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How can we motivate ourselves?


It happens that we want to do some thing like to read a good book or do some task but some how or the other, we are unable to motivate ourselves – what to do? I have been asked by many readers of this blog to write on self motivation and here are two ideas which will help us to understand how can we motivate ourselves?

We need to understand two basic emotions which we need to tackle if we really want to motivate ourselves.

Those two emotions are: Read the rest of this entry »

Ideas from the book: How to create your own future by Brian Tracy: (www.briantracy.com)

 The more you think about your problems, the more negative you will become.

 How can a person avoid negative thoughts? What is the solution?

How can you not think about problems?

 Solution is:

 Think about solutions!!! (Interesting isn’t it?)

Ihzrat Khan, the Sufi Master, once wrote, “Life is a continuous succession of problems.”

Everyone’s life is probably filled with problems of all kinds, large and small. If a person does not watch out, those problems  fill thoughts and preoccupy a person’s mind.

Whenever you have a problem of any kind, discipline yourself to think about the solution instead.

Stop reviewing the problem in your mind, thinking about who was to blame, and wondering what you could have or should have done differently. Instead, think about the solution and what you are going to do next.

The instant that you start thinking about what you can do, your mind calms and clears. You become positive and constructive. You are back in control.

How not to be angry?

 • Whenever something happens that makes you angry, neutralize the negative thought by thinking about your goals, especially your biggest and most exciting goal.

• Repeat your goal in the form of a personal, present tense affirmation.

• Talk to yourself about what you want, and use that to keep your mind off of the things that you don’t want.

• The key: Try to neutralize you anger by focusing on long term solution.

 • Don’t think about past, think about future. Think about where you are going rather than where you have been.

• Think about your ideal life and the wonderful possibilities that lie ahead of you Your future dreams and visions are naturally positive and uplifting. While you are thinking about them, you can’t simultaneously think about something that holds you back or drags you down.

You can use the Law of Substitution by getting so busy working on goals and tasks that are important to you that you don’t have any time to think about anything else.

Almost all negativity requires your remembering and rehashing a past event or circumstance. Positive thinking comes from your thinking about your goals and the specific things that you could be doing right now to achieve them faster. The only real antidote to worry is sustained, continuous action. When you “lose yourself in action,” your worries disappear.

Your thoughts?


Almost every person wants others to respect him or her.

Brian Tracy (www.briantracy.com) suggests: “if you want people to respect you, the best way is for you to respect them, in advance”.

 More thoughts from Brian Tracy’s book: Create your own future:

  • We are living not in an era of the ‘go-getters’ but ‘go-givers’.
  • Give before you receive
  • Majority of people who are unable to achieve in their lives are those who are waiting and waiting and waiting for ‘others’ to do some thing
  • The law of giving says – Give more and have more!
  • Can you get fruit before your sow the seed? If not, how can you earn happiness if you don’t sow seeds of good ideas, good thoughts, good feelings and respect to others?

REMEMBER: a person will not ‘give’ and ‘receive’ from the same person.  It may happen that you give to one and you receive from the other…. (This is an interesting thought, isn’t it). Brain Tracy provides and explanation of law of attraction as follows:

 “When you do something nice for another person, it raises your own self-esteem and makes you feel better about yourself. This heightened feeling of positive energy activates your powers of attraction. You become a more powerful magnet for people and circumstances consistent with your goals. Good things start to happen to you”.

Brian Tracy has narrated story of Rockfeller in his book as follows:

When Rockefeller was 52 years old, he was the richest man in the world. He was also a physical wreck. He was in a state of collapse. His body was falling apart. The doctors told him that he only had a few months, perhaps a year, to live. He had worked for so long, and so hard, and had taken such poor care of himself physically, that even though he could afford any kind of treatment, there was nothing they could do for him. Rockefeller decided that if he was going to die anyway, he was going to go back to his original intention and give away some of his money.

He sold half of his interests in the Rockefeller oil companies for cash, an amount of about $500 million dollars. He then set up the first Rockefeller Foundation and began giving his money away to worthy causes that he had admired over the years. And a remarkable thing happened.

The more money he gave away, the healthier he became.

Eventually, his physical problems cleared up. The more dedicated he became to charitable causes, to funding churches and foundations and other needy organizations, the better he felt, and the healthier, happier, and more positive he became. Meanwhile, the Rockefeller oil companies continued to grow. The half ownership that he retained in his companies increased in value at a rate faster than he could give the other half away. Rockefeller lived to the age of 92, another 40 years. By the time he died, he had given away hundreds of millions of dollars. But the incredible thing was that he was worth more when he died than when he had sold half of his interests at the age of 52 and began his charitable activities.

Now, if some one has no money, what should he or she give?

My response: Give your smile, your happiness and your kind words to the other person and see the miracle!

Do you really believe in this? Do you believe that ‘giving’ your thoughts, your time, your energy, your efforts without expecting reward will make you happy? e.g. teaching a child who cannot read or helping a widow or helping an older person in something? Looking for your thoughts!!!


Thought multiplied by Emotion = Reality (T × E = R)

 Here is a seven step ‘mental fitness program’ recommended by Brian Tracy in his book: Create your own future:

Exercise 1: Eliminate Negative emotions:

  • Anger, Blame, Envy, Resentment, and Self-pity – Eliminate them with good thought.
  • Make a conscious decision to accept complete responsibility for your life, for everything you are and everything you will ever be.
  • Don’t blame anyone else.
  • I am, what I am due to my choices and no one else.

 Exercise 2: Take charge of your life

  • BE active rather than passive.
  • Make things happen rather than waiting and hoping for them to happen.
  • Be a master of change rather than as a victim of change.

“If you are not happy with some part of your life, you get busy and do something about it, but you refuse to allow negative emotions to interfere with your personality or to cloud your vision”.

 Exercise 3: Set clear & written goals

  • Write down goals in every important area of your life
  • Work on major goals every day
  • Track your progress – it will give energy to move forward

 Exercise 4: Learn knowledge and skill are the keys to financial freedom

  • The more you learn, the more you earn.
  • The more you learn about your field, the more opportunities you will have to use your increasing
  • If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.

 Exercise 5: Achieve personal mastery in your field of work

  • Harder you work, luckier you get
  • Excellent performance opens every door and is the key to your earning what you are really worth.

 Exercise 6: Prepare a plan for personal and professional development

  • Read, listen to audio programs, and attend courses and seminars.
  • Take every opportunity to increase knowledge and skill.
  • The more you work on becoming better at the key skills you need to achieve your goals, the more confident and competent you feel.
  • Success is not an accident.
  • Luck is just a word that people use to explain the good things that continually happen to people who are excellent at what they do.

 Seventh, and perhaps most important of all, you know that you become what you think about most of the time. You, therefore, discipline yourself to think continually about the things that you want, and keep your mind off of the things you don’t want.

Do you agree with the above? Share your thoughts….. 




Every one experiences failure in one’s life.

For a change, I am not writing ideas from the best selling Harry Potter series, rather, I am trying to share the wisdom from speech of Harry Potter series’ author: J.K.Rowling.

Her life is an exampe of ‘rags to riches’ story – She experienced failures, poverty and what not. However, today, she is one of the most celebrated authors in the world.

How? What moved her? What are her ideas about life?

I listend to a really motivating speech of J.K.Rowling, author of Harry Potter Series on benefits of Failure made at Harvard Business School and published in Harvard Magazine in June 2008

To read full text, you may refer to the website of harvard magazine. (http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination)

About J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter Series:

JoanneJoMurray, OBE (née Rowling; born 31 July 1965), better known under the pen name J. K. Rowling, a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies, and been the basis for a popular series of films.

Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and the Children’s High Level Group. (source Wikipedia’s website)

Extracts from her speech:

So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
“… by the Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing ”

Life history of J.K.Rowling and her ideas on life:


Here is the link to watch full speech:




Eat That Frog

“Long-term thinking improves short-term decision-making”

Here are some interesting ideas from Brian Tracy’s book: Eat that Frog

Successful people have a clear future orientation. They think five, ten and twenty years out into the future. They analyze their choices and behaviors in the present to make sure that they are consistent with the long-term future that they desire.

Before starting on anything, you should always ask yourself, “What are the potential consequences of doing or not doing this task?”

The time is going to pass anyway. The only question is how you use and where you are going to end up at the end of the weeks and months. And where you end up is largely a matter of the amount of consideration you give to the likely consequences of your actions in the short term.

Dennis Waitley, the motivational speaker, says, “Failures do what is tension relieving while winners do what is goal achieving.”

For example, coming in to work earlier, reading regularly in your field, taking courses to improve your skills, and focusing on high value tasks in your work will all combine to have an enormous positive impact on your future.

On the other hand, coming in to work at the last moment, reading the newspaper, drinking coffee and socializing with your coworkers may seem fun and enjoyable in the short-term but it inevitably leads to lack of promotion, under achievement and frustration in the long-term.

Another important rule is that your productivity begins to decline after eight or nine hours of work. For this reason, working long hours into the night, although it is sometimes necessary, means that you are usually producing less and less in more and more time. The more tired you get, the worse is your work and the more mistakes you make. At a certain point, like a battery that is run down, you can reach “the wall” and simply be unable to continue.

The fact is that you have specific times during the day when you are at your best. You need to identify these times and discipline yourself to use them on your most important and challenging tasks.

Most people are at their best in the mornings, after a good night’s sleep. Some people are better in the afternoons. A few people are most creative and productive in the evenings or late at night.

Review your list of tasks, activities and projects regularly. Continually ask yourself, “Which one project or activity, if I did it in an excellent and timely fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my life?”

Whatever it is that can help you the most, set it as a goal, make a plan to achieve it and go to work on your plan immediately. Remember the wonderful words of Goethe, “Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed!”

Here is a really interesting clip in which message about value of time has been conveyed by use of a magic trick –  

Why is time more valuable than money? Enjoy:


If you want to learn more about Brian Tracy, visit www.briantracy.com

On the other hand, if you wish to find audio recordings of Brian Tracy and other motivational speakers, visit www.4shared.com and search. Its an interesting website for file sharing.

Contribute your thoughts on time management.

Happy reading.


Title page of the book

One of readers of this blog suggested that the book by Mr. Adam Khoo “If I am gifted, so are you” should be reviewed. I was told that Adam Khoo became a millionaire by the age of 26!.

Who is Adam Khoo?

Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer. From failure to a self-made millionaire by the age of 26, he owns and runs several businesses in education, training, event management and advertising, all with a combined annual turnover of $30 million. He is the Executive Chairman and Chief Master Trainer of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd and a director of seven other private companies. Adam is also a director of the Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) and a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). He is also the best-selling author of ten books including ‘ I Am Gifted, So Are You!’ that was ranked MPH#1 best-seller in 1998 and 1999.

The book which I was able to get hold of is ‘Master Your Mind, Design Your Destiny’ which was the second highest selling book in Singapore in 2004, was on the best-sellers list for 36 consecutive weeks.

The above information is from the website:


“Master your mind, design your destiny” is a very interesting book and starts with this story:

There was once a professor who wanted to go down a river, so he approached a local boatman who agreed to row him downstream for a small sum of money. As they wound their way down the river, the professor decides to show off his intelligence and high education so he started to test the simple boatman.Taking up a stone he had picked up from the riverbank, the professor arrogantly asks the boatman, ‘Have you ever studied Geology?’ The boatman looks at him blankly and replies, ‘Eh…, no.’, hardly even understanding what the word meant.

‘Then, I am afraid 25 percent of your life is gone!’ the professor oftily says. The boatman feels really bad about his ignorance but continues to row on.

As they move further downstream, the river currents begin to get stronger and stronger. The professor picks up a leaf floating on the river and asks condescendingly, ‘Boatman, have you ever studied Botany?’

Confused the poor boatman again says, ‘No.’ The professor shakes his head and says, ‘Tsk tsk, then 50 percent of your life is gone.’ He then signals him to carry on rowing. As they move further downstream, the currents get even stronger, the water is moving faster and the boat begins to sway violently.

Suddenly the professor sees a mountain range, points to it and asks, ‘Do you know anything about Geography?’ Feeling very inferior and humiliated, the boatman again says ‘No.’

The professor snaps back. ‘I thought so. Then 75 percent of your life is gone!’

At this point, the river has become a raging torrent. The water is moving so swiftly that the boatman loses control of the small boat. Suddenly, the fragile craft smashes against a huge boulder, springs a leak and begins to sink.

This time the boatman turns to the professor and asks, ‘Professor! Do you know how to swim?’ The professor fearfully replies, ‘No!’ ‘Then, I am afraid 100 percent of your life is gone!’ says the boatman as he leaps off the boat and powers his way to safety on the shore.

Adam Khoo and his co-author Stuart Tan state in beginning of the books that:

Just like the river, we are living in times of rapid and evolutionary changes. Is the river of life going to get faster and more unpredictable? You bet! This is only just the beginning.

What took a decade to change now takes merely months. Think about this: it took 50 years for cassette tapes to replace records. It then took less than ten years for compact discs to replace cassette tapes. Soon after, it took less than five years for Mini-Discs to appear on the scene. Today, less than three years later, MP3s are looking to make everything else totally obsolete.

Mega million-dollar businesses can become bankrupt because of obsolescence overnight. At the same time, small companies can become worldwide market leaders in just a few years. Similarly, a professional with years of experience and a high market value can become economically enviable within a short period of time. Why?

The new economy is so dynamic that 80 percent of what you learn in school will become obsolete by the time you graduate. 30 percent of the jobs, companies, products and services that are commonplace now never existed a decade ago.

How was Adam Khoo able to move from failure to a millionaire? What were the skills he acquired? Read his story in coming days on this blog.

More ideas from this book shall be shared in the coming week. Feel free to share your thoughts and contribute by giving comments.

Happy reading!


What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School

It is difficult to read people. Isn’t it? Also, it is not taught in schools!

How can we read people?

There is no magic five steps or ten steps mantra. However, Mark Mc Cormack suggests basic seven steps:

1. Listen Aggressively: Listen not only what some one is saying but ‘how’ is he or she saying it.

2. Observe Aggressively

3. Talk Less: Every one should be talking less and observing more. Ask questions and don’t begin to answer them yourself.

4. Take a second look at first impression: Muhammad Ali Boxer once told McCormack: “I am more famous than Jesus Christ”. This seems wrong at first listening but if numbers are compared, Muhammad Ali was liked not only by various Christians but Muslims and other religious communities too. This statement, though strange, may sound true when second look is taken!

5. Take time to use what you have learned

If you are about to make a phone call, pause and think for a while what kind of response you need from other person. From what you know about the other person, how can you get the response you need?

6. Be discreet: Let people learn about you from some one else.

7. Be detached: Don’t go for heated response. Don’t react, rather act!. Use what you have learnt.

If you don’t react, you will never ‘overreact’. You will be a ‘controller’ rather than a controllee.

Happy reading.

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Share your thoughts!


Cover - 8th Habit

THE 8th Habit

From Effectiveness to Greatness

– Am I taking initiatives?
– Am I self empowered?

In the book: The 8th Habit, Stephen R. Covey mentions about 7 Levels of Initiative or Self-Empowerment as follows:

Level 1: Wait until you are told
Why should I do any thing if I am not required to? This will cause your area of influence to become smaller. Your voice will not be heard. If people wait until they are told to do any thing, they generally start: criticizing, complaining, comparing, competing and contending.

Level 2: Ask
Ask about something within your job description but outside your circle of influence. This may be impressive and can increase your area of influence. This means trying to go an extra mile. Doing what you are not paid for!

Level 3: Make a recommendation
There are five basic steps to making a recommendation:
a. Analyze the problem.
b. Come up with alternative and recommended solutions.
c. Develop recommended steps to execute the solutions.
d. Incorporate an awareness of all realities.
e. Make a recommendation in a way that only requires approval by a single signature.

Level 4: I intend to
This goes beyond making a recommendation. You must be ready to carry out the action or plan once it has been approved.

Level 5: Do it and report immediately
Do an evaluation and give it to people who need to know

Level 6: Do it and report periodically.

Level 7: Do it

So, If we need to make a difference, Just do it!

Take initiatives.

Here is a very small motivating clip. People complain and criticize often about politicians, about society, about people around. But once a person decides to move ahead and take initiative – other people give examples of that heroic act!

Enjoy the clip!


Book of the week: Secret

The Secret

Dear reader

We have discussed many ideas from the Book: ‘The Secret’ in earlier posts. Now is the time for complete summary / book review. THE SECRET is: ‘The Law of ATTRACTION’.

I found a power point presentation which describes whole book in 24 slides. After going through this presentation, you will get the basic ideas about the book and it will present a detailed summary before you. You may decide to read the book or see the movie. Enjoy the book review presentation. Feel free to comment.

To purchase the book, you can click: The Secret

Take some time to take part in poll. Do you really believe in ‘THE SECRET’?


Do I really believe that ‘Thoughts become things’? We attract our own happiness?

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