I recently was reviewing the works and videos of Napoleon Hill, especially his two amazing books – Think and Grow Rich and The Laws of Success. Both of these books were based upon his relentless pursuit of the truth regarding what made successful people, well, successful and others not so successful.
For over a decade he interviewed actual people (there was no Internet in the 1920’s and 1930’s) to learn about their secrets to success. When he had accumulated volumes of material from his interview’s with thousands of people, he wrote his first book – the Laws of Success. Later, Think and Grow Rich came out and is still one the most read books of all time.
As I was reviewing the “secrets” to success, I was floored when I realized Napoleon Hill had addressed an issue that Tiger Woods needs to learn. He devoted an entire chapter in his book Think and Grow Rich to suppressing sexual desires. The chapter title was “The Mystery of Sex Transmutation.”
Many times the words character and personality are used interchangeably. While related, there are distinct differences between the two words and their meanings.
Character is often used to define a person’s integrity, such as he has “upstanding character” or “his character is lacking.” Character is actually a set of behavior traits that define what type of person you are. Do you follow the rules of your “group?” Many times people who do not follow the rules of the group, whether it is a family group, work group, or religious group, are not accepted by the group. This tenant and tendency has been in place since the beginning of time.
Every CEO or business owner should know who his or her top performers are. Every department manager and division manager should also know each top performer by name and by types of motivation . Why motivation type? Because we all have intrinsic motivators that make us tick (or not!)
Top performers are often referred to as “A Players” or “high potential employees”. What sets these employees apart from the average employee? They bring to your company:
Human beings are achievement oriented. While there must be time for rest and recreation built into our lives, achievement orientation is what has allowed civilizations to thrive and carry on. In short, achievement and growth are what have sustained the human population over time.
Douglas Mallock said, “Find your joy in something finished and not a thousand things begun.” This insightful statement speaks to the exclusively human need to actually produce results. Don’t we all feel a sense of accomplishment and excitement when we see a project through to completion? Once the project is complete, we may rest for a few hours or a few days and then our orientation for achievement begins to generate new ideas. Thus, creativity and productivity are enhanced for the next round of ideas and implementation.
Here is a list of Ideas to stimulate personal achievement:
Before you can reach disengaged workers, it is important to know what a disengaged employee actually is; or…the flip side, which is an employee who is engaged. Engagement is NOT job satisfaction. Job satisfaction is…. well, job satisfaction. It measures how satisfied a person is with their job. Satisfied workers may or may not do a great job and may or may not go the extra mile.
An engaged employee is someone who has zeal for his or her job. They believe in what they are doing and for whom and with whom they are working. And when one of the variables change, the engaged worker will set about to make positive changes. They will reinvent themselves in their job, either with a new company or by taking positive steps by which to continue engagement within their current job. Or they will have open dialog about their loss of zeal. But they will do something constructive!
The Law of Belief is a sister law to the Law of Attraction, discussed in last week’s blog. Things, people, and circumstances are attracted into our lives, either consciously or unconsciously, through the belief systems we have.
Many times our belief systems are old and outdated and no longer serve us. Often, these beliefs never did work to our higher good. For a good source on the impact of belief upon you mindset – go to this blog site.
Many beliefs come from our families and are often handed down generation to generation. Beliefs can center around health and wellness, financial success, indebtedness, life expectancy, career choices, religious doctrines, marital success, etc.
What’s Driving This Unemployment?
We are undoubtedly in tough financial times and a very uncertain job market. But have you noticed that some people continue to find great new jobs or land incredibly large new client business. Are these people luckier than most or have they laid the proper groundwork?
Their success is probably a combination of proper groundwork and proper belief alignments. Will we ever return to the spending excesses of the recent past? Many experts say “no”. Some experts assert that this particular financial downturn has been so severe and so debilitating that consumers will never return with the same confidence as in the past. This downturn in spending likely means a tighter job market and high unemployment rates. Ouch!
An excellent way to prepare your self for continued employment is to think of yourself as being self-employed. But you work for a company or corporation, you say? Most of us are employed by either small or large businesses.
Law of Attraction
My first introduction to The Law of Attraction was in 1992 when I attended The Phoenix Seminar (on the Psychology of Achievement) by Brian Tracy. Since that time, I have heard many speakers and read many articles about this important law; however, my most heartfelt gratitude will always be first and foremost to Brian.
Brian Tracy teaches, “You will always attract, positive or negative, people and circumstances that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” Simply put, this means that people, circumstances, and events manifest in our physical world from the main themes we mull around in our brains. Ouch! For many of us, this could be scary!