The Four Emotions That Can Lead to Life Change

by Jim Rohn

Emotions are the most powerful forces inside us. Under the power of emotions, human beings can perform the most heroic (as well as barbaric) acts. To a great degree, civilization itself can be defined as the intelligent channeling of human emotion. Emotions are fuel and the mind is the pilot, which together propel the ship of civilized progress. Which emotions cause people to act? There are four basic ones; each, or a combination of several, can trigger the most incredible activity. The day that you allow these emotions to fuel your desire is the day you’ll turn your life around.

1) DISGUST
One does not usually equate the word “disgust” with positive action. And yet properly channeled, disgust can change a person’s life. The person who feels disgusted has reached a point of no return. He or she is ready to throw down the gauntlet at life and say, “I’ve had it!” That’s what I said after many humiliating experiences at age 25, I said. “I don’t want to live like this anymore. I’ve had it with being broke. I’ve had it with being embarrassed, and I’ve had it with lying.” Yes, productive feelings of disgust come when a person says, “Enough is enough.” There is nothing so life-changing as gut-wrenching disgust!

2) DECISION
Most of us need to be pushed to the wall to make decisions. And once we reach this point, we have to deal with the conflicting emotions that come with making them. We have reached a fork in the road. Now this fork can be a two-prong, three-prong, or even a four-prong fork. No wonder that decision-making can create knots in stomachs, keep us awake in the middle of the night, or make us break out in a cold sweat. Making life-changing decisions can be likened to internal civil war. Conflicting armies of emotions, each with its own arsenal of reasons, battle each other for supremacy of our minds. And our resulting decisions, whether bold or timid, well thought out or impulsive, can either set the course of action or blind it. I don’t have much advice to give you about decision-making except this: Whatever you do, don’t camp at the fork in the road. Decide. It’s far better to make a wrong decision than to not make one at all. Each of us must confront our emotional turmoil and sort out our feelings.

3) DESIRE
How does one gain desire? I don’t think I can answer this directly because there are many ways. But I do know two things about desire:
a. It comes from the inside, not the outside.
b. It can be triggered by outside forces.

Therefore, while searching for your “hot button” of pure, raw desire, welcome into your life each positive experience. Don’t erect a wall to protect you from experiencing life. The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.

4) RESOLVE
Resolve says, “I will.” These two words are among the most potent in the English language. I WILL. Benjamin Disraeli, the great British statesman, once said, “Nothing can resist a humaImagen will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose.” In other words, when someone resolves to “do or die,” nothing can stop him. When confronted with such iron-will determination, I can see Time, Fate and Circumstance calling a hasty conference and deciding, “We might as well let him have his dream. He’s said he’s going to get there or die trying.”

The best definition for “resolve” I’ve ever heard came from a schoolgirl in Foster City, California. As is my custom, I was lecturing about success to a group of bright kids at a junior high school. I asked, “Who can tell me what “resolve” means?” Several hands went up, and I did get some pretty good definitions. But the last was the best. A shy girl from the back of the room got up and said with quiet intensity, “I think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up.” That’s it! That’s the best definition I’ve ever 

HEARD: PROMISE YOURSELF YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP.

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The Power Of Positive Thinking

You Are Who Your Friends Are
by Jack Canfield

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Power of Positive Thinking

It is important to acknowledge the power of positive thinking.  This goes not only for yourself, but also for the people you surround yourself with.  Attitudes are catchy.  Whether they are positive or negative, they are rubbing off on you.  If you are around people who complain, judge, spread negative gossip, blame others, and play victim roles, chances are you do, too.

Who are you around most often?  Are they achieving their dreams or complaining about their circumstances?  Do they look up to others who are go-getters and high achievers, or do they make fun of them and roll their eyes?  How do they treat you?  If you are spending time with people who do not support your dreams and goals, it’s seriously time to look at whom you call your friends!

Successful people surround themselves with successful people!  They want to be around others who are achieving their goals and making things happen for themselves.  They want to know their secrets and strategies for winning.  They are not embarrassed to be hanging out with the “nerds” of this world who are studying for success and making good money.

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Power of Mind, Positive Thinking

You, too, need to surround yourself with positive influences!  Join the clubs that other successful people are in, learn what they are learning, act how they act, and talk how they talk.  It doesn’t matter from what walk of life you are coming from.  Show up and transform yourself into an achiever!  Success is not just for those who have had it easy, who came from supportive homes or had expensive educations.  There are so many successful people who rose up from very poor conditions and overcame obstacles to achieve the goals they had their sights set on.  But they did not get there by hanging out with negative energy drainers!

Have you been limiting your success by letting yourself be influenced by other people’s negative energy?  Make a list of all the people you spend time with and make a note of the kind of personality they have.  How many negative people are you around every day?  How many people on your list are achieving their dreams, are supporting yours, and are taking responsibility for their lives?  You’re better off spending time alone than with people who hold themselves back with a victim mentality.

Simply stop spending time with the negative people on your list.  Join the clubs that will put you in with a positive circle of friends.  Set a new standard for yourself and don’t become friends with people who fall below that standard.  Invite your old friends to come with you and you’ll know who has potential and who to stop being around entirely.

You have to take responsibility for this area of your life.  Look around you at the people you call friends, you act just like them!  Does it make you proud?  Are you selling yourself short?  Or are you on the right track?  Keep successful people around you and will you be successful!  Be around people who can accomplish their goals and you will accomplish yours!  The choice is yours to make.

Creating Opportunity

ImageAn enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.

To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It’s to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves… regardless of the economy.

A person with an enterprising attitude says, “Find out what you can before action is taken.” Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what’s to come.

Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.

Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.

What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.

ImageAnd lastly, being enterprising doesn’t just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self-worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future. And by doing so you will increase your confidence, your courage, your creativity and your self-worth—your enterprising nature.

BY JIM ROHN

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