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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Seven Steps To A Terrific Life


It is very possible for you to have a terrific day every day. To have a terrific day is to choose positive emotions of joy, gladness and peace as your frequent mode of emotional expressions.

Seven steps to a terrific life introduces you to seven simple and practical, yet powerful principles that can bring about positive change in your life as you make application.

We live in a world that is bombarded with all kinds of negative factors that constantly make appeals to our attention. The sad news is, that the majority of individuals are constantly bowing down and idolizing these negative options. The great news is, you can change the way you are thinking about yourself if you are not satisfied with the kind of person you are by changing the way you are thinking about yourself right now.

Here are seven simple, yet powerful steps to help transform the way you are thinking about yourself right now and subsequently have a terrific day every day. Clephane W. "Terrific" Roberts

O God
Above the heavens.
Your glory be
Seen throughout
The earth!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

STEP 1: Know Yourself
Before leaving home every day, if and when you do, remind your self of who you are. You are a child of God – A child created in the image of Infinite Intelligence. You are an expression of Divine thinking. Before you were conceived and before you breathe one breath of air, you were wrapped and cuddled in Divine Imagination.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made – in spirit, soul and body. You are awesome! You are an individual of purpose and destiny. You are created for a magnificent function in this life. According to world renoun motivator, Zig Ziglar, "You were born for accomplishments; you are engineered for success and you are endowed with seeds of greatness." You are somebody special, gifted and intelligent, powerful, important, unprecedented, inherently wise and awesome. A natural champion. Extraordinary. That's the real you. Encourage no doubt about this reality.

STEP II: Believe In Yourself
To believe in yourself is to have faith in the person you are. To believe in yourself is to live and respect yourself for whom you are. Believing in yourself is to have faith in the fact that you have what it takes to touch the world in a positive way. Believing in yourself ties closely with knowing yourself and believing firmly in the facts about you. Believe firmly that you are extraordinarily the best, not in comparison but by design and nature. Believing that you are the best places you in a position to serve and build up and never exploit and pull down. To believe in yourself is to believe in your special gifts and abilities, your inborn and cultivated attributes. Believing in yourself will bring you to the sound belief and understanding that your unique human performances equal to your inborn attributes, plus your acquired attributes times your attitude, in keeping with the Brian Tracey philosophy in his book, Maximum Achievement.

STEP III: Expect The Best
When you wake up in the morning, think: Today is the best day of my life and the best is coming to me; then speak the same words quietly to yourself several times. Today is the best day of my life and the best is coming to me in currents. When you do this, you create a psychological environment of positive expectancy: and guess what, what you expect is what you are likely to get. You are actually activating a natural mental law – the law of expectation. If you sow thoughts of successful expectations, you are likely to reap a harvest of bountiful prosperity. If you sow thoughts of limited and lacking expectations, you are likely to reap a harvest of parallel limitation and lack. If you expect terrible results, you are likely to get them; if you expect the best, you are likely to get the best. As of today, expect of and for yourself nothing less than the best, and it is likely to manifest in your world – wherever that is.

Step IV: Develop A Positive Mindset
Napoleon Hill and coauthor W. Clement Stone in their Success Classic, "Success through a Positive Mental Attitude" suggests that a positive mental attitude is the foundation to a successful life. Acting with joy and gladness is dependent upon thinking thoughts of joy and gladness. The psychosomatic (mind and body) relationship is very real, relevant and crucial. The way you think affects the way you act and feel and the way you act and feel triggers your thinking. When you get up in the morning and you are not feeling and behaving right, examine your thinking and choose to think right thoughts instead. Your acts will soon match your thoughts. Consider this carefully and understand how important it is for you to develop a positive mindset everyday – how important it is for you to make it a habit of thinking positive, glad thoughts daily.

Your habitual mindset produces a certain kind of feeling, which produces certain kinds of actions, behaviours and performances; these in turn produce certain kinds of results in your life.

Step V: Use Positive Glad Words To Express Yourself
Every language is gifted with words that are positively or negatively charged. It will be of much benefit to you if you avoid the negatively charged words and make it a habit to use positively charged words to express yourself on a regular and daily basis.

Words are seeds which germinate in the mind and create a harvest of emotional edification or emotional destruction or pull-down. I think this is one of the most practical steps I use to have a terrific day every day. Consider this – when someone asks you "How are you?" What is your response? "Fine thanks!" I consider this to be an emotional expression of verbal mediocrity. You have used this expression for years. It is time to replace this with some other highly emotionally charged verbal alternatives. I'll introduce you to seven positive, glad words – one for each day of the week. On Mondays when asked how are you today, try from next Monday to say MARVELOUS! instead of fine. Observe the response of the one who greeted you.
It's Tuesday –How are you?

TERRIFIC ! That's my borrowed word
It's Wednesday – How are you?
It's Thursday – How are you?
It's Friday – How are you?
It's Saturday – How are you?
It's Sunday –How are you?

These are just seven of the many positive words in the English Language - words we can use to express our emotions deliberately.

Promise me this. Borrow a positive, glad word from your Native Language; then use it to express your feelings for one month and see what happens.

Exercise: Choose your word right now. What's it? _____________________. Choose it now. Don't put it off. Unleash your greatness, according to international motivator and best-selling author Mike Litman, by defeating the thief of procrastination today – right now!

Step VI: Surround Yourself With The Positives
Your surroundings - your environment is a powerful factor in determining whether you have a terrific day every day or not. Don't underestimate the power of your atmosphere. Check the following formula to illustrate the power of your atmosphere.

Atmosphere + Attitude  Actions

Your atmosphere is actively triggering your consistent thought patterns which in turn are creating your actions. Your actions in turn are defining your behaviour and daily performances which are producing your daily results. And that's powerful!

From today therefore, be cautiously selective concerning the following atmospheric/environmental factors
(a) the books you read
(b) the magazines you leaf through
(c) the songs you sing and listen to
(d) the television programmes you view
(e) the games you take part in
(f) the places you visit
(g) the things you eat and drink
(h) the persons you hang with
(i) the chat rooms and web sites you visit on line etc.

The ancient sayings still make a lot of sense today. Ponder carefully
"Birds of a feather flock together"
"You lie with dogs you get up with flee"
"If you want to be wise keep company with the wise."
Consider and understand this: To surround yourself by and with successful people is likely to influence positively your success; but to surround yourself with and by failures will definitely influence you to fail. The ball is in your court today. Play it well.

Step VII: Live Each Day As If It Is Your Last
If you know for sure that tomorrow will be your last day, how would you live today? I would live it to the fullest. I would be myself and be my very best.

Yes my friend, to live each day as it is your last day is to be your best. Real living boils down to being your best; and to be your best is to live a principle-centred lifestyle. This is the only kind of life that truly satisfies. Live each day as if it is your last by greeting each day with love in you heart as taught by Og Mandino in his motivational classic – The Greatest Secret In The World.

When you greet each day with love in your heart you live a life of gratitude. You wake up and give thanks in every situation and in everything according to biblical teaching by Paul, one of the greatest biblical philosophers and motivational speakers.

When you greet each day with love in your heart, you live a life of optimism. You focus on the bright and productive side of life. You don't worry about anything. You live with confidence and wonderful expectations.

When you greet each day with love in your heart, you live a life of joy and gladness. You think thoughts of creativity and speak words of life to every creature you meet. You "reach for excellence" and "make a positive difference" in your world in keeping with the aim and motto respectively of Success Concepts International (SCI) – Antigua.

When you greet each day with love in your heart you live a life of thoughtfulness and unselfishness. You think of the well-being of others before you conclude them. You are sensitive to the needs and feelings of your fellow beings. You come to understand that your life is about service - service to God and friendship to mankind.

When you greet each day with love in your heart, you live a life of generosity. You are sharing and caring. You give without an eye of reciprocity from the one to whom you give or with whom you share, but not without an understanding of that law of reciprocity – that when you give you activate a universal principle which flows back to you.

Finally, when you greet each day with love in your heart you live a life committed to intimacy – "a life committed to righteousness, faithfulness, victory and excellence" according to my soon to be published book, 90 Days To Spiritual Intimacy: A Devotional Pattern For The Facilitation of Spiritual and Personal Transformation. On a daily basis, you connect with the Divine – Spirit with spirit- the Infinite with the finite and watch the effects in your body, soul and spirit, relationships and finances transcend estimation.

Yes my friend, adopt these seven steps in your daily walk; then begin to run and eventually soar with excellence. You can have a terrific day everyday if you resolve to have a terrific day every day. It's an attitude and you can choose your attitude which determines your success altitude.

Practise these simple yet profound habits and experience for yourself a terrific life – a life marked by gladness, joy, peace, success and fulfillment.

Thanks for reading and have a terrific day everyday; for everyday above the ground is a T-E-R-R-R-R-R-I-F-I-C DAY!!!

Clephane W. "Terrific" Roberts

C.W. "Terrific" Roberts or Champion Roberts as is popularly and affectionately known, is a proud son of Caribbean soil and a confident child and expression of the Creator and King of the Universe. He is committed to a life of Spiritual intimacy - a life committed to excellence, righteousness, faithfulness, Humility and victory in Jesus.

Roberts has had academic influence from Southern Caribbean University in Trinidad, Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster and University of the West Indies where he completed Teacher Training.

Roberts has touched and influenced literally thousands of lives nationally, regionally and internationally as an educator of twenty five years, through some soul-stirring and life-changing, inspirational and motivational messages via the pulpit, tent meetings, the classroom, radio and television programmes, literature evangelism, youth camps, motivational workshops and seminars.

C.W. Terrific Roberts is the well-loved moderator for the popular children's education programme Spell Bound in Antigua in the Caribbean.

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