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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Use your imagination to create riches, Napoleon Hill in his seminal work on Success Think and Grow Rich labeled imagination as the “Fifth Step toward Riches.”
It was his feeling that “MAN’S ONLY LIMITATION, within reason, LIES IN HIS DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF HIS IMAGINATION.” This is a very powerful endorsement of imagination. By the time that most of us become adults, society has caused us to completely lose the use of our imagination.
When we were kids it was our constant statement to say to our friends, “suppose.” and then to follow that statement with whatever thought our imagination had placed in our mind.
However, as we begin to grow and face adversity, we began to think that our dreams and hopes are useless. Based on this premise, we take a job and settle for our day to day lot in life. The dream of being a fireman or astronaut is completely gone.
We are also surrounded by our “loved ones” who means us well. These loved ones are constantly filling our head with the fact that we should be realistic. They constantly retort that “you should get those foolish thoughts out of your head.” They are constant advocates for you to grow up, get a job and face society like every other adult.
However, Hill had the right idea that a creative imagination is crucial to success based on his constant study of success and what attracts it. He explains that creative imagination will begin to work automatically if a person has a strong desire . The strong desire creates emotion and this emotion will cause your imagination to assist you in accomplishing the object of your desire.
Hill felt that crative imagination was the mechanism that directly communicated with infinite intelligence. “It is the faculty through which hunches and inspirations are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.”
This is the key all new ideas are handed over to man through creative imagination. Therefore creative imagination is a tool that should be developed and not something to shy away from.
Hill points out that all great business leaders, musicians, artists and captains of industry have all developed their creative imagination. Two great articles on developing your imagination 10 ways to increase imagination and creativity and How to improve your imagination. Hill hones that point that your imagination may have become weak and can only be strengthened through use.
We all have to recognize the single point that Hill is making. “Ideas are the beginning point of all fortunes.” Likewise, ideas are the product of imagination. You may constantly see products that seem so simple but they are in use every where. You probably say to yourself “how did they think of it.” Well its simple, they used there imagination and came up with an idea that resulted in them making a fortune.
This is a consistent concept. You must develop your imagination and use it to further your goal or plan. This is what is meant by thinking outside the box. It means that you have to be creative to make it work. It is the person that comes up with the idea that gets passed the hurdle that finds success.
The imagination is unlimited. Thoughts have fueled society. The telephone, the airplane, the submarine all started out as an idea that made the inventor rich and changed the course of society.
To sum up, the point is to intentionally develop your imagination. Began to use it more and more. First, in small ways and then for bigger and better ideas. This is essential to your quest for success and your end goal of riches. See Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich Chapter 6. This is how you use your imagination to create riches. See our recent post Effectively using your creative imagination.
3 keys to achieving success. Everyone wants to achieve success in all endeavors. Whether these activities occur in their personal lives or in business, we can always assume that every person wants a favorable result.
There are three keys to achieving that success. Anyone that follows this blueprint will find consistent results. The three keys are:
The first key is to study the activity you are trying to achieve. In order to achieve success you have to be a student of the game. You have to understand the rules. What are the dos and dont’s. This ensures that you know the framework that you operating in.
If you are in a networking business or multi level marketing business you need to know the compensation plan. This allows you to know exactly how you get paid. This is important for any activity you are involved in that involves compensation. You need to know what are the income producing activities involved.
You also need to be aware of the rules so that you do not violate any of them. For example, if you are involved in a competition or a contest, what are the rules that you must operate under. If you are in a business what are the governing rules that limit your activities. A violation of the rules could mean that you face sanctions. These sanctions could include going so far as to exclude you from participating in the competition or causing you to lose a business license. You do not want to be prevented from participating in any activity that you are trying to achieve success.
Likewise, by studying the game, you should know what skill sets are needed. You will also understand the consequences for taking a particular action. Moreover, you will know why you are taking a certain action.
In other words, if there is a certain system that is followed, you want to know what that system is. If there is a system involved, you should be intricately familiar with how the systems works. Moreover you need to become an expert at ensuring that you and everyone else involved in the activity on your behalf has a similar understanding of it.
The second key is applying what you know about the activity. There are several people who spend time constantly learning and gathering information about their activity of interest. This is a great strategy for success and is the first key. However, on many occasions these people never apply what they have learned. They never take action.
We can all agree that if you have the fastest car in the world and you were in a car race, you would not win unless you turned the car on and put your foot on the gas. Well it is the same with any activity that you are trying to get a favorable result.
You have to create a game plan. You have to then take that game plan and break it down into activities. When you know what activities are needed, then you prioritize them. Finally, began to execute your plan.
It is important that each activity be capable of measuring. What I mean is that you must have the opportunity to determine whether each activity you are taking is effective. That only comes through measuring the results.
For example, if your plan is to talk to ten people, from how many people did you get the result your were seeking. As you begin to see a pattern, than you can determine if your activity needs to be changed or any corrections might be necessary. For example, if you talk to ten people and on average you get the result you want from two, then you will know how many people you need to talk to get the amount of people you need.
The final key is to determine if there are some experts who have already established success in your area. This is important because you want to become familiar with the common activities that will ensure you the same success as the expert.
I realize that you may not always have access to the expert personally, however there are other ways to get the information. First, does the expert have a platform available. This could include a website, a blog or a YouTube video. Is there any biography or autobiography that outlines the methods used by the expert. Is there any coaching group or one on one coaching available.
The key is to determine who has the success you want and to copy it. As you gain experience through taking action, you will be able to see which of the things that worked for others will work best for you. Those are the 3 keys to achieving success. Incorporate these methods into your day to day routine and you will be ensured better success in the future.
You can also read The seven life changing keys to success blog post by Pick the Brain. There are some interesting points that will also help you to grow.
Also, see our post Napoleon Hill’s fifteen laws of success.
This is how you prepare for 2018. As we move into 2018, we are all aware that it is a time for reflection and planning. These are the two tasks that if done effectively, will ensure that you start your 2018 off in a way that will put you on the path to success.
Reflection will include assessing the things that you accomplished in 2017. Take time to review your goals and notes from 2017. Hopefully, you had a set of written goals and you followed through on those goals throughout the year.
A review of each goal is required. While reviewing each goal determine what progress that you have made with each. Have you made enough progress to consider the goal completed? If so, then evaluate whether there is a next step necessary or whether your priorities have changed enough to warrant your considering that the goal has been completed.
By contrast, if your goals were not written goals, then you should make a list of the things that you accomplished in 2017. However, you should bear in mind that you are more likely to accomplish goals that have been written down.
Your assessment should also include an evaluation of the things that should have been accomplished in 2017. In other words, were there any things that you learned in 2017, that should have been placed on your goals list. Were there any items that upon reflection should have been a goal of yours.
When creating your assessment, write down a list of the things that are incomplete from 2017. Also, write down the things which should have been included in 2017. Now you have your list to start your planning for 2018.
As you plan review your list. You want to ensure that your goals are s.m.a.r.t goals. (review this great article What is Smart goals). Write down a list of about ten goals that you want to accomplish for 2018. Your list should not only include incomplete goals and goals that you missed in 2017, but should also include new ones.
Using a planner to write down and track your goals is a great idea. I use the Full Focus Planner because it has a great system. it outlines how you should draft your annual goals, your quarterly goals and more specifically your weekly goals. However, any planner or goal planning system will assist you in coming up with a great plan going into 2018.
In conclusion, as you move into 2018, written goals should be your main priority for the beginning of the year. As I learned from reading “The Strangest Secret,” if you were planning to steer a ship with out a destination, you would just circle the harbor without ever reaching any place. Likewise, if you go into 2018 without goals you will have no plan of action and get very little accomplished. Our aim at Create a Truly Rich Life is to see that our readers are successful at every turn. So write down your goals,. Draft a plan of action for getting each goal accomplished. (see our prior blog post Always take action towards your goals.) Soar to success in 2018…Happy New Year. This is how you prepare for 2018
3 ways to improve your mindset for 2018. As we go into 2018, we all know that this is the time to plan for a successful year. You don’t want to go into 2018 feeling unprepared for change and still feeling overwhelmed (bad word) and anxious about the future.
So how do you change this feeling if you have it or how do you ensure that you are bullet proof going into 2018. The answer is to first start with your mindset. Mindset is always an important part of ensuring success. It is the driving force behind your motivation to succeed.
Therefore, going into 2018, we thought we would bring you three simple suggestions for improving your mindset. The mind is a tool because as we have always said, thoughts are things.
The first mindset hack is to know what it is you want going into 2018. Use your imagination to picture how you want your reality to unfold into the new year. Sit quietly and just picture all aspects of your life. What do you want to accomplish? Your goals and desires are important. Even more important is that you are clear on what these goals and desires are. So take the time to picture 2018 and what that future will hold for you.
Second, when you have the picture in your mind of your outlook on 2018, write it down. Write down your thoughts. Be specific about what you intend to accomplish. This could also include obtaining a good planner or goal setting system. Write down the items you want to obtain. Whether these items are a new car or a house, it is important to document these items. As we have said before in Create a Truly Rich Life blog posts, it is important for you and the universe to be on one accord about what it is that you desire. The universe is designed to assist you in accomplishing all that you intend for yourself.
When you write these desires down, be as inclusive and descriptive as you can be. When you have fully captured a great picture of your 2018, then begin the task of reviewing this list daily. Review it two to three times daily. This will accomplish keeping your picture constantly fresh in your mind. The more you picture want you want, there is an increased likelihood that you will accomplish all of your goals and receive everything you want.
Finally, this being a new year, its time to use the goals and wants you listed to formulate a vision board. A vision board includes pictures representing the things on your list. (see previous post What is a vision board, make the Law of Attraction work for you). Place the vision board with its pictures of what you want in a prominent place where you will see it several times a day. A vision board is an additional way to keep your desires for 2018 on your mind.
These mindset hacks will plant the seeds in the rich garden of your mind. It will ensure that you maintain the necessary thoughts to find success in 2018. So began at once to take action and use these 3 ways to improve your mindset for 2018 to take control of the new year. Another good article to read is 3 Powerful Questions That Will Shape Your 2018 And Ultimately Change the Course of Your Life.
Successful habits formula. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in their best selling book The Power of Focus, outline their successful habits formula. We all have bad habits which include not returning phone calls or always being late for meetings. These habits can hinder your success. They are not the end of the world, but by changing them you can improve your results.
In this blog post, I thought I would review this successful habits formula so that first of all you would be aware of your bad habits but more importantly have a formula that would assist you to change them over time.
It must be pointed out that certain habits may have been constantly practiced by you for years. So even though its a common belief that it takes twenty one days to form a habit, it may take longer to change or stop doing something that most would consider a bad practice. In other words, the longer you have had a habit, the more time it may take to stop or change.
There are three basic steps to the successful habits formula. The first step is to identify your bad habits. Its just common sense that you certainly can’t change a circumstance without knowing what that circumstance is. Canfield explains that certain habits may have long term implications like smoking. Over time smoking can result in lung cancer. So not only is identifying your bad habits important, but thinking about the long term implications may also be helpful to motivate you to change.
Second, define your new successful habit. In other words, what are you going to replace the bad habit with. This is usually the opposite of the bad habit. For example, arriving to meetings early could be the new choice. Canfield recommends focusing on the benefits and rewards that come along with adopting the new habit. This will act as motivation for adopting the change.
Finally, you must take action. In the smoking example you can take smoke cessation classes, adopt exercising, or reading stop smoking literature. Start with the habit you want to change and adopt three immediate action steps you can take. Once you have identified the action steps, take action immediately. Jack Canfield talks about this formula in this YouTube video. (watch here).
In conclusion, identifying and changing your bad habits will not only improve your quality of life but also add to your chances for success. Adopt the successful habits formula and start changing your life for the better. Also check out this blog post on five success habits that can bring you success.
What is a daily method of operation (DMO)? Being a business person, it is important that you have a game plan that you can follow to assist you in reaching your business goals. A blueprint is important to ensure that you are making progress daily and also is a great measure to determine if you are spending your time effectively.
Many successful entrepreneurs use a DMO. This is a list of daily tasks that will guide them throughout the week. This DMO is the result of planning and preparation. It requires you to determine what your goals are for an upcoming week. We all know the importance of goal setting. (see Always take action towards your goals).
When you have decided on your goals for an upcoming week, you should then engage in a planning session. This is necessary so that you can determine what action steps you will take to accomplish these goals.
For example, a goal could be to recruit five people into your networking business by the end of the week. Your actions steps would then include, prospecting for at least one hour each day. Therefore, you would add this action step to your DMO for you to accomplish this task each day.
I recommend that you use the weekend for your planning periods and also for the majority of your skill building activities. Skill building activities could include learning how a new software works or listening to a webinar. This is mainly because your DMO should consist of mostly income producing activities.
Income producing activities are just what they sound like. If you are in a network marketing business and you want to recruit others it is important that you include prospecting on your DMO. By contrast, you should not include any activities that you perform to learn prospecting techniques. Actively prospecting is an income producing activity, while learning how to do it is not. You will eventually turn the information about prospecting into an income producing activity when you put the education into practice.
There can be non income producing activities incorporated into your DMO. These activities could include reading, exercise and meditation. However the majority of your activities should be income producing. This is the case because you are in business to generate income. Your daily activities should be moving you in that direction.
Finally, ensure that you are aware of the amount of time you will spend each day on your DMO. Entrepreneurs like to say that they are open for business when they begin to perform the activities on their DMO. It is best to make your business hours the same time daily (when you can). It is important that during this time you are not disturbed and that you remove all distractions. This is necessary so that the maximum amount of time is spent daily on getting actual work done. Additionally, for each task listed on your DMO, list the amount of time you will spend on an activity i.e. 30 minutes. When you are finished specifying the time for each task, the total time should amount to the total time you intend to work each day i.e. 3 hours.
In conclusion, you must have a plan if you want to reach success. This plan must be in writing and you must work daily to see that your business goals are being accomplished. Now that you are aware of what is a Daily Method of Operation (DMO), having one is the only way you and your business will prosper. (See also DMO Daily Method of Operation – an entrepreneur’s best friend)