This is a guest post by Dr. Steve McSwain, an author,speaker and an incredible leadership coach. Please feel free to connect with Dr. Steve on Facebook, Twitter or Google+
When you think “hamburger: what comes to your mind?
McDonalds? Perhaps.
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What about “computers?”
Apple? Microsoft?

What about mobile phone providers?
…or, pizza? Lingerie? Airlines? Rental cars?

When I think of rental cars the first thing that comes to my mind is Hertz.

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In a local business development association, I spoke about the importance of education, the importance of positive association, and how the habit of reading can play a vital role in our success in any endeavor.

Bad Habits That Stop You From Succeeding

That brought me to the idea of… “What are some of the bad habits that can simply do the opposite?” What are some of the habits that people have which stops them from their true potential, even though they may be talented?

We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act. It is a habit. —Aristotle [tweet this]

We can cultivate some good habits and become better, or we can cultivate some bad ones and become bitter. I have come to the conclusion that we all have some habits, whether we have developed them consciously or subconsciously. We all act and think in certain ways based on our thinking habits.

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Do you realize everyone has a continuous stream of internal monologue running in their heads all the time? While walking, reading, listening to a song, talking to a friend, eating food or doing almost anything – we are always talking to ourselves in our own mind.

Negative Thoughts Lower Your Self-Esteem

Our internal monologue has a powerful impact on how we feel, how we behave, and how we live our lives. Unfortunately, most of us are largely unaware of it even happening, while much of what goes on within our mind is automatically negative. Too often, this internal monologue consists of extremely unhelpful thoughts that often hinder our effectiveness, productivity and attitude.

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ―Albert Einstein  [tweet this]

Some of the dominant thoughts which occupy your mind and affect your mindset in a negative way must be controlled and be diluted intentionally.

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Whether you have a Positive Attitude or a negative attitude, it is contagious. Whatever is your attitude, people around you are catching it whether or not they desire. Therefore, it makes sense to have a great attitude,” said my business coach once speaking of attitude.

Keys To Developing And Maintaining Positive Attitude

Positive Attitude  is something we all desire to have. Consciously most of us want to be positive, be around uplifting people. However, subconsciously, we are very sensitive to negative, as Wallace D. Wattles writes in his famous The Science of Getting Rich  first published in 1912.

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New Year is the time when I’ve always felt that all of us are filled with new energy, new hopes of new beginnings and we all so look forward to the best year. Once again we are almost done with this current year and so looking forward to another year filled with success and happiness.

Happy Holidays - Happy New Year - Goal Settings And Game Planning For Brand New Year

 

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson [tweet this]

I remember writing down new dreams, talking about it, praying to God (secretly) to make those dreams come true while I was a little kid. And, of course, if those things didn’t happen, the punishment to God was – no prayer for next several weeks or even months!

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A couple of days ago, as I was taking an inventory of my daily activities, I was amazed to see the list of things I got done just in one day. My list had activities starting from paying bills, dropping and picking up kids from school, going to meetings, meeting potential customers, attending networking events and all the way to publishing a new article for this blog.

Living Positively And Powerfully Every Single Day

Wow! It is just amazing how much we can get done just in a day these days. With all the new technologies, gadgets, fast paced life and new ideas coming our way, our lives are so much better already.

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I had a great time reading some of the amusing tales from a story book about the famous Akbar and Birbal last week. One of the stories that caught my attention was about a dream that emperor Akbar had one night about losing his teeth and what happened after that. Let me share the story here.

 

Akbar Birbal Stories - The Story Of Emperor's Dream About Losing Out His Teeth

 

By the way, if you are new to Akbar and Birbal tales, here is a quick introduction according to Wikipedia:

Birbal was the (Wazir-e Azam) of the Mughal court in the administration of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He was one of his most trusted members along with being a part of Akbar's inner council of nine advisors, known as the Navaratna, a Sanskrit word meaning nine jewels. Birbal's duties in Akbar's court were mostly military and administrative, but he was also a very close friend of the emperor, who appreciated Birbal for his wit and wisdom, often involving humorous exchanges.

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Doing What Must Be Done by Chad Hymas, is the book I have been reading since last week as I mentioned in my last post, Positive Thinking – It Takes Work While Negative Is Automatic. Now that I have just finished the book, I must admit, I couldn't keep the book down until finished. If I had to take a break for any reason, I got restless until I got back to reading again.

Doing What Must Be Done by Chad Hymas

I am overwhelmed with the inspiration, the motivation and the positive thinking this book has pumped into my soul. It's an absolutely incredible story with absolutely incredible messages throughout the pages!

Chad Hymas, the author, is a world record wheelchair athelete with a new world record of wheeling his chair for 513 miles from Salt Lak City to Las Vegas in July 2003. He has been named "One of the 10 Most Inspirational People In The World" by the Wall Street Journal.  Chad is also the youngest ever to be inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame of the National Speakers Associations.

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Positive Thinking is what we all aspire to develop. But technically speaking, negative is what subconsciously we are susceptible to. Here is my perspective on why it is so hard to think positive and remain that way consistently and what can we do about it.

Being positive or negative are habits of thoughts that have a very strong influence on life.Photo Courtesy of Bill Butler

Did you know that our mind can do 100 trillion calculations per second? What an amazing instrument under our possession!

Did you also know that, even with this infinitely powerful brain, it is impossible for you to smile and be angry at the same time? If you want to test this, give it a try… right now – I can wait. Continue Reading…

If You Think You Don't Make A Difference In This World Remember One Rain Drop Raises The Ocean

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