By Charles Alvarez, Contributor, the Price of Business Show. *Sponsored
Sometimes I ask my audiences, “How many people here wouldlike to double their incomes?” Not surprisingly, everyone raises his or her hand. I then go on to say, “Well, I have good news for you. Everybody here is going to double their income – guaranteed- if you live longenough!”
If your income increases at the rate of 3% to 4% per year, the average annual cost of living increase, you will double your income in about 20 years. But that is a long time towait!
So the real question is not about doubling your income. The real question is, “How fast can you doit?”
Double The Speed of GoalAttainment
There are many techniques that can help you to achieve your personal and financial goals faster. In this chapter, I want to share with you a special method that has taken more people from rags to riches than any other single method ever discovered. It is simple, fast, effective and guaranteed to work – if you will practiceit.
Earlier, I said, “You become what you think about, most of the time.” This is the great truth that underlies all religion, philosophy, psychology and success. As a teacher of mine, John Boyle, once said, “Whatever you can hold in your mind on a continuing basis, you can have.” This is thekey.
Positive Thinking Versus PositiveKnowing
Many people today talk about the importance of “positive thinking.” Positive thinking is important, but it is not enough. Left undirected and uncontrolled, positive thinking can quickly degenerate into positive wishing and positive hoping. Instead of serving as an energy force for inspiration and higher achievement, positive thinking can become little more than a generally cheerfulattitude toward life, and whatever happens to you, positive ornegative.
To be focused and effective in goal attainment, positive thinking must translate into “positive knowing.” You must absolutely know and believe, in the depths of your being, that you are going to be successful at achieving a particular goal. You must proceed completely without doubt. You must be so resolute and determined, so convinced of your ultimate success, that nothing can stopyou.
Program Your SubconsciousMind
Everything that you do to program your subconscious mind with this unshakeable conviction of success will help you achieve your goals faster. This method I am going to share with you can actually multiple your talents and abilities, and greatly increase the speed at which you move from wherever you are to wherever you want togo.
One of the important mental laws is, “Whatever is impressed, is expressed.” Whatever you impress deeply into your subconsciousmind will eventually be expressed in your external world. Your aim in mental programming is to impress your goals deeply into your subconscious mind so that they “lock in” and take on a power of their own. This method helps you to dothat.
Systematic Versus Random GoalSetting
For many years, I worked away at my goals, writing them down once or twice a year and then reviewing them whenever I got a chance. Even this was enough to make an incredible difference in my life. Often, I would write down a list of goals for myself in January for the coming year. In December of that year, I would review my list and find that most of the goals had been accomplished, including some of the biggest and most unbelievable goals on thelist.
I then learned the technique that changed my life. I discovered that if it is powerful for you to write down your goals once a year, it is even more powerful for you to write down your goals moreoften.
Some authors suggest that you write down and review your goals once a month, others once a week. What I learned was the power of writing and rewriting your goals every singleday.
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