3 Habits to Ensure Consistent Success

There are many reasons why new year resolutions, goals and dreams do not work out and generally, a lot of people bail out less than half way through. A classic example is gym membership at the beginning of January and what happens by the first week in March. Successful people never quit no matter how seemingly difficult the situation. They are willing and ready to endure. They usually believe in their ability to figure things out and if they can’t, are willing to seek counsel and learn from others. This willingness to learn sets them apart and gives them better skills to excel. The notion of quitting when things get tough originates from our belief system, which has been conditioned in us from an early age. Without intentionally meaning to do so, these beliefs create frustrations in our lives. How? Because many beliefs are lies we have been told and we repeat to ourselves – over and over. And because they are lies, we seldom have good back up plans to see them through. Let’s look at a few examples: “I will start getting up an hour early every day from tomorrow.” Tomorrow comes and you set the alarm an hour early as planned. When the alarm goes off, you hit the snooze button repeatedly or even throw away the instrument that provides the alarm. Failure and frustration #1. “I have decided to join the gym in order to lose weight and get back into shape.” You go the first week conscientiously. The second week you decide to skip Monday and go on Wednesday. Wednesday comes you decide to... read more


Did you set goals for 2014 and if so, how are you getting on towards their attainment? With only two months to the end of the year, this is the best time to start reviewing how the year has been for you and what you want to achieve in 2015. If the attainment of your goal is not going according to plan, are you able to identify what the challenges or stumbling blocks are? If you didn’t set a goal (and I don’t mean New Year resolution), this is a great opportunity to start thinking about the kind of life you wish to have – your relationships, career, business, health and well-being and personal development. Many people who set goals do not always achieve them and there are a number of reasons for the lack of progress. For brevity, I will identify one and offer some suggestions how you can begin to overcome them to get back on track. Does your goal excite you or it is a ‘wish list’ that was set casually? If your goal excites you and you are not making progress, check in to find out why? Is it fear? Do you procrastinate often? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Fear and procrastination are bedfellows that often offer rock solid alibis such as: I don’t have the right knowledge/tools or I don’t feel like it now, I will do it tomorrow or …The mind always provides alibis to justify taking the easier route and not getting things done. Here are a couple of suggestions that may help you get back on track. Whilst this list is not... read more

Why Visualization is Good for Attaining Your Goals?

                    “You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire or purpose, which you wish transformed in a concrete form.” – Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich). If you have been interested in the law of attraction, you may have heard the term “creative visualization.” What does it actually mean and what is the best way to use it in order to get results? If you are not familiar with this term, it is a process where you engage your higher faculties to see something in your ‘mind’s eye’ as if you are watching a movie. These images are generally made up of things we have already experienced and things we have seen others experience or have, which we would like to experience or have ourselves. Our natural state is to be healthy, wealthy and wise. This is what is generally referred to as abundance. However, very often we stand in our own way as a result of the composite of our thoughts and feelings. Every day, we are surrounded by and experience a multitude of stimuli. Our subconscious mind voluntarily and naturally soaks up the negative impulses of our thoughts and feelings. We have to consciously and deliberately plant the positive thought impulses into our subconscious mind. I hear you say it is not fair; why should the negative thought impulses travel so effortlessly into our subconscious mind? The answer is simple: the subconscious mind is the emotional part of who we are and thought impulses that mixed with emotion... read more

6 Ways to Harness Power from Adversity

“Adversity is the mother of progress.“ Mahatma Gandhi I was going through some health challenges recently and during my recuperation, I had ample time to read some of the stacks of books in my library that have been begging my attention for some time. I was inspired by a commentary that described how one can harness great strength from adversity and I would like to share my thoughts here. In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wisely observed that every adversity carries with it a seed of equal or greater advantage/benefit. Today, every media outlet is covered in images of suffering and adversity across the world. As I was reading about a your woman, Sarah Flower Adams whose life’s ambition was to become a great actress for which she studied, toiled and struggled, I was inspired by a number of qualities that drove this young woman. Although Sarah Adams accomplished her goal, her triumph was short-lived as she was struck down by an illness that left her incapable of carrying on with the acting career she so dearly loved. It was during these years of adversity that she delved into the depths of her being to find enduring faith and strength to write several powerful poems and inspirational hymns, one of which was “Nearer, my God, to Thee…, said to be the last hymn that served out the final moments of the Titanic disaster, which the band played until the great ocean engulfed them. So how did Sarah Adams find strength to inspire millions through her writing despite her adversity? 1.       Mindset When the mind is engulfed... read more

Quote of the Week: Attitude

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never... read more

Getting Things Done LATER: Why not Now?

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –  Walt Disney In his 25-year study and analysis of over 25,000 people who had limited successes in their lives, Napoleon Hill revealed two common characteristics, which they all shared; indecision and procrastination. He pointed out that this group of people have the habit of reaching decisions very slowly, if indeed they make any and are prone to changing their minds quickly and often. By contrast those who accumulated great wealth he discovered, were in the habit of making decisions promptly and changing them slowly if or when they had to. Indecision leads to procrastination, which is among the most common causes of failure and those who exhibit this habit always have alibis by way of “the time isn’t just right”, “it doesn’t feel right at the moment”, “it might rain and therefore…”, “I do not have enough knowledge and tools”, “I can’t afford it”, “it doesn’t look perfect yet”, “I’m not a morning person” and such likes. Does any of this sound familiar or do you know anyone who uses them? Start where you are with what you have and you will improve your skills, acquire new tools as you go on or perhaps temporarily reduce non-essential spending in order to have spare cash to invest on that course, activity, franchise that will likely open doors of opportunity in the future. People who lack the winning attitude tend to develop the habit of avoidance, which is also related to indecision and procrastination. Avoidance and anxiety are twins; where one is found, the other is there too.... read more

Change Your State of Mind with a Gratitude Session

 There’s an old saying that “I complained of having no shoes until I saw a man with no feet.” In an age where people associate affluence and happiness with material possessions, it is sometimes difficult to stop and think of little things that may, on the surface appear insignificant. As people are rushing around looking for the next best thing, it is not a surprise that many get caught up in the frenetic search for happiness or peace of mind, which incidentally, are not always found in the material possessions. Happiness and contentment come from being at peace with ourselves, recognising the little things in life, the many blessings we take for granted, the fact that you have legs never mind the designer shoes they have to go into, and so on. In this article, Leo Babauta shares some tips about how appreciating simple things in life can actually change your perspective and life. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Click here to read more:  Change Your State of Mind with a Gratitude... read more

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