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Jim Rohn
Philosopher, genius, motivational counselor and business executive — those are just some of the hats worn by one of the greatest motivational speakers of all time, Jim Rohn. He always approaches the subject of personal and business success by asking four questions: Why? Why not? Why not you? And why not now? He then goes on to answer those and related questions, revealing practical, perceptive secrets for success and productivity. His special style, laced with witticisms and anecdotes, captivates listeners, igniting their enthusiasm and can-do spirit. Among his most thought-provoking topics are: sales and entrepreneurial skills, leadership, sales and marketing, success and personal development. Jim Rohn is the best-selling author of several Nightingale-Conant audiocassette programs, including "The Art of Exceptional Living," "Take Charge of Your Life," "Power of Ambition" and "Developing an Unshakable Character."
  Daily Disciplines for Change in Your Life   #826
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Success is not complicated. It is just a few things, done over and over. Here is Jim Rohn with some great ideas on the importance of daily disciplines to success.

Just a few daily disciplines make a great deal of difference in one year, three years, five years. Just a few daily disciplines. Whether you wind up here, or there. Good question: 10 years from now you will surely arrive. The question is, where? We don't want to kid ourselves about where. We don't want to kid ourselves about the road we're walking.

I don't want to go disillusioned anymore. And I was using the crossed-finger theory back when I was 25, 24, 23. I finally decided that the crossed-finger theory was not going to get me what I wanted. That isn't where the treasure lies. And I was going to have to make sure which of these ways I was headed. But a few reading disciplines and a few disciplines of mind and a few disciplines of activity can make all the difference in the world, whether you wind up here or whether you wind up there, with just a few changes.

Sometimes we get the idea that we're doing about 10 percent, and there is about 90 percent more that we need in order to make the difference for our fortune, and probably the opposite is true. Right? We're doing enough things to have arrived here today. We're doing enough things to have bought and shared in the good life so far. And maybe all you need is that extra five percent, 10 percent, of intellectual change, activity change, a refinement of discipline, a refinement of thought. All we need is the ideas to make those simple changes, and the equity starts gathering — in one year, three years, five years, 10 years.

I have a good comment for your notes. Now's the time to fix the next 10 years. Now's the time to fix it. Sometimes you have to come to grips with reality and with truth. That's what was good for me when I met Mr. Schoaff. I was 25 years old; he was 44 years old. He brought me a wealth of experience, and he started asking me tough questions, big questions. He said, "Are you reading the books that are going to take you where you want to go in the next five years?" Excellent question!

You want to make sure. I would assume that all of you, to get where you want to be in the next five years, are either reading the right books or not. That's a brilliant statement, right? Either you're engaged in the disciplines, or you're not. But here's what we don't want to engage in — disillusion. Hoping without acting. Wishing without doing.

So, the key is to take a look and say, "Where am I?" What could I do to make the changes? To make sure that I can take more certain daily steps toward the treasure I want — the mental treasure, the personal treasure, the spiritual treasure, the financial treasure. I don't want to make any errors. Now's the time to adjust my daily program to take me where I want to go.

Now, here are two things you can do immediately to develop the disciplines that lead to success.

First, decide today on the most important disciplines you can develop if you want to be a big success in life. Write them down, make a plan and begin developing those disciplines today through practice and repetition.

Second, define clearly where you want to be in five, years and then determine what you are going to have to do differently, starting today, in order to get to where you want to go. Whatever it is, begin immediately to make whatever changes and develop whatever disciplines are required.

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