Throughout the day we all get inspiration and excellent ideas.
Keep a set of cardsin your wallet along with a pencil to jot down these
insights. When you get home, put the ideas in a central place such as
a coil notepad and review them from time to time. As noted by Oliver
Wendell Holmes: “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never
regains its original dimensions.”
7. Set aside every Sunday evening for yourself and be strongly
disciplined with this habit. Use this period to plan your week, visualize
your encounters and what you want to achieve, to read new materials
and inspirational books, to listen to soft soothing music and to simply
relax. This habit will serve as your anchor to keep you focused,
motivated and effective throughout the coming week.
8. Always remember the key principle that the quality of your life
is the quality of your communication. This means the way you
communicate with others and, more importantly, the way you
communicate with yourself. What you focus on is what you get. If you
look for the positive this is what you get. This is a fundamental law of
9. Stay on purpose, not on outcome. In other words, do the task
because it is what you love to do or because it will help someone or is
a valuable exercise. Don’t do it for the money or the recognition.
Those will come naturally. This is the way of the world.
10. Laugh for five minutes in the mirror each morning. Steve Martin
does. Laughter activates many beneficial chemicals within the body
that place us into a very joyous state. Laughter also returns the body to
a state of balance. Laughter therapy has been regularly used to heal
persons with varied ailments and is a wonderful tonic for life’s ills.
While the average 4 year old laughs 500 times a day, the average adult
is lucky to laugh 15 times a day. Revitalize the habit of laughter, it will
put far more living into your life.
11. Light a candle beside you when you are reading in the evening.
It is most relaxing and creates a wonderful, soothing atmosphere.
Make your home an oasis from the frenzied world outside. Fill it with
great music, great books and great friends.
12. To enhance your concentration and powers of focus, count your
steps when you walk. This is a particularly strong technique. Take six
steps while taking a long inhale, hold your breath for another six steps,
and then exhale for six steps. If six steps is too long for the breaths, do
whatever you feel comfortable with. You will feel very alert, refreshed,
internally quiet and centered after this exercise. So many people allow
their minds to be filled with mental chatter. All peak performers
appreciate the power of a quiet, clear mind which will concentrate
steadily on all important tasks.
13. Learn to meditate effectively. The mind is naturally a very noisy
machine which wants to move from one subject to another like an
unchained monkey. One must learn to restrain and discipline it if one
is to achieve anything of substance and to be peaceful. Meditation for
twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the evening
will certainly provide you with exceptional results if regularly practiced
for six months. Learned sages of the East have been advancing the
many benefits of meditation for over 5000 years.
14. Learn to be still. The average person doesn’t spend even 30
minutes a month in total silence and tranquility. Develop the skill of
sitting quietly, enjoying the powerful silence for at least ten minutes a
day. Simply think about what is important to you in your life. Reflect
on your mission. Silence indeed is golden. As the Zen master once
said, it is the space between the bars that holds the cage.
15. Enhance your will-power; it is likely one of the best training
programs you can invest in. Here are some ideas to strengthen your
will and become a stronger person:
a) Do not let your mind float like a piece of paper in the wind.
Work hard to keep it focused at all times. When doing a task, think of
nothing else. When walking to work, count the steps that it takes to
get all the way to the office. This is not easy but your mind will soon
understand that you hold its reins and not vice versa. Your mind must
eventually become as still as a candle flame in a corner where there is
b) Your will is like a muscle. You must first exercise it and then
push before it gets stronger. This necessarily involves short term pain
but be assured that the improvements will come and will touch your
character in a most positive way. When you are hungry, wait another
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hour before your meal. When you are labouring over a difficult task
and your mind is prompting you to pick up the latest magazine for a
break or to get up and go talk to a friend, curb the impulse. Soon you
will be able to sit for hours in a precisely concentrated state. Sir Issac
Newton, one of the greatest classical physicists the world has
produced, once said: “if I have done the public any service, it is due to
patient thought.” Newton had a remarkable ability to sit quietly and
think without interruption for very long periods of time. If he can
develop this so can you.
c) You can also build your will-power by restraint in your conduct
with others. Speak less (use the 60/40 Rule = listen 60% of the time
and speak a mere 40%, if that). This will not only make you more
popular but you will learn much wisdom as everyone we meet, every
day has something to teach us. Also restrain the urge to gossip or to
condemn someone who you feel has made a mistake. Stop
complaining and develop a cheerful, vital and strong personality. You
will greatly influence others.
d) When a negative thought comes to your mind, immediately
replace it with one that is positive. Positive always dominates over the
negative and your mind has to be conditioned to think only the best
thoughts. Negative thinking is a conditioned process whereby the
negative patterns are established over and over. Rid yourself of any
limitations and become a powerful positive thinker.