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Habits Of Success

by Alwyn Cosgrove

1. Mindset

I’ve stated this a number of times. It all starts with attitude. I don’t know if you’ve ever bought a car and thought you were the only one in your area with that make and color. But then in the next few weeks you see the exact same color, make and model all over the place.

The truth is those cars were always there your mind just wasn’t programmed to see them. Once you started to program your mind about this car, you were aware how many were always around you.

Success is the same. Once you program your mind for success, you start to act differently, think differently and see opportunities that were always there, but your mind was blind to them before.

2. Habits & Behaviors

The law of attraction is true. But without action – it’s useless. Are your daily behaviors getting you closer to, or further from, your goals?

Write down everything you do each day for a week and take a good honest look at some of your activities and habits. Are they congruent with a successful person? What does a successful fitness professional do when they get up in the morning? Where do they go? Who do they talk to? What do they think? How many books or educational DVD’s have they studied? How much time did they spend listening to educational material while traveling as opposed to music or talk radio?

Make sure your mindset is not being sabotaged by less successful behaviors.

3. Sharpening

This is about developing more skills or getting more education – or just sharpening what you already know. What do you need to know how to do? What separates you from someone who is being more successful than you? I can guarantee it’s education or skills.

Do you know everything that’s needed to get to the next level? If not, start identifying your weak areas and get to work on them.

Reading constantly is a great way to grow. Even if the book is heavy going and you don’t understand some of it – there is still information sinking in at some level. You are still growing because of it.

And don’t be afraid to re-read books or your notes from old seminars. Pull your old notes off the shelf and get to work reviewing them. Remember education is about “self help” not “shelf help”.

I heard someone say something at a seminar last year that I had already heard (and on some level knew) that I immediately put into action. It was a good reminder of reviewing stuff you’ve already studied.

“You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

4. Environment

This is about masterminding, staffing, seminars you attend, colleagues you talk to, and even your social life.

When you surround yourself with people who are going some place, you are 99% more likely to go with them.

Mark Victor Hansen (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) has said: “Your income, the results you create, are dictated by the five people you spend the most time with.”

Print this article out and review these four principles at lunch every day for the next week. You’ll be a different person seven days from now.

Happy Wednesday!



It’s Not About The Shoes

It’s not about the shoes.

It’s about knowing where you’re going.

Not forgetting where you started.

It’s about having the courage to fail.

Not breaking when you are broken.

Taking everything you’ve been given and making something better.

It’s about work before glory.

And what’s inside of you.

It’s doing what they say you can’t.

It’s not about the shoes.

It’s about what you do in them.

It’s about being who you were born to be.


Sacrifice And Satisfaction

“It may sound simple but sacrifice is one of the most difficult things in the world.  People have visions and dreams every day but the fact that you have to give up something you enjoy to make something else happen means that many of those dreams won’t come to pass.  The average person has a problem with deferred gratification.  People generally want what they want right now – whether it is the right thing to have at the time or not.  What they don’t realize is that they’re sacrificing anyway.  They sacrifice long-term satisfaction or happiness for short-term pleasure.  If you can overcome this habit you will be well on your way to success. ”

Make sure you read that quote a few times.  It may take a few times to really get what it’s saying.  Then relate it to your own life.  Is there anything in your life that you have a hard time separating yourself from, yet it may be one of the things holding you back from achieving something you’ve always dreamed of doing?  Is it hard for you to give up comfort and security for the unknown, even if that unknown could result in a great personal achievement?  It may not.  But if it does, what are you waiting for?  Life is about making sacrifices.  Despite what someone might tell you, you can’t do everything.  You have to choose the things that are most important, keep laser focus on them and be willing to shut out all the other nonsense that goes on around you.  If you can do this you will be able to have more energy for the things that truly matter and you can rid yourself of the useless noise that invades your senses every day.

Happy Wednesday!


Law Of Attraction Or Law Of Hard Work?

My personal standout part of the article below is this statement: “You attract not what you think about, pray for or desire, but you attract to yourself that which you are.”  Wow!  Talk about a really simple test.  Look at the people who are closest to you.  What kind of people are they?  Chances are this will give you a good idea what kind of person you are.  If the people close to you suck then find new people because you probably suck too.  If the people closest to you are great people, thank them and be glad you already weeded out the bad ones.

Happy Wednesday!


Is it the law of attraction, or the law of hard work?  You decide.
by Jeffrey Gitomer

I’m a bit sick of all the bogus information I read about “the law of attraction.”

I have seen everything from “just sit there,” to “meditate and focus on your dreams, and everything will come to you.” If you believe this, I have some land in Florida I want you to buy. Well, it’s under water, but if you just picture dry land in your mind, and concentrate really, really hard, you can just lay on your couch, eat a few donuts, all the water will evaporate, and the Garden of Eden will appear. Hello!

That’s not the law of attraction. That’s the law of inaction.

Most books, blogs, websites, CDs, and DVDs on the subject tell you everything BUT the 2.5 big “secrets.” The real strategies for creating attraction.

They are:
1. Position yourself.
2. Build a platform.
2.5 Work hard.

I received this email yesterday:

Jeffrey, I enjoy your newsletter. It has been a lot of help to me. The idea of the “Law of Attraction” is an interesting one, and I have always been fascinated by this concept. I recently read about a book in Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living titled As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. This book was written around the turn of the 20th century and is a precursor to the Law of Attraction. The book is about 50 pages long, and what James Allen says in this book is a very simple and profound idea that has stuck with me ever since I read it. It brought me a whole new understanding of the Law of Attraction.

James Allen states, “You attract not what you think about, pray for or desire, but you attract to yourself that which you are.” The Law of Attraction states, “You attract that which you think about or want,” and it is really only half of the truth. James Allen goes on to talk about the Law of Reciprocity, a law that states you get from the world and life exactly what you put into it, or more commonly, you reap what you sow. I find his statement brings new light to the Law of Attraction, more truth and more power to it. A lot of people misunderstand what the Law of Attraction is. Essentially, you gain what you give. Just a slight change of words can make a huge difference. Give more in value and you can only receive more. It is a fundamental law of nature. Happy selling! -Marlowe

Not bad, eh?

First you think about it, then you pray about it, then you become an example of it, and then you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Give value first, without any expectation of return, and the law of reciprocity (the law of attraction) sets in.

Not from the person you gave something to. If you give without expectation, then the world pays you back, and that payment is not one-for-one – it’s ten-for-one. Or more. It’s the true law of attraction.

Sound too good to be true? Well, there is a catch. Most people have no concept of “give to get.” They give, and EXPECT to get. Or they try to give and get at the same time. They feel that someone OWES them for giving. Not true. Not even close to true. If you give one and expect to get one, then one is the maximum you’ll get.

Let me define my personal rules to create attraction. And pay attention, these are not rules I made up, these are rules I put into action every day to create my law of attraction, and it works. I may not be pretty, but I’m sure as heck attractive.

1. Position yourself as attractive with your valuable information that others can use and benefit from. My weekly column in papers. My book in bookstores. And my weekly email magazine in your inbox positions me as a person of value that offers valuable information about sales, service, loyalty, leadership, and personal development that people resonate with and can use the minute they read it.
2. Build a platform where people can easily find you and get the information or message you’re trying to convey. Website, blog, e-zine, speeches, books, white papers, creative ideas posted, and philosophies offered in writing creates major attraction.
2.5 Work your ass off. Reality bites – especially when times are bad or volatile. If you are serious about creating the law of attraction, you gotta resolve, create a game plan, and work at it daily. Harder than you can imagine.

You can resolve or resign.

You can attract or repel.

You can bemoan or become.

And the best part is, you have a choice.

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