101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life

Donald W. Mitchell
Co-author, The 2000 Percent Solution and The 2000 Percent Solution Workbook
Website: www.2000percentsolution.com

"Once there was a busy shepherd. She was always gathering strays. Her father taught her that if she focused on the strays, her sheep would always be safe.

Her sister joined the shepherd one day to help with the endless task. The sister asked, 'Do all the sheep stray?'

'No' responded the shepherd, 'Only 16 ever stray.'

'Why don't you build a little fenced area in each part of the pasture for those 16 to use when you bring the flock to that area? Then you'll never have to chase strays again.'

She followed her sister's advice. The shepherd then used her time watching the docile sheep to trade commodity futures by cell phone and increased the family fortune manifold.

This was a 2,000 percent solution for increasing her income. A 2,000 percent solution is any way of accomplishing 20 times as much with the same time, effort, and resources...or accomplishing the same results with 1/20th the time, effort, and resources."

John Gray
Author, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Website: www.marsvenus.com

"Both men and women have basic, primary needs. Women need to feel cared for, understood, and respected, and men need to feel trusted, accepted, and appreciated. One example of what happens in the real dating world is that women want to be called on a regular basis. When a man does this, it tells her that he cares about her. When he doesn't, it makes women feel disrespected. On the other hand, when a man doesn't call, he wants to be accepted for who he is and not made to be a 'bad guy' for not calling. When a woman becomes angry or disappointed in him for not calling, he begins to feel like she doesn't trust that he's good enough for her, and his motivation to call diminishes even further.

Neediness is created when perfectly sane and normal people don't get their needs met, especially if they are genuinely interested in the person they are dating. Feeling powerless to change your partner's behavior and get what you want out of the relationship inspires the feelings and actions of a needy person. Someone who seemed leke he or she was 'relationship material' is suddenly unattractive and demanding."

Jack Cranfield
Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Website: www.jackcanfield.com

"You have within your an awesome power that most of us have never been taught to use. Elite athletes use it. The super rich use it. And peak performers in all fields are now starting to use it. That power is called visualization. The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams. Visualization of your goals and desires accomplishes four very important things.

1. It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.

2. It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.

3. It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.

4. It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams."

June Marshall
Author, The Dirty Seven: Ladies Beware! and Booby Trapped: Men Beware!
Website: www.loveshowbyjune.com

"Where Have All the Good Men and Women Gone?
If you are looking for a relationship, it takes patience to find someone you can respect, whose heart is open to you, and you can be with without driving you up the wall.

Good mate-material is out there. But, while you are looking, don’t waste your time and money on The Dirty Sevens.

Underlying Problem
The underlying problem with The Dirty Sevens is a kind of selfishness that makes them incapable of giving your needs fair play. They lack empathy (the ability to put themselves in your shoes).

Who are they?
Don’t give up your freedom and happiness for these guys and gals. They will always put you and your needs second or last. Read on to see who these men and women are and what you can do about them."

Richard Carlson
Author, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff
Website: www.dontsweat.com

"One of my favorite spiritual teachers has a great line. He said, 'If you don't have a sense of humor it just isn't funny.' I think that says it all. Without a sense of humor, you're in for a rough ride, no question about it. You are going to be superserious. So lighten up, especially regarding taking yourself and others too seriously. Try to see yourself and everybody else not as people who should be trouble free or perfect, but rather as 'characters' on the stage of life. When people act strangely, or when you do, rather than take it personally, try to see the humor in it.

The world is a big, confusing place, and most of us are doing the best we can. It's far easier to develop a perspective that people don't have to be perfect or live up to some made-up set of standards, than it is to get all uptight when things don't go according to plan, or when life isn't living up to our expectations."

Alan Cohen
Author, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Website: www.alancohen.com

"A mother seeking to inspire her young son to progress with his piano lessons took him to a concert by the famed virtuoso Ignacy Paderewski. After the two took their seats, mom noticed a friend a few aisles away and went to chat with her.

When mom returned she discovered her son was missing from his seat. She began to search for him, but he was nowhere to be found. Suddenly the house lights dimmed, the curtains parted, and a spotlight shined on the gleaming Steinway piano on stage.

There, to the woman's horror, she saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out the notes to 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.'

Embarrassed beyond words, she began to rush to the stage to retrieve her mischievous little musician. Before she could get there, however, the great piano master emerged from the stage wing and approached the child. Paderewski leaned over and whispered into the boy's ear, 'Keep playing.' Then he reached his arms around the boy's and added a bass part with his left hand. With his right hand Paderewski improvised a running obbligato. Together, the seasoned master and the young novice turned a potential disaster into a triumph that inspired everyone."

Bob Proctor
Author, The Sience of Getting Rich and The Success Series
Website: www.bobproctor.com

"If you were to choose just one part of your personality to develop that would virtually guarantee your success, I'd like to suggest that you place persistence at the top of your list.

Napoleon Hill, in his classic Think and Grow Rich, felt so strongly about this subject, he devoted an entire chapter to it. Hill suggested, 'There may be no heroic connotation to the word persistence but the quality is to your character what carbon is to steel.'

Think about it. If you took a quick mental walk down memory lane and reviewed some of your accomplishments in the past - large and small - you would have to agree that persistence played an important role in your success."

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