Spirituality

Jim Rohn's Six Essentials to a Good Life

Jim Rohn’s father was a minister and a farmer. Jim was instilled with a deep belief in God from his childhood. When he spoke about the good life he did not mention a religion or even religion in general. What he talked about is more elusive but none the less important: spirituality.

The message I got from Rohn on spirituality is that whatever you believe about things of a spiritual nature you should nurture and practice those beliefs in ways that provide solace, peace and good habits.

Most people have some spiritual sense or beliefs. He may be that you are an adherent of one of the world’s many formal religions. You may be a devout believer and practice your religion daily, or you may pick and choose parts of those ancient wisdoms and belief systems you find valid and reject other parts. You may like some form of “new age” spirituality or you may just believe that the universe is highly interconnected and that science cannot answer all your questions. You may also be an agnostic or even an atheist who sees no place in your life for spirituality.

If you fall in that last category of having no spiritual beliefs you may want to check the sports page now. But if you are like most people you have some spiritual need and Rohn’s point for those who have spiritual beliefs is to study them, practice them, and live them. He suggested we should not neglect this aspect of our lives because for most people it is important.

For those who have a spiritual need or belief system it is best not to neglect it – that was Rohn’s point. Neglect of the spiritual side of the human experience can leave people with a sense of emptiness and longing. Therefore, to have a good life and a complete one it is important to pay some attention to those spiritual needs. Rohn strongly believed this, that to have a good life one must give some time and effort to ponder the spiritual side of the human experience.

(Jim Rohn on Success.com)

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Your Culture is Important to the Good Life

Rohn’s Six Essentials to a Good Life

“Language, music, ceremonies, traditions, dress. All of that is so vitally important that you must keep it alive. The uniqueness of all of us, when blended together, brings vitality, energy, power, influence, and rightness to the world”. (Jim Rohn on Success.com)

We all have an identity that is formed from the cultures we inherit from our parents and extended family as well as our community. This cultural identity grounds us and forms part of our sense of belonging, of home.

Culture transmits the wisdom of hundreds of preceding generations to us.

However culture can also hand down less positive beliefs and behaviors. We need to discern what is valid and what is not about cultural heritage and reject that which may be negative and destructive.

All cultures have an abundance of the positive and uplifting which we can benefit from. If you are fortunate enough to live in a poly-cultural nation like the United States you can also benefit from other cultures.

I suggest we embrace our cultural heritages and learn from them. It will make life richer. It is certainly part of the good life.

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Why Friends Are Important

Rohn’s Six Essentials to a Good Life

“Friendship is probably the greatest support system in the world, so don’t deny yourself the time to develop it. Nothing can match it. It’s extraordinary in its benefit.

Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you and still like you. I lost one of my dearest friends when he was 53—heart attack. As one of my very special friends, I used to say that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly, and, if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That’s a real friend—somebody who would come and get you”. (Jim Rohn on Success.com)

We are social animals and we cannot go it alone in life. We need others and they need us.

Friendships need to be nourished – we need to see our friends, communicate with them and do thing with them to keep friendships alive. It takes some time but is a great way to spend some time as well.

Don’t let busy get in the way of friendship – we are very busy and taking out time to be with friends can be difficult but it is important. Make sure to schedule visits, get-togethers and other things with your friends.

Be there for your friends – when they call and need your help be there for them. It strengthens the friendship and one day you may need their help.

A few really good friends are like gold. They enrich our lives and help us get through the tough times. Don’t neglect your friendships – they are part of the good life.

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

What Makes a Good Life: Productivity

Rohn’s Six Essentials to a Good Life

Success.com recently posted an article on Jim Rohn’s Six Essentials for a good life. I am going to look at each of those six essentials over the next six days.

The first Essential is productivity.

Rohn writes: “You won’t be happy if you don’t produce. The game of life is not rest. Yes, we must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity.

What’s the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It’s to see what you can do with it—to try your hand to see what you can do”.

I could not agree more. Life is to be enjoyed and in some of the later essentials we will look at some of those essentials more often associated with enjoyment. However being productive is also a way of enjoying life and gives life meaning.

People who are not productive are often depressed. They will tell you that they do not feel useful. Their life lacks meaning.

We all want to contribute. We want to do something useful. For most of us that involves a job of some kind though it need not. People find meaning in volunteer work, creating art or just helping others.

If you can find productive work that is meaningful to you then you have struck gold. If you have not done so already I suggest you find meaningful work (paid or not) that gives you that sense of accomplishment and contribution.

It is essential to happiness and it is an essential to the good life.

Tomorrow we will look at the second essential of a good life.

Read the full post about Rohn’s 6 Essentials on success.com.

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

You Are Being Influenced

depthSounds ominous doesn’t it? You are being influenced. We all know that others influence us but a part of us is not entirely comfortable with that. Influence can sound like control. No one wants to be controlled.

I am not speaking about control here however but the simple fact that we are all influenced by others in our life. The great thing is that we have control over who influences us and how.

Jim Rohn said it very well:

“If you were to evaluate the major influences in your life that have shaped the kind of person you are, this has to be high on the list: the people and thoughts you choose to allow into your life. My mentor, Mr. Shoaff, gave me a very important warning in those early days that I’ll share with you. He said, “Never underestimate the power of influence.” Indeed, the influence of those around us is so powerful! Many times we don’t even realize we’re being strongly affected because influences generally develop over an extended period of time.

“Peer pressure is an especially powerful force because it is so subtle. If you’re around people who spend all they make, chances are excellent you might spend all you make. If you are around people who don’t read, chances are excellent that you probably won’t read. People can keep nudging us off course a little at a time until, finally, we find ourselves asking, How did I get here? Those subtle influences need to be studied carefully if we really want our lives to turn out the way we’ve planned”. (Success.com posting, 07.31.16)

Who do I associate with?

You should think about spend time with. What kind of people are they? Do they lead their lives in a way you approve of?

How are these people influencing me?

It can be challenging to do this but it is important to gain insight into how others are influencing you. Are the influencing you in a positive way? Are they supportive? Or do they bring you down? Do they suggest things you know to be wrong?

What can I do about it?

If someone is a negative influence you can disassociate yourself with them. It may mean minimizing contact. If the influence is negative enough it may mean totally cutting them out of your life.

At the very least be aware of negative influence and do not allow it to guide your thinking. Spend most of your time around people who are positive and otherwise good influences on you.

Be aware of how others influence you and be selective about how much time you spend with them depending on the kind of influence they have on you. You can control that. You can associate mostly with positive people who will be a good influence on you and reduce or eliminate the negative influence in your life. 

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

10 Ways to Learn Respect and Lead Effectively

Acordar as pessoas: há um novo dia!The author of Truth, Trust and Tenacity, Ritch K. Eich, recently wrote a post on the LeadershipNow.com blog on 10 ways to earn respect in business. These ten tips work in all areas of life, not just in business.

  1. Lead by example: Model the traits you want others to practice such as integrity, kindness, creativity and industriousness.
  2. Be humble: Get over yourself, avoid self-promotion and let your work speak for itself.
  3. Show your commitment every day: Work longer and harder than those you lead and work with them. Talk to the people you work with, get to know them, and be genuine with them.
  4. Help others succeed: help others advance and give them opportunities to learn and expand their abilities.
  5. Be a teacher and mentor: we all learn from others who came before us and we have an obligation to pass that knowledge on; besides, there is not better way to learn than to teach.
  6. Strike a balance between delegating and being hands-on: this is a challenge for most leaders. An effective leader must delegate both because he cannot do it all himself and because he needs to develop and engage others in an organization. An effective leader must also keep his hands in the work to help him understand what he is leading.
  7. Encourage creativity: there is tremendous power and potential in the creativity that is nurtured in others. It should be rewarded and encouraged.
  8. Share your expectations: if those you lead do not have a clear idea of what you want of them how can they ever deliver?
  9. Reward success: it is important to recognize and reward success but it is also important to recognize and reward those who try and initially fail – for through failure we learn what not to do.
  10. Build coalitions and maintain civility: civility is the lubricant that makes any social system work. Without it there is strife and conflict which drain away energy and discourage innovation and risk taking.

The original post is by Ritch K. Eich. He is the former Chief of Public Affairs for Blue Shield of CA and is a Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret.). He is the author of three books: “Truth, Trust + Tenacity: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders” (2015); “Leadership Requires Extra Innings: Lessons on Leading from a Life in the Trenches” (2013); “Real Leaders Don’t Boss: Inspire, Motivate and Earn Respect from Employees and Watch Your Organization Soar” (2012).

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

When Organizing Is Not Enough

A Book Review by Daniel R. Murphy

Title and Author:  When Organizing Isn’t Enough – Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern 

Synopsis of Content:

Bringing the art and science of organization to a new level Morgenstern’s book introduces her SHED system. SHED stands for “separate” your treasures, “heave” your trash, “embrace” yourself, and “drive into the future.”

As radical as it may sound this book advocates eliminating most of the “stuff” which complicates your life. She suggests that you keep only 10% – 20% of the things that clutter your thinking and your life.

First she shows you how to go through all your things and eliminate what is not serving you well. Then she shows how to get rid of the things, the habits and the other refuse in your life to identify your true self. This then permits you to fill your life only with those things which will truly fulfill your life and your genuine goals. Part of this also is trimming your schedule to eliminate those activities that do not serve you well and concentrating your efforts and your time on what is important.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

The book is well written and reasonably easy to follow.

Notes on Author:

Julie Morgenstern is a speaker and consultant who teaches others how to get organized.

Related Website:

http://www.juliemorgenstern.com/blog/

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Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

  1. To begin the effort at getting organized you must take a complete inventory of your life including your possessions, your time, how you spend it and your habits.
  1. You must then evaluate how all these things and activities help you achieve what is important to you or hinder those efforts.
  1. You must then take action – with some ruthlessness you must then eliminate the clutter, which for most people is a great deal of what they hold onto, and focus on the small part left which is truly important.

Publication Information:  

When Organizing Isn’t Enough – Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern

© 2008 by Julie Morgenstern.

Published by Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., N.Y.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Make Reading a Daily Habit

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Tomas Laurinavicius urges people to make reading a priority:

“If you want to read more books, simply spend more time reading. If you don’t have time to read, make more time. Have a book always with you, read after you wake up, read when you commute to work, read while you wait for your morning coffee at the cafe. Having a break at work? Read. Read before the bed. All of these will add up and give you 20–40 pages a day which are around 2 books a month. I used to waste months without reading a single book.

“I hope I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of reading books as these are enormous. If some of the wealthiest people in the world like Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg can read hundreds of books a year and Elon Musk can teach himself rocket science reading, it must be important. Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. That’s why most successful people are reading books instead of wasting time watching TV”.

I agree. Reading expands your knowledge and your understanding. It helps you gain new insights. On average I read about 3 books a month. For me reading is not a race. It is about enjoying my reading and getting as much out of it as I can. Some books can be read quickly but the best ones need to be savored – they need some time to absorb.

If you want to know more you need to read. Videos are helpful but they do not replace reading. There is something about reading that helps us learn in a different and I think a deeper way.

Reading nonfiction teaches you much but I read good fiction too, it teaches in a different way and it is entertaining.

Make reading a daily habit. The benefits will be tremendous.

You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

This is the 6th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

How to Simplify Your Financial Life

piggybankFinancial life can be very complicated. The endless paperwork, tracking numerous accounts, watching stocks, caring for a home. It all adds up and it all takes precious time. It does not have to be so complex though – you can simplify.

Bob Lotich from SeedTime wrote a guest post on Becoming Minimalist.com recently about 11 ways to simplify your financial life.  The 11 ways to make your financial life simpler are:

  1. Consolidate bank accounts and retirement accounts in one place.
  2. Get rid of as much paper work as you can – use electronic records and billing systems.
  3. Cut back to just one credit card.
  4. Become debt free.
  5. Invest in Funds rather than individual stocks.
  6. Pay cash whenever possible.
  7. Reduce services you do not need or often use.
  8. Cut down on your goals.
  9. Rent rather than buy your home.
  10. Do more of what brings you the most income.
  11. Turn off the TV and go easy on the internet.

Each of these ideas has its merits beyond simplification. You need not adopt them all however to simplify your life. You may prefer to own your own home or you may prefer to pay with a debit card and still keep things simple.

The key here is to evaluate each recommendation in the list to balance for you the advantages of doing things less simply against the advantages of doing things less simply.

You can create your own list of simplifications, using some of these, and others you develop on your own. The important thing is not to necessarily adopt Lotich’s list, but to find ways that simplify your financial life that work for you. This list is an excellent place to start.

Read the rest of the post here.

Learn how to manage your money, eliminate debt and build wealth in my book, Your Financial Success.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

The Meditation Habit

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

This is the 5th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.


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How Meditation Can Help Us

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement. Tomas writes:

“I’ve been meditating inconsistently for over a year now, inconsistently meaning I’d meditate 5 times a week, other weeks only once or twice. However, after spending 10 days in silence in the mountains of Northern Thailand I am meditating at least 5 times a week, for at least 15 minutes. It really helps me to calm down, accept the things happening in my life, get in peace with the present moment, become more grateful and relaxed.

“Mindfulness and meditation may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davis”.

Like Tomas I have tried meditation but must admit I have not done it consistently and found it very challenging. My brain is so busy it is very difficult to shut down the internal chatter enough to meditate.

There is no doubt that a regular meditation practice can be very helpful. There are a number of studies on this in addition to the UC Davis study cited above.

I am setting a new goal to meditate at least five days a week. You might consider joining me in this experiment. Let’s find out what benefits we might gain from regular meditation.

You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com