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Motivation PREPARED BY THOMAS J. BUTTERY What is a new writer’s greatest problem? FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN Let’s talk about SUCCESS YOUR ATTITUDE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR APTITUDE. YOU DON’T PAY THE PRICE FOR SUCCESS YOU ENJOY THE FRUITS OF SUCCESS YOU PAY FOR FAILURE. Zig Ziglar “DO NOT MAKE FRIENDS WITH A HOTTEMPERED PERSON. DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH ONE EASILY ANGERED OR YOU WILL LEARN HIS WAYS AND BECOME LIKE HIM.” Proverbs 22:24-25 “DON’T ASSOCIATE AND WORK WITH NON-PRODUCTIVE PEERS OR YOU WILL LEARN THEIR WAYS AND BECOME LIKE THEM.” Buttery LIKE ALWAYS ATTRACTS LIKE! SUBJECT TO THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF OTHER PEOPLE. Zigler ABILITY IS IMPORTANT DEPENDABILITY IS CRITCAL HIGH PERFORMANCE IS DEVELOPED IN GRADIENTS • “GREATEST DISCOVERY OF MAN IS THAT HE CONTROLS HIS ATTITUDE.” William James • WE MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR CURRENTLY DOMINIENT THOUGHTS. Four Key Concepts IT IS SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD BEFORE, SOMETHING THAT WILL ADD TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES, AND SOMETHING THAT WILL COMPEL YOU TO SEEK NEW POWERS WITHIN YOURSELF AND NEW RESOURCES OUTSIDE. BELIEF IS THE MOTIVATING FORCE THAT ENABLES YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING BECOMES A PHRASE AROUND WHICH THOUGHTS STEADILY REVOLVE. Playwright Neil Simon Don’t listen to those who say, “It’s not done that way.” Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will. Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking to big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all smarter than you out there. They’re all more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and have connections. They have a cousin who took out Meryl Streep’s babysitter…” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respect. THERE IS A TIME TO LET THINGS HAPPEN AND A TIME TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN Hugh Prather “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge Edison failed 9,999 times before he succeeded once! But each failure taught him what would not work, and through the laborious process of elimination finally was led to the discovery of something that would work. How long could you persist in the face of such colossal failure? Edison is credited with saying “Success is ninetynine percent perspiration and one percent inspiration.” Bristol notes that when you are working with the power within, as Edison did, your faith will never falter. You will continue the struggle against all obstacles and seeming setbacks in the unshakable conviction that you will eventually succeed. Sometimes, failure to attain a selected goal in an area has lead to unexpected and even greater rewards in achieving different objectives. For example, Columbus tried to reach Cathay and the Indies and discovered America, although he made three trips without realizing he had discovered a new continent. However, history records him as a success, not a failure. Bristol asserts that successful men and women of the world never lose sight of their pictures. They keep on reminding their creative power of what they desire in life so that it will keep on attracting everything they need to materialize what they have pictured. PERSISTENCE GIVES CONFIDENCE, AND CONTINUED RIGHT MENTAL ATTITUDE FOLLOWED BY CONSISTENT ACTION WILL BRING SUCCESS. It is important to point out that hard work alone will not bring success. The world is filled with people who have worked hard but have little to show for it. Something more than hard work is necessary: it is creative thinking and a firm belief in your ability to execute your ideas. The successful people in history have succeeded through their thinking. Their hands were merely helpers to the brain. C. Bristol Do not let what You cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden Visualization What you picture in your mind, if you picture it clearly and confidently and persistently enough, will eventually come to pass in your life. Picture yourself attaining, the power within yourself given these pictures to work on will bring them into being. The law of attraction will only bring to you what you picture. The creative power within must be magnetized by what you visualize for it to do. Bristol believes that while thoughts do create and exercise control far beyond any limits yet known to man, they create only according to their pitch, intensity, emotional quality, depth of feeling, or vibratory plane. In other words, comparable to the wavelength and wattage of a radio station, thoughts have a creative controlling force in the exact ratio of their constancy, intensity, and power. Claude Bristol DAYDREAMING VS MENTAL PICTURES A distinction must be made between daydreaming and a true mental picture, or the proper use of the imagination. Perhaps a genie will give you a million dollars, but I’ve only seen a genie on television. Daydreaming, or mere undirected wishful thing, doesn’t have the power to release the latent forces within you that will bring you the million dollars. When you employ your imagination properly you are yourself doing a thing and you go ahead and do it. It’s the doing the thing you have pictured to yourself that brings it into actual existence. WINNERS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL ARE THOSE WHO GET UP AND LOOK FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY WANT, AND IF THEY CAN’T FIND THEM, MAKE THEM!