The Seven ‘Seas’

The Seven C’s of Success in Life that is.

(Excerpted from Secrets of Influence) by Chris Widener

1. Caring

Don’t you think that to be a true success in this world we must have a bigger vision than simply accomplishing a goal for ourselves or simply lining our own pockets. Successful people have a deep caring for others. Yes, they are aggressive, but they are not aggressive to the point that they run roughshod over others.

2. Character

Becoming a success is more than increasing the digits in your bank account. In fact, ANYONE can increase his or her bank account with a simple plan. Financial development is the easy part.

Character development is the hard part, letting each and every experience shape and mold us as we experience them, always moving toward our goal and never allowing negative circumstances to destroy us but make us better people. This is what true success is about!

3. Choice

Eisenhower reminded us that our histories are written by choice, not by chance. Every movement you make toward your ultimate success and destiny will be because you choose to move toward it. The actions that you choose, each and every day will add up, over the long-term, to your final destination. The power we have as humans to choose is one of the greatest gifts known to mankind.

4. Concentration

Often those who fail do so because they lose their concentration. Something else comes along and becomes their newfound fancy. They move from whim to whim, tossed to and fro by the strong blowing winds. The successful person however, stands firm, with their eyes transfixed on the goal. One of my favorite posters as a boy was of George Brett of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team. The picture was taken just as the bat was hitting the ball. Where were George’s eyes? Straight down the barrel of the bat, looking at the point where the ball and bat came together. Now that is concentration!

5. Confidence

Success comes to those who have the confidence to try, and more than that, the confidence to win. Confidence is something that you can grow in your mind and heart. Each passing victory that you achieve builds more and more confidence in you to draw from the next time you go to fight another battle on your journey to success. Do what you can to build confidence inside of yourself so you will be able to dip deeply into that well when you need it!

6. Consistency
People who become a success realise that to a great degree, success is a formula. At the very least it is sticking to doing the right things for a long enough period of time for them to create their destiny. This is consistency. They consistently do the things that will bring them their success. Tiger Woods hits hundreds of practice balls each and every day. He doesn’t do 100 one day, then two days off, then 500 balls, then a day off, then 300 balls, then three days off. No, he knows the power of consistency and has achieved a level of success that that consistency formulated for him.

7. Courage

Successful people are brave people. They know that even success has its challenges, yet they face them head on and move forward anyway. No mountain is too high, nor river too wide, nor foe too large for the person who will choose to live out their dreams! They are courageous people who continue on even when others have quit. And for that they receive their reward!

“Ultimately the people who win, who achieve victory in Life are the people who are committed to it. They outlast everybody else. Because quite frankly, all success in business, relationships & life comes at the end of the road of commitment!”

Image Source : Bob Holtzman

Simple thoughts to live by

It’s Your Outlook That Matters
It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

Life is Beautiful
First, believe in this world – that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

It’s The Way You Feel
Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

Set Yourself Free
The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

Don’t Play The Blame Game
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

Help Others
If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

Uphold Your Ideals
Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

Listen To Your Soul
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Be Yourself
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

Nothing Is Impossible
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin- to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

You Have The Power
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

Learn Everyday
The goal of mankind is knowledge… now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

Be Truthful
Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.

Think Different
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

Love is the Law of Life
All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.

— By Swami Vivekananda

Ignoring is the best policy

No sir, this is not a typo, it works when someone whose ways you do not appreciate comes near you. Such situations leaves us with little choices, and the most common response is frustration and expressing contempt or ridicule.

But the wise choose to ignore the presence of such an entity. And come to think about it, isn’t it enough that you chose to be unaffected by their arrival; might seem rude to some, but hey, if I was on the receiving end and I got to choose which one of your responses I’d prefer from these three (contempt, ridicule, ignoring), I would happily ask you to ignore my arrival than to impart any negative energy.

Plus, there is no point in finding fault in another. We ourselves have so much to improve on, and for all we know, the fault is our own that we don’t understand “them” in the correct light.

Let them follow their path, leave them alone.

Come to think about it, ignoring someone less appreciated requires alot of self-control, a quality worth developing and this could be our jolly good opportunity work on it. Talk about optimism, hehe..

It also requires a purity of mind.

And, it helps develop the attitude of unaffectedness.

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