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Chapter 19

Create Your Victory Log

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success.  A whole clear, glorious life lies before you.  Achieve!  Achieve!"
--Andrew Carnegie

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Today's Fast Session
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Even though you don't want to live in the past, it can be an invaluable tool to you.

Throughout our lives, every single one of us have had times where we did something great, or at least really good... someone gave us an approving glance, a promotion, a new client.  Perhaps we dated someone hot!  Wedding day, giving birth, scoring a touchdown, winning a medal.  You simply helped someone out that needed it.  These events made you feel good.

A very effective way to put yourself into a great mood any time you want, especially at times where exceptional performance is needed NOW is to create...Your victory log.

A victory log is merely a sheet of paper that you have nearby any time you need to be reminded of past successes of ANY kind.  By reminding yourself about your successes, by pulling out that little sheet, you'll often be able to go on and reach down and grab your greatest performance ever even from the depths of despair. Often times, you just need to be able to REMEMBER that you can do it, when your thinking is really cloudy.

If you get depressed, pull out your Victory Log and you'll feel a whole lot better.  I absolutely guarantee it.  Yes, this is simple.  That's why it works.

Do you think that the doers - the real winners in life - are that much different than you?  Mostly, with exceptional people, they just keep their victories just below their consciousness, so that magical confidence is right there when they need it.

So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do this exercise.  Don't put it off.  If now isn't good, do it later today.  It's easy.  It's fun.  And you'll feel great about yourself when you're done.

And... you'll have it forever.

What a great gift to yourself.

Please take a few minutes and do this!!!!  This silly little sheet of paper can pull you out of the deepest hole faster than anything you've ever seen.

Here's how.  In the areas listed below we want to create a big list of even the tiniest successes.  I often look at my list when I'm feeling not up to a task.  Hey, no one can be at their best all the time.

Write down just a few words to jog the memory so that when you look at it, you'll know.  Many people type these out afterwards.  Go back to as far as you can remember.  Even kindergarten is fair game.

Learning - tests, quizzes, semester averages, awards, scholarships, I.Q., diploma.  Include all grades and college.

The opposite sex - dated a "hottie," got the glance in the mall, had a particularly romantic night/week/month, had 'em all after you, summer camp, phone call, poems, cards, got whistled at.  Go back as far as you need to.

Sports (even backyard sports) - touchdowns, hits, baskets, goals, blocks, double plays, great shots.  Include board games and cards, too.

Work - promotions, sales, raises, pats on the back, contests, trips, saved money for the company, teamwork, great days, winning, solving a problem, saving a life, got elected, a finalist for the job, made the big sale, got the listing.

Personal - convinced someone to a new way of thinking, landscaping, painting, art, cleaning the house, new clothes, great dinners, children in plays or sports, losing weight, eliminating a bad habit, building/fixing something, tuning up the car, new car day, new home, getting a letter/notification, made dinner, helped a friend.

Social - kept your temper, you were elegant, gave a great speech, the party was a success.

Health - cholesterol is down, stopped smoking, lost weight, ran 100 yards/one mile/three miles, climbed the mountain, changed your diet, walked by the chips in the store, etc.

Do this for every area of your life.  I have one for kicking a 50 yard field goal.  Don't you believe I'll ever forget it.  Not when NFL kickers have missed 30 yarders to lose games!!  But even the small ones like walking by the potato chips today.  That's a victory and shouldn't be discounted.  Because you were strong just then, and deserve recognition.  No one else is likely to do it, so you MUST.

Don't think little things are not important.  They're everything -- everything.

Watch during sporting events, when a player makes a mistake and the other team scores as a result.  Momentum shifts.

Why?

Because after mistakes they begin focusing on what went wrong... instantly.

And the team that scored is focused on their scoring.  They're pumped up. Confidence rises.

You need that confidence, too, to do your best every day and every minute.

So focus on what you've done right, and you'll develop it.

How can you do this?

Your Victory Log... the fastest way in the world to build your confidence and increase your skills.

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Today's Winning Beliefs
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-- I keep my Victory Log with me at all times
-- When I look at my Victory Log I feel powerful
-- I have many victories to power my determination
-- My victories give me confidence
-- I have many little victories every day
-- I give myself pats on the back when I do something well

 

 

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