The 2 Key Success Factors

A few years ago, Donald Trump was on TV and described his two major keys to success.

He said:

(1) You have to do something you really love.

(2) Be willing to overcome any obstacle – even go through a brick
wall, if necessary – in order to achieve your dream.

Now, while this may not sound like particularly new information
to anyone who has read a lot of motivational material, let us try
to look at it with new eyes. After all, it’s coming from one of
the most financially successful men in the world today.

First of all, you have to do what you love. There is even a book
with a title like this, “Do What You Love, And The Money Will

It might seem intuitively obvious that it would be nice to do
what you love. However, the point that most people miss here is
that almost NOBODY does what they really love. That is why so
very few people are outstandingly successful at anything.

Instead, for a whole variety of reasons, MOST people do what they
do NOT love. Many feel constrained to do so by the need to earn
money. This is the biggest single reason given.

Our life choices are motivated by desire for money to a far
greater extent than we imagine, or will ever accept. Many people
who claim to be uninterested in material things are nevertheless
working at jobs purely for the money, and not for the love of it.

The need for money is the substance in which we all move. Like
water to a fish, or air to a bird, we move through it,… but it
is totally invisible to us. Our motives for much of what we do
are concealed, even to ourselves

What is even more surprising is that many people, even when they
DO have the opportunity to exercise choice, will still not do
what they love.

For example, take someone who joins a Multi-Level Marketing
scheme to sell vitamin supplements. Did that person do it out of
genuine love for the products, and welfare for the people he/she
was going to introduce them to? Was it for love of the business?
Or was it just to make some extra cash?

You would hope so, and in some cases, it is true.

Actually, the most successful people in that sort of business ARE
the ones who love what they do, love the products, genuinely use
them, and want to benefit other through them. Those people make
the best salesmen. They really DO succeed because their sincere
enthusiasm is contagious to all whom they meet.

However, you can’t fake it. Insincerity, hunger, that dollar-sign
glint in your eye… it all communicates louder than mere words
ever can. And that’s the main reason why most people fail in MLM,
or in any other activity you might care to choose. They didn’t
love it for itself. They loved it for the result it would get

Most would-be writers don’t really want to write. They want to
“have written”. They want the results – the money, fame,
recognition – that comes from being a world famous writer. But
the long hard hours of sweating over a keyboard, fighting for
inspiration, throwing out half the stuff you write?…

Forget it!

Actually, success factor 1 that Donald Trump mentions is an
absolute necessity for success factor 2. You simply CANNOT muster
the will, energy and persistence for great success, if you don’t
love what you are doing.

It takes many many hours to become great at anything. Some people
estimate that it takes 10,000 hours to become world-class in the
field of your choice. However, most of those hours are going to
be spent in obscurity, pounding your head to a pulp against
seemingly unrelenting brick walls. Even to the most enthusiastic,
the goal is going to seem impossible at times.

How much worse then will it be for the person who does NOT love
what they’re doing?

The modern world seems to have turned this equation on its head,
and that is why there is a lot of confusion out there.

Previously, you actually had to be able to sing in order to
become a famous singer (sounds kind of obvious really, doesn’t
it?) However, nowadays the cynicism of the music industry has led
to a situation whereby they actively seek to recruit the right
FACE and BODY, to fit together with two or three others of like
mode. They then create a “pop group”, and TEACH these people how
to sing, dance, write songs, and perform on stage!

This is one example of how the values we have been discussing
have been turned on their head. It’s also why some of the old
names are still around forty years later (Dylan, Rolling Stones,
Clapton etc.) whilst you cannot even remember the faces from last
year. The former already knew how to sing and perform years
before they were ever famous. AND they loved it BEFORE they were
famous. They would have persisted even if they had never become

This specific example demonstrates why people DON’T do what they
love to do. They look at the end result – usually money – and
shoot for that instead. They think that once they have the money,
THEN they’ll be happy.


Certainly, you can achieve SOME degree of success at something
you are not that interested in (I achieved a Ph.D. in a subject
that I immediately gave up forever after the graduation
ceremony!) However, you are never going to achieve “greatness” at
it. Nor will you ever be truly deeply happy at it.

Incidentally, this is also why so many extremely wealthy people
continue to work long after they have enough money to last them
for a couple of centuries. It’s a point that most unmotivated
poor people, who hate their own jobs, totally miss…

Why does Gates, Trump, Forbes, or anyone else you care to mention
in their league, continue to work longer and harder than most of
their own employees (who actually NEED to work)? It’s because
they LOVE what they do, and that’s how they got to be where they
were in the first place!

The story is told of how a woman started work at Microsoft many
years ago, and was surprised to find a man lying fast asleep
under a desk. She was about to call Security, when she suddenly
recognized him. Bill Gates. He had been working there all night.

They say that when Michelangelo was working on a major
commission, he would neglect to change his clothes or take his
boots off (let alone take a bath) for weeks on end!

THIS is called loving what you do, and putting your entire heart
and soul into it. Spending every spare minute thinking about it,
and missing it every minute you are not doing it. It really is a
like a romance in many ways.

So, you need to ask yourself….

Do YOU love what you do? Do YOU have the energy that can move
mountains? If not, the best advice that anyone can give you is

Find out what it is you love, and start doing that. Maybe you
will begin in a small way at first, in your spare time. But water
the acorn. Over time, it will grow. Hopefully, you will find a
way to make money with it too (Hint: Combine what you love with a
good dose of marketing to create a commercially viable activity
that will support you). Then, you will find yourself in the place
you want to be.

Better to risk yourself a little, and take this approach than to
find yourself at the top of the ladder, only to discover it’s
leaning on the wrong wall. Or worse still, not even find yourself
halfway up that ladder, and spend the rest of your life wondering

That’s where most people are in our world. Don’t let it be you.


Copyright 2012. Asoka Selvarajah . All Rights Reserved

All Is Karma!

Karma is explored in this video from the point of view of it being a universal law of Nature, namely the Law of Cause & Effect. The Law of Karma’s relationship to the Law of Attraction ( a favorite new age self help topic) is also briefly discussed.

Far from being fatalistic in nature, the law of karma demonstrates that we are ultimately responsible for everything that manifests in our life from birth to death. This responsibility for our lives incorporates the concept of reincarnation; namely that we have lived many past lives (often accessible via past life regression).

Karma is explained as being created by our every thought, word or action. Moreover, it is karma that colors even the way we think, the reactions we have, our emotions, and what we attract into our lives. It is pointed out that our karmic debt stems from countless lives, and only some of it ripens in this life. Likewise, we are creating karma in each and every moment which, along with the karmic potential created in countless previous lives, will manifest in this life as well as all future lives we shall experience.

Every effect has a corresponding cause and this is what the law of karma states, both at the personal level as well as the international political level, e.g. events like 9/11. Although politicians like to pretend that there are effects without causes (e.g. terrorism), in fact there are NO effects without causes. The latter exist but may be hidden from our eyes, even as our own karmic burden, created in past lives, is currently invisible to us. Nevertheless, karma manifests in our lives for good or ill.

At the end of the video, some recommendations are given. We should take responsibility for our lives just as they are, realizing that we basically created them that way through karma. We should take responsibility for every thought, word and deed. Moreover, we should seek out karma cleansing methods to start to rid ourselves of the almost infinite karma that we have accumulated over infinite previous lives.

Brian Tracy Says, Achieving Goals Is Predictable

This is a great video interview with Brian Tracy about setting and achieving goals. He believes that success is predictable and that setting goals is key to that process. In this interview, he teaches you specifically how to set a goal and achieve it.


Brian Tracy covers a great method called the 20 questions method. If you follow this method every day, it will definitely change your life for the better. Also, if you find the whole idea of setting and achieving goals too overwhelming, then check out the end of this chat where he tells you exactly how to do it.

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New Year Resolutions : Tips For Getting What You Want In 2012

I have never had much faith in New Year resolutions, mainly because nothing much ever comes of them for most people. That said, a new year can be an extremely useful tool in setting yourself a new direction, provided that you have a definite system for getting there.

Actually, you do not need a new year to do this. You can do this at any time of the year, which should give you comfort should you in fact get thrown off from your new year resolution. The fact is that you do not need to wait until next year to start again. You can start again immediately and get right back on track from where you left off. Also, you can start a new venture or direction in life on ANY day of the year. There is no need to wait until January 1st.

Of course, all of this is pretty obvious, and yet it is amazing how many people miss the blatantly obvious and thereby lose out on all the progress they could be making on their life goals and dreams. You don’t have to be that way. Hence, if you are starting out this year with some new goals and resolutions, then that is great. However, remember that you can get right back up and start again should you ever come off the tracks at any time.

So what is it that makes the difference? What is it that causes some people to fail and others to succeed in life, in goals and in new year resolutions?…

The answer is… (1) a clearly defined system for achieving those goals and keeping on track, coupled with (2) solid reasons for WHY you want this, backed up with (3) strong will and emotional commitment to succeed.

Without these components, it is all too easy to get distracted by the daily urgencies of life and thereby forget what we committed to.

What do we mean by a clearly defined system? Frankly, it means different things to different people, according to their individual personalities. That said, you should definitely know your specific outcome (goal) in the first place, as well as some sort of time deadline for achieving it. If you don’t know what you want, how will you get it? If you don’t know when you want it by, then it becomes a mere dream or fantasy than a goal that drives you daily.

You also need to be able to work this overall goal back to monthly, then weekly and then even daily deadlines. Specifics are what really count in making progress, and it is lack of these specifics that cause so many people to fail. If I asked you to go to the shop and buy a loaf of bread, or to decide on a holiday destination and then make a plan to go there, you would be able to list the exact steps as to how to do these things. However, if I asked you for a list of specific steps for achieving your stated goal, most people would stare at me blankly.

Apart from having a specific goal, a specific deadline, and specific daily and weekly and monthly steps for getting there, you also need a system of accountability and regular review. This means having a way of checking in on yourself daily to see if you are on or off-track. That way, you are able to make adjustments and get back to where you should be. There is no point waiting six months or a year before checking in. The more often, the better.

With regards to (2) strong solid reasons why you want this, this is all about giving you the motivation for working steadily towards your goal, especially when times are tough, which they often may be. Hence, when you get discouraged, you can pull out your sheet of ten or twenty reasons why you want this, and fire yourself up again.

So that is one thing you can do. Create a list of 10–20 reasons why you absolutely must get this done, and then review that list regularly.

Finally, for (3) strong will and emotional commitment to succeed, this is where you need to spend time really creating a picture for what things will look like if you do succeed. Imagine and visualize it in great depth and get excited about it. Also, you should consider developing a visualization for what would happen if you fail. Some people are better motivated by fear of loss than possibility of gain. Actually, it is a good thing to have both methods working for you simultaneously. One pulls you forward, and one drives you from behind!

In conclusion then, USE this new year as an opportunity to kick-start yourself to achieve something new and spectacular. Use the three key factors discussed above. And remember, this works ANY time of the year, not just in January. Make it happen!

Copyright 2012. AKS Trading LLC. All Rights Reserved.


The 7 Chakra System

There are seven major chakras in the body, according to Eastern spiritual teachings. These are energy centers and are hence invisible to the eye or to medical examination. However, each chakra is associated with a different part of the physical body, from the base of the torso to the top of the head.

The lowest chakra is called Muladhara and is found at the base of the spine. Its color is red and the core issue around this chakra is Survival and Self-Preservation. Its element is Earth and hence it tends to be associated with the physical body and with physicality in general. Its positive associations are to do with physical health, prosperity, stability and being grounded. A first chakra imbalance tends to be associated with heaviness, solidity, obesity, materialism. A deficiency of energy in this chakra would manifest as fear, lack of discipline and possibly also being physically underweight.

7 chakras

The 7 Chakras

The second chakra is called Svadisthana and this is located in the genital area. Its color is orange and it is related to Sexuality, Emotions and SelfGratification. Its element is Water and hence it is associated with fluidity, and healthy expression of sexuality and emotions. Its negative associations are sex addictions and obsessions, poor boundaries and excessive emotionality. A deficiency of energy in this chakra manifests as frigidity, impotence and possibly also fear of pleasure.

The third chakra is called Manipura and it is located in the solar plexus. Its color is yellow and it is related to Power, Will and SelfDefinition. Its element is Fire and it is associated with Purpose, Empowerment, Selfesteem, Vitality and WillPower. A negative third chakra manifests as being dominating, blaming, scattered, overactive and possibly even aggressive. If there is s deficiency of energy in the solar plexus chakra, it tends to manifest in being weak-willed, having low self-esteem and poor self-image, being too passive and fearful. Overall, this energy center has to do with your ego identity.

The fourth chakra is called Anahata and is located in your heart area. Its color is green and it is associated with Love, Relationships, Compassion and Harmony.  Its element is Air and it is all about learning Self-Acceptance, good relationships, and to love and be loved. An excess of fourth chakra energy manifests in poor boundaries, and being possessive or jealous. A lack of energy in this energy center manifests as shyness, isolation, loneliness, being bitter or critical. Overall, this chakra has to do with your social identity.

The fifth chakra is called Visuddha and is located in your throat area. Its color is blue and it is  associated with Communication and Creativity. Its element is Sound and it is associated with Speaking, Communication and SelfExpression. An excess in this area leads to excessive talking, an inability to listen and perhaps even stuttering. If this energy center is deficient in energy, it leads to fear of speaking, lack of creativity and poor communication in general. This chakra is all about Self-expression.

The sixth chakra is called Ajna and is located in the brow area. Its color is violet and it is associated with Intuition and Imagination. Its element is Light and it is associated with Psychic Power, Visualization, Imagination. An excess of energy in this zone gives rise to headaches, nightmares, delusions and hallucinations. If this area is deficient in energy, it leads to poor vision, lack of memory and lack of intuition or imagination. When related to the person, this center is all about Self-Reflection (which is why so many meditation systems focus on the brow area).

The seventh and final chakra is called Sahasrara and it is located at the very top of the head. Its color is white and it is associated with Wisdom, Knowledge, Super-Consciousness. Its element is Thought and it is related to Self-Knowledge, Awareness and Spiritual Connection. If there is too much energy in this area, it tends toward being overly intellectual, addicted to spirituality and even confusion. If this area is lacking in energy, it gives rise to learning difficulties, skepticism, materialism and apathy.

This is a summary of the basic characteristics of the 7 chakras. There are many ways to work with them to balance their energies or to enhance those that are deficient. For example, you can do so through physical movement such as yoga asanas or dance. Alternatively, you can engage in chakra meditations in which you focus on each chakra in turn and perform specific meditations to balance the energy between them and to unblock any that are blocked. In chakra healing, such unblocking can even lead to radical physical and mental health changes.

From just the list above, you can see if you are indeed showing an excessive of deficiency or energy in any of these areas. After awareness of the issue, you then work with the specific chakra affected through physical activities or meditation until the energy in this area is properly balanced.

Copyright 2011 Asoka Selvarajah . All Rights Reserved.

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Persistence, Strategy & Belief Applied to Life & Work

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt.

For most people who try to achieve anything in their personal or professional lives, the biggest challenge they have is that they do not understand this fundamental truth. Much has been said in favor of the value of persistence, but how many people actually do persist in anything?

We all want results to be quick and easy. What is worse, modern advertising is geared to reinforce this notion and promise us precisely that. Who wants to hear that the only proven way to lose weight is (1) eat less, (2) exercise more?! Indeed, if anything takes effort and hard work, we might be inclined to feel that, rather than this being the norm, we must surely be doing something wrong!

I have a recent case in point. Someone I know recently decided that he was going to start selling items on eBay. This came as a major surprise to me since he has so far almost gone out of his way to avoid Internet involvement, and does not know the simplest thing about it, e.g. how to click a link on a web page or even in an email. Nevertheless, I was impressed that he somehow actually managed to list an auction, sell an item, and get positive feedback too.

However, the whole process is fraught with difficulty and stress and I feel that, however I might wish him well, he is bound to fail. Why? Because he still does not understand the first thing about Internet navigation! If there is a page with a button and the button says, “Click here to do X,” he will not click it, or even realize that he is supposed to. Moreover, he will not get serious about what he is doing and treat it professionally. In other words, you might expect a person to engage in a steady detailed learning process to master what he does not know, start small, experience some success, and then build on it. But he won’t.

Instead, excited by his first sale, he then launched eight auctions simultaneously! He now tells me that some of the bidders were “scams”, and he plans to only sell much cheaper items from now on. All I can observe is that he has gone through life saying about almost anything to do with business or money that “It’s a scam.” He will invariably dream up some sort of creative excuse for why this could never work for him. Hence, after just one result, he is already beginning to apply the same mentality here too.

In other words, in this person’s case and in the case of so many people, there is a lack of willingness to do what it takes to succeed. There is lots of action, a flurry of activity, but no big-picture strategy of what the final objective should look like!  It seems unbelievable that someone who cannot even recognize the basics on an Internet web page  would seriously consider launching eight eBay auctions simultaneously! Yet, all sorts of people do bizarre things like this all the time… and then scratch their heads and wonder why things went wrong!

In this case and so many others, what is needed is a serious commitment to a long-term plan or strategy. If you plan to do something, aim to do it well. Have some structure to what you are trying to do. Discover what you don’t know and create a plan to fill that knowledge gap. Find out what your weaknesses are, perhaps by asking others who know you well or have experience in what you are trying to do, and then plug those weaknesses.

The above example also illustrates the point that we have to really work upon ourselves to uncover our hidden failure beliefs. Because I know this person well, I also know of the huge mental blocks he has against succeeding financially in any business. That is why I was so impressed that he decided to do anything in the first place, and yet so disappointed that once more, he allows his failure programming to ruin everything.

This person, like so many people, always “plays not to lose” in life. This is a huge difference from playing to win. When you play not to lose, you play defensively and set things up so that you always have an excuse. He is already unconsciously creating his excuses for why he won’t succeed big with this. It is only a matter of time before he gives up and lists all the excuses as to why it is someone else’s fault, and nothing to do with anything he did. The false comfort derived from this is that he does not have to think of himself as “a loser”, but the pain is that he will not experience the enormous pleasure of eventually winning either.

So, in order to succeed in any chosen endeavor, persistence alone is not enough (although it will take you further than most people will ever get). You also need (1) a clear, focused, proven plan for success and (2) a determination to work that plan while (3) adapting to any unexpected upsets that come your way.

On top of it all though, as this case so aptly illustrates, you need a huge willingness to look deep within yourself, challenge your hidden failure mechanisms and exorcise them from your consciousness. The latter step is probably the hardest thing of all to do, since we are tinkering with our habitual paradigm of the way the world works. However, without doing that work, you are driving with the brake on. And if you drive like that, not only do you put a huge stress on your vehicle, you don’t get to go very far either.

Copyright 2011 Asoka Selvarajah . All Rights Reserved.

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11:11 A New Earth Video

Here is a video I really like that invokes the sort of spiritual vision that we should be focusing upon. It is wonderful to see an example of creativity being used for positive purposes to enrich our lives with the hope of a better tomorrow.

Many people feel that this is a time of great positive change for the Earth. I am not so certain about that, but I certainly would like to think so and indeed hope so. Certainly, esoteric teachings make it clear that our thoughts, collectively as humanity, do contribute to the well-being of the Earth as a whole.

Hence, perhaps a video like this is a great reminder to us that we need to maintain our mental and spiritual state in as pristine and positive a condition  as possible.

Anyway, enjoy the beautiful images and music. It’s inspiring and lovely.


Power Of The Mind For Happiness

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

Thomas Jefferson (The Edgehill Portrait), Thir...

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Thomas Jefferson

The secret to happiness lies with the power of the mind. We can determine our mental weather forecast, and how our day, week, year and entire life turns out by how we direct the power of mind. It is what we think about that enables us to be on an upward spiral mentally and emotionally or on the descent.

We hear a lot about the power of positive thought, and rightly so. As Thomas Jefferson implies, you can control what you focus your mind upon. You can bring back good feelings and memories from the past to enliven your existence in this very moment. This quote also implies that we can create positive thoughts right now that carry us powerfully through the day, no matter what life may throw at us.

This is the key point; namely, that the locus of control is within you. No mater what may happen, it is how you think about it and the beliefs you bring to bear that determine the meaning you give to the event. This is the unique power of the mind; it can give happy or sad meaning to the exact same event, depending upon how it is disposed to function. That disposition is down to the person in control of that mind!

Thus, through thinking positive thoughts  in an optimal fashion, you keep your mental life healthy. It is ultimately from the mental and from the correct use of the power of the mind that physical and spiritual health and blessings flow.

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Disappointment As Life Tutor

None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread.

Bernard M. Baruch

Disappointment visits every human being who has ever lived, not once but many times. I certainly know I have had more than my share of shattered dreams. I know you have had your own disappointments, and the occasional tragedy too.

Most people only reel at the blow, perhaps collapse, lie there a while, and then gradually pick themselves up and go about life, perhaps with a newly acquired psychological limp or scar. In other words, they learn nothing from what happened and are potentially set for future disappointments too.

A better approach is surely to always try to learn something from our disappointments and setbacks. That way, you use life as a tutor. Often, the lesson is extremely hard, and seemingly unbearable. Maybe the disappointment and suffering persists for a while and take time to get over. However, if you are always willing to learn from your setbacks, then you have the potential of not having to go through that particular lesson again.

Often, disappointment serves to show us that we are not on the right road to begin with. We may be heartbroken at that moment, but time eventually reveals a better path; a road we might never have trodden if we had not been stopped so brutally in our path in the first place. People are disappointed in love; perhaps they find another. They are disappointed in career; maybe they find a better opportunity in another firm, or even decide to start their own business.

The point is that disappointment can serve as a catalyst to something better. It can be the driving force to excel to a new height in your life. It can be a message from your higher self to you that you need to change direction or focus.

Disappointment is only deadly and toxic to the extent that you dwell upon it, let it feed on your emotions, wallow in it, and basically become a disappointed person as who you are.

So let life be your tutor. Allow every setback to be your guide. May every disappointment that comes not be wallowed in, but rather used as a pointer to something bigger and better.

Copyright Asoka Selvarajah 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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Self Help: Coping With Setbacks In Your Progress

When you are engaged in a process of self help personal development, there will be many times when you feel that you are making no progress, or actually becoming worse.

For example, you may have a temper and a tendency to blow up at people under provocation, and then fume about it later. However, you are pursuing self help teachings and working on yourself and seemingly making excellent progress.

There eventually comes an incident where, doubtless under much stress, you explode with someone and use all kinds of harsh language. Later, in retrospect, you look back upon the incident with shame and despair. How could you, with all the progress you thought you had made, throw it all away like that? It is as if you had learned nothing in all this time. Why not just admit you’ll never succeed and give up? Stop being a hypocrite!

And so on.

Did this sort of thing ever happen to you, and did you entertain such thoughts of dire despondency? It may not have been for the specific situation described. Maybe your problem is gossip, or speaking ill of people behind their backs, small acts of dishonesty, or whatever. You think you are making progress and becoming a better person…. and then, the relapse!

You need to understand a key point about this. It is normal. Every person who is engaging in a self help program of personal improvement goes through this sort of frustration. It is actually part of the process.

In fact, what is really happening is that you are developing Awareness. This awareness is regarding your own behavior for sure, as well as how to improve it. However, the awareness is also about the person you really are deep down, below all the nice levels of civilization we have been tempered with, and all the masks we have created.

The truth is that we hide ourselves even from ourselves, to the point that we do not really know who we are deep down or what we are capable of. Yet, when you work on your own personal growth, you are digging deep into your own psychology and re-writing your mental programming in a new and better way.

Self help improvement is like a process of travelling a spiral, not going round in a circle (although it may feel like that at times). The spiral widens out and we become more expansive and better over time, although sometimes it may seem like we are back at exactly the same point. You have to keep faith at times that you really are improving. You may be back at the same place in some ways, but you are seeing it differently, with a new and heightened awareness. Remember that.

Actually, if you think about it for even a moment, the fact that you even see your fault and repent of it is a major merit on your part.

Most people don’t see their faults at all. They are completely blind to them. Rather, they act like automatons and go through life forever bumping against hard objects, injuring themselves, wondering what happened, and then heading off in a new direction to do the same thing again.

The very fact that you even lament your fault or despair of not improving has implicit within it the fact that you are trying to improve in the first place. It also implies that you recognize that you have gone off of your self help tracks.

Remember that what you are attempting is not an easy task. Indeed, 99% of the population have no significant interest in bettering themselves, apart from perhaps getting a better job for more money or better health (and even these remain just a vague hope for most people). However, you are engaged in the noblest task of all: mastery of yourself and control of your mind.

The mere fact that you are attempting such a feat at all is worthy of congratulation. Do not think for a moment that any work you do in this direction is wasted. It is not.

You are making progress, even though most of the time, that progress will be invisible, especially to yourself. The tallest trees begin as seeds, growing underground, invisible to all.

In any discipline, especially sports, there is the concept of the plateau; long periods of sideways movement where no improvement seems apparent, followed inevitably (provided that the person has not given up by this time!) with a sudden dramatic spike to a new level of excellence…

… and then another plateau, but at a new higher level!

Learn to persist on the plateaus of life. Feel encouraged that you are on a worthy pursuit and that it must yield rich results in the end. Review what happened, see where you went wrong, make a note of it in your journal, and resolve to learn the lesson and do better from this point on. Do this every time you falter, but never ever give up. Persist until you reach the goal.

In conclusion, whenever you are despairing that your self help techniques are not bearing fruit, remember these points, turn your mind around, encourage yourself once more, and persist until you succeed!

Copyright 2011 Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.

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