We define opportunity as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. A favorable time, occasion or moment to take appropriate action or move forward. At times, they seem to surround us while at other times it seems the next one will never come. Regardless of the thoughts that come to your mind when you think of the word, you know that it means a chance for improvement and that, for most of us, is all the motivation we need to jump into action. The good news is that opportunity is not something that you have to wait for. In most instances, you have the power to create your own opportunities. Instead of feeling powerless to circumstances beyond your control, here are some tips to help you create new doors to walk through.
1. Create a mindset of abundance.
For many people, their circumstances and environment have put them in a situation where they have a mindset of limitation. They spend much of their time worrying or being anxious about how they will afford the rent or pay the bills. It begins to affect their thinking, their words and their daily habits. By being constantly aware of the lack, they begin to feel the fear of not enough and it prevents them from taking any risks or chances that could take everything away. Like the perpetual movement of a pendulum, the constant thoughts of lack and limitation keep one in an environment of lack and limitation.
On the other hand, there are those that live in a life of limitless abundance. It seems that they are always going somewhere or doing something amazing. They do not worry about how they will afford to pay their bills or how they will get by. They see abundance in their life and it creates a habit of thinking. They aren't afraid to take action because they know that it is their action that creates the positive movement toward their goal. When you see the accomplishment you feel motivated to do more.
Set aside some time each morning to fill your mind with positive thoughts of abundance. See yourself in your minds eye paying that debt, taking that chance, reaching that goal and achieving that dream. When you take the time each morning to meditate on how you would like your life to be, you are able to begin feeling the effects of your thoughts. Practice staying in that mindset of abundance by feeling the feelings before you actually experience them. This act of "believe it before you see it" will help you create and maintain a mindset of abundance.
2. Ask questions.
A well known biblical text tells us to "keep knocking and it will be opened; keep asking and you will receive." My father used to reiterate that by saying that you will never know unless you ask. Sure, whenever you ask for something, there is always a chance that you may not get the answer you were hoping for. But whenever there is a chance that you can move forward, or get closer to the answers that you are hoping for, you must take it. You will never know what options are available to you unless you get curious and ask questions. Sometimes the best opportunities are created not because someone had the right answer, but because someone asked the right question. Each question proposes a need for an answer and an opportunity to be the one to find the answer. When asking for a chance or an opportunity in anything, you are always given a 50/50 chance for a yes. Those are great odds for those that ask the question. The odds are zero when you don't ask. So don't stop knocking on doors and asking.
3. Embrace chaos.
"In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity." This quote by Sun-Tzu reminds us that whenever something is out of order for someone, there lies an opportunity to resolve their issue. For example, with the invention of computer technology came the need for certain programs and codes necessary for us to see the images on our computer screens and have them make sense. When problems began to occur, such as a computer virus for instance, it provided an opportunity for someone to come up with a protection software to resolve such problems. Now we are not suggesting that you cause a problem to be in line to create a solution, but ask questions. See what questions people are asking the most about in your profession or field of interest and what obstacles or challenges they may be facing. Therein lies your opportunity to find or be the solution and provide the answer that someone else may be looking for.
4. Specialize in a solution.
No matter what your chosen field of interest is, there is always a minimum requirement of information that you are going to need to have to even sound like you know what you are talking about. Every industry has a set of standards and rules to play by. There may be jargon and other specific information that you will need to understand. When you are able to demonstrate to yourself and to others that you have the knowledge and expertise in your chosen field, you will be able to establish yourself as the one your colleagues will seek out for the answers. Your reputation as a go to source for people in your field will open new doors for you and open new windows of opportunity.
5. Take action.
Once you have developed your knowledge and expertise you will want to put it into action. One way you can do this is to share some of what you know with others. It's ok to ask people what problems they are facing or see what questions then establish yourself as one who can provide the answers or suggest solutions. By taking the initiative to implement your knowledge where you can really benefit others by resolving a problem or by adding value to their life or business, you will begin to see new opportunities open up all around you. Make a decision to follow these tips and believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. There is greatness inside of you only you can let out. Believe it, and you will see it.
Here are a few techniques to help you build your courage and face your fears.
1. Put all remote possibilities out of your mind. Don’t worry about things you have no control over. Don’t spend your time thinking about all of the bad things that might happen to you. Don’t spend your time plotting and planning ways to make sure these things will never happen.
Courageous people don’t worry about things that are out of their control or things that are unlikely to happen. They concentrate on what they can control.
2. Face your fears before you start something. Imagine difficult situations before they occur. Make a list of the worst that could happen, and you’ll probably see that the situation is not so bad after all.
A friend of mine lost everything a few years back—her home, cars, possessions, antiques, art, jewelry and credit. She lost it all. Now, on her way back up, whenever she’s faced with a tough decision, she asks herself, What’s the worst that can happen? And guess what, she’s already been through the worst and she survived. It’s not an issue anymore.
You don’t have to lose everything to lose that particular fear. But once you face your fear, you can move on. Once you’ve figured out the worst that could possibly happen, you’ll see that you have the inner strength to deal with it if the worst scenario comes about. And here’s the best part: If you’ve looked at the possibilities beforehand, you’ll probably never be faced with the situation at all. Why? Because you’ve already been through it. By contemplating what might happen, you’ve charted your course to ensure that it doesn’t.
3. Imagine the alternative. Picture the result of giving into your fears. Really feel the cost of being ruled by fear; then really feel the benefits of courageously following your ambition. Carefully weigh the two and see the difference.
If you’ve been invited to address your national sales convention and are scared to death of public speaking, what should you do? You could decline the invitation, knowing full well that your fears are holding you back. Or you could take some classes, read some books, practice with a friend. See yourself stepping into a whole new league. You’ll be accepting the opportunity to gain more notoriety in your field. And you’ll be increasing your opportunities for future success.
Once again, it’s your choice. Be fueled by your fears, or face your fears. It all depends on how badly you want something. It all depends on how you choose to live your life; do you always want to be afraid of taking the next step, or do you want to build your courage and open the doors of opportunity? I know what my answer would be.
Original article by Jim Rohn found here: https://www.success.com/rohn-3-ways-to-face-your-fears-with-courage/
This is from the Karate Kid ( 1984 ). Now, like you, I have seen this movie many times. But this scene never fully resonated till recently. Miyagi tells Daniel to try to create a Bonsai Tree. He is afraid he will mess it up. Now that fear of "messing things up" can keep a person from trying many new things and having many new, wonderful experiences. Miyagi's advice is brilliant. He says, close your eyes and picture the tree. Right down to every last detail. He tells him to do this first, which is very important. Now, in our case, we can liken the tree to our whole life. Write down your life. The one you want to create. Begin it all with the sentence, " I am so grateful and happy now that my life is..." and begin. Use your imagination, right down to the very last detail. Do it in love. ( No negative wishes! )Where you will live. What you will do for a living. Whom you will share it with. You get the idea. Now, of course, like trimming the tree, you can make adjustments later. But every night, before bed, review this list of what you want. Then like Daniel, close your eyes and really picture it. Feel it. When you awaken in the morning, ask yourself ( I do it in Miyagi's voice lol ) " Remember picture? " then, Make like picture. Lastly Daniel asks if his picture is the right one. The answer? "If come from inside you, ALWAYS right one!"
As many entrepreneurs discover, raising money to fund a small business can be an undaunting task. Unless one has built a line of credit with their bank already, it can be rather difficult getting a loan. Fortunately, new options for small business owners on a money hunt are fast evolving. Here are five money sources that first-time entrepreneurs often overlook.
1) Crowdfunding platforms - Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the like offer a way to go directly to the masses and solicit funding. You’ve probably heard how they work: you make your pitch and post it on the platform, and people can contribute toward your fundraising goal. In some cases, you can keep the money you raise even if you don’t make your goal; with others, it’s all or nothing. The downside of these platforms is that the transaction cost can be quite steep, ranging from 5-10% of the amount raised. Unless your business is easily understood by consumers and has a sexy story, you might be better off pursuing other options.
2) Payday Advance Loans
You can also take out pay day advances on your paycheck from multiple lenders at once if you're confident you will see a return. This can give you a small chunk of capital all at once. Be sure you properly look at your budget to be sure you can make your payments and still have money to live on.
3) Personal Assets - You can sell your personal assets if you are confident enough in your business, you can basically get rid of anything you believe you can just get back. LetGo is a free, person-to-person, mobile classifieds app, which launched in 2015. It allows users to buy from, sell to and chat with others locally. You can easily post any items that you are willing to part ways with to get immediate cash. Just take pics of your items, post them on the app and other users may begin a conversation with you by using the chat platform within the app. The great thing is that you don't need to exchange personal information and can meet at a mutually designated public place for safety.
4) Small Business Loans
If you need a significant amount of capital to fund your business, a small business loan can provide hundreds of thousands of dollars at a relatively low interest rate. You might find yourself borrowing money you don’t need, but all things considered, a small business loan is one of the less expensive ways to secure funding. If you go this route, consider a credit union or community lender instead of a big, nationwide bank. The former group approves around 50% of applications, while the latter approves just 17%.
Finally, you can take advantage of grants from nonprofits and government alike. High-tech, high-impact and high-growth businesses can be eligible for the Small Business Innovation Research Program, which funds R&D projects; certain up-and-coming cities like Columbus and Philadelphia offer incentives to startups based there. You can also consider partnering with a university to increase your chances of being eligible. Check Grants.gov to see what you qualify for.
Have you ever seen a good action movie where the hero seemed to have really cool music play when they showed up? Like Stallone in the Rocky movies or Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. It's that music that kicks on and motivates the hero and gets you pumped up as well. We will be posting some suggestions that are sure to get you fired up very soon and often along with download links so you can build your own Hustler playlist. Here are 10 of our favorite tracks to get you started. In no particular order. Comment some suggestions if you like. What get's you pumped up?
#1) NF - Motivated
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The Qualities Of Successful Leadership - Jim Rohn
If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. Jim Rohn calls leadership the great challenge of life.
What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here’s how:
1. Learn to be strong but not impolite. It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness for strength. It's not even a good substitute.
2. Learn to be kind but not weak. We must not mistake weakness for kindness. Kindness isn't weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be kind enough to tell someone the truth. We must be kind enough and considerate enough to lay it on the line. We must be kind enough to tell it like it is and not deal in delusion.
3. Learn to be bold but not a bully. It takes boldness to win the day. To build your influence, you've got to walk in front of your group. You've got to be willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, discover the first sign of trouble. Like the farmer, if you want any rewards at harvest time, you have got to be bold and face the weeds and the rain and the bugs straight on. You've got to seize the moment.
4. Learn to be humble but not timid. You can't get to the high life by being timid. Some people mistake timidity for humility. But humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease. It's an affliction. It can be cured, but it is a problem. Humility is almost a God-like word—a sense of awe, a sense of wonder, an awareness of the human soul and spirit, an understanding that there is something unique about the human drama versus the rest of life. Humility is a grasp of the distance between us and the stars, yet having the feeling that we're part of the stars.
5. Learn to be proud but not arrogant. It takes pride to build your ambitions. It takes pride in your community. It takes pride in a cause, in accomplishment. But the key to becoming a good leader is to be proud without being arrogant. Do you know the worst kind of arrogance? Arrogance from ignorance. It's intolerable. If someone is smart and arrogant, we can tolerate that. But if someone is ignorant and arrogant, that's just too much to take.
6. Learn to develop humor without folly. In leadership, we learn that it's OK to be witty but not silly; fun but not foolish.
7. Learn to deal in realities. Deal in truth. Save yourself the agony of delusion. Just accept life as it is—the whole drama of life. It's fascinating.
Life is unique. Leadership is unique. The skills that work well for one leader may not work at all for another. However, the fundamental skills of leadership can be adopted to work well for just about everyone: at work, in the community and at home.
- See more at: http://www.success.com/article/rohn-7-personality-traits-of-a-great-leader#sthash.fzYqOOT7.dpuf
How are you spending your Saturdays and Sundays? Here’s how to make sure you’re not wasting them.
If you’re like most people, you probably want to spend your Saturday and Sunday sleeping in, only to roll out of bed and onto the couch to veg out in front of a little mindless TV—but just until it’s time to change out of your sweats and into real clothes for dinner and a fun night of drinking. Right? Yeah, that’s most people, but not entrepreneurs.
They use their time a little more wisely—because they realize if they want to be successful, they have to go do something about it. Follow their lead and you can become more productive, too… even on a Saturday.
Here are five things successful entrepreneurs do on the weekends:
1. Wake up early.
Savvy entrepreneurs know that if they sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays, their sleep schedule will be thrown off for the rest of the week. They also know that the most productive hours of the day are usually in the morning—and if they have work to do this weekend and want time left over for some recreation, they have to set their alarm clock earlier.
Try 5:30 in the morning. Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey rises at 5:30 a.m. to go for a six-mile jog and then catches up on any business hr didn't get to during the workweek.
2. Indulge in exercise.
The only thing that entrepreneurs choose to indulge in on the weekend is exercise. Because they often don’t have the time to fit in a good workout Monday through Friday, the weekend is the perfect time for some much-needed cardio.
Even more efficient, make your exercise something recreational with the family. Activities like kayaking, hiking, biking and friendly sports skirmishes all help relieve some of the tension and monotony of the workweek.
3. Socialize and network at community events.
Human beings need social interaction to lead healthy, productive lifestyles, which is something entrepreneurs recognize. On the precious days when these successful people aren’t working, they take the time to interact with friends and family—or take the opportunity to meet someone new.
And the people truly seeking success never write off a bake sale, 5K, theater performance or arts fair as a silly waste of time. They see it as an opportunity to make connections and grow their presence. Because there are always influential people to meet at these sorts of events, and a savvy entrepreneur will make the time to recognize and meet the people who make up a community.
4. Work on and outsource projects.
Quiet weekend mornings are an ideal time to make headway on some of your more important work projects, to pick up the slack on projects before the busyness of weekday life filters in.
Focus on outsourcing projects so that you can enjoy the rest of your weekend. SEO and social media interaction that weren’t completed during the week can be outsourced to individuals or agencies that specialize in that kind of work.
5. Pursue a passion.
Exercising creativity is one of the biggest secrets to maintaining a productive and successful lifestyle. The most efficacious of people will set aside some time for creative pursuits, like writing a novel or biography, enrolling in art classes or tinkering on old cars. Whatever the project is, it usually doesn’t involve work. It’s just a healthy hobby that feeds the passion and creativity entrepreneurs use throughout their workweek to reach the top.
Leisure time is a precious commodity for successful people, and if you’re willing to use it the right way, it will lead to a healthy balance between success and recreation.
So, what are you doing this weekend?
"The values that make up the foundation of a life well lived—and, no surprise, money isn’t one of them" - Jim RohnThe ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The ultimate expression of life is not a Mercedes. The ultimate expression of life is not a million dollars or a bank account or a home. The ultimate expression of life is living a good life.
Here's what we must ask constantly, "What, for me, would be a good life?" And you have to keep going over and over the list—a list including areas such as spirituality, economics, health, relationships and recreation.
So, what would constitute a good life? Jim Rohn has a short list:
1. Productivity. You won't be happy if you don't produce. The game of life is not rest. Yes, we must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity.
What's the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It's to see what you can do with it—to try your hand to see what you can do.
2. Good friends. Friendship is probably the greatest support system in the world, so don't deny yourself the time to develop it. Nothing can match it. It's extraordinary in its benefit.
Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you and still like you. I lost one of my dearest friends when he was 53—heart attack. As one of my very special friends, I used to say that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly, and, if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That's a real friend—somebody who would come and get you.
And we've all got casual friends, friends who, if you called them, they would say, "Hey, if you get back, call me and we'll have a party." You’ve got to have both real friends and casual friends.
3. Your culture. Language, music, ceremonies, traditions, dress. All of that is so vitally important that you must keep it alive. The uniqueness of all of us, when blended together, brings vitality, energy, power, influence, and rightness to the world.
4. Spirituality. It helps to form the foundation of the family that builds the nation. And make sure you study, practice and teach—don't be careless about the spiritual part of your nature because it's what makes us who we are, different from dogs, cats, birds and mice.
5. Don't miss anything. My parents taught me not to miss anything, not the game, the performance, the movie, the dance. Just before my father died at 93, if you were to call him at 10:30 or 11 at night, he wouldn't be home. He was at the rodeo, he was watching the kids play softball, he was listening to the concert, he was at church—he was somewhere every night.
Go to everything you possibly can. Buy a ticket to everything you possibly can. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can. Live a vital life. If you live well, you will earn well. If you live well, it will show in your face; it will show in the texture of your voice. There will be something unique and magical about you if you live well. It will infuse not only your personal life but also your business life. And it will give you a vitality nothing else can give.
6. Your family and the inner circle. Invest in them, and they'll invest in you. Inspire them, and they'll inspire you. Take care of the details with your inner circle.
When my father was still alive, I used to call him when I traveled. He'd have breakfast most every morning with the farmers at a little place called The Decoy Inn out in the country where we lived in Southwest Idaho.
When I was in Israel, I'd have to get up in the middle of the night, but I'd call Papa. I'd say, "Papa, I'm in Israel." He'd say, "Israel! Son, how are things in Israel?" He'd talk real loud so everybody could hear. I'd say, "Papa, last night they gave me a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean." He'd say, "Son, a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean?" Now everybody knew the story. And giving my father that special day only took five or 10 minutes.
If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter's kiss on his face all day, he's a powerful man. If a husband walks out of the house and he can still feel the imprint of his wife's arms around his body, he's invincible all day. It's the special stuff with your inner circle that makes you strong and powerful and influential. So don't miss that opportunity.
The prophet said, "There are many virtues and values, but here's the greatest: one person caring for another." There is no greater value than love.
So make sure in your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire.
- See more at: http://www.success.com/article/rohn-a-good-life-contains-these-6-essentials#sthash.v1mROXwb.dpuf
Here is Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, talking about how important it is to love what you do. It defines us. It is usually the first thing we talk about to someone we open up to who is interested in getting to know us. We share it because at the core, we are what we think about. When you have a passion for something and you love it so much that the mere thought puts an instant smile on your face, explore that as the first option for what you should be doing in your life and if it is something that brings benefit and value to others, find a way to create it and give it and then... watch something amazing happen!
I actually saved this as an MP3 and downloaded it to my MP3 player to listen to in the car. Great stuff! An example of the videos, links, and posts to expect on My Power Charger. Thanks for checking it out!
This site was designed to be your personal Power Charger. It contains motivation tips and power ups and is meant to be a "Pick Me Up" for anyone who may be in a slump, experiencing writer's block, a bit overwhelmed or just suffering a case of the "lazies". It was created to serve as an oasis of inspiration and motivation for anyone that needs a power-up. Imagine a little video game character who must carefully navigate the perils of their little cyber world with extreme caution. When your "Power Level" is low, the only way to keep in the game is to find a power source and get your character refreshed to continue their journey. At times, we too may feel unmotivated, uninspired or maybe in a state of doubt or worry. That feeling is totally human, however remaining there too long can be debilitating and dangerous to your objective. I used to search for anything I could to pump me up and get me out of my funk and decided to start posting it all here in one place. I hope it makes it easier for you to have a "Power Source" that you can come to for a "Power Up" so you can get on with reaching your maximum potential. I hope this site will help you realize that you have ALL you need to succeed and begin living the life you deserve. I will also post many of the tips and tricks I have learned along the way to help me get the most out of my efforts and I hope it will help you do the same. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thenewworldhustle anytime you need a "Power Up."