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Financial Common Sense Part 2

Posted by Brandon Dillon on November 15, 2012

Wow Thanksgiving is almost here!! Its amazing how fast time can go 2012 is almost over!! How close are you to hitting your goals you had set for this year, or this quarter or just this week even! I hope your getting there and if not, lets reset and change something and do it again.

Hopefully you have gone though some of the books and principles I listed in part one of this article. What I wanted to cover today is something very basic but so vitally important to you financial success whether your making $30,000 a year or $300,000 per month!  Its what every successful person and business does with regards to their finances. So if your in trouble financially this is the very first step you want to do.

You can get more in-depth detail from our Finance Pack http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/1709/language/en-US/Default.aspx

But the first thin you need to do is know exactly where your at with incoming and out going cash flow. Learning to write a balance sheet will help you with this as Robert Kiyosaki teaches this in his books too. But you need to know exactly where you are Net, not Gross. We need to work with exactly what you have coming in to your hands every week or two weeks or month.

Then we need to look at exactly what you spend every month. Now this one gets tricky and so people don’t self deceive them selves what you can do is use your smart phone and a app or a basic small note pad and pen to track everything you spend. if its more then 25 cents write it down or put it in your app. Do this for a month then look at it and see if what it says is as accurate as to what you were thinking it was.

This is the very first step to creating wealth in your life and its a non negotiable, if you don’t manage it then you never will, but if you do then the moon is the limit on what you can achieve.

Keep reading and learning, the Richest Man in Babylon is a great Book to start you on the right track of financial principles, its about 85 pages and the stories are more relevant now then they were 4000 years ago. So many people are selling them selves as slaves to interest and bad finances just as they did back then, except its a bit more comfy now, which is bad thing. There is no motivation to get out as there once was unless you have this realization that I want better for my life.

I hope you do! God bless and till next time when I write about what Thanksgiving is really all about and how it almost never was!

=)

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Financial Common Sense Part 1

Posted by Brandon Dillon on October 9, 2012

Its been a little while and I apologize for that, going to start making sure I put up at least one every other week if not every week. So stay tuned for more =)

I have been going back though my Robert kiyosaki books and want to start focusing on personal finances for a while, 1 because my views on money really were off by a long shot and in the last 7 years they have changed and grown dramatically.  Through the help of reading and starting to apply some things  that I learned from a few books I am going to break this up in to about 5 parts and list a lot of books that helped me and the rest of the world. Being wealthy is very easy and simple and boring. So its hard for a lot of people because humans do not like boring. We like fast and exciting and the chase, this goes for being in good health and shape too. its little steps over time doing the same thing not really changing anything so its mundane at best.

But finances are so important right now because we have had some major issues in the last 5 years with money at the biggest levels in government and States and at home. Government has printed more money which has inflated our currency supply in the last 6 years then the last 200, its almost tripled. now it don’t take a genius to realize that if I had 100 dollars and you triple the currency supply well now it spends like 33 dollars. So all that money sitting in a 401K or IRA that’s collecting we will just say 8-15% because everyone is different and such. that a loss from inflation of 66% sure don’t add up and that happened almost over night.

So I am going to start with some concepts and reference some books in the hopes that we can have a discussion about it and I hope this information will change your financial situation for the better.

The best books to start off with are;

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clayton you can find it here.

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/1376/richestmaninbabylonthe.aspx

or at your local book store or Amazon or what ever you shop.

also we have The Maximize your Finances pack which includes the Richest Man in Babylon and 4 Audio Cds on financial management

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/1709/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Also Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/14/richdadpoordad.aspx

And also The Cash Flow Quadrant.

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/13/cashflowquadrant.aspx

These 4 books are the basics of personal financial management. I will touch on the concepts of each book but get them for your selves or the audios and read or listen to them over and over because finances are one of the most important things to have a handle on out there right now. With the recent bail outs and financial collapse and people losing billions from their retirements and assets tied to the stock market with no control over it other then to wait 10 or 20 years for it to return back to what it was before they lost 50% of it. its time we all knew more about what makes the world run financially, because the need and use of money has been around for thousands of years and its not going away any time soon. So its best to get good at it so your not suffering. Deal?

In Robert kiyosaki’s book the Cash flow Quadrant he talks about the 4 ways of thinking about money and where they come from at the root of a persons beliefs. Much like the 4 personality profiles.

He goes in to detail in the book about the mind set people have developed over the year’s of being programmed by media and our parents and such about how we view money. So its very important to be careful what information you let in to your mind. You will believe anything your told over and over again weather its right or wrong. I personally do not have cable or Satellite TV or watch the news in any facet. I pick and choose what I want my inputs to be. its been about 10 years since I did that. Now when I do catch a commercial or TV show it really makes me sick what I used to tolerate being stuck in my mind. The subconscious is a very powerful thing it can take in so much information and it helps direct us where we want to go. So its vital that you do the programming of it and cut off anything that’s bad or could be harmful to your dreams and goals in life.

I am going to leave it here and will be spending the next few weeks on finances. Get those books from where ever you can. start learning and asking questions.

until next week =)

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Oliver DeMille 1913

Posted by Brandon Dillon on July 28, 2012

I just got my hands on the newly released book by best selling author, founder of George Wythe University, Patriot, and a true American and sensus plenior thinker Oliver DeMille.
As I finish this book which tells us why the U.S. Is in its current state of decline and what set it all off back 100 years ago and what you and I can do to change it.
So far this book is amazing and I am only on chapter 4 since yesterday, I just can’t put it down and if you care about freedom and what happens to the next generation you won’t be able to put it down either

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 6

Posted by Brandon Dillon on June 6, 2012

Wow week 6 so far in the Mental Fitness Challenge and its awesome, it really is amazing how fast time goes by when your tracking something and not just letting the days blend together. I wanted to stop and write on this chapter from Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved 13 resolutions on Attitude and reframing because I think it so important.

People often think that their situations will cause them to have a good or bad day or good or bad trip or what ever the case may be, but you don’t want to let something that’s out of your control determine weather or not your going to have a positive day. You want to be in complete control if your life don’t you? You want to determine weather or not you have a good day because then your in control and you have the power to change it, if you leave it up to someone or something else then your at the mercy of anything that could happen. Here are some examples from Orrin’s book.

In your mind bank there are two tellers – both of whom are obedient to your every command. One teller is positive and handles positive deposits and positive withdrawals. The other teller is negative and will accept all negative deposits and provide you with negative feedback.

As the owner of your mind, you have complete control over all withdrawals and most deposits. The deposits represent your total experience in life. The withdrawals determine your success and happiness. Obviously, you cant withdraw anything that hasn’t been deposited. (That’s true in the cash bank too, isn’t it?)

Each transaction involves a choice of which teller to use. Confront the negative teller with a problem and he will remind you of how poorly you performed in the past. He will predict failure with your current problem. Confront your positive teller and he will enthusiastically tell you how you successfully dealt with far more difficult problems in the past. He will give you examples of your skill and genius and assure you that you can easily solve this problem. Both tellers are right because: whether you think you can or think you cant – you are right.

Our negative teller is usually screaming at us inside while the positive one is whispering and it takes constant focus and working, to turn down the negative and turn up the positive. But its so important that we pick the positive teller and he Zig Ziglar said we must put in positive to be able to with draw positive. What positive messages are you putting in your brain on a daily basis?  if your not we have a great way for you to get that here Www.Dillonenterprises.com thought a subscription of audio and books chosen by the best leaders in the world and association for challenge groups for the Mental Fitness Challenge and leadership seminars with people who want to move forward in the game of life, not just stand still.

This next story is amazing and it really shows how you can look at the same situation two different ways, and shows the power of choice. This is from Creators Syndicate by Mary Hunt and shows how powerful reframing is.

years ago, my husband and I decided not to replace my car once the lease was up. The plan as that because we work together, we would share his car until we could pay cash for a second car. We figured that would take 6 months or so. I won’t say this new arrangement was enjoyable. Actually I hated it. I felt as if I’d lost my freedom. My wings were clipped; no more spontaneity for me. if I wasn’t being “chaperoned” as a passenger in my husband’s car, I was having to ask permission to borrow it. Let me just put it this way I was not the most pleasant passenger.

we’d been commuting together for about 3 months when I realized that it wasn’t the situation that was intolerable. it was me. I was making myself miserable, not recognizing that the nicest guy in the world was willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go, anytime I wanted to get there. I was ungrateful and horribly self-centered. I needed an attitude, and I needed it quickly.

I decided I had to reframe my thinking because the situation wasn’t going to change anytime soon. I decided that rather than be a pathetic dependent child, I would see my self as a woman of privilege. I have a driver! Every day, I am driving back and forth to work, during which time I am free to chat, read, write, think knit or nap. I never have to wash a car. I don’t have to pump gas into it, insure it, register it or have it “smogged” ( a California thing) – all because my driver is also my maintenance man. Several times a year when I need to go in a different direction, I get a rental car, which allows me to try out some brand-new fancy cars and get my fix behind the wheel. See? A different way of looking at the same situation.

When Hunt listened to her negative voice, she framed the events negatively, when she chose to talk to the positive teller then she got a new perspective.

Have a great day and see you at the top!!

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 1!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on May 6, 2012

Well week one is in the bag for the Mental fitness challenge, and I have to say its amazing! Orrin’s latest book Resolved 13 resolutions for life is truly a hand book for you life. Orrin didn’t write another book juts to pad his wallet, he said he wrote Resolved because if  he died tomorrow what would he have wanted his children to know and how to live their lives. Amazing!

Not only will this 90 Mental Fitness Challenge help you live the life you’ve always wanted by helping identify areas in life that your great at right now and the others that need some work, we can help provide the help needed though an amazing community support around the world and products to help you in every one of the 13 areas, from subscription based products which is the best way humans learn, little bits at a time over a longer period of time, that’s why the mass media and TV play those visual images to program your subconscious, but now you can choose to program it with things that will help you and not them. Specialized packs like our finance pack and marriage pack, and parenting packs and many more.

I am just super excited to keep doing the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge my self and help others do the same, the cost is so cheap for a product of this quality, 220 bucks! Plus if you get 3 people to join ya in living the life you’ve always wanted you get your 220 back! how can you not like that! The same goes for any of the subscriptions as well!! So if your not interested in making money (but seriously who doesn’t want more money?) as customers you can get yours entirely free!!

Here is a link to more info and I am looking for some more Challenge & Accountability partners so join me and lets have some fun!

http://www.the-team.biz/39862710/Home.aspx

 

Here is a great video too help ya understand how big this is!

 

http://www.mental-fitness-challenge.com/Home.aspx?ln=61235267

Mental Fitness Challenge

 

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The life you always wanted to live.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 29, 2012

Mental Fitness Challenge

This weekend in Columbus Team and Life launched the ground breaking Mental Fitness Challenge to help you live the life you’ve always wanted to live though principles called resolutions. These resolutions are written in detail in Orrin Woodward’s new book called 13 Resolutions for Life in which he has studied 3 very important people in history, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Jonathan Edwards. What he found is that the accomplishments these gentleman had were the results of resolutions applied over their lifetime. Just think about it, what would we have today if Benjamin Franklin didn’t resolve to change and come up with his 13 virtue’s? For sure there would be no USA. I don’t want to go in to all the detail here but I am starting the challenge this week and I highly suggest you do the same, I am looking for partners that I can be accountable to and get feed back from that are going to join me on the journey of living the life they’ve always wanted. So lets go! I can help ya do it. Check this video out!

During the next 13 weeks I will be reading the 3 books and listening to the audios in the pack and working with other people who are already committed to doing this with me so they can get their life that they always wanted to live so each week at least once I will be updating you on the books chapters and things I did that week.

See you all in the challenge!

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$2.50-a-gallon-gas and energy independence by Newt Gingrich

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 15, 2012

If high Gas prices and Oil barrel prices bother you then what Newt said here in his news letter I get from him will speak to you and I wanted to share it, Enjoy!!

Dear Fellow Conservative,

$2.50-a-gallon gasoline and energy independence: An action plan to make it real

America needs three goals in energy:

  • Independence from dictatorships so no American President ever again bows to a Saudi king.
  • Enough energy that Iranian efforts to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz have no impact on America.
  • Enough production to bring down the cost of gasoline for American motorists.

All three goals can be achieved with an all of the above American energy plan.

During the four years I was Speaker, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $1.13. When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the average price nationwide was $1.89 a gallon. Three years into the Obama presidency, the average is $3.47 a gallon.

Today, prices like those we enjoyed three years ago seem like a fantasy—and under the president’s current policies, they are. But, these were prices Americans paid in the relatively recent past. Many Americans used to pay just $35 to fill up the very same cars that are today costing them over $60.

While some of the increase in gas prices comes from growing demand, the demand pressures on price can and should be offset by increasing domestic supplies. Yet the Obama administration’s ideological refusal to expand American energy production continues to block the development of resources which could lower prices dramatically.  As we saw most recently with the administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the president is more interested in playing favorites with environmental extremists rather than embracing the “all-of-the-above” strategy that could achieve energy independence and help all Americans now.

The fact that Americans must cope with ballooning gas prices and energy vulnerability, while living in a country with some of the richest untapped energy resources on the planet is an absurdity that can only be accomplished by bad government.

By unleashing the American people from regulations and bureaucracy designed to promote the agenda of radical environmentalists, we can tap our enormous oil and natural gas supplies to drive fuel prices down.

Most Americans have no idea that the United States is sitting on enough technically recoverable oil to power us at current rates of consumption for over 250 years. We are estimated to have 1.4 trillion barrels of oil—or 1.7 trillion, adding in the resources of Canada and Mexico.

That amount of oil, as a report from the Institute for Energy Research recently explained, is “more than the world has used since the first oil well was drilled over 150 years ago in Titusville, Pennsylvania” and 6 ½ times the proved oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

The true size of the oil supply could be even larger still than these estimates suggest. In many cases, far more oil has been recovered than was predicted to be available when development began. In 1985, for instance, the Minerals Management Service estimated the Gulf of Mexico had nine billion barrels of undiscovered oil. Twenty-seven years later, after many billions of barrels have been pumped, the federal government estimates there are 45 billion undiscovered barrels.

In another example, the estimate of the Bakken formation in North Dakota has jumped an astonishing 2,500 percent since 1995 due to new technology.  The Bakken along with other emerging unconventional oil and gas “plays” in Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia, Louisiana, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, and in other states, have allowed the U.S. to begin increasing oil production after 40 years of steady production declines.  Unlocked by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, the full potential of these new resource plays is yet to be fully comprehended or realized.

Without opening up more areas to drilling, we have no way of knowing how many more Bakken-sized discoveries are waiting for us. But we do know this. The potential to increase American oil and gas supplies dramatically and become energy secure and independent is real.  Increasing oil supplies will lower fuel prices significantly.  And the biggest thing standing in the way is government obstruction.

A recent analysis by Goldman Sachs projects that the United States could become the world leader in oil production by 2017. But if the President continues his assault on American energy, including his proposals to raise taxes on domestic oil and gas and his own EPA’s attempts to regulate hydraulic fracturing, that future will be arbitrarily and unnecessarily upended.

The administration is determined to ban additional development of America’s most promising oil and gas resources, such as offshore Alaska in the Beaufort and Chuckchi Seas, and off the East and West Coasts of the lower 48 on the Outer Continental Shelf. Overall, there is an estimated 88.6 billion barrels of oil, but only 2.2 percent of federal offshore land is currently being leased for production, and the president is refusing to allow more.

On land, the administration’s obstruction is just as damaging. Among the 30.5 billion barrels of oil located onshore on Federal lands (not including oil shale), 92 percent of them are inaccessible or under restrictions above and beyond standard regulatory and administrative hurdles, according to the most recent assessment by the Bureau of Land  Management.

New production from oil and gas resources has come overwhelmingly from private lands, such as the huge increases from oil and gas in shale. These achievements did not come because the government decided to permit more leases, but rather because the lands were privately held. Yet even when the government does not own the land, government can still aid obstruction America’s energy potential. The gigantic Monterey shale oil field in California, for instance, which the Energy Information Administration estimates holds 64 percent of the recoverable shale oil in the U.S., has been slowed dramatically by environmentalist lawsuits California’s go-it-alone global warming law.

The federal government owns most of the world’s oil shale reserves, located in the Green River Basin in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.  This immense source of future oil supply is being held off-limits to leasing by Obama’s Bureau of Land Management.  Recoverable U.S. oil shale reserves are estimated to approach if not exceed 1 trillion barrels of American oil.

A stunningly small percentage of the enormous federal land, which is owned by the American people, is available for energy exploration that could yield new discoveries.  Eight-six percent of Nevada is owned by the federal government. That is almost 40 percent the area of Texas. If these lands were properly marketed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, opening even half this promising acreage to exploration, we’d add an area a fifth the size of Texas for oil and gas prospecting.

What’s even more baffling is that these lands are potentially a huge source of revenue for the federal government — revenue that doesn’t involve raising taxes on the American people. Experts in the private-sector royalties industry estimate that implementing commercial standards in federal leasing of oil and gas royalties could bring over $100 billion into the federal treasury over the next decade. Harold Hamm, who discovered the Bakken formation, recently told the Wall Street Journal that with expanded drilling for oil and gas on federal lands, onshore and offshore, “I truly believe the federal government could over time raise $18 trillion in royalties.” That’s more than the U.S. national debt, $15.4 trillion.

Rather than leasing programs expanding as gasoline prices rose, oil and natural gas production on federal lands under the Obama administration oil and natural gas production on federal lands has diminished by 40 percent. With so much unused potential and gasoline approaching $4 a gallon nationwide, the president’s failure to tap the energy we have here in America is inexcusable. Considering the abundance of our energy resources and their potential to drive down prices, create jobs, stimulate economic growth and a sustainable manufacturing boom, provide a steady source of state and federal revenue, and bolster national security, the administration’s refusal to permit development borders on insanity.

Not content to confine its hostilities to curtailing new leases, the administration frequently demonizes energy companies for political purposes and advocates new taxes and fees on producers. But the United States is already one of the worst places in the world for oil and gas companies to do business. As the American Enterprise Institute’s Steve Hayward writes, “when compared properly with the royalty and tax systems of 29 other nations, only Venezuela extracts a higher take from oil and gas production than the United States.” New taxes will just drive producers abroad even further.

We must embrace an all-of-the-above energy strategy of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, wind, and oil shale if we are to achieve energy independence, lower gasoline prices, power a renewed boom in American manufacturing and raise government revenues with no new taxes.

Pursuant to this plan, we should take eight steps immediately to address these skyrocketing gas prices and jumpstart production of American energy:

  1. Approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
  2. Replace the EPA with a new economically rational Environmental Solutions Agency.
  3. Condense regulations to make it easier to build new refineries. We haven’t built a major new refinery in the U.S. since 1977, in part because federal restrictions and regulatory uncertainty make it so difficult.
  4. Overhaul the Department of Interior processes to expedite approval of leases.
  5. Move to 100 percent expensing for all new equipment so companies could write it off in one year, making it easier for companies to build new extraction sites.
  6. Eliminate the capital gains tax to promote investment.
  7. Adopt a 12.5 percent corporate tax rate to make America the best country in the world to do business
  8. Abolish the death tax.

Gas at $2.50 a gallon gas is not a dream. It’s achievable with the right policies. If we take these steps, we can quickly and dramatically reduce the price of gas by tapping America’s incredible oil and gas resources to increase supply. That would mean more money in Americans’ pockets, lower costs for millions of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs across the country in an industry poised to take off.

It should tell you everything you need to know about the president and his administration that they want to double-down with giant bets on green start-up companies like Solyndra while refusing to take the simple steps required to unleash American energy production to help millions of Americans now.

Your Friend,

Newt

P.S. For much more about lowering gasoline prices, producing more American energy,  and creating tens of thousands of jobs, read Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.

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The Top 50 Book list From Team

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 7, 2012

Now that I have finished with Darren hardy’s Design your best 10 years program re-posting I hope you got a lot out of that. Goals are very important, they are a must or else we will live a life of a wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific.

But something I am working on for my self this year very hard is people skills and studying the top 5 books and a few others this year that The Team has put together as their top 5 books to read for everyone in any situation in life. If you want to be a better parent read these, if you want to be a better friend, read these, if you want to be a better leader at work, read these, if you want to be a better Pastor or leader of your Church, read these, if you just want to be better; period in life, read these!

They are

1.how to Win Friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

2. The Magic of Thinking Big by Davie Schwartz

3.  How to have Power and confidence in dealing with people by Les Giblin

4. Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

5. How I Raised my self from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger

Also going to spend some time on a few of John C. Maxwells books, as my project to better my self this year in big ways these are the books my mentor said I needed to master so I will be reading these over and over for the rest of this year, I might throw in a few others from Maxwell but my mentor whos a millionaire says these are the books to master to do what he did to become a millionaire, I think this is what I will focus on. So can you =)

Right now I am reading John C Maxwell’s Developing the Leader within you so later in the week I will be putting up things on each chapter or few chapters.

So as always please feel free to read them too comment share ideas or challenges you have or what not, and I will let you know what books I am switching to so you can read them as well, I read about 30 min a day so don’t feel overwhelmed if your not a reader just do 10 min a day or 5 pages what ever you can do and keep doing it and you will get better.

Have a great week! =)

 

 

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Is Wolf Blitzer Hurting America?

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 1, 2012

Ever since I started associating with and building a Leadership & Community building business and focused more on working on myself then working on others I have come to take Darren Hardy’s stand on the mass media, its junk and it will do nothing good for you 99.99999% of the time. But even that .1 % that’s good you have to be bombarded with so much bad programming to get that little bit of what might be empowering and good.

Darren wrote this great article and I wanted to share I hope you enjoy it.

 

During the media tour launching The Compound Effect, CNN asked me to submit an article for their website. So, what do I have to say to CNN? Below is the article I submitted to my PR team. Even after they begged me to neuter it, to refocus it on 24/7 news (not just CNN and not just the Wolf man), CNN still didn’t have the backbone to publish the critical commentary. So I publish it here.

(CNN-) Disaster. Crisis. Failure. Scandal. Tragic. Devastation. Danger. Emergency. Threat. Crash… just a few words spoken by Wolf Blitzer in “The Situation Room” within only a five-minute span. If you listen to The Wolf, the world is coming to an end… every five minutes. And we wonder why people feel hopeless (giving up the belief that a job even exists), fearful (pessimistic about the future) and lack confidence (market and otherwise) when you have The Wolf & Friends spreading the gospel of fear, worry, danger and anxiety in our family rooms, offices, cars and airports 24/7.

The damage these constant and repeated messages have on our consciousness and creative potential is “devastating.” (see Media Madness video)

What controls your attention controls your life.

Where your attention goes, energy flows and so goes your life. When I interviewed racecar-driving legend Mario Andretti, I asked him for the No. 1 success tip to racecar driving. His answer, “Don’t look at the wall.” He explained, “Your car goes where your eyes go.” If you are a tightrope walker, what’s the one thing you never do? Right, look down. Why? Your body will follow your eyes. Your body (your life) also follows your eyes (your attention). If you point your eyes at Constant Negative News (there’s an acronym for that), your life will also go in that direction.

Your mind is like an empty glass. It will hold anything you put into it. You put in sensational news, salacious headlines and talk show rants and you are pouring dirty water into your glass. If you’ve got dark, dismal, worrisome water in your glass, everything you create will be filtered through that muddy mess, because that’s what you’ll be thinking about. Garbage in, garbage out.

You can flush your dirty glass with clean, clear, pure water. What is clear water? Positive, inspirational and supportive input and ideas. Stories of aspiration, people who, despite challenges, are overcoming obstacles and achieving great things. Strategies of success, prosperity, health, love and joy. Ideas to create more abundance, to grow, expand and become more. But it’s a constant battle as we are surrounded by those who want to spew dirty water into our glass constantly.

Why does The Wolf do it?

The fight for your attention has never been bloodier. Once upon a time there were only a few TV channels, a few radio stations (that came in), a few major newspapers and a handful of magazines. Now there are thousands of each, plus blogs, RSS feeds, text alerts, iPad apps, satellite radio, Pandora, tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn notifications, ad nauseam. So to compete in this bare-knuckled blood sport The Wolf has to shock you into paying attention to him (and his advertisers) and nothing gets your attention like good old-fashioned fear.

Your mind is not designed to make you happy. Did you know that? Happiness is not its job. Its main and sole concern is survival, to keep you alive, thus it is on constant watch looking out for any danger or impending threat. The Wolf knows this. The Wolf knows your mind better than you. He can’t get your attention (or the needed Nielsen audience measurement metrics) with happy feel-good stories and reports. Positive potential, abundance and optimism don’t grab your mind by the shirt collar like danger, disaster and tragedy does.

The media is crippling our creative potential.

You get in life what you create. Expectation drives the creative process. What do you expect? You expect what you are thinking about. Your thought process, the conversation in your head, is the foundation of the results you create in life. What are you thinking about? What is influencing and directing your thoughts? The answer: whatever you’re allowing yourself to hear and see. The input you are feeding your mind is what it is processing and thinking about.

If you listen to The Wolf you will be constantly reminded of, and thinking about, the tragic unemployment rate, the volatile and uncertain stock market, the gloomy state of the economy, scandals on Wall Street, gossip and shenanigans in Washington… after the relentless coverage of the latest tsunami, hurricane, car bombing, heinous murder and other calamities. Feed your mind repeated meals of that junk food and then wonder why you don’t feel very motivated to find a job or start a new business.

You can change the world—your world.

You can rid your world of all wars, murders, crimes, scandals, gossip, corruption and international disasters. You have that much power… in the palm of your hand.

How? Hit the OFF button. Turn off your TV. Turn off your radio. Cancel your newspaper subscription.

I learned an important life philosophy long ago. Control what’s controllable. What you can’t control is the national economy. What you can control is your economy. What you can’t control is what Washington does about healthcare. What you can control is the care of your own health. What you can’t control is how the president is running the country. What you can control is how you are running your business, household and life. What you can’t control is the war in Afghanistan. What you can control is the peace and harmony in your own home. Stop paying attention to what you can’t control, or it will control you and your life.

It’s time to take back control of your mind so you can take back your life. Stop letting other people influence your attitude, your hope for the future and your potential to do something great. Focus your mind and attention on what is right with the world and what’s possible for you. At the same time The Wolf is pointing out the 12 ugly, heinous, murderous and disastrous things that happened in the world today, millions of wonderful, miraculous and beautiful things happened as well. Step out of the perverted view of the world from “The Situation Room” and into the world of abundance, splendor and the unlimited positive potential that surrounds you every day. Focus your attention on ideas, information and knowledge that can help you grow, prosper, create and contribute to making a positive difference in your world… and you might just do something to change the world.

Bio: Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect—Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, is an accomplished entrepreneur, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine. He’s a peak performance expert and popular keynote speaker.

Other interesting viewpoints (not saying I agree with all that is depicted):
How news media works: video
Why America is dumbed down (some great scenes from “Network” 1976): video
Television-the drug of a nation: video

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Darren Hardy’s DB10Y Part 15: How to WIN—Every Time!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 1, 2012

This is it! Darren’s final Post!! and last document at the bottom. if you have not been able to keep up thats fine spend some time this weekend and next designing your life the way you want it. Dreaming, setting goals, writing them down, planning, growing your self to get better is the only way to achieve what you really want.

with that, here’s Darren!

 

Review: INTRO, GETTING READY & Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

As we head into the final stretch of this incredible journey, I want to offer you one final gift. It’s one of my greatest strategies for creating extraordinary success, and now–if you choose– it can be your success strategy, as well.

Regardless of your experience, skill level, or even the quality of your competition, with enough time, the following principle will allow you to win at almost everything, every time!

In fact, the only thing that can stop you now from accomplishing all the goals you have set is not utilizing this principle…. And that is the No. 1 reason why incredibly talented, intensely motivated people fail to attain what they want in life.

I used to get frustrated when I would start a new venture and I’d see the competition leap out in front and get off to a fast and successful start. Then I found the single discipline that gives me the advantage to beat anybody at almost anything—CONSISTENCY.

A lot of people become gung-ho about new goals or achievements, and they charge out of the gate in an explosion of activity—but their intensity and commitment quickly fizzle. Meanwhile, those who begin the journey with less flash but a greater commitment to consistency eventually catch up to their flamboyant peers and leave them in the dust. Do what most people don’t: Stay consistent.

Lack of consistency is the subtle stealer of dreams. The stop and start process kills progress in any pursuit. In fact, inconsistency is one of the biggest reasons people don’t achieve their goals, and instead end up living a life of frustration and disappointment.

When you start thinking about slacking off on your action plan, routines and rhythms, consider the massive cost of inconsistency. It is not the loss of the single action and the tiny results it creates; it is the utter collapse and loss of momentum your entire progress will suffer.

Zig Ziglar uses the analogy of a hand-pumped water well. The water table is 25 feet below the ground. A pipe runs down to the water table, and you have to pump the lever to create the suction that brings the water above the ground and out of the spout.

When most people start a new endeavor, they grab the lever and start pumping really hard, they are excited, committed and resolute…. They pump and pump and pump, and after a few minutes (or a few weeks), when they don’t see any water (results), they give up pumping the lever altogether.

The first few people they showed the product to didn’t buy. After two weeks on their new health plan, they haven’t lost one pound. They didn’t meet anyone at the first two networking events they attended.

People expect instant results, and when they don’t see progress, they quit… before success has a chance to show itself. Wise people continue to pump.

If they persevere and continue to pump and pump the lever, eventually a few drops of water will appear. At this point, a lot of people say, “You’ve got to be kidding! All this pumping, and for what? A few drops of water? Forget it!”

Eight weeks of working out at the gym, and they don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret or Calvin Klein underwear model. They didn’t make $10,000 their first 90 days in their new business. Again, they don’t see the results they were expecting. They think their plan isn’t working, and they quit. But the wise person persists.

If you continue to pump, eventually, you will get a full and steady stream of water. Congratulations, success!

But here’s the real secret…

Once the water is flowing, you no longer need to pump the lever as hard or as quickly. It’s easy to keep the pressure steady by just pumping the lever CONSISTENTLY.

Now, what happens if you let go of the lever for too long? The water falls back down into the ground, and you’re back to square one. If you come back and pump the lever easily and steadily, you still won’t get any water. You have lost the vacuum, or the momentum of your compounded effort. The only way to get the water flowing again is to pump the lever really hard all over again.

The problem with most people’s lives is that they work really hard to get the water flowing and then take a break. Wham-o! They have to pump like crazy again just to get back to even. Living life in a constant state of fits and starts is frustrating and demoralizing.

People start up a routine of making 10 new prospecting calls a day, strike a little gold, and then don’t dial for a couple of weeks. People get excited about their new “date night” routine with their spouse, but in a few weeks, it’s back to Netflix and microwave popcorn on the couch Friday nights. I see people buy a new book, sign up for a new program or seminar and go like crazy for a couple of weeks or months. Then they stop and end up right back where they started—sound familiar?

Consistency is one of the most important principles of success.

Here are a few ways lack of consistency can negatively impact your life…
If you miss a couple weeks of workouts, or affectionate gestures to your wife, or slack off on your prospecting routine, you don’t just lose the results those two weeks could have produced. If that is all you lost, not much damage would be done. What people don’t realize is that by breaking their rhythm, they kill Mo (Momentum)—and that is the real tragedy. The cost to revive momentum is an enormous amount of time, energy and effort—not to advance, but to get back to where you started.

Committing to the principle of applying consistent effort to your goals will forever alter how you (could) live your life. One moment of inconsistency, a single poor choice, temporary inaction, a brief lapse of discipline doesn’t simply result in the loss of that one action—it breaks your momentum. Your Mo has left the building.

It’s not how you or your competition start; it’s how you continue. If you stay consistent, even slowly (the tortoise), ultimately, you will beat the most talented of competitors (the hare). CONSISTENCY is why the tortoise beats the hare every time.

At the start of this program, I gave you this all-important axiom, your key to the obtainment of any goal, dream or desire you can envision: Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.

Suggestion: Strategize how you will keep your commitment and consistency steadfast. Ask your friends, family, boss, co-workers, gym mates or mentor to help remind you and push you forward. Set a series of appointments with yourself to keep you on track with what you need to be doing– regularly. Publish your Weekly Rhythm Register on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, on the wall at the office, or on your blog. Design ways to continually herd yourself back into the rhythms, routines and disciplines you need to stay consistent on in order to accomplish your big goals.

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