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Brian Tracy in Nigeria tells ‘why some people are more successful than others’

…says every rung on the ladder of success is a new skill that is learnable

‘FEMI ASU

Brian Tracy, one of America’s leading authorities on the development of the human potential and personal effectiveness, on Sunday highlighted what makes the difference between highly successful individuals and others to an elated audience in Nigeria.

Speaking at Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos, the author of best-selling books including ‘Eat That Frog!’ and ‘Maximum Achievement’ said he was born into a poor family and had to set out on the quest as to why some people are more successful than others. In his determined bid to unravel the secrets, he read 66 books on the subject.

“They are more productive; they get more result and they make contribution to the world,” he said of people who are more successful. “If you want to get more from what you do, put more into it.”

On the ladder of success, he said, every rung is a new skill that will help you get more results. “You have more potential than you can use up in your lifetime. You can learn any skill,” he added.

With more skills, you get better, he said, adding that people who are more successful “keep getting better and climb the ladder of success.”

Tracy said the most important quality for success is focus. “If you can focus, you can achieve anything.”

Stating that technology is one of the greatest enemies of success today as it has huge capacity to distract, he said one of the greatest secret of success is to “leave things off; disconnect. Focus on the most important thing. You have to set priorities and focus on those things to get results.”

Task completion – starting and finishing a task – is another quality of people who are more successful than others. “All success comes from task completion,” he said.

Joy is as a result of doing something that improves your life, said Tracy. “Every time you complete a task it makes you happy.”

Successful people are those who have the habit of starting and completing a task, he said, even as he stressed the need to pray to God about one’s desires.

Speaking about the importance of clarity, he said: “If you are clear about what you want, you will start to attract all the resources and people you need to achieve it.”

Writing down goals also set successful people apart from others. “When you write down a goal with your hand, it will be programmed in your subconscious mind.” Quoting Henry Ford, he said any goal can be achieved if you break it down into small tasks.

“Be clear about what you want and focus on that one thing until you get result. What is your most important goal right now?” Tracy challenged the audience. “To achieve the goal you have not achieved before, you need a new skill. Ask yourself ‘which one skill we help me most to achieve my goal?’”

He added: “Be clear about your goals; be clear about the most important skills you need and be clear about the most important tasks that you can do to achieve your goals.”

‘FEMI tweets @asufemi

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What Is Your One Big Thing?

By Phil Cooke

“I’ve found that the most effective and successful way to cut through the clutter of competition…is to simply be remarkable at One Big Thing.”

In a cluttered and distracted world, it doesn’t matter how great your idea is—because if no one’s listening, you’ve failed.

It doesn’t matter if your idea can change the world if the world isn’t paying attention.

So what’s the answer? How do you break through? How do you or your ideas get noticed?

While researching and writing my new book, One Big Thing: Discovering What You were Born to Do, I realized that in today’s distracted, digital culture, when it comes to getting businesses and nonprofit organizations noticed, it takes singular, brilliant execution.

In other words, they do “One Big Thing” extraordinarily well. In today’s hyper-competitive, distracted, cluttered, ADD culture, the best way to get noticed is to be incredible at one thing. For more than 30 years, my work has been helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories. And after three decades, I’ve found that the most effective and successful way to cut through the clutter of competition from other organizations, products, and messages, is to simply be remarkable at One Big Thing.

It’s the same for you. In a distracted, hyper-competitive world, you can’t just be decent at a number of different tasks. Too many people are pretty good, and that doesn’t get you on the radar.

People don’t pay for OK; they pay for great.

It’s important to keep in mind that once you’re successful—once you’ve made it to the top—you can do anything you want. The Salvation Army, for instance, is a global organization that features programs and outreaches to the homeless, disaster relief, human trafficking, poverty, the elderly, those struggling with pornography, youth camps, and much more. It reaches into every corner of need and is making a remarkable impact around the world.

But when William Booth began his ministerial career in 1852, he focused on one thing: reaching the outcasts. Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among his first converts to Christianity. As the Salvation Army website says: “To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.”

Today, The Salvation Army is one of the largest social service organizations in the world—even launching SAVN.TV—a remarkable, video driven web strategy that is taking them into the digital age.  But William Booth started with one noble cause and was remarkable in his commitment.

For Don Stephens, it was building a floating hospital that became a global organization called Mercy Ships. For Jackson Pollock, it was discovering how splatter could transform his art career.

For Steve Jobs, it was combining design elegance into a computer interface. For Truett Cathy, it was creating the perfect chicken sandwich. For Dean Koontz, it was writing thrillers.

For Jeff Bezos, it was selling books online. For Guy Kawasaki, it was empowering people. For Allison Krauss, it was bluegrass music.

Once they became successful, they could do anything they want. But to get noticed, they focused on One Big Thing.

What about you? What is the One Big Thing you were born to accomplish?

Phil Cooke, an internationally known writer and speaker, has produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Culled from CharismaNews

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Change your lens, change your life

By Abimbola Okpabi

What if there was a pair of glasses that can actually change how you experience life? For example, you pick up a cup of coffee and all you see is a bland, tasteless liquid, but as soon as you put on those glasses, the same cup becomes robust with flavour and sweet-smelling, intoxicating aroma.

Living without challenges can slowly but surely erode the beauty of life. As an entrepreneur, an employee, an applicant or a student, you have to view obstacles from a positive angle.

Focus, Focus. There is this game in some magazines where you are asked to look at a picture and spot what is wrong with it.  Nothing big, but the focus is always on what is wrong, instead of what is right.  We are all guilty of this in one way or the other. Spotting  and dwelling on the negative will never bring about the peace of mind needed to concentrate on moving upwards to the next level.

Gratitude glasses. My mentor once said, “Gratitude determines a person’s level of happiness.”  Not the  abundance of things or the absence of stress. Be grateful for all the rights in your life, then you will start to experience life in a whole new and positive way. Even the most austere situations will bulge when you  imbibe the attitude of gratitude.

#Abimbola Okpabi is a graduate of Economics, Lagos State University. She has a strong passion for writing and writes vastly on societal issues affecting women and children, entrepreneurial ideas and concepts, youth empowerment and health issues. She can be reached on bimmby5@gmail.com

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First man fighting vs last man standing

By Adeleke Adeite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t matter if you are living in a humble hut;
Just make sure it is built on the hills of honour.

It doesn’t matter if you are not impressing others;
Just makes sure you are expressing beyond borders.

It doesn’t matter if your purse is not pompous;
Just make sure your passion and purpose is not porous.

It doesn’t matter if your past was painful,
Just make your present peaceful and your prospect powerful.

It doesn’t matter if your sins are like scarlet,
Just be soaked in  soberness and seek for serenity.

It doesn’t matter if you have flaws and falls…
Just have faith and focus to fight on and move forward.

It doesn’t matter if you are slow, just go steady.
Success is not all about speed but significance.

It doesn’t matter if your foundation is faulty,
Fix it if you can or find another ground and forge ahead.

It doesn’t matter if your foes are fiery and forceful;
Just make sure you have friends who are ever faithful.

It doesn’t matter if your forefathers failed;
Don’t be a fairytale for future folks…to read.

It doesn’t matter who is leading if you are still in the race,
Put your heart on winning and increase your pace.

The best is not always to be the first man standing but the last man standing!

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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‘When I was living in the mud house, I knew it was not going to be a permanent abode’

By ‘Femi Asu

Dr. Otive Igbuzor, the Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development has stressed the importance of personal goals and vision in combating poverty.

Speaking at the 1000 Points of Light Summit, last Saturday, Dr. Otive wowed the youthful audience with his speech titled “Heads Held High: Maintaining Self-Esteem, Personal Goals and Vision in the Midst of Poverty”. 

Said he: “The challenge of poverty is probably the greatest challenge of our time… Individuals have roles to play in combating it. It is possible to escape poverty through personal vision and goals. You have to know that as an individual you are created for a purpose. That is why it is important for you to understand your purpose; it will give meaning to your life, it will simplify your life, it will give a proper focus and it will motivate you. You must understand your purpose.

“There are three key things you need to understand and know for you to hold your held high: purpose, success and happiness.

“You must define for yourself what you think success is and you must understand that success is a journey.”

He defined success as “knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others. It is in that context that you can have a meaningful life.

“Happiness is not about the amount of money that you have; it is the joy that accompanies positive activity. Happiness is a lifestyle. Happiness is an attitude. Happiness is contentment. Do not use others to determine whether you will be happy or not.”

He asked: “Where does success come from? Success comes from the spirit – if you look at the stories and biographies of many successful people, however defined, you will discover that they had some inspiration. The second source of success is the mind. The kind of thoughts in your mind determine a lot.”

“I come from a very humble background, but my parents were not poor because they were rich in values and ideas…I lived in a mud house, my ‘bed’ was made of mud covered with mat… There are certain things you must do as an individual that can make you come out of poverty. If you are disciplined, you work, you save and you invest, you can come out of poverty.

He gave the audience seven keys for combating poverty.

Have a vision. Let your dream be big. Vision is very important.  When I was living in the mud house, I knew I was not going to stay there. You must create a vision of where you are going to.

Have a plan. Vision without a plan is a fantasy. What plan do you have to make your dream a reality? Those plans must have priorities and targets. You must find the capacity to concentrate on one priority at a time.

Have focus. You must talk and think success. You must persevere. You must ignore distractions. The future is a clean slate and it depends on what you write on it.  If you remain poor, don’t blame your father or your mother; they are not responsible. You are responsible for what you are going to become.

Be informed. You must secure all pertinent information concerning your vision. Internet has equalized everybody in terms of access to information.

Create a climate of confidence. Excuse no matter how beautiful is not an alternative to performance.

Help others to become successful and build relationships. What you make happen for others God will make happen for you.

The God factor. You can be strategic, hard-working, but you also need God in your endeavours.”

“To move out of poverty, the beginning points are the riches which you already possess; your talents, your networks, your positive mental attitude”

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Thou Shall Not Scatter It!

By ‘Femi Asu  

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What is the usefulness of a scattered broom to a dirty floor? Can the scattered broom sweep the dirty floor?  Not in the least! Until the broomsticks are gathered and bundled, they are as useless as anything as much as the room is concerned.

Too many people today scatter their energies; they try to do too many different things in too many different directions. 

– Bernard Baruch

How many wonderful dreams have been shattered because the dreamers’ energies were scattered! Are you not treading the same path?

It has been said, and it is true, that the sun’s energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass it can start a fire. It is the same with your energies. Little wonder Denis Waitley said: “One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it.”

When your energies are scattered, they achieve little or no result. But when you direct your scattered energies into one powerful channel, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

That’s the force of focus! “No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined,” said Harry Emerson Fosdick, “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” With focus, we can achieve great feats with our lives.

Trying to do too many different things at a time or trying to become virtually everything is pointless; it is a sheer waste of time and energy. Focus is the name of the game when it comes to maximum achievement.

“The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers.” (Earl Nightingale).  Many people are stranded in the journey of life because they lack focus.  They lack the power to follow through on dreams that are specific and realistic.  All they do is to hop from one thing to another.

Harry A. Overstreet has rightly said: “The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.” To achieve success, you have to be mature.  Being mature, in this context, means having the ability and willingness to follow through on your dreams without permitting any form of distractions to derail or deter you.

One of the powerful forces on earth is the force of focus. No wonder the sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. To paraphrase the words of Norman Vincent Peale,  when every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem or to achieve a dream multiplies tremendously. The force of focus works wonders.

Friend, whatever dream or vision you have, remain focused and right on track; you will get to your desired destination.  Be like tennis players: they focus intensely and specifically on what they’re doing at the moment. They know that being focused is essential to their success and you can’t take your eye off the ball.

You too must focus intensely and specifically on your dream, if you want to achieve meaningful results.  Let what you want to achieve become a consuming obsession, and the possession of it will not only be probable, but possible! Focus all your energies on your dream like a goalkeeper who is set to catch a penalty shoot-out: he focuses his mind and energy on the ball.

If you want to achieve all that you are capable of achieving, learn to gather your energies; don’t scatter!

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.  Controlled focus is like a laser beam that can cut through anything that seems to be stopping you… one reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. 

– Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

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How To Stay Focused In This Fast-Changing World

By Peter BREGMAN

I was late for my meeting with the CEO of a technology company and I was emailing him from my iPhone as I walked onto the elevator in his company’s office building. I stayed focused on the screen as I rode to the sixth floor. I was still typing with my thumbs when the elevator doors opened and I walked out without looking up. Then I heard a voice behind me, “Wrong floor.” I looked back at the man who was holding the door open for me to get back in; it was the CEO, a big smile on his face. He had been in the elevator with me the whole time. “Busted,” he said.

The world is moving fast and it’s only getting faster. So much technology. So much information. So much to understand, to think about, to react to. A friend of mine recently took a new job as the head of learning and development at a mid-sized investment bank. When she came to work her first day on the job she turned on her computer, logged in with the password they had given her, and found 385 messages already waiting for her.

So we try to speed up to match the pace of the action around us. We stay up until 3 am trying to answer all our emails. We twitter, we facebook, and we link-in. We scan news websites wanting to make sure we stay up to date on the latest updates. And we salivate each time we hear the beep or vibration of a new text message.

But that’s a mistake. The speed with which information hurtles towards us is unavoidable (and it’s getting worse). But trying to catch it all is counterproductive. The faster the waves come, the more deliberately we need to navigate. Otherwise we’ll get tossed around like so many particles of sand, scattered to oblivion. Never before has it been so important to be grounded and intentional and to know what’s important.

Never before has it been so important to say “No”. No, I’m not going to read that article. No, I’m not going to read that email. No, I’m not going to take that phone call. No, I’m not going to sit through that meeting.

It’s hard to do because maybe, just maybe, that next piece of information will be the key to our success. But our success actually hinges on the opposite: on our willingness to risk missing some information. Because trying to focus on it all is a risk in itself. We’ll exhaust ourselves. We’ll get confused, nervous, and irritable. And we’ll miss the CEO standing next to us in the elevator.

A study of car accidents by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute put cameras in cars to see what happens right before an accident. They found that in 80% of crashes the driver was distracted during the three seconds preceding the incident. In other words, they lost focus — dialed their cell phones, changed the station on the radio, took a bite of a sandwich, maybe checked a text — and didn’t notice that something changed in the world around them. Then they crashed.

The world is changing fast and if we don’t stay focused on the road ahead, resisting the distractions that, while tempting, are, well, distracting, then we increase the chances of a crash.

Now is a good time to pause, prioritize, and focus. Make two lists:

List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.

List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)

To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?

Some people already have the first list. Very few have the second. But given how easily we get distracted and how many distractions we have these days, the second is more important than ever. The leaders who will continue to thrive in the future know the answers to these questions and each time there’s a demand on their attention they ask whether it will further their focus or dilute it.

Which means you shouldn’t create these lists once and then put them in a drawer. These two lists are your map for each day. Review them each morning, along with your calendar, and ask: what’s the plan for today? Where will I spend my time? How will it further my focus? How might I get distracted? Then find the courage to follow through, make choices, and maybe disappoint a few people.

Source: Harvard Business Review

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