Top 200 Secrets of Success in Life…

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Top 200 Secrets of Success in Life

The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery by Robin S. Sharma

1. Sleep less. This is one of the best investments you can make to make your life more productive

and rewarding. Most people do not need more than 6 hours to maintain an excellent state of health.

Try getting up one hour earlier for 21 days and it will develop into a powerful habit. Remember, it is

the quality not the quantity of sleep that is important. And just imagine having an extra 30 hours a

month to spend on the things that are important to you.

2. Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters. Meditate, visualize your day,

read inspirational texts to set the tone of your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature.

Take this quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day ahead. Watch the sun

rise once a week or be with nature. Starting the day off well is a powerful strategy for self-renewal

and personal effectiveness.

3. Do not allow those things that matter the most in your life be at the mercy of activities that matter

the least. Every day, take the time to ask yourself the question “is this the best use of my time and

energy?” Time management is life management so guard your time with great care.

4. Use the rubber band method to condition your mind to focus solely on the most positive elements

in your life. Place a rubber band around your wrist. Each time a negative, energy sapping thought

enters your mind, snap the rubber band. Through the power of conditioning, your mind will associate

pain with negative thinking and you will soon possess a strongly positive mindset.

5. Always answer the phone with enthusiasm in your voice and show your appreciation for the caller.

Good phone manners are essential. To convey authority on the line, stand up. This will instill further

confidence in your voice.

6. Throughout the day we all get inspiration and excellent ideas. Keep a set of cards (the size of

business cards; available at most stationary stores) in your wallet along with a pencil to jot down

these insights. When you get home, put the ideas in a central place such as a coil notepad and

review them from time to time. As noted by Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Man’s mind, once stretched by a

new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

7. Set aside every Sunday evening for yourself and be strongly disciplined with this habit. Use this

period to plan your week, visualize your encounters and what you want to achieve, to read new

materials and inspirational books, to listen to soft soothing music and to simply relax. This habit will

serve as your anchor to keep you focused, motivated and effective throughout the coming week.

8. Always remember the key principle that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication.

This means the way you communicate with others and, more importantly, the way you communicate

with yourself. What you focus on is what you get. If you look for the positive this is what you get. This

is a fundamental law of Nature.

9. Stay on purpose, not on outcome. In other words, do the task because it is what you love to do or

because it will help someone or is a valuable exercise. Don’t do it for the money or the recognition.

Those will come naturally. This is the way of the world.

10. Laugh for five minutes in the mirror each morning. Steve Martin does. Laughter activates many

beneficial chemicals within the body that place us into a very joyous state. Laughter also returns the

body to a state of balance. Laughter therapy has been regularly used to heal persons with varied

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ailments and is a wonderful tonic for life’s ills. While the average 4 year old laughs 500 times a day,

the average adult is lucky to laugh 15 times a day. Revitalize the habit of laughter, it will put far more

living into your life.

11. Light a candle beside you when you are reading in the evening. It is most relaxing and creates a

wonderful, soothing atmosphere. Make your home an oasis from the frenzied world outside. Fill it with

great music, great books and great friends.

12. To enhance your concentration and powers of focus, count your steps when you walk. This is a

particularly strong technique. Take six steps while taking a long inhale, hold your breath for another

six steps, and then exhale for six steps. If six steps is too long for the breaths, do whatever you feel

comfortable with. You will feel very alert, refreshed, internally quiet and centered after this exercise.

So many people allow their minds to be filled with mental chatter. All peak performers appreciate the

power of a quiet, clear mind which will concentrate steadily on all important tasks.

13. Learn to meditate effectively. The mind is naturally a very noisy machine which wants to move

from one subject to another like an unchained monkey. One must learn to restrain and discipline it if

one is to achieve anything of substance and to be peaceful. Meditation for twenty minutes in the

morning and twenty minutes in the evening will certainly provide you with exceptional results if

regularly practiced for six months. Learned sages of the East have been advancing the many benefits

of meditation for over 5000 years.

14. Learn to be still. The average person doesn’t spend even 30 minutes a month in total silence and

tranquility. Develop the skill of sitting quietly, enjoying the powerful silence for at least ten minutes a

day. Simply think about what is important to you in your life. Reflect on your mission. Silence indeed

is golden. As the Zen master once said, it is the space between the bars that holds the cage.

15. Enhance your will-power; it is likely one of the best training programs you can invest in. Here are

some ideas to strengthen your will and become a stronger person:

a. Do not let your mind float like a piece of paper in the wind. Work hard to keep it

focused at all times. When doing a task, think of nothing else. When walking to

work, count the steps that it takes to get all the way to the office. This is not easy

but your mind will soon understand that you hold its reins and not vice versa. Your mind must

eventually become as still as a candle flame in a corner where

there is no draft.

b. Your will is like a muscle. You must first exercise it and then push before it gets

stronger. This necessarily involves short term pain but be assured that the

improvements will come and will touch your character in a most positive way.

When you are hungry, wait another hour before your meal. When you are

labouring over a difficult task and your mind is prompting you to pick up the

latest magazine for a break or to get up and go talk to a friend, curb the impulse.

Soon you will be able to sit for hours in a precisely concentrated state. Sir Issac

Newton, one of the greatest classical physicists the world has produced, once said:

“if I have done the public any service, it is due to patient thought.” Newton had a

remarkable ability to sit quietly and think without interruption for very long

periods of time. If he can develop this so can you.

c. You can also build your will-power by restraint in your conduct with others.

Speak less (use the 60/40 Rule = listen 60% of the time and speak a mere 40%, if

that). This will not only make you more popular but you will learn much wisdom

as everyone we meet, every day has something to teach us. Also restrain the urge

to gossip or to condemn someone who you feel has made a mistake. Stop

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complaining and develop a cheerful, vital and strong personality. You will greatly

influence others.

d. When a negative thought comes to your mind, immediately replace it with one

that is positive. Positive always dominates over the negative and your mind has to

be conditioned to think only the best thoughts. Negative thinking is a conditioned

process whereby the negative patterns are established over and over. Rid yourself

of any limitations and become a powerful positive thinker.

16. Make an effort to be humorous throughout the day. Not only is it beneficial from a physical

viewpoint but it diffuses tension in difficult circumstances and creates an

excellent atmosphere wherever you are. It was recently reported that members of the

Tauripan tribe of South America have a ritual where they awake in the middle of the

night to tell each other jokes. Even tribesmen in the deepest sleep wake to enjoy the laugh and then

return to their state of slumber in seconds.

17. Become a highly disciplined time manager. There are roughly 168 hours in a week. This surely

allows plenty of time for achievement of the many goals we desire to accomplish. Be ruthless with

your time. Set aside a few minutes each morning to plan your day. Plan around your priorities and

focus on not only those tasks which are immediate but not important (i.e., many telephone calls) but

especially on those which are important but not urgent, for these allow for the greatest personal and

professional development. Important but not immediate activities are those which produce long-term,

sustainable benefits and include exercise, strategic planning, the development of relationships and

professional education. Never let the things which matter most be placed in the backseat as

compared to those that matter least.

18. Associate only with positive, focused people who you can learn from and who will not drain your

valuable energy with complaining and uninspiring attitudes. By developing relationships with those

committed to constant improvement and the pursuit of the best that life has to offer, you will have

plenty of company on your path to the top of whatever mountain you seek to climb.

19. Stephen Hawking, one of the great modern physicists of the world, is reported to have said that

we are on a minor planet of a very average star located within the outer limits of one of a hundred

thousand million galaxies. Are your problems really significant in light of this? You walk this Earth for

but a short time. Why not become devoted to having only a wonderful experience. Why not dedicate

yourself to leaving a powerful legacy to the world? Sit down now and write out a list of all that you

have in your life. Start first with your health or your family – the things we often take for granted. Put

down the country we live in and the food we eat. Do not stop until you have written down fifty items.

Once every few days, go through this list – you will be uplifted and recognize the richness of your

existence.

20. You must have a mission statement in life. This is simply a set of guiding principles which clearly

state where you are going and where you want to be at the end of your life. A mission statement

embodies your values. It is your personal lighthouse keeping you steadily on the course of your

dreams. Over a period of one month, set a few hours aside to write down five or ten principles which

will govern your life and which will keep you focused at all times. Examples might be to consistently

serve others, to be a considerate citizen, to become highly wealthy or to serve as a powerful leader.

Whatever the mission statement of your life, refine it and review it regularly. Then when something

adverse happens or someone tries to pull you off course, you quickly and precisely return to your

chosen path with the full knowledge that you are moving in the direction that you have selected.

21. No one can insult or hurt you without your permission. One of the golden keys to

happiness and great success is the way you interpret events which unfold before you.

Highly successful people are master interpreters. People who have attained greatness

have an ability which they have developed to interpret negative or disempowering events as positive

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