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TipsForSuccess: Working Hard?

 

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Working Hard?


Highly-successful people love to work. All athletes who reached the top of their game, including Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, practiced for 12-15 hours per day to reach their skill levels. Bill Gates worked 20-hour days for years. Thomas Edison, who wanted to extend his own work hours, built thousands of unworkable light bulbs before discovering one that let him work at night.

Hard-working employees have better job security than lazy employees. Hard work helps professionals rise to the top of their professions. Businesses that beat their competitors are run by people who work the hardest.

When you can put in some hard work, you can accomplish great things. You reach your goals. You have self-respect and pride.

Ten Excuses for Not Working Hard

1. "No one can succeed in this economy."

2. "Everyone else is taking it easy."

3. "I have a medical condition."

4. "I'm a boss and bosses don't have to work hard."

5. "It takes up my valuable energy."

6. "I don't get paid enough."

7. "I don't have the time for it right now."

8. "Once the boss sees you can work hard, you have to do it all the time."

9. "I'll work hard when I feel like it."

10. "Hard work leads to workaholism."

"Be Industrious"

"Work is not always pleasant.

"But few are unhappier than those who lead a purposeless, idle and bored existence . . ."

"Sorrow itself can be eased by simply getting busy at something."

"Morale is boosted to high highs by accomplishment. In fact, it can be demonstrated that production is the basis of morale." -- L. Ron Hubbard from The Way to Happiness
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In this day and age, hardly anyone dies of hard work. Instead, working makes you feel better about yourself. If you are feeling depressed, sad or afraid, getting industrious will make you feel much better.

All successful people work hard. They ignore their minor pains and mental barriers. They complete projects as fast as possible and dive into their next project.

Hard work is vital to your morale, superior accomplishment and high pay. It's the engine in your rocket to your goals. No one succeeds without it.

Ten Tips for Becoming More Industrious

1. Think of a project that requires you to work hard. Imagine how great you will feel after you complete it. This huge reward will motivate you to get going.

2. Tell a few people that you are going to complete a difficult job. You will find it's harder to admit you failed than to just do the job.

3. Break big projects into smaller and smaller tasks until you feel comfortable about doing the first tiny task. Then do it! You will start a bit of momentum that will help you start the next tiny task and then the next, and the next, and so on

4. Work very hard for just five minutes to see how you feel. Then work another five minutes. Keep doing this and you will find yourself enjoying the work and will forget about the time.

5. Set deadlines for yourself and then beat them. Take pride in your accomplishment. Pat yourself on the back!

6. Before beginning some difficult work, completely prepare yourself. Organize your supplies and material, put on the proper clothing and so on. Keep preparing until you can't wait to start!

7. Consider how much better the future will be if, during the next few months, you work harder than ever before. You will see how your hard work opens opportunities and benefits you will not have if you do not work hard.

8. Force yourself to get started. Just close your eyes, move your body and start. Once you have made some progress, the work will be much easier.

9. Do the entire task in your mind before starting it. Imagine a fast, successful completion. Enjoy the rewards in your head. Starting and completing the job will be much easier.

10. Arrange for a reward for your extra hard work. For example, "As soon as I finish all these reports, I'll have a delicious dinner." "I will go to the movies, but only after I clean out the garage." "I'll take $100 of the money I'll be earning and spend it on ME!"

Ready?

 

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TipsForSuccess: Can it Get Any Worse?

 

 

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Can it Get Any Worse?


If you watch the news, read the papers or listen to the guys on the radio, everything seems seriously horrible. Unemployment! Bankruptcy! Conspiracies! Murders! Wars! Disasters!

As a result, you feel a little stress.

How can you feel good? Eat food and gain weight? See a shrink? Make sure everyone around you is also worried? Take a pill or a drink?

Unfortunately, no matter what you do, the stress returns. You think about living in poverty. You think about death. Life is extremely serious, right?

Fortunately, you can do something that will help you succeed despite all the bad news: stop being so serious and start having fun!

"You want to know what seriousness is? Seriousness is solidity. You ever hear of a 'solid citizen?'

"There's nothing that succeeds like insouciance*. Plain flippancy** will actually get more done in less time than anything else you can name."

"And the more seriously you take the game, the less chance there is of winning."-- L. Ron Hubbard (*Insouciance: Lack of concern, carefree.) (**Flippancy: casualness, disrespectful joy.)

Benefits

When you stop agreeing with all the bad news and find a way to take things less seriously, you fire up your spirit of play! You enjoy benefits like these:

* You feel healthier and more alive.
* You think of great solutions that are simple and effective.
* People enjoy being around you.
* You get more done with less effort.
* You have more fun.

Recommendations

If you are in good mental shape, simply remind yourself to LIGHTEN UP. You switch you from a serious mood to a light, carefree mood. As a result, you magically feel better and start making progress toward your goals.

For example, you pull into a parking lot and can't find a place to park. You feel like smashing your car into another car. Instead, you decide to lighten up. "Why am I getting so serious about a parking space! I'll park down the street and get in some exercise."

As another example, you hear some horrible, frightening news on the radio about the stock market. You say, "Oh boy, we don't stand a chance in this world." But then you realize, "Wait a minute. I don't have any big investments in the stock market. What do I care?" You laugh, change the channel to an upbeat music station and start to think more clearly.

Another example: You and your spouse are not talking. You disagreed about something, had an argument and got very, very serious. You come to your senses and decide, "We need to lighten up!" So you act silly or tell jokes until you and your spouse are laughing.

Your spirit of play can make or break your business or career. If you get too serious, you not only feel unhappy, you make others lose the joy of work. Everyone loses.

For example, sales are down and everyone in your company is looking unhappy. The boss is yelling all the time which makes everyone act very serious. Because everyone feels desperate, the customers run and hide.

You decide to lighten things up and say, "Okay, here's my plan for today. I'm going to grab a customer by the throat, slam him in that chair, pull his arm out of his shoulder socket and make him to write a check." Everyone laughs for a change and adds their own ideas. The customers can tell things are more upbeat and come out of hiding to buy something.

If you stop taking your job, your life and the economy so seriously, you make better decisions. Your days fly by as you get more done. You win the game!

For a dozen more ways to lighten up, read "Being Too Serious Can Ruin Your Success" at www.tipsforsuccess.org/seriousness.htm.

 

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TipsForSuccess: Addicted to Sugar?

 

 

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Addicted to Sugar?


The US Department of Agriculture estimates the average US Citizen consumes 152 pounds of sugar per year -- almost three pounds of sugar each week! How can this be?

Sugar comes in many forms: soft drinks, candy, desserts, fast food and so on. Because sugar is inexpensive, tastes good and is habit-forming, food companies and fast-food restaurants add sugar to their meals whenever possible.

Sugar, like any addictive substance, makes you crave more sugar. For example, a piece of chocolate gives you a little extra energy for an hour or so. As soon as the effect wears off, you feel tired and maybe a little depressed. So to feel perky again, you want another piece of chocolate. You use sugar to solve problems caused by sugar.

Hundreds of scientific studies prove that sugar makes your body store fat. Excessive fat increases your chance of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and death. Sugar hurts your road to success.

In 1972, L. Ron Hubbard wrote the following:

"Sugar is a deceptive thing."

"Sugar, that is supposed 'to produce energy' does so only at the expense of physical health for sugar does not build up a body, it only burns it up."

"The result of a heavy intake of sugar and carbohydrates* is to feel tired all the time -- no pep."

"If one is going to run a car, he has to feed it the right fuel and oil. If one is going to run a body it has to be fed the right food and that has to include protein."

"By eating your hamburger and vegetables and leaving alone the candy bars and cokes, you will begin to build up a head of steam." -- L. Ron Hubbard (*carbohydrates: a food group that includes potatoes, rice, bread and sugar)

Benefits of Not Eating Sugar

When you stop eating your three pounds of sugar each week, you lose weight. Other foods smell and taste better. You feel more energy.

Sugar alters your digestion fluids so the good food cannot digest properly. You can get heartburn, gas or stomach pain. Without sugar, your stomach quickly recovers. Your body also needs less food because you digest it better.

Without sugar, you get longer lasting energy. You no longer have brief peaks of energy that require a constant flow of sugar to maintain.

Hyperactive children, who are candidates for Ritalin or Prozac, are often calmer and saner when they no longer eat sugar. After you cut off their sugar supply, they will probably demand sweet snacks for a few days, but they eventually relax. They may also lose their mood swings, tantrums and craziness.

Ten Tips for Breaking the Sugar Habit

Like children, after you stop eating sugar, you might feel irritable and tired for 3-6 days. You may have headaches and feel foggy. You will most certainly crave foods that contain sugar.

However, the cravings and symptoms pass. Kicking a sugar addiction is tough, but not as tough as breaking an addiction to cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. You just control your hand so it does not put sugar in your mouth.

These suggestions may help.

1. Recognize that sugar is addicting and therefore controlling you to a degree. For example, if you cannot work or relax without eating sugar, you are addicted. Do you like being addicted to a substance? Make the decision to break the habit.

You have the power to control your craving for sugar. No temptation is stronger than your personal willpower and self-determinism.

2. Find and eat sugar-free substitutes to satisfy the urge to eat food with sugar. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables can stop the craving for sugar and fruit juice is a great sweetener.

3. Prepare your own food instead of eating prepared foods that contain sugar. These foods usually contain sugar: canned soup, store bread, fast-food restaurant food, salad dressing, sauces, gravy, cough drops, sushi rice, protein bars, flavored yogurt and breakfast cereals.

4. Read the ingredients label on the foods you buy. Sugar comes in many forms and is called many names including corn syrup, honey, maltose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and glucose.

5. Try healthy foods you have never tried to add variety and interest to your diet. For example, a new type of fish, exotic vegetables or tasty cheeses.

6. Exercise. Heat up your muscles, stretch out your skin and fill your lungs with fresh air every day. Strengthen your ability to control your body.

7. Use a gradual approach. If you make too many changes to your diet at once, the shock may force you to give up on your decision. You may get better long-term results if you make one change, get used to the change, make another change, get used to it and so on.

8. Get creative with your food. For example, buy a yogurt maker, ice cream maker or a juicer to prepare your own sugar-free snacks and drinks. Explore a health-food store. Try a natural foods restaurant.

9. Try different combinations of vitamins until they help stop sugar cravings and make you feel healthier. For example, 500 milligrams of vitamin C might calm you down or might pep you up.

10. Work out your own program and to start, change or stop your eating habits with the free TipsForSuccess coaching website: www.tipsforsuccesscoaching.org.

Taking control of your food is satisfying by itself. You are no longer controlled by the need for sugar. You burn off the fat and move closer to your ideal weight.

Even if you just cut your weekly sugar intake from 2-3 pounds to 1-2 ounces, you will enjoy long-lasting energy, fewer mood swings and better health.

Your success will be easier to achieve.

 

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TipsForSuccess: How to Make a Fresh Start

 

 

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How to Make a Fresh Start


Nothing can ruin your success faster than personal conflicts. Upsets between business partners or battles between bosses and staff can ruin productivity, reduce income and build up stress.

Most people have good intentions, most of the time. They want to get along, do their work and succeed. Yet personal upsets can make good people into monsters.

How Do You Deal with Personal Conflicts?

Imagine you get promoted to a management position at work. You now have five employees who answer to you. Four of them are supportive and friendly. Yet the fifth person, Dick, is a problem.

Dick is not cheerful with you. He smiles around his coworkers, but frowns and gets serious when you show up. He never looks you in the eye.

One day, a customer complains about Dick. After you make the customer happy, you call Dick into your office. You say, "So what happened with that customer?"

Dick says, "He's just a jerk. Take his side if you want. I don't care. I'm going back to work, OK?"

What do you do?

Let Dick leave your office and pretend there is no problem?

Get angry at him and chew him out?

Plead with him to be nice to you?

Demand he tell you what is wrong?

A Better Approach

The real problem may be that you have not formed a working relationship with Dick. You need to apply the Non-Existence Formula so your relationship can have a good, solid existence.

"The Non-Existence Formula is:

"1. Find a comm [communication] line.

"2. Make yourself known.

"3. Discover what is needed or wanted.

"4. Do, produce and/or present it." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Since you already have the communication line as Dick is sitting in front of you, you can now do steps 2 and 3.

You say, "Dick, before we deal with this customer, I'd like to get our relationship off to a good start. As you know, I'm now in charge here and you are working for me. What do you need or want from me as your boss?"

Dick looks startled. "What do you mean?"

"I want to know the best way to work with you. What do you need or want from me?
"

Dick shrugs and says, "Okay. I like to know what is going on. For example, nobody told me you were taking over."

You say, "Oh really! That's not good. I'm sorry no one told you. As your new boss, I'll be happy to tell you what's going on. I have no secrets. What else do you need and want from me?"

Dick relaxes and says, "I like to handle customers myself. If a customer complains, I'd like a shot at handling him before you step in. No one lets me do this."

You say, "No problem. From now on, when a customer complains, I'll give you one chance to fix the problem yourself."

Dick starts to look interested. "I want to go to lunch at 12:30 instead of noon. I want a little more air conditioning. And I want someone to listen to my new ideas of how we can make more sales."

All of this is fine with you.

You say, "Now let me tell you what I need and want from you. I need a daily update on what you are doing. I want you to beat your own sales records. I also want you to be friendly to me. Can you do these things?"

Dick's eyes sparkle as he says, "No problem!" He smiles, sticks out his hand and you shake on it.

You and Dick then discuss the customer complaint. Dick says he'll call him and make sure everything is okay.

Dick gets back to work and tells a coworker, "No one from management has ever asked me what I wanted. We might have a good boss here!"

Ten Great Uses of the Non-Existence Formula

1. You start a new job of any kind. You meet with everyone you will be working with individually. You tell each of them about your new position and ask what they need or want from you. As you deliver these needs and wants, you quickly take control of your job.

2. You are in a conflict with your boss. You realize neither of you are doing what the other needs or wants. You arrange a meeting (comm line) and do the next two steps. "Joe, as your newest employee, I want to do a perfect job. Can we go over specifically what you need and want from me?"

With a coworker you say, "Jill, we're stuck with each other. I think we should work things out so we get along. What do you need and want from me as your coworker?" "Can I tell you want I need and want from you?"

3. You want to be hired for the perfect job. During the job interview you ask. "If you hire me, what will you need or want from me?" Since no one else has asked, the boss is a little startled by the question, but really enjoys answering it. You explain how you can deliver these needs and wants . . . and more. You get the job on the spot.

4. You want to rent a building space or apartment, but there are several other applicants who also want the space. So when turning in your application, you ask the landlord, "If you select me as your tenant, what will you need and want from me as my landlord?" The landlord thinks it over and tells you her needs and wants. No one has ever asked her and she's delighted someone cares. You assure her you can deliver. You are selected above all other applicants.

5. You want your boss to sell you a partnership in his company. You say, "I think you have a great operation here. If you were going to sell a partnership, what might you need and want from a partner?" The boss starts to think about it and mentions a few things. You start to do things he would need from a partner. After a while, he makes you an offer to become a partner.

6. You're dating someone and want to take your relationship to the next level. You find out what this person needs or wants from a mate. You decide if you can do those things or not. If you can, you start to deliver. He or she feels a strong attraction to you and wants to take the relationship to the next level.

You also make it clear to this person what you need and want from the relationship. You observe if he or she can do those things for you. If not, you break it off. If he or she can deliver, you go for it!

7. Your marriage is not going well. You ask your spouse, "I want us to have a really good relationship. I think we need a fresh start. Do you agree?"

If your spouse agrees, you ask each other, "What do you need or want from me as your spouse?"

8. Your child is starting in a new school. You visit the school and ask the teacher, "What do you need or want from me?" "What do you need and want from my child?" Your child starts off on the right foot.

9. You are constantly looking for the needs or wants of your customers. For example, a superior cab driver not only finds out the passenger's destination, he asks, "Are you comfortable? Would you like to see today's newspaper? Can I tell you anything about our city?"

An electronics store does the same thing by surveying its customers every month to find out what they want to buy. An orthodontist asks each new patient for his or her needs and wants before starting the first exam. A computer programmer asks users what they need or want from their computers.

Any successful person or business constantly finds out what its clients or customers need or want. And delivers them.

10. You want to form a great relationship with the new leaders of your group. You say, "Hi. I'll be working under you as the ______ and want to know what you need and want from me." As a result, you will get the best treatment from the new leader.

Do you know anyone with whom you should apply these four steps, to establish or improve your work or personal relationship?

 

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TipsForSuccess: How to Increase Your Production by Handling Distractions

 

 

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How to Increase Your Production by Handling Distractions


Have you ever ended a very busy day only to realize you accomplishing nothing? You were probably distracted.

Ever wonder why you feel frustrated at work? Distractions might be stopping you.

Ever feel stress? Distractions may be the cause.

Distractions are not just irritating, they are destructive forces that ruin your productivity. Examples: Chatty coworkers, personal problems, sunny days, rainy days, Facebook, holidays, earthquakes, debts, political news, salespeople, money concerns, health problems and more.

How do you handle distractions?

You get organized.

"THOSE INDIVIDUALS OR AREAS THAT ARE THE LEAST WELL-ORGANIZED ARE AFFECTED THE MOST BY DISTRACTIONS." -- L. Ron Hubbard

A well-organized business understands distractions and organizes to deal with them.

For example, a key worker calls in sick. In a well-organized group, the manager calls in a temporary worker from an agency, gives the worker a written list of instructions and everyone gets their work done. A poorly-organized group discusses the problem for 20 minutes without coming to a solution. The group members are then distracted all day because they have to do the missing worker's job.

When a well-organized business owner gets a legal notice, he or she delegates the problem to a lawyer and focuses on making a prosperous day. A poorly-organized business owner drops everything and worries about it all day.

Well-organized groups handle emergencies, disasters and sudden increases in production without breathing hard. Poorly-organized groups are overwhelmed by them.

Personal Organization

Organizing your personal life so you are not distracted boosts your productivity and income!

For example, you don't need to talk to everyone who calls you and it's silly to read every piece of e-mail or every electronic message when it comes in.

If you are organized, your communications are organized so you only receive information that is relevant to your job. Except for emergencies, you ignore family problems, personal problems and even your health problems. All superior producers do this and are not easily distracted. While working, nothing is more important than the work itself.

If your car won't start, your computer crashes or other small disaster occurs, you have backup plans. You are organized and not distracted by these problems. You get your work done despite everything that gets in your road.

How to Get Better Organized

1. Write down five of your biggest distractions or potential distractions.

2. Next to the first distraction, write down how you can get organized so you are not affected by the distraction.

3. Do the same for the other items on the list.

4. Follow your plans and get organized!

5. Write down permanent rules or policies for yourself or your work so you stay organized.

Personal examples: "I will only take personal calls during my lunch hour." "If I get hungry during the afternoon, I will chew gum and keep working until 5:00." "If Joe tries to upset me, I will pretend he is three years old, not get into an argument and get back to work."

Business examples: "If someone asks me to do their job, I will ask them for their pay." "If you have a suggestion for the company, please e-mail all the details to me." "Each summer, we will do the following program to keep our sales up, despite the vacations."

Because you are well-organized, you make faster progress toward your goals and ultimate success as you are not easily distracted.

 

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