Daily Quote: Courage

“Courage is a door that can only be opened from the inside.”

~Terry Neil

Found in the book:

Charging the Human Battery

Charging the Human Battery. 50 Ways to Motivate Yourself

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The Power of Discipline

“Discipline is the bridge between goals
and accomplishment.”
~Jim Rohn
When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals.
Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authors on the development of human potential. He said, “If I had to pick the number one key to success, it would be self-discipline. It is the difference in winning or losing; between greatness and mediocrity.”
Today, I’d like to share Brian’s introduction to The Power of Discipline: 7 Ways It Can Change Your Life. Enjoy!
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Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?
I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.
And then I began asking, “Why are some people more successful than others?” This question changed my life.
Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, “Success is tons of discipline.”
Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.
A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.
With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.
It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.
After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”
He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, “The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”
Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him.

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The Power of Discipline

7 Ways It Can Change Your Life

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Daily Quote: A great discovery

“All negative emotions, especially anger, depend on your ability to
blame someone or something else for something in your life
that you are unhappy about.”

~Brian Tracy

Found in the book:

The Power of Discipline

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Be Sure to “Walk The Talk”

“Walking The Talk” is a requirement for today’s leaders. It’s just another way of saying … practice what you preach.

Here are a few “Walk The Talk” leadership behaviors from the bestseller 144 Ways to Walk The Talk that I particularly like:
1. Create a list of desired results (end states) when planning tasks and projects. By evaluating potential activities against the list, you’ll maintain focus and increase your chances of achieving the results you want.
2. Become a Continuous Learning Machine. Set a personal goal to learn something new about your job, about your organization, or about your professional discipline every week.
3. Work with team members to develop a common (shared) definition for “intelligent risk taking” – to be used as a guideline for future activities.
4. Remember with authority comes the responsibility to use it wisely, sparingly, and for the benefit of your entire team. The organization can bestow a leadership title, but it’s up to you to really earn it.
And remember … when you Walk The Talk you, your team and your organization get BIG results!
Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

144 Ways to Walk The Talk


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Daily Quote: 1st law of success

“The first law of success is concentration - to bend all the energies to one point,

and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.”

~William Mathews

Found in the book:

EAT THAT FROG!
21 GREAT WAYS TO STOP PROCRASTINATING AND GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME

Eat That Frog!  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

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Attitude Is Everything

The difference in success or failure is not how you look, how you dress or how you’re educated. It’s how you think. While it’s not always easy, being able to maintain a positive attitude can change your life in profound ways.

Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple, but unforgettable way. No matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed!

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Excerpted from Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive

Keep an Attitude of Gratitude
Years ago, I was the public relations director for motivational guru, Zig Ziglar. At the time, he was arguably the best-known, most loved speaker in the world. When audience members heard Zig, they witnessed a man chockfull of energy, vitality and joy. Having worked closely with him and knowing him well, I can tell you that the Zig you saw on stage was the real Zig Ziglar. In fact, I can’t remember ever seeing him when he was not happy and upbeat.
The Zig I knew was one carbonated guy.
Every time Zig answered his home phone, he picked up the receiver and said with gusto, “This is Jean Ziglar’s happy husband!” And he meant it.
Awhile back one of Zig’s closest friends and I were discussing Zig’s aura of happiness. “Completely genuine,” his friend said. “I have never seen him down.” Then he added thoughtfully, but with love, “Hardly what you’d call normal.”
“What’s Zig’s secret?” I asked.
“I think,” he said, “it comes down to feeling grateful. Never met a guy more grateful than Zig. Period.”
You’d think anyone that grateful must have had an easy life. But that’s not so.
Zig started out poor. Dirt poor. His father died when he was six, leaving his mother to raise 11 children alone. The family was virtually penniless. Yet despite their poverty, Mrs. Ziglar instilled a strong work ethic in her children and raised them to believe that both she and God loved them. She also instructed her children to practice saying “please” and “thank you.” Those lessons stuck. Her formula of work, love and faith made their difficult lives easier. Gratitude made their lives enjoyable.
Zig once told me, “When we neglect to require our children to say ‘thank you’ when someone gives them a gift or does something for them, we raise ungrateful children who are highly unlikely to be content. Without gratitude, happiness is rare.With gratitude, the odds for happiness go up dramatically.


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Demonstrate Leadership Courage

Effective leaders need the courage to do what needs to be done … to do what they know is the right thing. Courage is about having the guts, nerve, and heart to do things that foster and support progress. Here are a few strategies that every leader should focus on:

Accept Responsibility

Courageous leaders avoid the temptations to fix blame and focus on the past. They opt, instead, to focus their attention on the future … on ways to solve situations as they are. If you have the courage to take blame words out of your vocabulary and accept responsibility to move forward, there’s a good chance that your team will follow your lead. When that happens, everyone wins.

Create Positive Change

The changes you lead people through today may not have a dramatic effect on the history of humankind, but they can have positive impacts on the professional lives of your team members. It takes courage to move others out of their comfort zones and into uncharted waters. There can be resistance at every point in the process. Therefore, you have to stay at least one step ahead – always focused on the results to be achieved. Embrace change because when you stop changing, you stop improving.

Hire and Promote the Best

When you have an open position, look upon that challenge as a great opportunity. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary talent is not just an important part of your job – it’s also critical to your success! You have the ability to make a tremendous difference in the make-up and performance of your team. Have the courage to “hire tough so that you can manage easy” … and reap the other rewards that come with it.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

Leadership Courage

Leadership Strategies for Individual and Organization Success

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Daily Quote: It will become a reality

“All you have to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it,
work steadily toward your goal,
and it will become a reality.”

~Earl Nightingale

Found in the book:

The Strangest Secret

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Daily Quote: Change is…

“For time and the world do not stand still.

Change is the law of life.

And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”

~John F. Kennedy

Found in the book:

Stress Is A Choice

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Keep Your Communications Honest and “Real”

Communication is the most important tool in your leadership tool box. It determines how people perceive you and how they respond to you. Your success as a leader will be determined by the degree to which you follow the third commandment of leadership:

Communicate with Care and Conviction

One way of doing that is to keep your communication honest and “real.” Avoid the communication extremes of over-dramatization and sugarcoating. Your team members are adults who can handle facts without embellishment. And remember that most people are turned off by what they perceive as unrealistic claims, goals, and promises. Things that seem too good to be true usually are – and your employees know it. When it comes to your communications, be positive and upbeat. Tell it like you see it … just don’t oversell it.

Lead Well … Lead Right,

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

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