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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 7: Positive Mental Attitude


A positive mental attitude is the right, honest, constructive thought, action, or reaction to any person, situation, or set of circumstance that does not violate the laws of God or the right of one’s fellowman.

How do you move your attitude and outlook to the positive side?

  1. Stop being so critical of yourself. –The worst lies we tell are the lies we tell ourselves. It can be scary to let go of these lies, because they are so comfortable and FEEL like the truth.
  2. Don’t be critical of others. – I recently heard a psychologist say that if you tell some one that they can not accomplish a task they have to hear that can do it 13 times to overcome that negative information.
  3. Change your language. –The words you say aloud (and in your head) affect your physiology.  Look for ways to use positive phrases whenever you get the opportunity.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover.

He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service.  Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 6: Personal Initiative


Hill says that personal initiative is the power that inspires the completion of that which one begins. It is the power that starts all action. No person is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own.

Knowing what to do is common. Doing it is uncommon.

Sir Isaac Newton’s law says that a body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.Sir Isaac was not an expert in human nature, but his law that covers gravity sure describes me sometimes.  We all struggle with personal initiative at certain times and in certain areas.

Some people seem to have tremendous abilities in that area. These folks are better at using Newton’s Laws of Motion to their advantage.  I have noted that they have 2 attributes in common.

First they are motivated and passionate. They know their mission. They understand their “why” and they want to make a difference. As a result they are always ready to attack the job at hand.

The second attribute is that they simply take action. As our friends at Nike say. “Just Do It!”

So my advice to all of us (mostly myself) is to understand your “why” and just take action.

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service.  Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 5: Pleasing Personality


Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.

In his book Today Matters John Maxwell says.

People are insecure. Give them confidence.

People want to feel special.  Sincerely compliment them.

People desire a better tomorrow. Give them hope.

People need to be understood. Listen to them.

People are selfish. Speak to their needs.

People want to be associated with success. Help them win.

Hill coined the phrase Positive Mental Attitude and I don’t think it is more important anywhere than when dealing with others.  We all have our own issues and don’t want or need to be brought down by negativity and complaining.

Kindness and courtesy are free.  It costs you nothing to be nice to people. I hear people say “Well I’m just direct. I say what’s on my mind.”  I would say that most of those folks are just plain rude.

Control your emotions. You always have a choice in how you react to any situation.

I heard that a famous psychologist was once asked if he could predict that a patient was about to have a break down what advice would he give them.  His answer was to go directly out and find another person who needed help and help them. To be happy, just go make someone else happy!

Personality is a little like driving skill. We all think ours are pretty good and truth is we could all get better.

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover

He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service.  Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.

You can sign up for Phil’s email newsletter and get a free gift from John Maxwell here FREE GIFT

You can email him with questions or comments @ philvanover@johnmaxwellgroup.com or call at 252 452-7945

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Radio Interview


Yesterday I was honored to be interviewed on the REALTY UNIVERSAL Radio A show about Real Estate. A show about the universe, living, laughing and loving. Nathalie Mullinix & Randy Zachary host the fastest show in radio!  I am on the last half of the show.

http://www.realtyuniversal.com/index.html

Thanks Randy and Nathalie.  I had a blast.

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Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile from Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement


Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play. I think giving extra without expecting anything in return is an even better philosophy.

For leaders going the extra mile is even more important. In his essay The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf said “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

Jesus said “If someone takes your coat, give him your cloak as well; if he makes you go a mile with him, go with him two. “ Matthew 5:40

I read a story recently about a man who en route from a business trip inL.A.to his daughter’s home in Denver to see his three-year-old grandson for the last time. The boy was in a coma and was being taken off of life support at that night so his organs could be used to save other lives.  The man’s wife called Southwest airlines to try to arrange the last-minute flight. Unfortunately, the man was held up byL.A.traffic and long lines at LAX and didn’t make it to the gate on time.

When he finally made it there 12 minutes after the plane was scheduled to leave, he was shocked to find the pilot waiting for him. As he thanked the pilot, and the pilot said, “They can’t go anywhere without me, and I wasn’t going anywhere without you. Now relax. We’ll get you there. And again, I’m so sorry.”  Now that is going the extra mile.

 

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