· It’s not what happens to you that determines the major part of your future, it’s what you do about it.
· What you have at this moment in your life is what you have attracted because of the person you have become (basically blame yourself and take responsibility instead of blaming others for your situation).
· For things to change, first YOU must change.
· We get paid for the VALUE that we bring to the Marketplace. We don’t get paid for time, we get paid for the value that we can create for a given period of time.
· The aim is to get more valuable for the same amount of time spent. The aim is to climb the ladder so that you are worth more on an hourly basis.
· Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.
The 4 Major Lesson in Life to Learn (Life and Business are like the seasons)
1. Learn how to handle the Winters. Learn how to handle disappointment, it comes straight after opportunity. Learn how to handle recession, it always comes after expansion. Work on yourself to learn from the hard times to become stronger, better and wiser. “Don’t wish things were easier, wish that you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skill.”
2. Learn how to take advantage of Spring. Learn to take advantage of the opportunities when they come your way. You either need to become good at planting in Spring, or become good at begging in The Fall.
3. Learn how to nourish and take care of your crops all Summer. Recognise that all good will be attacked and that all values need to be defended, to think otherwise is naïve.
4. Learn how to reap in The Fall without complaint. Take responsibility for your life and the opportunities that are out there.
The 5 Personal Development Abilities
1. Develop the ability to absorb, i.e. be present. “Don’t just get through the day, get from the day”, i.e. learn from the day.
2. Learn to respond. Let you emotions be touched and learn how to feel.
3. Develop the ability to reflect. Learn from your notes and from the past. Reflect at the end of every day, end of every week, ½ a day each month, one weekend every year. Also, don’t just remember what happened but remember the emotion, the colour, the sound and how you felt. Learn to reflect by yourself – the benefit of solitude.
4. The ability to act. Act quickly but not hastily. Act when the emotion is high and the idea is hot. If you don’t act quickly you will experience the Law of Diminishing Intent. Rest very little – don’t make rest an objective, make rest a necessity.
5. The ability to share. Share books, share knowledge so that it frees up space to pour more in. Not only does this free up space but your glass also grows bigger and your capacity to absorb grows.
Every discipline affects every other discipline so don’t fool yourself that one area is not important. That slackness in just one area will affect your “philosophy” and your mental state. So do the journal, reflect, take notes, read books, practice those few simple disciplines every day.
It is as easy as eating an apple a day…
Good habits are how you convert opportunity into equity, it’s as simple as that. You don’t need multi-track affirmations. Affirmation without discipline = delusion. Just start improving your simple habits and everything else falls into place.
By John Rohn
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