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How to Control Your Thoughts and Dismiss Negative Opinions

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Author: Seth Bradley

Control Your Thoughts

Envision Success

We previously discussed the importance of having clearly defined goals. These goals will reflect your destination and journey toward attaining what you define as success. You should be able to feel and see your picture of success. Decide what will assist you to adjust your focus toward reaching your desire. Where is your home? What car do you drive? Are you thinking about long term residual value? Place a picture in your mind and focus on it. Place another picture in your mind having accomplished your daily tasks. Do this daily and it shall become habit.

Intend and Expect Positive Results

I like to use the old farmer analogy when discussing intentions and expectations and how I’ve come to understand it. A farmer spends many hours, days, weeks, months and years to perfect and harvest crops which will eventually produce a profit. It is well understood that time will pass before we see a tangible result. However, we know that there will be produce for future distribution and potential profit. A successful person will adopt similar habits that the farmer has. Properly weed out or remove negative obstacles and plant seeds of positive intent. This may take time but it is extremely iportant to understand that positive input will create positive results. Expect things to come your way. The farmer doesn’t stress, he just knows that crops will be plentiful because he has a solid plan and envisioned years in advance. Set positive intentions now and it will grow and unfold for you in the future.

Future Depends Upon Your Now

Whether you understand it or believe it or not, what you are doing at this moment will determine where you will be 90 days from now. You have to focus on your present activity and remain in that zone. Make a conscious effort to concentrate on present activity. Do not drift off into “outer space” or shift to things that are counter-productive. You can shape your success and shift your strategy if what you are doing isn’t presently working. If what you have been doing is productive, focus on it even more and you will achieve twice the amount of work in less than half the time you were initially investing. The key is to focus on what you are presently doing. You know things are working if you are feeling good about your results.

If You Don’t Control Your Thoughts, Opinions Will Get You

No one has ever performed an outstanding duty without receiving criticism for it. The opinions of others have killed more inspired thoughts and ideas of children, men and women than all guns, swords, and weapons of mass destruction combined. It is very important to be aware of the feedback you are receiving from business associates, relatives, and well meaning friends. Take time and consciously evaluate the information you receive. Many statements that sound factual could actually be the opinion of some well-spoken person. A fact can be supported, an opinion is something that has no substance; it is just someone else’s point of view about something. It’s up to you to decide how you wish to respond to the feedback. Facts produce tangible proof while an opinion does not. An opinion cannot produce a result or inspire action. During your journey, you will encounter many who will offer advice and expertise. The success conscious individual will review his plan (this should happen repeatedly) and remember the purpose. Only you can define yourself and if you listen to what each and every person says, you will have allowed someone else to think and decide your future outcome. If you don’t hit your goals, it will be because you allowed someone else to do your thinking for you. Search for people that you can learn from. Find mentorship, take notes and gather information. Once you’ve collected data, move forward toward carrying out your plan, adjust your plan, or disengage your plan and start fresh. Do this because it is your decision to make, not someone else’s.

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About the Author

Seth Bradley is a professional recruiter in the healthcare industry and has been in sales for 15 years. He has also owned and operated import businesses nationwide generating direct sales for Fortune 500 companies. Sign up for free newsletter at or send questions to Free newsletter signees will also receive a copy of ebook: Setting the Pace: How to Lead the Pack, Serve Others, & Produce Superior Results, in an instant download.

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