In today’s information age, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals, businesses, and even families to find that winning “edge”. For many this may sound too simple, yet for others it may seem like too much to ask. Regardless of your current status or position, you CAN do this and you CAN win. I can make you this one promise here and now: If you will implement this info in a consistent effort over time, you WILL succeed!
One of the most impressive things I’ve seen in the LIFE business is watching tens of thousands of people succeeding in all areas of life because they are practicing these three habits. A small sampling of results currently happening all over North America right now; friends restore broken relationships, marriages being healed from on the brink of divorce, individuals and families getting debt free, business partners learning how to work with each other again, business owners learning how to understand employees and customers better, employees at risk of unemployment rising to be superstars! Your results will be based on how well you implement these three keys into your life.
Let’s cover READING first:
I’ve heard it said many different ways, in some form or another that every great leader in history has been a great reader. The contrary to that is not all people who are great readers will be great leaders. Reading is only one piece of the puzzle. The fact is that although you must read, you must read the right books. I’m not talking about reading the next big novel by your favorite author or reading the supermarket tabloids or even the comics in the Sunday paper. There may be time for those, but you will want to keep that at a bare minimum if you truly want success. “Well, how do I know what books to read?” You might ask. I’m so glad you asked. You should be reading the best books on leadership, economics, history, philosophy, and the classics. I know what you’re thinking… “How do I know which books are the best?” That answer will come from the third key habit of association. Finding someone who has already read thousands of books who can guide you to the best ones is a really good start. We’ll talk more about that later.
To LISTEN is to have wisdom:
I love the way Orrin Woodward puts it: “You know why we want you to listen to CD’s? It’s to get you to shut you up.” This may be a bit harsh for some but the truth is that we all know how to talk to ourselves very negatively all the time, right? Right! I know you know how this goes because I do it just the same as you. Zig Ziglar and many others over the years have been big proponents of keeping a constant stream of positive information coming at you through audio form. Every bit of research done on the subject continues to prove and reinforce the idea that by listening to positive audio recordings each day will have a profound effect on your attitude by the way you start to talk to yourself. You would be amazed at how much difference just a single cd in the morning can make on the rest of your day!
The right ASSOCIATION will lead you to greatness:
We do it with our children all the time but most of us are unwilling to do it for ourselves! Picture for a moment your son or daughter comes to you and makes the request to go hang out with neighbor kids or friends from school. You know about the negative influence the kids will be on your child. So you naturally say “no”. What about yourself? Just as negative association is bad for your child; it is bad for you as an adult. It has been said that we become the average of the five people we associate with most. It is true for every area of life. Think about the five people you associate with most. Now average out the quality of life in several areas; finances, relationship with spouse, relationship with children, household cleanliness, and habits like smoking or being late for appointments. So let’s turn the tables on this idea. What if you were to seek out and intentionally associate with winners, movers and shakers, people who are learning, growing and improving? By spending time with people who are better than you are will naturally put you in a position to get better. By associating with those who are greater than you are currently you will learn what books to read and what audios you should be listening to because that person has naturally already been listening and reading and therefore, knows which are good and which are not.
And so we have come full circle. By associating with the right group of people, you will be able to glean the most valuable information to help you grow. If you have no idea where to start, let me offer this piece of advice: Start with yourself! You can become the leader needed in your household, business, community group, or any circle of influence you are currently a part of.
These three habits practiced consistently over time will produce better results in your life! You can make the choice to start today!
If you need help finding a source for the best books and audios to start your journey, I am happy to help you get started on your journey of success today. Feel free to contact me any time.
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