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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 13:11:40 EDT
Subject: Essays on Excellence # 428
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

All of us have found many stumbling blocks in our business and personal lives.  Some have been major deturrents to our progress and others have stimulated us to reach into the deepest parts of our being and grab the energy and persistence to overcome.  The first two essays in today's issue are from Brian Tracy who have served as a mentor of mine for many years.  Hope you enjoy and draw insight and wisdom from them.

The insights acheived will help make the coming week(s) for productive.  Please let me know how they have made a difference.

Using Stumbling Blocks As Stepping Stones
By Brian Tracy

Everyone makes mistakes and the busier you are, the more mistakes you will make. The only question is “How well and how effectively do you deal with the inevitable ups and downs of life?”

In this newsletter, you learn the difference between a positive and negative worldview. You learn how to benefit from your mistakes and how to remain positive in the face of adversity.

Using Stumbling Blocks As Stepping Stones
There are two ways to look at the world: the benevolent way or the malevolent way. People with a malevolent or negative worldview take a victim stance, seeing life as a continuous succession of problems and a process of unfairness and oppression. They don’t expect a lot and they don’t get much. When things go wrong, they shrug their shoulders and passively accept that this is the way life is and there isn’t anything they can do to make it better.

On the other hand, people with a benevolent or positive worldview see the world around them as filled with opportunities and possibilities. They believe that everything happens as part of a great process designed to make them successful and happy. They approach their lives, their work, and their relationships with optimism, cheerfulness, and a general attitude of positive expectations. They expect a lot and they are seldom disappointed.

Flex Your Mental Muscles
When you develop the skill of learning from your mistakes, you become the kind of person who welcomes obstacles and setbacks as opportunities to flex your mental muscles and move ahead. You look at problems as rungs on the ladder of success that you grab onto as you pull your way higher.

Two of the most common ways to deal with mistakes are invariably fatal to high achievement. The first common but misguided way to handle a mistake is the failure to accept it when it occurs. According to statistics, 70 percent of all decisions we make will be wrong. That’s an average. This means that some people will fail more than 70 percent of the time, and some people will fail less. It is hard to believe that most of the decisions we make could turn out to be wrong in some way. In fact, if this is the case, how can our society continue to function at all?

Cut Your Losses
The fact is that our society, our families, our companies, and our relationships continue to survive and thrive because intelligent people tend to cut their losses and minimize their mistakes. It is only when people refuse to accept that they have made a bad choice or decision—and prolong the consequences by sticking to that bad choice or decision—that mistakes become extremely expensive and hurtful.L
earn From Your

The second common approach that people take with regard to their mistakes, one that hurts innumerable lives and careers, is the failure to use your mistakes to better yourself and to improve the quality of your mind and your thinking.
Learning from your mistakes is an essential skill that enables you to develop the resilience to be a master of change rather than a victim of change. The person who recognizes that he has made a mistake and changes direction the fastest is the one who will win in an age of increasing information, technology and competition.

By remaining fast on your feet, you will be able to out-play and out-position your competition. You will become a creator of circumstances rather than a creature of circumstances.

Action Exercises
Now, here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, imagine that your biggest problem or challenge in life has been sent to you at this moment to help you, to teach you something valuable. What could it be?

Second, be willing to cut your losses and walk away if you have made a mistake or a bad choice. Accept that you are not perfect, you can’t be right all the time, and then get on with your life.

Third, learn from every mistake you make. Write down every lesson it contains. Use your mistakes in the present as stepping stones to great success in the future.

Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin
by Brian Tracy

Have Everything At Hand

One of the best ways for you to overcome procrastination and get more things done faster is for you to have everything you need at hand before you begin. When you are fully prepared, you are like a cocked gun or an archer with an arrow pulled back taut in the bow. You just need one small mental push to get started on your highest value tasks.

Clear Your Workspace

Begin by clearing off your desk or workspace so that you only have one task in front of you. If necessary, put everything on the floor or on the table behind you. Gather all the information, reports, details, papers, and work materials that you will require to complete the job. Have them at hand so you can reach them without getting up or moving.

Be sure that you have all writing materials, computer disks, access codes, email addresses and everything else you need to start and continue working until the job is done.

Make It Comfortable and Conducive

Set up your work area so that it is comfortable, attractive and conducive to working for long periods. Especially, make sure that you have a comfortable chair that supports your back and allows your feet to sit flat on the floor.
The most productive people take the time to create a work area where they enjoy spending time. The cleaner and neater your work area before you begin, the easier it is for you to get started and keep going.

Assume the Position

When you sit down, with everything in front of you, ready to go, assume the body language of high performance. Sit up straight, sit forward and away from the back of the chair. Carry yourself as though you were an efficient, effective high performing personality. Then, pick up the first item and say to yourself, "Let's get to work!" and plunge in. And once you've started, keep going until the job is finished.

Action Exercises

First, take a good look at your desk or office, both at home and at the office. Ask yourself, “What kind of a person works in an environment like that?”

Second, resolve today to clean up your desk and office completely so that you feel effective, efficient and ready to get going each time you sit down to work.


by Jerry "DRhino" Clark

What if we are not Joyful today because we were not Thankful yesterday? And what
if we are Blessed tomorrow because we are Grateful today?

What if we are not inspired and motivated today because we were not committed
and disciplined yesterday? And what if we are inspired and motivated tomorrow
because we are committed and disciplined today?

What if we were never able to see a Rainbow because we were too busy complaining
about the Rain? And what if today we couldn't experience the warmth of the Sun
because we focused on the coldness of the Shadow?

What if there were no more books tomorrow because we didn't take the time to
read today? And What if there were no life changing tapes today because we
didn't take the time to record our experiences yesterday?

What if our Prayers were not answered tomorrow because we didn't listen to our
heart today? And what if we did not follow our true "calling" today because we
did not "hear" the phone ring yesterday?

What if life does not give you what you want today because you didn't ask for it
yesterday? And What if life will give you anything you want tomorrow if you
would simply ask for it today?

What if you have GOTTEN today 10 times what you GAVE yesterday? And What if you
GET tomorrow 10 times what you GIVE today?

What if you are not getting the Message today because you didn't listen to the
Messenger yesterday? And What if you don't get the Message tomorrow because you
didn't listen to the Messenger today?

What if your life today is a reflection of your Thoughts yesterday? And what if
your Thoughts today are a reflection of your Life tomorrow?

Things that make you say hummmmm...

Until next time  Go, Go, Go

Team Effort

by Rubel Shelly
© 2001. Used with permission.

It has been almost a year ago now that Erik Weihenmayer did a most extraordinary thing. He stood atop the 29,035-foot peak of the world's highest mountain. He conquered Mount Everest as one member of a team of nineteen hardy, determined souls. Oh, yes. There's one other thing. Erik is blind.

In order to be the first blind person ever to achieve this feat, the 32-year-old American knew he had to be part of a larger group committed to the same goal. He put his full faith and confidence in sighted people such as Eric Alexander, Luis Benitez, and Jeff Evans. They arrived at their goal on May 25, 2001.

In an interview with a CNN reporter on the afternoon of his success, Erik spoke by phone of the "team accomplishment" he had shared. He spoke of sponsors, people who were on the mountain with him, and many who were not there but who had prayed for him. "I felt like, when I got to the top, I was on the shoulders of lots and lots of people," he said. "It wasn't just me standing there."

The same thing can be said of every great achievement. If a single researcher in her lab makes a monumental discovery, it was on the basis of what hundreds of others contributed through their work and publications in the field. Even if it is an athlete or musician whose great moment is unshared on the field or stage, there are hosts of people who inspired, taught, and otherwise made their contributions to that one bright, shining moment.

There are some worthwhile and challenging goals you have for your life that will be too much for you alone. It isn't a sign of weakness but intelligence to realize you will need help. So don't hesitate to surround yourself with people of similar goals, more extensive experience, and skills superior to your own. The best way to learn is to attach yourself to others who already know more about what is important to you. And here's a fact that may surprise you: Most of them will be eager to share their experience and insights with you.

Erik admits to be "scared all the time" on his ascent. But he continued to trust his partners - and kept putting one foot in front of the other.

In your career, family, or personal spiritual life, the notion of going it alone will be a disastrous mistake. If you are willing to stand on the shoulders of others, you can go places that otherwise would be out of reach.

If you doubt it, just ask Erik Weihenmayer how he got to the top.

William Prouty, CLU RHU CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989
909-301-0605  Phone
909-301-0606  FAX

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