Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Blogger Challenge: What Are My Daily Success Habits?

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I've been tagged by Wendy of Creation Thoughts, who I wrote about in "No Such Thing as Competition," to share my daily success habits with you. It is a great idea that was created by Aaron of Today is that Day. I'll also be tagging other bloggers to participate so read all the way through to the end to see if you're next!

Before I respond this delightful challenge, I want to share bits and pieces of a wonderful email I received from one of my new subscribers. She's given me permission to do so.

Hi Stephen:
Your writings definitely show people how to graduate from Adversity University. It's all about "getting the lessons" and sometimes we stay in the wilderness for 40 years (when it was actually a three day journey) because we don't get them.
One of my mentors in real estate kept asking me "what's the lesson?" each time I had something go wrong or had a failure. I could not put my finger on the "what went wrong or why it happened". But after hearing that question over and over again, a light bulb came on, I connected the dots and I applied that to every life situation (not just real estate) and turned my life around from eeking out a living to making ends meet to finally having more than enough.
Although I am a real estate broker, my life purpose is "calling out to me".... For over 20 years I've had on my goal sheet to start a women's ministry...... So many times we are wearing a mask, hurting inside, talking about shoes and clothes when our hearts long to be heard. I wanted to create that sacred space where women could voice the true issues of their heart and I could help them "come forth" (like the caterpillar turning into the butterfly).......
My intention is to write, speak, coach and transform. I got inspiration last night to seek a sponsor to underwrite my project so that everyone who was ready to "come forth" would be able to. ......I know this is the work I was put here to do.

How beautiful was that?!? She has a grand vision and is taking inspired action when compelled to do so. She practices the act of "letting go and letting God." Sharmaine is taking the principles of the law of attraction to the highest possible level. Won't you join me in granting her continued success? Thanks Sharmaine for letting me share your story!!

Getting back to the blogger challenge, Aaron of "Today is That Day" has asked the blogging world to list between 5 to 10 daily success habits that we are doing to achieve our dreams. They can be anything at all as long as we do them at least 4 to 5 times a week.

Here are the top 10 daily things I do in my quest for inspired success:

1. Express Gratitude: I've been doing this for a long time now but after watching "The Secret," I added a new twist to it. Each morning when I wake up, I automatically turn on my gratitude thoughts and thank God for my blessings. An attitude of gratitude causes me to feel good, setting the tone for the day - essential in manifesting and attracting my intentions.

2. Visualize My Dreams: Several times a week, I visualize myself doing the things I aspire to do like becoming the first deaf pilot to fly a small jet, speaking to thousands in a stadium, signing a mega-best-selling book in bookstores and appearing on Oprah. As I visualize, I create feelings and emotions as if I were already doing these things. Adding emotions and feelings are the key ingredients to the success of visualization. This is how I became the first deaf instrument-rated pilot and a successful stockbroker on Wall Street (among other things). I take the time to do it because I know it works.

3. Workout: Last November 2006, I made a decision to take better care of my body as part of creating an all-around balance that I needed to create better results for myself. I made a commitment to workout at least 5 days a week. The results have been phenomenal. In 5 months, I've lost 16 pounds (178 lbs to 162 lbs) and burned 2 inches off my waist (34" to 32"). Not only do I feel great after each workout, but I've made more room in my mind for inspired ideas to come through because my body feels good overall.

4. Monitor daily thoughts: Some of you may recall a post I wrote called "What Kind of Thoughts Go Through Your Mind?" Instead of operating on auto-pilot as most people tend to do, I pay attention to the thoughts that come through. If they serve the greater good, than I keep them. If they don't, I toss em' out by consciously replacing them with better thoughts!

5. Read a book or watch an inspiring movie: Right now, I'm reading "The Attractor Factor" by Joe Vitale. It's fabulous. I just bought "The Secret" DVD and pop it in my computer when I need to be reminded of the law of attraction principles or need a little boost of energy. I almost never watch the news or TV shows that carry negative energy. I consciously pick and choose what I feel will inspire, uplift and motivate me to the next level.

6. Reprogram my mindset: The secret is to elevate your level of self-awareness and become conscious of your belief system. I make it a daily habit to reprogram my old belief system that no longer serve me. For example, "You have to struggle to make it to the top" becomes "Business comes to me easily and effortlessly."

7. Let Go and Let God: One of the toughest things for most people is to let go and let God. After you set an intention for something to manifest in your life (whether it's more money, a better job, a better relationship, etc), one of the secrets to bringing about the "impossible" is to let it go. Trust the universe will bring about the "how" to you. By letting things go on a conscious level, I am sending a signal to the universe that I am trusting that it will bring about exactly what I desire back to me in more ways than one. "Letting go" prevents me from locking into any one source of manifestation.

8. Take inspired action: Inspired action come from "inner nudges" that compel you to take a specific course of action toward the intention you just put out and let go. Sometimes I get ideas in the shower or through other people's emails, from a book or even a billboard that triggers an actionable idea that feels right. If the action to take feels good, do it! Don't delay. Sharmaine's email (see above) is an example of something she said that triggered an idea for me. All she wrote was: "Your writings definitely show people how to graduate from Adversity University. It's all about getting the lessons....."

This led me to the idea of offering e-courses online, just like a regular university where I would charge tuition and teach life lessons in overcoming adversity over a 5-week period. More details to follow......

9. Ways to Give/Pay it Forward: Famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says "if you help just enough other people get what they want, you get what you want." I am always thinking how I can give back in the form of tithing money, spending quality time with someone, sharing ideas or tips, expressing love, giving recognition and experiencing gratitude, etc. You'll recall Joe Vitale's e-book I told you about in an earlier post about the power of giving.

10. Write something: Every day I peck away at the keyboard and hone my writing skills. Either I'm creating a new story for this blog, responding to someone's email or working on my book. People have said my writing is "hypnotic" because it pulls them into the stories I've written and makes them feel they are not "just reading" but actually witnessing and experiencing the emotional charges from events that appear to be unfolding right in front of their own eyes. This is really exciting because I find that when I write from the heart, the words flow easily and effortlessly. Because it's such a joy to write, it creates good feelings, which increases my energy vibration on that day, causing me to attract what I want into my life.

There's actually more that I do on a daily basis but this covers all the bases. Thanks again to Aaron of Today is that Day for this wondeful idea and for Wendy of Creation Thoughts for "tagging" me.

Here are a handful of bloggers I am tagging:

Steve: "Personal Development for Smart People"

Tony: "FUN Meetings"

Joe Vitale: "Mr. Fire"

Michael of "Dream Job Dialog"

Stephen: "Goal Free Living"

Miss Dennis: "Dairy of a Bronx Teacher"

Anonymous: "CaliforniaTeacherGuy"

Meryl: "Bionic Ear Blog"

Karen: "A Deaf Mom Shares Her World"

Rajesh: "Life Beyond Code"

Jason: "What is Metaphysics"

Food for thought: Go and inspire someone today!
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Blogger idea coach said...

Thanks so much for this insightful and motivating article. I have posted it on my presentation skills article but also decided to put it in a new blog called blogging for boomers.
One of the points I want to make is that despite our challenges with adversity we need to have the right mindset.
I personally must remember that all the time.
Thanks again and God Bless you Stephen
Rosie Horner

5:43 PM  
Blogger Stephen J. Hopson said...


Thanks so much for not only taking the time to comment to this article but also to give me some link love. That is always very much appreciated.

God Bless you too!


8:14 PM  

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