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What 2 factors directly influence your level of thinking, your choices, and
1. The 5 people you spend the most time with.
2. The books you read.
This fascinates me!
Do a quick mental review of who you spend the majority of your time with. Are
they positive? Negative? Ambitious? Full of good humour?
Let's face it, it's easy for us to be influenced by our peers, friends, and
In fact, a recent research study on weight loss indicates exactly this point.
Have you ever asked, "Are my friends making me fat?" The research revealed that
yes, who we spend the most time with does directly influence our choices, our
behaviors. This could be a good thing, or maybe not. It depends on what your own
personal goals are! Yes, indeed, "birds of a feather do flock together!"
Equally interesting to consider - what we read affects/influences the nature
of our own thoughts, ideas, and behaviors. Here are a few of my favourite
stimulating, thought- provoking, mind expanding books that I've read this
Eat, Pray, Love - A true story of a woman shattered by her divorce. Depressed
and without direction, she takes off a year to travel to Italy, India, and
Indonesia documenting her experience as she re- discovers and re-fashions a
brand new life for herself. The book is especially inspirational for those who
are at a crossroads in their own life.
Matrix Energetics - I'm absolutely fascinated with this book written by Dr.
Bartlett who comes from Seattle and now offers workshops across the country
teaching real-life "applications" of quantum physics theory. I've heard from
colleagues that these workshops literally transform and elevate your thinking
and your capacity about what is possible. I'll be attending the NYC workshop in
October this year. Law of Attraction - I recently heard Oprah interview Michael
Losier on XMRadio. He calls himself the "Law of Attraction How-to-Guy". His
interview was excellent and prompted me to buy and read his book. I recommend
several of the exercises that I have been using with my clients to stay focused
and positive about their goals and dreams.
The Secret Behind the Secret by Abraham Hicks - Abraham Hicks has been
teaching the L.O.A for over 20 years and travelling all over the country
conducting workshops. Abraham Hicks was also in the original version of the
movie, The Secret, and was recently interviewed by Oprah on XMRadio as well.
E-Myth - I re-read this important book on entrepreneurism which talks about
how small businesses self-detonate by failing to grasp the basic concept that
you must work ON your business, not IN your business. I guarantee this book will
change the way you do business and change it for the better!
One Thousand Splendid Suns - This book, which is fictional and historically
correct, is not an "easy" read, in that it exposes the harsh realities of women
of Afghanistan. This book helps to bridge the gap of understanding cultural
Choose people and the books that can help to support you to achieve your
GOALS and DREAMS. Who you "hang out with" and what you read DOES make a
difference in your work and your life.
About the Author
Success Coach and Speaker, Diana Long, is the President of the Life Design
Institute. Learn more about Diana and receive your FREE Report,” 3 Huge Mistakes
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-12-20 16:11:12 in Personal Articles