Zaffar Khan: Discovering Your Powers To Achieve Success

Even at an early age, Zaffar Khan has firmly believed that every person has the inherent POWER to achieve success; it’s a power that lies deep within one’s self. It’s only a matter of being aware it exists and discovering how to use it to shape their lives.

Through his life experiences, this belief system has evolved into a personal truth. Zaffar Khan developed a more in-depth appreciation of this power. He has mastered the ability to train his thoughts to filter perception so it can influence his decision-making and actions. He found this to be key to his success and wants more people to know more about it so they can achieve what they want.

What He Realised About Success

Zaffar Khan moved to Australia when he was young and saw the beautiful country as a land of opportunities, a place where he can make a living, work on his career and build his fortune. He put up several businesses and enjoyed being a part of organisations. He’s built a successful life, but it wasn’t all easy.

Having experienced both triumphs and failures in his personal life and his businesses, he realised that merely “thinking big”, “staying positive” or “getting rid of fear” is not enough. It is with having the right tools that one can start to achieve success. Unfortunately, not many people have the opportunity to equip themselves with what they need to enhance the quality of their lives. So, he made it his goal to share his vast knowledge about tapping into one’s power to achieve success — the same way he did.

How Zaffar Khan Changes Lives Through His Books

He so passionately wrote 36 books and countless articles and blogs that propel personal enhancement and business development. He chose every word in his literature, thoughtfully to speak about how each person has the power to be a winner in life and to encourage them to pursue greatness. These books provide a foolproof paradigm that will allow people to accomplish anything they aspire. They are a collection of lessons and skills he acquired from his life experiences. All of which, people can use to enrich their lives. They are a roadmap to success and can be a catalyst of a journey to having lifelong joy and fulfilment.

Zaffar Khan penned 21 Personal Powers books and 15 other eBooks. He also wrote hundreds of articles, all centering on motivational, spiritual, business and personal life development.

His first book, “Just Don’t Think & Grow Rich (GPS to success)” gives a step by step guide to achieving what many deem unachievable. The book’s objective is to provide a systematic approach to fulfil one’s goals. It’s a holistic approach as it involves aspects of a person’s being. Ultimately, Zaffar Khan wants the reader to develop the ability to have a meaningful life and continued success.

You have the power to begin reshaping your life today. Click to read more of Zaffar Khan’s books.

COACH

Many people use the words ‘mentor’ and ‘coach’ interchangeably but there is a fine line of difference. The word ‘coach’ has several meanings and one is “giving someone private instruction in a particular subject”. Although coaches are generally associated with athletes and team sports, everyone needs a coach. It is easy to lose direction when difficulties arise. Sometimes you don’t know what to do for the best any more and you can get to the point where there is little purpose in your day. Start working with a coach; just as in the sporting arena, a coach will guide you back on track and assist you to reach peak performance.

Coaching, however, is not just for when you are down and discouraged. Coaches are committed to challenging you to reach your full potential – to make you into the best person that you can be. Like mentors, they have the knowledge and experience because they have been there before you. They can help you discover and set your goals and they can train you to stay focused. They can also inspire and encourage you, through a process of self-evaluation, to improve your performance so you will be able to achieve your goals more easily. In doing this they can engender in you a need to maintain enthusiasm for what you are doing and you will receive emotional support and feed-back along the way. Coaches, like mentors, are people with whom you can share all your hopes and aspirations, confident that they will adapt to your daily needs, adopting the role of taskmaster, library of knowledge or persistent motivator, but always educator, in order to help you reach and grasp your dream. A coach is there to show you how, rather than just ‘doing it’ and leaving.

A coach will teach you new information, new skills and strategies and you will be shown how to measure your results. Some of those strategies, put into place on a daily basis, will form good habits that will lead to the success you are looking for. Learning to delegate can be one good habit to learn. Allow others to show what they can do and give yourself time to do those things that are most important. You will also be shown how to ‘think outside the box’ and detour around obstacles that present themselves from time to time.

A coach will push you to do what needs to be done but a coach is also your friend and will make you feel better about yourself, less stressed and more relaxed.

On the whole coaching embodies four essential principals for continuing success – education, inspiration, strategies and consequences. A coach will:

• Point you to the personal study you may need to do to gain the right knowledge to achieve your goal.

• Be a driving force to inspire and encourage you to engage on a daily basis and focus your efforts to achieve your goal.

• Teach you strategies that will bring massive results and lead to excellence in your achievements.

• Teach you to be accountable for what you say and do and help you understand the consequences of your actions both good and bad.

A coach is there for you and you will find the time well spent and exciting as you build toward the achievement of your goal and ongoing success.

EXACT GOAL

Time Out

Begin by determining exactly what your own personal vision, mission and goals are. One of the best ways of doing this is to take yourself out of the hurry and scurry of daily living and spend one hour alone. This ‘time out’ should be done on a regular basis as it is imperative to your success.

People who constantly rush about and who never take the time to be quiet often have to work very hard without ever reaching their goals in life. If you do not put forward the effort to set goals, your accomplishments will be far less than your capabilities. Statistics have shown 70 percent of the population do not set or write down their goals. Don’t let yourself fall into this statistic. Instead, take this one hour of time and make the effort to reach out toward your potential.

Both your intuition and creative imagination function well in times of silence and isolation, particularly during periods of relaxation. These quiet periods are the times when your inner powers are best able to gain your attention and release the information you need. You are more able to hear your inner promptings and thus receive rich, fresh ideas for you to action.

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed by outside noises or people. Nothing of importance can easily be solved until you have faith in yourself and you are able to relax. Physical and mental relaxation is mandatory. Your best ideas and solutions to problems will come when you are relaxed and quiet and the more relaxed you are, the more successful the results will be. You will find it easy to secure new ideas and improve on your old ideas and you will be able to accomplish more things with less effort and without strain.

First, take a few minutes and meditate on your vision and what you want to do with your life and set your vision and mission now. Think about what you hope to achieve. As you think and contemplate these things, let them grow in your mind as expanded ideas that will move you to action. The only way any of us can grow is to keep stretching our capacities. Everyone meditates at some time, whether you are aware of it or not. The word ‘meditate’ means “to think about, contemplate, to consider deeply and continuously”. Whatever you think about constantly is the subject of your meditation.

Whenever you learn to tune in to the power deep within yourself you will be able to create the conditions that will enable you to set your goals. Sit quietly and listen to the creative part of your subconscious. This part of your mind is like your radio. If you turn off your contact between the creative subconscious and your conscious mind the ideas, information and answers to your problems cannot come through and you will not receive those ideas. But if you ‘tune in’, the unlimited power of your creative mind will allow the conscious mind to receive the ideas, directions and messages it is sending out and they can help you point out the way to attaining your goals. This powerful act gets your conscious and unconscious mind seeking more of those opportunities that are aligned with your purpose. That is why it is so important to be receptive. It reinforces to you the fact that you are the only one creating your unique future. If you can make full use of your quiet time, it will help you make the right decisions even when you are busy.

Begin by believing in yourself and, although you are relaxed, remain mentally alert and gently let your mind expand on your vision and goals and prepare to write everything down.

Your Vision

During your hour alone, write down your vision. A vision is important because it is the foundation for your goals. A vision requires engagement on a daily basis, which is called a mission. This mission is the path that you take to get there and the specific means by which you accomplish your vision. The vision and mission should be put into practice by setting out specific, measurable steps designed to achieve the mission. Those steps are called goals. Write your vision for a five-year, ten-year or twenty-year time frame. When you write your mission simply describe the general path that will lead you to accomplishing it. Remember, your vision and mission may have minor changes over time, so don’t try to set them out perfectly now. Review them every year and rewrite them as you find yourself getting a clearer picture of what you want.

Once you have defined your vision and mission, you have identified your objectives.

1. Be aware of the importance of your vision and make it a driving force for the attainment of your main goal.

2. Have strong faith in your vision and demonstrate your confidence that any challenges can be met.

3. Be wholeheartedly and enthusiastically engaged on a daily basis toward your vision. Remember that it is your mission.

4. Cherish your vision. Keep it before you always so you won’t grow weary of working towards the vision’s fulfilment and you won’t become complacent or get sidetracked into doing things that do not contribute to its achievement.

5. Speak to your vision as if what you want to see accomplished has already been done.

The principle of creating a vision is not wishful thinking or daydreaming, but what successful people call ‘burning desire’. This is the attitude which says, “I don’t care what it takes, I’ll do it.” Such a desire stretches our capacities, makes us move out of our comfort zone and do things we have never done before. Don’t be afraid to feel that burning desire.

The story is told of a young man who approached the philosopher, Socrates, and said, “Socrates, teach me what you know.” The great teacher looked at the young man and said, “Do you really want to know all that I know?” “Oh, yes, teacher, I do,” the student replied.

“Walk with me for a time,” Socrates said. So they walked for a while in silence. The learned philosopher slipped his arm around the young man’s shoulder and guided him off the path and into the shallow waters of a lake. The young man thought that was a strange way for the philosopher to teach him what he knew, but after all he was Socrates, so the student decided to go along with what was happening.

The continued to walk into the water; it rose to their ankles, then knees and hips, until finally they were standing in water to their shoulders. Suddenly the arm that was around the young man’s shoulders tightened around his neck and pulled him underneath the water. This was a very strange way to teach the student what he wanted to know. But this was Socrates, after all, so he submitted. He grabbed a breath before he went under, so he wasn’t bothered for the first fifteen or twenty seconds, but after about 30 seconds he wondered when Socrates was going to let him up. He gave him a signal to indicate that he had been under long enough and wanted to get out. Another few seconds and the young man began to fight with all he was worth. He kicked and clawed and scratched, but the hold was strong and he lost his strength. At that moment, Socrates pulled him out of the water, dragged him to the shore and began to revive him.

When he caught his breath, angry and confused, the student looked into the face of one of the greatest philosophers of all time and said, “What was that all about?”

Socrates looked into his eyes and said, “When you want to know what I know as much as you just wanted to live, then you will know.” That kind of desire is what is known as burning desire!

Specify your Goal

The first step to producing results in your life is to be very clear about what you want. You must find a purpose for your life. If you have no purpose, you have no power and no desire. Purpose is like the concrete foundation we lay before building ourselves a house to live in. It provides the framework within which goals can be organised and prioritised. It gives guidelines and boundaries in which to work. Many people do not get what they want because they are too vague. When you are specific you have a clear target to shoot for. If you know what you want and why you want it, the how to achieve it will unfold before you each day.

Secondly, if you are to attain success, you must first have a ‘burning desire’ to succeed and then be very precise about the goals you set for yourself. The more specifically defined your outcome, the better guided you are in your goal pursuit and the better your chances of attaining it.

Decide what you want. Don’t decide what someone else wants for you. What is the goal that you are aiming for? Set it for yourself; vague definitions will produce vague results. Sit quietly during your hour on your own and decide what you want by defining your goal exactly – clearly and specifically. Clarity of purpose will drive you forward in the times when you face obstacles.

With your vision before you, now write down the goals you need to reach to attain that purpose. Sharpen your focus and use your imagination. The reason most people fail to achieve their goals in life is that they never set them in the first place. Goals direct you to your final destination and they tell you when you have strayed off the path and bring you back on track.

To release your deep-seated desires for prosperity and success you will need to centre your attention on one big exact goal at a time. Your main goal should always include a number of smaller goals.

It is important to write down your deep-seated desires. Don’t see them as impossible dreams. Draw up a potential plan and make a list of ideas towards your main goal. Feel free to change, revise, reform and rearrange as your ideas unfold. This clarifies the desires in your mind and the mind produces definite results only when it has been given definite ideas through which to work.

Your goals should be specific and written out in detail. Setting goals simply involves writing out the steps it will take to accomplish them; that should include thinking about what you expect to be doing for the rest of the year and beyond. Include both personal and professional goals. State your goals positively and specify when the results will be achieved. When you read your goal aloud, check if it sounds ambiguous. An ambiguous goal leads to ambiguous results.

Setting goals is like programming a computer. Both tasks take skill because nothing can be assumed or left out. Goal-setting is not easy but it is worth every minute spent on it. Set short-term goals that build toward your long-range purpose. This incremental approach will help you to success. By setting a number of smaller goals it is easier to make a correction if you find yourself off target.

There are two kinds of goals:

Objective goals which are the visions you want to pursue for your future rather than end destinations.

Activity goals have specific outcomes and are a means to achieve the objective goal. Activity goals are part of planning.

Objective goals usually remain the same long term. Activity goals change over time. For example, your objective goal may be to become prosperous and your activity goal would be to sell a given number of properties each year.

Always define your objective goal first, followed by the activity goals needed to achieve the objective goals.

Clearly differentiating between your objective and activity goals enables you to see the big picture and by clearly articulating your objective goal first, you can then be guided by several activity goals tied to your objectives.

Make sure your activity goals are measurable. They should come with a deadline and a value you can measure against. For example, your activity goal may be to sell two properties (your measurement) in one year (deadline).

Always begin with the end in mind. Don’t emphasise the task that is needed to get the result you want, but focus on the outcome. This will build the fastest track to goal achievement as the actions needed to be undertaken will naturally fall into place. When you focus with the end in mind you learn to anticipate and plan for contingencies for successful goal achievement.

Think about the Law of Attraction (i.e. what you give out you will attract). When framing your goal, frame it in positive terms, not negative. For example, instead of “Eliminate poverty”, try “Create unlimited abundance”.

Remember, goal-setting is not a one-time exercise; it is an on-going exercise. Goals will need constant review so you need to be constantly aware of the goal-setting process. It is a good idea to review your goals with someone you trust, someone who has already been down that same path of success. As each small goal is reached, reward yourself and celebrate each achievement. Focus on your goals and tackle them one by one. As soon as one goal is accomplished, another goal takes its place. An awareness of the goals that have just been accomplished should be a great encouragement to you. Prioritise your goals; make them realistic. Set high goals but make sure they are attainable. Once you set your goals use negative and positive feedback to adjust your decisions along the way.

Goal-setting brings many benefits. It simplifies the decision-making process and provides a system that measures your progress so you may enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Goals also generate respect and they produce persistence. Remember, goal-setting is an ongoing exercise. You cannot do it once and ignore it.

This one hour on your own is essential to help you prepare yourself properly for reaching and managing your goals. Think about how your mind functions so you can get it to work for you rather than against you. Speak to your goals. They need to be said aloud with confidence as often as possible. It helps to hear yourself affirm your goals. Genuinely expect your dreams to come true. Once you have set your goals vividly imagine how you will feel when you have reached each of your goals.

Values

Values are distinctly different from goals in that they are usually the qualities behind what you are seeking. For example, if giving to others is something you like to do, the value behind it is generosity. These are principles or standards you live by and they are critical to getting you to your goal. They keep you true to yourself and to the path you wish to travel. The course you take will be based on your ethics, or beliefs, and what is most important to you in your life. You will tend to be drawn to people with common values, which in turn creates enthusiasm and greater productivity when working together.

Your vision and values are important, but they will never be realised unless a goals program is put in place and followed faithfully. The vision will stay the same over a long period of time and the mission and your values will correspond to the vision. But goals should be reviewed frequently in order to adjust them to changing situations so that the vision can be realized.

Habits

Have you ever stopped to think about your habits? They can include always being late for appointments, feeling depressed and cynical and giving voice to those feelings; overeating and nail biting. They are all subconscious habits that are learned and they suggest a self-esteem problem.

During your hour alone, think about your habits and reassess yourself. Ask yourself if your habits will take you where you want to be. Write down your habits then examine them and decide on new habits to put in their place. Make sure your new habits support your goal. To change your habit you will need to modify your self-image and use constant self-awareness to bring about a permanent change. Choose to change from bad habits and be aware it takes at least three weeks to change a habit.

Second, if you want to do more, be more and achieve more, planning, and its subsequent action, will play a vital role in your success; just keep it simple. You should start by that blueprint and not deviate from it

DETOUR

“You’re on the road to success when you realise that failure is merely a detour.” William G. Milnes, Jr.

We have all been told that to be successful we must endure some failure and to look at the lives of great entrepreneurs and not the number of times they failed before pushing on to great achievements and ultimate success. We understand that when we make mistakes we can profit from them and should not make the same mistake twice; that in the experience of failure there is a potential for learning something about the strength needed for setting your face determinedly toward victory. Somehow, when it is our own failure, not someone else’s, it is difficult to see ‘the forest for the trees’ and it seems we will never get through the experience to taste success. We feel we have lost our identity and our self-confidence is shredded. Even though you don’t feel like it, you must keep up the fight to re-establish your self-esteem. Begin to look for a detour, a way around your roadblock and think about what Zig Ziglar said, “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

When failure happens or mistakes occur, it is easy to say, “I’ve tried and failed so what is the point of trying again?” That is not the attitude of a winner. Instead think of your journey as a road trip and failure as a roadblock. You have three options. You can turn and travel back to where you started (i.e. give up completely), you can sit at the roadblock and hope things return to normal soon (i.e. do nothing) or you can follow the sign which says ‘detour’. When you see that sign you know that if you want to get to your destination (i.e. successful achievement of your goal) it will be necessary for you to leave the road you know (perhaps leave your comfort zone) and travel along an unknown route until it meets your road again, somewhere up ahead. If you want to continue on the road to success, just look for the detour; look for a different plan to help you around your difficulty. Even though you are, perhaps, following a road unknown to you, if you follow the signs put up by those who do know the road, you know you will remain on track. There will always be a way around your failure, if only you are prepared to look for it and follow the signs.

Many people say failure is a fact of life and, certainly, no one is immune to making mistakes when you are aiming for a high goal. Even the most successful people have experienced failure at some time. The important thing is to recognise the potential danger of negative feelings and attitudes that come from failing to achieve and take positive action to correct your course. Instead, if you recognise that in failure there is power for success – a detour available to get you back on track – you will not be discouraged by the failure and you will learn from it.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking of failure as the enemy of success – it isn’t. Failure is a teacher, a harsh one, but nevertheless it is the best one. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it and gain knowledge that would otherwise be unobtainable and unavailable to those who have never failed. Find the detour which takes you past your obstruction, for that is where you will find success – on the far side of failure.

There is incredible value to be found in the mistakes you make. T.H. Huxley said, “There is greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life”. He knew it was impossible to reach your dream without mistakes and failures along the way. You cannot grow without being prepared to risk something of yourself and having to handle the inevitable criticism you will attract. Hang in there – finding the detour around the boulders that obstruct progress can be a quicker, easier means of achieving the end you desire. By doing this you show a strong belief in yourself and you will find that circumstances are unable to disturb your determination to continue your journey. Success always transcends failure when persistence and passion have their way.

ENGAGEMENT ON A DAILY BASIS

What is engagement on a daily basis? It is the intensity of your relationship with what you are doing, each and every day. When someone is truly engaged, it is very obvious; that person is totally engrossed in what they are doing. People who love what they do and have a very strong purpose in life engage on a daily basis because it comes naturally to them and they find the actions they take toward their goals, fulfilling.

Success is a planned result. It is the result of deliberate thought and action. Have your goal in mind then act and put your thoughts to work so that you will continuously move forward toward that goal. To do this you must engage on a daily basis; that means to involve yourself, enter into and undertake every day to continue your unique journey of discovery.

Once you know what you want to do (your vision), you will know where you are heading (your goal). Between the ‘what’ and the ‘where’ is the ‘how’ to get there. This is the time for ‘engagement on a daily basis’ and it will take time, a lot of effort, and focus to get you where you want to be. You will experience ups and downs, obstacles and setbacks, laughter and tears and sometimes changes in direction. A positive attitude, resourcefulness, determination and persistence will minimise the impact of anything that will get in the way of your achievement.

Engagement

The key to being successful at anything is the undertaking and dedication you bring to your endeavour. It is a responsibility to yourself or to someone else, so when you engage in a course of action, you are responsible for ensuring you execute that action. If, for some reason, you don’t follow through on something you have engaged to do, you lose the faith of that party and your self-esteem will take a dive – and, of course, the action you said you would undertake will remain unfulfilled.

“An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.” (William James)

Engagement on a daily basis can be difficult but it is powerful because it takes strength of character to carry it out. It means you must exercise integrity which in turn means taking control of your life and it means being ethical which leads to a life full of rich relationships, meaningfulness and joy. It is also very difficult to build trust in your personal and professional life if you do not act responsibly and do your best in any given situation.

Engagement on a daily basis is the core of social life, but unfortunately, it is something that many in our society today are averse to; they want to “keep their options open” and “be free to do whatever they want to”. If they can’t direct their own life, they become a passenger in the life of someone else. For life energy to move in a desired direction, it is essential to engage on a daily basis.

Don’t underestimate the power that engaging on a daily basis can bring you. It can be the difference between mediocrity and excellence – it is one of the most powerful forces we have. When we engage to do something we take an active part in ensuring that the outcome is the one we most desire.

Be bold, take the plunge; engage on a daily basis. Take action and keep doing something every day to move your dream forward into reality. You can do it – everything is possible.

Faith and Energy vs. Discouragement

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Grace Murray Hopper. Two great forces in this world are more powerful than all others. One is fear and the other is faith; and faith is stronger than fear. It puts steel into you, enough to give you power over any difficulties. Determine to draw on the faith deep in your spirit and this will give you faith in yourself and those around you.

You need to step over that line to find out what you are really capable of. It takes courage to take that first step and the task may seem insurmountable; however, if you develop faith in what you want to achieve you can stand up in faith and courage and go forward and overcome. Remember, courage is the ability to control fear and discouragement. When you are discouraged, let your engagement on a daily basis be greater. Remember that 99% of the worries and anxiety of the world never happen so develop a ‘can do’ spirit.

It is necessary for you to overcome discouragement because it stops the flow of power, frustrates your best functioning and can cause failure. Anxious or emotional states of mind produce negative results that are seldom satisfactory and they can be a hindrance and destructive. Don’t give in to low spirits, for storms of difficulty are limited in extent and they do pass. Discouragement is an enemy to the attainment of your goal.

Change your outlook from one of discouragement to one of faith and hope. Be bold and courageous. That does not say you should be reckless or foolhardy. Boldness means a deliberate decision to think ‘outside the box’ and step out of your comfort zone. There is a quotation which says, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid”. What are these mighty forces? They are the latent powers that we all possess: energy, skill, sound judgement, creative ideas – and even physical strength and endurance in far greater measure than most of us realize.

Anthony Robbins calls energy, “the fuel of excellence”. Energy is the capacity to be active. You need energy to accomplish your purpose but it must be directed and channelled into specific areas. When your energy is constructively directed to a specific end, non-essentials have a way of dissipating.

Energy gives you mental alertness and purpose and allows attention to detail. It is demonstrated through physical vitality and radiates purposeful activity. If you are healthy, exercise, balance your life between home and business, work and play and keep negative emotions in check, your energy levels should be high. This will help you as you action your plans and work toward your goal. People with high energy levels are very positive and life forces flow more powerfully through them. A positive mental attitude means spending your creative energies on finding ways things can be done. It means turning a problem into a solution.

Nothing will drain your energy from constructive action faster than negative emotions. Anger is a common emotion which must be dealt with as it expends a great deal of energy into non-productive channels. There is a saying, “anger falls one letter short of danger”, and another which says, “He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances” (D. Hume).

Hatred and bitterness are negative emotions that are wrong and they generate a lot of negative energy. Anxiety and fear, guilt, worry, doubt, jealousy and depression are some of the other negative emotions that drain energy. Work on eliminating these emotions so you have increased energy available for accomplishing your purpose. Make a paradigm shift and choose to put out love and respect for others and that is what you will receive in return.

Energy is demonstrated through engagement on a daily basis and it requires a tremendous amount of physical, intellectual and emotional energy because it means believing in and working towards your goal against all odds.

CREATE AWARENESS

The importance of awareness lies in the fact that it is the foundation for the self-image you need to have if you are to be effective in reaching your goals. To excel, you must be aware of the elements that are needed to contribute to your success.

These elements, or principles, begin with a vision of what you want to accomplish followed by goal-setting to help you achieve your vision. Then there are the elements of patience and perseverance, both of which are needed to reach your goals. Other elements include communicating your objectives to others and investing your time in the project.

To become aware needs an open mind. Open-minded people are free from prejudice and receptive to new ideas. Those people with a closed mind reject the ideas, beliefs, opinions or influence of others.

Albert Wiggam, a Psychologist said, “The line between ‘open-mindedness’ and ‘tightmindedness’ is sharp and clean cut – and the only people who have ever contributed anything to human progress have been the ‘open-minded’ who have been able to see there is a better way.”

The difference between ‘open-minded’ and ‘closed-minded’ people is their choice of thoughts. To be successful you must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead to success rather than failure. You must believe in yourself and your potential and focus your mind on what you want to accomplish. This is important because, if you want to create the right conditions for happiness and success you must learn to spend more time in positive places with people who have positive thoughts and who believe in putting their positive thoughts into action.

Spend as little time as possible with people who like to express negative thoughts. They say “no” too often or “it can’t be done” and, if you associate with them for a long period you may come to agree with them. Negative thinking is weak and unable to create anything of value.

When you believe in the worst, you feel depressed. But, when you believe in the best, it gives you a feeling of new life and enthusiasm. You will be rewarded with an awareness of ‘more good’ all around you. Believing in the best will also increase your power and ability to move ahead; it will add to your happiness and make your success more certain. No one can make you happy and no one can make you unhappy unless you allow them to do so. It is all a matter of viewpoint and understanding. You have a wonderful gift of choice.

If you wish to become “The master of your fate and the captain of your soul”, it will be helpful to understand the importance of your mind and the effect it has on your attitude to life.

CONSISTENT ACTIONS

The Macquarie International Dictionary gives the meaning of consistent as: “Reliable – able to maintain a particular standard or repeat a particular task with minimal variation”.

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins.

It is not enough to plan – you must consistently work your plan. Being consistent means having an action plan which you engage in daily to achieve results that are measurable. Being consistent in your work habits and follow-up are certainly key factors and choosing consistency as a way to operate sets a pattern that combats laziness, keeps you focused and strengthens your determination. The power of engagement on a daily basis translates into persistence.

“If our words are not consistent with our actions, they will never be heard above the thunder of our deeds.” (H. Burke Peterson.) Make sure your words match up with your actions. Do not promise what you are unable to carry through to the end.

Certain behaviours have a direct impact on how others view you – negatively or positively. Are you seen as productive or non-productive? Are you reliable or unreliable? Negative, unreliable and non-productive people can’t be counted on because their inconsistent behaviour doesn’t foster confidence. On the other hand, those who demonstrate reliability, who are as good as their word, only need to be asked once to complete a task. They have built a reputation for positive performance. Their consistent behaviour is always evident and they are appreciated.

The most critical challenge for everyone working toward a goal is the need to take purposeful, consistent action. You need to be persistent and determined to achieve your purpose, often against all odds. Consistent action is producing the required results with an undivided and unwavering resolve.

There are very few things that will give you the result you want in just one single action. For example, we do not build a relationship on just one meeting. Many actions need to be repeated on a regular basis until they create results. In our ‘instant’ society, many people give up trying something after only a few attempts because they are not prepared to be patient and consistent in their methods. They think the process will not work for them since they have tried it a couple of times. Consistency must become the norm for everyone looking for success in their lives. By being consistent you cut out all the distractions and overcome difficulties, so it is necessary to understand the importance of being consistent and harnessing the principle to our lives. Nothing will replace consistent action in a purposeful manner. You must plan your work and work your plan consistently to ensure success.

When an athlete goes into training, he practices hard to improve his skills. He may not manage the exercises perfectly at the beginning and he may fail many times, but he consistently repeats the exercises, over and over again until they are second nature to him. That kind of training is critical and he can’t be a winner without it. You too, must train yourself to be consistent. Don’t get discouraged when you stumble and fail, you are just out of practice. Don’t give up, just get back up and do it again until consistency is second nature to you. It will then be easier for you to take action toward your objective and you will be able to respond in new, positive ways to obstacles that may loom in your path.

When you are consistent, others recognise you in a positive light. You never know who you will meet and the difference that encounter will have on your life. It comes down to being consistent in your business, in your behaviour, and in your plan to be of service to others.

Consistent persistence is the prelude to excellence. When you stand for something and engage to do it well, you create remarkable results. You will, in turn, attract top people and reap rich rewards for your efforts.

FOCUSED ACTIONS

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” (Herbert Spencer)

When you enter into a major undertaking focused action is a very important factor; in fact it is one of the keys to achieving your goal. Be results focused!

Focus on specific goals and inspire action in alignment with those goals. Always begin with the end in mind; when you are clear on what you want to achieve, build a plan to get there. Determine what to do; an outcome-focused approach will serve you best. Such an approach concentrates on the results, consequences and the fruit of your plans and goals.

If you are leading others toward a collective goal, you will find that outcome-focused leadership will clearly communicate what is important and draw collective energy in a unified direction. This will yield excellent results.

Your focus creates what is real for you in your world and you can change your experiences by changing your focus. Use wisdom and focus on one major project at a time. If you are fully involved in attaining your goal, your focus will be entirely on what actions are necessary to make that journey. Focus, however, can be misdirected. It is said that what you focus on you attract; therefore, be careful to keep your focus on solutions not the problems. Your mind can only focus on one thing at a time so focus on solutions, focus on the goal – focus and engage on a daily basis!

Focus your energies on training your mind to remain enthusiastic and absorbed in your plans and goals and be decisive in your actions. Focused action is one of the key factors that bring affirmations to life; if something needs to be done, focus and action it. Where the focus goes, energy flows; so begin focusing on the main areas that are critical to your success. Focus your mind and energy on the highest priority task at hand.

To reap your rewards you must learn to sustain your drive and focus on your goal without distraction. Life will challenge your dreams and test your resolve and you will need to establish your personal fortitude and character. Qualify yourself for success by being willing to take action and persist until you succeed. Your growth as a person, as you move along the path to your vision, will make it all worthwhile.

Be inspired by successful people; people who are consistently aligning their decisive actions with their goals. Being around these people can be compelling and their energy will spread to those around them. You will find that such people are very focused, yet demanding. They know what they want and they go after it. Successful people knew the direction they wanted to take toward their imagery and they are action-oriented and take steps to make their dreams come to fruition.

If you use focused action and expect things to work out the way you want them to, your goals can be achieved through firm, consistent behaviour.

Decisiveness is an important precept in any action you take; get to know it intimately. Goethe said, “Indecision brings its own delays”. You need the ability to say either ‘yes’ at the right time and then focus on action with all the energy you can muster, or the courage to say ‘no’, often when you are under high pressure, and make your decision stick. Be prepared, as people and events can be unpredictable. It is not enough to sit down and hope things will work out. Take decisive and focused action and you will be empowered.

HOPE

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

Hope is the expectation of future good and hope always exists within you. Even when you feel there is no hope it will unexpectedly spring up from the depths of your spirit and rekindle optimism; thus the saying “hope springs eternal”. Never give up hoping, envisioning, anticipating and believing; fill your mind with eager expectation.

Hope gives you something to look forward to when everything seems impossible and it has the effect of transforming your thoughts from the negative to the positive. Positive thoughts followed by action open up unlimited possibilities and opportunities which are essential to producing positive results.

Pessimism and negativity speak of lack of hope and unfortunately they spread quickly in society. It is important that you remain optimistic and listen only to positive news which will engender hope in the long term.

In a world that is proud of its independence there is a need for a change to interdependence, where we rely on each other for mutual assistance, support and co-operation. To achieve such interaction between individuals and between communities there is a need to be proactive and to embrace a philosophy of hope. Hope is the “anchor of our souls” – it is what makes us human. The anchoring of hope in our soul gives us a hope both sure and steadfast – a hope that is firmly grounded. Without hope, individuals fail and communities suffer. With hope and its strong encouragement, the future is always bright, even when things look black.

To bring positive and long-lasting change, keep hope in your heart and:

• Spread that hope with optimism until it breeds enthusiasm,

• Spread knowledge with the application, it gives confidence

• Both enthusiasm and confidence lead to engagement on a daily basis • Engagement on a daily basis leads to better results

• Better results again drive hope and optimism and the cycle will continue.

Imagination and day-dreaming are part of the process of envisioning the future, but they cannot be employed when focus and concentration are required. Hope is much the same. We need hope for the future, but what we hope for usually requires action.

When you meet opposition, or obstacles rear their heads, hope sustains and provides a reservoir of strength that reminds you that troubles are finite and the battle can be won. In order to prevail over difficulties and to experience the ultimate power of hope, you must continue to refill your storage.

The power of hope is identified by the following attitudes and behaviours:

• Hopeful people live in the present – in the Now! They know the past cannot be changed, but they also know they have the capacity to influence the quality of today and tomorrow.

• They accept new problems and work to solve them through engagement on a daily basis and persistence.

• They set reasonable, achievable goals.

• They consciously refuse to entertain negative emotions and prefer to focus on their goal and on feelings of love and hope.

• They surround themselves with supportive family and friends.

• They actively search for ways to help others.

If you wish to live with hope in your heart the first five attitudes and behaviours given above are essential. Those who practice them are taking responsibility for their life and ensuring that they give themselves every opportunity to succeed. The sixth principle represents a principle that has been long recognised as vital to a fulfilling life. Try every day to help someone else and build hope into their lives. Everyone has something special they can give so reach out; relieve someone else’s loneliness and give hope.

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.” Orison Swett Marden

Hope allows you to look forward toward your goal in a state of sustained optimism and when teamed with persistence becomes a force that makes it impossible to fail.

DIVIDE YOUR PLAN INTO MANAGEABLE (2 – 20 SMALL) PORTIONS

Sir Edmund Hilary was interviewed once on conquering a mountain. He said, “As you look at a mountain you know there is no way you can conquer it; but you know you have to just put the left foot in front of the right foot and the right foot in front of the left foot and keep going until you reach the top.”

There is an old Chinese proverb which says, “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step”. This proverb assists people and projects by focusing on the here and now, rather than worrying about the unmanageable future. It is the idea of one enormous goal that often puts people off and stops them from trying; like planning to climb a mountain without having tried to climb a hill. We set our goals so large we fail at them because we lose courage.

Taking small steps (such as setting up task modules) is probably one of the most, if not the most, important factor when it comes to achieving the big goals. Such a game plan will increase your odds of succeeding. From the moment you set your goal and write down your overall plan, break down that plan into smaller, more manageable and achievable tasks so that you know what you are to accomplish in each area at a given time. The strategy behind this is that whenever you set big goals there is going to be a point before you start, or during the process of starting, when you will be overwhelmed. Setting small tasks will help you start with small successes that will give you a sense of achievement, get you excited to keep going and encourage you to work harder. Each step is a small success; it creates confidence and builds momentum.

Having a plan for each day, week, and month to reach your goal will not only keep you on track but it will generate excitement and provide a sense of direction that will allow you to focus your energy on opportunities to grow and improve. It is also a good way to practice self-discipline and positive habit development. Expect pitfalls and obstacles. Prepare a plan for getting back on track when they happen. Keep it simple and write it down.

Planning should be dynamic and active. Don’t let the planning process stagnate and grind to a halt. It is helpful to set up a planning board, divided into days, weeks and months to help you stay on track. It takes far less energy to continue a successful planning effort than it does to start one the first time.

During your hour alone set up your yearly planning board and fill in major deadlines you have set for yourself. Then in another colour set your tasks and activities, for each day and each week, which will take you step-by-step toward your monthly and annual goals. It makes any task easier, a lot more enjoyable and comfortable too. As you build your plan your future will unfold before you. Display it so you will see it daily and update it as necessary. Knowing your priorities will take away much of the pressure.

Action is essential to success but results are the only excuse for activity. You must know why you are taking certain actions and make sure they are on track toward the fulfilment of your goals.

For every plan you have there will always be obstacles on the way to achievement. Keep a good, positive attitude so that any obstacle does not remain a barrier between you and your goal. Recognise obstacles but do not fear them as they are an integral part of the challenge of life. Plans may need to be changed to overcome any obstacle but don’t let it change your goal.

Schedule extra ‘buffer’ time; this is for contingency purposes. It will come in handy at times when unexpected events occur which need your attention or when you underestimate the time to be taken for a particular task. Finally, enjoy what you are doing. This puts you in a relaxed frame of mind and keeps your mind positive toward your goal.

Your journey will take persistence and perseverance, but hang in there. E. James Rohn says, “If you constantly think of success, desire success and actively pursue the goal you have in mind, you will eventually be successful.”