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(eBook.self Help.life Skills) Principles of Success by Brian Tracy

(eBook.self Help.life Skills) Principles of Success by Brian Tracy



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The Brian Tracy eBook - Principles Of Success
Brought to you byGetMotivation.com
About Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is one of the world's leading authorities onpersonal and business success. His fast-moving talks andseminars on leadership, sales, managerial effectiveness andbusiness strategy are loaded with powerful, proven ideasand strategies that people can apply immediately to getbetter results in every area.VisitBrian Tracy’s web siteand take advantage of Brian’sFREE audio program offer -21 Success Secrets Of Self Made Millionaires.
A Balanced Life
Becoming A Person Of Integrity
Cultivating Your Self-Esteem
Empowering Others
Everyone’s A Sales Person
Gaining Visibility
Generating Energy
Leading & Motivating
Make Every Minute Count
Making The Most Of Change
Managing Your Time
Setting Priorities
The Power Of Charisma
The Power Of Positive Self Talk
Brian Tracy’s articles are the property of Brian Tracy International – All Rights Reserved
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A Balanced Life
By: Brian TracyAccording to psychologist Sidney Jourard, fully 85 percent of your happiness in lifewill come from your personal relationships. Your interactions and the time that youspend with the people you care about will be the major source of the pleasure,enjoyment and satisfaction that you derive daily. The other 15 percent of yourhappiness will come from your accomplishments. Unfortunately, many people lose sightof what is truly important, and they allow the tail to wag the dog. They sacrifice theirrelationships, their major source of happiness, to accomplish more in their careers. Butone’s career, at best, can be only a minor source
and a temporary one, at that
of thehappiness and satisfaction that everyone wants.There is no perfect answer to the key question of how to achieve balance in our lives,but there are a number of ideas that can help you to be and have and do more in theareas that are important to you. These ideas often require changes and modifications inthe way you think and use your time, but the price is well worth it. You will find that byreorganizing your life in little ways, you can create an existence that gives you thehighest quality and quantity of satisfaction overall. And this must be your guidingpurpose.The ancient Greeks had two famous sayings: “Man, know thyself” and “Moderation inall things.” Taken together, those two ideas are a good starting point for achieving thebalance that you desire. With regard to knowing thyself, it is very important to givesome serious thought to what you really value in life. All trade-offs and choices arebased on your values, and all stress and unhappiness come from believing and valuingone thing and, yet, finding yourself doing another. Only when your values and youractivities are congruent do you feel happy and at peace with yourself.So knowing yourself means knowing what you really value, knowing what is reallyimportant to you. The superior man or woman decides what is right before he or shedecides what is possible. The advanced human being organizes his or her life to assurethat everything that he or she is doing is consistent with his or her true values. It isessential for you to organize your life around yourself, rather than to organize yourself around the demands of your external world.The second quote, “Moderation in all things,” is a wonderful and important dictate forsuccessful living. But, at the same time, you know that you can’t really be successful inany area by being moderate in that area. Peter Drucker once wrote, “Wherever you findsomething getting done, you find a monomaniac with a mission.” You know that single-minded concentration on a goal or objective is absolutely necessary for achievement of any kind in a competitive society.So what’s the solution? Over the years, I have worked with tens of thousands of menand women who have spent a lot of time and effort struggling to achieve balance intheir lives. I have found that there is a simple formula; it is simple in that it is easy toexplain, but you need tremendous self-discipline and persistence to implement it inyour life.The formula revolves around a concept of time management, or what you mightwant to call life management. Time management is really a form of personalmanagement in which you organize your 24 hours a day in such a way that they giveyou the greatest possible return of happiness and contentment.
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 The key to time management, after you have determined your values and the goalsthat are in harmony with those values, is to set both priorities and posteriorities. Theimportance of setting priorities is obvious. You make a list of all the things that you canpossibly do and then select from that list the things that are most important to youbased on everything you know about yourself, about others and about yourresponsibilities. The setting of posteriorities is often overlooked. It is when you carefullydecide which things you are going to stop doing so that you will have enough time tostart doing something else.The greatest single shortage we experience in America today is that of time. Wesuffer from what has been called “time poverty.” Men and women everywhere feel thattheir biggest single challenge is that they simply do not have enough time to do all thethings that they have to do or want to do. People today feel pressured from all sidesand are under an inordinate amount of stress. They feel overworked, fatigued andincapable of fulfilling all the responsibilities that they have taken on.The starting point to alleviate this time poverty is to stop and think. Most people areso busy rushing back and forth that they seldom take the time to think seriously aboutwho they are and why they are doing what they are doing. They engage in franticactivity, instead of thoughtful analysis. They get so busy climbing the ladder of successthat they lose sight of the fact that the ladder may be leaning against the wrongbuilding.When my wife, Barbara, and I started our family, we were faced with a commondilemma: how can we balance the demands of work and home with the finite amountof time we are all given?Here’s the answer I discovered: The key to success in a busy society is to devoteyour time to only two areas during the period of time when your family needs you,when your children are between the ages of birth to about 18 to 20 years. During thisperiod of time, you need to curtail virtually all of your outside activities. You need tofocus on two major areas
your family and your career
as I have done over the years.You need to place your family’s needs above all else and then organize your workschedule so that you can satisfy those needs on a regular basis. Then, when you work,you must concentrate single-mindedly on doing an excellent job.Most people are time wasters. They waste their own time, and they waste your timeas well. To be successful and happy, you must discipline yourself to work all the timeyou work. The average employee works at about 50 percent of capacity. Fully 80percent of people working today are underemployed in that their jobs do not reallydemand their full capacities. Only 5 percent of workers surveyed recently felt that theywere working at the outside limits of their potentials.But this is not for you. You must resolve to work all the time you work. You mustdecide that from the time you start in the morning until the time you finish in theevening, you will work 100 percent of the time. Even if no one is watching you, youshould be aware that everyone is watching you. Everybody knows everything. Inevery company, everyone knows who is working and who is not. Your job must be towork all the time you work. If people come by and want to chat, you simply smile atthem and say, “Could we talk about this later?” Tell them that you have to get back towork.
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