Archive for February, 2012

This is an excerpt from an article by Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine.

 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.

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.

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.

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.


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Daily Inspiration

I subscribe to “Gail Lynne Goodwin’s Inspire Me Today”, and I will like to share  today’s  words of brilliance with you.

Today’s Brilliance: Marla Martenson

Marla is a professional matchmaker, a life coach, a speaker and best-selling author.

You can’t be the light of the world if you can’t pay your light bill. ~ Reverend Michael Beckwith

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I’d want to pass along to others…

In our society today most people are going to a job that they hate. They put in the obligatory 40 hours per week, do the daily grind, singing the “Thank God It’s Friday” song and “Oh no not another Monday morning.” Many people wake up one day to realize that life has passed them by while they were at work feeling miserable.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t bury your dreams and passion in exchange for a pay check.

Unleash your creativity! Wake up to new possibilities! I am inviting you to take a new approach and unlock your mind and allow yourself to see a wealth of new and exciting opportunities. You have creative genius and ingenuity embedded in you, don’t ignore it. Don’t let life pass you by with your music still in you. Meaningful work is within your grasp.

Whether you decide to look at your job in a new light or launch a new career altogether, once you embrace your light, creative genius, talent and uniqueness, you will find that you cannot go back to the old way of working and thinking.

It can be scary at first to even think about rocking the boat, after all people tend to gravitate towards what is familiar even if it is making them miserable. Start thinking of life as an adventure to be experienced.

Challenge yourself to be powerful, creative and innovative. Move past the fear and lack of knowledge and act on an idea. All you need to break out of your old habits and mold are these four things:

  • Energy
  • Imagination
  • Ambition
  • Desire

Your passion, enthusiasm, excitement, drive and vision will open new doors for you. Don’t wait to be discovered by someone, make your own opportunities. For twenty years, I was going on auditions hoping to get selected for acting parts and TV commercials. I occasionally got work, but most of my time was spent waiting on tables.

One day I heard an interview on the radio with the actress Salma Hayek, she said, “As women, we need to make our own projects. We can’t wait for someone to give us a job.” That one line sparked something in me. I decided to make my own project and I wrote my first book, Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting.

Even if you don’t know how you are going to write that book, design that fashion line, host that radio show, take one step towards it with faith and commitment. Show the universe that you are serious about your project and ideas and the right people, situations and opportunities will present themselves to you.

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