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The Seeds of Success

Have you ever gone to a bookstore and passed by the Self-help section? Have you ever taken a good look at it?

There’s so much material on leading a successful life. There’s a ton of that there, and a million tons of it on the Internet. It all boils down to these categories:

  • Biography of the Rich
  • The causes of our failure
  • How to succeed, step by step
  • Mindset, Habits and Psychology of a Successful person

The biographies sure are inspirational and motivating. The causes of failure helps soothe our heartaches and find out what we’re doing wrong – literally being Chicken Soup for the Soul as the book of the same title perfectly puts it. The How-to’s teach us what needs to be done.

Now, the last point is the most crucial of them all. Our mindset. I was told by my dentist these fine words, the same ones he told his younger brother:

You want to be a superhero and save the planet. You want to be Professor X and move the world with your thoughts. But you can’t even will yourself out of bed on time. How do you expect to bend a spoon, let alone save the world, when you don’t even have the will to move yourself?

Having the wrong mindset leads to the wrong thoughts, habits, actions and results! Take the time to find out what are your bad habits, attitudes and thought-processes.

  • I have a huge procrastination problem, and have been seeking to overcome it for the longest time. Here’s the best resource I’ve found to help you overcome several problems, such as procrastination, self-esteem, anxiety, assertiveness, eating disorder, perfectionism, shyness,and worrying:

http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm

(If your problem isn’t found here, then tell me about it. I’ll try find some for you)

  • Next, you have to have the right mindset. Taken from “Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino, this is the best affirmation I’ve ever come across. (The simplest affirmation is “I will do whatever it takes to lead my ideal life, period. YES!” for a period of 20 mins total everyday, confidently expressed with a great belief for at least 30 days)

Click to access og-mandino-scrolls.pdf

The audiobook version for first 4 scrolls begins with:

  • In addition, watch THE SECRET. If you have already, watch it again. If you haven’t, watch it here:

*UPDATE 21 Jan 2013* all available The Secret’s youtube links posted have been taken down. Once in a while, it gets uploaded somewhere, so keep searching!

  • Work hard, work smart, and be disciplined. It takes 10,000 hours of practising anything to be good at it. Do it good, do it well, and most importantly, do it RIGHT. So many times, I have failed to achieve a simple task today simply because I grew complacent in my youth and became unskilled when others kept at it and became much better than I am. A simple homework for the day turns into a 3-day task for me simply because I lack the discipline, focus, time management, critical thinking, and priority-identification skills required. In the wise words of Will Smith:

The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

  • Understand this:

Success is not defined by one great moment. It is the setting of goals and objectives for the day and the achievement of completing them well. And eventually, success comes along when you have made everyday a success, until you have realised that you have achieved your vision.

Make Everyday a Success.

Picture Courtesy of omfg-films.blogspot.com

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