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Keeping Yourself Positive

19 02 2007

by: Brian Tracy

The most important thing you do for your success is to take control of the suggestive elements in your environment. Be sure that what you are seeing and listening to is consistent with the goals you want to achieve.

Listen Your Way to Success

Listen to educational audio programs in your car. The average person drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles per year which works out to between 500 and 1000 hours per year that the average person spends in his or her car. You can become an expert in your field by simply listening to educational audio programs as you drive from place to place.

Take Courses In Your Field

Attend seminars given by experts in your field. Take additional courses and learn everything you possibly can. Learn from the experts. Ask them questions, write them letters, read their books, read their articles and listen to people with proven track records in the area in which you want to be successful.

Get Around the Right People
Associate only with positive, success-oriented people. Get around winners. As we say, fly with the eagles. You can’t fly with the eagles if you keep scratching with the turkeys. Get away from the go-nowhere types and above all, get away from negative people. Get away from negative coworkers. If you’ve got a negative boss, seriously consider changing jobs. Associating on a regular basis with negative people is enough in itself to condemn you to a life of underachievement, frustration and failure. Associate only with positive people. Get around winners.

Visualize Your Goals
The last thing before you sleep and the first thing in the morning, think about and visualize your goals as realities. See your goal as though it already existed. Your subconscious mind is only activated by affirmations and pictures that are received in the present tense. See your goal vividly just before you go to sleep. See yourself performing at your best. See the situations that you’re facing working out exactly the way you want them to.

Feed Yourself Mental Pictures
See yourself living the kind of life that you want to live. See yourself with the kind of relationships, the kind of health, the kind of car, the kind of home you really want. Visualize just before you fall asleep at night. The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is to feed yourself mental pictures. Those are the two times of the day when your subconscious mind is most receptive to new programming, when you fall asleep and when you wake up.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do, all day long, to keep your mind and emotions focused on your goals and financial success:

First, listen to audio programs in your car and when you travel around. Continue feeding your mind with a stream of high-quality, educational, motivational material that moves you toward your goal.

Second, resolve to associate with positive, optimistic people most of the time. Get around winners and get away from negative people who criticize, condemn and complain. This can change your life as much as any other factor.

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One response to “Keeping Yourself Positive”

20 08 2007
Alan Peck - Positive Leadership Australia (23:16:51) :

Hi Brian,

I listen to your tapes a lot and use my car as a “Mobile University”

I teach Positive Leadership and Positive workskills in conjunction with a univeristy here in Australia and have some simple actionable tips for anyone who wishes to create a more positive environment on a practical level.

The three good things exercise
Positive Psychology has shown that if we
we remind ourselves of three good things in our life every morning and every night - we develop the habit of using our cognitive recognition to see the good around us. It’s simple really - we can’t take in everything we see and experience so we filter things through our focus just like a hairdresser who will look at our hair when they meet us or a dentist who looks at our teeth.

In terms of developing a permanent positive environment it is a matter of deliberately isolating and minimising the negative whilst publicising and expanding the positive moments in a systematic manner using regular rules.

With negative situations

1/ make a private moment with the person

2/ Seperate the problem from the person (use a prop, a story or a metaphor to create a third component you can both focus on in the situation)

3/ Define the situation
A Harvard study showed over 90% of problems occur because people are talking about two different things

4/ Agree on the ideal scenario or solution (focus on the desired outcome - (research has shown that the top 20% of leaders refer to the ideal outcome 6 times more than the mistake or undesired behaviour)

5/ Ask a committment from the person framed around these words,
“So by my understanding the situation is X and the ideal situation is Y so if you can commit to Y if we provide Z (more training, piece of equipement, more support etc)

This are actionable steps that can be trained to all leaders and you can go step by step through them to ensure the leader carried them out.

This combined with setting the terminology of key areas (such as customers or clients to valued client (VC) or whatever are ways to measure and ensure concistency in positive leadership regardless of where the leaders is based

For positive situations you can create rituals (no matter how small- like say a coffee or danish for the “play of the day” where someone does something really good in line with desired behaviour) and you make it public and refer to it often.

These are some simple actionable and measurable tips that I have used for almost two decades including when I owned the largest comedy venues in Australia and the happiness of my staff was the very essence of success in my business

Thank you again for your inspirational recordings

Alan Peck
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(Swinburne Melbourne Australia)

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