1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution, paves the way to solution. Eliminate "impossible", "won't work", "can't do", "no use trying" from your thinking and speaking vocabularies. 2. Don't let tradition paralyze your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches. Be progressive in everything you do. 3."Ask yourself daily, "How can I do better?" There is no limit to self-improvement. When you ask yourself, "How can I do better?" sound answers will appear. Try it and see 4. Ask yourself, "How can I do more?" Capacity is a state of mind. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent shortcuts. The success combination in business is: Do what you do better (improve the quality of your output), and: Do more of what you do (increase the quantity of your output). 5. Practice asking and listening. Ask and listen, and you'll obtain raw material for reaching sound decisions. Remember: Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking. 6. Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests."
"Ideas are highly perishable. If we're not on guard, the squirrels (negative thinking people) will destroy most of them. Ideas require special handling from the time they are born until they're transformed into practical ways for doing things better.
1. Don't let ideas escape. Write them down. Every day lots of good ideas are born only to die quickly because they aren't nailed to paper. Memory is a weak slave when it comes to preserving and nurturing brand-new ideas. Carry a notebook or some small cards with you. When you get an idea, write it down."
"Believe it can be done. Here is a basic truth: To do anything, we must first believe that it can be done. Believing something can be done sets the mind in motion to find a way to do it."
"When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, you mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it."
"Believing something can be done paves the way for creative solutions. Believing something can't be done is destructive thinking. This point applies to all situations, little and big."
"When we face tough problems, we stay mired in the mud until we take action. Hope is a start. But hope needs action to win victories."
"PUT THESE FIVE PROCEDURES TO WORK FOR YOU
1. Action cures fear. Isolate your fear and then take constructive action. Inaction - doing nothing about a situation - strengthens fear and destroys confidence. 2. Make a supreme effort to put only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Don't let negative, self-deprecatory thoughts grow into mental monsters. Simply refuse to recall unpleasant events or situations. 3. Put people in proper perspective. Remember, people are more alike, much more alike, than they are different. Get a balanced view of the other fellow. He is just another human being. And develop an understanding attitude. Many people will bark, but it's a rare one who bites. 4. Practice doing what you conscience tells you is right. This prevents a poisonous guilt complex from developing. Doing what's right is a very practical rule for success. 5. Make everything about you say "I'm confident, really confident." Practice these little techniques in your day-to-day activities: Be a front seater. Make eye contact. Walk 25 percent faster. Speak up. Smile big."
"I have never met nor heard of a highly successful, business executive, military officer, salesman, professional person, or leader in any field who could not have found one or more major excuses to hide behind. Roosevelt could have hidden behind his lifeless legs; Truman could have used "no college education"; Kennedy could have said "I'm too young to be president"; Johnson and Eisenhower could have ducked behind heart attacks. Like any disease, excusitis gets worse if it isn't treated properly. A victim of this thought disease goes through this mental process: "I'm not doing as well as I should. What can I use as an alibi that will help me save face?"
"Once the victim of this failure disease has selected a "good" excuse, he sticks with it. The he relies on the excuse to explain to himself and others why he is not going forward. And each time the victim makes the excuse, the excuse becomes embedded deeper within his subconsciousness. Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. At first the victim of excusitis knows his alibi is more or less a lie. But the more frequently he repeats it, the more convinced he becomes that it is completely true, that the alibi is the real reason for his not being the success he should be."
"Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do."
"Where success is concerned, people are not measures in inches or pounds or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments. Now let's see how we can enlarge our thinking."
"Big thinkers are specalists in creating positive forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others. To think big we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive mental images."
"FOUR WAYS TO DEVELOP THE BIG THINKER'S VOCABULARY: 1. Use big, positive, cheerful words and phrases to describe how you feel. When someone asks "How do you feel today?" and you respond with an "I'm tired (I have a headache, I wish it were Saturday, I don't feel so good)," you actually make yourself feel worse. Practice this: it's a very simple point, but it has tremendous power. Everytime someone asks you "How are you?" or "How are you feeling today?" respond with a "Just wonderful! thanks, and you?" or say "Great" or "Fine." Say you feel wonderful at every possible opportunity, and you will begin to feel wonderful - and bigger too. Become known as a person who always feels great. It wins friends.
2. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people. Make it a rule to have a big, positive word for all your friends and associates. When you and someone else are discussing an absent third party, be sure you compliment him with big words and phrases like "He's really a fine fellow." "They tell me he's working out wonderfully well." Be extremely careful to avoid the petty cut-him-down language. Sooner or later third parties hear what's been said, and then such talk only cuts you down.
3. Use positive language to encourage others. Compliment people personally at every opportunity. Everyone you know craves praise. Have a special good word for your wife or husband every day. Notice and compliment the people who work with you. Praise, sincerely administered, is a success tool. Use it! Use it again and again and again. Compliment people on their appearance, their work, their achievements, their families.
4. Use positive words to outline plans to others. When people hear something like this: "Here is some good news. We face a genuine opportunity..." their minds start to sparkle. But when they hear something like: "Whether we like it or not, we've got a job to do," the mind movie is dull and boring, and they react accordingly. Promise victory and watch eyes light up. Promise victory and win support. Build castles, don't dig graves!"
"Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present."
"REMEMBER IT PAYS IN EVERY WAY TO THINK BIG! 1. Don't sell yourself short. Conquer the crime of self-deprecation. Concentrate on your assets. You're better than you think you are.
2. Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure; avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief.
3. Stretch you vision. See what can be, not just what is. Practice adding value to things, to people, and to yourself.
4. Get the big view of your job. Think, really think your present job is important. That next promotion depends mostly on how you think toward your present job.
5. Think above trivial things. Focus your attention on big objectives. Before getting involved in a petty matter, ask yourself, "Is it really important?" Grow big by thinking big!"
"HOW TO DEVELOP THE POWER OF BELIEF: Here are three guides to acquiring and strengthening the power of belief: 1. Think success, don't think failure. At work, in your home, substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When you face a difficult situation, think, "I'll win," not "I'll probably lose." When you compete with someone else, think, "I'm equal to the best," not "I'm outclassed." When opportunity appears, think, "I can do it," never "I can't." Let the master thought "I will succeed" dominate your thinking process. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success. Thinking failure does the exact opposite. Failure thinking conditions the mind to think other thoughts that produce failure.
2. Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not supermen. Success does not require a super intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn't based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never - yes, never - sell yourself short.
3. Believe big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win bug success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier - certainly no more difficult - than small ideas and small plans."
"Go deep into your study of people, and you'll discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind-deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in it's advanced form. And most "average" persons have at least a mild case of it. You will discover that excusitis explains the difference between the person who is going places and the fellow who is barely holding his own. You will fin that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses."
"With a positive, optimistic, and cooperative attitude a person with an IQ of 100 will earn more money, win more respect, and achieve more success than a negative, pessimistic, uncooperative individual with an IQ of 120."
"Success means many wonderful, positive things. Success means personal prosperity: a fine home, vacations, travel, new things, financial security, giving your children maximum advantages. Success means winning admiration, leadership, being looked up to by people in your business and social life. Success means freedom: freedom from worries, fears, frustrations, and failure. Success means self-respect, continually finding more real happiness and satisfaction from life, being able to do more for those who depend on you. Success means winning. Success - achievement - is the goal of life!"