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I have to admit that I was hesitant to read this one considering the somewhat "cheesy" title and the worshipping-sun-god-esque picture, but... It was actually very good and has solid information/teachings that match up well with studies that have been done in positive psychology.

Recommendation: 5/5

My Highlights

...anything is possible when you are committed.

You’ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. —GEORGE LORIMER            

Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life—in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life.            

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in, can hope to escape. —WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS To make profound changes in your life, you need either inspiration or desperation. —ANTHONY ROBBINS            

“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become,”

Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world.                      

“If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different first!”            

One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more. —ROBIN SHARMA The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. —ABRAHAM MASLOW            

If you are to move beyond your past and transcend your limitations, you must stop living out of your rearview mirror and start imagining a life of limitless possibilities. Accept the paradigm: my past does not equal my future. Talk to yourself in a way that inspires confidence that not only is anything possible, but that you are capable and committed to making it so. It’s not even necessary to believe it at first. In fact, you probably won’t believe it. You might find it uncomfortable and that you resist doing it. That’s okay. Repeat it to yourself anyway, and your subconscious mind will begin to absorb the positive self-affirmations.        

Don’t place unnecessary limitations on what you want for your life. Think bigger than you’ve allowed yourself to think up until this point. Get clear on what you truly want, condition yourself to the belief that it’s possible by focusing on and affirming it every day, and then consistently move in the direction of your vision until it becomes your reality.

where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be...

I decided in that moment that my life purpose for the next 12 months would be: to become the person I need to be to create the success, freedom, and quality of life that I truly want.

when you are committed to a life purpose that is bigger than your problems, your problems become relatively insignificant and you will overcome them with ease.            

We must realize that the real impact and consequence of each of our choices and actions—and even our thoughts—is monumental, because every single thought, choice, and action is determining who we are becoming, which will ultimately determine the quality of our lives.          

“How you do anything is how you do everything.”  

Every time you choose to do the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.

...when you do choose to do the right thing and follow through with your commitments—especially when you don’t feel like it—you are developing the extraordinary discipline (which most people never develop) necessary for creating extraordinary results in your life.

...everything that we do affects who we’re becoming...

Always remember that who you’re becoming is far more important than what you’re doing, and yet it is what you’re doing that is determining who you’re becoming.

Don’t let the fears, insecurities, and limiting beliefs of others limit what’s possible for you.

...proactively and continuously improve your circle of influence. Always seek people who will add value to your life and bring out the best in you. And of course, be that person for others.

...our levels of success will rarely exceed our level of personal development, because success is something we attract by who we become.

...now matters more than any other time in your life, because it’s what you are doing today that is determining who you’re becoming, and who you’re becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life.

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. —GEORGE LORIMER Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far,  because it has the effect of setting your mind, and setting the context, for the rest of your day. —EBEN PAGAN

...consciously decide every night to actively and mindfully create a positive expectation for the next morning.

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. —MAHATMA GANDHI

You can learn more in an hour of silence than you can in a year from books. —MATTHEW KELLY

Silence is the first practice of the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and may be one of the most significant areas for improvement for our noisy, fast-paced and over-stimulated lifestyles.

Silence is one of the best ways to immediately reduce stress, while increasing your self-awareness and gaining the clarity that will allow you to maintain your focus on your goals, priorities, and what’s most important for your life, each and every day.

...meditation can be more effective than medication. Studies link regular meditation to improvements in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activity, and other bodily functions. It can alleviate stress and pain, promote sleep, enhance focus and concentration, and even increase lifespan.

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. —MUHAMMAD ALI

You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation, which clicks. —FLORENCE SCOVEL SHINN

Affirmations are one of the most effective tools for quickly becoming the person you need to be to achieve everything you want in your life. Affirmations allow you to design and then develop the mindset (thoughts, beliefs, focus) that you need to take any area of your life to the next level.

Your self-talk has dramatic influence on your level of success in every aspect of your life—confidence, health, happiness, wealth, relationships, etc. Your affirmations are either working for or against you, depending on how you are using them. If you don’t consciously design and choose your affirmations you are susceptible to repeating and reliving the fears, insecurities, and limitations of your past.

You can use affirmations to start programming yourself to be confident and successful in everything you do, simply by repeatedly telling yourself who you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.

5 Simple Steps To Create Your Own Affirmations

Step 1: What You Really Want

The purpose of a written affirmation is to program your mind with the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors/habits that are vital to your being able to attract, create, and to sustain your ideal levels of success—Level 10 success—in every area of your life. So, your affirmation must first clearly articulate exactly what you want your ideal life to be like, in each area.  You can organize your affirmations according to the areas that you most want to focus on improving, such as Health/Fitness, Mindset, Emotions, Finances, Relationships, Spirituality, etc. Begin with clarifying, in writing, what you really want—your ideal vision for yourself and your life—in each area.

Step 2: Why You Want It

Those who overcome the temptations of mediocrity and achieve everything they want in life have an extraordinarily compelling why that drives them. They have defined a clear life purpose that is more powerful than the collective sum of their petty problems and the countless obstacles they will inevitably face, and they wake up each day and work towards their purpose.  Include why, at the deepest level, all of the things you want are important to you. Being crystal clear on your deepest whys will give you an unstoppable purpose.

Step 3: Whom You Are Committed To Being To Create It

...your life gets better only after you get better.

Being (who you need to be) and doing (what you need to do) are prerequisites for having what you want to have.

Step 4: What You’re Committed To Doing To Attain It

Which actions will you need to take on a consistent basis to make your vision for your ideal life a reality?

The more specific your actions are, the better. Be sure to include frequency (how often), quantity (how many), and precise time frames (what times you’ll begin and end your activities.)

Step 5: Add Inspirational Quotes and Philosophies

To maximize productivity, schedule 3-5 hour blocks or half-days of singularly focused attention on ONE single activity or project, rather than trying to switch tasks every 60 minutes.”

Anytime you see or hear a quote that inspires you, or come across an empowering philosophy or strategy and think to yourself: Man, that is a huge area of improvement for me, add it to your affirmations.

Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible. —CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. —ROBERT COLLIER

Frequently used by athletes to enhance their performance, visualization is the process of imagining exactly what you want to achieve or attain, and then mentally rehearsing what you’ll need to do to achieve or attain it.

Creative Visualization enables you to design the vision that will occupy your mind, ensuring that the greatest pull on you is your future—a compelling, exciting, and limitless future.

3 Simple Steps For Miracle Morning Visualization

Directly after reading your affirmations is the prime time to visualize yourself living in alignment with your affirmations.

Step 1: Get Ready

Step 2: Visualize What You Really Want

This famous quote from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return To Love, may resonate with anyone who feels mental or emotional obstacles when attempting to visualize: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Visualize your major goals, deepest desires, and most exciting, would-totally-change-my-life-if-I-achieved-them dreams. See, feel, hear, touch, taste, and smell every detail of your vision. Involve all of your senses to maximize the effectiveness of your visualization. The more vivid you make your vision, the more compelled you’ll be to take the necessary actions to make it a reality.

Now, fast forward into the future to see yourself achieving your ideal outcomes and results. You can either look towards the near future—the end of the day—or further into the future...

The point is you want to see yourself accomplishing what you set out to accomplish, and you want to experience how good it will feel to have followed through and achieved your goals.

Step 3: Visualize Who You Need To Be & What You Need To Do

Once you’ve created a clear mental picture of what you want, begin to visualize yourself living in total alignment with the person you need to be to achieve your vision. See yourself engaged in the positive actions you’ll need to do each day (exercising, studying, working, writing, making calls, sending emails, etc.) and make sure you see yourself enjoying the process.

In addition to reading your affirmations every morning, doing this simple visualization process every day will turbo-charge the programming of your subconscious mind for success. You will begin to live in alignment with your ideal vision and make it a reality.

When you visualize what you want, you stir up emotions that lift your spirits and pull you towards your vision. The more vividly you see what you want, and the more intensely you allow yourself to experience now the feelings you will feel once you’ve achieved your goal, the more you make the possibility of achieving it feel real.

Visualization can be a powerful aid to overcoming self-limiting habits such as procrastination, and to taking the actions necessary to achieve your goals.

If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably  have to make time for illness. —ROBIN SHARMA

Morning exercise should be a staple in your daily rituals. When you exercise for even a few minutes every morning it significantly boosts your energy, enhances your health, improves self-confidence and emotional well-being, and enables you to think better and concentrate longer.

A person who won’t read has no advantage  over one who can’t read. —MARK TWAIN

The key is to learn from the experts—those who have already done what you want to do. Don’t reinvent the wheel. The fastest way to achieve everything you want is to model successful people who have already achieved it. With an almost infinite amount of books available on every topic, there are no limits to the knowledge you can gain through daily reading.

Whatever it is that you write, putting words on the page  is a form of therapy that doesn’t cost a dime. —DIANA RAAB Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The  problem with making mental notes is that the ink  fades very rapidly. —ROLF SMITH


By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them in writing, you gain valuable insights you’d otherwise never see.

Gain Clarity – The process of writing something down forces us to think through it enough to understand it. Journaling will give you more clarity, allow you to brainstorm, and help you work through problems.  Capture Ideas – Journaling helps you not only expand your ideas, but also prevents you from losing the important ideas that you may want to act on in the future.  Review Lessons – It enables you to review all of the lessons you’ve learned.  Acknowledge Your Progress – It’s wonderful to go back and re-read your journal entries from a year ago and see how much progress you’ve made. It’s one of the most empowering, confidence-inspiring and enjoyable experiences. It can’t really be duplicated any other way.

3 simple steps to get started with journaling, or improve your current journaling process.  

1. Choose a Format — Digital or Traditional.

2. Get a Journal.

3. Decide What to Write.

Overcoming Procrastination: Do the Worst, First

One of the most effective strategies for overcoming habitual procrastination and maximizing your productivity is to start working on your most important—or least enjoyable—tasks, first thing in the morning.

Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them. —DON MARQUIS

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. —JIM ROHN

An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most. —ROBIN SHARMA Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. —NEALE DONALD WALSH

“Where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”

“They say misery loves company, but so does mediocrity. Don’t let the limiting beliefs of OTHERS limit what’s possible for YOU.”                


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