DWD: “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” -Tom Hanks

Thought of the day – Fruits of labor
There once lived a rich businessman who had a lazy and fun loving son. The businessman wanted his son to be hard-working and responsible. He wanted him to realize the value of labour. One day he summoned his son and said: "Today, I want you to go out and earn something, failing which you won’t have your meals tonight."

The boy was callous and not used to any kind of work. This demand by his father scared him and he went crying straight to his mother. Her heart melted at the sight of tears in her son’s eyes. She grew restless. In a bid to help him she gave him a gold coin. In the evening when the father asked his son what he had earned, the son promptly presented him the gold coin. The father then asked him to throw it into a well. The son did as he was told.

The father was a man of wisdom and experience and guessed that the source of the gold coin was the boy’s mother. The next day he sent his wife to her parent’s town and asked his son to go and earn something with the threat of being denied the night meals if he failed. This time he went crying to his sister who sympathized with him and gave him a rupee coin out of her own savings. When his father asked him what he had earned the boy tossed the rupee coin at him. The father again asked him to throw it in a well. The son did it quite readily. Again the father’s wisdom told him that the rupee coin was not earned by his son. He then sent his daughter to her in-laws’ house. He again asked his son to go out and earn with the threat that he shall not have anything for dinner that night.

This time since there was no one to help him out; the son was forced to go to the market in search of work. One of the shopkeepers there told him that he would pay him two rupees if he carried his trunk to his house. The rich man’s son could not refuse and was drenched in sweat by the time he finished the job. His feet were trembling and his neck and back were aching. There were rashes on his back. As he returned home and produced the two rupee note before his father and was asked to throw it into the well, the horrified son almost cried out. He could not imagine throwing his hard-earned money like this. He said amid sobbing: "Father! My entire body is aching. My back has rashes and you are asking me to throw the money into the well."

At this the businessman smiled. He told him that one feels the pain only when the fruits of hard labour are wasted. On earlier two occasions he was helped by his mother and sister and therefore had no pain in throwing the coins into the well. The son had now realized the value of hard work. He vowed never to be lazy and safe keep the father’s wealth. The father handed over the keys of his shop to the son and promised to guide him through the rest of the life.

Moral of the Story: Some of the life’s best lessons come from the hardest situations.

Source: http://www.ezsoftech.com/stories/mis22.asp

Joke of the day
A man goes to the police station wanting to speak to the burglar who broke into his house the night before. ‘You’ll get your chance in court,’ says the desk sergeant.

‘No, no, no! says the man. ‘I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I’ve been trying to do that for years!’

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” -Tom Hanks

DWD: “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot

Thought of the day 
I recently was listening to the audio version of Napoleon Hills Book Positive mental attitude and subsequently was thinking that I would write this post and go through 7 of my favorite things you can do to develop a positive mental attitude. A positive attitude is where you feel that you have the ability to control your world and the events in it. So, what are the 7 things you can do to develop your positive mental attitude? Well we will start with …Positive Self Talk

I will not spend too much time on this as I recently wrote about positive self-talk and you can read more about this topic here

But what I will say is that positive self-talk is vital to the success of any athlete, any business owner ,or anyone that is working towards their goals and desires. Seeing that most of us are consumed by the negative self-doubting little voice that is constantly attempting to bring us down to the level of dirt ,and unfortunately most of the people on this planet believe the little voice in their head. The second key to a positive mental attitude is…

Positive Visualization

What is positive visualization? Well it basically means that you work at controlling your mental pictures. It is my experience and that of countless others, for example in Dr Maxwell Maltz bestselling book psychocybernetics , the primary exercises in that book revolve around mental imaging. Due to the law of correspondence what is on the outside relationships, finances, and any other area In your life, there tends to be relationship to the images of self that you carry on the inside. All of this comes down to self-image the core of Dr Maltz’s book. All improvement in your life needs to start in how you construct mental images of you! Change how it is you see yourself on the inside and it won’t be long before the outside changes. Well moving on to the third key it is ..

Positive Mental Food

It is vital to the success and development of you, that you pay close attention to what you watch on TV, my suggestion is that you don’t watch TV or read the newspapers, if you are going to read anything read things that are going to feed your mind with positive suggestions and will assist you in the directions of your goals. You Would be amazed at how much time you will have if you were to cut out TV alone.

Positive People

A study done at Harvard came up with an expression they call your reference group , what a reference group basically refers to is the people you deem yourself to be like, for instance your first reference group while growing up would be your direct family, then it would be friends at school, then clubs or associations you may be part of. And how it works is each time those people in that group, profession they become part of your reference group. See, we will become like the people we spend time with so if you are associating with people that are negative then guess what you will find it difficult to stay on track and be positive. Simply because there is so much of it in our world. I will ask you this, Why is it there is no, only positive newspapers on the stands? Why because they don’t sell, people want the smut and the negative in their lives and if you don’t make the choice to stay clear of that, then it will only be a matter of time before you become it. Moving on to the 5 key which Is …

Positive Development

Things like books, seminars and any other thing that is positively influencing your thinking and way of being, is important as information and technology change we have to continually be adapting and changing or growing as well. See, in life we can’t do anything alone ,so if we are to look at success it has a lot to do with other people and their influence on you. This is not to say that you can’t do it alone ,but the truth is it will be very difficult. Moving on to number 6….

Positive Health Habits

Positive health habits are crucial to the overall success you have, this alone will help you immensely with developing a positive mental attitude, and keeping it. If you exercise eat well, meditate and other things that will improve you physical and mental health you will see vast improvement in your development.

Positive Action

This is one that is often missed or rarely executed in any regular fashion; it is known that self-development seminars, as good as some of them are, will be not worth anything if you don’t take action.

So positive action, along with the other six steps when done consistently will lead to a life that you desire and deserve. So get moving and take some positive action now!

Source: http://seeding-success.com/389/the-making-of-a-positive-mental-attitude/

Joke of the day
One day a salesman stopped by the Jammer Jones farm, knocked, and Jammer’s wife Frannie came to the door.”Is your husband home, Ma’am?” he asked.
“Sure is. He’s over the cow barn.”
“Well, I have some important items to show him, Ma’am. Will I have any difficulty finding him?”
“Shouldn’t…He’s the one with the beard and mustache.”
Have a great day!Regards,
Prasanna
DWD: “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot

DWD: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

Thought of the day – The Power of Determination
Taking action is essential if you want to achieve your goals, dreams, and desires. To ensure that you stay in action, one of the most important qualities you must develop is persistence. During your journey to greater success, you will encounter roadblocks, hardships, and challenges. There will be times when you will want to quit, give up, and go back to doing something else. The one quality that will guarantee your success is the willingness to stick with it, to see it through to the end, and to refuse to settle for anything less than your dream.

Be Willing to Pay the Price

Achieving goals and dreams usually requires some level of sacrifice. It might mean putting everything in life on hold in favor of working toward your dreams, investing all of your savings, or giving up a few hours of sleep each night. Many people proclaim to want to achieve their goals, yet are unwilling to pay the price it takes to make their dreams a reality. No one knows this better than Olympic athletes. According to John Troup, writing in USA Today, “The average Olympian trains four hours a day at least 310 days a year for six years before succeeding. Getting better begins with working out every day. By 7:00 a.m. most athletes have done more than many people do all day.” Although becoming an Olympic athlete is probably not in your future, you can become world class in whatever you do by putting in the disciplined effort to excel at your profession, craft, or trade.

However, before you can choose to pay the price, you must know what the price is. If you don’t know what will truly be required to make your dreams a reality, investigate what it will take to achieve your desired goals. Research the costs other people have had to pay to achieve dreams similar to yours. You may even want to interview these individuals to discover the sacrifices they had to make along the way. You may find that some costs are more than you want to pay. Only you can decide what is right for you and what price you are willing to pay. But if the price is something you are willing to pay, commit yourself to achieving your dream, no matter what it takes. The willingness to do whatever is required is the magic ingredient that helps you persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, pain, and even personal injury.

Adversity and Discouragement Is Inevitable

No matter how well you plan and how well you execute your plan, you are bound to meet with disappointments, setbacks, and failure along the way to your ultimate triumph. Sometimes, you will encounter what seem like overwhelming odds. At other times, the Universe will test your commitment to the goal you’re pursuing. Adversity is a great teacher. It gives you the opportunity to develop your inner resources of character and courage, requiring that you learn new lessons, develop new parts of yourself, and make difficult decisions. Whenever you confront an obstacle or run into a roadblock, brainstorm three ways to get around it, over it, or through it. There are a number of ways that will work, but to find them, you must first look for them.

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success will be.

As Confucius wrote more than 4,000 years ago in China, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Source: http://www.positivelypositive.com/2012/12/19/the-power-of-determination/

Joke of the day
A state trooper pulled a car over and told the man driving that he was going 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. "I was only going 40!" the driver protested. "Not according to my radar," the trooper said. "Yes, I was!" the man shouted back. "No you weren’t!" the trooper said. With that, the man’s wife leaned toward the window and said, ‘Officer, I should warn you not to argue with my husband when he’s been drinking."
Have a great day!

Regards,

Prasanna

DWD: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

DWD: “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.” – Henry David Thoreau

Thought of the day – 9 Immediate Tips To Stay Focused on Your Goals
If you constantly get distracted in your goal pursuits, here are 9 tips I have for you to stay focused:1. Concentrate on 1-3 goals
If you constantly have trouble keeping to your goals, maybe you’re spreading yourself too thin. Pick 1-3 goals that are most important to you, and stick to them. Don’t bother yourself with any other goals until these goals are achieved (or unless priorities shift and these goals no longer reflect what you want in life). For me, my top priority goal is to reach out to more people through my blog, so I ensure all my daily actions ladder up to this one goal. Majority of my time in the week is spent either writing new articles for the blog, maintaining my facebook and twitter account, maintaining the blog and forums, processing my emails or creating upcoming plans. If I’m caught up with something else for a long period of time, it’s a cue to me that I’m off-track. Such laser focus has allowed me to make much more progress, compared to when I juggle across 4-5 goals and make little progress in them.

2. Create a vision board
A vision board is a collage of pictures and images that represent your goals and dreams. Creating a vision board helps you to visualize your end goals more clearly, which inevitably inspires you to take consistent action. Not only that, it also serves to remind you of your goals every day when you see the board. I’ve a vision board in my bedroom which I see every time I’m in my room. Every time I see my board, it reinforces my goals to me, and reminds me to take action so as to move forward.

If you’ve yet to create your vision board, I’ve created a video tutorial which you may find helpful: [http://youtube.com/w/?v=mHs5_HMmvfs].

3. Create milestones
If you just set one huge goal, it can be discouraging – especially when you don’t achieve it after a short while. When that happens, some people may procrastinate on the goal altogether – which is quite unfortunate. I find it’s helpful to break a big goal into smaller goals, after which you concentrate on achieving the smaller goals in the short-run. Just like when you go on a long road-trip – You set pit-stops to rest/recuperate throughout the trip.

4. Create a plan
If you have a plan worked out for your goal, it becomes much easier to stick to it. All you have to do is to follow the actions you have planned for the day. The best time to work out your plan is when you set the goal, because that’s when your motivation is the highest. Usually, I create my goal action plans right after I set my goal, after which I take action immediately – which helps create a positive momentum.

5. Track your results
It’s important for me to track the results of what I do, because otherwise it feels like my actions are not making a difference. Hence, every time I work on a goal, I will identify 1-2 performance metrics, then track those metrics daily/weekly. They are my connection to the end goal, because they let me know whether I’m on track or off track, which in turn lets me know whether to tweak my actions or not.

6. Have goal buddies
Goal buddies are people who share similar goals with you. They help to remind you about your goal, spur you on when you feel unmotivated, give you new ideas on how to achieve your goal, keep you on track, among others. Your goal buddies can be your friends, or people whom you meet in interest groups. Since you already share similar interests, it’ll be easy to find people with the same goals. Read more: 7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like-Minded People

7. Start a journal documenting your goal pursuit
Having a blog or private diary to document your goal pursuit can be a therapeutic experience. A lot of times, we abandon our goal pursuits because we get frustrated mid-way and we are not sure what to do about that. However, when we write out our thoughts, it helps us to get clarity on our issues and renews our interest in the goal. Many readers at my blog created their life journals in the blog forums and have found that to be tremendously helpful in keeping them focused on their goals.

8. Be clear on why you’re pursuing the goals
If you keep giving up on your goals halfway, perhaps you were never serious in them to begin with. For me, if I’m really serious about a goal, I’d never give up on it – I’d keep hammering away at it, regardless of the obstacles, until they give way and I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor.
I once had a coaching client who would embark on many new business ventures, only to stop within the first 2-3 months. He never knew why. When I drilled into the issue with him, he found out it was because he just wanted to start a business to earn money, whereas he was already earning good money with his current job – which meant little reason to move out of the comfort zone. After that, I recommended him to identify a business idea which he was truly passionate about – which he did, and today he has been working on this same business for the past 1.5 years, the longest he has ever kept to a business venture.

9. Learn to say no
Do you often put your goals aside for other people? It’s okay to do that once or twice, but if you keep doing the whole time, something is seriously wrong. You can’t forever put your life on hold for others! I used to have trouble saying no to others, until I realized I was just doing myself and my dreams a disfavor when I say yes to something that’s not what I want. Learn how to say no and you may find a bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

Source: http://www.dumblittleman.com/2011/07/9-immediate-tips-to-stay-focused-on.html

Joke of the day
Man 1: What is the hardest thing about playing football?Man 2: The ground!
Have a great day!Regards,

Prasanna

DWD: “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.” – Henry David Thoreau

DWD: “It’s a new dawn; It’s a new day; It’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good” ~ Leslie Bricusse, The L eslie Bricusse Songbook

Thought of the day – The Right Way to Start Your Day: Six Steps to Get Motivated
Here are six steps to get you started.

1) Clear your mind

Take a few minutes to pause and take a deep breathe. Let go of whatever is bothering you. Shift your focus away from distant concerns so you can focus on what is at hand. Don’t worry about the list of things you intend to do or how you’re going to do them. Simply allow yourself to get centered and primed for your day.

2) Write 3 positive things about you

If we’re feeling discouraged it’s important to get our self-confidence back. Take 5 minutes to analyze yourself and jot down 3 good things about you. No matter how minor or major you may think they are, record them on a sheet of paper and keep it with you throughout the day to serve as a reminder.

3) Meditate and pray

The mind is the engine of the vehicle that is the human body; if it runs smoothly your day may do the same. Meditate for at least 10 minutes. Give your mind and body the chance for some solitude and solace. Meditation helps us get train our attention, think more clearly, and regulate our emotional state. Use this time to say some affirmative prayers about how you want your day to unfold or what miracles you want to encounter.

4) Put health first

Our physical health is everything when it comes to energy and productivity. It is an ongoing priority to make sure we stay active, eat well, and get adequate sleep.

Exercise – We need energy and stamina to take on our day, so getting your blood flowing by exercising will be an important motivational tool. Try to get some form of exercise each day for 15 – 20 minutes. Even going for a walk can be rejuvenating.

Diet – Diet is a major factor in our energy level. Pay attention to your body. Eat a protein rich breakfast. Drink plenty of water instead of another cup of coffee.

Sleep – Sleep for at least 7-8 hours. Many people are sluggish simply because they are sleep deprived. Sleep is a primary tool for handling the rhythm of life.

5) Get inspired and uplifted

What are you feeding your mind first thing in the morning? Inspiration can come from listening to a podcast or music, reading a blog you really admire, or spending time outdoors. I have a handful of podcasts I follow throughout my week to keep me motivated. This is Your Life – Michael Hyatt

48 Days Podcast – Dan Miller

Entreleadership Podcast – Dave Ramsey

You might also get inspiration from taking a few minutes to do whatever you like. We can get our energy flowing when we do something fun and enjoyable. For instance, if I am feeling a little stuck I’ll play the drums for a bit to feel creative and get my brain flowing differently.

6) Do

You have prepared your internal and external self to tackle the day to day rigors of the world. Go out and make things happen. Get moving and just do one thing at a time. Realize there will be resistance to work through. So keep going and simply focus on the task at hand.

Joke of the day
Judge: ‘Have you ever been up before me?’
Accused: ‘I don’t know. What time do you get up?’

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Lawyer: ‘Now that we have won, will you tell me confidentially if you stole the money?’
Client: ‘Well, after hearing you talk in court yesterday, I am beginning to think I didn’t.’

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “It’s a new dawn; It’s a new day; It’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good” ~ Leslie Bricusse, The L eslie Bricusse Songbook

DWD: “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

Thought of the day – Learning from mistakes checklist
· Accepting responsibility makes learning possible.

· Don’t equate making mistakes with being a mistake.

· You can’t change mistakes, but you can choose how to respond to them.

· Growth starts when you can see room for improvement.

· Work to understand why it happened and what the factors were.

· What information could have avoided the mistake?

· What small mistakes, in sequence, contributed to the bigger mistake?

· Are there alternatives you should have considered but did not?

· What kinds of changes are required to avoid making this mistake again? What kinds of change are difficult for you?

· How do you think your behavior should/would change in you were in a similar situation again?

· Work to understand the mistake until you can make fun of it (or not want to kill others that make fun).

· Don’t over-compensate: the next situation won’t be the same as the last.

Source: http://scottberkun.com/essays/44-how-to-learn-from-your-mistakes/

Joke of the day
Lawyer: "What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?"
Witness: "He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’"
Lawyer: "And why did that upset you?"
Witness: "My name is Susan."
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

DWD: “If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

Thought of the day – Believe yourself
There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be. That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself. There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them. Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are. So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be. Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Source: http://academictips.org/blogs/believe-in-yourself/

Joke of the day

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton