Wayne Dyer (1940 – 2015), was a self-help guru and an inspirational speaker who mainly taught about the Tao (Chinese Philosophical Tradition).Wayne Dyer wrote many mind-opening books that have inspired millions of people all over the world including billionaire Sara Blakely (Net worth – 1.03 billion dollars), who revealed that Wayne Dyer’s tapes were her primary source of inspiration.
I have also read most of Wayne Dyer’s books but I was mostly inspired by the book: Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life. From the book, I learned several factors that have enabled me to improve the quality of my life.
In this article, I will provide you with the five most crucial lessons I have learned from the book.
- What Cannot Be Cured Must Be Endured
Wayne Dyer advises that we must never concentrate on what might have happened. Instead, we must accept whatever happens and work hard on attracting what we want.
He writes that many people complain when things don’t go their way without knowing that complaining wastes the time and energy they could have used to make their lives better.
- Your Life Changes Only When You Change
Wayne Dyer writes that things cannot change if you don’t change. For example, you cannot become rich if you continue being lazy, because for you to make big money, you must dump your lazy lifestyle and embrace a hardworking way of life.
In other words, if you change nothing, nothing will change.
Don’t Put Half of the Effort Unless You are Okay With Half of the Results
- If You Have A Problem, Focus on the Solution.
Wayne Dyer believes that the more you focus on your problems the bigger they become. Also, he writes that focusing on the possible effects of your problems won’t make them go away. For a problem to quickly go away, you must focus on finding solutions.
- Always Try to Identify the Reasons Why You Are Not Achieving Your Goals
Wayne Dyer teaches that for us to quickly move forward, we must check what is limiting us from achieving our expectations. For instance, if we are not where we want to be, we must check if we are working hard enough, or if the people we associate with are preventing us from making progress.
Identifying the limiting factors will enable us to eliminate them hence making us achieve our desires within a short period.
- Don’t Dwell on Negative Emotions if You Fail.
Wayne Dyer advises us to never succumb to negative emotions in case our projects fail. Instead, we must try to think of a different method that can enable us to avoid failure in the future.
Succumbing to negative emotions is dangerous to our progress because it prevents us from being optimistic and trying out new things.
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9 Key Take-Aways from Tony Robbin’s Book: Awaken the Giant Within
Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within, is an inspirational book that makes you realize that you can achieve whatever you want. The book provides various guidelines that will enable you to take control of all aspects of your life including your emotions, finances, and relationships.
It’s one of the best personal development books, and reading it will make you set big goals and go for them. Here are a few lessons from the book that I would love to share with you.
1.Everyone is Unique
Tony Robbins believes that every single one of us came here to contribute something special because we all have unique gifts. These gifts lie within us, and we can awaken them if we want to. Besides this, he trusts that The Creator often provides us with opportunities that can help us exploit these gifts.
2. How to Create Long Lasting Change
Raise your standards – Pinpoint the things in your life that you will no longer accept, and identify what you want to become
Change your limiting beliefs – Eliminate your limiting beliefs and create an empowering belief system
Change your strategy – Adopt the best strategies that will guarantee results.
3.The Three Main Decisions that Affect your Destiny
- The decisions about the things you concentrate on
- The decisions concerning the things that matter to you.
- The decisions concerning what to do to create the future you want
4. To Succeed, you Must Focus on the Long-Term
According to Tony Robbins, many people give up on their dreams because they focus on the short-term: they want to achieve overnight success. Little do they know that focusing on the long-term enables one to persevere hence increasing the chances of success.
Those who succeed take massive action today and expect their efforts to reap results after a long period.
5. You Attract Success By Modelling The Lives of Successful People
The surest way to achieve success is by doing what successful people did. You must, therefore, pinpoint a successful individual in your field and identify what makes him or her a success. Copy the beliefs, strategies, and behaviors you think made the person successful, and soon you will also succeed.
6.How to Change a Bad Habit and Adopt a New One
Most of us have given up changing bad habits because we often fall back to them no matter how hard we try to change.
The best way to change a bad habit, according to Tony Robbins, is to associate bad things with the poor habit and good things with a new one. For instance, if you are a smoker, associate your smoking habits with hazardous diseases such as tuberculosis, and think about how much money you will save and how healthy you’ll become if you quit smoking.
7. Your Brain Has The Answers to All Your Questions
Your brain has answers to all your questions, and for this reason, you must practice asking it questions. It might not provide an answer immediately, but with patience and persistence, it will eventually provide you the right answer.
In the book, Tony Robbins narrates a story of a man who managed to escape The Nazi Concentration Camps because he constantly asked himself how he would escape. After asking himself questions for a while, he finally realized that he could escape by hiding in rotten bodies that the Germans dumped in an open grave.
8. Learn to Use Your Emotions
Learn to make your emotions work for you. For this reason, never suppress or ignore your emotions. Instead, check what they are trying to tell you. According to Tony Robbins, both negative and positive emotions can help you know the actions you must take to reach your goals.
9. A Different Method for Creating Long-Lasting Change
Make the need to change a ‘MUST,’ not a ‘should’ or a ‘could’, because you will commit to changing, if the need becomes a ‘MUST.’
Secondly, realize that you are responsible for making the change and things will not change if you don’t change.
Thirdly, believe you can bring the change you want.
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6 Main Teachings from James Allen’s Book: THE PATH OF PROSPERITY
In the book, The Path of Prosperity, James Allen focuses on enlightening readers that their inner world determines the conditions of their outer world. He also teaches the secret to success and happiness, why suffering exists and how to end it.
You must read the book if you are interested in attaining prosperity. Here are key teachings from the book.
- Suffering Leaves When You are Ready To Learn Its Lesson
You remain in suffering because you are never willing to learn its lessons and you don’t understand that suffering is the universe’s way of correcting you. Suffering vanishes when you are eager to learn from it because by doing so, you gain higher wisdom that enables you to overcome it.
- You deserve all your hardships
A universal law is responsible for bringing you all your misfortunes and pains because you deserve them. You need your pains and sorrows so that you understand their purpose, and become wiser, and stronger. For this reason, you must never blame anyone for your hardships.
- Heaven exists in this world
Many people believe that they’ll only live a happy life in a place called heaven after they die. However, Allen teaches that you can also live a happy life in this world because happiness comes from within. He believes the best way to find happiness is to build your inner world by cultivating virtues such as faith, and generosity.
- Natural Disasters are a result of the thoughts that dominate a country
We cannot blame one individual for causing war because disasters such as famines, floods, and wars occur as a result of the collision of poorly-directed thought forces. As James Allen puts it, ‘national events are simply the working out of the psychic forces of a nation.’ Therefore, for a nation to experience peace and avoid national disasters, every citizen must be encouraged to think higher thoughts.
- How To Awaken Your Intuition
To awaken your intuition, you must practice relaxing your mind by constantly thinking peaceful thoughts. This practice will enable you to gain power over your thoughts and desires hence causing a feeling of calmness and strength within you. The feeling will be accompanied by the awakening of your intuitive abilities which will always guide you into the light
- The secret to happiness
Unhappiness arises from self-centeredness, and attachment to material things, and for this reason, the secret to happiness is selflessness, and the detachment from material things. You also find happiness when you help those in need and lose yourself in their sorrows
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