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17 PRINCIPLES for SSUCCESS

 

1.  A positive mental attitude.

 

2.  Definiteness of purpose.

 

3.  Going the extra mile.

 

4.   Accurate thinking.

 

5.  Self-discipline.

 

6.  The master mind.

 

7.  Applied faith.

 

8.  A pleasing personality.

 

9.  Personal initiative.

 

10.  Enthusiasm.

 

11.  Controlled attention.

 

12.  Team work.

 

13.  Learning from defeat.

 

14.  Creative vision.

 

15.  Budgeting time and money.

 

16.  Maintaining sound physical and mental health.

 

17.  Using cosmic habit force (Universal Law)

(Origin: "The success through the positive mental attitude" by a team of world famous psychologists)

 

 

 

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STEPHEN COVEY'S 90/10 PRINCIPLE

Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations!)

 

What is this principle?

 

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.  What does this mean?

 

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.  We cannot stop the car from breaking down.  The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off.  A driver may cut us off in traffic.  We have no control over this 10%.  The other 90% is different.  You determine the other 90%.

 

How???  By your reaction!


You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction.  Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react. Let's use an example.


You are eating breakfast with your family.  Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt.  You have no control over what just happened.  What happens next will be determined by how you react. You curse!!

 

You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over.  She breaks down in tears.  After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her placing the cup too close to the edge of the table.  A short verbal battle follows.  You storm upstairs and change your shirt.  Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish her breakfast and get ready for school.  She misses the bus.  Your spouse must leave immediately for work.



You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school.  Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.  After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye.  After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase.  Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.


Why???

 

Because of how you reacted in the morning!

 

Why did you have a bad day?


A) Did the coffee cause it?


B) Did your daughter cause it?


C) Did the policeman cause it?


D) Did you cause it?


The answer is D.


You had no control over what happened with the coffee.  How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.


Coffee splashes over you.  Your daughter is about to cry.  You gently say, "It's ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time".  Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs.  After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus.  She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

 

Notice the difference?

 

Two different scenarios; both started the same, both ended different.

 

Why???


Because of how you REACTED!

 

You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens.  The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

 

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle:

 

If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge.  Led the attack roll off like water on glass.  You don't have to let the negative comment affect you.  React properly and it will not ruin your day.  A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out, etc...

 

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic?  Do you lose your temper? Pound (hit) on the steering wheel?  A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off.

 

Do you curse?  Does your blood pressure skyrocket?  Do you try and bump them?


WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work?   Why let the cars ruin your drive?  Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.


You are told you lost your job.  Why lose sleep and get irritated?  Will it work out.   Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.

 

 

The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day.   Why did you take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.  Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger.  Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.


Now you know the 90-10 principle.  Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.  The result???  Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache.  We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

 

 

...start this principle in your life from today....and Enjoy Your Life!

 

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Your Attitude!

 

The man was selling balloons at sea shore.  He had all colors of balloons: red, green, yellow and many more.  Whenever his business went down he used to fill hydrogen in one or two balloons and release it to the sky.  When children saw it going up, they all wanted to by one.  Thus his sales go up once again.

 

A boy used to see this balloon seller every day.  He wanted to ask him a very important question.

 

He appeared in front of the seller and asked. “I see you release balloons everyday.  I see you release green, red, and many other color balloons to the sky.  If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?”

                                                                                                                             

Moved by the little boy’s concern, the balloon seller replied with empathy.  “Son, it is not the color of the balloon, it is what is inside that keeps balloon go up!”

 

Do not you think the same thing applies to our life also?  Yes, it is what is inside that counts.  And what is inside of us that makes us go up is our ATTITUDE!

 

 

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their ATTITUDE of mind” William James of Harvard University.

 

 

TQP (Total Quality People)

The training programs like customer service, selling skills, and strategic planning will not work effectively without right foundation T Q P.

 

This Total Quality People are people with character, integrity, good values, and a positive attitude.  We do need all the programs, I agree.  But they will work more effectively when we have the right foundation – T Q P.  If your smile to a customer is not from your heart, the smile would be irritating to the customer.  Keep in your mind that smile comes easier when accompanied by a desire to serve.

 

When employee says, “I can’t do it,” there are two possible meanings.  Either he doesn’t know how to do it, or simply he doesn’t want to do it. If he means ‘he doesn’t know how to’, it is a technical training issue.  But if he means ‘he does not want to’, it should be an attitude issue (he just doesn’t care!), or may be a value issue (he doesn’t believe that he can do it).

 

Great buildings have great foundation too.  Have you ever thought how long it has taken to set foundation to the ‘Burj Dubai’? (Dubai Tower is the tallest building in the world by the end of 2008.  Just like a great building stands on a strong foundation, so does success.  The foundation of success is ATTITUDE!

 

Someone once said to Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher:

“If I had your brains, I would be a better person”

Pascal replied: “Be a better person first and you will have my brains.”

 

The change within us should be holistic.  The whole person goes to work and returns to home.  We take family problems to work and work problems to the family – our stress level goes up and our productivity comes down.  Similarly, work problems too have an impact not only on our family but on every aspect of our lives also. Personal, profession, and social problems impact each other.

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In-laws becomes key role in my life...means much
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Saifuddin (Toyota-Jeddah), Me, Nazir OM(Jeddah), & Abdul Kabir (Arabtech-Dubai)

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ATTITUDE CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESS

 

A study at Harvard University found that when a person gets a job or a promotion, 85% of the time it is because of his ATTITUDE, and only 15% of the time because of intelligence and knowledge of specific facts and figures.  We will be surprised to know that almost 100% education expenses go to teach facts and figures, which account for only 15% of success in life.

 

ATTITUDE applies to every sphere of life, including one’s personal and professional life.  Can an executive, a sales person, a teacher, a student, parents, employer, or employees be good in their roles without a good ATTITUDE?   The foundation of success, regardless of your chosen field, is ATTITUDE.

 

Being ATTITUDE such a critical factor in success we should examine our attitude towards life and ask how our attitude will affect our goals.

 

1.  When our attitude is right, we realize that we are walking on opportunities under our feet.  We don’t have to go anywhere; all we need to do is recognize it.

 

2.   The other side of the river always seems greener all over the world!

 

3.   When we are eying the other side, others are eying on our side too.  They might be happy to exchange opportunity.

 

4.   If we don’t know how to recognize opportunity, we complain of noise when it knocks at our door.

 

5.   People with negative attitude recognize opportunity only when it is leaving rather than when it is coming, and lament later!

 

6.   Opportunity knocks only once.  The next knock may be better or worse, but never the same one. So, it is too crucial to make the right decision at the right time.

 

7.    A right decision at the wrong time, a wrong decision at the right time, both becomes wrong decision!

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ATTITUDE TO ORGANIZATIONS.

 

Why some individuals, companies, or countries are more successful than others?  It is not a BIG secret.  They are successful because they think and act more effectively.  They are more practical.  They do so by investing in their most valuable asset – people!  The executives at major corporations want to change only one thing in their organizations - the attitude of people (workers) in their company.

 

With better attitudes people would be better team players, cut back on waste and become more loyal.  Generally, their company would be a great place to work in.  Human resource is the most valuable asset of any business, more valuable than capital or equipment.  When human resource becomes worst resource, people can be biggest liability to the company.

 

“Winners do not do different things.  They do things differently.” Shiv Khera

 

If you think about something at six o'clock in the morning and then in twelve o'clock in the noon and then again in the bed before you sleep, you get different answers.  Don't take much more time to think over a tiny matter.  Be confident before you take your first decision!

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Believe me! Working to build a positive attitude will be worth enduring the temporary stress and uncertainty of change.

 

How can we build and maintain a positive attitude?

* Become aware of the principles that build a positive attitude.

 

* Desire to be positive.

* Cultivate the discipline and dedication to practice those principles.

As an adult we are responsible for our attitude.  We have to accept responsibility for our behavior and actions.  People with negative attitudes blame the whole world (parents, institution, teacher, spouse, boss, horoscope, fate, and government etc.) for their failures.

8 STEPS TO ATTITUDE CHANGE

 

1.  Change focus, Look for the positive.(be an optimist)

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure". Norman Vincent Peale.

 

2.  Make a habit of doing it now. (Procrastination leads to a negative attitude.  A completed task is fulfilling and energizing; an incomplete talk drains energy. Get in to the habit of living in the present and doing it now.) 

"Never leave till tomorrow which you can do today".  Benjamin Franklin.

 

3.  Develop an attitude of gratitude.  (There are a lot of things in our life to be thankful for… a lot!)

 

4.  Get into a continuous education program.  (If education is without values, knowledge is not power. Knowledge is information.  Wisdom is real power.  Education doesn’t mean good judgment.  Don’t confuse intelligence with good judgment and ability to learn by heart.) Ability without the right attitude is wasted.

 

5.  Build a positive self-esteem.

 

6.  Stay away from negative influence.(Negative people, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol, Pornography, Negative Movies and TV Programs etc.)

 

7.  Learn to like the things that need to be done.

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi.

 

8.  Start our day with something positive.

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you will be doomed if you don’t try." Beverley Sills.

To be continued.... M. Sadique

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FACTORS THAT DETERMINES OUR ATTITUDE

 

Are we born with attitudes or do we develop them as we mature?  What are the factors that form our attitudes?  If you have a negative outlook on life because your environment, can we change our attitude? 

 

Most of our attitudes were shaped during our formative years.  Still there are three factors that largely determine our attitude formation.

 

1.Environment.

 

2.Experience.

 

3.Education.

 

Environment

 

Environment consists of the following things:

 

                     Home   :  Positive or Negative Influences

 

                     School  : Peer Pressure

 

                     Work    : Supportive or Over-critical Supervisor

 

                     Media   : Television, Newspapers, Magazines & Movies

 

                     Cultural Background

 

                     Traditions & Beliefs

 

                     Social Environment

 

                     Political Environment.

 

 

All of these environments create a culture.  In a positive environment, a marginal performer's output goes up.  In a negative environment, a good performer's output goes down.  Culture in any place always goes from the top down.  In corrupt environment, an honest person has a tough time, whereas in an honest environment the corrupt one has a tough time.  In societies where lawlessness becomes the law, honest citizens become cheats, crooks and dacoits.

 

Take your own time to evaluate how the environment that you are in affects you, and the one you create affects others. 

 

 

WHY DO NOT WE CHANGE?

 

Human nature generally resists change.  Change is uncomfortable.  Same like the Charles Dickens' prisoner, we don’t want to be free from the dungeon, from the chains, and from the darkness.  The negative attitude people have fewer decisions to make, their freedom is restricted, their life is restricted, and their success at work will be limited.

 

Believe me! Working to build a positive attitude will be worth enduring the temporary stress and uncertainty of change.

 

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WHO IS EDUCATED?

 

"First, those who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day; and those who can judge situations appropriately as they arise and rarely miss the suitable course of action.

 

Next, those who are honorable in their dealings with all men, bearing easily what is unpleasant or offensive in others and being as reasonable with their associates as is humanly possible.

 

Furthermore, those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not unduly overcome by their misfortunes, bearing up under them bravely and in a manner worthy of our common nature. 

 

Most important of all those who are not spoiled by their successes who do not desert their true selves, but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men, rejoicing no more in the good things that have come to them through chance than in those which through their own nature and intelligence are theirs since birth. 

 

Those who have a character which is in accord, not with one of these think but with all of them these are educated _ possessed of all the virtues."  Socrates (470-399 BC.)

 

"Universities are turning out highly skilled barbarians because we don’t provide a framework of values to young people, who more and more are searching for it". Steven Muller, President, Johns Hopkins University.

 

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Derek Bok

 

"The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technician." Winston Churchill.

 

"Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn to do things the right way." Benjamin Franklin.

 

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