week's trivia question, according to some of our readers,
was too easy. This week I'll up the ante a bit. Hasbro creation
Monopoly is easily one of the most popular board games
of all time, but the well-dressed mascot wasn't always known
as Mr. Monopoly. What was his original name and why did Hasbro
make the change? Find the answer at the end.
All the best,
Power of Positive Self-Talk
the most powerful influence on your attitude and personality
is what you say to yourself, and believe. It is not what happens
to you, but how you respond internally to what happens to
you, that determines your thoughts and feelings and, ultimately,
your actions. By controlling your inner dialogue, or "self-talk,"
you can begin to assert control over every other dimension
of your life.
You are continually faced with challenges and difficulties,
with problems and disappointments, with temporary setbacks
and defeats. They are an unavoidable and inevitable part of
being human. But, as you draw upon your resources to respond
effectively to each challenge, you grow and become a stronger
and better person.
Much of your ability to succeed comes from the way you deal
with life. One of the characteristics of superior men and
women is that they recognize the inevitability of temporary
disappointments and defeats, and they accept them as a normal
and natural part of life. They do everything possible to avoid
problems, but when problems come, superior people learn from
them, rise above the, and continue onward in the direction
of their dreams.
The starting point in the process of becoming a highly effective
person is to monitor and control your self-talk every minute
of the day. Keep your thoughts and your words positive and
consistent with your goals, and keep your mind focused on
what you want to do and the person you want to be. Here are
five ideas you can use to help you to be a more positive and
First, resolve in advance that no matter what happens, you
will not allow it to get you down. You will respond in a constructive
way. You will take a deep breath, relax and look for whatever
good the situation may contain. When you make this decision
in advance, you mentally prepare yourself so that you are
not knocked off balance when things go wrong, as they inevitably
Second, neutralize any negative thoughts or emotions by speaking
to yourself positively all the time. Say things like, "I
feel healthy! I feel happy! I feel terrific!" As you
go about your job, say to yourself, I like myself, and I love
my work!" Say things like, "Today is a great day;
it's wonderful to be alive!" According to the law of
expression, whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you
say to yourself or others is impressed deeply into your subconscious
mind and is likely to become a permanent part of your personality.
Third, look upon the inevitable setbacks that you face as
being temporary, specific and external. View the negative
situations as a single event that is not connected to other
potential events and that is caused largely by external factors
over which you can have little control. Simply refuse to see
the event as being in any way permanent, pervasive or indicative
of personal incompetence of inability.
Fourth, remember that it is impossible to learn and grow and
become a successful person without adversity and difficulties.
You must contend with and rise above them in order to become
a better person. Welcome each difficulty by saying, "That's
good!" and then look into the situation to find the good
Finally, keep your thoughts on your goals and dreams, on the
person you are working toward becoming. When things go wrong
temporarily, respond by saying to yourself, "I believe
in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life."
Resolve to be cheerful and pleasant, and resist every temptation
toward negativity and disappointment. View a disappointment
as an opportunity to grow stronger, and about it to yourself
and others in a positive and optimistic way.
When you practice positive self-talk, and keep your words
and your mental pictures consistent with your goals and dreams,
there is nothing that can stop you from being the success
you are meant to be.
Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International.
His company specializes in the training and development of
individuals and organizations. For more information visit:
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creation Monopoly is easily one of the most popular
board games of all time, but the well-dressed mascot wasn't
always known as Mr. Monopoly. What was his original name and
why did Hasbro make the change? Answer below.
of the Week: Peregrinate
Example: A couple of backpacking college students decided
to spend the summer peregrinating around Ireland.
Definition courtesy Merriam-Webster.
- to travel especially on foot : walk
- to walk or travel over : traverse
of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great
surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't
do." Henry Ford
is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
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Uncle Pennybags. He was renamed in 1999 in an effort to be
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