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Power Tips #016 Is your life sailing toward your dreams yet?
April 27, 2005
Power Tips newsletter, Issue #016
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One Minute Tip:
Always direct your thoughts to those truths that will give you confidence, hope, joy, love, thanksgiving, and turn away your mind from those that inspire you with fear, sadness, depression….. Bertrand Wilberforce
Tips for your Happiness:
Keeping a Journal – One of the Three Treasures to Leave Behind
(excerpts from “How to Keep a Journal” audio series by Jim Rohn)
If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal.
Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.
I used to take notes on pieces of paper and torn-off corners and backs of old envelopes. I wrote ideas on restaurant placemats. On long sheets, narrow sheets and little sheets and pieces of paper thrown in a drawer.
Then I found out that the best way to organize those ideas is to keep a journal. I’ve been keeping these journals since the age of twenty-five. The discipline makes up a valuable part of my learning, and the journals are a valuable part of my library.
I am a buyer of blank books. Kids find it interesting that I would buy a blank book. They say, “Twenty-six dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that?”
The reason I pay twenty-six dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth twenty-six dollars to put in there.
All my journals are private, but if you ever got a hold of one of them, you wouldn’t have to look very far to discover it is worth more than twenty-six dollars.
I must admit, if you got a glimpse of my journals, you’d have to say that I am a serious student. I’m not just committed to my craft, I’m committed to life, committed to learning new concepts and skills.
I want to see what I can do with seed, soil, sunshine and rain to turn them into the building blocks of a productive life.
Keeping a journal is so important. I call it one of the three treasures to leave behind for the next generation. In fact, future generations will find these three treasures far more valuable than your furniture.
The first treasure is your pictures. Take a lot of pictures. Don’t be lazy in capturing the event. How long does it take to capture the event? A fraction of a second.
How long does it take to miss the event? A fraction of a second. So don’t miss the pictures. When you’re gone, they’ll keep the memories alive.
The second treasure is your library. This is the library that taught you, that instructed you, that helped you defend your ideals.
It helped you develop a philosophy. It helped you become wealthy, powerful, healthy, sophisticated, and unique.
It may have helped you conquer some disease. It may have helped you conquer poverty. It may have caused you to walk away from the ghetto.
Your library, the books that instructed you, fed your mind and fed your soul, is one of the greatest gifts you can leave behind.
The third treasure is your journals: the ideas that you picked up, the information that you meticulously gathered. But of the three, journal writing is one of the greatest indications that you’re a serious student.
Taking pictures, that is pretty easy. Buying a book at a book store, that’s pretty easy. It is a little more challenging to be a student of your own life, your own future, your own destiny.
Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal. You’ll be so glad you did. What a treasure to leave behind when you go. What a treasure to enjoy today!
To Your Success,
Jim Rohn is considered to be America’s Foremost Business Philosopher. To subscribe to the Jim Rohn Free Newsletter or go towww.jimrohn.com also receive 20-60% off on all audios, books and tapes. Also review the complete Jim Rohn archive of articles, vitamins for the mind and Q and A. Copyright (c) 1999, 2003 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide.
Tips for your Health:
7 Tips to a Healthier, Happier You by Jim M. Allen
Health and happiness are not that difficult to have in one’s life. It just takes some attention and some action to insure that you have as much of both as you desire.
Far from being difficult, tiring exercises, getting healthy can be quite easy. A few simple acts or lifestyle changes can put you on the path to feeling happier and healthier faster than you can imagine…
1. Eat breakfast every day.
Your mom was right, it’s the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it.
2. Drink lots of water.
In these days of coffee, tea, sodas, seltzers, colas and coolers it’s easy to think we’re getting all the water we need, but nothing beats good ol’ plain water. Eight glasses a day.
3. Get a good night’s sleep.
As one who deals with sleep problems, I can tell you from experience, poor sleep patterns can quickly disrupt your life. Research shows that 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep is what most of us need to be happy and productive. If you’re having problems sleeping, contact a doctor immediately.
4. Eat more fruit.
The old “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying may not be 100% true, but the truth is that fruit provides your body with need vitamins, minerals, and natural sugars.
5. Start walking.
For short, nearby trips in the neighborhood, leave the car at home and take a walk. Do this a few times a week and the results will amaze you.
6. Turn off the t.v.
Read a book, get outside and play with the dogs, have a conversation with your spouse. Look for things to do other than watch the telly, especially around news time.
Every day. A real, good, hearty, belly laugh. Look for the funny things that life has to offer. Share a joke with a friend. Share a lot of jokes. Laughter is good for the heart and soul, for your health and spirit.
None of these things requires you to spend a lot of money. None of them take much time or energy. But each one can, over time, dramatically improve your physical and mental health. Pick one or two to focus on this week and be healthy! _____
Jim Allen, the Big Idea coach, helps make your small ideas big and your big ideas real! For more ideas, subscribe to his free biweekly ezine here
©2002 Jim M. Allen & www.CoachJim.com
Tips for your Prosperity:
Personal Philosophy is Like The Set of The Sail by Jim Rohn
In the process of living, the winds of circumstances blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives.
We have all experienced the blowing winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak.
Why, then, would each of us, in our own individual ship of life, all beginning at the same point, with the same intended destination in mind, arrive at such different places at the end of the journey?
Have we not all been blown by the winds of circumstances and buffeted by the turbulent storms of discontent?
What guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail. The way that each of us thinks makes the major difference in where each of us arrive. The major difference is the set of the sail.
The same circumstances happen to us all. We have disappointments and challenges. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart.
Challenging circumstances are not events reserved for the poor, the uneducated or the destitute. The rich and the poor have marital problems. The rich and the poor have the same challenges that can lead to financial ruin and personal despair.
In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives, it is what we choose to do when we have struggled to set the sail and then discover, after all of our efforts, that the wind has changed directions.
When the winds change, we must change. We must struggle to our feet once more and rest the sail in the manner that will steer us toward the destination of our own deliberate choosing.
The set of the sail, how we think and how we respond, has a far greater capacity to destroy our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself.
Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will finally and willingly conclude that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking.
Learning to reset the sail with the changing winds rather than permitting ourselves to be blown in a direction we did not purposely choose requires the development of a whole new discipline.
It involves going to work on establishing a powerful, personal philosophy that will help to influence in a positive way all that we do and that we think and decide.
If we can succeed in this worthy endeavor, the result will be a change in the course of our income, lifestyle and relationships, and in how we feel about the things of value as well as the times of challenge.
If we can alter the way we perceive, judge and decide upon the main issues of life, then we can dramatically change our lives.
To Your Success, Jim Rohn
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Networking for Fun and Profit
One of the most common “rookie mistakes” business people make is confusing the act of exchanging business cards, or handshakes, with effective networking.
Networking is NOT about how many people have your business card. It is about how many people know you, value what you do, and feel comfortable referring their friends and colleagues to you.
This is such a critical distinction that it’s difficult to over-state it. Over the years, I have heard dozens of professionals and business people complain that they joined a service club or professional organization “but it never did any good.”
When I ask how they actually spent their time, they usually say they attended meetings and talked with as many people as possible.
When I ask how many referrals they made TO the people they met, I often get a blank look.
When I ask about how many luncheons or follow-up phone calls they initiated, there’s silence.
When I ask if they volunteered for a committee or served as an officer of the club, the usual answer is, ”No.”
Effective networking is about building trust. It’s about building relationships that benefits BOTH parties.
Think about how many people a physician, attorney, stockbroker or salesperson contacts in a year.
If your physician knows and understands your business and feels comfortable referring to you, just one physician might make dozens of referrals per year.
Networking is the art of building a solid, long-term alliance with a circle of friends. A circle of a dozen might be worth a million dollars a year in referrals. It’s not the number business cards, it’s the quality of the relationships, that count.
And here’s a “quick tip” – I never focus on how many cards I give away, because once I hand them out I lose control and I fear most of them end up in the trash. Instead, I focus on how many cards I can COLLECT because that puts me in charge.
I get to initiate the follow-up phone call. I get to send a thank-you card or letter. If I have the other person’s card, I can build a relationship with them.
If I’ve merely handed my card out, I figure the odds are I’ll never hear from them again. Instead of handing cards out, become an expert at taking an interest in the other person and treasure their card as a potential goldmine!
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Some humour to keep your day light!
– I live in my own little world. But it’s OK. They know me here.
- I don’t approve of political jokes, I’ve seen too many of them get elected.
- I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.
- Isn’t having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a peeing section in a swimming pool?
- Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.
- I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fittingclothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place!
- A good friend will come and bail you out of jail…but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, “Damn…that was fun!”-
– Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press ‘Ctrl + Alt + Delete’ and start all over?
- Stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.
- My husband says I never listen to him (at least I think that’s what he said).
- If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called LABOR!
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