A change is as good as a rest.
Whether this change is as major as a change of employment or as minor as a leisure pursuit which occupies your entire attention for an hour three
times a week, these changes in routine, and mindset are entirely totally engaging which requires deep concentration so that your mind is free from the
mundane but seemingly important aspects of your day.
Many executives are becoming involved in the martial arts for just this reason.
If your mind wanders for even a split second, a harsh lesson is soon learned.
Pain is a great motivator and always will be.
Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a bad thing.
It allows us to perform at peak levels and can assist us through the flood of chemicals it releases within our bodies.
What is harmful is too much stress, or more particularly, a lack of relief from stress.
The times of stress must be balanced nicely with times of pure relaxion and leisure for us to be healthy and at our best.
Many of the great leaders of our time were exposed to crushing workloads and the burdens of high office.
But they prospered by developing strategies to balance the challenging times with fun and calming times.
President Kennedy would have regular naps in his White House office.
Winston Churchill had the same practice and slept for one hour every afternoon to stay alert, focused and calm.
Not only is it essential to be physically relaxed to maintain optimal health but one must couple this trait with mental serenity.
Too often people think that vigorous exercise, good nutrition and pleasant leisure activities will be the panacea for all ills.
These pursuits must be combined with positive thinking and peace of mind for true happiness and longevity.
A contented mind is a continual feast.
Greed and material desires must be curbed to achieve lasting happiness and serenity.
Be happy with what you have.
Place greater importance on saying happy than amassing material possessions.
A zest for life is developed and carefully nurtured through thoughtful activities and pursuits.
Do you really need all of those material possessions? One can develop contentment just as one develops patience, courage and concentration
– with daily practice and sincere desire.
Remember this ancient Indian proverb: “If you conquer your mind, you conquer the world.”
It has been rightly said that “you sow an action, you reap a habit.
You sow a habit, you reap a character.
You sow a character, you reap a destiny.” The essence of a person is his character – make yours unique, unblemished and strong.
Do not say you will do anything unless you will indeed do it.
Speak the truth and measure your words wisely.
Be humble, straightforward and peaceful.
Remember the overriding law of nature: positive overcomes the negative.
Just as valuable energy is wasted by spending time on activities that are of no value, energy can be wasted on loose thinking.
Imagine that your mind has an energy measure of 1000 watts at its disposal.
Each time your mind wanders off the project at hand, to a nagging worry, to all the things to do by the end of the day, 100 watts is lost.
Quite soon the entire energy supply is gone.
This is the nature of the mind.
Fail to discipline it and your energy levels will be depleted and your accomplishments will be minimal.
Control it and you will see great things happening.
You will feel more powerful and achieve difficult tasks with ease.
The 19th century philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel summed it up nicely: “for purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
Think of three people who can provide you with inspiration, motivation and support for your goals and aspirations.
Plan to meet with each one of them over the next few weeks.
Listen enthusiastically to them and brainstorm with them.
Map out a strategy and take their wise counsel.
Make everyone of your days a true masterpiece.
Remember the old saying: “It’s not who you think you are that holds you back but what you think you’re not.”
“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.