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23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed


“23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed” by Joan Y. Edwards

Most of the information in this blog post came from a handout Copyright © 1988 from Bjorn Secher Achievement Systems in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1988. I’ve reworded some of it to make it more meaningful.

You are today where your attention has brought you.
 You will be tomorrow where your attention takes you.
You cannot escape the result of your attention.
Attention is your most vital tool…Bjorn Secher

Is your focus scattered with distractions? I’ve had a little trouble focusing my attention lately, too. So I thought I’d read over notes I saved from Bjorn Secher. He was an expert in focusing attention in the 1980s. Reading these ideas might help you focus your thinking and feelings to achieve your goals.

Thought is the key to your success — and thoughts start from a single source…your attention. For increased health, happiness, and success, a change in your attention is essential. In the following, review how your attention influences every moment of your life.

Write 3 of the following statements that appeal to you on a 3″x 5″ index card. Refer to it 10 times a day for a month. It will help to activate your self-awareness and thereby automatically instigate positive behavior changes. Attention is the flow of your thoughts, consciously or unconsciously, in one direction or another, either positive or negative.

  1. When you focus your full attention on something with your thoughts and your emotions, you give it strength, energy, and power. It automatically becomes your priority.
  2. What you relate and identify with becomes your reality, positive or negative, depending on the focus of your attention.
  3. Any road can become a scenic route, depending upon your attention.
  4. Your attention creates the way you perceive the world around you.
  5. The direction of your attention determines what you see, think, hear, and feel.
  6. In any given situation, two interpretations of the same situation exist. Your attention with its beliefs and emotions decides the outcome.
  7. You are not responsible for other people’s actions, but you are always accountable for your own reactions. Your reaction depends upon how well you control your attention.
  8. Control your attention and you control your destiny.
  9. No event, situation, or circumstance can influence your thinking or emotions before you allow your attention to dwell upon it.
  10. When you deliberately change the focus of your attention, it is the first step for a discovery of possibilities that have existed all along.
  11. Attention with its beliefs and emotions is the basis for all decisions.
  12. By changing your attention, you automatically change your mood and attitude.
  13. Depending upon your attention, the problem will appear as an opportunity or turn an opportunity into a problem.
  14. Changing your attention with its thinking and emotions is the beginning of challenging any belief that you assumed was true in the past.
  15. To loosen shackles of your negative assumptions, place your attention on the concept of possibility.
  16. There are always new possibilities, answers, solutions, and techniques for a person with creative, open-minded attention.
  17. Attention creates images — and images are life’s controlling mechanisms.
  18. When you change the focus of your attention, you enter a whole new world and ways to think and act.
  19. Your good intention gets the job started; your controlled attention finishes it.
  20. Commitment and attention are synonymous. It’s very difficult to have one without the other.
  21. Your attention is your constant companion.
  22. In your attention lies the secrets to your strength, determination, and endurance.
  23. The most important thing to remember is wherever you fully put your attention, you will succeed.

When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.
― Stephen RichardsThink Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!
― Mike Dooley

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope these ideas help you focus your attention to receive what brings you joy!

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  1. Bjorn Secher. Your Appointment with Success: The Way to Get Rich:
  2. James Allen. As a Man Thinkethhttps://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-James-Allen/dp/1514698692/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “God Will Show You How” by Mary L. Kupferle public domain:  http://wp.me/pFnvK-1c
  4. Mike Dooley. Choose Them Wiselyhttps://www.amazon.com/Choose-Them-Wisely-Thoughts-Become/dp/1582702330/
  5. Stephen Richards.  Ask and the Universe Will Provide: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Universe-Will-Provide-Straightforward-ebook/dp/B01FWWKSSY/



Think and Say Good Words about Yourself

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“Think and Say Good Things about Yourself” by Joan Y. Edwards

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
― Donald J. Trump

“Thoughts Become Things…Choose The Good Ones!”
― Mike Dooley

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Proverbs 23:7

Self-Talk is very important to your survival. Words in the mind or spoken aloud create reality. Believe you can become what you wish. The reason I say that is because whatever you say to yourself, your brain will find situations to make it true for you.  I have seen this with my own words and I’ve witnessed it with others. What you say and think brings it to you. What you’re afraid of, sometimes comes. Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Maxwell Maltz says that you have an automatic success mechanism. You can also have an automatic failure mechanism. The image you are sending out will come back as a reflection of your beliefs.

Have you heard these statements?:

  1. “I get sick every year at Christmas.”
    Guess what? This person got sick every year at Christmas.
    What to say instead: I am healthy all year long, especially at Christmas.
  2. “There are no jobs.”
    Guess what? This person didn’t find a job.
    What to say instead: There may not be many jobs, but there’s one for me.
  3. “I don’t have money.”
    Guess what? This person never has any money.
    What to say instead: I have an abundance of money for everything I need or want.
  4. “I can’t get an agent.”
    Guess what? This person gets turned down, time and time again.
    What to say instead: I have an agent who sells my books to great publishing companies.

Your thoughts and your words attract what you describe. Believe that all good things are possible for you. Be excited and thankful that God has granted what you wish for. Cut pictures out of magazines. Print out your goal statements on 3 x 5 inch cards or 11 x 14 inch poster board. Make your statements declare what you are going to be, what you are going to have. You can put a date if you wish or leave a date off.

You say. “But, Joan. I can’t see it. I can’t imagine these good things happening to me. I don’t see any hope for creating what I want.”

On the television show, Let’s Make a Deal, they have Door #1, Door #2, and Door #3. Pretend that behind each door is a videotape of you saying those exact words and the proof is around you in the video. It hasn’t formed in the present time. It hasn’t formed yet. It’s on the way. Like a baby you can’t see yet without x-ray equipment. If you had special x-ray equipment, you’d be able to see your dreams come true.

The “I am” statements that you think and say are very powerful. Make sure they are positive and what you want. Proclaim a change. It takes the same amount of energy to say both the negative and the positive:

I can’t imagine becoming a pilot.
I can’t become a pilot.
I am a pilot.

What would have happened if the Wright Brothers said, “I can’t build an airplane.” Others may have said it. But the Wright Brothers did not repeat those words. They used their power to complete their vision, not to defeat and destroy it.

Choose the statement that says in a simple positive manner what you truly desire. Choose the power-filled words for what you wish.

Would you choose these words for your thoughts?

I am fat.
I am dumb.
I am ugly.
I have no friends.
I’ll never get married.

Or would you choose to think these words instead?

“I am lean and healthy.”
“I am intelligent.”
“I am attractive.”
“I have an abundance of friends.”
“I’ll find a good person to marry.

Many times when we explain what has happened to us to another person, it reveals underlying thoughts and beliefs. Listen carefully to your words.

Sit with your journal, a piece of paper, or a computer. For ten minutes, monitor your thoughts. If you find any negative statements, change them to a positive statement.

Now release on these statements.

Say it’s okay if I’m fat. It’s okay if I’m lean. Then focus on your goal as being lean as true now.

Say it’s okay if I’m dumb. It’s okay if I’m intelligent. Then focus on your being intelligent.

Say it’s okay if I’m ugly. It’s okay if I’m attractive. Then focus on your being attractive and beautiful.

Say it’s okay if I have no friends. It’s okay if I have an abundance of friends. Then focus on your having an abundance of friends.

When you release on these things, you are letting go of the pull from your resistance. You have to drop the excuses. Every last excuse has to be released and let go.

Have you ever noticed what happens when a father tells his daughter, don’t you ever date that guy? You’d better not date that guy? What happens? The daughter dates that guy because of the resistance. Saying your can and will survive either way is a way of releasing this friction you may have with the goals. With no pressure and friction, your instincts will lead you to the right action to make your dreams come true.

Good luck.

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  1. Bob Proctor. You Were Born Rich: http://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Born-Rich-Proctor/dp/1920909028
  2. Earl Nightingale. The Strangest Secret. http://www.amazon.com/The-Strangest-Secret-Earl-Nightingale/dp/161720286X/
  3. Hale Dwoskin: The Sedona Method (There are books, CDs, and DVDs) – http://www.amazon.com/Sedona-Method-Happiness-Emotional-Well-Being/dp/0971933413/
  4. James Allen. As a Man Thinketh. http://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-James-Allen/dp/1612930220/
  5. Rhonda Byrne. The Secret: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1582701709/
  6. Maxwell Maltz. Psycho-Cybernetics(Mind Steering): http://www.amazon.com/Psycho-Cybernetics-New-More-Living-Life/dp/0671700758
  7. Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich: http://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Napoleon-Hill/dp/1612930298/ Do what you love as a service to others to grow rich.
  8. Sabre. “Bible Quotes Manifesting Abundance:” http://manifesting-reality.blogspot.com/2010/04/jesus-quotes-manifesting-abundance-and.html
  9. Tina Unique Faith. “Pay Attention! to Your Attention!” http://sta.rtup.biz/profiles/blogs/pay-attention-to-your
  10. Wallace D. Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Great & The Science of Being Well: http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Wallace-D-Wattles-Including/dp/1612931057/ The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles is the basis for the movie the secret, it explains the laws of attraction.