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Overcoming Inertia

by Bill Mansell on November 1, 2014 | Articles

How do you get out of a rut? Natural laws like inertia apply everywhere in the physical world. But the laws of inertia apply to our emotional and intellectual life as well. The trick is to exert enough consistent emotional effort to be able to overcome inertia and create lasting change.

Footsteps Along the Path to Success

by Bill Mansell on July 1, 2013 | Articles

You can learn a lot about life by hiking in the mountains and I am struck with the many similarities between a mountain hike and our journey to success. Here are a few simple lessons we can learn: plan ahead, pay attention, adjust for obstacles, don’t compare yourself to others, and keep going. Cultivate mental toughness to create your ideal future tomorrow.

Use Goals to Reach Your Dreams

by Bill Mansell on May 15, 2013 | Articles

Do you ever feel like Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice in Wonderland? Do you feel like you are trying to get somewhere, but just don’t know exactly how to get there? Perhaps you have never actually harnessed the full power of goals. True goals, the ones that change your life, have six essential components. Leave one out, and the framework falls apart with it. Follow through on all six, and you can’t fail. Here they are…

Focus Your Thinking

by Bill Mansell on May 1, 2013 | Articles

The human mind is an amazing thing. Yet, just like a sophisticated computer or a powerful machine, you must learn how it works to take full advantage of its potential. The trick is to decide what will get your attention and then keep focused on what is important.

Stop Being Taken Advantage Of

by Bill Mansell on April 10, 2013 | Articles

Do you ever feel that you are being taken advantage of? Are certain people constantly asking for your time, borrowing money, or relying on you for things that they could do themselves. Where do you draw the line between being nice and being trampled on? How do you say “no” and still be nice?

Make a Decision

by Bill Mansell on March 19, 2013 | Articles

How many of us have decided in a moment of strength that we would exercise daily or quit smoking or be on time, only to give up on the decision within 24 hours? How does a person make a decision and then make it stick? You do it by finding your passion, becoming committed, getting motivated, killing the ANTs, and then doing something about your decision today.

Be a Leader, Not a Boss

by Bill Mansell on February 19, 2013 | Articles

What is the difference between a leader and a boss? It boils down to the person’s attitude. Whether you are the company president or working in the mail room, adopt the attitudes of mutual respect, teamwork, and commitment to the company vision. As you do, you will become a true leader.

Make Weak Areas Strong

by Bill Mansell on February 5, 2013 | Articles

We all have areas where we are weak. Take a lesson from Bill Porter and work on it until your formerly weak areas become your greatest strengths. Pick a weakness, work on it, study, practice, step outside your comfort zone, enlist the help of others, and rise to a new level.

Jump In!

by Bill Mansell on January 22, 2013 | Articles

I’ll never forget the day our swim instructor said it was time to do the high dive. I immediately got at the back of the line, where I watched all of my class mates climb the stairs and jump off the high dive. Fear is a thief that robs us of enjoyable experiences and future success. Take a lesson from my swimming instructor and “Just jump in!” Do the thing you fear.

How to CREATE a Happy Relationship

by Bill Mansell on January 9, 2013 | Articles

These six keys can help you CREATE a happy relationship. They are simple, but not always easy. The fact is, happy relationships take some work. But they’re also worth every bit of effort. Start doing these things yourself and you’ll often see amazing changes in your partner as well. Follow these ideas, and I guarantee your marriage relationship will improve and prosper.

Are You In the Garage?

by Bill Mansell on December 11, 2012 | Articles

Sometimes life hands us difficult challenges. There are times when we are figuratively in a cold, dark, lonely place–like my garage. As unpleasant as these times are, they are necessary for us to learn and grow and bloom into the person we are meant to become. The truth is, everyone has their times in the garage as well as their moments to bloom in the sunshine.

Cultivate Charisma

by Bill Mansell on November 28, 2012 | Articles

People with charisma have amazing influence over others. They pass through life inspiring greatness, uplifting spirits, and planting seeds of excellence. They are a valuable part of any team and command higher salaries. The truth is, whether you are in management or not, you need to cultivate charisma. It will help you at work, in your family, and your social life.

Controlling Interruptions

by Bill Mansell on October 17, 2012 | Articles

A short interruption actually costs in lost productivity as much as 10 times the amount of time it takes. Value your time enough to eliminate as many interruptions as you can by scheduling blocks of time to work without interruption and other blocks of time to handle those items that would have interrupted your work.

Rise Above the Clouds

by Bill Mansell on October 4, 2012 | Articles

We sometimes allow the problems and stresses of life to cloud around us, blocking our vision and depressing our spirits. When this happens, our outlook can seem hopeless. We need to realize that hope and sunshine are just above the haze. We can Rise Above the Clouds, overcoming despair with a new perspective.

Continuing Education

by Bill Mansell on August 16, 2012 | Articles

We are living in the most competitive age the world has ever known. Each of us needs to constantly study and improve in order to boost our productivity and to keep up with changing trends and technology. What are you doing to continue to improve your own mind and skills? Education is a shortcut to proficiency. Through it, you can bypass the mistakes of hundreds of generations, helping you to advance and excel. It can elevate your attitude as well as sharpen your skills.

The Principle of Planned Auto-Response

by Bill Mansell on August 7, 2012 | Articles

Automate your success by putting your brain to work with the principle of planned auto-response. Repeated actions, practiced over and over, create neuro-pathways in the brain, nerves and muscles. Over time these neuro-pathways become stronger and virtually bypass your conscious mind. Thus trained, the body reacts promptly on cue, with perfect accuracy and poise, and without any conscious thought at all.

How to Keep Your Head in Times of Crisis

by Bill Mansell on July 10, 2012 | Articles

We have more things to worry about today than ever before? Few of us can do anything to change the economy or the weather. So, why do we spend so much time and energy fretting about them? Whether you are worried about global challenges, or dealing with personal and family challenges that come to all of us, here are 5 steps to help you remain calm in times of crisis.

One Sure-Fire Way to Success

by Zig Ziglar on May 16, 2012 | Articles

It is not that we should stop taking risks. It is that we should not repeat things we have done in the past that did not work. There is a big difference between the two!

What makes a Mom great?

by Janet Perez-Eckles on May 13, 2012 | Articles

To that great mom and all the moms reading this—Happy Mother’s Day!!

Turning Tragedy into Triumph

by Zig Ziglar on April 18, 2012 | Articles

Be encouraged to take what others might see as a defeat and turn it into a positive.

Sell or Be Sold

by Grant Cardone on March 8, 2012 | Articles

Regardless of what happens nothing will ensure your success more than the ability to effectively sell your products, take massive action and generate new levels of revenue. It is more critical than ever to learn and sharpen your sales skills and techniques. Don’t wait until you lose a customer or until things get tough again.

The Middle Class Myth

by Grant Cardone on March 6, 2012 | Articles

The middle class concept is failing millions of people because it is based on myths and formulas that worked for our parents but will no longer prove successful today. President Obama suggested, “the middle class is at a make or break point.” What he should be telling you is: the middle class has been failing its members for decades and this is not a new thing.

The Five Principles of Performance

by Zig Ziglar on February 7, 2012 | Articles

Much of success is about performance. It’s about what we do and what we are able to inspire others to do. There are some simple performance principles I have learned in my life, and I want to share them with you.

You Can Compete!

by Bill Mansell on February 1, 2012 | Articles

How can you set your company apart from the competition? Give good old-fashioned personal service. Your customers will be surprised and pleased–and they’ll tell their friends.

Golf or Garage?

by Zig Ziglar on January 31, 2012 | Articles

Attitude makes a difference in your energy level.

Training Pays Off!

by Grant Cardone on December 2, 2011 | Articles

You think training doesn’t pay off, well when you have two 140 pound Great Danes around a six month old, you had better train them. The same goes for your organization in the upcoming years. The economy will continue to be difficult and will require that you train your management and sales staff more than ever before.

Be a Good Finder

by Zig Ziglar on November 30, 2011 | Articles

It is important when working with others to concentrate on their strengths not their weaknesses.

Parenting: Balancing work and children

by Stephen R. Covey on October 3, 2011 | Articles

If you don’t make time for your family no one else will. Being a member of a family is one of the highest callings in life. Honor your family and honor yourself.

Persistence Really Does Pay

by Zig Ziglar on September 9, 2011 | Articles

The story of Alex Hailey and how he wrote the book “Roots”.

How to Build a Habitable Hobbit Hole for $4,200

by Brian Davis on September 4, 2011 | Articles

A Wales man actually built a hobbit hole with nothing stronger than a chainsaw and lived in it… for $4,200. Further, it’s completely sustainable environmentally.