I promise you that, if you allow people to dump all their rotting garbage in your living room, pretty soon it’s going to stink to high heaven, and decent people will avoid your home like the plague. Your family will leave. The price of your home will plummet through the smelly floor, and rats and cockroaches will invade your living space.

I promise you that our minds work in the same way; if we allow people to dump bad thoughts and smelly ideas and negative expectations in our minds, and instead of throwing it out, we wallow around in it like pigs, our businesses will fall to pieces. We will attract pretenders and losers like rats and cockroaches, we will lose our best team members, and our incomes will disappear like the real value of the US dollar.

The best way to make sure we rise to the top in business is to fill our minds with upbuilding ideas, great expectations, solid information, and positive plans. This we can easily accomplish by reading the right books, associating with the right people, and learning from the best mentors.

I drilled Paul J. Meyer’s Million Dollar Personal Success Plan into my heart and mind using spaced repetition when I started in my own business 28 years ago, and I PROMISE YOU that you cannot fail by living according to it and building your business in this way:

1. Crystalize Your Thinking. Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.

2. Develop a plan for achieving your goal, and a deadline for its attainment. Plan your progress carefully: hour by hour, day by day, month by month. Organized activity and enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.

3. Develop a sincere desire for the things you want in life. A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants “success consciousness,” which in turn creates a vigorous and ever-increasing “habit of success.”

4. Develop supreme confidence in yourself and your own abilities. Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses. Focus on your powers, instead of your problems.

5. Develop a dogged determination to follow through on your plan, regardless of obstacles, criticism or circumstances or what other people say, think or do. Opportunities never come to those who wait; they are captured by those who dare to attack.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com