How To Turn Defeat Into Victory

The difference between success and failure is found in one’s attitude towards setbacks, handicaps, discouragement, and other disappointing situations.

Five guideposts to help you turn defeat into victory are:

  1. Study setbacks to pave your way into success. When you lose, learn, and then go on to win next time.
  2. Have the courage to be your own constructive critic. Seek out your faults and weaknesses and then correct them. This makes you a professional.
  3. Stop blaming luck. Research each setback. Find out what went wrong. Remember, blaming luck never got anyone where he wanted to go.
  4. Blend persistence with experimentation. Stay with your goal but don’t beat your head against a stone wall. Try new approaches. Experiment.
  5. Remember, there is a good side in every situation. Find it. See the good side and whip discouragement.

Victory belongs to those that believe in it the most and believe in it the longest.

~Randall Wallace

Taken from ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz.


Think Right Toward People.

  • Make yourself lighter to lift. Be likeable. Practice being the kind of person that people like. This wins their support and puts fuel in your success building program.
  • Take the initiative in building friendships. Introduce yourself to other people at every opportunity. Make sure you get the other person’s name straight and make certain he gets your name straight too. Drop a personal note to your new friends you want to get to know better.
  • Accept human differences and limitations. Don’t expect anyone to be perfect. Remember, the other person has a has a right to be different. And don’t be a reformer.
  • Tune in channel P, the Good Thoughts station. Find qualities to like and admire in a person, not things to dislike. And don’t let others prejudice your thinking about a third person. Think positive thoughts towards people and get positive results.
  • Practice conversation generosity. Be like successful people. Encourage others to talk. Let the other person talk to you about his views, his opinions. his accomplishments.
  • Practice courtesy all the time. It makes other people feel better. It makes you feel better too.
  • Don’t blame others when you receive a setback. Remember, how you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.

~TD Jakes.

Make Your Attitudes Your Allies

  • Grow the ‘I’m activated’ attitude. Results come in proportion to enthusiasm invested. Three things to do to activate yourself are:

A. Dig into it deeper. When you find yourself disinterested in something, dig in and learn more about it. This sets off enthusiasm.

B. Life up everything about you. Your smile, your handshake, your talk and even your walk. Act alive.

C. Broadcast good news. No one ever accomplished anything positive telling bad news.

  • Grow the ‘You are Important’ attitude. People do more for you when you make them feel important. Remember to do these things:

A. Show appreciation at every opportunity. Make people feel important.

B. Call people by name.

  • Grow the ‘Service First‘ attitude, and watch money take care of itself. Make it a rule in everything you do, give people more than they expect to get.

People will throw stones at you. Don’t throw them back. Collect them all and build an empire.

Have a great day!

Manage Your Environment

  • Be environment-conscious. Just as body diet makes the body, mind diet makes the mind.
  • Make your environment work for you, not against you. Don’t let supressive forces – the negative, ‘you can’t do it’ people – make you think defeat.
  • Don’t let small thinking people hold you back. Jealous people want to see you stumble. Don’t give them that satisfaction.
  • Get your advice from successful people. Your future is important. Never risk it with freelance advisors who are living failures.
  • Get plenty of psychological sunshine. Circulate in new groups. Discover new and stimulating things to do.
  • Throw thought-poison out of your environment. Avoid gossip. Talk about people, but stay on the positive side.
  • Go first class in everything you do. You can’t afford to go any other way.

What surrounds us is what is within us ~ TF Hodge

Taken from ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz

The Art of Being Productive

Productivity can simply be defined in five words:

Maximum Results in Minimum Time.

There are three main things to consider if you want to be productive.

  1. Be absolutely ruthless when it comes to the outcome.
  2. Eliminate distractions and interruptions in your life. Disconnect all channels of potential interruptions.
  3. Make sure you give yourself a finish time. Train your mind to think in terms of completing a task in a specific amount of time.

Things to remember

  • Don’t be busy. Being busy does not mean that you are productive. Busy-ness is just another form of laziness.
  • Only 20% of what you do contributes to 80% of the results. So focus on that crucial 20% to get the most out of your time.

“Productivity is NEVER an accident. It’s the result of a commitment to excellence,intelligent planning and focused effort.”

Have a productive day!

How to Think and Dream Creatively

  1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.
  2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches. Be progressive in everything you do.
  3. Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self-improvement. When you ask yourself, “How can I do better?” sound answers will appear. Try it and see.
  4. Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent short-cuts. The success combination in business is: Do what you do better (improve the quality of your output), and do more of what you do (increase the quantity of your output.)
  5. Practise asking and listening. Ask and listen and you’ll obtain raw material for reaching sound decisions. Remember: Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking.
  6. Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new way of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.

But out of limitations comes creativity.

Taken from ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz.

You Are What You Think You Are

  1. Look important; it helps you think important. Your appearance talks to you. Be sure it lifts your spirits and builds your confidence. Your appearance talks to others. Make certain it says, “Here is an important peron: intelligent, prosperous and dependable.”
  2. Think your work is important. Think this way and you will receive mental signals on how to do your job better. Think your work is important and your subordinates will think their work is important too.
  3. Give yourself a pep talk several times daily. Remind yourself at every opportunity that you’re a first-class person.
  4. In all of life’s situations, ask yourself, “Is this the way an important person thinks?” Then obey the answer.

The mind is the reality. You are what you think you are.

Taken from ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz.