When You Want to Succeed as Much as You Want to Breathe

January 29, 2013

Eric Thomas is a Renowned speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Eric Thomas is rising to National prominence by delivering high energy messages that encourage people to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many face daily. Known for his engagingly personal approach, his messages are both dynamic and inspiring. Formerly a high school dropout, he obtained his Masters degree in 2005 and is presently pursuing his PhD in Education Administration at Michigan State University. While consulting at Michigan State, he developed The Advantage Program, an undergraduate retention program targeting academically high-risk students of color. Eric’s representation of the merits of higher education, coupled with his knowledge of the pains of life, inspires people of all walks to break bad habits and reach for new levels of personal achievement.

Eric Thomas is definitely one who walks his talk. His no BS approach has helped clients from major corporations to NFL Sports teams like the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers. His latest book entitled “The Secrets to Success – When You Want to Succeed as Bad as You Want to Breathe” is available at his website or through Amazon via this link:

 

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Don’t Let Your Old Beliefs Trap You

January 28, 2011

2010 - The Best Year of My Life.
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If you have ever wondered what kinds of beliefs you have stored away in your unconscious that silently influence your choices, take a good look at your life, including your friends, your loved ones, your job, and even your health.

The life you currently live is a reflection of your beliefs about what you are willing to accept and tolerate. This is the vital difference that separates people who live abundant happy lives from those who don’t.

For instance, people who continue to stay in abusive relationships, work at jobs they don’t enjoy, or struggle financially, do so as a result of the beliefs they hold.

Yet there are individuals in society who will never ever accept being unjustly treated, living just above the poverty line, or working in professions that do not make full use of their gifts.

These individuals are those who stand out in the crowd: the entrepreneurs, pioneers, and leaders who refuse to allow the opinions of others to dictate how they live their lives.

They do this not because they are better or more gifted than everyone else, but simply because their beliefs do not allow them to do otherwise.

It is important to remember that we all play an active role in the creation of our belief systems, even if this occurs when we are vulnerable to the influence of others.

Once these beliefs are impressed on our unconscious mind, they become the rulebook that controls the direction of our lives.

All your successes and failures, then, are in some way influenced by this unconscious set of rules you have written. Whatever it is you wish to achieve, whether it be a skill you’re attempting to master, a subject you wish to learn or an illness you are struggling to overcome, your success will be determined by a single factor: the unconscious beliefs that make up your book of rules.

Much of the struggle you experience in life relates to the inner turmoil you feel when you make a new choice that conflicts with the set of rules you have created about life and simply forgotten.

To end this struggle and become the master of your own destiny, you must therefore master the unconscious beliefs that control you.

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Time Management – One Sure Way To Success

September 22, 2010

Time is the most valuable asset every man possesses. It is the currency of life because we all have such a limited supply of it. In a day, we are allotted only 24 precious hours to do what we have to do to achieve our aspirations. Correctly managing the way you spend time is one sure success formula.

How you spend your time is one skill that you have to develop well and early. Not being able to manage your time is to be unable to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

Assigning time

One of the important things to realize is that you need to set and achieve your goals if you want to have a better life. Achieving these goals would need you to assign time for their implementation, and making sure that the time used is only for that purpose.

Experts and self-help gurus had declared before that effective time management is one very hard habit to learn and execute properly. Because it is considered a habit, making it one of yours is your biggest challenge.

One effective way to combat a habit is doing another habit: writing a daily to-do list. Experts had been one in declaring that this habit of writing your future tasks on a day-to-day basis also reminds the brain to do them on a daily basis.

Writing a daily to-do list

By trying to make the best of your time, your correct starting point is knowing what to do during the day in order for you to inch into your long-term goals. One way to do it is to write them down on a piece of paper in the order of importance.

The tasks that concern your major goals should be in the forefront of your list, while those that are less important can be relegated after the important ones.

Assigning specific time for tasks

A to-do list without specific times to complete them is not enough — it defeats the whole purpose of the exercise. Since we have a very limited supply of hours, there has go to be assignments of times to each task.

The idea of specific times for completing tasks makes you accountable. You would know what should be done at such and such time and if you have been derailed somehow, you can quickly go back on track.

Of course, you also have to be flexible in working out your schedules. If the task took longer than you had anticipated, you can reassign it again. The next time, you would know the length of time needed to finish the chore.

Avoiding time wasters

One of the biggest reasons why a lot of people do not achieve what they set out for the day is the fact that they tend to spend time on activities that are not relevant to their goals. These are the time-wasters that steal their time.

In one’s life, there will always be time-wasters fighting for your attention, and they could be very tempting. However, you can stick to your plans and think of your goals and they would not look very tempting at all.

Time management is one of the best ways to ensure your dreamed-of success.

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How To Step Into The Flow

August 17, 2010

In The Flow

By now, most people would have already known what the flow is all about. For the un-studied, to be in the flow is to be in that state that grows from non-resistance. It happens when we allow ourselves to go with the flow of events and accept the gifts it brings.

To prepare for it, we need to be clear about what we want. With that frame of mind, we need to stay open and be receptive to receive the gifts that flow our way.

We also need to follow the path of whatever it is that makes us happy and to start trusting ourselves.

Getting Ready

The first thing to do is to empty yourself, to let go of everything. Let your problems go, let your preoccupations go, let your thoughts and feelings go.

As you empty yourself, be prepared to welcome and accept all of your life’s experiences. This includes all that you think is good as well as those you feel are bad. For now, completely do the welcome, the emptying and allowing.

Moving Into the Flow

In the process of emptying yourself, you move into the flow. From the source (you), it moves into your persona, through your body and finally into your life.

The flow will contain a dream where all your deepest hopes and desires become true. Normally, you are the only missing ingredient in that dream.

In the flow of the moment, you are now able to step into that dream and it becomes manifest in your life.

Inside the Flow

This time, take some time to connect with your physical body. Welcome the connection and express your gratitude.

You are more than your physical body now, however temporary. While in the body, know that it is your center of power. For a few moments, move out of your head and connect with your body.

Sharing the Feeling

Experts had been saying that most of us had been into the flow, at one time or another. The feelings and the experiences have been universal.

Two of the more familiar sensations are the feeling of exhilaration and the peacefulness. There is also a universal feel that somehow a larger and greater power is out there sharing the feeling with us.

Permanent Flow

Is it possible to have a life where the flow is the rule, not the exception? Is there a way to have the flow at all times regardless of our place, time, or our circumstances?

We always assume that our circumstances are not of our making. We also assume that we need to get rid of these unwanted things or at least avoid or manage them out of our way.

Cause and Effect

There is a nagging suspicion among some gurus that there is a purpose to everything that happens around us, the good, the bad and the indifferent.

It had been suggested sometime ago that we are the real cause of the miseries and bad vibrations and some of the outright evil things. In the same vein, the elders reasoned out that we can just as easily create a true loving world.

The concrete example is the demonstration that we, including the most ordinary of us, can step into the flow at will. We can also enjoy the benefits provided by those accompanying moments of  synchronicity.

  • Intuitive Flow (sidhere.com)
  • Going With the Flow (psychologytoday.com)
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The True Measure of Success

August 13, 2010

How do you measure success? Do you measure it by standards set by your parents, peers, teachers, coworkers, bosses or your spouse? Do you let others tell you that what you’re doing will count for nothing in the long run, even though they have no idea what your long term vision or intent is?

Do you measure it to your own standards? If it’s a business goal, do you compare to this time last year? If it’s a personal goal, have you improved over the last self-assessment that you did on this subject? If it’s a health goal, are you moving toward your target? Only you can truly answer these questions. Let the evidence of your efforts be your guide. You’ll know if and how much harder you’ll need to work in order to attain that number that you’ve selected, whether it be reps, pounds, cholesterol levels or a target weight.

Does the fact that we’re all trying to survive, let alone get ahead in the midst of the greatest economic recession in human history stand in the way of your plans for the future or are you unflinchingly pursuing them without heed to criticism or prejudgment?

Don’t be dissuaded by naysayers ad ne’er -do-wells that have given up on their own dreams and given out on their own ability to see past their failures. Use these as examples of what to avoid on your way to your own personal achievements.

Would we have light, let alone these computers we’re using to read and write this article if it weren’t for Edison’s countless failures on his way to successfully creating that first incandescent bulb? Would we have the theory of relativity if Einstein had listened to his teachers early in his education that told him that he had a problem with mathematics?

The list goes on and on of some of the greatest minds in human history only having succeeded after what most would consider catastrophic or debilitating circumstantial failures.

Success is a measure of human spirit. It can not be quantified or measured by electronic or other equipment. It can, in fact only be speculated upon by the criticism of others. True success is only measured in the eye, heart and soul of the individual who set out to and attained that goal.

Be that go-getter. Be the Goal-Getter! Take your hopes, dreams and aspirations and work them down into manageable tasks that, when put together, will surpass your hopes. Done properly, the end can in fact be much more than the sum of its parts. The “You Factor” is what makes the difference. It is why YOU are the only one that can truly measure the level of your success.

Success Equals

August 11, 2010

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Five Tips to Improve the Way You Think about Things

June 29, 2010

The hardest part in aiming for self-improvement is changing the way we think. Ideally, our thoughts and experiences are in a constant state of renewal. This is because we would be frequently exposed to new people and situations. However, the real world is the opposite. We would usually focus our mind to daily stressors. As we grow older and focus on our jobs, our friends are fewer and we repeat the same forms of recreation and mental stimulation. We even confine ourselves to the same social interaction.

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However, this will not go on forever. We will wake up one day realizing we need to improve how we see the world. We need to change our cognitive patterns. Apparently, changing this will take a lot of effort. Below are five primary concepts to remember when we plan to change the way our minds think and the way we see the world.

First, you must do something you have never imagined doing. Get out of your comfort zone and embrace new recreational activities. If you love beach bumming, try activities that are physically straining such as bungee jumping, rock climbing, and trekking to name a few. Read books, articles, and magazines that does not interest you that much before. There is a variety of topics to choose from such as sports, politics, fashion, history, culture, music, and many others.

Second, meet new people with different perspectives, occupations and cultural backgrounds. People bring new ideas and perceptions. However, hanging out with people with the same perceptions as yours will only reinforce your own beliefs and might not help you see things in a different way. Furthermore, you might overlook your own mistakes, faults, and shortcomings. Forums and discussion rooms in the Internet may also help you expand your social circle and may provide venues for new insights.

Third, you must be aware of your thought processes, emotions, and moods. This will help you reconnect to your needs and real desires. In addition, many therapies for self-improvement have used self-awareness. Their methods have focused on personal exploration, understanding of the past, and acknowledgment of fears and mistakes. This is because you cannot change how you think without understanding why you think that way.

Fourth, stop doing the same daily routine. Insert a new activity in your calendar and schedule. By breaking your routines, your brain will open to fresh stimuli and create a new neural path. Go eat in a restaurant on day you are supposed to go to a bookstore. Go to a park and other gathering events that you do not frequently go to. If you love reading, try a different genre or an author.

Lastly, tell yourself repeatedly to think a different way. Using mantra is a popular method of self-improvement. This kind age-old method is also seen in religious practices where prayers are repeatedly recited. You may use your own customized mantra in doing this as long as it is something new. Then, try repeating your mantra whenever a situation presents itself as challenging your goal.

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Understanding the Process of Self-improvement

June 4, 2010

Browsing the Internet using keywords such as self-improvement will lead you to several pages, articles, blogs, and sites that discuss self-help programs, giving tips on how to achieve goals, guidelines to create smooth working relationships, and many others. But what exactly is self-improvement?

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Self-improvement is part of a larger system called personal development that involves programs, tools, and methods. Also known as self-help, self-improvement focuses on the level of individual which includes one’s goals, lifestyle, plans, dreams, and quality life to name a few. It is a self-guided improvement and self-help in terms of economic, intellectual and emotional aspects.

It is a continuous endeavor to improve one’s self by analyzing his actions, understanding his past, studying successful people, and taking action each day. Hence, if we say self-improvement, we mean uplifting self-esteem, developing self-awareness, skills and talents, improving self-knowledge, building or repairing identity, realizing goals and aspirations, and enhancing one’s quality of life.

An example of old self-help book is authored by Samuel Smiles in the 19th century. The book is titled “Self-help.” Another author of self-help books is Dale Carnegie who considered by many the pioneer of self-help movement. He wrote the book titled “How to Win Friends and Influence People” in the 20th century. In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote the book “Think and Grow Rich” where he described the use of repeated positives thoughts to draw wealth.

Since then, various self-help books have been published discussing several issues such as women’s rights, marriage and wedding, religion and spirituality, leadership and goal setting, positive attitude, depression, and meditation.

A survey company estimated self-help and self-improvement materials to be worth around nine billion dollars in 2006. Infomercials, holistic institutes, books, personal coaching market, audio cassettes, and stress management programs are examples of the above mentioned materials.

Furthermore, there are different self-help movements that have varying focus, associated beliefs, proponents, leaders, techniques, and models. A common denominator to all is that they use available information from support group of people coming together because of similar experiences and interests.

An example of self-help groups is the ones for mental health such as Emotions Anonymous, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and Recovery International. They are voluntary associations of people who share a common goal of overcoming mental illness or boost level of emotional being.

The self-help claims also received criticisms from scholars. One scholar called a self-help movement as ineffective in achieving its goals in 2005. Stand-up comedian George Carlin said that a person looking for help from somebody does not technically get “self” help. Following such argument, there is no such thing as self help.

The self-help subject also attracted the attention of parody writers making itself the topic of many parodies. An example is the book-length parody of Walker Percy, which included parodies on self-help. In addition, W.R. Morton and Nathanel Whitten authored a book titled “The Superoptimist” and introduced the term “superoptimism.” The term is a “humorous antidote to self-help book category.”

The criticism however led the field to further include the presence of scientific research and well-engineered models. As a result, the newly-established branch of self-improvement focuses analysis, design, and execution of qualitative personal growth. This branch is called personal effectiveness.

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Look Within For Answers

February 10, 2010

If you’ve read any of the spiritual best sellers in print today, you’ll notice a familiar thread amongst them. They all ask us to look inside for our answers. This flies in the face of most organized religion which have exclusionary creeds and tenets which chastise us more than edify us.

Through introspection, so these books imply, we can find our purpose on the planet and begin to move toward creating a world where everyone knows and has their part and all take responsibility for it and themselves. A place where there is actually peace on earth and good will toward men. Is it a fantasy or is this not only possible but attainable in your lifetime?

The majority of people existing on this earth today, never begin to understand why they are here and what they should be doing with their lives. They continue to trade their time for money, and never receive anywhere near what their true worth is.

The answer lies in being able to determine or divine your true purpose in life. The key to finding your true purpose lies in your passions. By looking at the things in your life that you’re most passionate about, you can gain a good insight into what you life’s work might be.

Being successful is virtually guaranteed if you love what you’re doing. Long hours and grueling conditions seem to hold no significance to you if you’re completely focused on your goal and achieving it in the shortest time possible.

Look inside yourself  for your answers. You have all of the tools that you’ll ever need to be successful right within you. Take the time to get to know yourself better than you ever have and you’ll gain even more insight as to your life’s calling. Whether you love kids, teaching, fishing or collecting stamps; you can both earn money and enjoy what you’re doing at the same time.

People like Jack Canfield, Dr. Joe Rubino, Tony Robbins and many others can tell you the same thing. It’s as simple as making a choice and following through with it. When you condition yourself properly, you make winning and success a habit.

Once you realize the awesome rewards that come with successfully completing projects on time and under budget you’ll see that there’s no other way to do things and you fall into a winning, successful and profitable habit. These types of habits positively reinforce themselves thereby perpetuating the reward and gain from the effort put forth.

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Out With The Old

December 17, 2009

As the end of the year approaches, it invariably coaxes us into looking back on what we have and haven’t gotten done over the past 12 months.

Although some people make very public resolutions each January, the quiet reflection back on the dwindling year is done with either a solemn melancholy or a jaded smile. There is always so much more that we “wanted” to do.

Well, if you’re serious about moving forward into the new year and the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium, push your chair back, stand up, raise both hands in the air and shout,

“2010 IS GOING TO BE MY MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER!!”

…ok, you can sit back down now

Now, before you go making lists of resolutions about how you’re going to make your first million dollars this year, take a deep breath. Let’s look at this realistically.

Let’s say for a minute that you DO make a million bucks this year. Certain things MUST happen in order for you to see that become a reality.

Imagine, no…..BE that person that managed to make their first million in a year. How does it feel? No, really…how does it feel to have all of your bills paid?…how does it feel to be living in your dream home with NO mortgage?…how does the steering wheel of that new sports coupe feel in your hands?….how does it feel to run your business from anywhere in the world?

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Once you’ve got the true sense of what that $1,000,000 would feel, smell, sound, taste and be like for you, take it to the next level. How many other people could you help with that kind of money (and more) in your accounts?

In order to get to that lifestyle that you so vehemently want and desire there are certain decisions that have to be made. There are also certain sacrifices that must take place. Are you willing to sacrifice now for the delayed gratification that seeing a successful project to fruition brings?

We’ve got to filter every decision that we make today, tomorrow and each and every day until that dream becomes reality, through our already successful mindset. Make the decisions each day that will make the difference in your tomorrows.

Please leave your own plans for the coming year in the comments section below. Share your dreams and you may find unexpected help.

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

May 3, 2009

Taking the time to really know yourself, to really trust what your attitudes, reactions and expectations will be in any given situation is one of the keys to being successful in anything that you do.

More and more business people are doing their own form of “restructuring”, except that it has nothing to do with the business that they’re in. Writers like Ekhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Alberto Villoldo, Dan Millman and many others are influencing and changing the way that many business people view themselves and their lives.  Increased self knowledge will only help you make better business decisions.

Before you set out on the rising path toward success, you have to be sure that you know who you’re working with.

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You are both your own best advocate and your own worst enemy. It all depends on your attitude and intent. If you allow yourself to fall into the corporate mentality that profit is the ONLY thing that you’re in business for you may be missing out on your true purpose and calling.

Just because you’ve always been an underachiever, doesn’t mean that you can’t turn those habits around and begin to trend toward choices that will provide more and better opportunities for you and your business. Begin right now to make the choices that will positively effect your tomorrows.

As they say, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery…today is a gift, that’s why they call it the “PRESENT”. Don’t miss the opportunities that arise each and every day. Don’t get caught up in the rhythms of the masses.

By the same token, just because you’ve always seemed to be in the right place at the right time for opportunities to “fall into your lap” doesn’t meant that the same will continually hold true. No matter what label you put on it, whether you call it karma, kismet, fate, destiny or luck, the fact is that what IS won’t necessarily always BE.

How secure can any of us feel in these trying times?

Millions of Americans are out of work right now. If you consider the scale and the value of the dollar, the chasm of this recession makes the great depression look like a golfer’s divot.

People want answers. They also want direction. Many have been in the same career positions for decades, only to find themselves now faced with a forced early retirement and a pension that won’t support them; if they were lucky enough to not lose that too.

Those same people are now having to look inside for the answers that they relied on their employers to provide. Simple questions that get taken for granted like; how will I pay for my groceries next week or how will I pay the mortgage?

What they’re discovering after looking within is that they have the strength and motivation to do whatever it takes to provide for themselves and their families.

As they re-evaluate and begin to re-structure their own lives many realize that there are things that they LOVE to do, but their corporate or factory job prevented them from ever enjoying them. That tinkering in the garage workshop or knitting afghans now becomes not only something that you love to do, but you begin to see it as a viable option for your future.

Therein lies one of the keys to success.

Make a living doing what you love and you’ll never WORK another day in your life.

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No April Fool’s Joke-The Economy Sucks

March 31, 2009

As we move into April, I’m taking the first turn in the subtle change of direction for The Rising Path Blog.

In this time of recession, more and more people have been faced with choices that they shouldn’t ever have to make. Choices that our grandparents had to make strengthened them and gave them the perseverance to see us through a Second World War. Many of us baby boomers still carry that same sense of resolve and determination with us today.

These tougher economic trends have forced people to re-evaluate what’s most important in their lives. Many are discovering that it’s not so much that shiny new BMW M3 that’s most important to them, but the freedom that being at home (or near it) affords them to be able to share and involve themselves in their family’s life.

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The acronym SAHM is making a shift from “stay at home mom” to “stay at home millionaire”. Those SAHM’s and WAHM‘s (work at home moms) were among the first to realize just how empowering owning your own business is and can be.

What started out as a hobby for a lot of these women very quickly became a source of extra income or “mad money”. With a bit of effort and some serendipitous meetings, many turned THAT into a viable business with tremendous profits and a duplicatable business plan.

Billionaires have been looking at many of the same businesses that the intrepid work-at-home entrepreneurs have. Warren Buffet was impressed enough with Pampered Chef that he purchased the company and it continues to be one of the top performers in the Direct Sales market.

What mom’s and entrepreneurs have known for a long time, Business Experts like Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are beginning to see as a viable, profitable and essential part of helping to restore our economy; empowering individuals to own their own businesses in Network Marketing or Direct Sales.

It’s my sincere hope that as the changes take place here at The Rising Path, you will continue to be inspired by the writing and most especially the motivation and intent behind my writing. I truly and honestly want for each and every one of my readers to succeed on their chosen paths.

Keep an eye out for more helpful posts about how to successfully bring your own Network Marketing or Direct Sales business to the next level….and beyond.

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