Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Resist Mass Marketing Hypnosis to Overspend at Christmas

£55 Million will be spent in the UK this Christmas. Without advance planning, most people pay for Christmas out of their December salary so go over budget and rely on credit. They are sucked in to the retailers’ enticing messages which are deliberately timed to make you spend more and more, even if you think you have bought all your shopping and are well organized. It really is a mass hypnosis to make us keep spending right up to the last moment when the shops shut.

Here are some hypnotic messages they spin:
Hypnotic principle #1- Scarcity- there is a limited supply and you will miss out if you are not fast enough in buying. Why do you think there is always a shortage of the most popular video games or toys? Do you really think they could not make an ample supply of Nintendo Wiis or the Dragon Fly or whatever the must-have item is?
Hypnotic principle #2- Social Proof- Long lines, stores opening at 4 a.m., everyone else will be there, will you be left behind? Early discounts are hot, you might just be a winner if you are fast enough, early enough or strong enough. (3 hour queues in some stores require mental and emotional strength).
Hypnotic principle #3- Reciprocity- If stores give you things for free or almost free, you feel obliged to do something in return. Like buy stuff.

Shopping has reached new levels of competition with stores putting you in a position of need. It is time to wise up! What looks like a bargain price is probably just a previously inflated price reduced to a normal price. They are not giving you anything - they are selling things at inflated prices that appear to be a great deal. These days, an item offered for 50% off makes you feel like the store is giving it away. But in reality, the sofa throw that is priced at £120 and marked down to £39, is not a deal! The stores buy these things in China, pay unbelievably low prices, then mark them up maybe 300-500%. That throw may have cost under £10 and that means on sale it is still at 400% markup.

Here is some sound advice to avoid a miserable January when the credit card bills arrive: FIGHT IMPULSE and here are the questions to ask yourself:
- Do I need it?
- Can I afford it?
- Can I buy it cheaper?
- Will I use it?
- Is it worth the price?
- Can I do without it?

When you shop, it is not what you need, it is what you do not need that is the problem.
If you are a compulsive shopper and need help to fight your addiction, I recommend this hypnosis Mp3 to relieve your need for compulsive shopping.

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At only $12.95, this really is a bargain as think how much you will save when your compulsive shopping habit is under control! You can still enjoy Christmas but buy only what you need, truly enjoy giving, knowing that your spending is under control. This hypnosis Mp3 will end your compulsive shopping. Give yourself the gift of Immunity from Mass Marketing Hypnosis.

Antonia Stuart-James is an English Hypnotherapist in Belgium helping people to make positive change.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Unbearable Boredom

Unbearable Boredom: A Call to a Magnificent Life - By Annette Colby ***

"Life is okay, but I'm bored with it all. I get up, go through my morning habits, and generally keep going. During the day I smile, engage in friendly conversations, attend to the requirements of my work. After work, it's home to watch television, eat, and sleep. In between, there's the movies, gym, music, and shopping. My days are predictable and routine. What is joy? What is excitement? I think I'm missing the meaning of my life."

If you ever find yourself dealing with unbearable boredom, treat it not as an undesirable invader, but celebrate the arrival of an important messenger. Without boredom we'd comfortably vegetate in neutral, passing time by doing the same things in the same ways over and over again. Boredom's appearance is a glorious sign of impending growth. New interests, passions, talents, or strengths seek expression. It's a wake-up call indicating a readiness for more: more self-love, self-leadership, self-expression, pleasure, passion, and spontaneity.

Boredom is an invitation to allow an old self to fade away and a new potential self to emerge. Certain facets of self-control and repetitive behaviors are ready to be released in favor of expanded imagination, creativity, inspiration, and spontaneity. What was once an effective, useful routine has now become stagnant, stale, and passive. Boredom is the interim period; a place neither here nor there. On one side lies the safe, comfortable, and dependable, yet outgrown past. On the other side lies an intriguing, daring, more passionate future. Boredom identifies the natural resistance we all have toward letting go of the known and entering the unknown.

Once boredom reveals its presence, several options are available: we can sink deeper into passivity and dullness; the physical edginess can be temporarily concealed with greater levels of entertainment, distractions, and diversions; or the boredom can be sedated with food, drink or choice addictions.

Another alternative exists: embrace the message of boredom. Beneath the uncomfortable discontentment lies a natural, inherent call to the lifelong process of individuation. It is time to broaden personal horizons beyond past former levels of conformity and social adaptation. Greater individuality, power, love, and creation beckon from within. A readiness is brewing to connect more deeply with the heart of our existence.

The chains of boredom are more easily shed by allowing time to welcome ideas that spark the imagination and expand the heart. What is truly important; what fascinates and engages our spirit? We have the ability to go inside, sort through some ideas, and decide what an exciting life would look like. We feel good, and our bodies feel good, when we assume responsibility for choosing to focus on stimulating desires, personal interests, and inner passions. Only we know what feels good within, what excites, ignites, and enlivens. We gently allow for the emergence of new potentials and new possibilities--and decide to feel good in the process.

Instead of letting life just happen, we can go inside and ask, "What do I want?" Typically, the first answers are filled with details about what is not wanted. Accept this as an excellent starting point. But our responsibility is to make sure we take the extra step and actually find an exciting vision to focus on. We become what we think about, and it is up to us to determine what thoughts and visions dominate our mind. We take control of our lives as we spend more time with thoughts that increase excitement and less with those that decrease excitement.

Will an exciting life happen instantaneously just because we shift thoughts from boredom to more passionate visions? Obviously, the answer is no. Some individuals will wonder how in the world they can possibly imagine exciting outcomes when they are currently just barely getting through the day. They don't have a clue what to imagine; they are frustrated and mad at themselves for being in this position. For anyone, creating a larger life requires effort, patience, and time. Yet not much changes without first engaging imagination and intention. Excitement is the element that moves us toward unfinished business and unfolding potential. It is what we want to be doing right now, while providing the energy necessary to do it.

Who we are and what excites us matters. The irritation of boredom simply reminds us, in a very noticeable way, that energy is swirling about without passionate direction or purpose. Rather than permitting our lives to be blown about like leaves on the dirt, victims of circumstance, we allow imagination to set the foundation for direction and purpose in life. Boredom is an indication of a certain readiness to become increasingly loyal to internal passions, desires, and values. We can decide we are worthy of forming enthusiastic relationships with what we care about.

Feeling good, feeling alive, and being a radiant human is important for us and for the world. We consciously develop our divine natures through the joyful manifestation of dreams and desires. A loving community begins first with a party of one. It begins by forming excited relationships with our bodies, thoughts, emotions, and ideas. Our inner dreams are the joy of life, the salvation of earth, and the future of the people of this planet. Bringing paradise to earth is more than just a lofty concept; it is an individual endeavor, a personal responsibility. As human beings, we suffer when this physical connection between spirit and earth is no longer expanding and evolving as it is meant to. Our most important task is to first give permission to love, excite, and empower ourselves. We take the time to ensure we are the ones balanced, enlightened, and joyful.

To share and expand love with all life on this incredible earth, we begin with ourselves. We serve others when we become living, breathing, walking examples of inspired, excited lives. We inspire others to greatness when we ourselves have come to realize that happiness, success, abundance, empowerment, and joy are possible. The magic spreads as we become the magic. Personal success is allowed, so our beautiful concepts are no longer lofty spiritual abstractions, but tangible, physical manifestations.

The next time you are perpetually bored, realize the beautiful magic wishing to unfold. An invitation has been issued to venture beneath the surface and investigate new and exciting potentials and possibilities. Inspiration spreads as the success of one individual ignites the desires and dreams of another. It makes a difference that we, you and I, carry excitement once more. Boredom asks us to become the living, breathing embodiment of joy. Our joy brings light into the world.

About the Author:
This article was written by Dr. Annette Colby, RD., contributing author to "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 2." Dr. Colby is a leader in the field of personal growth and consciousness. As a nationally known consultant, educator, and author, she inspires people to believe in themselves and find themselves worthy of receiving their dreams. Visit for a free, weekly, life-changing newsletter.

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Monday, 3 December 2007

The Race

Here is a poem to warm your heart, renew your determination and inspire you to press on toward the accomplishment of your goal.

The Race by D.H. Groberg

"QUIT! GIVE UP! YOU'RE BEATEN!" They shout out and plead,
There's just too much against you now, this time you can't succeed.
And as I start to hang my head in front of failure's face,
My downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.

And hope refills my weakened will as I recall that scene.
For just the thought of that short race rejuvenates my being.
A children's race, young boys, young men; now I remember well.
Excitement, sure, but also fear; it wasn't hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope. Each thought to win that race
Or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.
And fathers watched from off the side, each cheering for his son.
And each boy hoped to show his dad that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they went, young hearts and hopes of fire.
To win, to be the hero there, was each young boy's desire.
And one boy in particular, his dad was in the crowd,
Was running near the lead and thought, "My Dad will be so proud."

But as he speeded down the field across a shallow dip,
The little boy who thought to win, lost his step and slipped.
Trying hard to catch himself, his hands flew out to brace,
And mid the laughter of the crowd, he fell flat on his face.

So down he fell and with him hope. He couldn't win it now.
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished to disappear somehow.
But as he fell, his dad stood up and showed his anxious face,
Which to the boy so clearly said, "Get up and win that race!"

He quickly rose, no damage done - behind a bit, that's all,
And ran with all his mind and might to make up for his fall.
So anxious to restore himself to catch up and to win,
His mind went faster than his legs. He slipped and fell again.

He wished that he had quit before with only one disgrace.
I'm hopeless as a runner now, I shouldn't try to race.
But, in a laughing crowd he searched and found his father's face
That steady look that said again, "Get up and win the race."

So, he jumped up to try again. Ten yards behind the last.
If I'm to gain those yards, he thought, I've got to run real fast.
Exceeding everything he had, he regained eight or ten,
But trying so hard to catch the lead, he slipped and fell again.

Defeat! He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye.
There's no sense running anymore - three strikes I'm out - why try?
The will to rise had disappeared, all hope had fled away.
So far behind, so error prone, closer all the way.

I've lost, so what's the use, he thought, I'll live with my disgrace.
But then he thought about his dad, who soon he'd have to face.
"Get up," and echo sounded low, "Get up and take your place.
You were not meant for failure here, get up and win the race."

With borrowed will, "Get up," it said, "You haven't lost at all.
For winning is not more than this: to rise each time you fall."
So up he rose to win once more, and with a new commit,
He resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn't quit.

So far behind the others now, the most he'd ever been.
Still he gave it all he had and ran as though to win.
Three times he'd fallen stumbling, three times he'd rose again.
Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.

They cheered the winning runner as he crossed first place.
Head high and proud and happy; no falling, no disgrace.
But when the fallen youngster crossed the line, last place.
The crowd gave him the greater cheer for finishing the race.

And even though he came in last, with head bowed low, unproud;
You would have thought he won the race, to listen to the crowd.
And to his Dad he sadly said, "I didn't do so well."
"To me you won," his father said, "You rose each time you fell."

And when things seem dark and hard and difficult to face,
The memory of that little boy helps me in my race.
For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all,
And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

"QUIT! GIVE UP! YOU'RE BEATEN!" they still shout in my face,
But another voice within me says, "GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!"

Friday, 30 November 2007

The Formula For Failure & Success - Jim Rohn

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.

Now why would someone make an error in judgment and then be so foolish as to repeat it every day? The answer is because he or she does not think that it matters.

On their own, our daily acts do not seem that important. A minor oversight, a poor decision, or a wasted hour generally doesn't result in an instant and measurable impact. More often than not, we escape from any immediate consequences of our deeds.

If we have not bothered to read a single book in the past ninety days, this lack of discipline does not seem to have any immediate impact on our lives. And since nothing drastic happened to us after the first ninety days, we repeat this error in judgment for another ninety days, and on and on it goes. Why? Because it doesn't seem to matter. And herein lies the great danger. Far worse than not reading the books is not even realizing that it matters!

Now here is the great news. Just like the formula for failure, the formula for success is easy to follow: It's a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

Now here is an interesting question worth pondering: How can we change the errors in the formula for failure into the disciplines required in the formula for success? The answer is by making the future an important part of our current philosophy.

Both success and failure involve future consequences, namely the inevitable rewards or unavoidable regrets resulting from past activities. If this is true, why don't more people take time to ponder the future? The answer is simple: They are so caught up in the current moment that it doesn't seem to matter. The problems and the rewards of today are so absorbing to some human beings that they never pause long enough to think about tomorrow.

But what if we did develop a new discipline to take just a few minutes every day to look a little further down the road? We would then be able to foresee the impending consequences of our current conduct. Armed with that valuable information, we would be able to take the necessary action to change our errors into new success-oriented disciplines. In other words, by disciplining ourselves to see the future in advance, we would be able to change our thinking, amend our errors and develop new habits to replace the old.

One of the exciting things about the formula for success—a few simple disciplines practiced every day—is the results are almost immediate. As we voluntarily change daily errors into daily disciplines, we experience positive results in a very short period of time. When we change our diet, our health improves noticeably in just a few weeks. When we start exercising, we feel a new vitality almost immediately. When we begin reading, we experience a growing awareness and a new level of self-confidence. Whatever new discipline we begin to practice daily will produce exciting results that will drive us to become even better at developing new disciplines.

The real magic of new disciplines is that they will cause us to amend our thinking. If we were to start today to read the books, keep a journal, attend the classes, listen more and observe more, then today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future.

P.S. If you desire to make your dreams come true, start by following this activity-driven plan: The Success Package. When you've completed that program this is your next step: Building a Better Life

© 2007 by Jim Rohn International. All Rights Reserved.

Jim Rohn is considered to be America's Foremost Business Philosopher, with a career that has spanned over 37 years and touched the lives of over three million people worldwide. He has been internationally hailed over the years as one of the most influential thinkers of our time and has helped motivate an entire generation of personal development trainers as well as hundreds of executives from America's top corporations. He's been described as everything from a master motivator, to a modern day Will Rogers, to a legend!

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Thursday, 29 November 2007

THE ONE MINUTE COACH™ : Change Your Life One Minute at a Time

My friend in Spain, Masha Malka, has written an e-book in a series of easy life-changing weekly routines you can carry out at home, at work, or at play. You won't need to go to classes, you won't need expensive CDs or DVDs and even the busiest of people will be able to use this book whenever they have a spare minute - the results can be extraordinary!

"The One Minute Coach is an excellent source of quick, easy-to-read applied wisdom. And it's so well organized that I can always come back to specific sections when needed."

Click here to order Masha Malka's "One Minute Coach" and receive your FREE bonuses (amazing e-books, seminars, audio programs,e-courses, charitable donations and more!

America’s Business Growth Guru Joel Block wrote this about Masha Malka and her new book:
“How is it that some people — who start at the absolute bottom and have the furthest to travel up the mountain — are the most successful at scaling the highest peaks in their quest for success?

One of the shining star examples of somebody that started at the bottom is Masha Malka. As a teenager, she left an economically depressed country in a politically oppressed environment. At that time her family left the Soviet Union and moved as refugees into another part of Europe. Masha managed to learn new language skills and make all new friends, while at the same time, her family had to start over economically. She obviously learned a lot from the experiences of her childhood.

Masha has taken those experiences and put what she learned into one of the most unusual manuscripts that I've ever seen. Masha Malka has put together a book that helps anyone who wants to move from "here to there." The secret is within the new process she formatted for taking action.

It's laid out different than any book I've ever seen before. She starts by identifying the achievements that you want to accomplish and on the facing page, the steps that you need to take are already laid out for you. Just a few pages of this easy to read book will start to put you on a course of action that is both powerful and real. I've never seen anything laid out this way, and it certainly spoke to me…”
Go here to read the rest.

Visit Masha Malka's "One Minute Coach" and read all the testimonials for yourself. I recommend this book to you.

Will you join in the game or just watch?

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Opportunity knocks and it is up to each of us to recognize what is possible. We might not achieve our goal for whatever reason but no prize goes to the person who never starts, who never joins the game.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Speed Reading Secret for Everyone

What if you could TRIPLE your reading speed in under 60 minutes?

Speed reading is a useful skill for everyone, starting with teenagers who have to read volumes in different subjects when studying and for adults, both in the workplace and in private reading.

It is actually a skill which is easy to learn and can be learned quickly with Dr Michael Masterman's course Speed Reading Secret.

The Speed Reading Secret can triple your reading speed in well under an hour (without fast music or other gimmicks!) and the audio course includes tests to prove it.

So, I am recommending the "Speed Reading Secret" course today. This is for you if you want to blast through e-mail messages, Web pages, revision, books or reports (and pick up an amazing new vocabulary along the way).

The course includes tests, so you can literally see just how well you have improved. And if you don't improve enough, claim your money back through his guarantee!

Dr Masterman predicts the average American could save one day a week following his advice. I think he is probably right.

This course would make a great and unusual Christmas present.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

New Online Courses at Success University

"People with goals succeed because they know where they're going."
- Earl Nightingale

Continue your journey down the path to knowledge. . .

Four more courses have now been uploaded to the Success Unversity website. Tap into the unlimited learning potential at your fingertips. These courses will enrich your lives and give you the motivation you need to accomplish your goals. You will be inspired to take action. Register for these courses today and reap a brighter tomorrow.

"Take Charge - Get Results" by George Morse
Known simply, from coast to coast, as Coach Morse, George is a well respected Life Coach, Leadership and Business Success Coach, author of the popular book, "Take Charge – Get Results". In this course you will learn to identify what success means to you. You will no longer live your life trying to gain the success that others force upon you. You will see your own true vision of success and lay out a plan to get there. George Morse defines the simple steps it takes to make your personal vision come true. He takes you through setting goals, to completing tasks and following through on your personal vision.

"The Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker
Using the principles he teaches, T. Harv Eker went from zero to millionaire in only 2 1/2 years! He combines a unique brand of "street-smarts with heart". T. Harv Eker is the founder and president of Peak Potentials Training, the fastest growing personal development company in North America. Eker's high-energy and "cut-to-the-chase" style keeps his audience spellbound. T. Harv Eker's motto is "talk is cheap" and his unique ability is getting people to take "action" in the real world to produce real success. In this 90 minute audio course T. Harv Eker teaches the secrets to having more happiness and money in your life. He goes point-by-point and step-by-step showing you the crucial points to changing yourself into who you want to be financially so you can live the life you want.

"Magnetic Marketing" by Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy is the "hidden genius" behind full-page magazine advertisements you've undoubtedly seen, direct-mail campaigns you've received and TV infomercials you've seen. In addition to all the advertising and direct-mail Dan prepares for his own products, services and businesses, there are hundreds of clients using marketing materials Dan has prepared for them. His full-page ads have appeared in magazines like Inc., Success, Entrepreneur, Moneymaking Opportunities, Nations Business, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, and countless trade magazines. Entrepreneur Magazine says that Dan Kennedy has "at least 101 moneymaking ideas for any business owner." In this hour-long audio Dan Kennedy shares one of his most powerful marketing systems. He lays out the system in 3 easy steps and gives examples of how it can be used in your business to create an on going power marketing campaign.

"Wealth Without a Job" by Andy Fuehl
Andy Fuehl is the Founder and Managing Director of a fast growing Wealthy Entrepreneur Training company Wealth Builders of America. He teaches people to break free of the job trap and successfully transition to entrepreneurship in the business of their choice doing work they love. Using the methods Andy teaches in his best selling book Wealth Without a Job: The Entrepreneurs Guide to Freedom and Security Beyond the 9 to 5 Lifestyle he went from being unemployed to millionaire in under three years. To get different financial results, you require different decisions, strategies, skills and ways of thinking about money and about yourself. Andy Fuehl along with business partner, Phil Laut have taught thousands of people to earn the income they want from work they love. If you are not sure how to earn the income you dream of, this course is for you! You can fill the gap between what you learned in school and what it takes to make real money in the real world.

Commit yourself to excellence today by taking these empowering courses which are available only to students of Success University.

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"First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do."

- Epictetus

Thursday, 15 November 2007

A Creed For Self-Discipline

Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily, when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.

Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions, and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.

Recognizing that both my positive emotions and my negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.

Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans.

Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and what is wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out.

Recognizing the value of an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall, and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.

Subconscious Mind
Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my major purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily.


Discipline over the mind is gained, little by little, by the formation of habits which one may control. Habits begin in the mind; therefore, a daily repetition of this creed will make one habit-conscious in connection with the particular kind of habits which are needed to develop and control the six departments of the mind.

The mere act of repeating the names of these departments has an important effect. It makes one conscious that these departments exist; that they are important; that they can be controlled by the formation of thought-habits; that the nature of these habits determines one's success or failure in the matter of self-discipline.

Napoleon Hill
Excerpt from The Master-Key To Riches

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is amost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of
the human race."

- Calvin Coolidge

"Money grows on the tree of persistence."

- Japanese Proverb

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

New Online Courses for Success University Students

4 New Courses for Success University students

True happiness and success is the result of personal growth and constant learning. You can continue your journey to success by sitting in on one of the 4 new courses that are now available to Success University students. These online courses will instill in you strength, passion and determination along with the ability to follow your goals and live your dreams. Remember, a life lived without knowledge is a life lived in the dark. Access the new courses today and live a better tomorrow.

"Emotional Baggage " by Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski
Husband-and-wife psychology team Judith Sherven, Ph.D. and Jim Sniechowski, Ph.D. have discovered the core issue that holds people back from the success they desire. It’s The Fear of Being Fabulous™. As guest experts, they have appeared on over 1100 television and talk-radio shows including Oprah Winfrey, The O'Reilly Factor, Canada AM, The View and CNN.

Are you a bellhop in your relationship? Is emotional baggage wearing you down?


What’s Emotional Baggage? You know, what people call …"your stuff"… "getting your buttons pushed" … "old wounds"… "shadow junk"…The baggage you and everybody else bring from the past… from childhood… adolescence… former relationships… And if you’re not aware of your baggage… and your partner’s baggage… you’re at the mercy of behaviors that will run you and your relationship… most often into the ground! But not after you connect with this most important session with Judith & Jim.

"The Soul of Winning" by Byrd Baggett
My vocation (and passion!) as an author and inspirational speaker has allowed me to visit and learn from thousands of successful people from all walks of life. This book was conceived when I embarked on a mission to uncover the true essence of a winning lifestyle. To achieve this goal, I sought answers to the question, "What do you consider to be the most important characteristics of winners?" In this course you will find touching stories and learn life lessons. Byrd Baggett touches on several crucial elements that are key to a successful life. He speaks of compassion and passion, perseverance and priorities. When you begin to live a life practicing these elements is when you begin to live a meaningful life.

"Pass it On" by Greg S. Reid
Filmmaker and Motivational Speaker Greg S. Reid is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and the CEO of several successful corporations. He has dedicated his life to helping others achieve the ultimate fulfillment of finding and living a life of purpose. His most popular titles The Millionaire Mentor, (translated into 9 languages) and Positive Impact, (Barnes and Noble #1 best seller) teach the principles he learned from his mentors: to achieve extraordinary success one must first help others succeed. If you want to unlock the real secrets to wealth and success, take a few minutes to listen to Greg S. Reid in Pass it On. According to “the Millionaire Mentor”, confidence is the key ingredient to wealth. Greg S. Reid will outline in detail the steps necessary to create wealth and success in your own life. Get ready to write your goals down and follow them through to fruition with the help of the many motivational authors and speakers contained in this DVD presentation.

"The Golden Cycle" by Craig Goldblatt
Originally born in South Africa, Craig moved to the UK with his family in 1977, and was educated at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey. During Craig's Professional Sales Coaching career, he has achieved numerous accolades, some of which are listed below.

* Developed and implemented innovative sales process for Betfair, one of the largest betting organizations in the world.
* Dramatically increased sales performance of vehicle sales manager, as shown on the BBC's "Stress Test" program.

Craig has one goal in maximize your sales performance and increase your profit. In this one-hour course, Craig Goldblatt provides a series of strategies intended to help the listener move from average to excellent in selling. Craig walks you step by step through the basics of the solid sales meeting to closing the sale and gaining referrals. This course will help you master some of the tools used by top performers and show you how you can weave your magic to make your best even better!


Commit yourself to excellence today by taking these empowering courses!

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To Your Success!


"First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do."

- Epictetus

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Joe Vitale experiences the One Finger Manicure

Dr Joe Vitale told this story,

While escorting my sister around San Antonio's famed river walk, a young, tiny woman at a kiosk quietly stopped me with the question, "Want to see something amazing?"

Of course, I was curious. I said yes.

She asked me to put my hands in a bowl. Then she poured a small amount of dead sea something or other on my hands and asked me to wash them. I did.

"When was the last time you washed your hands?" she asked. Though it was Saturday, I said, "Last Monday."

She laughed, and then pointed out how dirty my hands were. Apparently the dead sea stuff was getting dead dirt off my hands. The little lady then asked me if she could do my fingernail. I agreed.

She began to scrub my index finger's nail with some dead sea block of something or other. As she did, she asked, "When was the last time you had a manicure?"

"A manicure? Probably in a past life. I've never had one."

The girl went on with her sales pitch. I was going along with the demo, thinking all along I would just buy this stuff for Nerissa. But I have to admit I was enjoying the interaction and becoming interested in the products. It was hypnotic selling at work. Though the girl seemed a little awkward in her presentation, she was doing fine in engaging me. But the punch line was yet to come.

At the end of her spiel, I bought just under one hundred dollars of her goods. She then announced, "My name is Melinda and you were my first customer."

I was stunned. Almost speechless. "You've never done this before?" I asked.

"Today's my first day," she replied. "You're my first customer." Her boss was standing behind the kiosk and came out to confirm that yes, indeed, Melinda just made her first sale.

It goes to show you that you can never determine what people are thinking, what their skills or experience level might be, or much else, until you put them on the stage. And even then you won't know for sure.

This is true for you, as well. So go out there and try something new today.

Ao Akua,
Joe Vitale

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Lack of Decision leads to Failure

Accurate analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the list of the 30 major causes of failure. This is no mere statement of a theory - it is a fact.
Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer.

You will have an opportunity to test your capacity to reach quick and definite decisions when you finish reading this lesson and are ready to begin putting into action the principles which it describes.

Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions slowly, if, and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.

The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are, generally, easily influenced by the "opinions" of others. They permit the newspapers and the "gossiping" neighbors to do their "thinking" for them. "Opinions" are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by "opinions" when you reach decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting your own desire into money.

If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no desire of your own.

- Napoleon Hill, from "Think and Grow Rich"

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Sunday, 28 October 2007

Where do You Go For Your Intellectual Feast?

Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author. He's picked out a favorite place to feed his body, but he doesn't have a favorite place to feed his mind!

Why would this be? Have you heard about the accelerated learning curve? From birth, up until the time we are about eighteen, our learning curve is dramatic, and our capacity to learn during this period is just staggering. We learn a tremendous amount very fast. We learn language, culture, history, science, mathematics... everything!

For some people, the accelerated learning process will continue on. But for most, it levels off when they get their first job. If there are no more exams to take, if there's no demand to get out paper and pencil, why read any more books? Of course, you will learn some things through experience. Just getting out there – sometimes doing it wrong and sometimes doing it right - you will learn.

Can you imagine what would happen if you kept up an accelerated learning curve all the rest of your life? Can you imagine what you could learn to do, the skills you could develop, the capacities you could have? Here's what I'm asking you to do: be that unusual person who keeps up his learning curve and develops an appetite for always trying to find good ideas.

One way to feed your mind and educate your philosophy is through the writings of influential people. Maybe you can't meet the person, but you can read his or her books. Churchill is gone, but we still have his books. Aristotle is gone, but we still have his ideas. Search libraries for books and programs. Search magazines. Search documentaries. They are full of opportunities for intellectual feasting.

In addition to reading and listening, you also need a chance to do some talking and sharing. I have some people in my life who help me with important life questions, who assist me in refining my own philosophy, weighing my values and pondering questions about success and lifestyle.

We all need association with people of substance to provide influence concerning major issues such as society, money, enterprise, family, government, love, friendship, culture, taste, opportunity, and community. Philosophy is mostly influenced by ideas, ideas are mostly influenced by education, and education is mostly influenced by the people with whom we associate.

One of the great fortunes of my life was to be around Mr. Shoaff those five years. During that time he shared with me at dinner, during airline flights, at business conferences, in private conversations and in groups. He gave me many ideas that enabled me to make small daily adjustments in my philosophy and activities. Those daily changes, some very slight, but very important, soon added up to weighty sums.

A big part of the lesson was having Mr. Shoaff repeat the ideas over and over. You just can't hear the fundamentals of life philosophy too often. They are the greatest form of nutrition, the building blocks for a well-developed mind.

I'm asking that you feed your mind just as you do your body. Feed it with good ideas, wherever they can be found. Always be on the lookout for a good idea - a business idea, a product idea, a service idea, an idea for personal improvement. Every new idea will help to refine your philosophy. Your philosophy will guide your life, and your life will unfold with distinction and pleasure.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn (excerpted from "Leading an Inspired Life")

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Monday, 22 October 2007

Oprah's Pay It Forward

True joy comes with giving.

Oprah Winfrey liaised with Bank of America to give $1,000 to each person in her audience BUT...they had to give it away to someone they did not know within seven days and report back, preferably with a short film.

The results were amazing. Perfect strangers reached out to others as some gave away the money in a random way whilst others gave themselves a challenging project which stretched far into the community.

Some of the ways people translated $1,000 into giving:
Coffee gift cards in Seattle
$500 gift card to a single mum to shop for her kids' Christmas presents at Toys r Us.
Huge tips given to pizza delivery men.
Four strangers chosen in the street to receive $250.
Money given to children who had just lost their father to cancer.
A picnic treating an entire community to a day of fun.
Basketball shoes for a boys team.

They changed the quality of life for individuals:
Four women combined their $1,000 to buy a car for a single mother, turning her four hours a day commuting by bus into 30 minutes by car.

For a single mother with five children, living with cockroaches and very little furniture, one woman arranged for exterminators, new beds, sheets, clothes, furniture, books so that their place felt more like home. She also started a college fund for the woman's kids to which she will contribute each year and is helping the mother gain her college diploma, also paying for her childcare. She said, "Whatever we’re doing for this family, we hope it will change their lives" to which the recipient replied, "It has made me feel like a brand new person."

One woman asked the community via the local paper for people to nominate individuals to receive the gift. She chose a 68 year old man who had never learned to read as he had to work to support his family. Recently he had started learning to read with a class of small schoolchildren who were learning. Their teacher nominated the man. His gift was his own books. With tears in his eyes, he said that God answered his mother’s prayer.

One woman had been attacked years ago in Denver and helped to recover with the Denver centre for attack victims. She asked them to nominate a worthy recipient and chose a woman who had been shot in the face by her boyfriend. He was sentenced to 48 years. The giver wanted to pay for reconstructive surgery but first she had to go back and face the ghosts of the attack. She raised $1,600. The woman felt blessed she had been chosen to receive the gift She said it made her feel whole again, gave her a little hope and encouraged her that strangers helped her to heal.

Some of the most challenging projects:
2 women decided to buy shoes for a whole school. The shoe shop matched their $2,000 and gave 425 pairs for free.

There was a Walkathon for a school to buy books for the local hospital - $63,000 total.

A family with 9 children whose father has a deadly brain tumour - friends and neighbours were enlisted to raise $7,500. It went further. The whole town joined in the appeal to raise a total of $71,400 in groceries, a college scholarship for son and to pay the man's hospital bils. His wife said it had saved their house from being sold to pay back taxes. This was all achieved in a town of just 14,000 people. They just started calling.

For a Hawaii home for sick children, one woman wanted to buy four round airfares for parents to visit their children. When she went to collect the tickets from the airport, the airline gave a further 40 round trips. One kid who had been fighting her lumps since March 2006, said it meant so much to have family visit.

Two sisters adopted a refuge for women, “my sister’s house”. To their $ 2,000 they added gifts of diapers, blankets, bibs, school supplies using the radio airwaves to raise the stake. Stores including Home Depot, Ikea and the Grocery Store also gave. Total value raised = $200,000.

“When you give, it comes back to you in ways you cannot imagine”. Oprah

In total 314 people passed on the gift.

"This is what being a star human being is about". – Oprah

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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

What Can we Learn from Lewis Hamilton?

How did the boy from the other side of the track become the fastest man on it?

I saw an interesting programme about the Lewis Hamilton, the 22 year old, black, English racing driver who looks set to take the World Championship in his very first season.

His story started at age 7 when he played with remote control racing cars. Even at that age, his focus was intense following a release of emotion by punching the air in a victory gesture.

He moved on to karting. His dedicated father and he were “sick with ambition”. As a family they had nothing but his father took on extra jobs to pay for the karting. Motor racing is traditionally a sport for white boys with financial backing. His younger brother was born with cerebral palsy so also required financial help and attention. He is now Lewis’ biggest fan.

At age 10, Lewis was featured in a “Black Britain” documentary. He went on to become a black belt in karate to deal with bullying at school. He was disciplined, always did his homework and concentrated on karting. His father said he always knew success for Lewis was going to happen. He wants his story to inspire other kids.

At age 12 Lewis was featured on Blue Peter and again at 15.

At the 1995 Annual Autosport Awards, Lewis met the McLaren boss, Ron Dennis. He asked him for his autograph, address and telephone number. Dennis wrote, Contact me in 9 years, we’ll sort something out then”. Three years later he signed a driver’s contract with McLaren. He was not even old enough to drive a car on the road!

From winning every karting contest Lewis moved into car racing with Formula Renault in 2002, followed by Formula 3 in the F3 Euro Series 2005, then G2 and finally Formula One. This rookie now looks set to take the World Championship on Sunday in Brazil. He was on the podium every race for the first nine. He would have won the championship in China on Sunday were it not for a technical failure.

Even if Lewis does not win which is unlikely, he has still achieved so much by such a young age. His rise to success has been compared to that of the young black golfer, Tiger Woods. He is actually of mixed race with a modern image, a sense of calm, determination and self-belief which are all good qualities for him to portray as a young male role model.

Murray Walker, the former motor racing commentator, said that Lewis is likely to become the highest paid UK sports person ever. Kimi Reikkonen’s manager believes Lewis will be the first racing driver to earn £100 million pa.

Polite, clean cut, pretty hip, girls love him and guys want to be him. He is a marketeer’s dream just like David Beckham although as someone said, “Beckham did not win the World Cup. Hamilton will win the World Championship.”

When suggested that Lewis will be the next David Beckham or Michael Schumacher, he replied, “He’s going to be the next Hamilton”

One of a kind. He deserves all the success.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Ten Commandments of Goal-Setting

"A goal without a plan is just a dream".

NOTHING in life happens without goals. Nothing ! When you get up in the morning you have a goal of making it to work safely and having a productive day. When you go on vacation you have a goal of having fun. When you get married you have a goal of making each other happy. Everything you strive for is goal driven. And, as a result, the manner in which you go about achieving these goals is is CRITICAL !!!

That having been said, I would like to share with you what has become known to me as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOAL SETTING...

1. THOU SHALL BE DECISIVE: Success is a choice. You must decide WHAT you want, WHY you want it and HOW you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or SHOULD do that for you. It's your goal and your responsibility.

2. THOU SHALL STAY FOCUSED: A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes. Don't let outside distractions make your goals out of focus.

3. THOU SHALL WELCOME FAILURE: The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the pathway of progress. Rather, the question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow from the experience. Remember what Les Brown said, "If you fall down, fall on your back because as long as you can LOOK UP you can GET UP".

4. THOU SHALL WRITE DOWN THY GOALS: Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. People forget things. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS !!! Put them where you can see them every day. Send a copy to a friend, family member or a member of your upline. Establish accountability.

5. THOU SHALL PLAN THOROUGHLY: It is a proven fact that planning saves time at a 10:1 ratio in execution. PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE !!!

6. THOU SHALL INVOLVE OTHERS: Nobody goes through life alone. Establish your own "Persoanl Board of Directors", people whose wisdom, knowledge and character you respect, to help achieve your goals. Once again, USE YOUR UPLINE!!! That's what we are here for.

7. THOU SHALL TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION: Success is not a spectator sport. Achievement demands action. You cannot expect to arrive at success without having made the trip.

8. THOU SHALL REWARD THYSELF: Rewards work !!! Think of what you will give yourself as a result of hard work, focus and persistance. Create your own ACTION = REWARD program and implement it. You DESERVE IT !

9. THOU SHALL INSPECT WHAT THOU EXPECTs: The shelf life of all plans are limited. No plan holds up against opposition. Everything changes. Therefore, inspect frequently and closely what is going on with your plan. It's an insurance policy on your success.

10. THOU SHALL MAINTAIN PERSONAL INTEGRITY: Maintain your COMMITMENT to your COMMITMENT! Set your goals, promise yourself that you will achieve them and eliminate wiggle room and excuses. That's personal integrity. EXCUSES and LAME JUSTIFICATION are the poisons that kill all goals!!!

Remember, these "Ten Commandments of Goal Setting" nor anything else ever placed in front of you will help you achieve your goals if you do not IMPLEMENT THEM ! Like I told someone very close to me the other day, "Those motivational cd's aren't going to do you a bit of good until you take the plastic wrap off the sleeve".

Source: Success University

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Donny Osmond on Having to be Perfect

In 1972, I was in love with Donny Osmond. I was a teenybopper but that is not why I want to talk about Donny here.

I watched him on Biography Channel when he revealed his social anxiety disorder and the panic attacks he suffered.

After a lost decade in the 80s, he won the part of Joseph in the London show of "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat". The show became very successful with Donny in the lead role for six years. He had known how hard it was to restart his career after losing it and so developed the idea that he had to give a perfect performance every night because he was performing for standing room only audiences. He would beat himself up mentally if he made any mistakes as he told himself he had to be perfect. He did not want to lose his career again. He went in to therapy with medication. He was scared to go on stage, even though he was delighted that he had his career back.

He pinpoints the attitude of perfectionism to the early days when the Osmonds appeared on the Andy Williams Show and were known as the "one-take Osmonds". They had to live up to that reputation and Donny had to keep up with his brothers, even though he was only seven.

He recalled a negative press review after a concert in Nashville when he was 13. He thought it was a great show but the press slated him - a child. It really hurt.

One night before appearing as Joseph, he was literally shaking and said they should call for the understudy because he could not perform. His wife gave him some excellent advice,
"Why don't you do yourself a favour? Go out there and be average. Do an average job tonight for yourself and for the audience." Donny felt the weight had been taken off his shoulders. He gave the best performance ever because the pressure was gone and he had licence to be "average". He did not have to be perfect any more.

Finally, Donny said that adversity builds strength if you allow it. You let it be the foundation of your personality.

When the Why is Big Enough

To succeed in anything, especially something that requires change from the current situation, we must have a WHY that is big enough.

• What is it that gets you so excited you can't sleep at night?
• What is the real reason for you becoming what you want to be?
• Why do you want to break out of the rat race and achieve your freedom?

When the WHY is big enough, the HOW doesn't matter!

Any obstacle can be overcome if you know WHY you want to overcome it.

When you decide to make changes, people around you will feel uncomfortable as you are challenging their comfort zones. You are going against the norm and they will try to keep you as one of them. They may laugh at you. They may tell you are crazy to even imagine you could achieve what you want. They may tell you that you are just dreaming and will never be able to do that something different.

It will take guts to stick to your plans, your wishes, your hopes and dreams. You will need to be laser-focused. Others will try to stop you, try to keep you back.

But nothing will happen until someone becomes excited. If that someone is you, you need to know WHY you are planning this future. WHY do you want it? WHY are you prepared to leave your comfort zone to seek a better life?

When the WHY is big enough, the HOW does not matter. The WHY will remove the obstacles if you become a RHINO head set on success. You will become so tough that nothing will stop you.

To remind yourself constantly of the WHY, W-R-I-T-E I-T D-O-W-N.

You have heard that before, right? But have you done it? Have you written down your goals with the WHY clearly stated?

A dream only becomes reality when it is stated as a goal with a WHY translated into WHY you MUST have it. Think about that. You might say that you would like an idyllic holiday on a tropical island. That is a vague dream. Now turn it into a WHY: "I want to take my family on an idyllic holiday on a tropical island because the children want to see tropical fish when snorkelling and I want to improve my windsurfing in the heat." That sounds better than taking the kids to see fish in an aquarium and swimming in a crowded seaside holiday resort whilst your windsurfing is done in a wet suit on a reservoir in the cold.

Now make it a MUST: "I must take my family on an idyllic holiday on a tropical island because I want my children to experience the thrill of seeing tropical fish close up on a coral reef and I must windsurf with the sun on my back."

Now transform that dream into a vision statement from the MUST sentence and paste it in large letters where you can see it everyday, along with photos of those tropical fish and someone windsurfing in the sun.

Your subconscious mind believes that what you tell it is your reality. Turn the dream into a statement IN THE PRESENT TENSE. Now you have the WHY you MUST have it, your subconscious will find the HOW and remove the obstacles.

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Antonia Stuart-James is an English Hypnotherapist in Belgium helping people to make positive change.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Kind Words Do Not Cost Much

"Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is."

Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, Scientist and Philosopher

I remember the positive experience gained early on a personal development course. We were asked to come out to the front of the group one by one and the rest of the group were invited to look at the person intently and read into their soul then write down positive, empowering traits of the person's character. Group members were very insightful in the characteristics they found which were quite deep, not just superficial glib suggestions. Each person was given the list to take away. I have lost the list unfortunately but I remember that whenever I read it, it empowered me so I considered it a gift.

A woman once said that "We spend 80% of our time complaining about the 20% of someone that we don't like, usually our spouse, instead of focussing on the 80% that we do lik." How true. I think it is unrealistic that we could ever like someone else a full 100%. Just given the basic differences between men and women, there will always be something we do not like or which niggles us. However, overall, most people have good points and that is what attracted us to them in the first place. I stuck a quote on the fridge: "Don't let a little disagreement ruin a great relationship."

I also like this quote:
"Edify a person in advance for the positive traits you want him or her to have, and you'll find them making a concerted effort to live up to your praise."
- Bob Burg

Switched-on companies realise that people do more for recognition than for money or power. A pat on the back and public recognition will often spur that employee with loyalty to even greater achievements. A child whose efforts are noticed and praised by a parent will want to achieve even more. Star charts work wonderfully in motivating children to do their homework, tidy their rooms and carry out little tasks.

So, say something uplifting to someone today without an ulterior motive.

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

The 4 D's for Change

I found this on a website and thought it was useful:

No one migrates toward change until these 4-"D's" are a condition of their lives:

1. Discontent: (to the point of total disgust).
2. Desire: (dissatisfied enough to be willing to do something about it).
3. Due Diligence: (willing to take the time to enter into a process of investigation to determine their options).
4. Discipline: (to go through a process from start to finish).

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"God’s gift to you is more
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talent and ability as you can,
in this lifetime."

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

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Passionate curiosity of Einstein

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- Albert Einstein

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Taking Action

A poor, hungry young man sat moping on a bridge, watching a group of fishermen. Looking into a basket and seeing a bunch of fish nearby, the young man said, "Boy, if I had a mess of fish like that, I'd be in good shape. I'd sell them and buy some clothes and something to eat."

"I'll give you that many fish if you do a small favour for me," a fisherman replied.


"Tend this line for me awhile. I've got some errands to do up the street," said the older man.

The young man gladly accepted the offer. As he tended the man's pole, the fish were really biting and he reeled in one fish after another. It was not long before he was smiling, enjoying the activity.

When the older man returned, he said, "I want to give you the fish I promised so, here, take all the fish you caught. But I also want to give you a piece of advice. The next time you're in need, don't waste time daydreaming and wishing for what could be. Get busy,cast the line yourself and make something happen."


I received this story in a business email. It contains good advice about taking action to achieve what we need and want to see in our lives.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

“Don’t have a wishbone where your backbone should be!”

There is an old story about a man who went to a tattooist because he had always wanted a tattoo of a lion on his back. The tattooist started to sketch the tail into the man’s torso: ‘Ouch! What are you doing?’ asked the man. ‘I’m doing the lion’s tail’ replied the tattooist. ‘Well then for goodness sake let’s have a lion without a tail!’ said the man, wincing in pain. Next the artist set about on the Lion’s whiskers. ‘Ouch!’ cried the man, ‘What’s that?’ ‘The whiskers!’ said the tatooist, getting increasingly irritated. ‘Well let’s have a lion without whiskers!’ moaned his customer. The tattooist then set about doing the Lion’s back. ‘No that hurts too!’ shouted the man. At this, the tattooist finally lost patience with the man's lack of self discipline. Throwing down his tools and the man out of his shop he shouted, ‘How can you expect to get what you want without a little discomfort?’

Self-discipline is the key
To achieve what we want will involve self-discipline to take us out of the comfort zone into a time period and area of growth until we reach a new level of success which then becomes our new normal comfort zone. Going backwards will then become uncomfortable.

If you lose 20kg you feel so much more comfortable in your clothes and when moving around. It will require self-discipline and effort to lose the weight but putting the weight back on will then feel uncomfortable.

Develop the muscle of self-discipline
Like anything, if you practice self-discipline, you exercise the muscle so that it becomes stronger. If we go through life doing only what we want, when we want and not doing anything we do not feel like doing, you can imagine how easy it would be to degenerate. Nobody actually wants to empty the rubbish or clean out their car or give up time to learn new skills but think of the consequences if no one made an effort.

Personally, I feel satisfied when I have cleared out some clutter or some other boring task.

We live in an age where everything is made to look easy. Think of those exercise workouts on the Californian beach with everyone moving effortlessly with a permanent smile on their face. My 30 minutes on a treadmill three times a week in my local gym is not so glamorous and neither do I grin all the way through but I go out in the rain, listen to get-up-and-go music, get hot and sweaty and feel good for making the effort. The result shows slowly but surely. It takes self-discipline. Anyone can buy an exercise machine but you burn up more calories using it rather than just dusting it.

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."
- Jim Rohn

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

When "I Wish" Becomes "I Will"

"The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities."

- David Copperfield, Magician

"I wish I could lose weight."
"I wish I could stop smoking."
"I wish I could exercise regularly."
"I wish I could read a book a week."
"I wish I had more customers."
"I wish I could visit my family in Australia."
"I wish I could afford to send my children to the best school."
"I wish I could speak Spanish, type faster, bake cakes, prune my roses ..."
"I wish I could give up my job and work for myself."

So what is stopping you?


We all have the same 24 hours per day and roughly the same number of brain cells combined with physical and mental capability. The difference is what we do with these resources. Other people are turning the "I wish" into "I will" and so can you.

When Anthony Robbins was at his lowest point in his life, 38 lbs overweight, living in one room and working as a janitor, he realised that things would only change if he changed. He made a commitment to read one personal development book every day. Was that easy? Probably not. Did it require sacrifice, dedication and self-control? No question. Has the effort paid off? Millions of times over.

The only way you will turn the "I wants" into reality is when they become a must which converts into a "I will". When you want something badly enough, you will have to plan how to turn the possibility into a probability. Only when the pain of not having something becomes greater than the pleasure of the alternative can you start to achieve your goals.

From 1983-85, I studied a professional qualification in Advertising & Marketing by correspondence for two years on top of a full-time job from 8.30am to 6pm. I went home and made dinner so that I was ready to start studying at 7pm and kept going until 11pm, five nights a week. Did I have other places to be? Yes. Did I have friends inviting me to join them? Yes. Did I miss a lot socially? Yes. Might I have missed interesting TV programmes? Yes, but I did not have a TV at the time so avoided that distraction. At the end of two years I was offered an interesting and challenging job with a major US advertising agency working on one of the world's top advertising clients. That was my pay-off for the sacrifice.

When "I wish I could learn to ski" becomes "I must learn to ski because it is a healthy sport in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful scenery and my sister has asked us to join her family next winter", you have taken the first step to making ski-ing a reality. Write down the reasons why you must have or do something then post them where you can see them everyday. You might need resources like money to do a training course, money you do not currently have spare in which case I suggest you learn how the Law of Attraction can bring into your life whatever you desire once you know how to apply the science.

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"How am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?"
- Anthony Robbins

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

Success University Students Receive Free Gifts

This month Success University members received $127 worth of free gifts:

"Bill Bartmann's 9 Steps to achieve any goal" - DVD - $90 value
Filmed in Bills $2 million 12,000 sq.ft.home, he shares the secrets to help accomplish any goal. These 9 steps not only took Bill from poverty to billionaire, they have also produced million dollar results for many others. He has employed over 4,000 people and was the 25th wealthiest person in the US.

William E Bailey - "The Lost Tape of a Legend" - CD - $37 value
This legend in the field of personal development, personal growth and team building mentored and trained such greats in personal development and network marketing as Jim Rohn, Willie Larkin, Les Brown, Rudy Revak, Larry Thompson and many others.

In the 1960s Mr Bailey was the owner of one of the first network marketing companies that within 5 years was generating $64 million a month in sales. His powerful, uplifting and even shocking speech is a CD to listen to over and over.

Remember, the key to success is the power of applied knowledge.

Success University is the online resource for top level training in all aspects of improving your life. Every month students can select 10 short courses and 1 longer course to listen to whenever convenient as the material is not removed from the site. In addition, every month students receive regular email training and a mailing in the post with more articles and free gifts.

The next mailing will include the following free gifts:
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Tuesday, 21 August 2007

What Would You Change Right Now?

" What would you change right now, if you knew you could only succeed?!"

That is quite a challenging question because it is so much safer to sit in our comfort zone and not change anything, often from an underlying sense of failure.

But what if,
1. You could cold call that company because they want to say yes to your product or service?
2. You could enrol on that language course because your natural ability to learn languages will shine leading you to fast fluency?
3. You could take up a new sport or creative hobby knowing that you will be good at it?
4. You could pick up the phone and ask someone on a date then find they have been secretely hoping you would call?
5. You could decide to finally stop smoking because this time you will stop.
6. You could start a weight loss and fitness programme because you will find a new sense of achievement and commitment.

So what makes you think you are going to fail anyway? How will you know if you do not take the decision to change and show commitment?

"We all die, the question is how many of us live?"

Take a chance on change.

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

You Make Me Mad

The only person who can make you mad is you.

The only person who can make you feel inadequate is you.

The only person who can make you feel unhappy is you.

The only person who can make you feel jealous is you.

Life is unfortunately full of events which make us feel emotions but other people do not make us feel in any specific way. Only our own reactions to the event cause our bodily functions to remain calm or cause us to lash out in defence. We learn responses from our upbringings and many negative feelings arise from a fundamental insecurity. If we feel secure about ourselves, if we are confident and value ourselves, how can we allow someone else's comments or actions to make us feel negative?

"A minute spent in anger is 60 seconds of happiness lost."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems that the more angry someone becomes, the more childish they react. Some people even go red in the face and cannot even stand anymore. That is because, in the moment of their reaction, they go back to the age they were when they first learned anger which could have been in the womb or maybe before they learned to walk. Most children have learned ANGER by the age of three, which means the average person has a mental age when they are really angry of less than three!

Out of control, ongoing negative reaction is not healthy. Any unnecessary stress can cause heart problems, high blood pressure, possibly even spark off cancer in the body. We all have cancerous cells within our body so must do our best not to ignite them thereby causing them to multiply.

The next time someone says something which makes you mad, take yourself out of the situation, close your eyes, breathe five deep breaths and sit down to think rationally. Is your reaction appropriate or has it triggered emotions from your childhood?

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

Antonia Stuart-James is an English Hypnotherapist in Belgium helping people to make positive change, including learning to control stress and changing negative behaviour patterns.

No more excuses - How to overcome procrastination today

People become stuck in a lifestyle of procrastination because they believe their own excuses for not taking action. Procrastination is the main reason that people fail to live richer and more fulfilling lives. If you are stuck in a rut of continual procrastination, make up your mind to stop making excuses.

If you have been making excuses for putting things off, here is how to take charge of your life. First, make a list of all the things you have been postponing - at work, at home, in your personal relationships, or for your personal development.

Now choose one thing on that list that you can do something about today. Write down every excuse you have given yourself for not having done anything about it yet. Ask yourself if you have considered all the consequences of your procrastination in this area. Do you want to live with them? Do you have a legitimate reason for postponing this job?

You have to be honest about this or it will not work. Forget about what other people think; look in the mirror and ask the hard questions. If you have a legitimate reason for delaying action in this area, move on to another item on the list. Find something that you can make happen today, simply by deciding to make it happen. Now do it. When you have completed this task successfully, your satisfaction will motivate you to repeat this process with another item on your list.

Successful people know that their accomplishments depend on two things: taking action and staying focused on their goals. People who are successful in any business or profession have an ability to make things happen. All successful people win the war against procrastination because they develop certain traits. To defeat procrastination and get all you want out of life, you must:

- Know what you want.
- Force yourself to take action.
- Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Stop making excuses!

Now go back to your list and choose another project. Write down every excuse you have been giving yourself for not getting started, or for leaving it unfinished. Put as many things on the list as you can think of. Now try to eliminate one excuse at a time. Ask yourself hard questions:
- Why do I have to postpone this project?
- Is it necessary to go on postponing it?
- If Bill Gates were in my situation, would he postpone it?
- What will happen if I keep putting this off?
- If I keep putting this off, when will I get it done?
- Can I get started on it now?
- What part of the job could I complete now?
- If I postpone this job now, what other job will I tackle to make better use of my time?

As you eliminate your excuses, think of what you can do today to make this project happen, and do it. Anne Frank wrote in her diary, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Make a decision to start improving your world today.

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
- Ivan Turgenev

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

Monday, 20 August 2007

A brief Biography of Anthony Robbins

Tony was born on 29th February 1960, a birthday he should only celebrate every leap year. He often talks about his mother having several partners and he having several fathers during his upbringing. The Robbins family often did not have much money and he has talked about charity being offered to them on ThanksGiving.

Anthony Robbins has always been big in stature, but also big on goals too. By his late teens he had already found himself studying NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) with John Grinder, one of the founders of NLP. He did this by just pure determination and not accepting a no for an answer so that John finally agreed to show him the skills. Still in his late teens he developed his own diamond method and became very popular in helping peoples' fears and phobias.

He was labelled the "Wonder Kid" and was even written about in the national press and was earning some quite substantial money for someone of his age. But with success came self destruction and soon after, Anthony Robbins found himself sitting in a bachelor pad, overweight and where his biggest priority was to watch general Hospital on TV.

He describes a friend coming around to his apartment and convincing him that he was wasting his life away as the turning point at this stage. Anthony clearly had the tools and skills; he just was choosing not to demand more from himself. From this day he never looked back.

Robbins' big break came in Canada, where on a local radio station he challenged that he could cure anyone with a phobia or fear instantly. He was challenged by a local Physiologist who had a patient he had been working on for years and had never been able to cure her. That night on stage at a local hotel, many people had turned up to see this dual between Robbins and the physiologist. So many, that the audience was forced to stand around the walls. The patient had been afraid of snakes and nothing that she had tried in the past had worked. Tony used his skills that he had learnt with NLP and a bit of entertainment too and sure enough, within seconds, this lady was quite happy to have snakes around her.

The publicity from this event sent Tony’s career forward at an incredible speed as everyone wanted a piece of Robbins' knowledge and skills. With one year Anthony was a multimillionaire living in a castle above the cliffs of California. His books became instant best sellers and his motivational tapes were sold over the world and became the best selling motivational tapes ever. Tony was pretty much elevated to superstar status.

He now found himself helping the rich and famous. Names that publicly support Tony’s work are Michael Douglas, Andre Agassi, Quincy Jones and countless more. He has also been associated with 2 presidents, Nelson Mandela and even Princess Diana. Clearly a seriously impressive portfolio! But at his peak, Anthony was to disappoint his fans by announcing his divorce from his wife of many years Becky. Becky had appeared on many of his tapes, had a book dedicated to her, but what really upset his followers was that his divorce seemed to contradict his teachings in his books and tapes. He had often used his relationship with Becky to show that people are different and that happy relationships can be formed and can be lasting if you follow some of Anthony’s lessons.

Although some people never forgave Tony for these events, most people moved on from this realising that Tony is just as human as everyone else and happiness has to be the major factor of life. Becky apparently is still a friend with Robbins and she still works at one of his companies.

Robbins used the lessons from his own divorce, to put into his seminars and books to make him more popular than ever and now with his new wife is as active as he ever was.

Now in his forties, he sleeps only a few hours a day, has relentless energy and never accepts anything less than the best. Even after his seminars, which often finish at the early hours of the morning, he still goes to work to find out what he could have done better. Of course there are still those who criticise him and what he teaches and even those who think he is a fraud. But you cannot deny that Anthony Robbins has had an extraordinary life and like him or love him, extremely successful.

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