Saturday, August 14, 2010

Quick Tips for Successful Living


 An excerpt from my book Attract Money And More

For many years, I have been searching for words of wisdom offered throughout history by people whose lives have generally been regarded as successful. In this chapter, you are offered some of the most valuable ideas, techniques and tips for successful living I have been able to acquire. They will supplement and support the techniques presented in previous chapters to assist you in attaining both financial success and peace of mind.
These acquired gems of wisdom have been blended with my own thoughts and discoveries on the subjects based on applying them in my own life and observing the benefits derived by many other people who have tested these concepts in their lives. Although more space could be devoted to each subject, sometimes it is more practical and effective to have information presented in a condensed version. With this in mind, I offer you quick tips for successful living regarding the following subjects:
·      How to deal with worry
·      How to be happy and healthy, now
·      Handling criticism
·      Overcoming procrastination
·      Having more good luck
·      Getting whatever you want
·      Developing your natural enthusiasm
·      Developing a preference for wealth – not an addiction
·      Recognizing the importance and joy of giving with love

How to Deal with Worry
The reason worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Robert Frost

Just about everyone has done some worrying, but few are aware of the process we go through when we worry. Here is what happens: We picture a negative end result in our mind, and this does not take any effort or willpower. We just dwell on it and, in a short time, this negative end result appears very real to us and we are generating the appropriate emotions that go along with the negative end result – such as fear, anxiety and discouragement. Consequently, we are feeling bad right now and we are suffering right now for something that is merely a thought in our mind. In addition to that, we are setting up patterns in our mind for future negative end results. Even if the event never actually happens, the worry takes its toll through immediate discomfort and the harmful effects of excessive stress. It is said that worry is interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe. Mark Twain said, “I’ve had a lot of problems in my day… most of which never happened.” Calvin Coolidge put it this way: “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”
Now suppose we change that negative end result to a positive. We are now picturing a positive end result in our mind. This, too, takes very little effort or willpower, particularly after you have practiced doing it for a while. In no time at all, we will be generating the proper emotions that go along with that positive end result and we will be feeling good, right now, for something that is merely a thought in our mind. We will be feeling happiness and joy, plus we’ll be setting up patterns in our mind for future success.
All we have done here is we have taken the worry process, which all of us have experienced many, many times, and we have changed the end result to something positive. After practicing this for a while, we will find it just as easy to focus on positive end results as it is to worry.
We don’t have to force ourselves to worry. People don’t say, “Oh boy, look at what time it is. I’m way behind on my worrying,” or, “I’ve just got to do some more worrying.”
We do not schedule our worry, although that would be a good idea. Napoleon Hill, the great author and motivator who worked with Thomas Edison, used to schedule his worry for Friday afternoon. If he found himself worrying on Monday or Tuesday, he would write it in on the schedule for Friday afternoon. When Friday afternoon came around, it seemed there was nothing to worry about. Those things had taken care of themselves.
We could also apply the law of reverse effect, which is the experience of getting the opposite results of what we are trying very hard to do. For example, when we try very hard to remember something, we often find it becomes more elusive, more difficult to remember. When we try very hard not to be nervous, we seem to become more nervous. When we try very hard to visualize something, we often draw a blank; and if we try very hard to worry, we often find there is nothing to worry about.
We have all had so much practice worrying we probably could be considered experts. Nevertheless, if we try very hard to worry, we often find there is nothing to worry about; we just draw a blank.
Another way to deal with worry is to turn the negative into a positive. As soon as you find yourself worrying about something, let it serve as a triggering device to project positive images, a reminder to dwell on the positive end results. As you continue to do this, you will find you will worry less and less.

Recommended Success Statements:
·        I replace negative thoughts with positives.
·        I am now positive and optimistic.
·        I expect things to turn out well.
·        I am enjoying peace of mind.
·        I let go of worry.
·        I allow myself to feel carefree.
·        I have a positive outlook.

Copyright Robert E. Griswold 2009 Attract Money And More.  All rights reserved.

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