Engaging in genuine discipline requires that you develop the ability to take action.

You don’t need to be hasty if it isn’t required, but you don’t want to lose much time either.

Here’s the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong.

Let’s say you would like to build your library. If that is a strong desire for you, what you’ve got to do is get the first book. Then get the second book. Take action as soon as possible, before the feeling passes and before the idea dims.

If you don’t, here’s what happens –
– You Fall Prey to the Law of Diminishing Intent – We intend to take action when the idea strikes us. We intend to do something when the emotion is high. But if we don’t translate that intention into action fairly soon, the urgency starts to diminish. A month from now the passion is cold. A year from now it can’t be found.

So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful.

If somebody talks about good health and you’re motivated by it, you need to get a book on nutrition. Get the book before the idea passes, before the emotion gets cold. Begin the process. Fall on the floor and do some push-ups. You’ve got to take action; otherwise the wisdom is wasted.

The emotion soon passes unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and the wisdom and translate them into action. The key is to increase your motivation by quickly setting up the disciplines. By doing so, you’ve started a whole new life process

Here is the greatest value of discipline: self-worth, also known as self-esteem. Many people who are teaching self-esteem these days don’t connect it to discipline. But once we sense the least lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche. One of the greatest temptations is to just ease up a little bit. Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough, you’ve started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of selfworth.

There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect. Neglect starts as an infection. If you don’t take care of it, it becomes a disease. And one neglect leads to another. Worst of all, when neglect starts, it diminishes our self-worth. Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect? All you have to do is act now!

Start with the smallest discipline that corresponds to your own philosophy. Make the commitment:

“I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so that in the years ahead I can celebrate my
successes.”

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Winners take chances.
Like everyone else, they fear failing,
but they refuse to let fear control them.

Winners don’t give up.
When life gets rough, 
they hang in until the going gets better.

Winners are flexible.
They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others.

Winners know they are not perfect.
They respect their weaknesses while making
the most of their strengths.

Winners fall,
but they don’t stay down.
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing…

Winners don’t blame fate for their failure
nor luck for their successes.

Winners accept responsibility for their lives.

Winners are POWER THINKERS who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.

Winners believe in the path they have chosen even when it’s hard,
even when others can’t see where they are going.

Winners are patient.
They know a goal is only as worthy as the effort that’s required to achieve it.

Winners are people like you,
They make this world a better place to be.

-Nancy Sims

The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. The question is what did we do with its opportunity?

All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now – this very moment.

We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives – moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances – lots of opportunities – lots of years to show what we can do. For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply!

So as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.
To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule… The mule fell into the farmer’s well.

The farmer heard the mule “praying” (or whatever mules do when they fall into wells).

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving…

Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him…

It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on back, HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

This he did, blow after blow. Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up! He repeated to encourage himself…

No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed like it would bury him, actually helped him, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self pity… the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the very real potential to benefit us all!

Too many people die at 20 and are buried at 80. Too many people coast through life, never manifesting their potential and using only a fraction of their personal talents.

According to the latest scientific research, the average person uses only 1/100th of 1% of their brainpower over the course of their lives.

While respected researcher Ivan Yefremov has confirmed that “we could, without difficulty, learn 40 languages, memorize a set of encyclopedias from A to Z and complete the required courses of dozens of colleges.” And yet most people become creatures of complacency, doing the same things, in the same way, with the same people, every day.

Here are 9 powerful lessons to consider for getting the best from yourself and manifesting the fullness of the potential for excellence that lies within you:

1. Define a Higher Reality – The most successful people in business are “possibilitarians”. They make the impossible probable by thinking better thoughts than others and constantly visualizing a larger future.

Make the time to think creatively and dream of ways to grow your business and enrich your personal life. Go to educational seminars, expose yourself to richer information and stay open to new ideas.

2. Surround Yourself with the Best – You are a product of your environment. The Principle of Association says that who you will be 5 years from now comes down to two primary influences: the people you associate with and the books you read.

Make sure both are first rate. Surround yourself with people who are moving forward, men and women who are excited and passionate about the changing business world we live within.

Form a MasterMind alliance of other salespeople who are creative and successful and meet weekly over the new year to brainstorm new ways to multiply your business victories.

Also, read the biographies of the people you admire and learn from their lives. You can get deeply into the minds of the world’s greatest thinkers simply by walking into a library.

3. Live Today – Bring a greater sense of urgency to your days. Too many people squander their time worrying about past failures or future challenges.

Yet, all too often, the fears of the future never materialize. As Mark Twain observed: “I’ve had a lot of trouble in my life, some of which actually happened.”

Live every day fully. The past is history and the future is but a dream. This day is all you have. Try new things, take more chances, think bigger thoughts. The results will speak for themselves.

4. Raise Your Standards – Eye doctors use the term “Amblyopia” to describe the phenomenon that occurs when the healthy eye of a young child, after being covered by a patch, loses its ability to see.

People who spend their days working within a small zone of comfort also suffer from their own form of Amblyopia. By living their lives with blinders on, they have lost their natural ability to see the boundless opportunities presented by this Age of Knowledge.

They have lost their vision and grow content with mediocrity. Unfortunately, the only path to a satisfying life is through excellence and initiative.

Raise your standards for the year ahead. Demand more of yourself and push yourself to try things you may have thought you could never do. The best way to conquer fear is to meet it head on.

5. Go the Extra Mile – One of the best strategies for business success is to “under promise and over deliver.” This simple philosophy will create a core of “True Believers” within your customer base who will generate tremendous word of mouth advertising for your business.

Ask your customers what they expect from you in terms of service and then exceed their expectations. And do the same in your personal life. Read for 30 minutes a day, no matter how busy you are, since new ideas are the commodity of success, in these information-crazed times.

Also work hard since industry always delivers its rewards. And constantly be improving your self since leadership always begins within.

6. Focus Your Energy – The great sage Confucius said: “Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.”

One of the timeless principles of success, is also one of the simplest: Focus your energies on the things that count. As “The person who tries to do everything ends up doing nothing. The real secret to getting things done lies in knowing what needs to be left undone.”

Concentrate your time on only those high-leverage activities that will lead you to your stated goals. If an activity is not linked to one of your strategic objectives, have the self-discipline to “just say no.” Your productivity and achievement levels will soar.

7. Be a Motivational Leader – Peak performers are people-centered. They understand that by helping people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.

Tirelessly ask those in your network of contacts: “How can I help you reach your goals?”

Be of constant service to your customers, to your friends and to your community. Inspire others by your example and keep the promises you make. You might be surprised by the endless opportunities that are certain to come your way.

8. Be the Change – We are swimming in a sea of change. There has been more new information developed over the past 30 years than in the previous 5000.

Technology is changing at a breakneck pace, the sociopolitical world has been transformed and even our workplaces and work styles, are far different than they were just a few years ago.

So what can we do to not only survive in this new information economy but thrive?

My answer is to “Be the change”. One day Mahatma Gandhi was asked by one of his followers how to change the attitudes of others. Gandhi thought for a while and then replied with a knowing smile: “Be the change.” Embrace change as a business tool.

Let go of that “bunker mentality” and be a part of the changing world around you. Master technology, surf the Net, take courses and start to see change for what it really is: an opportunity to take your business and your life to a whole new level of effectiveness.

9. Master The Action Habit – “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do,” wrote the German philosopher Goethe

Top performers understand that lasting success is a numbers game: The more action you take, the more results you reap. Take cold calling for example. The salesperson who makes one hundred calls a day is certain to close more deals than the one who only makes 50.

Get good at taking action. If you learn a new marketing strategy or a new stress reduction tactic, apply it immediately before “The Law of Diminishing Intent” takes hold and your desire starts to fade.

If most people effectively implement even half of the ideas that have graced their minds over the years, they would be successful beyond their dreams. The problem is that most people simply do not act on what they know. Don’t let that happen to you.

– Robin S. Sharma

Have you ever seen a Bamboo Tree? It’s an awesome sight to see, soaring over a hundred feet straight up.

What’s even more awesome about a Bamboo Tree, though, is how one grows.

First, you have to get a Bamboo stock, about 18 inches long. Dig a hole 3 feet deep, and bury the stock completely in the ground. For the next 5 years, that stock must be watered every single day, 365 days a year. If one day is missed, the tree will never appear.

But, if meticulous care is taken for those 5 years, it is said that on that 1,825th day, the ground will break open and the tree will appear out of the ground.

What happens next is the phenomenon of the Bamboo Tree. The tree will soar to over 90 feet in a matter of 6 weeks! It grows at a rate of three feet every 24 hours.

You could practically sit back and watch it grow. Some people say it takes 6 weeks for a Bamboo Tree to grow, while others say it takes 5 years and 6 weeks to grow. I guess it depends on if you were the one watering it for 5 years.

Imagine if you were to plant a Bamboo Tree in your back yard and went out every day to water it, rain or shine.

Suppose one of your neighbors saw you doing this for several days and asks, “What are you watering the same spot of ground every day for?”

You reply, “I’m growing a Bamboo Tree. You water it every day for 5 years, and then it grows to 90 feet in 6 weeks. You ought to try it.” He ponders the idea, then replies, “No, I think I’ll wait and see if yours works.”

The next year, that same neighbor sees that you’re still watering the spot of ground. He asks, “Why are you still watering that spot and nothing happens?”

You tell the man, “It takes time to grow a Bamboo Tree, but once it comes out of
the ground, it is the most awesome sight to see. You ought to grow one too!” The neighbor just laughs and replies, “No, I’ll just wait to see how yours turns out.”

The third year, the neighbor isn’t talking to you any more, doesn’t want anything
to do with you. The whole neighborhood has heard about the crazy lady on the
block that keeps watering this same spot in her yard, hoping to grow a Bamboo
Tree.

The fourth year, they’re sizing you up for a straight jacket, and none of their children are allowed to play near your home.

But in that fifth year, the ground breaks open, and that stock that you had planted catches its first rays of sunshine, and away it goes! Six weeks later the neighbors are admiring this awesome sight that you now have, wishing they had a Bamboo Tree. But they would have to wait 5 years for theirs to grow! Boy, do they wish they had listened to you 5 years ago.

You have planted your stock in your Network Marketing Company. It is much like a Bamboo Tree. It takes watering every day. You don’t see anything happen for some time, but you keep watering it. Many people will ask you, “How’s your business going? Have you made your fortune yet? I’ll wait to see how you do.”

Then one day, your organization will open up, catch its first rays of sunshine, and away it goes! You could practically sit back and watch it grow, faster and faster, higher and higher. While you’re sitting on the top of your Bamboo Tree enjoying the view, others will be thinking, “I wish I had listened, and planted my stock.”

For a very small number of people that are super consultants, this could be within a few months. For the rest of us, we will work diligently for maybe 5 years (hopefully less) growing our Bamboo Tree.

We will make mistakes, stupid decisions, use poor judgment, even be discouraged at times and think about quitting, but, if we keep doing it, be diligent in our watering, it will work! Keep it simple. It’s a simple opportunity!

– Kristine Knutson

Strange statement, isn’t it? 

But listen carefully because it can make the difference of success and failure in your business and private life.

So, let me explain:
You might know that in India elephants are used for manual labor. But what to do with them when they are not working? How to restrain them?

Their handlers came up with the idea to “program” them while they are still very young – by setting self-imposed limits into their thinking.

How does it work? When the elephants are still small, weighing around 150 pounds, they get tied up with a very heavy rope. All day long, the elephants try to get rid of it, whine, tug at it and some of them even try to chew it. But they can’t break free.

Finally, the elephants give up and the fight is over. And now it’s getting interesting…
From this moment on, they strongly believe that there is absolutely no chance to get rid of the rope. They accept the “fact” that the rope limits them. And with this imprinted belief in place, their handlers are able to tie them with extremely small ropes!

Even as adults, weighing 8,000 pounds and more, they never attempt to break free because they “know” they have no chance at all!

As you can see, the elephants limits are not real, but exist only in their mind.

And also we are programmed with built-in-boundaries. They are also not real but exist only in our minds.

But with these imprinted belief systems, with these inner boundaries, we are unable…
* to live our lives to the fullest
* to be successful as we could be
* to set and reach higher goals
* to make 10 times more money as we do now
* to build a successful business
* to get the promotion and pay increase we always dreamed of
* to fulfill our true dreams and desires
* etc.

But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Our negative belief systems don’t have to limit us for good. If you truly want to become successful and are not kidding yourself, you can change your inner belief system, your attitude, and your inner boundaries.

You always have the inner strength; the personal power to change everything in your life for the better. Just try!

So, never give up! Never act like an elephant!
– Thomas J. Stevens

Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives.

The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.

And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can.

All of us have this choice.

To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.

Like the tree, it would be a worthy challenge for us all to stretch upward and outward to the full measure of our capabilities. Why not do all that we can, every moment that we can, the best that we can, for as long as we can?

Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit.

To settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.

Results are the best measurement of human progress. Not conversation. Not explanation. Not justification. Results!

And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today than we were the day before. The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of who and what they have become.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

The Promise & The Price
Let me tell you a story. Mark Yarnell, a minister in a small town in Texas, was headed for bankruptcy and just about to lose his car and home. He looked for a way out and discovered Direct Sales.

Luckily, he had a wise sponsor. The sponsor gave Mark “THE PROMISE”:

THIS BUSINESS CAN SET YOU FREE FINANCIALLY IN ONE TO THREE YEARS.

But he also gave him “THE PRICE”: TO SUCCEED, YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE AND CONQUER 4 MAJOR ENEMIES.

Mark said, “It’s a deal.”

He then invited 200 friends over to his house to watch a video. 80 said: “No, not interested.”
Mark had encountered ENEMY #1: Rejection. He thought, “No problem. My sponsor warned me
about that.

I’ve got 120 people still coming over.” Guess what? 50 didn’t show up. He had just met ENEMY #2: Deception. Mark thought, “No problem, my sponsor warned me about that. I’ve got 70 people who watched the video.”

Guess what? 57 said, “Not interested.” He had just encountered ENEMY #3: Apathy. Undaunted, Mark thought, “No problem.

13 people signed up.” Guess what? 12 of them dropped out of the business shortly. ENEMY #4: Attrition had left Mark with just one serious associate.

To this day, that single distributor earns Mark over $50,000 per month.