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16597350 Brian Tracy the Power of Clarity

16597350 Brian Tracy the Power of Clarity

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“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on

what you have a burning desire to achieve.”

(Wilfred A. Peterson)

SUMMARY

Your most precious resource is your mind. Your ability to think, plan, decide, and take action is
the most powerful force for good in your life. Taking the power of the mind one step further,
Brian learned, in his own personal breakthrough, that the most important application of the Law
of Cause and Effect is “Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects.” In other words, your
thoughts create the conditions in your life, and you become what you think about — most of the
time. Successful people think about what they want and how to get it, optimism being key to their
success.

Creating an optimistic mindset is key in affecting your immune system, general physical, mental
and spiritual health, and well-being. Optimism is key in the Focal Point Process. Making opti-
mism more abundant in your thinking involves conscious practice, and eventually it will become
habit as it overrides your pessimistic thoughts. Brian stresses that each day, having future orienta-
tion, vision, idealization, routine daily testing, and thinking about your goals all aid you in becom-
ing a more positive, confident, and optimistic person. Based on this principle, Brian created a
seven part Mental Fitness Program that introduces attitudinal changes that can get you on the
road to a more positive outlook:

i)

Future orientation (All great leaders have vision and idealization in which they can con-
tinually imagine the perfect outcome to all situations.)

ii)

Goal orientation(Think about your goals — as opposed to your problems — and how
you can achieve them.)

The Seven Steps to Goal Setting that Brian introduces are:
a)Decideexactly what you want, in each area of your life.

b)Writeit down clearly and specifically.

c)Set a deadline for your goal, and if necessary set sub-deadlines.

d)Make a list of everything you will have to do to achieve your goal.

e)Organizeyour list into a plan.

f)

Take actionon your plan immediately.

g)Resolveto do something every day that moves you toward your major goal.

iii)Excellence orientation (Becoming very good at what you do.)

iv)

Result orientation(Constantly planning and setting priorities on your most important
tasks.) Answering these four questions constantly throughout your day creates the atti-
tude necessary for result orientation:

— What are my highest-value activities?

— What are my key result areas?

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—What can I and only I do, that, if done well, will make a real diff e rence to my company?

— What is the most valuable use of my time?

v)

Solution orientation(Think about the solution rather than the problem.)

vi)

Growth orientation(Learn and practice new ideas, insights, and techniques.)

Invest at least 3% of your income back into yourself for the rest of your life, and you
will have great results. The three keys to growth orientation are:
a)Readone hour or more each day in your chosen field.

b)Listento audio programs in your car or while exercising.

c)Attendevery course and seminar that you can find.

vii)Action orientation(Resolve to develop a sense of urgency in your work.)

SELF-ASSESSMENT

1.If your life were perfect five years from now, what would it look like?

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2.What one skill, if you developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would help you the most
in your career?

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3.Answer the following result orientation questions:

What are my highest-value activities?

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What are my key result areas?

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What can I and only I do, that, if done well, will make a real difference to my company?

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What is the most valuable use of my time?

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ACTION-STEPS

4.Develop a dream list. Write down everything you would like to have in your life and work
sometime in the future, as if your goals were guaranteed. If married, sit down with your
spouse and create this list. You could pose the question, “What would we do, how would we
change our lives, if we won ten million dollars, tax-free, tomorrow?”

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5.Have you focused on your future learning? Are you enrolled in any classes, reading any
books, or doing any research in an area of interest? If not, map out a plan for at least three
action-steps toward your personal/professional growth.

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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6.Is there any particular area of your professional or personal life where you have been pro-
crastinating and have not yet taken the necessary “action” to get the job done? In the space
provided below, list three things that you will commit to getting done within the next three
weeks.

Action-Item 1:

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Action-Item 2:

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Action-Item 3:

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