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Jun 142012

The following text is extracted from the Forward of my book:

“Congratulations! You are perfect! You are the perfect sum of all the choices, actions, habits and practices that have led to where you are now. Everything about you precisely reflects your conscious and subconscious intent. You are living proof that what you are is exactly what you set out to become. Of course you have had countless outside influences and encountered many detours along your life pathway, but you still made the ultimate choices that led you to your current place and circumstance. So it could rightly be said that you are a master and a genius because you have been 100% successful in the process of setting a life course and arriving at your present destination!”

Do you agree with the above statement? Are you satisfied with where you are now in the context of this statement? If you are, then congratulations again! If you are not, how can you change course? Are you familiar with the Five Pillars of Wealth? Do you have a practice or plan for changing your life homeostasis? I am hoping this book will provide you with some valuable assistance and direction.

Jun 102012

Most of us have never been taught more than one way to read. What’s that, you say? Reading is reading, right? Wrong!

There are several ways to use our reading skills, and they should be directed by what our choice of reading session is about. Are you reading a novel or fiction short story? Are you reading something biographical? Or how about a textbook? And then there are instructional documents, and don’t forget the self-help genre.

If there were such an item as a “reading hat”, you would be correct to have a different hat for each one of these categories of text, and you would intentionally don the appropriate one to prepare for whatever you intend to absorb. This would signify that a different part of the brain is activated for each topical category.

Does this sound a bit strange? Am I making it sound like you need to approach reading the same way you would make a selection from your clothing wardrobe depending on the activity or event you are dressing for? Well, yes I am. Chapter 6 (Small Sips, Small Bites) advocates exactly this intentional strategy for properly preparing to glean as much from what you read as efficiently as possible. When we read a novel or any story that has a flowing narrative, we typically continue reading non-stop until our eyes are tired, maybe we start nodding off, or we realize our mind has started to wander and we aren’t paying attention to what we are reading. When we read a textbook or instruction manual, we need to concentrate and retain what is read so we try to remain as alert as possible because this type of reading is not for recreational purposes like a novel or short story might be. The same is true for a self-help book or article.

For these latter categories, the best strategy for retaining and benefiting from the information presented is to take in the content in smaller doses. Perhaps only one chapter per day is advisable, assuming the chapter isn’t too lengthy. This helps keep the level of concentration sharper, and gives one the opportunity to contemplate what was read for several hours before the next dose is consumed. And depending on the content or topic, rereading the chapter, or the entire book, is probably going to be very helpful. Repetition is beneficial for good reason in matters such as this. Practice applies to reading for increasing one’s knowledge and skill every bit much as any other activity we want to gain proficiency with.

Jun 092012

Have you thought about how your life will change when you become wealthy? Because it will definitely change in many ways, and you may find some of the changes to be difficult and even unpleasant. That is not a reason to avoid becoming wealthy. No matter what your current life circumstance is, there are aspects and elements that are difficult and unpleasant, so you have not escaped that reality now, and you will not then. But the challenges will be different. One of them is that there very well may be people in your life, people that matter to you and you to them, who will become angry with you and find it difficult to stay connected to you in the way they presently are. Can you handle that? Knowing this probability before it comes into reality will go a long way toward helping you manage it effectively and beneficially. If it takes you by surprise, it may result in causing you to step off your personal path to wealth due to the fear and disorientation you may experience. In Chapter 8 of the book (Chart Your Own Course to Personal Wealth), this experience is described as homeostasis and it explains what is really going on when this happens and what you can do to overcome this challenge on the path.

Jun 052012

Did you start out your day with an empty cup? The focus of the fourth day practice is to spend the day being as open and receptive as possible in order to recognize that opportunities for learning are everywhere and can come from anyone and everyone. The full cup has no room left for anything new. Opportunities are overlooked and missed every day when we think we know enough, or already know what we think we need to know. The empty cup attitude is one of humility and receptivity, and ultimately the most rewarding attitude we can maintain. Give it a try and see what you find out that you may have completely missed.