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This post will highlight a few of Brian Tracy’s insights into Personal Development: 3 quick tips, in fact, that I have chosen from the many that can be found in his popular audio program, The New Psychology of Achievement.

In the program, Brian talks about the “inner game” of success: how we organize our thoughts and attitudes; how we set goals and get along with others; how we understand ourselves and release our personal brakes to accomplish extraordinary things.

Tip #1: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Brian talks about the Law of Cause and Effect: there is a reason for everything. “Thoughts are causes,” he explains, and “Conditions are effects. Your thoughts create the conditions of your life.”

If you do what other people do, you will eventually get the results that other people get and Brian points out that successful people have learned that if you change your thinking, you change your life.

“The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life more than any other factor,” he advises. “Top achievers think about what they want … and how to get it, most of the time. Average people think about what they don’t want and who to blame.”

Brian says that we need to tell ourselves that we can do anything we put our mind to, that we have unlimited potential.

Tip #2: There is No Failure in Life, Only Feedback

The New Psychology of AchievementBrian again reminds us that everything that happens to us happens for a reason. If it is a setback, we should look upon it as feedback to help us self-correct, to learn lessons that will help us move ahead more successfully next time.

We can choose to frame the experience in a positive way, and when we do, we will benefit from it and it will move us closer to our ultimate goals.

Tip #3: Dream Big Dreams

Brian explains that the starting point in changing your life is to dream big dreams. What one great thing would you do if you could not fail? What goals would you set? What changes would you make immediately if you were financially independent? The answers to these questions will reveal to you your path to success and happiness, or the “keys to what you’re put on this earth to do,” says Brian.

He relates the story of famous oil tycoon, H.L. Hunt who, when asked what the keys to success are, replied, “One, know what you want. Two, determine the price you will have to pay. Three, resolve to pay that price.”

Brian says, “Dream big dreams; determine the price you will have to pay to achieve them; then get busy paying that price!”

He also notes that “If you want something different in the future, you’ve got to do something different now.”

People become wealthy because they decided to be wealthy, he says. Other people worry about money all their life because they have never decided to become wealthy. Deciding to become wealthy, he explains, is more than hoping or wishing or praying or reading get-rich-quick books that tell you it’s possible to get rich without working. You have to make a do-or-die decision to get rich, to become financially independent.

“So, decide to become rich!” he declares.

Set a definite goal; determine a realistic time frame; develop a plan; include specific short term and midterm goals; and get busy bringing your dreams to life!

That’s it for my post today on Personal Development: 3 quick tips from the many offered in Brian Tracy’s excellent audio program, The New Psychology of Achievement.

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