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Need A Lift? Try A Success Program
If you are like most people at some time in their life you have or you will enter a rut in life. Sometimes this rut is referred to as the mid-life crisis, some times it is called the prodigal period, but whatever it is called the same basic ingredients exist. They are questioning the meaning and direction of your life and evaluating whether or not you should make changes (often major) and how you should go about doing them. Often it is brought on by a feeling of discontentmen...
If you are like most people at some time in their life you have or you will enter a rut in life. Sometimes this rut is referred to as the mid-life crisis, some times it is called the prodigal period, but whatever it is called the same basic ingredients exist. They are questioning the meaning and direction of your life and evaluating whether or not you should make changes (often major) and how you should go about doing them. Often it is brought on by a feeling of discontentment in the place that they are in life compared to where they wanted to be. In short they feel that they are not achieving the success that they can and want to change that. I want to suggest that these people try out (or at least look into) a success program.
What is a success program? Well it can be a lot of different things really. They range in value and quality just like anything else and it is good to keep in mind that you often pay for what you get. What the essence of the program should be is how to change whatever you are doing to adjust your trajectory in order to achieve the things that you are setting out to do. This mainly has to do with adjusting your thinking.
These programs are often a conference in a nice (often exotic) location that allows people to break away from whatever might be holding them back in their home place and invigorates them for success. After all if a success program didnt get people up for success then it really couldnt be called successful could it? Any way there is often a guest speaker most of the time someone with two things. One a gift for motivation which requires a certain personality that is supposed to be infectious and persuasive. And two a story of the time in their life when they went through a similar phase and how they got out of it. They are often very successful and can prove it with real life dollars and cents figures that convince people they are just a bunch of fluff.
There often are books at these events that allow people to take the message home to ponder it and there are many times different specialty workshops that allow people to hone in on their area of expertise or interest. Again the major goal of a success program is to make people change their way of thinking that allows them to change the course of their future. The mind is a powerful thing and if you can get it bent on success rather than futility, you have done a wonderful and potentially life altering thing for them!
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New Years Resolutions - Some New Ideas
Want some new ideas for new years resolutions? Here are a few suggestions and a lesson on how to have new ideas.
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New years resolutions. You promise yourself you'll quit smoking, lose ten pounds, take that vacation or buy that dream car. Did you know that 93.5% of new years resolutions are never followed through on? Okay, I made up that statistic, but it's believable, isn't it? Time for some new ideas.
New Ideas For New Years Resolutions
How about a resolution to do the things which make all your goals more achievable? You can't make a lot of money if you don't have the habits that lead to that. You can't have better physical conditioning if you just start another exercise program and then quit. You have to change your mind before the rest will change. Here are some new ideas for that interior self improvement.
Kaizen For The New Year
Kaizen: "Japanese for continuous and incremental improvement, a business philosophy about working practices and efficiency." What does this have to do with self improvement and new years resolutions?
First came the "continuous improvement" theories of efficiency expert W. Edwards Deming in the 30s and 40s. After the war his ideas were picked up by the Japanese and developed into "Kaizen," a method for efficiently creating quality products through small and continuous changes. Guess what? This is perfect for accomplishing your personal goals, too.
Want to quit smoking? The kaizen way might be to stop smoking in your car, as the first small step. Then you could switch to a brand with less nicotine, stop smoking in the house, and so on.
Kaizen uses "small questions." In factories this meant no more questions like "What are you going to do to improve the company profits this year?" That elicits fear more than creative ideas. A better question is, "What small change could we make in your department to reduce expenses or improve quality?" This approach was found to be far more productive.
For purposes of improving your life, this means asking small suggestive questions, like, "What could I do to free up five minutes for my meditation practice?" or "What small change could I make if I wanted to improve my relationships today?" Small questions dispell the fear, intimidation, and procrastination that come with facing the issue head-on.
Small questions, small comfortable changes, and continual progress - that's kaizen. Imagine where you'd be if you had consciously made one small change in your life each week for the last few years. Better yet, imagine where you'll be next year, if you start the process today.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." - Lao Tzu
Forget The Affirmations
Stand in front of that mirror if you want, repeating to yourself "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." If it doesn't do what you hope, though, here's a new idea (okay, an old idea renewed): Evidence is more convincing than affirmation. To that I add: What you look for, you find, and it changes your mind.
Prove this to yourself by watching for nice people for a few days, making a mental note each time you see one. It will change your experience of people in a positive way. Then, to test the idea further, watch for rude people for a few days, and you'll see them all over. Do this exercise, and you'll quickly come to understand that you experience the world not just according to what is there, but even more according to what you pay attention to.
To use this to motivate yourself towards positive change, find your successes. If your new years resolution is to exercise more, notice when you remember to park farther away from the store so you have to walk. Write it down even. Point out your successes to yourself, and you'll start to have more of them. If you want to lose weight, note everytime you walk past the refrigerator without opening it. Focus on and remember any success. You can start doing this right now.
First things first. Resolve to change the habits in your mind. Isn't that better than the typical new years resolutions?