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2014 Success Tips – Part 1

Attitude makes the Difference

Attitude makes the Difference

Hi Folks,

Hope you are enjoying a good start to your 2014 Goals.

Here’s a few tips to help you …

Don’t get stuck defining your success only in a dollars – Connect it to Happiness ~

Don’t define success with a dollar amount, but in relation to your happiness.

The habit of defining success with a dollar amount will lead you to constantly chasing a higher price point. It’s a chase that will never end, and a view of success that will never be attained. Get in the habit of seeing your success and your happiness in the same light.

Begin NOW to write your Success for 2014

Begin NOW to write your Success for 2014

Read a book that motivates you before doing your work ~

Reading a good book will get the creative juices flowing, brain learning, and your knowledge growing. Try reading for 30 minutes to start your day …. amazing how more productive I’m now !

Show Up !

Show Up !

Awaken the same time daily ~

Having a good sleep routine will help you have more energy to do more work during the day. Set aside time for success, be it writing, reading, planning.

Always finish your To-Do list – You do have one ~ Right ?

Get in the habit of never leaving anything that you wanted to finish at the beginning of the day, incomplete at the end. If you simply DO  what you set out to do, success will be your friend.

Keep your To-Do list small and manageable ~

Have 1 or 2 things that are most important to finish, THEN … make sure you finish them First.  Other tasks should be done after your most important ones have been completed.

That ends Part 1 …  Stay tuned for Part 2 ~

Here’s to enjoying Boundryless Success in 2014 !!

What do You CHOSE - The Power of Choice ~

What do You CHOSE – The Power of Choice ~


“How to Maintain the Right Attitude When Challenged” written by Mark Ford

Attitude Changes Everything

Attitude Changes Everything

Hi Folks,

Bringing you a recent post from the man who created Early to Rise.

Here is the exact post word for word. And to learn more about Mark Ford, please read the information at the end of this post.

How to Maintain the Right Attitude When Challenged

By Mark Ford

Well, here we are in Paris.

On the plane, one of the things I thought about was the fact that, when I travel overseas, I am often less able to solve problems. I attribute that to two things:

1.An increase in my sensitivity to trouble
2. A decrease in my willingness to ask for help

I suppose it’s natural. Foreign environments cast dubious shadows.Problems that would seem ordinary back home (I can’t get my wireless working) feel critical here (the French will
never become modernized!).

In the past I’ve admitted that I suffer from that stereotypically male problem of hating to ask strangers for help. Asking in a foreign language – even one I’m modestly fluent in – makes my anxiety much worse.

The combination – timidity and sensitivity – can be debilitating.

Case in point: This afternoon, rushing to meet K at the cathedral at St. Sulpice in Paris, I couldn’t figure out how to buy a Metro ticket from the automatic vending machine. I fumbled, trying this and that. Meanwhile, a line of busy French commuters were fidgeting behind me. Finally, I gave up and left.

I was halfway up the staircase, on my way to getting a taxi, when I stopped and took a deep breath. “What are you worried about?” I thought. “If this happened to you in NYC or Chicago, would you rush out in a panic?”

I instructed my rational mind to think like I would in the States. I told my heart to do what my rational mind said.

When I got back to the machine, there was one person in front of me. Instead of fumbling around again, I asked him, “How do I use this thing?”

He gave me a quick explanation and moved away. It wasn’t enough, but it was something. And the young lady behind me, having heard the exchange, then guided me through the relatively
simple process. (I had been misinterpreting a word.)

Stepping on the Metro, I promised myself that in the future, when traveling, I would expect such problems and maintain a better attitude about resolving them.

This is true of all such situations. If you are mentally prepared to deal with them, you will. If you have the wrong attitude, you risk ruining a potentially wonderful experience.

The trick I used to overcome my Metro problem is the same trick you can use to get over virtually every barrier in your life, large or small. The trick has two simple parts, one of which I’ve never acknowledged before.

One part is this: Take action. As Robert Ringer says in his great
book, Action! Nothing Happens Until Something Moves

“I am absolutely convinced that neither success nor happiness is possible without action. … Ideas can be precious commodities that can change the world. Sound preparation is invaluable and knowledge and wisdom are essential when it comes to giving one an edge in the pursuit of great achievements. But ideas, preparation, knowledge, and wisdom are all but useless without action because action is the starting point of all progress. In other words, an idea of and by itself has no intrinsic value. It must be accompanied by action. It is action that cuts the umbilical cord and brings an idea out of the womb.”

The other part, the part I haven’t admitted to yet, is this: Change the way you are thinking.

I’ve always resisted the idea that how you think determines the success or failure of a goal, because I find most positive-thinking theories to be stupid and ineffectual. Most of the people I know who focus on getting their heads right are losers who never achieve anything in life. The most successful people I know are doers … achievers.

My argument-in-a-nutshell, to date, has been this: Don’t worry about what is going on in your mind. If you want to accomplish something, just focus on the specific behavior that will get you there. Find out the exact actions that others have taken to achieve a similar objective, and imitate those actions, step by step.

I still believe this approach is essentially sound. But I have to admit, it’s sometimes very difficult to take that first step until you have cleaned out the negative stuff in your head and replaced it with “can-do” thinking.

That’s what I did in the Metro. And, now that I think about it, that’s what I have done a thousand times in business when I knew I had to change my mind about something or lose out on an opportunity.

In a posting on his blog, Matt Furey Uncensored Group Name: ETRgoalsetting, Matt had this to say on the subject:

“Whatever you are doing with your words, pictures, and feelings in the present moment – these are YOUR FUTURE. Your future is a result of how you think about your life right now.

“Let me give you a fitness-related example. Suppose you believe you need to work out today – but you’re not looking forward to it. You’re even dreading it a bit. As a result of this, do you think you will be more or less likely to procrastinate on your workout? Do you think you will be more or less likely to have a good workout?

“All right, now change your thought to something like, ‘I love how good I feel when I’m done exercising. Exercise always makes me feel so good. I love to exercise – especially on the days I don’t want to. Those are the days that exercise does me the most good.’

“Now – as you think this thought – imagine seeing yourself working out. And as you imagine that scene, see yourself smiling, relaxed, and happy. Remove any trace of a frown from your face. See yourself laughing and having a good time – internally.

“Okay – now answer the same questions I asked earlier. Do you think you will be more or less likely to procrastinate on your workout? Do you think you will be more or less likely to have a good workout?

“My friend, it all boils down to your ‘want’ muscle. If you WANT to do something, especially if you want to do it because you LOVE doing it – well, look out. NO-thing will stand in your way. NO-thing can stop you. Not even YOU.

“Read your own mind. As impressive as it may appear to be able to pick up on another’s thoughts – your focus should be on your own thoughts MOST of the time. See what you’re thinking and make sure you keep it focused on what truly matters to you.”

So, apologies to all those who have for many years argued with me about the importance of positive thinking. Yes, I admit, it is a very important part of success. It can help you get over your fears, toughen up, and take action.

Unless you take action, nothing else will happen. So if it helps to start by clearing out the bad thoughts and replacing them with good ones, do it. Then – as Matt Furey says – you will be able to kick butt and take names!

[Ed. Note.  Mark Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]

Here’s to living a Boundryless Life…With the Right Attitude 😉

Your Attitude ...determines your Altitude !

Your Attitude …determines your Altitude !

Don’t Give Up ~ Get Up to Reach Goals !

Never Give up on Your Dreams !

Never Give up on Your Dreams !

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share about how hatted with a buddy had not seen in ages.

We talked about how he persevered to achieve the goal of owning his own business.

He shared that  sometimes it feels so easy to give up…but giving up in life won’t enable you to achieve your goals.

That’s where the power of perseverance comes in.

Because everyone from Olympic athletes to billionaire business tycoons to successful everyday people know one thing …

They know that without the ability to truly persevere, they simply would not have made it to where they are today

They would not have achieved their goals and dreams.

He went on to say that without perseverance, neither can you.

So, whether you’re aiming for the stars or want to reach a “smaller” goal that’s important to you, you’re going to need to know how to persevere – because there will inevitably be times when things just don’t seem to be going your way…when you’re so down or stressed that giving up seems the best option.

I then asked him what tips he would give someone to persevere in their work, love, even Life so that you Never Give Up !

As the saying goes he started….”When the going gets Tough … The Tough Get Going !”

So Move !!

Here’s more …

1- Stay Rationally Optimistic… Be your OWN source of Positive energy folks ! 

Okay so maybe things don’t always go exactly as you planned. Maybe you sometimes face unanticipated challenges or things just don’t happen as fast or as easily as you’d like them to. That’s OK. Because the more you live life, the more you’ll see that things usually happen differently than we expected…But they do happen for the best and usually they turn out quite well :) . So take it easy and stay rationally optimistic.

No Excuses ~ Just Persevere to your Goals

No Excuses ~ Just Persevere to your Goals

2- Embrace Your Setbacks.

You’ll find that most rich and amazingly successful people in general say that some of their greatest “setbacks” were actually indispensable components of their success. Often, without these so-called “setbacks” they would not have learned what was necessary to achieve their success. So be sure to embrace your so-called setbacks as opportunities to learn more…it’s very likely that these frustrations are indeed vital elements to your ultimate happiness and success.

3- Take Breaks.

Really…Don’t work yourself to death as you try to reach your goals! Take breaks. Meditate. Read. Sip some tea. Live a little. Sometimes our greatest insights and creative solutions come during those moments when we give ourselves a break. We now know that Einstein achieved many of his ground-breaking creative insights during his “down time,” when he wasn’t in the lab hard at work.

…And the most mechanical fundamentals of your brain work the same way as Einstein’s did (we humans are all fundamentally built the same way). So, next time you’re in need of a truly creative solution or “ground-breaking idea” for your goal, do the counter-intuitive thing: take a relaxing break.

4- Realize You’re Always Right Where You Need To Be. 

No matter how close you are to your next goal, chances are you already have another one in place don’t you? That’s how life IS! So don’t beat yourself up about not being “there” yet, because the truth is that right now at this very moment you are exactly where you should be on your journey toward success.

Ahhhh… at last… you can finally persevere in stress-free happiness.. Yeah !!. :)

So next time you feel like giving up, or even if you just need a motivational pick-me-up, look over these four tips. You’ll be back on your feet in no time…and you’ll arrive at your next goal in both happiness and success.

What do YOU do to persevere when the going gets tough? Have additional tips for attaining your goals and achieving success? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

So live a Boundrylessly Happy Life and Persevere to the End to enjoy the sweet reward of your Goals everyone !!  😉