Watch out for Focus Killers

Applying focus to the details of your What, Why, and How of your goals, is like putting blinders on a horse. Instead of losing focus and looking at the crowd, the middle of the field, and other horses behind, the blinders assists the horse in maintaining focus on the track ahead, the immediate competition to beat, and the finish line to cross. Focus eliminates distractions around you. I've listed a few examples of distractions that may try to break your focus. Beware of these focus killers. 

  • Excessive Entertainment 
  • Naysayers 
  • Negative Talking friends, family, and associates 
  • Past Failures 
  • Perceived lack of resources 
  • Excessive intake of newspapers, television news, news websites 

It is vitally important that you eliminate or greatly reduce the time exposed to these focus killers as much as possible. In regards to those around you who talk negative, the best outcome is to lead by example and convert them into positive thinkers. I know it can seem difficult to not focus on past failures. But in order to stop focusing on one thing, you need to switch your focus on to something else.   

Book Review - Procrastinate On Purpose

Rory's 2nd book, Procrastinate on Purpose - 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, is a MUST-READ for anyone who never has enough time and just can't seem to get it all done. Is your To-Do list a mile long? Read this book. Are you looking for one of the major factors of success? Read this book. Have you always wondered if successful people THINK DIFFERENTLY than you? Read this book. Have you ever wanted to know the secret to how some people seem to multiply their time and are never in a rush? READ. THIS. BOOK.

Rory Vaden, in his prequel to Take the Stairs, walks you through, step-by-step, the what, why, and how of most people seem to lose time, never have enough of it, and what can be done to correct it by using his trademarked Focus Funnel and explaining the 5 permissions that you need to give yourself in order to multiply your time. He explains the 3 eras of Time Management, the strengths and limitations of the first 2 eras, and why & how the 3rd era of Time Management is so powerful. Did you know you could manage your time in 3D? Rory explains how. In his first book, Take the Stairs, Rory shows how procrastination is costing you and business owners everywhere incredible amounts of money, why procrastination is so bad, and how to overcome it. Just stop taking the escalator. "Do the things you don't feel like doing but you know you should" is the general theme of Take the Stairs.

But in his 2nd book, Rory actually tells you to Procrastinate. Huh? Yes. He does. But on Purpose. He very methodically shows the difference, how and when to use this method, and why. Eliminate, Automate, Delegate. I think there's a couple more 'ates' in their somewhere. But, you'll have to read the book to learn more. This book is eye-opening and very thought-provoking. Rory is very transparent in this book as he uses stories from his own life, as well as case studies from other successful people, to bring these principles to life with real examples. If you are serious about time management, wanting to know how to multiply your time, and are willing to change your habits to achieve this, then I challenge you to read this life-altering book. Aside from the Bible, Rory's books Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose have brought about more change and prodded me to action more than any other success books I've read. Read this book. You will be glad you did.

Procrastinate On Purpose - 5 Permissions to Multiple Your Time is available in audio-book and print through iTunes, Amazon, and several other retailers. Order your copy today. Learn more at www.RoryVaden.com or www.ProcrastinateOnPurpose.com

Kevin Golden is a business owner, motivational speaker, author, accomplished musician, beloved husband, and loving father of four. - www.KevinGolden.com

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The Rewards of Excellence

Excellence is defined as "the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence" or "The state of one that surpasses another in rank or quality".   

Another way to look at it is: A focus on details that produces peak performance, which releases maximum potential, promotion, and honors God.   

I like to break it down and say it this way. Excellence is "doing the best with what you have, and going above and beyond what is expected of you".   

Excellence pays for itself in the end!   

You can call it right or wrong, moral or immoral, but the fact is that, people DO judge a book by its cover. If you, your product, your business, your website, and so forth, looks as though it were thrown together or you just did what you had to in order to "get by", then you will repel people, prospects, and the like. Prospects, customers, friends, co-workers, members, and people in general are attracted to excellence. I'd like to share two examples with you of excellence. The first is of a once small organization, and the second is a very large organization.     

Two Places, Two Sizes, One Level of Excellence 

The first example, a once small organization, a church in Houston, TX, who took what resources they had at the time and made the most of it. At the time I first visited their location, they had approximately one hundred fifty members. I had seen their billboards, reviewed their website, and then visited their location in person. I was blown away. My first thought when I reviewed all three (billboards, website, and location) was "these people know the principle of Excellence". And that was before I had met a single person. When I discovered that they had only one hundred fifty members at the time, I couldn't believe it. It really drove home the power of an Excellent mindset and what doing things with Excellence can achieve. They didn't act like they were just a poor little ol' organization. They operated as if they were a one thousand member organization. They didn't wait around until their membership and finances grew to a level of one thousand. At the time they were in a shopping center, but you wouldn't know it by the inside. It was beautiful. Today their organization has grown, they are on television, own their own television network, and own a large building on prime freeway frontage – DEBT FREE! This is proof that excellence will promote you and your business or organization, and attracts others to you.   

Another powerful example of excellence can be seen in this next organization. It is a much larger organization with more resources. But this company has practiced excellence since its inception, which is why it has grown to such magnitude of size and popularity that it has today. Who am I talking about? None other than the Disney Company. If you've never been to DisneyWorld in Orlando Florida or Disneyland in Anaheim California, I suggest you make one of your major life's goals to go; even if you're not a big fan of Disney characters, movies, or cartoons. If you are a student of success, a visit to Walt Disney World is an experience in education. If you've never been to DisneyWorld, but you have been to a local theme park, you're probably saying, "What's the big deal? I've been to theme parks before. It can't be that different."   

I've spoken with many people who have recently visited DisneyWorld and the reaction is always the same. You can't begin to compare it with an everyday theme park as found around the country. The level of excellence that the Disney company operates at is astounding. The parks, and everything else on resort property, are immaculately clean. The rides are more exciting and entertaining than anything you've seen elsewhere. The theming is superb. Even the queues (lines for the rides) are full of visual imagery to keep you entertained while in line. And let's not forget the service. Service at the Disney Parks is second to none. Just do a google search for stories of families who have visited Disney Parks and you'll find countless stories of excellent, above and beyond service by the Disney Cast Members (employees). I just recently read a story of a couple who, when visiting DisneyWorld, lost their engagement, wedding, and anniversary rings by accidentally throwing them in the trash. After they left the resort, and reported them missing, the Disney resort staff went through an entire trash dumpster, after dawning protective gear, and piece by piece searched for those rings. You can imagine the outcome. The Disney staff found those rings and returned them to their owners.   

Another account I read tells the story of Excellence by the Disney Parks. A young lady who had visited the Magic Kingdom was standing on Main Street USA. She was thirsty and was looking for something to drink. She saw a Cast Member nearby who was sweeping the trash from Main Street. She asked him where she could get a glass of water. With a smile on his face and with much excitement, he gladly pointed down Main Street towards a drink stand. She thanked him and went on her way towards the drink stand. As she was walking, the sweeper picked up his radio, called the Cast Member working at the drink stand to notify him that this young lady was on her way for a drink of water. By the time she arrived, the drink stand employee handed her the water with a smile and said, "Here's your water ma'am". Wow! Have you ever experienced excellence on this level from a shop, restaurant, or grocery store? If you have, I bet you are a regular customer.   

Now what if that small church had dirty floors and bathrooms, messy nurseries, torn puppets, burned out light bulbs, and a sloppy dressed pastor? What if that sweeping Cast Member at DisneyWorld had huffed about having to help the young lady looking for a drink with a "Can't you see I'm not a food service employee" attitude? What if the rides were boring? Would you want to go back to either of these organizations? Well, unless you are a glutton for punishment, then no of course not! Excellence tells the story. Excellence compels you and says, "You want to do business with me, you want to work with me, you want to be involved with me and my organization."   

Private Excellence 

Can you think of some areas in your personal life that you can be more excellent?   

Private excellence is that part of your life that no one else sees. Here are a couple of areas in your private excellence that might be lacking.  If Bill Gates or Donald Trump, or some other person that you esteem highly, were to walk into your closet right now, would you turn beet red? If the president of the United States, or the Queen of England needed a ride, would you let them in your car the way it is right now? You might say, "yeah but that's my closet, who cares? No one sees it." You see it, your spouse sees it, and God sees it. If you allow mediocrity in your private excellence, it will eventually creep into your personal and professional excellence. Mediocrity in your private excellence is also seen by your children, and is teaching volumes to the next generation. Is that what you want them to learn. Your excellence doesn't affect you, but could affect generations to come.   

Explosive, Powerful, Laser-sharp Focus

Because everyone is designed for success, any average person can be transformed into a successful person by using explosive, powerful, laser-sharp focus.   

One major reason people fail to succeed is a lack of focus. If you want to live out the life of success that you were designed for, you must maintain focus on your passion, purpose, destiny and therefore the goals that you've set out to achieve. Focus is powerful! Unfocused light simply lights up a room. But focused light generates a laser that can do precision work and even burn through objects. Once you have an intense revelation of Focus, you will be an unstoppable force. The number one success principle that I have seen, read, or heard about, in the lives of those that I have studied and are successful, is Focus. Other terms used are commitment and tenacity.  You must stay focused on the goal(s) and DON'T QUIT. If the steps of your goal becomes challenging and it seems like you just aren't going to make it, DON'T QUIT - GET FOCUSED on the end result. Refer back to the "WHY" of your goal and remain focused on it. Stir up the passion behind your WHY. If you focus on how difficult the task at hand is becoming, you will fail.

Instead, focus on the prize of accomplishing your goal and how it will fulfill your "WHY" for doing it. Also, focus on how the outcome of accomplishing your goal will affect others around you. Meaningful goals are always bigger than you, and affect countless others around you. So push through the difficulty of the current action item in your "how list", focus on the outcome, the results, and the "WHY", and watch your dreams come true. You are Designed for Success, but you must be willing to do, what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.

Focus (The Wall Principle)   

There are two types of focus; positive and negative. The benefits of focusing on positive, uplifting thoughts and goals should be apparent at this point. But, what about negative thoughts? Let me say it this way. DON'T HIT THE WALL! Let me explain. In racecar driving, the drivers are told to not look at the wall. Why is that? Simple. What you focus on you attract, and you will move towards. Hitting the wall in a race can be devastating, and at the very least will take you out of the race or slow you down tremendously. There is always something negative, a wall, to focus on: Sales or the Economy is down, issues with your employer or employees, perceived lack of money, talent, skills, people, and other resources. And of course, there are distractions such as past failures, too much entertainment, bad habits, and so on. Don't focus on the wall. Don't hit the wall. Don't focus on the negative and attract it to you. What you focus on, you will begin to see in your mind's eye. What you see in your mind continually, and allow to dominate your thinking, will eventually manifest into reality.   

I'll give you an example in my personal life to illustrate. Some years ago, while working for a software company that I thoroughly enjoyed, the economy started diminishing. Buried in my subconscious mind was the thought that I never really was good enough or qualified for this particular "high paying" job at this great company. In fact, there were a few people, whom I looked up to in life at the time, that reinforced my belief, of not being qualified, by telling me that I was just lucky and not qualified for that job or to make "that much money". And I allowed them to speak those negative thoughts into my life; bad decision on my part. Very bad decision! At the first opportunity to present itself, the powerful negativity of those words, which in turn I allowed to become my thoughts, cropped up. The economy was taking a turn. The company, at seven thousand employees, was downsizing. I began to focus on the "what if I'm next" scenario. I could see myself being escorted out of the building and losing my job. It became obvious as my abundant thought process began to speak out of my mouth. The first layoff came and I made it through. Then, the second and third. With each layoff my mind became more intensely fearful of a definite termination of my employment. "Surely after three layoffs, I'll be next", I thought and continually said. "After all, I'm not qualified or good enough for this job, at this company, making this much money. It was too good to be true anyway. I'm lucky I lasted this long".   

Wow! How depressing, yet powerful were these negative, self-defeating thoughts that I focused on and allowed to dominate my thinking. You can guess what happened next. Because I did not change my focus, and allowed this process to continue, it soon manifest itself into reality. First I lost my peace. I was so stressed out, it soon manifest in my body. I had full-blown panic and anxiety attacks, then into depression. Then it finally manifest itself in the form of a job termination that threw my family and I into a spiral of devastating financial loss and depression. But thank God the story doesn't end there.    

The good news is, there is always something positive to focus on: 

  • The incredible amount of abundance available 
  • Good Health 
  • Your Excellent Products 
  • Outstanding Relationships 
  • Tons of Growth Opportunity (personal, spiritual, business) 
  • Vast amount of Training that is Available 
  • Awesome and Passionate Employees or Employers 
  • Your successes 
  • Your mentor(s) and his or her teaching 
  •   

Remember, don’t look at "the wall". Don't hit "the wall". Instead, focus like a high-powered laser on your goals, your dreams, the steps to achieve them, and all of the uplifting, powerfully positive principles that you are exposed to. And whatever you do, don't quit. You will see your desire manifest into reality.   

I finally after a few years of drowning in my own self-pity, sorrow, depression, and anxiety decided to return to what I knew worked. I found, by divine appointment, my mentor, and have since re-focused on my goals, dreams, desires, and the abundance that God has for me. The turnaround in my life is nothing short of amazing. When I was in my deepest pit of depression, I would have never dreamed of the life I now live. What a difference putting these principles to work in my life has made. And I know that the best is yet to come, because like you, I am Designed for Success.   

Word Power Exercise: The only reason I fail is a lack of focus. I will re-focus on my goals, passion, purpose, destiny, and the abundance God has for me. I was Designed for Success before the world began. Today is my day to succeed. I am successful. 

Beyond Your Wildest Imagination

You Become What You Believe

The mind is a powerful thing. So you need to think about what you are thinking about. Guard your thoughts. Watch for negative thoughts of lack, defeat, and small mindedness. If you believe you can't have or do something, you're right. You'll never set out to accomplish something or attain a goal, because your mind will stop you, probably before you start, but definitely along the way when you set out to complete your goals if you don't believe. If you believe you CAN have or do something, you are much more likely to obtain that which you are seeking to do or have. You will become what you believe about yourself.   

In order to live the successful life that you were designed for, you must transform yourself by making your mind new again², and dumping out the old. You need to limit your exposure to media, friends, family, and co-workers who would speak fear, doubt, unbelief, lack, defeat, and other self-defeating, negative thoughts into your mind. You must feed your mind and spirit with positive, uplifting words of faith, victory, abundance, and other uplifting topics³. There are many resources out there to assist you in your endeavor to fill your mind with positive, uplifting words, ideas, and principles. I've listed some of these powerful resources at the end of this book. A great place to start is the best success book ever written. Created by the same One who Designed you for Success. It's called the Bible. If you've never read it, I suggest you pick up a copy and start today. You might be amazed at how much it speaks of success, victory, wealth, and other uplifting, victorious, abundant thoughts. I personally feel the best translation to start with, for ease of reading, is the Amplified translation. You can find them in bookstores, Wal-Mart, and the like. It will be the best investment in a book that you've ever made.

What Are You Waiting For?

Are you living your dreams? Are you accomplishing your goals? Are you making forward progress?

OR

Are you still wishing things were better, still sitting idle, still laying stagnant, still hoping a promotion will magically drop in your lap... still not moving forward?

Be honest with YOURSELF. You're not telling me. I'll never know you're answers to these questions... but YOU will. So be honest. Have you ever stopped, looked in the proverbial mirror and honestly asked yourself these questions? 

If you fall more into the 2nd category of questions (still wishing, still idle, no forward progress), you're not alone. Don't beat yourself up. But there is a reason why. Let's just get this out of the way up front. It's NOT because of some unforeseen force of bad luck or circumstances. We ALL deal with tough times. It's NOT because of your economic status, education level, or where you live or grew up. You're NOT to tall or short, too fat or skinny, too old or young, too rich or poor, too smart or too stupid. We ALL have "limitations" to overcome. I deal with a deformed arm, autism, anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue... and the list goes on. I was a bullied, loner nerd growing up and still deal with awkward social situations today due to my Aspergers (autism). But I am an all-state trombone player, decent drummer, fantastic keyboard player, composer, author, technology & business consultant, professional speaker and a pretty great husband, father, and grandfather. I'm not bragging. I'm not arrogant. I'm trying to make a point. If I can do it, so can you. If I can achieve my goals despite my limitations, so can you.

You have to STOP with the excuses! If you REALLY want to live your dreams and live On Purpose, you're going to get mad, struggle, fight, work hard, deal with limitations, short-comings, and disabilities, and even fail on your journey while you're making forward progress.

So, if its not any of those excuses that are really holding you back, then What Are You Waiting For?

I'll tell you what. You don't THINK you can do it. You THINK you're limited by one of the excuses above. You THINK it's too hard; so you don't even try. Or maybe you've STARTED the process of achieving your dreams and goals, but you quit in the process because it seemed too difficult or impossible. Well, if you THINK you can't, you're right... you can't. So you might as well just quit right now.

But when you are sick and tired of not living your dreams, making forward progress, obtaining those promotions, blowing past your sales quotas, and achieving your goals, then you need to stand in that same mirror and TELL YOURSELF, "I CAN live my dreams. I CAN achieve my goals. I WILL live on purpose for the purpose of achieving MY PURPOSE in life. Quitting is not an option. I am smart enough. I am capable. I am Designed for Success. TODAY is MY day to succeed!" And do that EVERY DAY until you really do know that you can and will live your dreams. I know that makes you feel like you're reliving a Stuart Smalley moment from past SNL sketches, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggoneit, people like me", but all goal achievement begins with this process.

Of course you'll also need a plan to execute. That is where true goal setting comes in. I've written a great article on setting real goals and how to achieve them that will help you with creating your plan and executing it. You can read it here - http://kevingolden.com/blog/2012/05/goals-proven-formula-for-achieving.html

You've got to make the mental paradigm shift from wishing and hoping to dreaming, knowing, and DOING with continuous movement towards your goals where quitting is not an option. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".

Dream, Believe, Plan, Execute... and Don't Quit!

 

The Rewards of Excellence - by Kevin Golden

Excellence is defined as "the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence" or "The state of one that surpasses another in rank or quality".

Another way to look at it is: A focus on details that produces peak performance, which releases maximum potential, promotion, and honors God.

I like to break it down and say it this way. Excellence is doing the best with what you have, and going above and beyond what is expected of you.

Excellence pays for itself in the end!

You can call it right or wrong, moral or immoral, but the fact is that, people DO judge a book by its cover. If you, your product, your business, your website, and so forth, looks as though it were thrown together or you just did what you had to in order to "get by", then you will repel people, prospects, and the like. Prospects, customers, friends, co-workers, members, and people in general are attracted to excellence. I'd like to share two examples with you of excellence. The first is of a once small organization, and the second is a very large organization.

Two Places, Two Sizes, One Level of Excellence

The first example, a once small organization, a church in Houston, TX, who took what resources they had at the time and made the most of it. At the time I first visited their location, they had approximately one hundred fifty members. I had seen their billboards, reviewed their website, and then visited their location in person. I was blown away. My first thought when I reviewed all three (billboards, website, and location) was "these people know the principle of Excellence". And that was before I had met a single person. When I discovered that they had only one hundred fifty members at the time, I couldn't believe it. It really drove home the power of an Excellent mindset and what doing things with Excellence can achieve. They didn't act like they were just a poor little ol' organization. They operated as if they were a one thousand member organization. They didn't wait around until their membership and finances grew to a level of one thousand. At the time they were in a shopping center, but you wouldn't know it by the inside. It was beautiful. Today their organization has grown, they are on television, own their own television network, and own a large building on prime freeway frontage – DEBT FREE! This is proof that excellence will promote you and your business or organization, and attracts others to you.

Another powerful example of excellence can be seen in this next organization. It is a much larger organization with more resources. But this company has practiced excellence since its inception, which is why it has grown to such magnitude of size and popularity that it has today. Who am I talking about? None other than the Disney Company. If you've never been to DisneyWorld in Orlando Florida or Disneyland in Anaheim California, I suggest you make one of your major life's goals to go; even if you're not a big fan of Disney characters, movies, or cartoons. If you are a student of success, a visit to Walt Disney World is an experience in education. If you've never been to DisneyWorld, but you have been to a local theme park, you're probably saying, "What's the big deal? I've been to theme parks before. It can't be that different."

I've spoken with many people who have recently visited DisneyWorld and the reaction is always the same. You can't begin to compare it with an everyday theme park as found around the country. The level of excellence that the Disney company operates at is astounding. The parks, and everything else on resort property, are immaculately clean. The rides are more exciting and entertaining than anything you've seen elsewhere. The theming is superb. Even the queues (lines for the rides) are full of visual imagery to keep you entertained while in line. And let's not forget the service. Service at the Disney Parks is second to none. Just do a google search for stories of families who have visited Disney Parks and you'll find countless stories of excellent, above and beyond service by the Disney Cast Members (employees). I just recently read a story of a couple who, when visiting DisneyWorld, lost their engagement, wedding, and anniversary rings by accidentally throwing them in the trash. After they left the resort, and reported them missing, the Disney resort staff went through an entire trash dumpster, after dawning protective gear, and piece by piece searched for those rings. You can imagine the outcome. The Disney staff found those rings and returned them to their owners.

Another account I read tells the story of Excellence by the Disney Parks. A young lady who had visited the Magic Kingdom was standing on Main Street USA. She was thirsty and was looking for something to drink. She saw a Cast Member nearby who was sweeping the trash from Main Street. She asked him where she could get a glass of water. With a smile on his face and with much excitement, he gladly pointed down Main Street towards a drink stand. She thanked him and went on her way towards the drink stand. As she was walking, the sweeper picked up his radio, called the Cast Member working at the drink stand to notify him that this young lady was on her way for a drink of water. By the time she arrived, the drink stand employee handed her the water with a smile and said, "Here's your water ma'am". Wow! Have you ever experienced excellence on this level from a shop, restaurant, or grocery store? If you have, I bet you are a regular customer.

Now what if that small church had dirty floors and bathrooms, messy nurseries, torn puppets, burned out light bulbs, and a sloppy dressed pastor? What if that sweeping Cast Member at DisneyWorld had huffed about having to help the young lady looking for a drink with a "Can't you see I'm not a food service employee" attitude? What if the rides were boring? Would you want to go back to either of these organizations? Well, unless you are a glutton for punishment, then no of course not! Excellence tells the story. Excellence compels you and says, "You want to do business with me, you want to work with me, you want to be involved with me and my organization."

Private Excellence

Can you think of some areas in your personal life that you can be more excellent?

Private excellence is that part of your life that no one else sees. Here are a couple of areas in your private excellence that might be lacking. If Bill Gates or Donald Trump, or some other person that you esteem highly, were to walk into your closet right now, would you turn beet red? If the president of the United States, or the Queen of England needed a ride, would you let them in your car the way it is right now? You might say, "yeah but that's my closet, who cares? No one sees it." You see it, your spouse sees it. If you allow mediocrity in your private excellence, it will eventually creep into your personal and professional excellence. Mediocrity in your private excellence is also seen by your children, and is teaching volumes to the next generation. Is that what you want them to learn. Your excellence may not directly or immediately affect you, but could affect generations to come.

Lack of Resources

Perceived lack of resources may also tempt you to wait for a more opportune time to begin practicing excellence. That is nothing more than an excuse. Be excellent at the level that you are currently at. When you do, you will begin to attract the excellence from the next level, and it will pull you into the next level. Whether you're living in the apartment or the mansion, you can be excellent. Maximize your present state.

Another area of your life that affects your excellence level is your attitude. When you’re an excellent person, you act the same way all the time. You must have an excellent attitude that will reflect your level of excellence. Be positive. Be optimistic. When someone asks you how you are doing, tell them, "I'm excellent!" or "Outstanding!” and do it with a smile.

If you want to be that successful person that you were Designed to be, and you want to be a leader that others will follow, or a business that others will do business with, or an employee that your company will promote, you must be excellent. Go above and beyond. Set your self apart. Stand out from the crowd. When everyone else is complaining and grumbling about the economy, or how things are done at the office, or how nobody likes your boss, take that as an opportunity to stand out. Don't join the pity parade. Instead, be excellent by keeping a positive attitude, and looking for solutions to the issues instead of complaining about them.

Excellence elevates you above the crowd. Excellence sets you apart from the mediocrity of the masses. Excellence is not just what you do, but who you are. Be in a state of excellence and your actions will follow. Your state of being excellent and your actions of excellence will make you rise to the top and be the cream of the crop. When you're on top because of your excellence, its easier for success and abundance to find you.

Excerpt from the book Designed for Success by Kevin Golden

Book Review - Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

Book Review - Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
Review by Kevin Golden





Recently I went about looking for some new motivational / success principles books, videos, and the like. I remembered a speaker from years ago that I had seen at a former employer named Rory Aplanalp. But there was one problem. I couldn't remember his last name. I went to YouTube to find this Rory something-or-other fella that I remembered from over a decade ago. I didn't find him. But I did "accidentally" find Rory Vaden, a young, sharp-dressed, well spoken, energetic professional speaker. Wow! Here's a guy that didn't look over 50 in the professional speaking business who is doing well and has a NYT best seller. He must be doing something right. Then I discovered his book, "Take the Stairs - 7 Steps to Achieving True Success". I browsed through his website and watched the promo video to see if he had anything different to say than other professional speakers / motivational authors. The answer was a resounding "YES" it is different. Just from the video and the summary of the book on his website, I could see already that his message of "how to become successful" had a different twist on it. And to be honest, I avoided reading the book for a few weeks. I didn't want to read about self-discipline. "I'm a successful entrepreneur, business owner, author, father and dad, and all-state trombone player. I know self-discipline. I don't want to read more about doing the hard things now so I can have what I want later". But no matter where you are on your journey of success and self-discipline, you can benefit from reading this book.



In his book, Take the Stairs, Rory Vaden uses the stairs and escalator metaphor to describe the increasing problem with our procrasti- nation, at least here in America, to take the shortcut and easy way out approach, and our "I want it now" attitude. He takes you through why people fail, the concept of self-discipline, taking action, and step by step strategies for living a life of self-discipline that is fun and rewarding. This book is eye opening and very thought-provoking. Rory is very transparent in this book as he uses stories from his own life, as well as case studies from other successful people, to bring these principles to life with real examples. I couldn't put it down and finished it in under 2 days. It's easy to read, but may be hard to swallow. If you are serious about changing your mind about hard work, willing to commit to your personal success, and can handle having your toes stepped on long enough to realize that you must change your habits and do the things successful people do so you can have what successful people have, then I challenge you to read this life-altering book. Although you may feel the sting of self-discovery and inadequacy initially, if you put these principles in his book into practice, I truly believe you will be rewarded with life's best; not just down the road, but also along the way. In his book, Rory Vaden challenges you with this question, Next time you come to a set of stairs and an escalator, are you going to do what everyone else is doing and use the escalator, or are you going to do what others won't do so you can have what others don't have and Take the Stairs?



Take the Stairs - 7 Steps to Achieving True Success is available in audio-book and print through iTunes, Amazon, and several other retailers. Learn more at www.RoryVaden.com or www.TakeTheStairsBook.com



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Word Power

The Power of Your Words


Words are the most powerful force in the
universe. They create and they destroy.
The give life and they bring death. God
used words to create everything we see
and He gave man the power of words to
create as well. There is an ancient proverb
that says, "Life and Death is in the power
of the tongue". The tongue can set your
world on fire, and it will determine the
direction of your life like the rudder of a
ship. 
In the book "Think and Grow Rich" by
Napoleon Hill, there is a process that he
coined Auto-Suggestion. He defines it as,
"The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or
concept, thereby creating some change in
the mental functions and the process by
which a person creates self-acceptance of
an opinion, belief, or plan of action". Mix
that with the fact the repetitive
information builds a belief system, and
you see why it is vitally important that you
take careful thought and plan to what
words you speak on a continual basis. You
will have what you say, if you truly believe
it. Good or bad. Life or death. Riches or
poverty. Health or Sickness. Whole or
Broken Relationships. Success or Failure.
You will have what you say, if you truly
believe. Why is that the case?
There are two pieces to this mystery of
the power of your words.
  • The mental aspect
  • The spiritual aspect


The Mental Aspect
First, let's discuss the Mental Aspect of the Power of Your Words. When you continually repeat words, you are feeding the subconscious mind, thereby
reprogramming what is "acceptable" in
your life to your mind. Remember the
gateway principle - You can only manifest
into the physical reality what can fit
through the gateway of your subconscious
mind. If you haven't expanded your mind
to allow more abundance through, it will
not manifest into the realm of the
physical. Your spirit already believes. Your
spirit is already part of, and comes from
the realm of the spirit where abundance
resides. It is your subconscious mind that
betrays the desires of your spirit.
The conscious mind, the analytical part of
your mind that makes daily decisions,
must get into agreement with your spirit
through an act of your will, with the
assistance of learned success principles,
and with the help of God. When you put
this into action, you can make your
subconscious mind new again by the act of
repetitive words. Write down what it is
that you desire, then form an affirmation,
a faith confession. Then commit it to
memory. Then two times every day, once
in the morning when you wake up, and
once before going to bed at night, speak
to and over yourself that which you have
written down. This will, in time, expand
the size of your gateway, allowing for
more abundance to flow through. This
process is exponentially more powerful
when you back your affirmation with
success promises that have already been
spoken by the One who designed you. The
source of all abundance. These incredibly
powerful spoken words can be found in the
greatest success book ever written - The
Bible.

The Spiritual Aspect

The second piece to the Power of YourWords is the Spiritual Aspect. The entire physical universe is made up of pure energy, which actually is pure vibration. Even down to the sub-atomic level, scientists have observed that everything is in constant motion, vibration. A noted scientist in the field of Quantum Physics and String Theory once said that many string theorist believe, based on the scientific evidence and mathematical computations, that once we solve the mathematical equations of the string theory, what we will discover is that the universe is a musical expression of God.

Simply put - Vibration....

This excerpt taken from the chapter on the Power of Your Words from the book - Designed for Success - 13 Principles for Life Changing Success

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