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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.

and finally,

10. Believe in yourself, but trust in God .


Realistically analyse your strengths and weaknesses. As a matter of interest, people generally list more weaknesses than strengths, especially women (nice things those!). Too often people discount their accomplishments and focus on what they haven't been able to do.

Making money in itself is not success, but rather a by-product of success. Most successful people userepparttar technique of visual- isation to foresee ideal outcomes. If you can foresee getting your desires inrepparttar 124105 mind, then you can get there inrepparttar 124106 body.. .at least I think so!

"As a man thinketh so is he." Haven't I got that one in already?

Success or failure is not a matter of luck. The key ingredient is a winning attitude, together with PERSEVERANCE and common sense.

Your attitude determines your destiny:

Remember to stick at a task when things don't go right. "Whenrepparttar 124107 going gets tough,repparttar 124108 tough get going", as my dear father used to tell me often. Did it work though with me? All successful people have true grit and stickability, as well as natural ability. The winner is oftenrepparttar 124109 person who gets up one more time than they are knocked down. You will hit attitudes in others who say 'you can't do it'. You have a choice then: a) To remain convinced that you can do it. b) Stay with their attitude and quit yours.

Allrepparttar 124110 world's greats would never have been great if they had listened torepparttar 124111 opinion of even their closest friends. Caruso,repparttar 124112 world's greatest tenor, was told his voice sound- ed like a tin can. Thomas Edison,repparttar 124113 inventor of motion pictures, was advised that no-one would pay to listen to sound coming from a screen. Edison told Henry Ford to give up making cars and work for him instead and make millions. Marie Curie was told to forget about radium. Laurence Olivier was told by friends to give up acting. Benjamin Franklin was told to stop fiddling with lightning. People told Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan) that no-one would ever beat his fifty swimming records. His 1936 world record wasrepparttar 124114 qualifying time forrepparttar 124115 1972 Olympics! Attitudes ofrepparttar 124116 time said his records could never be beaten. Now 12 year old girls regular- ly beat his times.

Christopher Columbus took 14 years to raise funding for his ships and crew before setting out on his explorations. The science and culture ofrepparttar 124117 day had said thatrepparttar 124118 world was flat. However, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain had faith in Columbus. With that faith and money behind him, Columbus took just six months to discoverrepparttar 124119 New World.

Inrepparttar 124120 same way, a "flat-world mind-set" can limit our thinking and lead to mediocrity. Inrepparttar 124121 same way that you can train fleas to jump a certain height in a bowl, when you take awayrepparttar 124122 bowl, they still do not jump higher thanrepparttar 124123 learned height.

Our mind can tie us down and limit us, so that mediocrity becomes our destiny. Negative attitudes get cemented in concrete.




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A short exercise:

Talk to your best friend or partner *(I hate that common New Zealand expression- cheapensrepparttar 124124 institution of mar- riage anddenotes immoral living - Yes, sir "Mr goody goody two shoes") about: * I far preferrepparttar 124125 term 'spouse', which could be an abbrev- iation for "spastic mouse". Enough about my personal opinions...

1. The picture you hold of yourself (i.e.. how you see yourself): Is it positive or negative, are you an introvert, extrovert, popular?

2. How you see other people seeing you - their perception of you, or looking glass). Which brings to mindrepparttar 124126 following wise words (not mine)...

"I am not what I think I am." "I am not what you think I am." "I am what I think you think I am."

Abraham Lincoln grew up in a very difficult environment. He had less than one year of formal schooling. He experienc- ed defeat and failure year after year, but is one ofrepparttar 124127 great- est success stories of all time. In spite of everything, he hadrepparttar 124128 right attitude to achieve success.


Craig is a writer, who believes in encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life, whatever they may be. The various books* that I "felt inspired to write" are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/ebooks.html


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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human be- ings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." American psychologist, William James

Positive thoughts produce positive results, and negative thoughts produce negative results. We should try to under- stand how our thoughts arise and are influenced; they come intorepparttar brain from what we hear, what we see, what we read and what we say to ourselves.

We get our thoughts/attitudes fromrepparttar 124104 media, those with whom we mix and through self-talk. Negative people are repparttar 124105 product of a negative environment. Self-talk is what we say to ourselves all day long. A number of sportsmen use this technique to stay positive. Sports psychologists also use it. (See my book on sports psychology called 'The Winning Mind'). Plug,plug !

Some people, on learning that they have cancer, have been known to go into shock and die. There have also been cases of people whom, expected to die far sooner by their doctors, have willed themselves to stay alive for an event likerepparttar 124106 birth of a grandchild. Australian aborigines can subconsciously will themselves to die whenrepparttar 124107 bones point to them (known as voodoo). Or is it a hoodoo perhaps!

Optimism and pessimism are learned attitudinal behaviours and they can be relearned. We need to constantly monitor our inner navigational system, our attitudes to make our own course corrections. Negative thinking cripplesrepparttar 124108 mind, like polio cripplesrepparttar 124109 body. The cure is positive thinking- a positive outlook for opportunities does wonders for one's attitude. Many discoveries or luck come by chance. SEREN- DIPITY isrepparttar 124110 faculty of making happy and unexpected dis- coveries by accident. Do try anything!

WHAT IS your outlook on life - happy or sad? Remember what you believe in normally happens. In other words, "YOU GET WHAT YOU EXPECT". This is known as self-fulfil- ling prophecies, so top golfers expect to hole their putts and are surprised when they don't.

Be ENTHUSIASTIC - walk, talk and act enthusiastically and you will find that it is contagious and that people will be at- tracted to you.


1. Attitudes are more important than facts.

2. How you take it is more important than what happens.

3. Attitude acts as a selective filter affecting perception : we choose to seerepparttar 124111 best or worst in any situation.


We are not as we think we are, but as we think-repparttar 124112 quality of our thinking is more important than what we think about. How we think is our strangest secret.

If your goal is wealth, but your thinking is poverty-stricken, your attitude will cancel outrepparttar 124113 achievement of your goal. If your goal is health and you choose healthy thoughts, you will realise your goal. NB: Attitudes beat facts every time.

"We need to be beneficiaries of our attitudes, not victims." "Our attitude determines our altitude".

Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of personal success, as well as doing much studying in the field of self help. The various books* that I "felt inspired to write" are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/ebooks.html

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