Everyday Tools for Extraordinary Success

Written by Philip E. Humbert

I am often asked aboutrepparttar "secrets to success". I've hadrepparttar 102114 chance to work with thousands of highly successful people in business and finance, in sports, in entertainment andrepparttar 102115 arts, andrepparttar 102116 good news is, there are no "secrets" for success!

There are, however, a few tools that, when used together, come close to being a "secret weapon". They require no special talent or skills. They cost very little, and every school child has a complete set.

They are around us every day, yet we fail to use them, and we deprive ourselves of their power. Here is my list ofrepparttar 102117 Top 5 "secret" weapons of extraordinarily successful leaders:

1. 3x5 cards. Yup, I'm referring to those little cards your Mom used for recipes. Successful people use them to jot notes, keep tips, and store valuable information. I carry them everywhere, and have supplies byrepparttar 102118 phone, beside my bed, and onrepparttar 102119 kitchen counter. They are wonderful! They last forever - I have cards I wrote over 30 years ago! And if you accidentally leave them in your pockets, they even go throughrepparttar 102120 wash. (Trust me on this!)

2. A watch. Highly successful people are intensely time- concious. They don't spend their time, their energy or their lives on trivial pursuits. They wear a watch and they use it to stay on task until they achieve their goals and createrepparttar 102121 life they want. Time is your most precious asset and our most under-valued commodity. Wear and USE a watch!


Written by Craig Lock

Oh no, not another article on goalsetting!

'There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose,repparttar knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.' - Napoleon Hill (author ofrepparttar 102113 classic book, 'Think and Grow Rich')

'Nothing happens, no forward steps are taken until a goal is established.' - David J. Schwarz (author of 'The Magic of Thinking Big '- an excellent book byrepparttar 102114 way!)

' Your life is controlled by your thoughts. Your thoughts are controlled by your goals.' - Earl Nightingale

' When we have no personal goal which we are interested in, and which means something to us, we are apt to go round in circles.' - psychologist Maxwell Maltz

'The key to peak performance is not potential or skill, but motivation and dedication....having clear performance goals and putting inrepparttar 102115 training effort to achieve them.' - Dr Sven Hansen '

I would like to repeatrepparttar 102116 critical importance of committing your plan to writing. It cannot be over-emphasised!' - Paul J. Meyer of Success Motivation Institute

'Learn how to set your goals: a. Write down your goals b. Give yourself a deadline c. Set your standards high.' - Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone (co-authors)

UNDERSTANDING GOALS Setting goals isrepparttar 102117 first step towards ACTION. They get you into motion. The energy of motivation should be harnessed by being transformed into clear goals and a clear PLAN to achieve them. Goals are dreams which come true ...and they are far easier to achieve once they are focussed. Goals therefore help to fulfil one's PURPOSE in life by giving expression to your core inner values,repparttar 102118 'real YOU'. Psychologists have found that helping people to develop personal goals has proved to berepparttar 102119 most effective way to help them cope with personal problems by:

1. Crystallising one's purpose in life - through adding meaning . 2. Helping make difficult decisions. 3. Giving direction to your life and keeping you on track by concentration. 4. Resolving conflict 5. Building confidence and 6. Adding to your self respect (or sense of value = self worth)

The power of imagination in goal setting comes from having BIG HOPES AND DREAMS. I believe too often we underestimate our capabilities. Userepparttar 102120 amazing power of your CREATIVE IMAGINATION to think what you REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE.. Then visualise your dreams actually coming to pass.

Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more powerful than knowledge". Very true, as I believerepparttar 102121 human imagination is our greatest asset. Thoreau once wrote these beautiful words:

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