Lao-Tzu prized three essential qualities for a person of greatness: “the first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder,” said W.J.Slim.
There is no substitute for courage and though the chance of stubbing your toe increases the more you walk,
it is always better than going nowhere by standing still.
Take chances, take smart risks and you will meet with success beyond your dreams.
Make it one of your goals to develop a dynamic, charismatic personality.
Such a quality is something each one of us has the potential to develop but few do.
President Kennedy was a sickly youth but rose above his physical problems to be the most charismatic and exciting political figure in the history of the United States.
Start off small.
Take a Dale Carnegie course on public speaking.
Go to the library where you will find books on the fine art of conversation and personal grooming.
Learn three clean and witty jokes and get in the habit of socializing.
You will have fun and build a lasting network of friends and associates.
An excellent visualization technique : If you are worrying about something, picture the words of your on a piece of paper.
Now ignite a match to the paper and watch the worry dissipate into flames.
Bruce Lee, the great martial arts master employed this mental control device regularly.
Get into the excellent habit of reading something positive and inspirational before you go to bed and as soon as you awake in the morning.
You will soon note the benefits as these thoughts will be supporting you throughout the day.
Readers are leaders.
U.S. President Bill Clinton read more than 300 books during his short time at Oxford University.
Some top performers read a book a day.
Seek out knowledge and information.
We have truly entered the age of massive information and those who are proactive
can use this to their advantage.
The more you know, the less you fear.
Prepare a detailed financial plan for the next few years and follow it.
Seek out financial advice if you need it.
A powerful strategy for financial mastery is also a simple one: save 10% of all you make for long-term growth (take this off the pay cheque before you have a chance to spend it).
If you can invest $200 a month for the next 30 years at an annual return rate of 15%, you will end up with $1.4 million dollars.
Being wise with your money is one of the very best investments to make.
Financial security leads to personal freedom.
To be at your performance peak mentally, Your body must be loose physically and relaxed.
It is now beyond dispute that there is a mind-body connection and when the body is supple, free from tension, the mind is clear, calm and focused as well.
This is why yoga is such a beneficial activity.
It keeps the body relaxed so that the mind can follow.
Peak performers are physically relaxed and mentally engage.
Basic stretching for 15 minutes a day is also an excellent way to release tension
that builds up as a result of our life in this highly complex and fast moving, but wonderful world.
Try having a massage or power lounging in a Jacuzzi.
Relax the body and you relax the mind.
Compartment your worry.
Set aside a certain amount of time to ponder over a problem and map out an
effective plan of attack and your options.
Once this is done, have the mental fortitude not to come back to the problem and go over it again and again.
The human mind is a strange creature – things we want to forget keep coming back
and those things we want to remember are not there when we want them.
But the mind is similar to a muscle and the more you flex it the stronger it will become.
Make it your servent.
Feed it only the best nutrition and information.
It will serve you well and perform magic if you believe in it.
People who are doing good today are ensuring their happiness for tomorrow.
The key to successful time management is doing what you planned to do when you planned to do it.
Keep your mind fully on the task at hand.
Only then will you achieve all your goals and have time for the things that matter most.
Although it is imperative to be flexible (a bow too tightly strung will soon break),
following your planned schedule requires no more than simple discipline.
Develop the wonderful habit of a daily swim.
It will promote excellent health, keep you relaxed and concentrated, lean and trim.
Swimming is not stressful on the body, provides a great workout for the lungs
and requires little time to do effectively.
Remember that in a fit body resides a fit mind.
83% of our sensory input comes from our eyes.
To truly concentrate on something, shut your eyes and you will remove much distraction.
Be the master of your will but the servent of your conscience.