WHY OPTIMISM WORKS

Why Optimism Works

Why optimism works is something we should all think about. We make a subconscious choice when we wake up each morning. We will either operate as an optimist or a pessimist that day. Unless we make a conscious effort to be optimistic, we’ll automatically gravitate toward pessimism. It’s just plain easier to be negative because it gives us an excuse not take actions we know we should take. However, the meaningful achievements in life come from showing leadership by being optimistic. Optimism comes from the Latin optimus, which means “the best.” That’s what leaders are always striving for in their daily activities. They simply expect positive things to happen in their lives and thus they look for them. What we focus on expands. Optimists focus on what they want and expect good things to happen no matter what. If you want to become more optimistic, here are some ideas I’m optimistic will be meaningful for you.

1. WHY OPTIMISM WORKS MEANS IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH

Why Optimism WorksMedical studies have proven that optimists are generally healthier than pessimists. Something good happens in the body when we’re optimistic. Stress is reduced, anxiety levels are lowered, and we’re generally more relaxed when we look for the good. Most optimists realize that it’s important to take care of themselves. They eat healthier meals, exercise regularly, and realize that smoking doesn’t get them where they want to be. They get checkups regularly and, most of the time, their results show that they are healthier than pessimists. An optimistic attitude appears to strengthen the immune and cardiovascular systems while building up the body’s ability to handle stress.

If you want to be more optimistic, and don’t have that attitude now, getting regular exercise is a great way to begin. Perhaps a walk around the block, two or three times a week. Then you can progress from there. As I write this, I am 70 years old. I get a yearly physical and am always looking for ways to improve my health. By doing that, I’m optimistic that I’ll live productively for many more years. Last year my A1C blood sugar number was getting a little high, edging toward diabetes. After watching my diet for a few months, and not seeing much change, I decided to up my exercise regimen at the gym from 2 times a week to 5 times a week. Lifting some weights and using a treadmill each of those times got my blood sugar number back to normal! Taking control of my health, with regular exercise, helps me keep an optimistic attitude and makes me feel better every day.

2. IT AFFECTS EVERYONE AROUND US

Why Optimism WorksWhy optimism works is a concept that involves other people. In order to achieve greater things in life, most of us need the cooperation of others. At the same time, our attitude is contagious to everyone around us. If we’re generally pessimistic, those around us feel that and they act accordingly. Napoleon Hill, in the book “Think and Grow Rich,” said that we are all like radio stations. We’re constantly sending our signals to everyone around us. Most people send negative signals and then they wonder why they don’t get cooperation. Optimists make a conscious effort to send out positive signals with the idea of uplifting everyone around them.

Since attitude is everything, we should focus on being part of the building crew rather than part of the wrecking crew if we want to be optimistic. An optimistic attitude shows leadership and, if we have people who report to us, that kind of attitude will inspire them to do their best. Dale Carnegie, in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” said that we should look for the good and embellish it and, as much as possible, disregard the bad. Surveys have shown that the majority of managers in companies do not follow this concept and thus do not relate well to their team members. An optimistic leader, who looks for the good, and gives proper recognition, will have a shortcut to greater success.

3. OPTIMISTS GET UP QUICKER

Why Optimism WorksWhy optimism works recognizes that we all get down from time to time. The most successful people have often had the most failures. Babe Ruth, known as the home run hitter in baseball many years ago, also had the most strikeouts. Champions get depressed when a project doesn’t work out, when they don’t get a big deal, or when they get fired. However, optimistic, positive people have learned that they can’t afford to stay down. They have developed techniques for getting up faster. They look for what they can learn from every failure and make a mental note not to make the same mistake again.

I was born in Israel. Executives there have a very productive method for helping their team members get through failures. They feel that defending is not acceptable. The failure has happened and any time that person spends defending themselves is a waste of time. They immediately go to “What did you learn?” They get excited to hear from that person what they learned and how that lesson can be of value in the future. What if we did that when we face our next failure? What if we asked ourselves “What did I learn and what will I do differently in the future?” We need to become a car with no rear view mirror. Optimists look forward and thus they see opportunities. Looking backward at a failure, and getting depressed about it, blinds us to what good thing may be ahead of us.

4. ORDER A GOOD ATTITUDE EVERY MORNING

Why Optimism WorksWhy optimism works is a concept that begins at the beginning of each day. Optimists realize that the first 15 minutes of every day are critical if they want to be optimistic. These days, we all have so many inputs with cell phones, texting, email, and phone calls. When you throw in radio and television news, as well as the daily paper, the inputs are monumental. Having been a newscaster when I was in college, I can tell you that we weren’t told to look for positive stories. Our theme was “If it bleeds, it leads.” In other words, much of the news we pay attention to each morning is negative. Thus, I suggest turning off radio and television news in the morning and canceling the daily paper.

Instead, how about ordering a good attitude every morning by declaring positive affirmations of how we want our attitude to be that day. The brain cannot tell the difference between something real and something we imagine. Thus, let’s imagine an optimistic attitude each morning and see how that affects what we do the rest of the day. Here are examples of a couple of optimistic affirmations:

EVERYTHING I TOUCH PROSPERS AND SUCCEEDS. I EXPECT POSITIVE, GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN IN MY LIFE TODAY. I AM A CHAMPION!

Just declare that affirmation, or something similar, the first thing each morning without analysis. If you want to add more power to your future, repeat the affirmations at night just before you go to sleep. That way, your brain can work on those thoughts throughout the night. The first thing each morning and the last thing each night are the two times your subconscious mind is most open to suggestion.

5. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN HAPPINESS

Why Optimism WorksWhy optimism works relates to our happiness. Too many times, and I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone, we think that other people affect how happy or how miserable we are. Actually, we’re all about 6” away from happiness and greater success – the distance between our ears. I had to learn that the only person really responsible for my attitude, and my success, was ME. And, when it came to me, I was way too hard on myself. That set up mental roadblocks which kept me from greater success. I had to learn to get off my own back.

The way I did that is by declaring the following affirmation every morning and every evening: I AM PROUD OF ME. The first month I did that I was lying through my teeth because, in the past, I had sold myself on the opposite. Even today, I can get as negative as quickly as anybody else. I just can’t afford to stay there. Thus, when I get depressed and unhappy, I simply take mental inventory. I remind myself that I have good health, have loving people around me, am talented, and that I do have a certain measure of success in my work. Thus, I quickly realize that those things are more valuable to me than the momentary dilemma. That process helps me get back toward productive action and toward happiness.

Why optimism works recognizes that optimism is a vital trait of successful people. It can be developed by taking a few simple steps every day. The rewards for this effort are certainly much greater than the disappointments that come from being pessimistic.

WHY OPTIMISM WORKS DAILY AFFIRMATION

“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I expect positive, good things to happen in my life today!”

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HOW TO BECOME MORE CREATIVE

How to become more creative

How to become more creative is a topic that any ambitious person should pay attention to and cultivate. It is creativity that results in new medications, cell phones, the internet, man going to the moon, supersonic speed, and much more. However, it’s unfortunate that the majority of people don’t think they are very creative. Thus, a lot of new ideas, that could have made a positive impact on many people, are often left unearthed in people’s minds. What if we could open up that treasure chest and allow creative ideas to flow out easily and often? Thus, if you’re open to this possibility, I present to you some ideas that could show how creative you could be. I believe there’s a goldmine in your mind. Let’s go mining…

HOW TO BECOME MORE CREATIVE BEGINS IN THE MIND

How to become more creativeHow to become more creative is a question many people ask. They look at those who are creative and envy their ability to come up with new ideas. I believe that we are all very creative. However, some people have just sold themselves on that fact and many people have sold themselves on the opposite. Whichever way we see anything, we’re right. Thus, we have to be careful what we focus on because that expands. We’re all declaring affirmations every day – those thoughts that run through our minds at about 1,500 words a minute. Many of those thoughts are negative because it’s easier for all those ideas to settle in our minds. It takes a concerted effort to think positively.

If you wish to become more creative, and thus take your success to a higher level, we begin by changing the thoughts in your mind that my form roadblocks. I suggest declaring the following affirmation, the first thing each morning and the lasting thing each night, for the foreseeable future.

Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I’m a very creative person. I come up with great ideas regularly. These ideas are bringing me greater success and amazing financial rewards. I am a Champion!

Don’t analyze these words. Just declare them, out loud, each morning and evening and let the powerful computer in your brain work on those ideas. Watch what’s about to happen. I would guess that you’ll come up with something amazing in the next 90 days!

GET AWAY AND SPEND TIME IN NEW SURROUNDINGS

How to become more creativeHow to become more creative means doing things that you don’t normally do. Get away mentally and physically and watch what that will do for your creativity. This doesn’t have to be an expensive trip. It would be a weekend away to a national park. A short trip to a city you’ve never seen, a hike on a trail you’ve never experienced, or visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a while. What happens, when we do something new, is that it opens up the mind to new things.

What we’re doing is allowing time for the mind to relax and to mentally wander. We have more power in our brains than any computer man has ever created. We just have to change the programming so we can come up with new ideas. Thus, when we’re distracted by new surroundings, or new activities, the mind relaxed and we allow creative juices to flow. Keep a notepad handy. Then, when an idea comes up, just write it down.

The mind can also wonder when we’re working on a hobby, meditating, exercising, or taking a walk in the park. These types of activities un-focus the brain and allow it to do what it does when we’re not focused on something specific. Our brains were designed to do amazing things. Let’s create the atmosphere where that can happen. Expect amazing ideas to come at those moments and they will. We don’t get what we hope or wish for – we get what we expect!

USE YOUR SLEEP TIME TO BE CREATIVE

How to become more creativeHow to become more creative means that we understand what happens at night. Our brains do not have an “OFF” switch when we go to sleep. It continues to operate on the basis of “business as usual”. Did you ever go to sleep thinking about a problem and then wake up in the morning with what seemed like a solution? We all have. That’s because your brain was working on the problem during the night. These can be very productive hours if we program our minds in the right direction. Let’s do that with creativity.

Thus, when you lay down at night, just say to yourself the following: “I am a very creative person. I come up with amazing ideas!” Say those phrases over and over until you fall asleep. Keep a notepad on the bed stand. If you wake up at night with an idea, write it down and go back to sleep. You may be shocked by some of the ideas you write down during the night or those you have when you wake up. You’re harnessing the tremendous power of your brain to allow your amazing creativity to surface.

From now on, the phrase “Just sleep on it!” should have a new and very productive meaning for you. That could be the time that you prove to yourself how very creative you are.

READING CERTAIN BOOKS WILL BOOST YOUR CREATIVITY

How to improve creativityHow to become more creative is a concept that is greatly enhanced by reading certain books. Reading not only builds character, but it expands the mind and takes us to places we’ve never been. The two books that I have studied the most, and that I believe have enhanced my creativity for many years, are: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie and “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

The Carnegie book is full of fascinating stories about human nature, how to get along with other people, rules for winning friends and influencing people, and other ideas about personal magnetism. The Hill book, although it’s made more millionaires than any other book in history, is basically an ATTITUDE book. It contains many stories of people who started with nothing, came up with an idea, and made a success of that idea. There are creative concepts in every chapter of the book.

I read both of these books many times over. At the same time, I also read many biographies and find that doing so helps my creativity greatly. Thus, I get involved in other people’s stories, the challenges they went through, and how they achieved great things by using their creativity. I especially like inventors like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers, and so forth. As I travel, I make it point, whenever possible, to visit historical sites that deal with some of my reading. I recently visited Dayton, Ohio, where the Wright Brothers lived, had their bicycle shop, and flew some of their early model airplanes at a nearby airfield. Those kinds of experiences, after reading about the subject, have greatly helped my creativity.

SWITCH A HALF HOUR A NIGHT FROM DISTRACTIONS TO CREATIVITY

How to become more creativeHow to become more creative can be enhanced by turning off the TV, the phone, and the computer for just a half hour a night. Get in a comfortable chair, lean back, put on some headphones, and listen to beautiful music. If you look on YouTube for meditation music, you’ll find many selections. Put one on, close your eyes, and allow your mind to relax. It’s hard to think about more than one thing at a time. Think about the music.

Watching television, or surfing the Internet for hours, can numb the mind. It’s like a mind-killer. Many of the images we see on TV are of violence and conflicts. Those close the mind down rather than open it up. And I believe that limits our creativity. On the other hand, making your surroundings quiet, even for just 30 minutes, and listening to beautiful music, will take your mind away from the distractions and allow creative brain cells to operate. At the end of the 30 minutes, if any ideas come to your mind, write them down. If none come, don’t worry about it. Do the same thing the next night. Within 30 days of doing this, I believe that you’ll fund your creativity has been greatly enhanced.

What if you could come up with a million dollar idea or solve a problem that has bothered many people for a long time? What if you could take your life to a whole new level of success? I believe that we all have the ability to be very creative. Use some of these ideas above, for just 90 days, and watch what happens. I think you are special, you are unique, and I believe that you are destined for greatness because you are very creative!

HOW TO BECOME MORE CREATIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I’m a very talented, creative person. I enhance my creativity daily with certain positive steps that help me greatly!”

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HARNESS THE POWER OF ENTHUSIASM

Harness the power of enthusiasm

Harness the power of enthusiasm and you will escalate your success to a higher level. Napoleon Hill, in the book “Think and Grow Rich”, listed 31 major causes of failure. Point #22 was lack of enthusiasm. He said, “Without enthusiasm, one cannot be convincing. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.” In the same book, Hill tells about Andrew Carnegie, the Scotsman who came to America with very little to his name and eventually gave away over two hundred million dollars. He hired the young Charles Schwab to run his U.S. Steel Corporation and paid him over a million dollars a year at the beginning of the Twentieth Century! Read on and you’ll learn why.

HARNESS THE POWER OF ENTHUSIASM BY FOLLOWING CHARLES SCHWAB

It was in 1897, when Schwab was just 35, that he became president of the Carnegie Steel Company. Then, in 1901, he helped negotiate the sale of Carnegie Steel to J.P. Morgan and a group of New York financiers. After that, Schwab became the first president of the U.S. Steel Corporation, which was formed out of Carnegie’s former holdings.

Schwab did not get that position because he knew more about the production of steel than anyone else. One of the main reasons was his enthusiasm. Here is a quote from Schwab: “I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess.” He also said, “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” Walter Chrysler, of automobile manufacturing fame, said: “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.”

Thus, if we want to get ahead, whether we feel like it or not, we’ve got to develop and use enthusiasm on a daily basis. Here are some ideas to improve our enthusiasm.

START EACH DAY BY DECLARING AN ENTHUSIASM AFFIRMATION

Harness the power of enthusiasm by harnessing your thoughts. Our thoughts become our actions and our reality. If you declare that it’s hard for you to show enthusiasm, that’s exactly how you’re going to act. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something real and something we imagine. Thus, if we focus our thoughts in one direction, we can focus our thoughts in another direction. That more positive direction can make a big difference in our success!

What you do the first 15 minutes of each day will set your mood for the entire day. Most people set a negative mood by watching television news, listening to the radio, or reading the paper. Most of that is full of murder and mayhem. I suggest turning off the news in the morning and, instead, declaring some positive affirmations that will help you build your enthusiasm:

Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I show enthusiasm every day, in everything I do, and to everyone around me. As a result, great things are happening in my life! My personal relationships are improving and I’m attracting more money into my life than ever before. I am excited!

Don’t analyze these words. Just declare them, out loud, the first thing every morning and the last thing every night. Those are the two times your subconscious minds is most open to suggestion. Do this for 90 days and watch how it improves the enthusiasm you show every day and thus escalates your success!

DECLARE THAT “IT’S SHOWTIME” WHENEVER YOU NEED EXTRA ENERGY

Harness the power of enthusiasmHarness the power of enthusiasm by declaring certain words. Years ago, when I was a television producer and director, I produced a weekly television program on Lifetime Television. I remember many a nights, when we were shooting our show at a Los Angeles television studio, we worked late into the evenings. I helped direct our program. As a director, it was up to me to get everyone’s energy up, when we worked late, so we could finish our program, make it look good, and go home.

Thus, in the control room, and to everyone in the studio, I would say on my headset, with enthusiasm: “It’s showtime!” That would suddenly energize everyone and we were able to get our work done.

I know there are days when all of us don’t feel like being enthusiastic. There are some days when I don’t feel like being enthusiastic. However, by allowing those feelings to become our main focus, we could be losing opportunities. Thus, when I feel tired, or depressed, I simply say to myself “It’s showtime!” Then, as I pretend to be enthusiastic, that affects everyone around me in a very positive way. They start showing more enthusiasm and, for the next hour or two, I operate on their energy! Norman Vincent Peale said, “If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”

MAKE A LIST OF MAJOR POSITIVES IN YOUR LIFE

Harness the power of enthusiasmHarness the power of enthusiasm by overcoming depression. When I don’t feel like being enthusiastic, it’s usually the result of my being depressed or upset about something. That’s when I think about the fact that a leader does what has to be done, when it has to be done, whether they feel like it or not. To help me turn a moment like that around, so I can get back to enthusiasm, I made a list of the four or five major things that have worked out right in my life.

You might do the same thing. On your list might be your good health, a loving family, your talents, or your career. Then, when something doesn’t work out the way you want, take a look at your list of major positives in your life. Ask yourself, “Would I trade anything on this list in exchange for fixing whatever I’m upset about at the moment?” I believe the answer will be “No way!” I find that doing this helps me get out of a rut of depression and refocuses me on what is really important.

YOU CAN SURPASS MONEY AND POWER

Harness the power of enthusiasmHarness the power of enthusiasm by following the thoughts of Og Mandino. Mandino wrote a number of amazing books including “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. He said this about enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. Its potential value far surpasses money and power and influence. Single-handed, the enthusiast convinces and dominates where the wealth accumulated by a small army of workers would scarcely raise a tremor of interest. Enthusiasm tramples over prejudice and opposition, spurns inaction, storms the citadel of its object and, like an avalanche, overwhelms and engulfs all obstacles.”

Thus, if I could truly convince you that showing more enthusiasm on a daily basis could bring great riches into your life, would that be worth the effort to show it every day? If showing enthusiasm would truly help you overcome obstacles, would that be worth the effort? Why not make a concerted effort to show enthusiasm on a daily basis for 30 days and see what happens? I believe you’ll see magic occur in your life that will be like an avalanche of positive things happening in your favor.

State the affirmations above and below, without analysis, and watch how those words will change your thoughts. Your thoughts will become your actions and everyone around you will benefit from your enthusiasm! Then, I believe, everything you touch will indeed prosper and succeed!

HARNESS THE POWER OF ENTHUSIASM DAILY AFFIRMATION

“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds! I show enthusiasm every day, in everything I do, and to everyone around me!”

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INSPIRE A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE

Inspire a change in attitude.

Inspire a change in attitude and watch what good things are about to happen in your organization! A secret potential that somehow manages to stay under the radar, for many project managers and leaders, is that any group or organization can achieve more of its goals with a change in attitude. The key question is how this change can be achieved and maintained. Daily routines seldom make people realize that their attitude is something they should be aware of and that it’s possible for them to adjust it. That is where an attitude speaker comes in.

INSPIRE A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE BECAUSE ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

Attitude goes far beyond feelings or moods to involve the outlook of individuals and groups. Moreover, attitude is contagious. One person with a bad attitude can spoil an entire team or group. And, one person with a good attitude can improve the prospects of everyone with whom they come in contact. A speaker on attitude will draw attention to the influential power of attitude in order to empower any organization toward greater success.

GAIN OUTSIDE INSIGHT

Just as a daily routine can make it difficult to reflect, being around the same people daily can make individual attitudes seem as if they’re set in stone. When you bring in the right source of fresh insight, you can actually push the boundaries of the possible. Scheduling a good speaker can be a great way to break up routines. It can make audiences more receptive to the perspectives that only an outside observer or instructor can provide.

CREATE A TURNING POINT

A speaking engagement can serve as a turning point for individuals who have worked together for a long time at the same business or on the same project. It can be ideal to bring this guest in early on in the process. That’s before attitude issues emerge or a range of attitudes has become customary for the participants. Many leaders, however, do not realize that attitude is an issue until it has become a problem. No matter when an intervention happens, a speaker can help audiences assess their current situation and outlook. A good speaker can also find ways to monitor and manage their personal and collective attitudes. Visit here for more information.

If you’re interested in having a speaker offer participants in any project, group, or enterprise advice regarding the essential subject of attitude, look for a figure with extensive experience as an attitude speaker. This type of speaker has benefited from having seen many different groups and found ways to help them make the adjustments necessary to collaborate in more balanced and efficient ways.

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IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS & GET THE COMPETITION ON YOUR SIDE

Impress your friends get the competition on your side.

Impress your friends get the competition on your side by being confident in front of an audience. In the business world, there is nothing more important than presentation skills. Motivating a team, engaging with customers, and promoting your company, all involve speaking with verve and clarity. Better yet, it makes your co-workers happy and improves your profits. Everyone has something to learn when it comes to public speaking. A profit building speaker specializes in assisting professionals level up their game.

IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS GET THE COMPETITION ON YOUR SIDE BY BECOMING A CHAMPION

When you entered the workforce, you made a deal to try your best every single day. Everyone has off days. But, with the right techniques, you can battle through your slumps and appear as the champion you were meant to be. Inviting a speaker to your conference or corporate event can work wonders on your state of mind. Just one speech from a master of language can give you the tools to succeed at every stage of your career.

SET YOUR GOALS

Of the main points a profit building speaker can stress is the importance of setting goals. Whether it’s long-term or short-term, keeping your desires at the forefront of your thoughts can improve your performance like nothing else. From creating lists to brainstorming with colleagues, you’ll learn the necessary techniques to turn dreams into reality. Consequences include larger profits and a greater sense of accomplishment.

IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

If you ever tried to network with industry professionals but felt there was something missing, you’re in luck. There are tools of the trade that you can utilize to make people call you first when they want to collaborate or set up a fancy dinner event. While friends and family are important, it’s your business relationships that will make you bring home the big check. Listen closely to a professional performance speaker, and you’ll quickly grasp the tricks you need to feel like a top dog every time you come into the office.

IT DOESN’T END AT WORK

The race to the top isn’t easy. The motivational speaker didn’t get to his position by slacking off and he’s ready to share the secrets of his success. His proposal might seem simple, but it has big payoffs. Take care of your health by eating right and exercising. That’s healthy for both the body and the mind. Good nutrition and vigorous workouts several times a week can literally improve your brain and your performance. If you think your schedule is too busy, please realize that anyone can make time for what’s important.

Communication skills can carry you a long way. Invite a profit building speaker to your company and you might be surprised at the performance improvement and morale burst for yourself and your coworkers. Click here for more information.

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DISCOVER HOW TO SABOTAGE-PROOF YOUR FUTURE!

Discover how to sabotage-proof your future.

Discover how to sabotage-proof your future and you’ll suddenly notice that things will improve. As a result, you’ll get a raise, get a promotion, or get more recognition. Most people, with their negative attitude or bad decisions, actually sabotage their future. Thus, they wonder why things don’t work out for them. They may feel that the universe has it out for them and they never get any breaks. They may feel that they never have good luck.

In reality, for most people, none of those things really affect their future. It is usually a few simple things that high achievers realize are roadblocks that must be avoided.

If you want to advance your career, get a raise, obtain an advanced degree, or whatever, here are some steps to take in order to make sure that you do not sabotage your future.

1. DISCOVER HOW TO SABOTAGE-PROOF YOUR FUTURE BY CHANGING YOUR BELIEFS

How to sabotage-proof your future.Discover how to sabotage-proof your future by being aware that you’re just 6 inches away from greater success – the distance between your ears. As a result, the beliefs that you have, whether good or bad, dictate your actions. Most people have been programmed from their past to think in certain ways that don’t help them. Thus, if your parents struggled with money, you may have a scarcity mentality. If people in your past had negative attitudes, chances are that you have that belief in your attitude.

There’s a computer term that explains how the brain works. It’s called GIGO – garbage in, garbage out. Thus, if we program our minds with a scarcity mentality, then we’ll get actions that come from a point of scarcity. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something real and something imagined. Thus, whatever we’re thinking, good or bad, is taken by our minds as being real and then we act accordingly.

We’re all talking to ourselves at the rate of 1,500 words per minute. Most of those words, by nature, are negative. As a result, negative thoughts can lead to fear, apprehension, and insecurity. These attributes can sabotage a future. Thus, we have to take specific steps to overcome the negative inputs of our past and change our thoughts to a prosperity mentality. There is no law that says we can’t do that.

Use Positive Affirmations

Discover how to sabotage-proof your future.Discover how to sabotage-proof your future begins with positive affirmations – directions for the mind. Thus, if you need to improve your beliefs, the following affirmations will help:

Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I spend time with positive, supportive people, am constantly learning and improving my personal development, staying out of debt, and saving money. Opportunities come to me from all directions. I am very creative, a great leader, and I solve problems. I am prosperous and I am a Champion!

State these affirmations, or supportive beliefs, the first thing every morning and the last thing every night, without analysis, and watch what happens in the next 90 days. We’re programming your mind for prosperity and expecting good things to happen.

2. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ARE AROUND

How to sabotage-proof your future.Discover how to sabotage-proof your future means being careful with the people around us. It is said that we are the total sum of the five people we spend the most time with through the years. Thus, identify those five people and take inventory. Are these people successful? Do they live healthy lives? Do these people have happy, loving families? Are they prosperous and ambitious, responsible with money and supportive of your goals? Everyone in our lives is a member of one of two unions – either the building crew or the wrecking crew!

Take a mental inventory of those people’s lives. If you cannot answer “Yes” to the above questions, then spending time with these people is probably sabotaging your life. Whatever we focus on expands. If these people tend to have a negative attitude, you will expand that into your life. When they operate from a position of lack or fear, you will also expand that in your life. If they live paycheck to paycheck, spend money recklessly, and don’t have much in savings, those things will affect your life. May I suggest you stop listening to people who don’t have any money!

If too much of this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to fire some of your friends. Seek out people who are more successful than you and ask them for advice. People are honored when we ask them for advice. Invite such people to lunch and look for a way to be of service to them. Dale Carnegie, in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, said that people are as interested in us as we are in them. Show a lot of interest in people who are successful, get a prosperity attitude, and they will show interest in you. Look for ways to spend more time with people like that.

3. CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION

How to sabotage-proof your future.Discover how to sabotage-proof your future has a lot to do with continuous education. Most people stop their education when they graduate from college or a trade school. They figure that they’ve obtained their basic education and now it’s time to go to work. That line of thinking has sabotage written all over it. That’s when our real education should begin! High achievers are constantly learning and they’re always looking for ways to improve their people skills.

Research has shown that the most successful people aren’t the ones who know the most about their chosen profession. It isn’t the technical skills that result in people being happier and more successful. The reality is that the people who make the most money, and are the most successful, are the ones who are continuously learning and have developed their people skills way above average.

Reading, the right books, over and over, is a very productive way to continue our education. I have found that it’s much more productive to read one or two books, over and over, rather than a lot of books, one time only. I recommend two foundational books that have helped more people become successful than most any other books. They are How to Win Friends and Influence People and Think and Grow Rich.

Discover how to sabotage-proof your future.Read those two books at least three times over the next year or two and see what happens. Underline parts that seem important to you. Make them your success textbooks.

I would also recommend “The Dale Carnegie Course”. I took the course many years ago and found that it is an exceptional combination of human relations training as well as cultivating confidence while speaking in front of people. If you have an employee with great potential, and you feel that more confidence would help that person, send them to the course and watch what happens!

4. MANAGE YOUR MONEY PRODUCTIVELY

How to sabotage-proof your future.Discover how to sabotage-proof your future has much to do with how you manage money. Just as there are no courses in ordinary schooling on how to get along with people, there are also very few courses in how to manage money. Whether we feel comfortable or not with money has much to do with our confidence and our success. Thus, mishandling our money is a sure-fire way to sabotage our future.

If you were raised in a household where money was in short supply, you might have grown up thinking that you don’t deserve to have a lot of it. As a result, if your parents were always in debt, that tendency may have followed you into adulthood.

As adults, it’s not how much money we make. It’s how we manage it. If we don’t manage money well at the beginning of our career, when money may not be plentiful, we will never manage money when our income grows in the future. It’s a fact that when most people get raises, their expenditures go up.

Live a Little Below Your Means!

Discover how to sabotage-proof your future by realizing that most people live above their means and are usually a few weeks away from financial disaster. Successful people live a little below their means. Thus, they save a set percentage of their income every month. They pay in cash wherever possible and, if they want to buy something special, they often save for it rather than charging it. Realizing that credit card money is not really theirs, they use credit cards very sparingly and never carry balances from one month to another.

How to sabotage-proof your future.If you’re in debt at the moment, make it an important goal to stop charging, pay off those debts, and save money. Having money in the bank, and no debts, gives us confidence and will bring more opportunities our way. Also, carry a 100 dollar bill! That will make you feel prosperous. Have it where you can see it regularly in your wallet or purse. Also, put some 20 dollar bills around the house. Cash is real to our minds. Checks and credit cards are like playing Monopoly. Whatever we focus on expands. Thus, we want cash all around you!

Let take the word “sabotage” out of your future by paying attention to the 4 points above. Take action on these ideas and see what happens in the next few years. You’ll be getting rid of the roadblocks along the highway of life and allow very good things to happen down the road.

A PROSPERITY DAILY AFFIRMATION

“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I spend time with positive, supportive people, am constantly learning and improving my personal development, staying out of debt, and saving money. Opportunities come to me from all directions. I am very creative, a great leader, and I solve problems. I am prosperous and I am a Champion!”

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HOW TO STOP PANIC ATTACKS!

How to Stop Panic Attacks before they stop you.

How to stop panic attacks is an important topic for many people. Many quietly suffer from these attacks. They can keep them from achieving greater success, harm their health, or perhaps ruin a relationship. If this is a problem for you, stop panic attacks now so they don’t derail your future! Because many people find this topic to be embarrassing, it’s as if this is a big secret. It shouldn’t be. Let’s talk about it and identify some productive solutions!

THIS CAN BE MENTAL PARALYSIS!

Stop anxiety attacks.Most of us have experienced panic attacks from time to time. They can be frightening, stop us in our tracks or get us off track. They can cause us to be temporarily “mentally paralyzed”. But why is this such a secret? Because it’s not pleasant to admit that we’ve actually been out of control. We don’t want to come out and say how scared we were at the time. We don’t want to admit the extent of the anxiety.

My aim here is to give you a few simple steps that can help you deal with such attacks. However, even more importantly, I want to share with you some powerful ideas that can help you become “immune” to panic attacks.

The Oxford University Press defines “panic” as a sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety. It states that the origin of the word is from the name of the Greek God Pan, noted for causing terror. Panic attacks can feel like emotional terror.

THE MIND CONTROLS THE BODY!

Stop panic attacks by realizing that they are based on worry and fear. Whenever I’ve had a panic attack, it has always been preceded by thoughts of worry, fear, apprehension, and a lack of confidence. My mind was controlling my body. Have you ever heard of two people who have the same terminal disease and one lives and the other dies? What was the difference? I believe it’s how they saw their illnesses. One accepted the fact that he was going to die and the other decided that he was going to live. Their minds dictated the outcomes to their bodies.

PANIC ATTACKS BEGIN WITH WORRY

Stop panic attacks by conquering worry.I believe that most panic attacks begin with worry. Our mind can go in circles when we worry about something and we often think of the worst. That could make us panic. Dale Carnegie, author of the famous “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book, wrote another book which I feel is a great resource to help with worry. It’s called “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” In that book, he suggests living in day-tight compartments. Focusing on doing our best today. He also suggests that we write down a clear description of what we’re worried about, what we would do if the worst were to happen, and then write down a plan to deal with the worst outcome. That process could help tremendously in averting panic attacks.

HOW TO STOP PANIC ATTACKS STARTS WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

How to stop panic attacks with positive affirmations? What is the opposite of worry? Confidence. If you were totally confident about your future, would you worry about anything? I don’t think so. Would you live a more calm and peaceful life? I do believe you would. Would you be prone to panic attacks? I don’t think so. Thus, let’s start improving your life immediately by giving you some positive affirmations that I would ask you to read, out loud, the first thing every morning and the last thing each night. Those are the two times your subconscious mind is most open to suggestion. By the way, the first 15 minutes of every day will set your mood for the whole day!

By declaring positive, productive affirmations on a daily basis, we can re-program the subconscious mind just the way we would re-program a computer with better software. Create a laminated card, about the size of a business card, which will become your “Power Card”, and type the following affirmations on it:

“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds! I am a calm and peaceful person, make good decisions, create great relationships, and take care of my health. I am confident about my life and my future and I am a Champion!”

Keep this card with you at all times. Whenever you may feel anxiety, take this card out and declare the positive affirmations without analysis. Just say them out loud. This will become a strong antidote to help calm things down.

PANIC ATTACKS WON’T KILL YOU!

Stop panic attacks by cutting anxiety down to size.How to stop panic attacks was an important subject for me in the past. Having experienced a number of panic attacks during my life, I can tell you that, to me, they felt like a freight train coming right at me. It was as if that train was going to run right over me. The anxiety level was way out of control. Does this sound familiar? When the process begins, it is usually as a result of high anxiety. Anxiety is a response to a danger or a threat. As thoughts of fear and confusion flood the mind, the body responds accordingly. It’s as if that freight train is speeding down the track, totally out of control!

A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Therein lies one of the keys to panic attacks. We feel that we have no real control over the situation and we literally let the situation get out of control. After all, there is that freight train coming right at me. I used to envision a panic attack as a big monster over which I had no power. I thought that monster was going to inflict on me some serious physical harm with some life-threatening conditions. That was my mind speeding along, out of control, like that freight train I envisioned.

I was sure that my fast heartbeat could lead to a heart attack, that I might die from the panic attack and that I’d stop breathing. Sometimes, my vision would get blurred, I’d feel nausea, sweating, trembling, shaking, and my muscles tightened up. I’d feel very hot or very cold, as well as tired and drained.

I eventually went to a doctor and had a physical. I was fine. A visit to a cardiologist proved that I had no heart problems. These are very important steps to take so that you can put your mind at rest about any medical concerns.

SEE A DOCTOR AND GET THE FACTS!

Stop panic attacks by getting a checkup and realizing they will not kill you.How to stop panic attacks? You’ll help stop them by seeing a doctor. It was valuable to learn from my doctors that a panic attack cannot stop one’s breathing. It is just physically impossible. The parasympathetic nervous system acts as a safety brake and returns the body to normal functioning whether we command it or not. In fact, we humans have numerous built-in systems that protect us and help us survive. It’s like a scale that’s tilted too heavily toward one side and then, automatically, it levels out and becomes balanced.

Thus, when a panic attack occurs, there is no real attack or attacker. There is no real threat and no real danger. The body is simply reacting to destructive thoughts with a series of very disturbing bodily sensations. That perceived freight train is not going to run over you. There will not be a damaging collision that will cause you psychological or physical damage. Now that we’ve cleared the air about what will not happen during a panic attack, let’s shrink this perceived monster down to size.

STOP PANIC ATTACKS PERMANENTLY!

Stop panic attacks by stopping the fear.How to stop panic attacks by changing the way you perceive them? Once I realized that there was nothing physically wrong with me, by seeing several doctors, I had to change my view of a panic attack. Since no actual physical or psychological harm could come to me from such an attack, why was I seeing a panic attack as a monster? I decided to start seeing it as a disrespectful, defiant, obnoxious little child. And, whenever I felt a panic attack coming on, I pretended to talk to that bratty child by saying: “You’re having a temper tantrum again, aren’t you?”

That’s when I created my highly-productive process for overcoming panic attacks. I called it The Time Out Theory or simply The TOT System. If your child was disrespectful, defiant, and obnoxious, wouldn’t you resort to a little TIMEOUT?

When my children were small, that’s exactly what we had to do sometimes. And that’s what I suggest you do with your anxiety attacks. Here are the specific steps that I suggest you follow if you feel a panic attack coming on:

1. STOP AND SCOLD – Pretend as if the attack is a bratty child and say the following: “Here you are again. When you don’t get your way, you whine. I’m not going to let you grow up to be an obnoxious adult. Your tantrums don’t scare me anymore.”
2. TIMEOUT – Pretend as if that bratty child is now going to be put in a little chair in the corner until it settles down. Say the following: “You’re going for timeout. And you will sit in that corner until you settle down.”
3. LET IT WHINE – If you don’t feel your emotions slowing down, say the following to that defiant child: “Go ahead, cry and scream louder. I can’t hear you. Kick your feet and let me see how loud you can get.”

How to stop panic attacks? By doing the above 3 steps. You’ll shrink the perceived monster down to size and give it the identity of a small, disrespectful, defiant, and obnoxious tot. What do little kids do when we encourage them, while in the corner, to be even more obnoxious? They eventually get bored and stop.

You’re literally telling your body that whatever bad symptoms you’re currently experiencing, you’re not afraid of those symptoms intensifying because you now know that no physical or psychological harm will come to you as a result of this.

In addition, by seeing that whiny child in the corner, you have physically taken the perceived panic attack out of your body and put some distance between you and it.

4. MAKE NICE – What do parents usually do when a defiant child has finally settled down? They make nice, give a big hug, and rejoice in getting things back to normal. When you feel your symptoms easing up, say the following: “I’m so proud of you for settling down. You are a well-behaved, special child and I am proud of you!”

By allowing a panic attack to run its course without fear, you are literally getting on that train that you thought was coming right at you and you’re going to take it for a ride.

The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something real and something imagined. Thus, the more times you follow the TOT System, the more real your perceptions will become and the more effective this process will be.

How to stop panic attacks? Use these simple ideas on a regular basis. One day you may find that you have become so good at this that you’ll be able to stop a panic attack before it even gets a chance to get going.

HOW TO STOP PANIC ATTACKS DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I’m a calm and peaceful person. I am confident about my life and my future! “

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HOW TO KEEP MILLENNIALS FROM LEAVING THEIR JOBS

How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs.

How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs is an important matter for a number of reasons. In a world when more and more people are changing jobs more often than in the past, it’s important to do whatever is possible to keep good employees. This is especially true with millennials.

According to the Dale Carnegie Course people, “Only 17% of employees are satisfied in their job.” And, they further stated, “45% of employees are planning on leaving their job in the next 12 months.”

That presents a very expensive proposition for most companies. They invest in training and mentoring and then a valuable employee jumps ship to go to work for another company. With millennials, the cost of turnover can be very expensive!

ARE THEY DIFFERENT THAN OLDER EMPLOYEES?

How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs begins with realizing that we are all very similar. Some people think that, with all of the electronics and social media activity these days, millennials are very different people. They may be in some ways. However, I feel that most people are more alike than they are different.

Surveys have shown that the main reason people leave their job voluntarily is not because of money. We think that if we throw enough money at a situation, surely it will be OK. Not if we mistreat people. The main reason people go somewhere else, is that they weren’t made to feel important.

Dale Carnegie, in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, said that we all “need to feel important.” Notice he didn’t say that people “want” to feel important. He said we all “need” to feel important. And that goes for millennials. When keeping millennials from leaving their jobs is important, keep in mind that making them feel important is vital.

Here are 5 steps to help with this.

1. MAKE MILLENNIALS FEEL IMPORTANT

Make people feel important.How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs begins at the beginning. We need to make them feel important from the beginning, when they interview for the job. Instead of focusing on the resume, let the candidate talk about themselves first. Tell them that each individual is important to your company and you would like to first learn about them and their background. One question will make them feel important and tell you whether they are a good candidate for your company. State the following: “I see what it says on your resume and we’ll talk more about that in a moment. First, could you just tell me about yourself?”

If they can’t talk about themselves, with some animation and enthusiasm, perhaps they’re the wrong person to come to work with your company. However, if they do feel comfortable telling you about their past, where they’re from originally, their family, and their history, you’ll get a good feeling about their potential and make them feel important at the same time. I’m taking for granted that the person interviewing is genuinely interested in other people.

2. INTRODUCE MILLENNIALS TO EVERYONE ON THEIR FIRST DAY AT WORK

Keep millennials from leaving their jobs by making them feel important.How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs is reinforced on their first day of work. In many companies, where there are more than just a few employees, most people don’t get to know a new employee for quite some time. Keeping in mind that it’s important to make them feel important, introduce the new employee to the entire staff on their first day of work. Make them feel special from the beginning.

One CEO gave me the following idea, which I thought was wonderful. On the first day of a new employee’s hire, they throw an ice cream social, at lunchtime, in honor of that new employee. They put up signs around their offices which read, “It’s (persons name) Day at (name of company). Welcome to our team!” Then, at lunchtime, they bring in vats of ice cream and the big celebration is on in the company lunchroom. How would that make you feel if it was your first day of work at a new company?

3. ASK THEM FOR HELP

Ask for help in meeting.How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs means that we should let them take an active part in all meetings. In many companies, management does most of the talking in meetings and sometimes some of the attendees never talk. I think that is a big mistake. To make people feel important, give individual points in a meeting and then poll the audience. Say the following: “I’d like to stop and get everyone’s opinion on my last point. Whether you agree or disagree. Especially if you disagree, because I’ve been known to be wrong.” Watch your tone of voice when you do this. You want people to feel comfortable, especially if they disagree.

Don’t ask for volunteers. Simply start on one side of the room or the other and make sure everyone talks. Take notes, and not electronically. Electronically they can’t tell if you’re really taking notes. Millennials are made to feel important when we ask their opinion about a point and then take notes. They may have a valuable point.

Then, say the following: “If you were the CEO (or manager of a department) of this company, how would you lower expenses, improve productivity, or get more clients?” Then, watching your tone of voice, go around the room again. Someone may come up with a brilliant idea. When someone does, and you implement it with good results, compliment that person at the next meeting. Again, especially with millennials, you’ll make them feel important.

4. MAIL THEM HAND-WRITTEN CARDS

Keeping millennials from leaving their jobs is helped with hand-written notes.

How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs means we’ve got to do things differently than most people do. Using hand-written note cards is very different, especially because the millennials are so used to social media and electronic communications. Keep a stack of note cards that don’t have your company logo on them. A card with a company logo makes it look as if you have many of those and you send them to a lot of people. Buy some note cards at the drug store that start blank on the inside and have a design on the cover. These are to be mailed to the home address of the millennials, not through inter-office mail. It makes a bigger impact that way. In order to make a further impact, do not put the return address on the back. Do not meter these. Use commemorative stamps. They make another impact.

I have found that one line, in your handwriting, on a note card, will mean more to these employees than a paragraph in an e-mail. These are not to be sent on birthdays or anniversaries. They’re sent “just because.” If you notice them being nice to other employees, send a note. If they close a good deal for your company, send a note.

5. HELP THEM IDENTIFY THEIR PERSONAL “WHY”

Keep millennials from leaving their jobs by identifying a reward for them.How to keep millennials from leaving their jobs can be enhanced by helping them identify their next reward. It is said that we’ll get everything we want out of life when we help enough other people get what they want. Early on in their employment, sit down with a millennial and tell them that their personal goals are important to you. And, you want to find a way to help them achieve some of those goals. Ask them the following: “If someone were to give you an extra $500, and you couldn’t save it or pay off debts or give it to someone else, what would you do with the money?”

It could be a weekend away, a night out for dinner and a show, going camping, or whatever. In other words, what would they do to reward themselves with something they wouldn’t normally do? Once they identify that, encourage them to get a picture of that reward and to look at it the first thing each morning and the last thing each night. Have them post that picture in their office, or at their work station, so you’ll constantly know about their next reward.

When you want them to show extra effort with an important project, find a way to help them get that reward with perhaps a bonus when that project is completed successfully. This step will make them feel very important. When is the last time an employer showed interest in their personal goals?

Follow these 5 steps regularly and I believe you will find that they will make the millennials in your company feel important. That, I believe, will also cut down on the staggering cost of millennial turnover.

HOW TO KEEP MILLENNIALS FROM LEAVING THEIR JOBS DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I make those who work with me feel important, give them recognition, and show them appreciation!”

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BECOME A GREAT LEADER IN 5 STEPS!

You can become a great leader in 5 steps and great leaders make more money than the average person. True leadership, these days, seems to be short in supply. However, if you seek to achieve greatness, then we need to focus on leadership. Not the dictatorial type that insists on others doing what they want them to do. I’m talking about leadership that makes the other person want to do what you want them to do.

I’m a graduate of The Dale Carnegie Course. I took it years ago, while I was in college, and learned a number of simple leadership traits that have helped me tremendously through the years.

From that course, and from my many years of running companies and being a professional speaker, I’ve assembled a list of 5 steps that I believe could help anyone become a better leader.

1. BECOME A GREAT STUDENT

Become a great leader by reading.Become a great leader in 5 steps by continuing your education. My college degree, in Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising, was just the beginning of my education. My real education, over many years, has been a study diet of being a perpetual student. In the Dale Carnegie Course, I learned about Carnegie’s best-selling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” This is not only a great human relations book, but it’s also a great book on leadership.

I came to realize that it was much more valuable to read one book many times than to read many books one time only. Thus, I read that book once a month, every month, for five years – 60 times! Repetition is the mother of skill. Now those thoughts are a part of me.

Thus, whether it’s that book, or another one that you feel can help with your leadership skills, read it over and over. When you have a difficult leadership moment, go in your office and read a page in that book. The thoughts will shift your gears and help you get through the moment more productively.

By the way, if you want to be an exceptional leader, I would encourage you to take The Dale Carnegie Course!

2. MOTIVATE YOURSELF EVERY MORNING

Become a great leader in 5 steps by starting the morning right.Become a great leader in 5 steps by being aware of whose watching. If we are to lead others, we must be aware of the following: THE GROUP RUNS AT THE SPEED OF THE LEADER! That’s right. We can’t expect other people to follow us if we’re not showing great leadership traits. And that begins when we wake up and get our day started. Be careful what you do when you first wake up!

The first 15 minutes of each day set our mood for the whole day. May I suggest you turn off radio and television news the first thing each morning? Many years ago I was a newscaster. They didn’t tell us to find positive stories. Our slogan was: “If it bleeds, it leads!” In fact, I suggest not watching the late TV news before going to sleep. Most of that is full of murder and mayhem.

Thus, I suggest you declare positive affirmations the first thing each morning and the last thing each night. Here are some suggested affirmations:

“Everything I touch prospers and succeeds. I’m a people person and a great leader. I’m a very good listener and I help people come up with their own ideas.”

Don’t analyze the affirmations. Just declare what you want and watch how that sets your mood for the whole day.

In addition to your affirmations in the morning, I suggest you read two or three pages in the Carnegie book each day. When you get through with the book, read it over again and again.

3. BECOME AN EXCEPTIONAL LISTENER

Become a great leader by listening.Become a great leader in 5 steps by becoming an exceptional listener. With so much electronics taking people’s attention these days, who is truly listening to anyone? Surveys have been made to determine why people leave their jobs voluntarily? Money is not the number one answer. The real answer is that they weren’t made to feel important. People will do more for a feeling of importance than they will for money.

Dale Carnegie said that people need to feel important!” Notice, he didn’t say they “want” to feel important. He said they “need” to feel important. According to the Dale Carnegie Course people, “Only 17% of employees are satisfied in their job.” And, they further stated, “45% of employees are planning on leaving their job in the next 12 months.”

This type of turnover is very expensive! I believe that a major explanation for those numbers is that most leaders fail to understand that people “need” to feel important. They think that if they throw enough money at a situation, surely people will be happy. Not so. If we mistreat people, they will eventually have had it with us and 45% plan to leave.

The main way we can make people feel important is by talking less and listening more. God gave us two ears and one mouth. Perhaps we should look at those proportions. Great leaders make people feel important by listening attentively to them.

So, when employees who report to you want to talk with you, please close your computer and put down your phone. Grab a notepad and take notes. And not electronically. On an actual notepad. And, rather than make them feel as if you want them to stop, state the following: “Tell me more.”

Then, when they have completed their point or points, ask them how they would resolve the situation. Don’t give in to the urge to give advice. A great leader let’s other people come up with their own ideas.

4. USE THE “FOLLOW ME” THEORY OF LEADERSHIP

Being a great leader means people follow you.Become a great leader in 5 steps by making people realize that you are willing to first do what you ask them to do. I was born in Israel. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9. Since its birth in 1948, Israel has become a miracle in growing its economy and becoming a world leader in technical developments. Other than the U.S., there are more companies on the NASDAQ from Israel than any other country in the world. Some 8 million people, in a very small country, are doing amazing things!

Everyone, both men and women, serve in the military in Israel. It is in that military that they learn certain leadership skills that I believe are really valuable. Military leaders do not order their soldiers to do anything they are not willing to do first. Thus, their theory of leadership in the military is “follow me!”

Thus, when people in Israel get out of the army and either start or run companies, they follow the same theory of leadership. They do not ask their employees to do anything they are not willing to do first.

They also have a way of identifying problems and solutions quickly. Executives in Israel have an open door policy. Anyone can walk in at any time. They just have to fill out a form first. That form is called “The Opportunity Form”. It has three questions: What is the problem? What is your solution? And, if it takes money, how much? This is a great way to get right to the heart of the problem and to get people to come up with their own ideas. After all, people will fight for their own ideas.

5. BE HEARTY IN YOUR APPROBATION AND LAVISH IN YOUR PRAISE

Become a great leader by praising.Become a great leader in 5 steps by showing appreciation to others. Since people will do more for a feeling of importance then they will for money, giving people proper recognition is really important when it comes to great leadership.

Carnegie said, when it comes to recognition, we should be hearty in our approbation (approval) and lavish in our praise. When an employee does something special, recognize that person in front of others, perhaps at a company meeting, and give them genuine compliments for doing a great job. You will make that person feel important and you’ll encourage others to also do a better job.

Most people only hear from their boss when they do something wrong. That’s the opposite of good leadership. Carnegie said, “Look for the good and, as much as possible, disregard the bad.” Great leaders focus on what is going right and make a big deal out of that. It doesn’t mean they don’t take care of problems. They just don’t focus on them.

Speaking of focus, if you wish to be a better leader, why not focus on these 5 steps to becoming a better leader for 90 days and see what happens.

BECOME A GREAT LEADER IN 5 STEPS DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I’m a great student, motivate myself every day, am an exceptional listener, tell people to ‘follow me’, and recognize others. I am a great leader!”

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CREATE A GREAT SALES TEAM AND PROFIT!

Create a great sales team and profit.

Create a great sales team and profit can be a tricky idea. It’s not just a matter of bringing a few people together and hoping that you’ll get great results.

In speaking before over 100 groups of CEO’s each year, I hear of conflicts between sales associates quite often. In an ever-changing economy, and with so much retail competition online, there is a greater emphasis to get sales in other ways and that creates stress. Stress creates inter-team conflicts.

BALANCING WHAT WE PERSONALLY WANT AND BUSINESS GROWTH

Create a great sales team and profit begins with the realization that it is a team. However, that team is made up of individual people who each have their own personal goals. We all have our personal agendas and, in order to be successful in a sales team, there needs to be balance. If you’re running a sales team, the first step is to focus on creating productive relationships with each member of the team.

There is an old saying, “I’ll get everything I want out of life when I help enough other people get what they want.” But, how do we do that?

LET’S GET TO THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM

Create a great sales team and profit by dealing with the people issues.Create a great sales team and profit is an idea that can be a challenge. Sometimes trouble within a sales team can be blamed on certain business decisions that have been made by management. At other times, it can be the products that are being sold. However, I believe the problem begins with education.

Dale Carnegie, in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, relates that In ordinary schooling, there is not a single course in getting along with people.” And, where are we spending most of our time in our careers? We’re trying to get along with other people!

It’s not a product that gives us problems. If a product doesn’t work, we can either fix it, change it, or scrap it all together. However, it’s the people issues that cause most of the problems in business today. And so, most people would greatly accelerate their success if they improved their people skills.

READING BUILDS CHARACTER

Create a great sales team with this book.Create a great sales team and profit by reading. To help you improve your people skills, and thus increase the odds of a sales team becoming very successful, reading is critical.

Listening to an audio-book means someone else is talking to you. When you read a book, that’s YOU talking to YOU. Reading builds character and puts the right words in your mind.

However, reading several personal development books, once each, doesn’t work. That information is going in one ear and out the other. I found that it’s much more productive to read one book several times. In the area of people skills, I believe that the Carnegie book is the best personal development, people skills book ever written!

The book describes many difficult people situations and gives ideas of how to work through them. Here are some of the basic points from this book:

Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.

Look at situations from the other person’s point of view.

Never tell the other person that he or she is wrong.

When we’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.

Use the phrases “Tell me more” and “I need your help”.

I felt that this book was so valuable that I read it over and over, once a month, every month, for 5 years. I read it 60 times. Now it is a part of me.

If you’re running a sales team, I suggest you get copies of the Carnegie book for everyone and ask them to keep it on their desk. That way they’ll be reminded of this important book every day.

THE GREATEST HONOR WE PAY ANYONE!

Create a great sales team and profit by paying rapt attention.Create a great sales team and profit by being aware of how important attention is to people. Dale Carnegie said that the greatest honor we pay anyone is RAPT attention – complete, total attention. That helps resolve many conflicts. How little of that is there these days? With so much electronics, who is paying attention to anyone?

Carnegie further stated that everyone needs to feel important. Notice he didn’t say that we “want” to feel important. He said that we “need” to feel important. RAPT attention makes people feel important.

Thus, when there are conflicts within a sales team, and people state an opinion that may be different than ours, rather than criticizing, listen attentively to that person and say “tell me more.” Take notes, and not electronically. That way they can’t tell if we’re taking notes. Use a notepad to take notes. That will make the other person realize that you’re really listening.

THE DALE CARNEGIE COURSE

Create great sales teams with this course.Create a great sales team and profit by taking a look at a special course. Another valuable resource, when looking to improve people skills, is The Dale Carnegie Course.

It’s an 8-week course, costing about $2,000, and worth its weight in gold. From their website, here is the description of the course:

“You’ll learn to strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. You’ll be better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, problem-solver, and focused leader. And you’ll develop a take-charge attitude initiated with confidence and enthusiasm.”

I took the course while I was in college and I believe it was instrumental in my eventually becoming a successful professional speaker.

PRODUCTIVE WEEKLY SALES TEAM MEETINGS

Create a great sales team with productive meetings.Create a great sales team and profit by having great meetings! A great team-building exercise is to have weekly meetings with everyone on the sales team, with a specific agenda.

Discuss what didn’t work last week and then go over what did work. Dale Carnegie suggested the following: “Look for the good and embellish it. And, as much as possible, disregard the bad.”

Whatever we focus on expands!

Make a big deal out of any achievements by any members of the sales team. Make people feel important with compliments for any achievement. Ask everyone for suggestions as to how the entire team can improve.

Read a page or two in the Carnegie book and then discuss the ideas with everyone. Suggest to everyone that they read just one or two pages in the book every day. Let’s keep those valuable ideas in the forefront of everyone’s mind on a regular basis.

A REGULAR DIET OF ‘THANK YOU’ NOTES  

Create a great sales team with 'thank you' notes.Create a great sales team and profit is an idea that can be achieved by going back to old ideas. With so much of our communications done electronically these days, let’s promote within the sales team an old idea that can definitely help with more sales. Texts and emails are cold forms of communications. This is a warm idea that goes a long way to connect with people in a very special way!

It’s the hand-written note. We don’t have to write two or three paragraphs. I’m talking about one or two lines on a hand-written note being more touching than two paragraphs in an e-mail.

Don’t use note cards with your company logo. If you use those, people may think that you send those to a lot of people. When you start with a note-card that’s blank on the inside, the recipient may think that you picked it up just for them. Have no return address on the back of the envelope. That way they’ll have to open it up immediately since they won’t know who sent the card.

If you’re sending the card to an executive, write the word “Personal” on the lower left-hand corner of the envelope. Do not meter these cards. Use stamps. But, not just any stamps. Use commemorative stamps. They look different.

Encourage the sales team to send hand-written note cards often and for any logical reason. These can be in response to an order or when we simply have a nice conversation with a customer by phone. A card can also be just to tell a customer that you appreciate their business.

There you have it. A few simple ideas that can help you create a great sales team!

CREATE A GREAT SALES TEAM AND PROFIT DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I’m creating a great sales team by reading and re-reading the Carnegie book!”

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