmitters; with endorphins, the endurance neurotransmitters; and with serotonin, the feel-good-about-yourself neurotransmitter. Begin and end the day by reading or doing something positive!

Remember: Success is a process, not an event. Invest the time in your attitude and it will pay off in your skills as well as your career.

Think about it……. “If you like breaking the rules and generally don’t follow them… don’t make it hard for those who do.”

Do you:
Stay where you and accept that you will be stuck there forever?
Find another route by changing direction to get where you want to go?
Or back down and start all over again?

How do we get through the crux and make the tough decision about which way to go? Just like on a mountain, you must:

Take a deep breath and get good cleansing oxygen into your body so you can think clearly.
Be objective and look for possibilities.
Think about what you may have missed.
Think about changing your perspective.
Carefully weigh the consequences of whatever action you may take. Most importantly, listen to your heart and your intuition

Look for what your past experience has taught you about what works and what doesn’t.
Take the information you know, and factor it into what you don’t know.
Think about actions that you are comfortable with, that you know you can do.

If others are present, work together to pool your resources and help each other.
If you are alone, look for spiritual guidance.

Factor all you have done so far and make a decision regarding what your plan of action will be.

Move cautiously.
Be awake and alert every step of the way.
Be clear headed and analytical.
If you need to, you can stop and go through the analysis again.
It is not the obstacles that are thrown into our path, that determine which way our life goes. It is the choice we make as to how we react to them. Every obstacle has a gift in it’s hand in the lessons that are learned from it. You will learn how to succeed.

Wriiten by Cheryl Perlitz –

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