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As we go through this life, it is important to take time for God, and to seek His face. We all search for peace in this noisy world, and we need to feel His presence, every day in our lives. We live in a society of untrusting souls, and it is important to have friends, and family members that we can truly trust. But one person we can trust, and never live with disappointment, and that is to trust His love, because He will never leave us or forsake us.

 

Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual, and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others. Your personality is your greatest asset or liability. It embraces everything you control: mind, body and soul. Some characteristics of a pleasing personality include: positive mental attitude, flexibility, sincerity, prompt actions, courtesy, tactfulness, a pleasing tone of voice, smile, and tolerance.

 

Who wouldn’t want to be around someone who possesses the above characteristics of a pleasing personality? And, the most amazing thing to learn is that we can cultivate these characteristics ourselves one at a time. Just as a person adds new clothes to their wardrobe, individuals can add new traits to their pleasing personality repertoire by learning and applying them.

 

Due to our human nature, people gravitate to others who radiate a beautiful smile, speak with courtesy, listen to what is said, withhold judgment, remain flexible, and exhibit a positive mental attitude. All of these characteristics can be cultivated and put to work for you.

 

Dr. Hill states: “Self-analysis must begin with strict self-discipline, based upon the courage to recognize your faults and a sincere desire to eliminate them.” Listed below are the 29 traits of a pleasing personality that Hill identified. Review the list by focusing on each trait singly. You may discover that you have many positive characteristics in your personality and others that do not measure up to the general standard. What you do to correct the situation is your homework for this week.

 

Here is the list:

 

Positive Mental Attitude, flexibility of mind, sincerity of purpose, promptness of decision, common courtesy, tactfulness, pleasing tone of voice, facial expression and the habit of smiling, tolerance, frankness in manner and speech, a keen sense of humor, faith in Infinite Intelligence, a keen sense of justice, the appropriate use of words, effective speech, control of the emotions, alertness of interest, versatility, fondness for people, control of temper, hope and ambition, temperance, patience, humility of heart, appropriateness of dress, effective showmanship, clean sportsmanship, the ability to shake hands properly, and personal magnetism.

 

Remember to conduct your self-assessment and determine right here and now to correct any shortcomings that you may encounter. I promise, you will be the better for doing so.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

 

We may be obsessed with looking younger, but we’re in awe of the people who live to see their 100th birthdays and beyond. To what do these centenarians attribute their long, long lives? The answers may surprise you.

Bacon

Pearl Cantrell, 105, attributes her long and healthy life to bacon. “I love bacon, I eat it everyday,” she told NBC affiliate KRBC. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.” Cantrell, who lives in central Texas and has outlived three of her seven children, spent her life doing hard labor outdoors; she still sews, goes to church, and goes out dancing on Saturday nights. (“It was country dancing, waltzing, and two stepping,” she says.) Her most-recent birthday was a three-day-long celebration with more than 200 guests. Bacon, however, is what really kept her going; Oscar Meyer recently sent her a delivery of the smoked-and-cured meat, and she ended up riding around town in the iconic Weinermobile.

Olive oil, port, and chocolate

Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at age 122, never let her age get in the way of doing whatever she wanted. She took up fencing at 85, rode her bike until she was 100, and didn’t even quit smoking until she was 117, The New York Times reported. When she turned 121, she reportedly walked all over her hometown of Arles, France, to thank the people who had wished her well. But staying active and lighting up weren’t the things she says kept her young; she gives credit to olive oil, which she poured on her food and used on her skin, drinking port wine, and eating about two pounds of chocolate every week. “I’ve never had but one wrinkle,” she used to tell her friends, “and I’m sitting on it.”

Stress
Helen Reichert, 109, chalks her advanced age up to stress — or, rather, on knowing how to bounce back from it. “You don’t get to be 109 without life hurling a few curve balls at you, and Reichert has had more than her share. And after each, she dusts herself off and moves on,” her doctor, Dr. Mark Lachs, told NPR in 2011. “A few years back, she had a modest stroke that affected her language abilities. I don’t think I’ve seen a patient of any age tackle rehabilitation and speech therapy the way she did.” She also knows how to indulge: She eats chocolate truffles, and her favorite beverage is Budweiser. “She once announced to me that she was thinking about smoking again,” Lachs said. “When I protested, she reminded me that she has outlived several other physicians and told me to mind my own business.”

Extreme sports
Peggy McAlpine, 105, became the oldest woman to paraglide in 2007, when she was 99 years old. When a 101-year-old from Utah broke her record, she took to the skies again at 104, leaping off of a 2,400-foot peak in northern Cyprus, where she lives — and she didn’t let the fact that she’s in a wheelchair stop her. “I enjoyed every minute of it. It was better than the last time,” she told the Daily Mail in 2012. “I would certainly like to do it again — especially if anyone takes my record.” She said that she has “loved heights” ever since she was a young girl, and caught the extreme sports bug when she was 80, after her grandchildren persuaded her to try bungee jumping. “I climbed to the top and looked down and saw the people like ants and my heart sank,” she remembered. “But I’d gone so far, I couldn’t stop. So I stepped on the platform and drew up my courage and leaped from the top.”

Eating the same thing every day
Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, 115, credits a daily diet of funche — a stew made of boiled corn, codfish, and cream — for his long and healthy life, though he admits that having a keen sense of humor may also have had something to do with it. He loves to tell jokes and stories, and says that he was at a nightclub in Puerto Rico when the owner was assassinated. The then 82-year-old hid under a table “praying… or at least I was when the bullets started flying!”

Doing what you love
Dr. Laila Denmark, 114, didn’t like to talk about her age. She was a doctor in Atlanta for 73 years, retiring at 103 only because she couldn’t see as well as she used to, her daughter, Mary Denmark Hutcherson, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The first female pediatrician in Georgia, Denmark — a mother of five — said that her secret to longevity wasn’t that complicated. “You keep on doing what you do best as long as you can,” she told her local newspaper in 2006, five years after she retired. “I enjoyed every minute of it for more than 70 years. If I could live it over again, I’d do exactly the same thing and marry the same man.”

Do what you want and eat what you want (and don’t exercise). Vivian Henschke, 109, smoked for most of her life, had two cocktails before dinner nearly every night, and ate whatever she wanted, according to her daughter, Karen Preston. “Mother did nothing by today’s standards to help her have great longevity,” Preston told Everydayhealth.com, adding that Henschke also “never exercised a day in her life.” She enjoyed dancing, but told her local newspaper that it wasn’t part of her secret to longevity. “No,” she explained. “I married a man who didn’t dance.” Instead, she says she lived to a ripe old age because she “did what ever I wanted …. when I go to a party, I am going to have a highball.”

Have a hobby
Louis Charpentier, 100, worked as a landscaper and has always exercised, but he attributes his long life to staying active in his community — and to maintaining the 265 Christmas-themed foam carvings in his yard. Wood and foam carvings are his hobby, and he works on them every day. To live a long life, “keep busy doing what you like,” he suggests. And don’t go crazy at dinner. “I don’t eat very much,” he admits, “but I always eat a fruit, a vegetable, and a little meat, and I always make sure that I get sardines and salmon at least once or twice a week.”

Be curious about life

Irving Kahn, 107, is the world’s oldest stockbroker, starting on Wall Street in 1928. “This was before the Depression,” he told New York Magazine in 2011. He says he’s never had a life-threatening illness, doesn’t take cholesterol or blood-pressure medicine, and maintains a positive attitude people half his age would envy. “I don’t worry about dying,” he said. Instead, he reads three newspapers a day and watches C-Span to keep his mind sharp. He’s read thousands of books, all of them non-fiction — “Mostly I’m interested in what’s on the edges: solar energy, sending vehicles beyond the moon,” he says — and is determined to stay curious about life. “If you’re alive, you might yet find the answer to something,” he explained. “The puzzle you couldn’t solve before. The capacity to enjoy learning is what matters.”

Resources: Yahoo Shine

1. “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”

2. It’s not knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.”

3. “You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.

4. “I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment and life’s greatest rewards is reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

5. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

6. “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent. Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.

7. “If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”

8. “Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

9. “More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives that determine our destiny.”

10. “It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.

11. “Live with passion!”

12. “We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”

13. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

14. “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

15. “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

16. “The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.

17. “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”

18. “Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.

19. “It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.”

20. “Personal power is the ability to take action.”

21. “Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, and my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.

22. “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.”

23. “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

24. “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”

25. “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

26. “Let fear be a counselor and not a jailer.”

27. “When you temporarily run aground, remember that there are no failures in life. There are only results. Consider the adage: Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment!

28. “The only people without problems are those in cemeteries.”

29. “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

30. “All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting a new, empowering belief.

31. “Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.”

32. “Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.”

33. Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”

34. “There is always a way-if you’re committed.”

35. “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”

36. “I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people, who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”

37. “There’s no abiding success without commitment.”

38. “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals; that is, goals that do not inspire them.”

39. Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.”

40. “Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.”

41. “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”

42. “I also remember the moment my life changed, the moment I finally said, ”I’ve had it! I know I’m much more than I’m demonstrating mentally, emotionally, and physically in my life’.’ I made a decision in that moment which was to alter my life forever. I decided to change virtually every aspect of my life. I decided I would never again settle for less than I can be.

43. “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

44. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

45. “When people are like each other they tend to like each other.”

46. “You always succeed in producing a result.”

47. “I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.

48. “The past doesn’t equal the future.”

49. “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”

50. Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”

51. “We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.

52. “The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”

53. “My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.

54. “It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.”

55. “You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever: the very next person stand behind in line or sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you’ve been waiting for to fall into place.

56. “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”

57. “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”

58. “Whatever happens, take responsibility.

59. “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.”

60. “Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life.

61. “The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.”

62. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”

63. “We are the only beings on the planet who lead such rich internal lives that it’s not the events that matter most to us, but rather, it’s how we interpret those events that will determine how we think about ourselves and how we will act in the future.

64. “The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum. The most important rules that I ever adopted to help me in achieving my goals were those I learned from a very successful man who taught me to first write down the goal, and then to never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.

65. “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”

66. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.

67. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

68. “Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.”

69. “I’ve continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I’ve learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.

70. “Many people make the mistake of thinking that all the challenges in their lives would dissipate if they just had enough money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Earning more money, in and of itself, rarely frees people. It’s equally ridiculous to tell yourself that greater financial freedom and mastery of your finances would not offer your greater opportunities to expand, share, and create value for yourself and others.”

71. “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

72. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

73. “There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”

74. “Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.”

75. “If we don’t see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.”

76. “Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.

77. “You’re in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows / and has always known / that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.

78. “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

79. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”

80. “The quality of your life is dependent upon the quality of the life of your cells. If the bloodstream is filled with waste products, the resulting environment does not promote a strong, vibrant, healthy cell life-or biochemistry capable of creating a balanced emotional life for an individual.”

81. “Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.

82. “Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.”

83. “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that dis-empowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

84. “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.”

85. “Commit to CANI! – Constant And Never-ending Improvement.”

86. “Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.

87. “Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

88. “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”

89. “Where focus goes, energy flows.”

 90. “To have an extraordinary quality of life you need two skills: the science of achievement (the ability to take anything you envision and make it real) and the art of fulfillment (this allows you to enjoy every moment of it.”

91. “Success without fulfillment is failure.”

 

I Declare God’s incredible blessings over my life.

I will see an explosion of God’s goodness, a sudden widespread increase.

I will experience the surpassing greatness of God’s favor.

It will elevate me to a level higher than I ever dreamed of.

Explosive blessings are coming my way. This is my declaration!

Resources: Joel Osteen, I Declare

The working definition of Proactive Structural Change is the deliberate process of creating new and different internal thoughts, feelings and actions, and or external conditions, circumstances and environments, designed to improve results based on specific desires.

In other words, we first decide what we want. We look to be, do or have more in our lives. It can be money, career, relationships, or even a shiny new bicycle. Once we decide on the object of our desire, we begin the process of creating change in our life to become the person who is ready to receive the desired object.

What do we need to change? The answer is, everything we need to in order to make what we want a reality. Sometimes we need to change our thoughts, feelings or actions. We can’t get what we want by being the person we are right now. If that were the case, we would already have the thing. So something must change inside of us.

Sometimes, we do make the necessary internal changes. We change the thoughts we have; or we change our beliefs and create desire and faith; maybe we start doing the things necessary to bring about the desired want; and sometimes that might not be enough. Externally we may need to move to another geographic area. We might need to get rid of negative people and associate with different, positive people. We might need to quit a job that is holding us back.

There are all sorts of things that need to change to bring about the desired result. Many people will never know what needs to be changed because they never take the time learn what needs to be changed. As a result, they never experience all the wonderful abundance that the world has to offer.

This learning process is a very personal endeavor. It is different for everyone. Even if I tried to follow someone else’s example, to obtain a similar result as they did, I would need to change different things about myself.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph…”
(2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)
When you think about your past, what events do you remember? What memories do you allow to play over and over in your mind? In the Old Testament, they had what they called memorial stones. These were used to remind the people about the good things God did in their lives — their victories.

Today, we need to remind ourselves to focus on our victories, too. Sure, we’ve all had setbacks, but when you meditate on your disappointments and failures, it only drains you of valuable energy. It steals your confidence and joy. But when you focus on your victories, it builds your strength and confidence. It feeds your faith. It gives you a reason to give God praise.

I encourage you today to get into the habit of focusing on your victories. Remember, every good and perfect gift comes from Him. As you praise and thank Him for His favor and victory in your life, He’ll pour out His blessing on you. He’ll open up supernatural doors for you to move forward in strength to fulfill the dreams and desires He has placed in your heart!

Resources: JoelOsteen.com

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