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Laughter Boosts Success

When laughter gives you happy moments, it can contribute to your success, in every aspect of your life, whether personal or business.

How can laughter contribute to your success?

Laughter that we generate in response to something we see, hear or experience to be funny, allows us to relax, and our endorphins race through our body, creating an explosion of Happiness and good feeling inside our bodies!

You’ve probably heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” Well, it is. There are endless studies of people that actually heal themselves of all kinds of illnesses with laughter. Among many things, laughter lowers our stress level, relaxes our muscles, eases anxiety and fear, improves our mood, and attracts others to us.

Laugh More Often

With so much going on in our lives, take time to laugh. Allow yourself to laugh more today than you normally do in a day. Make it a goal to increase your “laughter time” each day. Allow yourself to laugh so hard, so that your sides may hurt and you’ll likely shed a laughing tear or two. (My wife easily does this just watching: “Just For Laughs Gags”!)

Try watching some classic videos of Victor Borge. He’s hilarious! One of my favorite laughter-inducing video is that of Bob Newhart (“Stop it!”). Not only is this funny, it is inspirational. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYLMTvxOaeE Whatever it is that can make you laugh, do it more often.

Share Your Laughter

Whether you post a favorite funny video or quote on any social network group or send it by email or make a call, etc., just find something funny and share it. You will feel twice as good: for laughing, and for sharing laughter.

“The human race has only one effective weapon and that is laughter.”-Mark Twain

Laughter For Success

By bringing more laughter into your daily life, you will be less stressed, more focused, and more relaxed. A healthy attitude brought on by some laughter and fun spirit will help us enjoy our work, feel more positive and attract more success. Go on. Have some fun, enjoy some laughter, share some fun, and watch what happens. “Laugh often, Dream big, Reach for the stars!”

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The Power Of Your Words

One thing I’ve really worked on being more conscious of lately is the language I use. One of my mentors who I was also fortunate enough to interview for my Mentors Master Class Sessions series is Greg Reid. He tells a story of being in line at the grocery store one day, and recognizing that almost everyone responded to the cashier’s question “how are you today” with the same negative language. Saying things like “not bad” “getting by” and “surviving” which certainly don’t inspire, motivate or give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Greg decided to change things up and his response was “ALWAYS GOOD!”.

Now, how do you think you’d respond if someone answered your greeting that way? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to feel a bit better? You might even be encouraged to ask how they can be always good? Your words have power, and if you want to create a life that’s always good, a great first step is to plant the seed in your mind by declaring that it is. If your life is just “not bad” – a double negative – how do you expect it to get better?

The other night as we were getting ready for bed my wife said “I sure hope we don’t have another night of coughing and early morning wake up calls” (our kids are getting over colds). I know she meant that she was looking forward to a full night’s sleep, but what she put out there was “coughing and early morning wake up calls”. I suggested revising her declaration in a more positive way, and what do you know – we all slept right through the night. That may seem like a trivial example, and perhaps it had nothing to do with what she said. I believe that we do play an active role in the creation of our lives through our thoughts, feelings and actions. Our words are simply the voicing of our thoughts, so we must be conscious of the words we say and what results they produce.

I challenge you to observe the language you choose on a daily basis. Look for ways to rephrase what you’ve said in a more positive way, and actually say what you mean. If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t discuss early morning wake up calls. Leave comments below. I’d love to hear what you discover from your own speech patterns.

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Avoid Being Broke and Stupid!

Jim Rohn says “nothing could be worse than being ugly, sick, broke and stupid” and I think the emphasis is on broke and stupid. I don’t think that anyone needs to fall into the broke and stupid categories. Anyone can learn the skills necessary to improve their situation.
I was listening to an interview of Bill Bartmann yesterday, and he described how in his late teens he was drunk and fell down a staircase and broke his back. It was lying in bed and listening to a doctor tell his family that he’d never walk again that had a profound impact on him. He decided that he was going to prove the doctor wrong. The only book in the hospital happened to be Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and since he was confined to his bed for 6 months, he read that book over 100 times! The first goal he set as a result of reading the book was to walk out of that hospital, which the doctors said would never happen – and he did in 6 months. From there Bill has gone on to become a millionaire, to bankrupt, to a billionaire. He is now one of North America’s leading experts on wealth creation.
The reality is, he was broke and stupid early in his life, and he found the right information and applied it in his life. It doesn’t matter where you come from, but it does matter what you decide to become.
Here’s Jim Rohn’s video:

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Big Mentors were also Big Failures

Failure has such a negative connotation in our society. From our earliest school days we are programmed to believe that failure is the worst possible outcome. That there is no value in failing. People that fail are ridiculed and ostracized. Unfortunately, the opposite is actually true. Some of the biggest lessons I’ve ever learned were a result of my failures. Ask any successful person and they’ll tell you it’s impossible to succeed without failing on some level. Failure is not an obstacle to success, unless you let it be. The only way to truly fail, is to stop trying. Edison reportedly “failed” 10,000 in his attempts to create the light bulb. When a reporter asked him about his 10,000 failures, he corrected him and said, “I didn’t fail 10,000 times, I simply found 10,000 ways that it didn’t work.”

Don’t see failures as an end, see them as one more step closer to your success. Here’s a great video highlighting some of history’s biggest failures, and the success we know they went on to achieve.

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Mentorship as Leverage

Most people are familiar with using leverage for things like jacking up their car, and maybe even when it comes to investing by buying real estate with little or no money of their own. Unfortunately, there are many other forms of leverage that people don’t use to their advantage. There is time leverage, which often works against us. The most common form of this is the traditional job situation. Your boss leverages your time and efforts to produce profits, and pays you your small wage or salary later. You can better leverage time, by having people or money work for you. This way you are not limited by how many hours you are working. You are essentially creating clones of yourself that will provide returns even while you’re sleeping.

It is also possible to leverage knowledge or information. I used to be intimidated by people who I felt were more knowledgeable or successful. Now, I recognize that one of the fastest ways to produce better results is to find someone who’s already done what I want to do and ask them to teach me: a Mentor. The old saying “success leaves clues” is certainly true, and often the successful people are the most generous and willing to teach others their knowledge.

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What Mentors do you admire most?

Surely you’ve had mentors in your life to help you reach a goal at one time or another. Whether you identified them as mentors, or just called them Dad, coach, teacher, boss etc might help you recognize some of the valuable guiding influences you’ve had along the way.

I’ve had a number of mentors over the years, especially in the last 5 or so. I would certainly list my Dad as being one of my biggest mentors over the years. It has taken me a long time to realize how much of a positive influence he was in my life however. For the longest time, I wasn’t a big supporter of his “work harder than anyone else” philosophy especially when I was still living at home, and wanting to sleep in on the weekend. Now that I look back on that, I can see how well that trait has served me over the years. I have accomplished more than many of my peers, and largely because I’ve been more willing to work harder and longer than others.

With that said, I also recognize that the belief that results are only reached as the effect of hard work, that I’ve set myself up to believe I can only get ahead by working harder than others. Do you see the problem with this belief? I don’t think life is meant to be hard. I certainly agree that without effort don’t expect to see reward, but I think there’s more to be said for working smarter rather than harder.

Over the past few years I’ve been seeking out mentors who’ve achieved a level of success that I aspire to. They’ve also done so by building their businesses around their strengths and their passions. They certainly work hard at what they do, but acknowledge that it doesn’t feel like work when you love what you’re doing. The last thing I’d wish for anyone is a life of working hard at a job simply because it pays the bills. Do you really want to follow that path?

I think the old industrial age philosophies and programs no longer work in our world of instant gratification and information. There is now a global economy available to anyone simply by creating a website and finding an audience. Job security is a myth. You either have security or you have freedom. I would much rather have freedom. Security lulls us into a false sense of comfort. This is especially evident in times like we’re experiencing now and the security of a job is being taken away from thousands of people, and they’re realizing how un-secure they really were.

Now is the time to begin taking responsibility for ourselves. Brian Tracy talks about how we’re all self employed, even if we work for someone else. We decide how valuable we are to the organization by our actions. It’s time to be accountable to ourselves, and instead of surrounding ourselves with drainers and complainers who incessantly whine about their circumstances, find leaders and mentors to show us how to reach a new level.

If you need help finding a mentor, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to guide you in the right direction.

Dan

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