Tuesday, 30 January 2007

The Law of Attraction

"Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts" - Napoleon Hill

Everyone is talking about the law of attraction - it's the basis of the inspirational movie - 'The Secret'. This natural law is as real as the law of gravity.

Its basic principle is this - Whatever you focus on you get. In other words, think positive thoughts and you'll attract positive things into your life. Focus 100% on achieving your dreams, and you will attract people, ideas and opportunities into your life who will make your dream come true.

The problem is controlling your thoughts. When you're feeling positive and upbeat, you'll be making progress in attracting the things you desire into your life. Likewise, when you're feeling down and worrying about the things you DON'T want, these will be the very things you'll attract into your life.

The Law of attraction - Your greatest friend... or your worst nightmare!

It takes time to be aware of your thoughts, and even longer to learn to control your thoughts. However once mastered, this universal law - the law of attraction, can help you achieve anything you desire.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Do You Procrastinate?

I really struggle in this area. I am always putting things off until tomorrow, and generally the more important the thing is the more likely I am to delay doing it until my life depends on it being done. Fortunately, I am aware of this tendency of mine and I am taking the following steps to overcome this problem.
Firstly, I tell myself "This is a task that I choose to do, not that I have to do." It is important to alter one's mindset from a "must do" to a "want to" mentality. Get excited about the task in question by thinking of the positive effects of completing the task rather than the negative aspects of failing to do it.
Secondly, I tell myself "I don't have to finish the task now, I just have to begin." It's easy to get overwhelmed by a large or unpleasant task. Focus on just getting started, your momentum will then carry you through to complete the task. If it is a particularly large or complex task break it into smaller pieces. Remember "Life yard by yard is hard, life inch by inch is a cinch!" If the task is an unpleasant one don't dwell on how horible it is. Remind yourself that you have seen worse. Tell yourself it's not that bad and that the sooner you get on with it the sooner you will be rid of it. Schedule rest/exercise periods into the task and celebrate or reward yourself every time you complete a task or sub-task.
Thirdly, I remind myself that "It doesn't have to be done perfectly. It just has to be done the best I can in the time available." See the blog below on perfectionism. Perfectionism ruins productivity. There is no such thing as perfect. It is important to focus your energy on tasks where excellence will make a difference, these are usually the more enjoyable ones. All other tasks just need to get done.

Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Are You A Perfectionist?

I always used to believe it was good to be a perfectionist, but it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to personal success. Perfectionism stops you from taking action until everything is perfect, which of course, it rarely is.
There is an old proverb which says "If it's worth doing' it's worth doing well." Don't let this stop you from getting going. If its worth doing, its worth doing badly at first. You will soon improve. The important thing is getting going, and not being afraid of failure.
The best way to increase your success rate is to increase your failure rate.
George Bernard Shaw said "When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work." Just get started!
Another of my favourite quotes is from self-made millionaire Mike Litman.
"You don't have to get it right, you just have to get it going"
Please make a start today on that project that you have been putting off for so long. Once you get a bit of momentum going you will find it hard to stop.

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Two Easy to Keep New Year Resolutions

It is very difficult to keep most New Year resolutions, and in fact most are broken within a few days. I don't recommend making them anyway. Goal setting is a far better method of achieving what you want in your life, and is something which is constantly reviewed rather than just looked at once a year. I will spend several days in the near future explaining how to set powerful and life transforming goals. However, here are two New Year Resolutions which will be easy and fun to keep and will improve your life dramatically. I want you to resolve to be more grateful for all the things that you already have in your life. I also want you to resolve to be more happy. Happiness results in success, most people think it is the other way round. They think you become happy when you are successful. Happiness sets into motion a whole series of psychological and behavioural changes that make you more determined to set and achieve meaningful and realistic goals, that help you get over failures (which are inevitable), that help you overcome problems and setbacks, and that help you to develop deeper, positive and supportive relationships.

Researchers at the University of California and University of Miami have discovered significant benefits of maintaining an attitude of gratitude.

· Those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole and were more optimistic about the upcoming week.
· Participants who kept gratitude lists were more like to have made progress toward important personal goals.
· A daily gratitude intervention (self guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy.
· Participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem.
· Grateful people are more likely to acknowledge a belief in the interconnectedness of all life and a commitment to and responsibility to others.
· Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.
· Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of stress and depression.

Every morning try and spend five or ten minutes thinking of all the reasons you have to be grateful. Write them down if you have the time, perhaps you could keep a special Gratitude Journal. The film "The Secret" recommends keeping a "gratitude stone" in your pocket so that every time you touch the stone you think of reasons why you are grateful. This will transform your life.

There is a gratitude meditation at http://manifestlifenews.com/t/7037168/. This is a free mp3 download.

Every morning also ask yourself "What can I do today that will make me happy?" Here is a list of things that have been shown to boost happiness levels. Smiling; Socialising; Intimacy; Keeping a Journal; Meditation; Contributing (Helping Others, perhaps by volunteering); Developing your Spiritual Life; Listening to Music; Exercising; Engrossing Hobbies; Photography; Pursuing Meaningful Goals; and of course Expressing Gratitude. Some recent research has shown that as little as eight minutes participation in these "positive interventions" can lead to significant impact on your happiness and emotional well-being, and help reduce the national plague of "unhappyitis."

Monday, 1 January 2007

The Power of Questions

Tony Robbins, one of the world's leading life coaches states "The quality of one's life is decided by the questions one asks oneself. Ask easy questions and you lead a hard life. Ask hard questions and you will lead an easy life. An easy question would be "What will I watch on the TV tonight?" A hard question would be "What can I do today that would move me closer to completing my goals?" I have a list of 50 power questions on my web site, www.lifecoachingonline.com that will challenge you to take action to move towards your dream life.
Here are five questions you should ask yourself at the start of each day to get you motivated.

1) What am I most excited about today?
2) What action am I taking today to get me closer to my goals?
3) What exercise will I take today to give me more energy?
4) What am I going to learn today to help me grow?
5) How can I go the extra mile for someone today?

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin.