Similar to the old adage, “An apple a day keeps a doctor away” I have found that reading a page of a good book a day keeps mediocrity, failures, and unhappiness away in your life.
Because books are mirrors; they don’t teach you but they show you what you already have inside you.
The more you know about your inner self the more enlightened you become, the more enlightened you become the more you are able to reduce environmental effects in your life.
Poverty, unhappiness, mediocrity are outer effects on your Self. Internally or originally your self is supreme power of this universe there is no mediocrity, poverty, unhappiness or lack in it. It is the master of the universe even when it has no physical possessions, wealth and fake smiles.
Your ultimate power does not lie in money, comforts and physical things of this universe but it lies in your true self. You are the fountain of happiness and wealth. No physical thing of this universe can ever surpass the power of your inner Self to create happiness and enlightenment in your life.
There have been umpteen sages who had no physical possessions of this world but billionaires flocked to see them and learn the secrets of success and happiness in life from them. They taught this world the ultimate knowledge which empowers one to achieve that ultimate bliss in life, after which nothing remains to be achieved in life.
So, get up and empower yourself to get that ultimate bliss from your inside. Start reading a page of a good book a day.
Everyone of us has dreams and life goals but most are unable to achieve them. The most common reason is unawareness of the process, how dreams and goals work in life. In the following paragraphs we will discuss these things in detail. Let us start with dreams.
Dreams – the Seeds of Success
Hold fast to your dream for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. –Langston Hughes, American poet
A dream is defined as a thought or an idea that is not a reality today and seems impossible today (that’s why it is a dream). Everything in this world started with a dream or an idea. It is a dream that brought progress to this world. We all would still be living in the primitive age, without it. A Dream is the motivating force of life itself.
Dreams are the blueprints of your success. Dreams are what make your life an adventurous odyssey. They power your imagination. They enliven your existence, all faculties, your mind, body, and soul. It is the generating power of all human action, and without it, no one can get very far.
The Seeds of Success are within you
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream
of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every
part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
– Swami Vivekananda.
It is a fact that success is not in a job or business, but success is in the man, doing them. Success doesn’t come from outside; it is inside you in your thoughts, in your character.
Seeds look so small, yet in a tiny seed maybe thousands of huge trees, with towering trunk and large branches. There is practically unlimited power of a seed. Take an apple, cut it in two halves, and take out seeds. You don’t know how many seeds are in one apple seed, and what is the potential of this one seed. It is practically unlimited.
However, the potential of seed alone doesn’t make the tree. You have to put the seed in the ground, give it water, and look after it with the patience of a mother. The same is with us. Our potential is practically unlimited, but we have to work on ourselves and our dream to produce those unlimited results.
If your dream is big enough facts do not count.– Dexter Yager
It doesn’t matter whatever background you have come from. What counts is your dream and your burning desire to realize it.
How to build your Dreams-3 step process
To do it better you have to become like a child who has no limitations in mind. If he sees a real airplane he may ask you to get him one. If he sees a train, he tells you to get him one because he has no limitations in his thinking.
THINK YOUR DREAM
Sit down and brainstorm all the things you’d like to achieve in your life — and then write them down.
If you feel a problem in finding dreams then try asking WHAT IF questions. Ask yourself,
“What if I could have any job in the world, what would it be?
What if money and time weren’t a problem, what would I do with the rest of my life?”
Answers to what-if questions like these can get your dreams flowing faster and stronger than ever!
VISUALIZE YOUR DREAM
When you visualize your dreams, you start to focus on the picture of your dream in your mind. In other words, what you are doing is shaping your dream into a vision!
The great Irish writer, Jonathan Swift, said: “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible to others.” A vision is nothing more than a dream so clear, so vivid, that nothing can discourage you from achieving it and no one can ever steal it from you.
When you have a vision, you see the place you want to be, you taste it, you walk around in it. Your vision becomes like a preview to a soon-to-be-released movie. When you have a vision, it’s not a matter of IF your dream will happen. It’s a matter of WHEN your dream will happen.
PLANNING YOUR DREAM
You can plan in three steps to realize your dreams. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Therefore it is necessary that you plan how you will achieve your dream.
Step one is to write a personal mission statement.
Step two is to break your dreams down into small goals.
Step three is to write daily TO DO lists.
Write a Mission Statement for you
A mission statement is really nothing more than a written statement of your purpose in life. It could be a one-sentence statement or it could be a couple in several paragraphs. Irrespective of the length, a mission statement should have the power to inspire people to levels of achievement they never dreamed possible.
A sample mission statement of a Motivational company, xyz teachings is given as follows:
“The mission of xyz teachings is to empower people to know themselves and their enormous value through personal development and enable them to realize their dreams.“
So write your mission statement and refer it on daily basis.
Write Down Your Goals
What is a Goal?
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
A dream with a date deadline is a Goal.
Just imagine, you are blindfold, and you cannot see anything, and you are given a dart and a target, what will you hit at? You cannot hit a target unless you can see. Same is with your goals if you do not have a goal or you can’t see it how you will hit the goal or achieve the goal?
LONG-TERM GOALS (3-5 years)
SHORT-TERM GOALS (6 months to a year)
IMMEDIATE GOALS (30 days)
How to set goals?
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.
– Jim Rohn
Our goals affect us, our thinking and our daily lifestyle. If we want to stretch beyond our limits then we should set a goal bigger than our thinking so that we may discover our true capacity, potential. When we set big goals they first seem to us impossible but then later they prove inspiring and just the possibility of achieving them sends us in an ecstasy.
The magic of written down Goals
You must write down your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them.
In 1963, some behavioral scientists performed an experiment with the graduating class of Harvard Business School. They asked the students if they had written down their life goals on paper.
A mere 3 percent of the class had actually written down goals. Yes. Just 3 percent.
Well, twenty-five years later, the scientists again got in touch with the class of ’63. To find out how they had fared in their careers and in their lives. They found that the net worth of the 3 percent of the class that had written down their goals was MORE than the net worth of the rest of that batch. Not just that; the 3 percent written-down-goal persons seemed to be happier, doing what they wanted to do and leading far more fulfilling lives.
Step three is to write daily TO DO lists.
In this step, you can further break down your immediate monthly goals in weekly and daily achievable goals.
When you write daily goals it becomes easy for you to take the action on a daily basis. For this purpose sit 5 minutes in the night and decide what action is to be taken tomorrow. The reason for this is that when you decide this in the night before sleeping you give this homework to your subconscious mind to work out ways with its tremendous power to find the people, resources and means for next day’s action. Taking daily action in the direction of your dreams makes it easy for you to maintain momentum. Most people fail to take action in the direction of their dream; they cage themselves in the hands of procrastination and take very weak action for their dreams. Weak action creates weak results and massive action creates massive results.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Imagine a vacant land plot in your neighborhood, which is unguarded and open from all sides. The owner has left this plot this way. What will happen? You will see that people will start using it for them. Some will park their vehicles there; some will throw their rubbish there while some will throw their scrap items in that plot like garbage. This becomes a dumping yard for everyone, living around.
Your mind is also like this only. You come in contact with so many people in your life daily. Each of them has his own thoughts to dump somewhere — negative and positive both. If you don’t guard your mind, then all these thoughts are deposited into your mind and are processed there.
You will see that within a few months, your mind becomes full of all these rubbish thoughts ready to be impregnated to your character, talk, thinking, and action.
Think it over, what has already been caused to happen in our minds since childhood? Most of us have treated our minds like a dumping yard and voluntarily offered this lush garden to people for dumping their rubbish thoughts (seeds of failure) in it, by participating in general discussions, gossips and loose talks. These seeds have become fully grown-up trees now.
It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and
thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
– Robert H. Schuller
Many people have sown this crop of disempowering beliefs, unknowingly, in their minds. Surprisingly, they are unaware of this suicidal act and still doing it daily in their life. They not only do this with their minds but also with the minds of everybody else they know.
This has become a social practice nowadays. In marriage parties, birthday parties and weekend bashes people gather to chat with each other, to refresh them, as they call, this suicidal act.
Your thoughts are your masters, and they rule you. A good thought helps you while a bad thought harms you. The thought alone is eternal, and it is the master of your fate. Never play with these thoughts.
You must have heard of people dying of shock. What is it? A powerful thought stopping the work of the brain. A man who thought he had swallowed a tack had horrible symptoms, including a local swelling in his throat, until it was discovered that he was mistaken. The basis of the entire profession of medicine is faith in the doctor, his drugs, and his methods.
The character of the mind can be changed by habitually controlling the thought. We can stop our minds from wandering aimlessly. Our real self can control our thoughts to concentrate on whatever we desire.
The Indian Yoga system can be very successfully used for doing this. Meditation and concentration are those powerful methods to control the thought from wandering at random. By concentrating our thoughts on our goals in the mind’s eye and visualizing as if already realized can be very helpful to us for achieving our goals faster.
Sit in silence with some aspiration and realize its fulfillment with all intensity of your visualization ability. See yourself doing the work you love, successfully, driving the car of your dreams on the road; living in the house of your dreams can actually materialize your dreams. If we can learn to banish unwanted thoughts, then we can concentrate on only those thoughts which we want. We can banish thoughts of fear and worry from our mind, and our significant problems will be solved.
Program your mind for your success and then it will trounce the whole world to make you successful. The people who believe in the power of their mind cannot be defeated by any obstacle.
Our conscious mind is the master that gives commands to the subconscious mind, which is like a genie with unlimited powers. It is like a universal, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent power. It is connected with the universal mind or infinite intelligence wirelessly. You can achieve anything through it. It is servile if you tame it and train it, but otherwise, it is a terrible master. It runs your life according to programs fed into it.
Our subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank and stores all our memories. As calculated by scientists (approx.) it has a huge capacity (around 1000 terabytes, 1 terabyte=1000 GB) and it permanently stores everything that ever happens to you. The conscious mind can only process 40 bits of info/sec.
In his book ‘The Biology of Belief’, Dr. Bruce Lipton, writes that our subconscious mind is half a million times faster than our conscious mind. By the time you reach the age of 21, you’ve already permanently stored more than one hundred times the contents of the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in your subconscious mind.
Under hypnosis, people can often recall, with perfect clarity, even 50 years old events.
The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond precisely to the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do match a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your stored beliefs. That’s why repeating positive affirmations is so effective — you can reprogram your thought patterns by slipping in positive and success-oriented thoughts by auto-suggestion.
Reading inspirational quotes is very impressive for people committed to positive thinking. When you focus your thoughts on uplifting ideas, your subconscious begins to implement the new positive pattern in belief banks, which further help you in making decisions in a changing environment. Otherwise also, if you don’t keep updating your belief bank, then your subconscious will not allow you to take decisions from a new perspective.
Your subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think or reason independently; it merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. Just as your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener, planting seeds, your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow. Your conscious mind commands and subconscious mind obeys. You will get a response or result from your subconscious mind according to the nature of thought you hold in your conscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works 24×7 to make your behavior consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind has what is called a homeostatic impulse. It keeps your body temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just as it keeps you breathing regularly and keeps your heart beating at a certain rate. Through your autonomic nervous system, it maintains a balance among the various chemicals in your billions of cells so that your entire physical machine functions well all the time.
Your subconscious mind also practices homeostasis in your mental realm, by keeping you thinking in a manner consistent with what you have done and said in the past.
All your etiquettes of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It memorizes all your timings: when do you get up or sleep? When do you take your breakfast, lunch, and dinner? It will remind you of those activities at that time. It has memorized all your comfort zones, and it works to keep you in them until you opt-out.
Your subconscious mind seeks to preserve your life and restore your health at all costs. It causes you to love your children, which is also an instinctive desire to preserve your life. If you eat some poisonous food knowingly or unknowingly then it causes you to regurgitate it.
Your subconscious mind causes you to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different or to change any of your established patterns of behavior, not taught to it earlier.
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God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner.
You were born to win.
You must have heard this sentence a thousand times in your life. But in actual life, we see its opposite in effect. You are a godchild. God created you in his image and gave you all his powers so that you may not lose in your life.
If you do not believe that there is a God; that you are somehow related to a god or a superpower, who loves you and is always with you in your life, then you must first go and learn about it, because without this knowledge you may have a difficult time achieving enduring success.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”, said Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
You are a spiritual being created in the image of God, who is perfect and omnipotent. You are invested with divine potential. With God, all things are possible. Since you are a godchild, you are blessed by certain endowments and talents to help you succeed in life.
The best and one of the most important gifts he has given you is the gift of Choice. You can choose your path to success. Nobody can take away this gift from you.
It is your own choice that you don’t exercise this ability to choose in life and follow destructive influences to lose the ability to choose. He always expects you to succeed in life, and he always extends his best hand to you for helping you to succeed in life.
Once there lived a very committed devotee of Lord Shiva in a Village. The village was once flooded. First, a Jeep came and carried people to safe places, but this devotee wouldn’t go saying, “God will come for me.”
The water level increased and then the devotee climbed to the second floor. A boat came and carried the people to safe places. The devotee again didn’t go telling that God would come for him. When water level climbed up to the roof, a helicopter came and carried remaining people.
The village submerged in water. The devotee didn’t go and finally drowned, died and met his God after death. Upbraided he asked the God complainingly,” why didn’t you come to save me. I had worshipped you my whole life, and when I needed you most, you didn’t come to save me.” The God laughed and told him, “didn’t I send first a Jeep, then a boat and finally a helicopter.”
So the point is that God helps them who help themselves. God comes to hungry people in the form of food. God will never come to help you in a form that you want him in. But he will always be helping you.
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Why is it that most people don’t become financially free?”
Today with the opportunities that we have, why is it that so few people retire financially independent?
Due to the following reasons, people don’t become financially free.
1 People don’t define their enough
The first reason that people don’t become financially free is that unless they define their enough, they will never be financially free. People have lots of money but they still think of making money because they have not defined their enough.
If people don’t work out of a need for money but for joy only, then they are financially free. Billionaires don’t work for money but for joy only.
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.— Maxim Gorky
2 They never think of wealth
The second reason is that they never think of it even in their dreams.
The average person grows up in a family where he never sees wealth or knows anyone who is financially free. In his school and society, he socializes with people who are not financially free. He works with people who are like him, not financially free. He has role models who are wealthy but he does not think himself like them. He is conditioned up to an age of twelve like this and his beliefs totally become stunted. When he becomes a fully mature adult in our society, it never even occurs to him that it’s just as possible for him to become financially free as for anyone else.
On the contrary, we see that people who grow up in homes where their parents are financially free are much more likely to become wealthy as adults than people who grew up in homes where their parents are not.
So the most important reason why people don’t become financially free is they never think about it that it is possible for them. And of course, if they don’t think to become financially free then they never take any of the steps necessary to make it a reality.
3 Make A Decision
The third reason that people don’t become financially free is that they never make a decision to become one
Even when a person reads a book, attends a lecture, or associates with people who are financially free, nothing changes until he makes a decision to do something different. Even if it occurs to a person that he could become wealthy if he just did certain things in a specific way, his family and peers don’t let him do the things he wants to do for becoming wealthy. Therefore he finds him indecisive to take the first step, he ends up staying as he is.
If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got.
The primary reason for underachievement and failure is that the majority of people don’t decide to be successful and financially free. They never make a firm, unequivocal commitment or definite decision that they are going to become financially free. They wish and hope and pray that they will make a lot of money, if providence helped them or if fate favored them but they never decide clearly, “I am going to do it!” This decision alone is an essential first step to becoming financially free.
4 They procrastinate
The fourth reason that people don’t become wealthy is procrastination.
People always have a good reason rather an excuse not to begin something that they know they need to do to achieve their financial freedom. It is always the wrong time for them. The market isn’t right for them. They may have to take a risk or give up their security but they never and keep on saying, “Maybe next year, ” “someday.”
There always is a reason to procrastinate. As a result, they keep putting it off, month after month, year after year, until it’s too late. Even if it has occurred to a person that they can become financially free, and they have made a decision to change, procrastination kills all their plans and their future becomes indefinite. After becoming too late for this they start giving an excuse of mid-life crisis.
5 Freedom is not free
The fifth reason that people remain poor because they can’t practice a habit of saving, and pay now enjoy later theory.
Most people live from paycheck to paycheck and they have habits of spending more than they earn. They avail all credit available to them from banks and credit cards. The majority of people have an irresistible temptation to spend every single penny they make and whatever else they can borrow or buy on credit. If you don’t save for tomorrow, cannot delay gratification and spend all you make you can never become financially free. If you cannot practice saving, budgeting as a lifelong habit, it will be impossible for you to achieve financial independence.
As W. Clement Stone said, “If you cannot save money, the seeds of greatness are not in you.”
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