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In 1994, I was featured in Smart Computing Magazine and featured again in 2000, in PC Novice Magazine, for success in my home-based business, as well as for successfully helping others start their home-based businesses. I was fed up with corporate America. After being laid off from two jobs because of company downsizing, I decided enough was enough.
My story is a home business success story, but I'm not alone. According to LINK Resources Corp., a research and consulting firm in New York, in 1994, more than 3.1 million people started home-based businesses. As of 2005, as many as 150 million people, in North America alone, enjoy the freedom and benefits of owning their own Internet business. According to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, the number of U.S. households that have a home-based business currently exceeds 12%!
For me, a married mom of two children, internet marketing delivered what other companies couldn't - a full-time income working from home. After trying numerous home-based businesses, I almost gave up and was considering working outside the home again, when I discovered internet marketing. After researching everything I could find on the internet, I knew it was the best home-based opportunity I had ever seen. I rolled up my sleeves and started working hard the next day, and for my efforts, I am now making a full-time income and I am enjoying spending time with my children, now grown, and grandchildren.
Internet marketing is perfect for men or women looking for a business where you don't have to sell, but that are comfortable on the internet and comfortable on the phone. Anyone can do this! My goal is to help others, so that they, too, may turn their lives around and make their own dreams come true!
Working from home has been an absolute blessing for me and my family. It's taught me how to work smarter, rather than work harder. It's helping me make more money, and at the same time create more time to enjoy it. It provides me with an opportunity to meet people just like me, and help them create the life and lifestyle they dream about.
Positive Thinking - Your Key to Success
Positive thinking along with gratitude, brings you not only success but in your daily life it also brings you inner peace, improved relationships, better health, happiness and joy. It also helps you to look at life with a whole new meaning … your daily affairs will run more smoothly, life will actually look brighter and even promising.
Positive thinking is also contagious just like a smile or laughter! Think about it – have you ever been with someone who is laughing at a joke or something funny that happened, and they can’t stop laughing? Then, as they finally are able to control their laughter, they are thinking about the joke or funny incident and start laughing again … it makes you laugh right along with them – you can’t help but laugh with them!
People around you will pick up on your positive attitude and are affected accordingly. Think about happy things – remember … for every negative, there is a positive. For every negative thought that comes into your mind, think of something positive about it, for instance … you are at work thinking how much you absolutely hate your job – think about how many thousands of people have lost their jobs over the past couple of years and have not been able to find another one! Now you are thankful (this is where gratitude steps in along with the positive thinking) that you at least HAVE a job even if you do hate it. One day I was cleaning out my house – getting rid of things to eliminate the clutter and I thought to myself “this house is just too small” (negative thought). Then I started thinking about all the homeless people and people over the past couple of years who have had their homes repossessed or those who have been evicted from their apartments (due to losing their jobs) – NOW, my thoughts turn to “We are so lucky and I am so thankful that my husband and I are both working so we can make our payments and have a roof over our heads and a place to sleep” (positive thought and gratitude).
In order to make positive thinking yield results, you need to not only develop a positive attitude toward life, but also expect a successful outcome of whatever you do, and also take any necessary actions to ensure your success. For instance, you can’t put your house up for sale and expect someone to buy it if you don’t advertise or hire a real estate agent because no one will KNOW that it’s for sale. If you hire a real estate agent who will advertise your home and bring people to see it, you know and can expect it to be sold.
Effective positive thinking that brings results is much more than just saying or thinking a few positive words, comments or thoughts. It has to be your predominant mental attitude. It is not enough to think positively for a few moments, and then let those negative thoughts enter your mind. Some effort and work are necessary. At first, it takes practice … after all, you are used to thinking negative thoughts, right? Habits are hard to break but if you are persistent and try to remember to think those positive thoughts after a negative one enters your mind, pretty soon your positive attitude will become your new habit. It CAN be done – my husband was, and sometimes still is, the most negative person on the face of the earth – with everything. No matter what I said, he had a negative response. Well, after being married many years, what do you think happened? I actually caught myself becoming negative and my children were becoming negative – and I did not like that feeling or the results! So … I came up with something new! Everytime someone said something negative like “I’ll never get this done” or “it can’t be done” I would respond with “positive follows positive; negative follows negative.” In addition, whenever someone comes up with something negative, I respond with something positive! I also bring to their attention that they are being negative … of course, my husband will say “it’s reality” … true … it may be reality, but if you THINK and BELIEVE negative, it will turn out negative; if you THINK and BELIEVE positive, it will turn out positive. Although my husband still comes up with negative thoughts, he is MUCH more positive than he used to be! Now, when I come back with a positive response, he actually agrees.
Here are a few tips to help you develop the power of positive thinking:
Always use positive words while thinking and talking. Use words such as, “I can”, “I am able”, “it is possible”, “it can be done”, etc. I raised my children with “you can do anything you set your heart and mind to doing” and “anything is possible.”
Allow into your awareness only feelings of happiness, strength and success.
Try to disregard and ignore negative thoughts. Refuse to think such thoughts, and substitute them with constructive happy thoughts.
Before starting with any plan or action, visualize clearly in your mind its successful outcome. Visualize with concentration and faith – BELIEVE the outcome will be successful. Remember … positive follows positive, negative follows negative.
Read at least one page of an inspiring book or magazine every day. One of my favorite books is The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
Watch movies that make you laugh or feel happy – I always choose a comedy when selecting a movie; I do not watch war or fighting-type movies.
Minimize the time you listen to the news and read the papers – I never watch/listen to the news or read a newspaper. Talk about depressing! Yes, this is “reality” but I can CHOOSE to read or listen to the news I want to know about.
Associate yourself with people who think positively. Once again … a positive attitude is contagious.
On the “reality” note – have stress in your life that is totally negative and it’s really hard to think positively. Unfortunately, this is part of life and we all go through it at some time or another … so … take a brisk walk, swim, ride a bike, go to the gym and work out or engage in some other physical activity. This not only helps to develop a more positive attitude, but it burns off the stress, too!
Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. In time, your mental attitude will affect your life and circumstances and change them accordingly. You will form new thinking habits.
Follow the tips and suggestions in this article, and prove to yourself the “reality” of the power of positive thinking.
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