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Success results from achievement which is what happens when you get things done.

Instead of allowing procrastination to hinder your progress follow the 10 tips below and discover how you can become a successful action taker.

1. Set a Goal: Decide what you want to achieve. Once you know your goal you can devise a plan showing the step by step

process on how to achieve it. Knowing the outcome and the process will allow you to identify where to start and enable you to take action.

2. Clear Your Mind: It may sound counter inter-intuitive but taking time at the beginning of your day to mind dump your thoughts onto paper

. Take a piece of paper, pen and spend 10 minutes writing down everything that comes into your mind (your stream of consciousness).

This will clear your mind leaving only the important tasks.

3. Make a List: Many successful people make a list of things they need to do the evening before. This ensures that they go to bed knowing that

they have action points for the following day and the next day starts positively with a road map of what needs to be accomplished.

4. Small Steps: It’s easier to take action when you set yourself small steps (or tasks) on the way to completing a bigger goal.

This is because you will not feel as overwhelmed and as you complete each smaller task you will feel a sense of accomplishment and success.

5. Be Accountable: Announce your goal to a friend, partner or colleague. This accountability is a great driver to taking action

because you will feel a greater sense of commitment towards the goal and its completion. You will also be able to
discuss your progress and this can help you discuss any potential issues that may hamper your progress and

brainstorm ways to overcome them.

6. Remove Distractions: Turn off your phone, shut down your email and social media sites and get yourself into a situation where you will be undisturbed.

Lessening the chances of being interrupted will ensure you have a greater chance of getting in the flow of work and this will help you be more productive.

7. Change Your Mindset: Be positive and tell yourself that you can and will complete the task. Envision yourself as a successful action taker.

You could create a mind movie of yourself taking action. Make it involve all of your senses so that you can really feel, hear and see yourself working towards your goal,

achieving it and then experiencing the positive results of having done so. This Neuro Linguistic Programming

technique is very powerful and will program your mind for success.

8. Stop Waiting For The Perfect Time: It’s easy to wait for the perfect time or situation but the chances are it will never happen.

Simply get started and you’ll find that momentum will build and you will make progress.

9. Be Consistent: By taking consistent action every day you will make good headway towards achieving your goals

. You will also ensure that your action taking becomes a habit.

10. Remove Analysis Paralysis: Stop over-thinking as it will get you nowhere and actually stop you taking action

as you will find yourself second guessing and over-worrying. If you know what you need to do, what you are trying to achieve and have the

resources needed available then your best course of action is to get started.

 

11. ACTIONABLE STEPS

Start now. Whatever it is you need to do… start right now.

There is no perfect time and taking the first step creates

action and with that you can build momentum towards

achieving whatever it is you set out to do.

Clear your mind. By clearing your mind, you create space, calm and focus.

Take a piece of paper and brain dump everything that you need to do

or that comes into your consciousness.

Remove all distractions. Turn off your mobile phone, e-mail

and social media sites and use the time to start

taking action towards achieving your goals.

FURTHER READING

1. The Art of Taking Action: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PR814K0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl? ie=UTF8&camp=15121

&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B00PR814K0&linkCod e=as2&tag=toolformoti-20

2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591846447/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl? ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=1591846447&linkCod e=as2&tag=toolformoti-20

3. Action!: Nothing Happens Until You Take… : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1629143294/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl? ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=1629143294&linkCod e=as2&tag=toolformoti-20

4. Take Action!: 5 Small Steps To… : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WTED3AY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl ?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B00WTED3AY&linkC ode=as2&tag=toolformoti-20

5. The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AXTFRNC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl ?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B01AXTFRNC&linkCo de=as2&tag=toolformoti-20

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The Hottest Elderly Scams

I found a new batch of computer scams to be aware of. Without giving a thought today’s audience is not

prepared to deal with the hottest scams out there today.

 Such scams are often aimed at the older population.  Our senior generation needs to be aware in order to

protect themselves.  I realize they may feel they know enough to protect themselves, or, “I’d never get fooled by

a scam like that”  Believe me there are a lot of smart people getting caught off guard.  It isn’t just for dummies.

 Since these rip off artists have no justification, it’s going to take a war of savvy elderly folks.    The first step is to

educate them.  The second step is to raise their sense of awareness that not everyone is their friend,  The key

factor that impacts everyone is”  Don’t answer your phone.  That may involve some life changes,  but all these

scams begin with a phone call.  The scammers simply wait for your answer Think about it for a minute.  What’s a 

missed phone to you?  When did you last miss Bill Gate’s call?

 

  1. Police or fire department. How much will you be donating today?

 

  1. The Internal Revenue Service. You owe taxes or are in danger of a jail term

 

  1. The person who is a representative of your doctor.

Research proves these new capsules will stop your disease immediately.

 

4.  The long-distance lover. Send money for a plane ticket and the magic will occur.

  1. The military man.  A uniformed military represententive claims you are

entitled, as an ex-soldier, to benefits from a new Veterans Program.

 

  1. The Big-Winner. You have won the lottery. Just pay the taxes and so we can send your earnings.

 

  1. The Utility Company. We will cut your utilities if you don’t pay in twenty-four hours if you don’t pay the past-due amount immediately.

 

  1. The Bank Verifier. Announces a data problem with the checking account. Please verify this amount, so we can confirm things and fix the error.
  1. The Government clerk. Announces unclaimed property, in their home state. Simply pay this fee and we will release it to you.

 

  1. The Puppy Breeder. As a dog lover, you should know, we just got a litter of beautiful--------------puppies. Just $200 each.

 

  1. The Ticket Seller. As a major affiliate of a major network, we can get seats for your dream concert for a discount, if you act quickly.

 

  1. The Jury Duty Manager. A missed call informs person that they missed jury duty and they now must pay $400, or go to jail

 

Fraud is the fastest growing scam because many people believe they are immune to it The following scams are a few being played across America.

 

The Bottom line is to never accept a pitch or give out any information on the phone, in person, or over the internet. 85% of adults believe they can spot a fraud. However most failed to spot the liar, This is focused on the belief that frauds only happen to other people. It can not only happen to other people, it can happen to you.

 

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Information was taken from an AARP magazine.







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A Success Mindset

All successful people have at least one thing in common: A success mindset.       
It doesn’t matter if they are a businessperson, an artist, a successful athlete, or an inventor. They all have the attitude and qualities to rise above their own personal troubles and to see things others can’t or don’t see.
Why is it that some people are more successful than their peers are? They may be average in looks and come from backgrounds with various struggles and little money. Yet they become very successful.

Your lot in life isn’t what determines what you can or cannot achieve. Having the right state of mind is a key factor to being successful in business and life in general. The way you think about succeeding can help you move ahead or keep you stagnant

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Many times our thoughts are what hold us back from succeeding at something. We second-guess ourselves. We have doubts. We have negative thoughts or opinions. We tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, talented enough, or whatever fits the situation. This is all self-sabotaging behavior, which can be changed.

There are many reasons why we do this. It could be fear of the unknown. It can come from the action being outside our comfort zone. It might be we were raised to think in a certain way. Whatever the cause, the mindset has a profound effect on how we succeed in life.
Anyone can develop a success mindset and harness the power it has to change your life. One of the first things you need to realize is that to be successful you have to be prepared for it in your mind.

What is the mindset and why does it profoundly affect how we see things?
In this report, we will look at what mindset is and how the wrong mindset can be sabotaging your success. The reasons behind this behavior will be discussed. Finally, we will give you tips for developing a success mindset.

What is Mindset?
Everyone has heard of the law of attraction and positive thinking. Mindset is these and more. Mindset is the way we perceive success. It is the negative, fear induced thoughts that hold you back versus positive, self-supporting thoughts that help you grow.

Your mindset has three basic parts - your IQ, the behavioral patterns you’ve learned, and your abilities or skills. Your mindset is your beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. It’s what you believe about your intelligence, your talent, your personality, and your abilities. It’s the belief of whether you believe these traits are fixed traits that can’t be changed or if they can be learned and improved upon throughout your life.

Succeed– intelligence, skills, talent,. They believe they are guaranteed success simply because of the characteristics and talents they already have. They seldom try new things, take chances, or look at things from a different perspective.

People with a fixed mindset often worry about their mindset traits and their suitability. They often feel that they have to prove things to themselves and others. Yet, they only do what they feel comfortable doing. They can achieve some success but more often than not, they reach a ceiling that keeps them from moving any further up the success chain.

Growth Mindset
People with a growth mindset believe anyone can achieve success with hard work and a believer’s attitude. They don’t believe in quitting. This allows them to strive while others run into roadblocks.
These people believe everyone is teachable. They are willing to learn what they need to in order to grow to the next level. People with a growth mindset believe they have some natural abilities in certain areas but it must be cultivated in order to take full advantage of it.

They know there is always room to improve on what they know and they’re not afraid to fail. They know trying and failing are important parts of learning and achieving. They are willing to put in the effort to succeed by taking action that moves them toward their goals.

There are two kinds of mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset.   Fixed Mindset
People who have a fixed mindset believe they were born with everything they need to
Your mindset is made up of your skills, your intelligence, and your behavioral patterns. Some believe they are fixed and cannot be changed or enhanced.

Others see them as the starting point to growth and change. Why do You Have Self-sabotaging Behavior?
Self-sabotage is when part of your personality acts in conflict with another part of your personality. If you want to succeed, why do you sabotage it with your behavior?

Bad habits, negative self-talk, and other self-defeating behaviors can come from many sources.
Self-sabotage is often associated with poor self-esteem, low self-worth, and no self-confidence. You can suffer from this type of behavior pattern because you can’t effectively control your emotions. You react to circumstances or people in ways that prevent you from reaching your goals.

Self-sabotage is used to cope with difficult situations or times when you feel like you are not capable or worthy.
Here are four causes of self-defeating behavior:

1. Anticipating failure. You may be accustomed to situations failing or not turning out as you hoped. Dysfunctional or negative people may be pulling you down. You could be afraid to try something different because you don’t want to risk failing.

2. Bad habits. Unhealthy behaviors or thoughts like excessive drinking, smoking, uncontrolled anger, or overeating can cause you to stick with what is familiar. You tell yourself you can’t change these habits so why try.

Internalized negative thoughts. If you grew up with a parent who always saw the negative side of everything, worried about what could go wrong, or how they looked to others, you may have taken on a similar attitude without even knowing it.

1. Listening to your critical inner voice. This voice is formed from experiences early in our life. You internalize the attitudes of others directed toward you. Because others may have seen you as lazy, you may have grown up feeling useless.

Your self-sabotaging inner voice might tell you not to try. For example, “Why bother? You’ll never succeed anyway.” Self-sabotage is often an unconscious thought or behavior that is in direct conflict with our desire to succeed.

Avoid Self-Sabotage now that you know why you are sabotaging your success, you need to learn how to avoid these thoughts and behaviors to achieve the success you desire. To do this you need to be aware of when you are in this state.

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