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The entrepreneurial spirit has been around for years. In fact one of the leading books on creating success was written in 1910 by Wallace D Wattles. ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ has a fantastic title which makes you want to delve right in and what is hidden inside is more than just tips to create wealth – it is a manifesto by which you can live your life to achieve anything you desire. It can be a tough read, since it was written at the turn of the previous century, but there are some golden ideas that, once implemented in your daily routine, can change your life forever! Here are eleven key principles that Wallace D Wattles suggests are ways of thinking and acting in your life to achieve success: 1. To grow rich is to fulfill your potential We all have our hang ups about money in some way, but creating wealth in your life does not have to come from a place of greed. Success is about becoming what you want to be and to allow yourself to do that, money plays a part. Creating wealth and abundance in your life allows you to fully embrace your potential. “The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” – Wallace D. Wattles 2. Opportunity is infinite Allowing yourself to see that anything is possible will enable you to be open to opportunities outside of your current scope and reality. Think big about what you can achieve. Then think bigger. 3. Thought and action create success If you think about the things you want to be, do and have in your life then the mere notion of this will allow you to see the opportunities available to make it happen. To then act upon those opportunities is what is required to achieve your success. You need to be specific about what you want, have a purpose for those things and above all be determined in your mind that you will achieve your desires. 4. Create, not compete There is enough in this world for everyone. There is no need to compete for anything as there are abundant riches in the world available to you. You have the ability to create what you want through thought and action, there is no need to take those things from another person, nor do you need to cheat or take advantage of anyone in the process. Become a creator not a competitor. 5. Give value Always give more value to someone than what you receive in exchange for it. This is known as over delivering. You will create business from operating this way as this will be what you are known for and people will want to work with you or buy from you as people will go where they are ‘given increase’. 6. Gratitude Being grateful for the things you already have, allows your mind to also expand into being grateful for the thing you are yet to receive. The law of physics states that every action has a reaction – equal and opposite. So the gratitude you express for the things you desire brings them closer to you for accepting. 7. Guard your thoughts from negativity The energies of thought create the very thing that you think. Therefore it is important to be aware of any doubts, disbelief or negativity that enters your thoughts. Positive thinking is essential to achieving your desires. That’s not to say you brush the negativity under the carpet, but be aware, address and release any doubts you may have about achieving what you want. Also guard what you say – Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraging way. 8. Act to your fullest ability in all things This is about showing up for the work. Not just about your work, but any tasks that you do should be done to the best of your ability, no holds barred. Each day do as much as you can achieve, and do it efficiently. “You can advance only by being larger than your present place; and no man is larger than his present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to that place.” – Wallace D Wattles 9. No haste needed There is no need to hurry. If you are operating in the creative sphere and not the competitive, no one is going to beat you to the thing you want to do.Take your time. Mistakes come from acting in a hurry, or from a place of doubt or fear. If you find yourself rushing, slow down and remember to keep in mind what you desire whilst expressing gratitude that you are to receive it. This very act strengthens your faith and renews your purpose. 10. Do not worry about how you will overcome obstacles As you go about your business it is inevitable that you will come upon obstacles to your goals. These might be obstacles of your own imagining or real ones. However, if you think and act in the ways above, you will find as you venture on your path a way will appear. Do not trouble yourself with thoughts of how you will do something. Think back to the gratitude of having already what you desire. 11. Failure is only apparent Never feel disappointed that something hasn’t worked out as planned. You may perceive it as failure but hold to your faith and you will see failure is only apparent. Something better is on it’s way to you which will make that apparent failure a true success. How are you thinking and acting in your life to achieve success? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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If you're like many Americans, you probably work long hours and take few vacations. It's a recipe for burnout.
But what if there were a way to be successful without pushing yourself to the brink?
Psychologist Emma Seppala has studied ways to help people who are chronically stressed out, and her findings could help many of us live healthier and happier lives without sacrificing our productivity.
She outlines some of these findings in her new book, "The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success."
A state of constant stress
American culture is driven by a Puritan work ethic, Seppala told Business Insider. As a result of this, "we’re seeing really high levels of burnout and disengagement," she said.
One of the main problems with working nonstop and feeling stressed out is that this behavior can activate our sympathetic nervous system — aka the "fight-or-flight" response.
And while some stress may be good for you in the short term, in the long term it's been linked to all sorts of terrible things, like an increased risk of mental disorders and heart disease. Some studies suggest it may also increase your risk of some cancers, like melanoma.
Luckily, Seppala has identified one strategy that's especially helpful for reducing stress: meditation. Meditation exercises can tap into our parasympathetic, or "rest-and-digest" system. And a growing body of evidence supports this idea.
The benefits of meditation
In 2014, Seppala and her colleagues did a study where they tried a meditation intervention for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who were suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD).
They randomly assigned 11 vets to take part in a week of Sudarshan Kriya yoga, a group-based form of meditation that involves several types of breathing exercises mixed with periods of discussion and stretching. (During the study week, one person dropped out of the group because he said he didn't like it.) Another 10 vets were not assigned to do the meditation, for comparison.
The researchers measured the veterans' startle reflex and breathing rate before and after the one-week study period. The veterans also filled out online questionnaires one month and one year after the study. Ten people from each group filled out the questionnaire after one month; nine people from the meditation group and eight from the comparison group filled it out after a year.
The participants who took part in the meditation reported fewer PTSD symptoms and anxiety and had a slower breathing rate compared with before the study, whereas the comparison group didn't experience these benefits.
Although it was small, the study findings suggest that certain types of meditation may be helpful in helping to reduce stress and anxiety in a chronically stressed population, namely, veterans.
How to manage your energy
Other research suggests meditation could have similar effects in healthy people, too.
It all comes down to managing your energy, Seppala said. She suggests taking time to close your eyes, do some breathing exercises, or taking a walk as a way to regain your cool. And the benefits go beyond avoiding burnout:
"If you take care of yourself, are less future-focused and more present, take more time off, and nurture relationships, you end up being more productive, more charismatic, and more creative," she said.
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