How successful are you? How successful do you feel? This is an interesting infographic created by Jim. F. Kukral. There are many reasons why we might not be as successful as we want. What’s your reason? What’s…
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” — Pablo Picasso
We all procrastinate on many things even important things. I think I do it more than others and what’s worse I end up putting the most important things in my life on hold. Procrastination is a bad habit that puts a lot of unnecessary mental strain on us. I always end up regretting about wasted time. I consider this as a very strong mind trap that steals our happiness but the good news is it can be controlled.
“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Charles Dickens
Brain Tracy’s is one of the most famous success coaches and he talks passionately about time management. To curb my procrastination habit I took help from Brain’s Tracy’s teachings. The ABCDE Method from his book “Eat That Frog” made a significant change in my productivity and in my life. I am sure it will make a big difference for anyone who will give it a try.
“Eat That Frog” is simply a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day. When you apply this theory all day, every day, you become a veritable power house of productivity. So not only do you have more time to do the things you love with the people you love, but you also become indispensable to your managers and employers.
What is ABCDE Method?
ABCDE Method is a genius way to organize your work or life or both. I think it is genius because it is extremely simple. All great coaches teach very simple tricks but most of these are highly effective.
In school I had a way to mark important questions or portions of my syllabus. I am sure everyone did this in their school days. Whenever the teacher hinted that this question is important or may come in your final exams I would immediately put a mark on it and while studying gave priority to these questions.
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Now when I am juggling responsibilities of work and home I think a trick like this can come handy. ABCDE method is exactly what I needed. As per this method in the beginning of your day make a list of things you want to accomplish that day. Most of us already have a habit of making a to-do list. The ABCDE method can help you prioritize your tasks and control procrastination.
Step 1: Brain Tracy’s tells us to think on paper. Simply put he tells us to keep a record of our ideas or plans or tasks on paper. So making a list is the first step.
Step 2: Organize the tasks by priority. Categories each item on your list into 5 categories as A, B, C, D and E.
Category A –
• The tasks that come in “A” category are your most important tasks,
• These are highly crucial for your work,
• Success or failure of your day or work depends on these tasks,
• These need your attention and you cannot delegate these to anyone else or avoid them,
• Delay in these tasks puts an adverse effect on your performance,
• These have to be done on priority and should be given enough time and attention so that they are done without any delay,
For example: Writing an article for your client, Preparing a report or Meeting your client.
Category B –
• The tasks that come in “B” category are important something that you should do,
• These tasks are not as important as your ‘A’ tasks,
• There are only minor negative consequences if it is not completed,
For example: Sending a thank you mail to your client or colleague.
Category C –
• The tasks that come in “C” category are nice to do tasks something that you should do,
• These tasks are not as important as your ‘A’ or ‘B’ tasks,
• There are no negative consequences for not completing it,
For example: Having lunch with your colleague.
Category D –
• The tasks that come in “D” category are the tasks that can be easily delegated to others,
• You can assign this task to someone else who can do the job instead of you.
Category E –
• The tasks that come in “E” category are the tasks that can be easily eliminated; whenever possible,
• You should eliminate every single unnecessary activity you possibly can, to free up your time.
When you use the A-B-C-D-E method, you can very easily sort out what is important and unimportant. This then will focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential for you to do.
“You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin
“If it is not easy, if it is not effortless, then you are not doing it right!” – Harry W. Carpenter.
Warning this post may sound out of this world or you may think I have lost my mind but if the method works for you does it matter where the idea comes from? I don’t think so.
So what is this weird trick or idea? Well the title is kind of a giveaway. As you know that just like the readers of this blog I am fascinated with the power of our mind. I read whatever I can find about mind and its contribution in shaping our life and I found a common theme which most of the experts in this field talk about. They always mention ideas about turning thoughts into desires or things.
Many have been successful to achieve desired results by following visualization strategies that help thoughts shape our reality. Changing our old habits with thoughts can be bit challenging and time taking and I believe Acting can be an interesting way to help our subconscious mind absorb the idea.
Everyone knows how to act. We give great performances throughout our life. You don’t believe me then just remember all the childhood days where you acted to get out of trouble when you did some mischief or when you laugh your head off at a poor joke told by your boss or the smile you give when your in-laws visit. See everyone is a great actor. Peace in our life depends on acting so let’s use this skill for good.
I am currently reading a very interesting book “The Genie Within Your Subconscious Mind – How It Works and How To Use It” by Harry W. Carpenter. It is a fascinating book on the power of our mind over our life. Mr. Carpenter gives a small exercise to act out as we have already achieved our goal. The subconscious mind will understand and take note of our exact desire if we repeatedly fed it by acting out our reaction to the end result.
Does this seem childish or to simple to be true? As I said earlier if it works why not give it a try. Let us take an example of someone trying to lose weight. If that person constantly feeds his mind with negative thoughts and talks like I am too fat, I will never lose this extra weight or I don’t want to be so fat; his/her subconscious mind will pick up on the word fat and keep that person fat as long as he keeps updating his mind with this information.
It is exactly like a genie ready for a command from master and whatever the master highlights on he gets. So let’s turn this in our favor by concentrating on what we want. Don’t say vague goals like I want to get thinner. Write down exactly what you want like “I want to weigh ___(your ideal weight) or less”, or “I want my dress size to be __(your ideal dress size)”.
Act Example 1: Take your weighing scale, cover its reading area with a piece of paper and write your ideal weight on it. Now every morning step on it, look at the perfect weight and act out the joy you will feel when you would actually reach that weight. Act out the celebration and feel grateful for the achievement.
Act Example 2: You can visualize that you are in your favorite store and you picked up a beautiful dress in your ideal dress size. You tried it on and it fit perfectly. Stand in front of a full length mirror and act as if you are in the store and are admiring the beautiful dress for you in your ideal dress size. Act out a conversation with a store salesperson or a friend about how wonderful that dress looks on you.
Make the desired goal weight number or dress size number your magic number and constantly remind yourself that you weigh the perfect healthy weight. Write the number everywhere you can see and fed your subconscious with what you want.
Believe me the power of mind does work wonders. Once it takes note of your desire it will change its old programming and make changes in the body as per your new commands.
It is just like placing anniversary gift idea hints for your husband. I know many ladies will understand what I am trying to say here. Reprogramming our stubborn subconscious mind is time taking. It will need creativity, commitment and faith but once you get your subconscious mind on your side losing weight or achieving any other goal can be done on auto pilot.
Give it a try and if you do succeed using this or similar technique please share with us. To get more such ideas I recommend you to read “The Genie Within Your Subconscious Mind – How It Works and How To Use It” by Harry W. Carpenter.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
Few months back working out 5 days a week was a big part of my fantasy world. I tried lots of home exercise DVDs, some motivational books also few exercise machines where the manufacturers planned the marketing better than the actual product. I wasted a small fortune on gyms and never actually spent much time there. It was funny that the receptionist never remembered me when I walked in after months of gap but she called me regularly for the renewal of my membership.
Nothing absolutely nothing was helping me workout regularly. I lacked motivation, energy and enthusiasm. It all changed when I enrolled for a yoga class nothing fancy just a good teacher teaching in her own living room.
I remember the day I checked out the yoga class. I went when a class was in session and ladies of all sizes, shapes and ages where sincerely following the teacher. It was a peaceful session and the stretches they were doing looked very difficult for my untrained body. I had doubts about joining the class as I didn’t want another failed attempt but something in me said don’t think jump in and Thank God I did.
Why my Yoga Class Helped me Exercise Regularly? …. Because
1. Teacher: A great teacher can make you believe in yourself. A good teacher will not blame you for your condition but show support and will guide you to find solutions. A teacher you can depend upon. A teacher you can look forward to learn a lot from. Find a teacher who cares more about his/her students then making money and you got your first reason to work out almost every day.
2. Discipline: When you join a class you agree to maintain some kind of hourly schedule. You know you have to be in the class on time and finish your workout in a set period of time. It does not give much freedom to reschedule and hence we forget our dirty habit of procrastination. It brings some discipline to our life when we need it the most.
3. Accuracy: Any good teacher or trainer will tell you that the accuracy of doing every workout matters more than repetitions. When it comes to Yoga it is important that you stretch in a proper way to avoid any sprains or any other injuries. If you are trying to work out on your own you will find it difficult to keep a check your exact form while doing the exercise. But under a teacher you are corrected immediately. If you are having trouble to do any particular exercise you can get some tips and tricks from the teacher. A good teacher will also help you with easier alternatives of exercises till you body gets more used to the concept of exercising regularly.
4. Classmates: when you think of joining some particular class see if you can relate to the students who are already taking the class. Do they have similar goals? Are they tiring to resolve similar issues? This will give you the assurance that the answers you are looking for can be found in that class. It will also assure you that you are not the only victim of mother nature or father time. Everybody has their own battle to fight for. It is motivating to workout with your classmates then working out in front of some life less DVD Player.
5. Motivation: In a class you get to see other people just like you fighting their own battle and this encourages you to conquer your own. When you see others winning you get motivated and when you see someone giving up on their goal you can become their strength. In the process you will soon realize by helping others with their goal your inner strength multiplies.
6. Going With The Flow: My first couple of days in the class I tried to match other people’s pace and felt like I was doing everything wrong. Soon I understood to go with the flow and not think too much about it. This is one of the few places where I clear my mind and stop thinking. I follow the leader blindly. I find it very relaxing and refreshing. Just flowing with the flow makes the whole workout feel effortless.
I hope these reasons are good enough for you to get searching for a good class.
The lack of clarity about money is the main reason, why most of us do not understand how to grow our finances or get out of debt and even after earning our whole life we still find it hard to have a comfortable nest egg for life after retirement.
“The Richest Man in Babylon” is one of those very few books who have successfully uncomplicated money matters for the readers. The author of this book George S. Clason has given very simple instructions about how to live a wealthy life. This book was first published in 1926 the advice is very much relevant for today’s generation.
I found this book extremely easy to follow. If you want to improve your financial condition and your habits related to money and you get dizzy when you try to read the complicated financial books with lots of charts and tables I suggest you start with this simple and engaging book like I did.
One of the Teachings from The Richest Man in Babylon: 7 cures for a lean purse:
1. Start keeping 10% of all you earn:
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” — Epictetus
The book suggests “A part of all I earn is mine to keep”. Pay yourself first at least 10% of all you earn. You can increase this to 20% or more as you go along in this financial journey. Always pay yourself first no matter how little or lot you earn.
2. Control your expenses:
“Too many people spend money they earned; to buy things they don’t want; to impress people that they don’t like.” — Will Rogers.
Budget your expenses. Spend less than 90% of income. As you pay yourself 10% you have to control your expenses within remaining 90%. Today we are surrounded with so much temptation to spend more than we earn by using credit or instalments or what not but we must not blindly fall prey to the luring advertisements and buy things we don’t need.
If we do have to buy some lifestyle products that have become a necessity in today’s world then I highly suggest you keep a check on discounts and sales that slash down the price low enough for us to enjoy the luxury within a budget.
I recently stumbled upon an amazing website called CupoNation which has so many great deals and coupons that can help you get lifestyle products at a very affordable price. This website is definitely a great way to save a lot of money as it is filled with many options of sales and discounts.
3. Make the money work and it’s children work:
So what to do with the 10% you pay yourself. Well invest it wisely. Take advice from someone who is good with investments. Please never consult someone about investments who is bad with their own money.
When you get returns from these investments called as your money’s children in this book make them work too. Keep on investing the 10% and it’s children so you can create multiple streams of wealth flowing towards you.
4. Secure the investment:
Most people are scared to invest money as they fear they may lose it all. With proper study we can find safe options to invest. Start small and be safe. Study opportunities in details. Don’t take risk. Invest only where the principle is safe. I cannot say this enough take advice from someone who knows about investments.
5. Own my home:
This is the most difficult cure for a lean purse as the property rates have gone so high that it seems almost impossible to be a homeowner especially in the city of Mumbai where I am based but this goal should be a priority in our mind. Try to achieve this goal as soon as possible.
6. Prepare for the future:
“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” — Mark Twain
Provide in advance. Keep a small investment every week or month regularly for old age. Invest in properties that will grow in value for the future.
7. Desire to become rich:
Make a burning desire to become wealthy. Sharpen your skills. Increase your ability of your craft. No matter what your work is there should always be progress so that the streams of income will keep flowing and increasing. Study about your work, your skills, about money or investments and become wiser.
“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.” — Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)
“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” — Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” is one of those few books that you can find on the recommended list of almost every successful person. In fact some even give this book truly deserving credit for their success. Think and Grow Rich is a life transforming book. It changes the reader thinking and behavior and gives the reader a push towards success.
“Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire brings a small amount of heat.” — Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill researched for 25 years and studied behavior of 500 successful people to find out the formula for success. This book was introduced in 1937 and it’s teachings is as much relevant today as it was in that time.
“An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.” — Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill is like a strict no-nonsense professor who wants all his students to thrive. This book is loaded with wisdom that we can apply in our life and become successful in any field we try. This is not some magic beans story or some baseless wishful thinking that can play with your head and emotions but a proper disciplined method of achieving great success.
“Whatever your mind can conceive, you can achieve.” — Napolean Hill
The people mentioned in this book are the most successful people in history and these principles, methods, habits or discipline are drown from their journey to achieve an extraordinary life.
Step 1: Fix in mind the exact amount of money you desire.
Step 2: Determined what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
Step 3: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Step 4: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not to put this plan into action.
Step 5: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Step 6: Read your statement aloud, twice daily, once just before bed and once after rising in the morning. As you read see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
These steps are scrutinize and approved by Thomas A. Edison who gave his seal of approval on these steps not only to acquire riches but achieve any goal.
“Your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind!” — Napolean Hill