Your Mind is Like a Garden – Post 404

If you have been following this blog for any time you know that I write frequently about the power the mind has over our destiny. I truly believe that what we think about most is what manifest in our life. James Allen in his book “As a Man Thinketh” discusses how our mind is like a garden and whatever we allow to take root in our mind affects the outcome of our future.

He says, “Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits, which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind-elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.”

You can control your own destiny by controlling what goes into your mind. All  of the books you read, the thoughts you think, the TV you watch, the conversations you participate in, the people you associate with, and the music you listen to, these all combine to create your future.

What are you doing to sow the seeds for the life you want five years from now? Ten years from now?

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You Don’t Have to Love What You Do… – Post 400

Rohn: You Don’t Have to Love What You Do……but you have to love the opportunity.

Jim Rohn September 20, 2015

You have to love what you do, that’s what people say. But that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity—the opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune. Knocking on someone’s door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind it.

A guy says, “I’m digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?” The answer? No, you don’t have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you should be thinking, I’m glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches, and I’m going to do it so well, I won’t be here long.

You can be inspired by just having found something, even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is not ideal, taking on a new discipline that you haven’t learned yet. You don’t have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate the opportunity—and the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, the person who brought you the good news, who found you.

If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity, you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And, soon, when you start talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet, what could they be to you? It’s unlimited! Maybe a friend for life, an open door to retiring, a colleague for years to come. This is big, and sometimes, in the beginning when we are just getting started, we don’t always see how big it really is.

So before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember that all success is based on long-term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that leads to great opportunities in the future.

Are You Coin Operated? – Post 388

If you want to be successful you have to reprogram your mind. You have to learn to think completely differently than you have up to this point.

If you have been an employee you have to learn how to think differently to become a
successful entrepreneur employees are in a
coin operated world, they are trading their time for money. If you worked in a blue collar field you have to think differently. You can’t think the same and expect to get big results as an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs don’t live in the “coin operated” world. As an entrepreneur you’re not trading time for money. Entrepreneurs realize that in the beginning you sometimes have to really work hard with little to no reward. They think differently, they understand that the rewards come later.

Let me give you one big example.

Entrepreneurs have to think differently about rejection. There is a book called “Go for No” and it does a good job of getting folks to think differently about the word NO. Some folks take rejection and they really take it personal. In other words when they are rejected they are just completely destroyed. If you have the mindset that rejection means that you just don’t have any value, you don’t have anything to contribute, you don’t have any worth, that it means you’re stupid, it means that you made a bad decision; rejection means you’re not likable. If these are what rejection means to you then that definition will create the reality for you.

If you are going to be involved in your own business then you have to re-train your brain that rejection is just a sorting mechanism for who is ready and who is not ready for whatever it is that you are offering.

It is the difference between folks in the coin operated world and folks who are entrepreneurial; Those who are open for business and who are closed.

Rejection allows people who aren’t ready for what you have to offer, to give you this great gift. The gift of letting you know whether you are spending valuable time with them or if you are wasting that valuable time.

Entrepreneurs realize that no doesn’t me no. It just means not now. It may come at some time in the future that no may become a yes because they will be open to what you are offering. That is as long as you don’t hound them for a yes and permanently close that door.

Success is a relationship game. Entrepreneurs realize they have to build that relationship and they know this process is why it takes time to build their business. They understand that by laying the groundwork and really cultivating it they will reap an even greater reward in the future.

Entrepreneurs realize that a no doesn’t mean you’re not worthy, you’re not capable, you’re not likable. It doesn’t mean you made a bad decision to pursue your entrepreneurial vision. It doesn’t mean your products are no good. It doesn’t mean any of that. All it means is they are not ready. That’s it. You have to re-train your mind to that reality.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but take Colonel Sanders. When he was looking for someone to buy his famous recipe, he was turned down over 1000 times. It didn’t bother him. He KNEW he had a good product that folks would like and buy. If he let rejection define him in a negative way he would have never earned the millions of dollars he made from KFC.

If you let rejection define you in a negative way, then you better be careful, it will create a future for you. It will create fears in you that aren’t real, they’re just illusions.

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Want to be a winner – Post 276

We hear all the time to set goals and then you will have success. In fact the “goal setting” gurus always like to quote a Harvard study that showed that people that set goals had a much higher success rate than those that did not. The fact is, the study never took place.

Think about it. Every “New Year” we set all kinds of goals and how many do we keep?

Almost none of them.

Success actually comes from having a very specific purpose in life. Something that is so big and so specific that we will stop at nothing until we achieved it. That happened to me way back when I decided to go back to college after many years in the work world. To completely abandon everything that I was or had been doing. I had only one purpose in my life at that time and it was to graduate with that degree and become a pharmacist so I could provide for my family.

So success is all in the mindset. Quincy Jones once said “If somebody can discourage you from your dream, then you should be.”

The strange thing is I have had a much more difficult time finding that focus now. So many life obstacles have happened in recent years that getting in the right “mindset” is much more difficult. Mark Januszewski said if you “Want to be a w-inner?  We’ve got to work on the Inner….we do that, the “w” shows up.” Here is a great video from Mark J #worldslaziestnetworker on becoming a winner.

As the late Jim Rohn always said, “REMEMBER THE SAME WIND BLOWS ON ALL OF US ITS THE SET OF YOUR SAIL THAT DECIDES YOUR COURSE!!” Set your sail for success in network marketing today by learning the skills for success. If you would like some personal help on this and any other aspects of network marketing then subscribe to my blog and be sure to check out some of my past posts. Also if you find value in my posts please share them with your team.

Keith Abell, RPh

PS: Like I mentioned I have been having difficulties myself lately with keeping the right mindset. I am about to embark on a 6 month Master Key Master Mind Alliance #mkmma training program. Be sure to subscribe to this blog. I will post my thoughts and feelings as I go along. Hopefully my journey can help you as well.