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Success Habits For Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 2 Foolish Assumptions 2 Icons Used in This Book 3 Beyond the Book 3 Where to Go from Here 3 Part 1: Principles and Formulas for Success 5 Chapter 1: Success is a Habit 7 What is Success? 8 What isn't Success? 9 The Only Thing That's Important: What Success is to You 9 The Different Categories of Success 11 Creating the Habit of Success 14 Establishing a Consistent Process of Success 16 Staying on Track to Your Success 20 Chapter 2: Success Leaves Clues 23 Ask a Successful Person to Be Your Mentor 25 Approaching Success Like Preparing a Recipe 28 Chapter 3: Discipline: The Magic Habit 35 Discipline is a Reward, Not a Punishment 36 Deciding Where to Focus Your Discipline 39 The Keys to Success 40 Mastering the Law of Sowing and Reaping 43 Part 2: Putting Together Your Success Plan 49 Chapter 4: Tapping into Personal Motivation 51 The Benefits of Being Motivated 52 What Motivates Most People 52 Personalizing Your Drivers 55 The Three Categories of Motivation 56 Diving Deeper into Your Behavioral Style 58 Understanding and Motivating Yourself as a Dominant 60 Understanding and Motivating Yourself as an Influencer 62 Understanding and Motivating Yourself as a Steady 64 Understanding and Motivating Yourself as a Compliant 66 Choosing Other Types of Motivation 67 Chapter 5: Goals: The Power Source of Achievement 73 Understanding the Power of Goals: We Become What We Think About 74 Overcoming the Barriers to Goal Setting 75 Harnessing the Power of Paper 77 Establishing Your Fabulous 50 79 Labeling and Balancing Your Fabulous 50 84 Creating Your Success Tournament 86 Increasing the Speed to Achievement 89 Pinpointing Your Resource Needs 92 Chapter 6: Dealing with Adversity and Setbacks 95 You Will Learn More from Your Failures than Success 96 The Power of Persistence 100 Protecting Your Attitude 105 Part 3: Achieving Optimum Health 109 Chapter 7: Here's to Your Physical Health 111 We Only Get One to Live In 112 Creating Your Health Team 113 Taking Care of Your Mental Health 115 Dealing with Health Events 117 Eat for Success 120 Let's Get Physical 124 Rest is Required 126 Chapter 8: Developing the Right Mental Attitude 129 Determining to Be Positive 130 Cultivating Your Self-Esteem 133 Comparison for Encouragement 136 Developing the Habit of Personal Reward 138 Chapter 9: Tapping into Your Spiritual Side 139 We are All Spiritual Beings 140 Improving Your Success by Developing Your Spirituality 143 Growing Spiritually 147 Part 4: Success Through Relationships 153 Chapter 10: Developing Valuable Friendships 155 What We Learned in Kindergarten Still Applies 156 Creating Friends through Personal Connection 158 Developing Your Likeability 163 When Disagreements Arise 166 Chapter 11: Developing Your Most Important Friendship 171 Committed Personal Relationships are Not Automatic 172 The Value of the Institution of Marriage 175 Commitment is the Key Ingredient 177 Communicating Creates Oneness 179 Compromise for Harmony 183 Cling to Commitment 185 Chapter 12: Having a Successful Family 189 Being a Successful Parent 190 Little Habits to Create Big Success 195 Building Your Child's Character 201 Honoring Your Father and Mother 206 Chapter 13: Building High-Quality Business Relationships 211 Providing More Service Than You are Paid For 212 What Makes a Great Employee 215 What Makes a Great Employer 218 Building Customer and Client Relationships 223 Part 5: Success with Wealth and Money 227 Chapter 14: Achieving Financial Success 229 The Search for Financial Freedom 230 Wealthy People are Different 233 The First Step: Define Your Wealth Number 236 Understanding the Different Types of Wealth 244 Chapter 15: Becoming Master of the Board 249 Personal Wealth is the Board Game of Life 249 Debt: Your Foe or Friend? 255 Chapter 16: Crafting Your Wealth Plan 263 Realizing Your Market Value 264 Fighting Against Human Nature: Wants Become Needs 264 Pay the Most Important Person First: You 269 Guaranteeing Your Retirement Success 275 Part 6: The Time and Success Connection 283 Chapter 17: Setting Your Habits for Time Management Success 285 Getting to Know Yourself 286 Following a System 289 Overcoming Time-Management Obstacles 291 Secondary Defenses: Minimizing Damage When Calls Get Through 294 Maintaining Your Motivation as You Press Ahead 297 Making Decisions: Just Do it 298 Keeping Motivation High 304 Chapter 18: Time Equals Money 305 Why Your Hourly Rate is Important 306 Calculating Your Hourly Income 307 Boosting Your Hourly Value through Your Work Efforts 308 Making Value-Based Time Decisions in Your Personal Life 310 Chapter 19: Creating the Success Habit of Time-Blocking 315 Focusing Your Energy with the 80/20 Theory of Everything 316 Getting Down to Specifics: Daily Prioritization 323 Blocking Off Your Time and Plugging in Your To-Do Items 326 Assessing Your Progress and Adjusting Your Plan as Needed 331 Part 7: The Part of Tens 335 Chapter 20: Ten Personal Characteristics to Improve Success 337 Perseverance 338 Doing More than You are Paid For 338 Lifelong Learning 339 Gratitude 339 Positive Attitude 340 Integrity 340 Persuasion 341 Patience 341 Concentration 342 Self-Confidence 343 Chapter 21: Ten Measures and Models of Success 345 Playing Your Game 345 Keeping Up with Daily Habits 346 Staying on Top of Your Physical Health 347 Serving Others 347 Maintaining Business Savvy or Entrepreneurial Spirit 348 Working toward Security 348 Building Self-Confidence 349 Looking for Self-Improvement 350 Staying Mentally Tough 350 Creating a Legacy 350 Chapter 22: The Ten Biggest Wealth Success Mistakes 353 Starting Too Late or Not Early Enough 353 Lacking Clarity for Your Future 354 Not Having a Written Wealth Strategy Plan 354 Carrying High-Interest-Rate Consumer Debt 355 Not Using "Good Debt" Wisely 355 Not Having a Rainy-Day Fund 356 Poor Estate Planning 357 Going Alone without a Wealth Team 358 Being Timid When Opportunity Arrives 360 Not Remaining Married to Your First Spouse 361 Index 363

About the Author

Dirk Zeller is recognized internationally as one of the premier speakers and coaches on sales, success, time management, and peak performance. Dirk's proven systems and strategies take ordinary performers and transforms them into extraordinary performers. Zeller's strategies on wealth and success enable anyone to achieve financial independence in their life.

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