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Excerpt from “A Touch of Greatness” by Frank Tibolt
Wise old Andy Carnegie, multi-millionaire philanthropist and builder of men (he created 43 millionaires) became an omnivorous reader as soon as he first learned to read. He particularly liked stories of biography about successful and rich men.
He quickly learned that most successful men made a habit of writing down goals and striving for them. He read this so often he regarded it as the secret of success. He preached it to anyone who’d listen.
He went so far as to think up a little trick for finding out how many of his own employees wrote down goals and aimed at them. This he did as follows: He thought up a questionnaire of 15 questions so worded to make them think he wanted their opinions and suggestions. Here were some of the questions:
* How long have you been working here?
* What prompted you to come to work for us?
* Are you satisfied with your pay and working conditions?
* Do you have any suggestions for improving conditions, or improving the company?
* Are you earning enough money for the work you do, in your opinion?
* Do you make enough money to take good care of your family?
Etc. etc. 15 questions in all.
But in between the 15 was one, the only one he was interested in. That one was:
Do you have the habit of writing down goals and working to reach them?
When the questionnaires came in, he had his accountants separate the “yes” sheets from the “no” sheets.
There were 226 Yes sheets and 3572 No sheets.
Then he checked the earnings of each employee.
The 226 Yes sheets were among the 10% of the highest earners in the company.
The No sheets were among the 90% of the lowest earners.
After the test was over he confessed his trick and explained he did it to persuade them to become GOAL SETTERS. And it paid off. The production of the plant increased and hundreds began goal-setting. Many of them became rich. Forty-three of them became millionaires. For a while he was nicknamed the High Priest of GOAL SETTING.
Since that time dozens of other research agencies, colleges, accountants, employment agencies and others conducted similar tests. And they always came out close to these figures of 6% and 94%.
GOAL SETTING… THE GREATEST, MOST VALUABLE AND MOST USEFUL OF ALL SUCCESS TECHNIQUES
This technique applies to any goal — large, small, short range, long range, personal, job or career. It works for just a passing thought. Writing down a mere passing thought works like magic for converting that thought into a goal.
And writing down a goal works like DYNAMITE for converting a goal into reality.You are already acquainted with GOAL SETTING through reading Lesson 1 [from the book A Touch of Greatness]. That lesson applied GOAL SETTING to writing down the six most urgent tasks for the next day.
Your next step is to write down something with a longer range, like a week. Then gradually for a little longer like a month or so. As you see the giant results, you’ll automatically apply it to longer and longer range goals. Don’t choose as your first step upward, a goal that your judgment tells you is so high that it’s probably unreachable, or one that will take you so long that it might become discouraging. Select one that you’re sure you can reach with a LITTLE time and effort.
Many students ask me: “You say most people know that deciding on and writing down a goal is the most important first step toward success. If so many people know that, why do so few people do it?
“That’s a logical question. I’ll be glad to answer it. I’ll call on Edison and Napoleon to help me answer it. Napoleon wrote:
“The most difficult of all tasks, and hence the most rewarding, is the POWER TO DECIDE. It takes little power to do big things. But it takes great power to decide on big things. And deciding on a goal is a BIG thing. It affects us all our lives.”
Whatever you want — large or small, material, mental, or spiritual — write it down as a goal then do something every day to help you reach it. That’s the nearest thing to that “so called” SECRET OF SUCCESS you’ll ever discover.
The great Goethe wrote: “First build a proper goal. That proper goal will make it easy, almost automatic, to build a proper YOU.
”William. James and other great psychologists tell us: Compared to what we should be, we are only half alive. We are making use of only a small part of our mind power. Deep down inside of us are vast powers we know nothing of and never use.
How can we wake up more of our mind power? By waking up more of our 12 billion brain cells most of which are idle, asleep. Some wake up by themselves. But the surest, most powerful technique is to set goals and to work towards them. After you’ve chosen your goal, whether long range, or short range, whether a job goal or some other, you now have the task of realizing it. When your car needs a major repair, your mechanic selects the best tools. And when you want to realize a goal, you also need the best, quickest and surest tools. And what are they? Without the slightest question of a doubt, they are PENCIL AND PAPER… writing.
Edison once said: “Most people will go to ANY length to avoid the labor of thinking.” My classes taught me: Many people will go to any length to avoid the labor of writing. They’ll practice auto-suggestion, positive thinking, meditating, affirmations, even hypnotism. But they shrink from writing. They are throwing away their sharpest tool for the purpose of realizing a goal. Why? Because writing requires thinking, the most exact kind of thinking.
In fact writing forces us to think. It has ten times the power to force us to concentrate and think accurately, exactly, and meaningfully as mere talking or silent pondering. You can prove this in a minute. Just try to write something without thinking. You can’t. Forcing yourself to write harnesses a group of brain cells to produce thoughts and that develops mind power. The starting point of all achievement is a vision, a dream. That dream continued changes to a desire. And if it’s definite, it leads to a plan, which in turn leads to action. But it must be definite and WRITTEN DOWN as a goal. Otherwise it’s a mere passing thought.Unless you write down your goal on paper, you are merely toying …you haven’t gotten serious. I’d like to print in letters 12 inches high this MILLION DOLLAR MESSAGE:
ONLY BY WRITING DOWN YOUR GOAL ON PAPER CAN YOU HARNESS YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND TO GO TO WORK TO REALIZE YOUR GOAL
I can’t emphasize too strongly: Only the emotions, feeling, have the power to put a message over to the subconscious mind. Ordinary thinking or talking does NOT arouse the emotions. Seeing your goal on paper involves the optic nerve which is 17 times larger than most other nerves. Therefore, seeing it on paper makes a deeper impression on the mind, makes you remember it longer and it penetrates your inner, subconscious mind.
Many potentially great people remained just ordinary because they never wrote down their goals. And many ordinary men who did write down their goals rose to wealth and some even to greatness. A written down goal has more power than brilliance, luck, pull, even genius. Writing down your goal is so important that I’m going to remind you, urge you, spur you and coax you to write it down until you’re blue in the face.
If I fail to motivate you to write it down, I’m a flop as a teacher. If you don’t like to write, I strongly urge you to force yourself to write until it becomes a habit. Any skill or habit can be developed and acquired, IF we want it seriously enough to seriously set our minds to it. That requires SELF MASTERY, will power, discipline. Here is a good place to begin developing this SELF MASTERY — one of the two MIND GROWTH traits.
Writing down your goal is planting the seed. That seed will grow and draw all other success aids it needs, like the apple seed that grows and draws all the ingredients it needs. Writing is both physical and mental. It has double power… bringing faster results than any single power. It reaches the subconscious mind. The subconscious is much smarter than the conscious mind. It’s much older, millions of years older. The conscious mind is a comparatively late-comer.
Writing it down gives it momentum, life, substance …makes it definite and PERMANENT. Mere mental thinking lasts a few seconds. Writing on paper never forgets. Writing it down has two powers, drawing and driving power. Through the subconscious it draws and through the conscious it drives us to do everything we can think of to help realize that goal. It’s the quick way.Writing it down is like hiring a MIRACLE WORKER.
Outside forces, seemingly from nowhere come to your aid. There’s an ancient Swiss saying: FATE ADDS A THREAD TO THE CLOTH BEGUN. How? I don’t know. Experts have several theories about how a goal converts itself to its physical equivalent. Here is the one most widely accepted:Your conscious mind is the RULER of your life. Your subconscious mind is the FACTORY. This factory is also a giant COMPUTER. It has thousands of separate facts, ideas, plans, notions, concepts and thoughts.
A written down order from the conscious mind signals the subconscious mind to select, compare, combine, adopt, adapt, reject, relate and switch these facts and thoughts around and combine them into new forms, new ideas, plans, and means to realize that goal. It even has cybernetic action like a guided missile. When it wanders off course it self-corrects and puts itself right back on course.Paper with writing on it never forgets. And writing a goal on paper is in some way related to writing it on the subconscious mind, where it acts like a note to ourselves and projects itself upon our eyes and minds to spur us, urge us and nag us until we take some action.
Writing it down activates a new group of our 12 billion brain cells to go to work and realize our goal. Authorities admit they know very little about just how and why this subconscious mind works. But like electricity which produces light, although they don’t know how and why electricity works, they are not willing to sit in the dark until they discover how and why. They’re satisfied to push buttons and turn it on.
Many hesitate because they don’t know how nature works. No one does. She works in mysterious ways. How she transforms a goal into its counterpart in material form is one of her secrets. As we use electricity without knowing how it works, let’s do the same with writing down a goal. Those who do, win; those who don’t, fail.
Writing down a goal is like turning on a switch. Pencil touching paper is like joining two electric wires together to form a path for the flow of electric power. This simple act of writing down your goal will do more to realize it than anything else you can do. It’s electrifying, galvanizing, magnetizing …it draws all it needs toward it …it will make you a new person …it will lift you from creature of circumstance to master of circumstance … it will release the sleeping powers of your mind …it will permeate every facet of your life. A note on paper never forgets. Nor does your subconscious mind. It might flare forth weeks later.
Your problem is more than half solved once you get your message over to the subconscious mind. In six weeks it can change your whole life. Seemingly miracles begin to happen. Ideas to help you realize your goal will come from everywhere …seemingly even out of thin air. Your hopes rise …you change from drifting to driving. Your whole life seems to surge ahead. Optimism replaces pessimism, positive replaces negative. Hope blooms and despair flees. Your confidence drives out all doubt — indifference changes to enthusiasm. You’re on your way! One surprising way your subconscious mind works on your goal is: IT WORKS ON YOU. Your written down goal motivates you to action. It seems to set a fire under you to wake you up. It changes your whole attitude and outlook. Writing it down takes less than a minute but does more than 20 years of mere wishing to realize it. It’s a literal magnet, a charm that draws everything it needs.You’ll notice your goal working on you right away. Seeing your goal on paper will alert you to notice everything even remotely related to your goal. You’ll notice your goal gripping you and everything you do. It will keep you ever alert for new ideas; give you new spring, new energy and zeal, new spirit to permeate your whole being.
So far we’ve been emphasizing the power of the subconscious mind to help us realize our goal. That was proper. Writing it down on paper was the mightiest single action we could take to help realize it. But since we want quick results, we owe it to ourselves to use ALL possible aids. Our conscious mind also has power. Remember it is the RULER of our life.
And remember it was our conscious mind that impelled us to harness our subconscious mind to help realize that goal. And remember: “Committing your goal on paper will activate both your conscious mind and subconscious minds, and help keep your goal always before your vision. “There are several ways to harness your conscious mind to help you realize your goal. Probably the most powerful one is as a reminder. Keep that goal in mind. That requires conscious effort. Look at that written goal. Be sure to LOOK at it, not merely think of it. Look at it every evening.
In addition, write it on several cards. Put one in your car, one in your bedroom, one in your bathroom, and others where you’ll AUTOMATICALLY see them without depending on your unreliable memory. Your success, and how quickly you’ll realize your goal, will depend on how long you can keep your enthusiasm up. Some have enthusiasm for a few minutes, others for a few days, some a few weeks, or months. But the real winners are the ones who keep it up for years. Keep in mind enthusiasm creates energy. Energy impels you from within to take actions that help you realize your goal.
OTHER WAYS TO HARNESS THE CONSCIOUS MIND
Also keep in mind the subconscious mind is deaf to mere thinking or weak wishing. It only heeds strong feeling, emotion. Other methods to harness your conscious mind are:
* 1. Auto suggestions … telling yourself, aloud if alone, in positive tones that you will realize your goal. Still better, telling yourself that you are already realizing it.
* 2. Visualizing, seeing it mentally as realized.
* 3. Every evening reading the list of all the rich, rewards of your goal.
* 4. Meditation and affirmations.
* 5. Talking to people in fields of your interest.
* 6. Reading trade journals about your goal.
* 7. Reading success books, articles and stories about men in your field of interest.
* 8. Listening to lectures, tapes, records on success.
* 9. Associating with successful people.
* 10. Try to think up several ways of your own. Thinking is the highest faculty of the mind. Exercise it at every opportunity. It’s easy: COMPARE AND COMBINE.
For quickest results, while your subconscious mind is drawing, your conscious mind should be driving you to develop the qualities needed to reach your goal. To this end get up a list of slogans, axioms, proverbs, precepts, maxims, mottos as short reminders. Read them every day.
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A vision board can be a physical or virtual (digital) board which you fill with pleasing images and affirmations. These images and affirmations represent your dreams and desires. The idea of a vision board is to keep you focusing on what it is you DO want (instead of what you don’t want). By means of the law of attraction these things will begin to attract into your experience.
To Create a Vision Board on Your Computer
If you spend many hours on your computer and would prefer to have your vision board right there with you, you may choose to create an electronic Vision Board. You can create a simple one by “copy and pasting” images on to a word document or power point presentation.
But if you really want to gear things up, you may opt for the more fun and convenient method and go for Vision Board Software. This simple to use software helps you create a very effective and beautiful Vision Board which I’m sure you’ll love!
Create Your Own Virtual Vision Board
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To Create a physical Vision Board
What You will Need
- cork board/ magnet board/ large piece of cardboard or paper
- pictures – cut out from magazines, or printed from your computer.
- glue or coins to put the pictures up.
- a fun and positive mood!
Let the Fun Begin! The Steps:
- Decide if you want to create a vision board for a specific area of your life, or a general one.
- Find pictures that represent your goal manifesting. This can be magazine cut outs, internet images printed out or photographs.
- Make a list of positive affirmations which correspond with your chosen goals.
- Add these affirmations to your pictures, by writing them or printing from your computer.
- Now arrange your pictures and affirmations on your boards. Have fun with this step. Make the board look as attractive to you as possible.
- Place your new Vision Board in a place you will see it often.
- Make a habit of looking at your Vision Board as often as you can. When focusing on the images and affirmations, try to emerge yourself in thefeeling of appreciation for already having them. If that is too unbelievable for you at this point, focus on the thought that it is on it’s way to you,and feel happy just knowing that.
Tips for Vision Board Success
- You may change the vision board as often as you like, replacing the things which have manifested with new desires.
- Make sure there are no unwanted items on your board, because you will be seeing those too, and by Law of Attraction, they too will be drawn closer to you.
- If you choose to place a picture of yourself, make sure it is one in which you were happy and healthy.
Now go have some Fun!
I believe a picture speaks louder than words.
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You can include your own dream images, empowering affirmations and chosen power words in your Vision Board, displaying the amazing future you intent to manifest. You can even add your choice of music and you can record your own voice to accompany your Vision Board!
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Your self chosen affirmations also show up in a pop up balloon on your screen for extra exposure. This unique system comes with libraries of affirmations, power words and images to make creating a personal Vision Board fast and easy.
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By focusing on your Vision Board at least twice a day, you are applying The Law of Attraction in a most powerful way. By constantly feeding your subconscious mind with positive affirmations and images of your dreams, feeling as if you have already achieved them, and taking inspired action you will attract your goals into your reality.
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by song chengxiang
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Affirmations have been used by successful people for
centuries. It has helped many ordinary people achieve
extraordinary results in their lives. It has turned many
failures into successes. It has made many miracles happen
in the history of human evolution. However, the majority of
people who use affirmation find that it doesn’t work. Why
is this the case? What are the elements that people have
missed when they use affirmation techniques? I constantly
ask myself these questions, and seek for the answers. The
result is, no one book gives the complete answer. Some tips
given in one book work for a specific situation, but not
for others. Other books give other tips that work for other
situations, but not for this. I have tested and filtered
out the ineffective ones, and left only what I call the
ultimate effective technique secrets.
The purpose of affirmation:
Before I give you the effective techniques, I must make you
understand the true purpose of affirmation. Simply stated,
the purpose of affirmation is to pass a command from the
conscious mind to the subconscious mind. The subconscious
mind has the ability, in anything it accepts as true, to do
whatever it takes to turn it into reality. The purpose of
an affirmation is to pass a message to the subconscious
mind, and to make it believe the message is true.
So this brings us to the first element of an effective affirmation:
1.The affirmation must be believable to the subconscious
Most of the affirmations people use, fail at this first
stage. They tend to give an unrealistic message to the
subconscious mind, hoping for a positive response. If you
are financially broke, and you say to yourself “I earn
$100,000 per year”, is this believable to your mind? If
your body is totally out of shape, and you say to yourself
“I am very attractive”, is this believable to your mind? I
What if you are currently broke, and you want to make
$100,000 per year? What if you are out of shape, and you
want to make yourself attractive? I find the best and
easiest way is to use the word “I choose” in your
Instead of saying “I earn $100,000 per year.”
Say “I choose to earn $100,000 per year”
Instead of saying “I am very attractive”
Say “I choose to feel that people find me attractive”
Do you feel the difference?
2.The subconscious mind seeks for proof
There is a misconception that the affirmation must be
repeated thousands of times before it can be installed in
the subconscious mind. This is not necessarily true. You
can use the repetition method to embed your affirmation,
but there is an easier way. It is, at the time you find the
proof, state your affirmation. Many people stay in poverty
because they associate pain with money. Whenever they spend
their money, they think of their bills, loans etc. This
will automatically lead to ultimate pain. It is the feeling
you attach to money that makes you rich or poor.
How can we turn this to our advantage? Instead of feeling
pain when spending money, what if we associate pleasure
with it? Next time when you go out shopping, at the moment
you take out your money or credit card, say this
affirmation to yourself “I always have more than enough to
See how you feel. This works because the subconscious mind
sees the proof. As long as you have some money left in your
pocket, this affirmation is always true, so the
subconscious mind will believe it.
How about if we combine the first and second methods
together and make an affirmation like this: “I choose to
feel that I always have more than enough to spend.” Say
this at the time you spend your money. See how you feel.
You don’t have to repeat it thousands of times, a few times
of real life proof will make your subconscious mind believe
3.The affirmation must trigger feelings
A fact about the subconscious mind is that it does not
speak in words, you can only communicate with it through
feelings, and emotions. There are two methods that you can
use to trigger your feelings. The first method is to use
words that involve feelings. Words like “fun, enjoyable,
comfortable, delightful” will work effectively. The second
method is to use imagination. Visualize that the situation
stated in your affirmation has already come true. See
yourself in that situation and feel the feelings.
4.The affirmation must obey the 3 Ps factor.
The 3 Ps are Positive, Present Tense, and Personal.
Affirmations must be stated positively. Instead of saying
“I am not fat”, say “I choose to stay slim”. The reason for
this is that before the mind knows the meaning of, “I am
not fat”, it must think of what fat means first. So saying
that statement will inevitably lead to the feeling of being
Affirmations must be in the present tense. Many books
mention this. However, I only agree to some extent. If you
say “I have a luxury car”, your mind will not believe you.
The reason I include this here is that once it is combined
with the first technique, it will work perfectly. Now say
“I choose to have a luxury car”. Your mind will do its best
to bring it into reality.
Affirmations must be personal. Your subconscious mind only
works for you, not for others. If you say “Ann loves me”,
it will not be effective, because you have no control over
Ann. Now say “I choose to feel that Ann really loves me”.
This time you are in control, because you can control your
5.Personal development affirmations should be stated in the
“I am confident” may not be as effective as “I am becoming
more and more confident”.
An even better affirmation might be “I choose to feel more
and more confident”.
The reason for using the comparative, is because there is
no end to how much more confident you can become.
Otherwise, your mind may think you are already confident
enough, and it will not need to do any more work.
These 5 techniques are the most effective ones that I have
found from my research on affirmations. If you can use all
the 5 techniques, I guarantee your results will be amazing.
Even if you only use one or two of the techniques stated
here, you will find your affirmations will become far more
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