How your mind affects the law of attraction

You need a 7 Day BrainwashOur minds are made up of two halves- our conscious mind and our subconscious mind. The conscious mind controls our physical actions, and also analyzes the information it receives from what we see, hear, touch, feel and smell. The conscious mind will then analyze and relay this information to the subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind controls the workings of the body outside our conscious control, such as digestion and blood circulation. It is the part of our mind that responds to our thought vibrations and works with the universe to manifest what it is we are focusing on using the law of attraction.

However, the subconscious mind is unable to analyze the information it receives and relies on the conscious mind to create its reality. This means that if your conscious mind is giving out strong thoughts of poverty, this will be impressed onto the subconscious mind, which will instruct the universe to manifest more of what you are focusing on- namely more poverty. The subconscious mind has no way of knowing or judging that this is negative and not what you truly want.

If you do not think that you are worthy of success, then your conscious mind is giving the instruction to your subconscious mind that you are not worthy, and it will manifest appropriate behaviors designed to keep success away. On the other hand, if your conscious mind tells your subconscious mind that you have a new car, and your focus is on the car, as long as you belief that it will come to you and that you deserve to have it, your subconscious mind will find ways of bringing the car into your life and making it a part of your reality.

If your conscious mind gives your subconscious mind an order, it has no choice but to obey. If you keep your thoughts and feelings positive and be specific in what you want, your subconscious mind will manifest it for you through the law of attraction.

Are you a procrastinator?

You need a 7 Day BrainwashAre you your own worst enemy? Do you find that you waste precious time when really you know that you should be getting on with any important tasks? Do you feel guilty when you finish way behind schedule or perhaps fail to finish at all?

Whilst you are not the only one to procrastinate in life, it’s a negative aspect that has to be corrected if you are truly to complete your goals in life. Worse, procrastination can easily lead to feelings of depression and worthlessness therefore becoming a vicious circle of time-wasting and reducing your chances of success.

Sometimes, just starting any tasks can be the hardest element to overcome but in order to change behaviours that might have been established for a long time, you need to force yourself to get stuck in and get on with anything on that all-important list.

If procrastination is your secret deadly enemy, then consider adopting some of the following:

-Improve your time management by compiling daily to-do lists if you don’t do so already. Write down everything that needs to be completed that day and then mark them in order of priority. Where possible, write your to-do list the night before so that you know exactly what needs to be done first thing.

-Set your alarm so that you get up earlier. Procrastinating first thing in the morning can lose you hours and then you are always playing catch up. An extra hour can make a great deal of difference plus it starts you off on a positive note.

-Watch less TV. You may be surprised by how much time is really wasted through casual absorption of any favoured TV programmes. Make a note of all the programmes that you really want to watch (or record) and then aim to finish all of your tasks before the first important programme comes on. This way you are more likely to focus on completing those tasks as you have something good to aim for.

-It’s easy to fall foul to lazy days but everyone is entitled to a little self-indulgent time, just don’t waste your time completely, instead focus on your end goal and visualize how good you are going to feel once you have achieved your dreams. If you are a visual person, this can really help you to breathe life into your goals and to help it become a tangible reality.

6 tips to strengthen your willpower muscles

You need a 7 Day BrainwashIf you do some searching around the Internet, you will see a number of interesting

studies that have been conducted on the habit of “willpower” as being an important predictor of success in life.

In general, people who exercise more self control (in all different types of situations) are more likely to produce better results in life, health, family, business, and so on.

Many of the studies actually show that a person’s willpower acts like a muscle that can be developed and strengthened with practice. Here are some suggested activities you can try to strengthen your own willpower or self-control “muscles”…

1. Try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. It might start off feeling very awkward, but as you work on the habit, you improve your ability while increasing your self control.

2. Change your reactions. For example, if you have the habit of reacting with anger when something doesn’t go your way, choose to practice changing your reaction to something more positive. Each experience creates the new habit and reinforces your willpower muscles.

3. Read or listen to books about personal development daily (ideally at the same time each day). The more you analyze your habits and behaviours, the more you will see opportunities for change and improvement.

4. Replace every drink with water. This is a great habit for anyone who wants to improve their health. If you normally have a pop, coffee or juice, make the conscious decision to replace it with water. Each choice strengthens your self control muscles and contributes to better health.

5. Practice proper breathing. As often as possible throughout the day, focus on deep breathing into your diaphragm rather than short breaths that often come as a result of stress.

6. Adjust your posture. By repeatedly correcting your posture, you not only improve the health of your body (and particularly your spine), you also create an opportunity to form a new habit that comes from the development of your willpower.

These are just a few examples that you can use and adapt into your own self-control regimen. The key is to find activities that are important to you and will move you towards some specific goal you have in your life.

Another important aspect to keep in mind is the enjoyment factor. If you are working on your willpower strength but the entire time, you feel like it is punishment or painful, the chance of you maintaining your new habit is slim.

So take some time today to think of some new activities you can build into your life that help you build your willpower and self control. Remember to have fun with it, see it as a tool to help you become more successful and don’t forget to forgive yourself if you happen to sway off track once in a while.

You are responsible for what happens in your life

You need a 7 Day BrainwashWant to know what thought energies you have been giving out to the universe? It is simple- take a look around you! Look at the job you do, the car you drive, the home you live in and the people in your life they are all reflections of what you have been giving out.

Not what you wanted? Then you have been giving out vibrations which have attracted these unwanted things into your life- or at least have not attracted the things you really want. By giving your attention to the things you don’t want in your life, and charging them with emotional thought energy, you have unconsciously attracted them. It is likely that some areas of your life are better than others, which means that you have been giving out more positive vibrations in these areas.

Does this mean that all of the bad things that happen to you in this life happen because you subconsciously want them to? Not necessarily. As we have seen, the law of attraction cannot differentiate between good and bad. If you are focusing too hard on something you don’t want to happen, such as your car breaking down or an automobile accident, your subconscious mind picks up on these vibrations and sees it as an instruction to manifest it into your life- regardless if it is something you want or not. You have attracted it by default.

It can be very tough to take on board the fact that we are responsible for creating everything we have in our lives right now- good and bad. A lot of people find it difficult to accept this- as a society we are very good at blaming anyone or anything else for our current situation. But, as we mentioned earlier, once you have accepted this then you can start to change your thought vibrations and start attracting the life you do want.

Is maybe your friend?

You need a 7 Day BrainwashYesterday was full of maybe’s. I’d been booked to do a one day course in London, and I was trying to buy my rail ticket over the phone. As I was speaking, the guy at the other end said to me, “I’m sorry, sir, my computer screen has just blanked out. All our system is down. Could you call back later?” I tried, but it was the same story. A third time, the same. Wasn’t that annoying?

Maybe.

I was just beginning to get frustrated, when my phone rang. It was the man who’d booked me. “Listen,” he said, “Am I too late to postpone you for a week? We’ve got a hitch this end.”

There is a story I rather like. A poor Indian farmer has a small piece of land and a horse. He is old, but his healthy son works the land and can ride the horse. One day, the horse runs away. The neighbours gather round and say how terrible it is. “You poor man,” they cry, “now you cannot work your land. That’s terrible.”

“Well, maybe,” is all the old farmer says.

The next day, the horse returns with two wild horses. The neighbours cry, “It’s a miracle. Now you have three horses. Isn’t that wonderful?”

“Well, maybe,” says the old man.

The farmer’s son is breaking in the wild horses when one of them throws him and he falls badly and breaks his leg. The neighbours are horrified. “Now you have no one to work the land. That’s awful,” they wail.

You guessed what the farmer says, haven’t you? “Well, maybe.”

The next day, war breaks out, and the government conscript all healthy young men into the army. When they get to the farmer’s house, they cannot take his son because of his broken leg.

“It’s wonderful,” cry the neighbours, (who obviously don’t learn very fast). “Now your son will be spared the war. Isn’t that fabuloso?”

By now, you know what the farmer said. He said, “Well, maybe.” …………..

In Chinese, the character for crisis is also the character for “opportunity.” You can’t see round corners, but if you trust that the corners are there, and that you’ll always find a way to handle whatever is there when you turn them, you’ll simply enjoy discovering what you’re capable of. If you resist, you’ll hurt.

Maybe.

Motivate Yourself For Success

You need a 7 Day BrainwashDid you see the Beijing Olympics, the World Cup Soccer or Wimbledon this year? Rarely are we privileged to witness such triumph and human spirit at its absolute best.

How did all those athletes get motivated, especially the gold medalists and the winners?

Was it the thought of the gold medal itself that kept them running, jumping, swimming or facing whatever feat of endurance that will write them into the history books?

Well, perhaps. But we know that what we saw them all do was the end of very, very long journeys for those incredibly motivated men and women.

Along the way, most of them will have faced failures, challenges such as injuries or changes in their personal lives, and there will for many of them I am sure, have been times when they lost heart and just believed they could not succeed.

We all know this. Most of us don’t even aspire to be Olympic athletes, but we each do have our dreams – for our businesses, our families, our relationships and ourselves.

Who wants to write a novel? Who’d like to perform their own song or play? Who wants to be a millionaire?

The journeys to dreams are rarely straightforward or without challenge. If they were, they’d hardly be worth having. The glory of an Olympic gold medal is precisely because it’s extraordinarily difficult to earn one. If they were handed out like candy at a kids birthday party, no one would have the slightest interest in a gold medal or gold medallist!

However, the biggest challenge isn’t with the feat of endurance – it’s with your own mind. You have to believe that you can do whatever it is, and in those moments when doubt creeps in, at those dark times when you lose heart, you have to know how to get back on track – fast!

Your coach, if you have one, can be a great help. Family and friends will rally round to support you. But ultimately it’s down to you. If you keep shaking your head saying, “I can’t do it. I can’t, I can’t,” eventually even your coach will leave you behind – and they’ll find someone else who believes they can!

Masters of Success know this. They know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of self doubt. More than that, they know how re-ignite the flame of desire for the goal, and fan that flame into a fervour that drives them – with passion – to keep going. That flame eventually becomes their personal blaze of glory.

Stay motivated. It sounds simple, but unless you know how to follow that instruction, it’s as daft as saying to someone who’s stressed, “Try to relax.” (What do you suppose they’ve been doing?)

Success comes from within. Motivation is a major component of any kind of success.

Going for gold?

See you at the top!

Inspirational quotes for better living

You need a 7 Day Brainwash“What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”

General Douglas MacArthur

“The real leader has no need to lead– he is content to point the way.”

Henry Miller

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self- reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don’t take too much advice keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.”

Noah Porter

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.”

Aristotle

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Proverbs 29:18

“Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.”

Horace

“In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.”

Henry W. Longfellow

What Are You Dedicating Your Life To?

You need a 7 Day BrainwashWhether you realize it or not, the way you choose to spend your day is ultimately a trade off. You

are literally trading the minutes, hours and days of your life in exchange for your current

activities. Most of us spend 40 (and often more) hours per week trading the precious moments of

our life for our job. Two questions immediately rise to the surface:

1. Do you consciously recognize and appreciate each day of your life with the awareness

that none of us know how much or how little time we have left?

2. If so, are you making a fair trade (i.e. are your activities worthy of your life energy)?

When I rst understood this lesson at both an intellectual and emotional level, my honest answer

to both of the above questions was NO! I was not necessarily taking my life for granted but I also

did not truly appreciate my days. I was devoting my time to a number of things that did not make

me happy and I was avoiding facing my fears. My mindset was I will deal with it at a better

time.’ Deep down I knew I was simply avoiding the issue altogether.

Speci cally, I am talking about my professional career. Although I was quite successful, had a

great salary, great security, excellent bene ts and room to grow in the organization, I did not

enjoy the work. I would start my day and look forward for it to be over. I did not work with any

passion. Worst of all, I was trading my life for this career.

Because this was the only profession I knew and spent many years establishing myself, it never

actually occurred to me that change was possible. I simply assumed that I would have to stick it

out and hopefully do well enough nancially so that I could retire early and THEN begin to

enjoy my days.

Then I got involved in personal development programs. I started to learn more about life and

more about the mind. I quickly realized that I had been operating my life following a set of

beliefs and paradigms that were not necessarily ideas that I agreed with. I had always assumed

that everyone disliked their job and it was just something we all had to go through to earn our

retirement’.

When I found out that there were many people who loved their work and had found a way to

make a living based on their passions, I was very intrigued. I was also wary of the idea because it

sounded too good to be true.

As I started to study some of these people and learn about the inspiring lives they were living, I

realized a very important distinction between them and myself. Unlike me at the time, they DID

appreciate the value of each living day and they also structured their life in such a way that they

were trading their days for a purpose worthy of them and their true values.

When I compared them to myself, I was trading the days of my life for something that made me

unhappy. When I dissected it further, I was choosing this lifestyle because I was too afraid to

change. I was afraid to give up the salary and bene ts, afraid to give up the position that took so

many years to obtain, afraid to admit to others that I was unhappy and afraid to decide what I

truly wanted out of life.

The more I thought about it and the more I studied personal development teachings and success

stories, the greater my desire for change became. I started to reprogram my mind so that the pain

of remaining status quo was actually more intense than the fear of change. I know many personal

growth programs advocate positive thinking, but negative motivators inspire action for all of us.

It certainly worked in my case.

Not only did this new mindset drive me to nd my true passion and true calling in life (speaking

and coaching), it helped me establish a sense of personal freedom that can best be described as

liberation. There came a point where my self image literally shifted and I saw myself safely and

con dently walking away from the career that I had so desperately held onto for many years.

The days of my life were far too important and valuable to be spending them doing something

that had no meaning for me. After I resigned from that position, I made a personal commitment

to dedicate the rest of my working days doing only that which I love.

I now love my work. I look forward to my days. I look forward to new projects and new

opportunities. I never think about retirement because I never plan on retiring. When you do what

you love, why would you ever want to stop?

If you are reading this article and can share a similar story, please contact me directly as I would

love to put together a special edition of my newsletter to pro le all of the inspiring and uplifting

stories of people who are living their dream.

Improve Yourself Programatically

You need a 7 Day BrainwashFor the past 3 years, I have spent most of my time developing my business and along the way, have had to overcome a number of fears and self-limiting ideas. What I was really doing was reprogramming my mind to think differently.

Here are 3 techniques you might want to try that will help you reprogram yourself to a new and improved YOU:

1. Hang out with an influencer.

When I first got started in business, I was struggling to pay the bills and find enough clients to keep me going. Even when I did find clients, I did a terrible job billing for my time and I was not recognizing my own value as a service provider.

I was then lucky enough to meet another business owner who had built a number of successful companies and had already been through all of the tough business lessons that I had yet to be exposed to. Over time we became friends and I was able to absorb an incredible amount of information about business, mindset, dealing with clients, social skills, etc… all of the things that made him so talented at business.

The challenge here is that you can’t just walk up to someone and ask them to be your friend. When you meet someone who you would like to learn from, show them that you value their time and bring something of your own to the table. If they feel they can also learn from you and your life experiences, they will be far more willing to hang out with you.

2. Wage a war against the whiny voice in your head.

Have you ever had an idea that totally captivated your imagination and inspired you to think about a life far beyond the one you are living today? If so, were you also among the majority of people who had that cynical, whiny, negative voice pop up and immediately tell you all the reasons why this new idea could never come true?

Instead of falling victim to that defeating voice, try turning the tables. Picture that voice as a vicious enemy trying to steal your life, power and happiness away from you. Challenge the voice. Question its authenticity. Question its reasoning. Make it powerless against your will.

Realize that you have the choice to replace that voice with a more encouraging, faithful and friendly one. A voice that will consider your goal not just a possibility, but a probability. A voice that does not look externally for validation before taking action, but rather, uses self-belief as its driving force. A voice that realizes that any person who has ever achieved greatness had to do so against similar odds and that all things are possible to those who commit to their vision.

3. Get the competitive edge.

When you want to accomplish something new, try setting up a competition against one or more people who want the same thing. This creates two powerful forces.

The first is the desire to be triumphant. Imagine the excitement someone must feel when they win a gold medal in the Olympics. They have achieved a personal dream and they get a flood of recognition from friends, family, media, fans and ultimately their entire country. What person would not love this kind of validation of success? The same kind of triumph can be experienced when you win a competition that you have been involved in, no matter how small it may be.

The second (and more powerful) force that gets created in competition is the desire to avoid defeat. Most humans instinctively associate any form of loss with pain and in most cases, will do anything necessary to avoid that pain. If you enter some kind of competition that will help drive you towards your goals, this pain avoidance force may be the deciding factor in your success.

Use competitive scenarios to drive you forward but remember to detach from the outcome. If you happen to lose your competition, don’t get down in the dumps. Focus on what positives came out of it (usually a drastic increase in results) and continue moving towards your goals.