“You are what you think!”

This simple but accurate statement indicates that what we say, what we do, and what we feel – all have their origin in the mind. The energy of the human mind is one of the greatest, but least understood energy resources of the universe. When we understand and harness this energy, we possess the keys to happiness and contentment as well as to improving our relationships and circumstances.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

Positive Thinking: Make your mind your best friend

How I think about myself and how I use my mind immediately affects my relationship both with myself and others. Trust, love, respect, understanding, and good communication characterize any good relationship. Am I my own good friend and companion?

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

Thoughts are like seeds. Loving and happy thoughts produce beautiful flowers and nourishing fruits; or thoughts can be spiteful and depressed, producing painful brambles or poisonous weeds. We can master our life by producing those ‘fruits’ which are wholesome, attractive and nourishing, and which give us the most happiness and contentment.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

How to manage a job interview or pitch for a contract?

Nerves, they’re a part of being human, and believe it or not everyone gets them You may be surprised to know that even the person that interviews you might be feeling a little nervous because it’s just as important for him, or her, to employ the right person as it is for you to get the job. Use positive thinking techniques to ease some of those worries and aid your preparation on the day.

First things first is to put things into perspective.
An interview is basically just a conversation with another person. As much as you think you want the job, it really is a two way process whereby it’s also your opportunity to evaluate the employer. Try to think of it as you interviewing them.

Why are you there?
Well it almost certainly didn’t happen by chance which can only mean that the interviewer thinks you’re suitable for the job, otherwise why would he or she be interviewing you?

What is the worst thing that can happen?
Well, as disappointing as it may seem, the worst thing that can happen is that you don’t get the job. Remember, the job may not be right for you anyway.

Self talk
It’s something that everyone does, however it’s what you’re saying to yourself that counts. It’s believed that we talk to ourselves at approximately 1,200 words per minute. If you can make 601 or more of those words positive then you have a greater probability of a positive result. If you think negative, then those thoughts have a better chance of coming to fruition. So, what are you waiting for. Focus on the positive and control your thoughts.

Reflect on your achievements
Think about what have you achieved in your career, education, private or social life. Consider writing them down and taking a look at them before your interview to help you to believe in yourself.

Prepare thoroughly
There’s an old saying, fail to prepare…prepare to fail. This is so true when going for a job interview. Try to find out as much as you can about the company? How many staff do they employ? What exactly is their customer base? Who are their competitors? When were they established? By collating as much information as possible you’ll soon start to feel more positive. Imagine being able to answer their questions without hesitation and the conversation will flow.

Visualise
Simply imagine the interview going as well as it possibly could. The night before think about how you’ll greet the interviewer and go through it in your mind. Before the interview, see yourself shaking hands, smiling, speaking, making eye contact and generally being comfortable with yourself. Think positive, act positive, be positive and the chances of a positive result are far greater.

“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” – Walt Disney

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