Are You Self-confident?

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.” – Orison Swett Marden

We all want to have confidence in ourselves. We like the idea that we can complete things and be more in control of our future.

The article below talks about 5 myths of self-confidence.

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Michael Wilkovesky

5 Myths about Self-Confidence – by Bosschat

People who have self-confidence believe in themselves and feel that they are capable of achieving anything that they want to in life, or dealing with any situation that they may have to face. They have an aura of self-confidence and self-assurance, which is apparent to others. People like to spend time with them; they feel comfortable and secure in their presence.

In contrast, there are many people who are talented, but who lack self-confidence. These people are victims of the several myths that surround self-confidence.

Myth One: People are born with Self-Confidence

Nothing could be further from truth. Self-confidence, like other skill, can be learnt and built up. All that you need is the right guidance and a belief in yourself.

Myth Two: Only Good Looking People are Self-Confident

Some people blame their low self-confidence to their lack of good looks. They don’t realize that self-confidence has nothing to do with their looks. The only way they can overcome this myth is by learning to believe in themselves.

Myth Three: Only Talented People are Self-Confident

In fact, talent and self-confidence are not inter-related. There are scores of talented actors and actresses who do very well in their professions but whose personal lives are torn by lack of self-confidence. It may sound contradictory, but this is how life is. Talent can be an important component of self-confidence, but it is certainly not a substitute for self-confidence. So, don’t worry about lack of talent. Harness the skills that you possess.

Myth Four: Self Confidence is directly proportional to Praise Received

There is little doubt that recognition and praise make you feel good about yourself, and boost your self-confidence. But you can’t simply depend on the praise lavished by others. You have to work hard to earn that praise, and you can do this only if you are self-confident.

We should look at children. Children believe in themselves, and this gives them the self-confidence to try to do things they have never done before, be it learning how to cycle or swim. It does not take long to teach children most of the basic skills. Why should it be difficult for adults to learn new skills or brave new challenges?

Myth Five: Only Self-Confident People Can Afford to Take Risks

This again is not true. In fact, self-confident people are more realistic about their capabilities. They know what they can do, and what they can’t do. More importantly, they know how to deal with failures. In contrast, people who lack self-confidence are afraid of failure. This fear prevents them from taking on new tasks. They constantly pine for the approval of others, and when they don’t get it they end up losing their self-confidence.

It’s clear that there is a lack of understanding. Self-confidence is a state of mind. It is not dependent upon a person’s beauty or looks. It flows from a person’s self-belief, and this belief can be built. All that a person needs to do is to debunk myths that self-confidence cannot be acquired or that self-confidence is a byproduct of exceptional knowledge, skills and luck. Once they do so, they will find it easier to acquire the same magnetic powers that self-confident people have



Do You Want to Know the Key to Success?

Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.” – Napoleon Hill

The key to success is: grow.

You need to grow yourself outside of the area you are in. This will lead you to become successful.

The article below talks about this and offers some good advice.

Michael Wilkovesky

Number 1 Key to Success: Outgrow Your Present Place – by Jesse Ford

In his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace Wattles states:

“…begin to do what you can do where you are; and you must do ALL that you can do where you are. You can advance only by being larger than your present place”.

In other words you will make progress and advance as you outgrow your present responsibilities, purpose, and tasks for the life phase that you are currently in. You want to advance your life? Yes. Your responsibility is to do all you can do to become “larger than your present place”. He further said “Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day”. This is one of the principles of creating wealth.

In addition to taking it literally, you can take it figuratively as well. Endeavour to do all that you can possibly do at any phase and stage of your life. This makes you become larger than the current place, phase, or stage and you inevitably advance to the next phase of your life.

So, how do you become larger than your present place? The intricacies will be different for everyone, but the underlying principles are the same for everyone as follows:

1. By Learning All the Lessons Life Presents: Every challenge you face and every situation contains lessons that you are meant to learn. Try to crystallize the lessons, understand what you were meant to learn from the situation in the first place, learn it and be a good student of life.

2. Become More Efficient: It has been proven that developing great time management skills has the ability to make you successful. The reason is that you accomplish much more than you would normally do. Essentially you double or triple your output. It goes a long way in helping you become larger than your present place.

3. Become better skilled: Imagine two carpenters at work. Both have the same time and resources; the only variable is that one is better skilled than the other. All things being equal the better skilled carpenter will accomplish more. As far as becoming larger than your present place, the better skilled carpenter will achieve it faster and with more to show for it. For you to become larger than your present place you need to develop your skills. It is absolutely essential. Read books, take courses, learn, seek knowledge, and educate yourself.

4. Become Extraordinary: Becoming extraordinary will help you outgrow your present place – anyone can become extraordinary. It is not necessarily a trait you are born with, it can be developed. Here are some ways you can become extraordinary.

Increased IQ, Intelligence, and Memory: Over the course of your life, your brain has the ability to reshape connections when faced with new experiences. At any age, the brain can grow new neurons and the more mental stimulation you get, the more brain function is improved.

By focused exercises of the brain you can improve your attention, problem solving skills, and processing speed. Ultimately you increase your IQ, become smarter, more intelligent, and you are better at things. Brain training has even been proven to increase creativity.

Speed Reading: Now that you have resolved to become larger than your present place by doing a number of things including gaining knowledge, learning, and educating yourself; it would do you a world of good to learn speed reading. Speed reading can help you read up to 1000 words per minute with full comprehension. It also gives you an improved memory.

Memory training boosts your brain and gives you a very powerful memory. There are so many things you can accomplish with a powerful memory – more productivity, better relationships, better presentations and speeches made, etc.

5. Update Your Vision of Your Life: Surely you can upgrade your vision. As you grow it becomes necessary to update your vision to accommodate the new aspirations, ideas, gifts, resources, you are acquiring and life lessons you are learning

As Wallace Wattles said, you can only advance by becoming larger than your present place. Make all the effort you can to do that, make success your mission.


Jesse Ford is an entrepreneur and personal development expert. To get more information, ideas, tips, and practical tools and resources to help you achieve great success faster by outgrowing your present place, visit



Are You Motivated? – Do You Procrastinate?

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill

We all procrastinate to some degree whether we admit it or not.

The article below gives some tips on reducing procrastination while motivating ourselves.

Michael Wilkovesky

Improving Motivation – How To Put An End To Procrastination – By: Joe Gough

Improving motivation is an excellent way of increasing your effectiveness and achieving your true potential.

For example, many of us spend too much of the day in endless procrastination. We lack motivation, and are wasting valuable time … time which could be put to better use in achieving goals that are important to us and making the most of our true potential.

So, how do you go about breaking the habit of procrastination? How do you improve your motivation, and build self-trust?

Well, you have various techniques to choose from. They basically boil down to very simple techniques, which you can easily carry out yourself, or more advanced techniques, which will normally require more specialized knowledge.

Let’s take a look at examples of both …

Self Improvement Motivation – Simple Technique

Although surprisingly easy, you’ll find the following exercise an extremely effective way of increasing motivation:

Step 1: Set yourself a task which is easy to achieve.

Step 2: Once you’ve accomplished it, give yourself a nice reward for being so good!

Step 3: Set yourself a slightly more difficult task to achieve.

Step 4: Reward yourself again once you’ve achieved it.

Step 5: Rinse and repeat Steps 3 and 4 until satisfied.

There, that wasn’t too difficult, was it?!

Self Improvement Motivation – Advanced Techniques

Are you struggling with serious motivational problems, which stop you from achieving your true potential?

Then you may well need more advanced techniques, which will deal with your motivational issues at a deeper level.

Two such techniques include EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, and the Sedona Method. Both are powerful self improvement programs.

EFT addresses many problems – not just lack of motivation – ranging from anxiety and emotional trauma, through to self-confidence and public speaking.

Founded by Gary Craig, using adapted techniques of Dr Roger Callahan, it involved tapping specific parts of your body with your fingers.

The Sedona Method also helps with a variety of problems, improving your health and well-being, personal relationships, peace and happiness, and wealth and success. In a nutshell, it teaches you how to let go or release unwanted thoughts, beliefs or feelings that are of no use to you.

Achieve your true potential and make the most of your life by improving motivation.


About Author

Joe Gough is creator of where you’ll discover plenty of interesting information about improving motivation.



Positive Thinking is Powerful

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera

Positive thinking can be a very powerful tool in your daily life. Many people believe that being positive will attract more positive things into your life.

The article below gives some ideas about this and other aspects of positive thinking.

Michael Wilkovesky

Essential Guide To The Incredible Power Of Positive Thinking in Life – by Robert N Jones

Many advocates of positive thinking claim that it is the key to living happily and successfully. Others say that through positive thinking, a person can make even his wildest dreams and desires come true. More conservative believers say that positive thinking is an effective tool for stress management and therefore promotes good health. All these may be differing points of view, but they all agree on one thing: positive thinking in life is a good thing.

Positive thinking is the mental attitude that recognizes and plays up the good in everything. Even in unhappy events such as breaking up with a romantic partner or losing a job, the positive thinker sees a silver lining, something to be happy or grateful for, or something worth celebrating. He may view the break-up as finally bringing an end to a unfulfilling relationship, and being free to enjoy once again the perks of a single life. He can look at losing a job as being liberated from a restrictive work environment that stifled his creativity and free spirit. Out of every event or outcome, no matter how sad or unpleasant, one can always find something positive and constructive. It is just a matter of viewing a glass as half-full instead of half-empty, or looking at the bright side even in the face of overwhelming darkness.

Positive thinking in life means being optimistic, and believing that good things will happen no matter what. Positive thinkers often have a healthy self-image, and they view other people as being basically good and well-intentioned, just like them. The funny thing is that, more often than not, good things do happen to them, and other people treat them with the same respect and goodwill they have towards everyone.

An explanation for this may be found in the Law of Attraction, a popular belief that states that one’s habitual thoughts attract the corresponding reality. According to the Law of Attraction, a person who thinks happy, positive thoughts all the time will see good things happening in his life. Conversely, a negative and pessimistic thinker will mostly experience bad things like poor health, difficulties and “bad luck.” What people think about consistently, happens. Thoughts, good or bad, are like magnets that attract events and outcomes equivalent to their nature.

Scientific findings give some credence to this idea. A number of researches have shown that attitudes of either optimism or pessimism do affect a person’s health and well-being. Doctors advise that in order to be healthy and to manage stress well, a person should strive to think positively, be more relaxed, and do things that make him happy. They clarify that positive thinking does not mean being blind to what’s happening and ignoring unpleasant things or events that are in fact a normal part of life. Instead, positive thinking in life means that one should have faith that things will work out well in the end, that bad things will not last forever, and that out of everything, something good will ultimately come out. It means being hopeful, optimistic and grateful, and celebrating the good in life. With this outlook, everyday stress becomes easier to handle, and every situation is managed more constructively.

It is all in the mind, as goes the famous saying. People define and create reality with their thoughts and attitudes. Our reality is a reflection of our thoughts. So to attain all our aspirations, desires or dreams will ultimately depend on developing positive thinking in life.

Four Steps to a Positive Mental Attitude

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” – Patricia Neal

Be Successful With A Positive Mental Attitude

If you were to interview any successful person anywhere in the world, they would tell you they are successful because of their mental attitude. They have a positive outlook on life, and this directly contributes to their success.

This positive mental attitude is something that ANYONE can learn, including YOU!

With a positive mental attitude you can do anything you want and enjoy it and love life even more because of it. There are literally no limits to what you can achieve with a positive mental attitude.

You can develop a positive mental attitude much easier than you may think through this four step process.

Step 1 : What Do You Want?

What is it you want to achieve in life? A positive mental attitude is great for everything in your life, but if you want to be successful you need to know what success is for you. For some people success is lots of money, for others it’s family, for others it’s just being happy.

What is success for you? Write it down if you have to so that you know. You may (or may not) struggle with this very simple question. If you do, don’t worry and just relax and spend some time thinking about it. You’ll get there and work it out, just don’t stress about it and whatever the answer is for you is the RIGHT answer! There is no right or wrong other than what you feel it is.

Step 2 : Mapping Your Route

Now you know what success is for you, you need to design your route to success. In any journey you have a starting point and an end point. You also usually map out a route to get to your end point, particularly if you want to get there fairly quickly.

The second step is, therefore, mapping your route to get from where you are now, to the place that you call success. Set some milestones along your route to help make sure you are continuously heading towards that place called success. Define your short, medium and long term goals bearing in mind your target; success.

Make sure that you apply your positive mental attitude here. It’s very tempting when writing down any goals to get disheartened and start doubting yourself, but the future starts today, so when writing down your goals, no matter how difficult they may appear to be, stay positive about them and believe you can achieve them.

Step 3 : Taking Action

Now you know what success is, have mapped a route to it you need to take action.

The real key here is to take regular and consistent action. Most people will work towards their desired goals for a day or two, not see immediate results and give up. And here’s where the successful people apply their positive mental attitude!

They don’t see failure or lack of short term return as a bad thing. They are in it for the long term game and know they will get to their goals. In the meantime sure they may experience some setbacks or not seem to get any closer to their goals, but they know that everything they do brings them closer to their goals

So keep your positive mental attitude and keep your focus on your goals.

Step 4 – Check Your Bearings

It’s way too easy to get distracted on your journey to success. Life has a habit of getting in the way and throwing you a curved ball every now and again that catches you completely by surprise.

It’s important that you regularly check that you are still heading towards success and that the place you called success is still what you call success. We all change over time and what was once our definition of success, may not be now.

As you’ve written down everything you did in the previous three steps, you can easily check whether you are heading in the right direction and re-evaluate your goals. Keeping an eye on your target is one of the biggest secrets of success.

These four steps may sound very simplistic to you, but they are in fact a complete guide to being successful and achieving anything in life. Keeping a positive mental attitude throughout it all will make your journey to success much happier and much more enjoyable for yourself and the people around you.

Michael Wilkovesky

Self-improvement and Life

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Self-improvement is something that we all try to accomplish. We read books, listen to audio programs and do many other things while we constantly wonder if it is all working.

The article below answers 5 questions about self-improvement and why we should continue to strive towards a better future.

Michael Wilkovesky

The 5 Good Questions About Self Improvement? – by DANIEL RANDRIAMANANJARA

What is self improvement?

Self improvement is a choice, and we choose to change ourselves from within.

Self improvement is to become responsible of what we do, what we have and who we are.

Self improvement helps us to build our self esteem, our values and it takes discipline.

Self improvement is to take the needed power and control into your own hands to create the future you want.

Self improvement is a battle, a continuous struggle to transcend our weaknesses and limitations. It starts with knowing ourselves and having an aspiration of having a better life.

On the battle field we need to carry appropriate luggage and armor. Choose a bullet-proof armor and this is self change. Self change is about changing our attitude, our behavior and our way of thinking.

Self improvement is improvement of one’s mind, character and health.

Self improvement is not a rigid science. Many ingredients can be blended to produce a variety of self improvement dishes. Some random occurrences coming along the course of our life such as painful life (loss of job, loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a natural disaster destroying all your possessions) or life threatening illness can be used to improve ourselves.

Self improvement is not just improving your mindset. It also involves improving your body and physical state. The mind and body are intertwined and both affect each other. Therefore, self improvement ideas should focus on both aspects.

Who needs self improvement ?

Everybody needs self improvement. Every person aspires to have a better, successful and fulfilled life. Self improvement is one of the tools that attains this goal.

Every person is unique. Each individual has thousands of facets of his life that could or need to be improved.

What are the results of self improvement?

The results of self improvement is inner stability, personal development, self confidence, self appreciation and self esteem.

Knowing that knowledge is power leads people today to increase, in secret their abilities, like acquiring better conversational skills, to get promotion. Each individual must take the reins of his future and control his destiny.

Self improvement helps people to achieve his goal or accomplish his vision.


What does self improvement require?

It requires perseverance, patience, practice, thirst of knowledge and commitment. Just knowing what to do by reading books or attending seminar or listening to tapes will not give any results unless you choose to practice what you learn. Starting to buy or to subscribe to any self improvement program or to talk or to articulate what we should do is just the beginning but the main thing and the real test for us is to commit ourselves to practice what we preach or read.

What are the kinds of self improvement programs?

Self improvement involved many aspects of our life such as:

  • how to boost your self confidence?
  • how to get rid of depression?
  • how to realize our goals?
  • how to get a happy marriage?
  • how to lose weight?
  • how to sleep better?
  • how to improve memory?
  • how to get wealthy ?
  • how to manage people?
  • how to control anxiety attack?
  • how to speak in public?
  • how to be a leader?
  • how to live longer?
  • how to overcome fear?
  • how to get charisma?
  • how to eliminate bad habits?
  • how to exploit your brain’s unlimited power?
  • how to find true happiness?
  • how to organize time and space?
  • how to live an abundant life?
  • how to have a positive thinking?
  • how to be a negotiator champion ?

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Positive Thinking

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

We all live in a world that sometimes seems swimming in negativity. We don’t like this but we don’t know how to change our surroundings.

The article below gives 4 ways to remain positive in today’s world.

Be positive and be happy

Michael Wilkovesky

Positive Thinking – 4 Keys to Staying Positive in a Negative World

For centuries positive thinking has been described as the power to change our attitudes, well-being, and destiny. Countless people can attribute positive thinking to their faith and inner strength. Spiritually and mentally they are able to stay focused, hopeful, determined and motivated because of the way they choose to think.

But, how can you think positive when there is so much negativity all around? And, how can you stay positive when your circumstances are bad, or you are going through problems and losses?

Regardless of what is going on around you, there are things going on inside of you. There are feelings and thoughts that you continually experience. They lead to attitudes and actions. For example, if you lost your job there would be many thoughts and feelings associated with that loss. You are not able to stop the fact that you have feelings and thoughts about this situation. However, you do have some control over them. You can choose to think, I am finished. What am I going to do now? I will never find another job that pays me enough to take care of my family. I feel like a loser. Everyone is disappointed in me. Life is so unfair. Why don’t I ever get any breaks? Or, you can apply positive thinking to your situation and tell yourself, I can make it through this. Another door of opportunity will open up for me. I will keep trying until I find another job. I believe in myself, and I can do what it takes to make it. This is a temporary setback, and I am going to come out of it stronger. God is with me-helping me and guiding me.

Look at the difference between the two ways of thinking described above. You might say the one is negative and the other is positive. But, actually it is more than that. The negative thinking reveals a loss of self-esteem and a lack of faith. Hopelessness is soon to set in which can lead to a lack of motivation, bitterness, and depression. The positive thinking example expresses more than just words that feel and sound good. It reveals determination, a will to succeed, confidence in a power greater than oneself, and belief in the goodness of life.

4 Keys to Positive Thinking 4 Life

To be effective and powerful:

1. Positive thinking must be founded on a positive belief system. How do you see the world? Where does your security come from? Do you love others, yourself, and life? Do you believe opportunities and good fortune can come your way?

2. Positive thinking means you replace all negative thoughts with hopeful, faith-filled thoughts. You dwell on the good, not the bad. You talk about what is right, not what is wrong. You focus on the possibilities and not on the losses. You keep on practicing and practicing this step until it becomes a part of you.

3. Positive thinking must be reinforced with positive actions. If you have a solid foundation and genuinely believe for the best and not the worst, you are ready to step out and take some positive action. Knock on those doors and keep knocking until one opens up for you. Keep looking until you find what you are looking for. Persist and stay focused on the goal.

4. Finally, positive thinking requires persistence and resilience. Your faith will sometimes wane. You will be tempted to get negative. You might be tempted to think, This is not working, what is the point? But it does work. It is not simply a formula; it is a genuine power that has creative influence in the world and in our lives. If you fall, get back up again. Renew your faith. Practice positive thinking. Act on it and you will succeed!

You can be positive for life, and it begins with your beliefs. I encourage you to believe that life is good. Today is a new day. That means we have new opportunities to learn, grow, love, and laugh. It means we have new mercies and a clean slate to start fresh. Let us stay positive and hopeful. Let us make the best of today and enjoy it!

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Make Positive Thinking Your Way of Thinking

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.’ – Jim Rohn

Make Yourself Positive

Have you ever met someone who seemed unbelievably happy and seemed to be able to handle every situation with grace? If you ask these people what their secret is, they will likely tell you that they do it all through positive thinking and acting. You may think that you just were not set up to work like that and think that positive thinking is beyond the scope of who you are. Not true.

You can make positive thinking a part of who you are at any time, you just have to believe in the power of positive thought and implement it. Positive thinking affirmations can teach you some beautiful things about the power of positive thought and, in less time than you would ever think possible, you will find yourself thinking good thoughts instead of drowning in negativity.

What are Positive Affirmations? How Will They Help Me?

Positive thinking truly is a state of being. Many of us don’t realize how important positive affirmations are because we are too caught up in negativity. And negativity, after all, is toxic to our body, mind, spirit, and relationships. Positive affirmations can help you lead a happier, more fulfilling life starting right now. Why wait when you can start living the life that you deserve right now? Free positive affirmations can be something that you start to incorporate into your life right now, they don’t cost a penny and they don’t take much time, so now is the time to learn them and use them to change your life.

When you introduce positive affirmations into your life, you will instantly start to feel the encouraging effects. Affirmations work on the power of the subconscious mind. If you put the positive thoughts out there, your mind will be constantly working towards them. It’s amazing how quickly this can happen and once you start looking at life in a more optimistic way you’ll want to keep going because it feels so good.

Did you know that positive affirmations can help you live a healthier life? There are a number of studies that suggest that those who lead a positive life and make positive self-talk a conscious decision are healthier and live longer. Even if you don’t necessarily believe in these studies, how about the studies that show that when you have a negative thought process that you are more likely to live a life full of disease and sickness? All of these studies put together show that positive thinking is important and a great way to get on the road to positive thinking and a positive life is through positive thinking affirmations. Through these affirmations you can make a positive thought routine and eventually it will become second nature.

Use Positive Self-talk to Improve Your Life

The importance of positive self-talk is something that you should give some serious thought about. When you think positive thoughts you’ll lead a more positive life and you’ll feel better for it. If positive thought doesn’t come naturally to you, why not give positive self-talk affirmations a try? You have nothing to lose and a happier, healthier lifestyle to gain.

Michael Wilkovesky

Plan for Your Success in Life

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993)

We all want success. We constantly strive to be successful in both life and business. In order to be successful, we need a plan. If you just move through life without a plan you will get nowhere.

The article below gives us some background as well as a method to plan your life and also a good way to plan your business.

To your continued success.

Michael Wilkovesky

A Life Success Plan; By: Tim McKee

One, almost unerring, constant for the success of a business, from the initial spark of an idea to the celebration of its success in the marketplace is the business plan. Some of these plans take as little as a few months to come to fruition but most materialize over one or more years. In some instances the plan is actually a path where success is measured in non-traditional methods. Monetary gains may be shared with, or usurped by, the satisfaction gained by how well the “life-journey” is playing out. Life success can be geared toward a fixed plan containing shares of both financial and lifestyle attributes.

To plot a life history – which is what a plan of this sort is all about – is like reading a biography before the life has actually been lived. However, every biography reads like a full life regardless of what the subject really wanted to do. Some lives just played out like an out-of-control game. As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

There are countless stories of successful personalities who have not enjoyed their professional successes – or have purposely sabotaged them – because their personal lives and mental situations were less than ideal. Despite the money and fame these unhappy people began to feel like failures; such as a movie star losing leading roles to younger actors or the financial wizard who is cleaned out by a downturn in the market like the dot-com bust. Their respective lives did not have the balance to survive what they perceived as success or catastrophe. In order to have life success our guidance systems have to be fed more than these drives while complimenting them.

And like the business plans that are rife with brochures, onsite demonstrations and PowerPoint presentations the ”Life Success Plan” operates best when the brain is being fed constantly with information detailing where the host wants to go. This stream of information is like the data that guides a hi-tech missile, constantly making small corrections to the flight plan in order for it to hit the target.

Continually feeding the mind with parallel aspirations has fueled countless of balanced life success stories and can be implemented on a variety of levels. CD’s and MP3’s can affirm a person’s goals during long commutes, while exercising and even while relaxing the park. Many of the great voices of the human potential movement – Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, etc. – are available in many audio forms. One successful realtor once commented, “I had a great stereo in my car and never tuned into one radio station during the five years I owned it.” What he said right after that was that, “the killer stereo” was a conveyor of his success affirmations and self-empowerment courses that were stored in his CD changer.

Now that we have the audio, what else is there? Another great tool for feeding the mind is nothing more than cut-outs from magazines arrayed on Bristol board. This is a visual idea imported from the boardrooms of Japan in the ‘60’s. Some Japanese officials have up to 50-year company plans that can be inspected daily in a well-laid out collage.

For our purposes we are just going to show a 3-year plan. With a felt marker and ruler create on the Bristol board a grid of five rows and divided into four columns. Three of these columns are purposely wider with a narrow subject column on the left entitled, “Success Themes.” Financial; Mental; Physical; Emotional and spiritual. Write these in the appropriate squares. The three columns have above them: Year 1; Year 2: and Year 3. Mark these as well.

Now comes the fun part. Gather up as many magazines as you can and start filling the boxes with pictures. For example, “Financial Success” in Year 1 may be a new car. But don’t just stick in any car. Pick the exact vehicle you want. Then trim the picture and glue it to the board. “Mental” success may be a picture of Christmas carolers, denoting your family getting together for the holiday. A picture of a hi-tech exercise machine may be in the “Physical” category, but make it the machine you really want.

Under “Spiritual,” you could cut out anything from a beautiful country churchyard setting to a view of a mesa outside Sedona, Arizona. It is your life, so you decorate the board with exactly what you want. You can even have the stereo going with your favorite music to give you inspiration.

Once you have completed your plan place it in a spot where you can easily eyeball it on a regular basis. If this is what you want then your personal guidance system created by the images will have no option but to steer you in this direction. In fact, many people are astounded at how close their lives begin to resemble the plan and that the fifteen pictures on the board begin to materialize into exactly as each one dreamed.

This is just another tool to add to your box. But is a constant reminder of what you want in life.


Tim McKee is Senior Partner at Pathways Business Associates, PBA’s mission is to develop leaders, coaches and entrepreneurs through the shared values of passion, courage, service and home business opportunity success.

Attributes for Business Success

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln

We all know that to be successful in business there are certain attributes that we must have. We all know about hard work, dedication and sacrifice but there are other things that we all need to consider.

The article below lays out 5 key attributes.

To your continued success.

Michael Wilkovesky

Achieving Success In Business Requires 5 Key Attributes, By: T. J. Philpott

Achieving success in business is almost always the result of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Any business community in general is bound to be very competitive and achieving success will always come at some cost. Although developing a sound business plan is a very good start in reality the key to success lies within the person.

There are 5 critical attributes a person will require if they desire to attain any type of professional success in their lives. Now relax these attributes to which we refer are not ‘special’ gifts bestowed upon only the ‘chosen’ but can in fact be easily acquired. Once more these attributes or ‘success skills’ can be applied to just about any aspect of your life and are not limited to business related activities.

So for those wondering how to become successful, or at least improve their work performance or personal lives here are 5 areas that will need to be worked on.

The Why

Whatever it is that you are striving to succeed at must be something you want badly enough to commit your concerted effort towards. The ambition that you bring to your pursuits is directly related to the chances of your success. Once you have established strong reasons as to why you want to succeed the ambition within you will help you maintain your drive or efforts.


Here too you will be relying upon a very strong desire to achieve success and this will translate over into a commitment or determination to succeed. If you focus on the net results and how much they will benefit you maintaining your resolve should not be an issue.

Focusing Effort

Knowing what it is you have to do to attain the desired objectives you seek is only half the battle. The willingness to put forth the necessary effort over the required amount of time needed will ultimately be what gains you the results you seek.

In a nutshell you will need a strong work ethic to see you through.


Most any accomplishment of significance will take time to achieve. Realizing and accepting this beforehand will go a long way towards your ability to meet your goals and objectives.

Don’t let the enthusiasm and anticipation of meeting your objectives wear down your patience. Patience is a virtue and in this case it is also a strong ally of yours.


Things do not always go according to plan and in fact this is one constant we can generally rely upon. When and if things change, stop and assess the situation then adapt and continue to move forward. If mistakes occur avoid the temptation to lose your cool but instead take the time to learn from it so that you do not make that same error again.

Achieving success in business is not necessarily an extraordinary stroke of luck but more the result of careful planning and mental preparation. Professional success does require some sacrifice but more importantly the key to success is developing and adopting the proper mental ‘framework.’ As we reviewed the 5 critical success skills above you can plainly see it will take your willingness to sacrifice. Knowing how to become successful will come with the realization that sacrifice and a steadfast adherence to your goals will be the very foundation of the success you seek. The 5 traits we discussed above, their development and your adoption of them, will be the key to coordinating your physical efforts with your focused mindset


TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina. For more tips about Achieving Success in Business and a free guide that teaches valuable niche research techniques