Written by Craig Lock

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2. Seek outrepparttar right people (successful and enthusiastic ones who haverepparttar 123962 right attitude). DON'T NEGLECT YOUR OLD FRIENDS TO GET IDEAS; but remember, your potential has nothing to do with your ultimate performance.

3. Select a model to emulate or follow...who you would like to be like? (Only if you are not happy withrepparttar 123963 way you are.)

4. Learn from your mistakes. Daley Thompson,repparttar 123964 former great British athlete inrepparttar 123965 decathlon said... "I will learn morethan any other experience from my failures than my successes ."In his goal setting, Thompson was content to grow slowly, because slow growth is more solid, and he did it in small steps.

Look beyond your mistakes and savour successful experiences. Don't feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about your achievements. Make daily affirmations to yourself that you are doing well and are onrepparttar 123966 right track. Reward yourself for minor achievements, or steps onrepparttar 123967 road to your bigger goals. Give yourself credit, no matter how small your achievements, because mental rewards will boost your motivation. All rewards must come from within. This conditioning will cultivate a positive attitude in you. (Just like Pavlov's dogs were conditioned to salivate through association of ideas.) I remember that from my studies in psychology "many many moons" ago.

EXPECT SUCCESS: Look forward to positive outcomes and rehearse them in your mind, rather than anticipating failure. Don't repeat bad experiences-our attitude ties us down and limits us, so that mediocrity becomes our destiny.

5. Makerepparttar 123968 most of any situation you find yourself in. Try not to be anxious. Things will work out inrepparttar 123969 end.

6. Avoid self-pity. Resilient people don't feel sorry for themselves too long. The person who wallows in self-pity or bitterness, spends too much time on introspection and not enough time plotting a comeback.

7. Be persistent. Winning often means getting up one more time than you have been knocked down. Persevere and never give up.

8. Adapt to change and see it as a challenge rather than as uncertain and frightening.

9. Always keep things in perspective. Because our job is such a big part of our self image, a career set-back can make us lose perspective. If you become unemployed, don't see yourself as a failure, but rather as having options and an opportunity to pursue a new direction in your life.

and finally,

10. Believe in yourself, but trust in God .


Craig Lock has written extensively in the field of self help. This extract is from his first published book HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE - a collection of writings on various subjects to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing, uncertain world. Creative Writing Course


Written by Mary Anne Hahn

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It's time to create your own luck.

How? By digging up that old dream that once set your heart thumping, and dusting it off. By examining it, mulling over it, thinking about what it would take to implement it. By realizing how truly happy you'd be if you pursued that dream with your heart and soul--and how much happier those who care for you would be inrepparttar wake of your happiness. By knowing how much better offrepparttar 123961 world at large would be from your positive contribution to it.

Bill Gates did this. Not only has he become onerepparttar 123962 wealthiest people on earth, but he has also become our greatest philanthropist. Ever. Millions of people have benefited from his pursuit of his dream. Would this have happened if he'd settled forrepparttar 123963 "lucky to have a job" myth? Of course not.

Just imagine. Creating a life whererepparttar 123964 sun wakes you up, not an alarm clock. Jumping out of bed, rather than crawling out of it, in joyful anticipation of each and every day. Seeing your ideas come to life, getting full credit for them, and being directly compensated from those that succeed. Watchingrepparttar 123965 sun set each and every evening fromrepparttar 123966 home of your dreams, satisfied in knowing you have lived that day fully, and are excited aboutrepparttar 123967 next.

Knowing that you aren't "lucky to have a job"--you are lucky to have a life.

Go for it. Here's to your success.

Mary Anne Hahn is a freelance writer who urges everyone to follow their dreams. To subscribe to her biweekly ezine, WriteSuccess, . To get your FREE Marketing Plan Workbook, visit:

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