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"Go for the Gold" Success 10 Part Course

 Simple Techniques Successful People Use to Win More in Life

 Note: This webpage is designed to let you get to any lessons you may have missed. You are welcome to read all ten lessons, but you will get a lot more out of these lessons if you read one every 2-3 days and allow the concepts to absorb.


A message from Ruben:

I have been asked to speak nationwide to some of America’s largest corporations and to many groups of successful and aspiring independent entrepreneurs. They all want to learn how to have the Courage to Succeed – which is why I wrote my book and gave it that title!

Part of having the courage to succeed comes from knowing you can succeed and that you have a vehicle worthy of taking you to the top! Luge became my vehicle to fulfill my Olympic dream. I was active in soccer all of my life but found that it wasn’t the best vehicle to help me achieve my dream of participating in the Olympics. So I started searching for a vehicle, and luge became it.

When I was asked to tailor my 10 part Success E-Course for MyOpp.com subscribers, I was pleased to do so because I, along with so many of my colleagues in the personal and business development coaching business, find it to be an extraordinary vehicle to achieve real lasting success in today’s changing world.

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I believe the information in this success e-course, coupled with MyOpp.com as your vehicle to success, will make you unstoppable!

Ruben Gonzalez
Three-time Olympian



"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson One

Become Outstanding

Have you ever worked really hard at something, only to reach your objective and then feel, "Is that all there is?"

Or have you ever done a good job at something only to get reprimanded?

Didn't it make you feel like you had just wasted a lot of time and energy for nothing? Didn't it make you feel unmotivated?

I'm about to share an insight that will explain why that is and how to use that to become motivated to become outstanding.

Life does not reward people based on how well they perform a task or a project. Life has a skewed method of rewarding us. Whenever you do something just good, life punishes you. Whenever you do something very well, life only gives you a good reward. Whenever you do something extremely well, life gives you a very good reward.

But get this. Whenever you are the best, whenever you are absolutely outstanding, life rewards you disproportionately well. You get it all. You get all the rewards all the other people didn't get.

Think about it. If you played street basketball, you were not rewarded much, heck, you were probably reprimanded by some people. If you played High School or College ball, you got some perks, but you had to make a much bigger commitment. If you play pro ball, your perks are much higher. But if you're Michael Jordan, the world is yours.

Is it fair? I don't know. What I do know is that whenever MJ was on the court, he was the most committed player on the court. He was willing to carry the rest of the team on his shoulders if he had to. He raised the bar on himself and he raised it for everybody else. MJ raised the standard in his sport. MJ was outstanding!

I love the Michael Jordans of the world. I love to watch them perform and I love what they do for me. They are a constant reminder that if I will raise the bar and dedicate my life to the pursuit or excellence, the rewards will be magnificent.

Decide to become the MJ of husbands and daddies. Or the MJ of wives and mommies. Or the MJ in your office or even of your field.

Raise the standard. Raise the bar - and enjoy the rewards.


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Make it an Olympic Day!

Ruben Gonzalez


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history




Lesson Two

Success Secrets of a Three-Time Olympian

Everyone reading this article is six inches away from experiencing huge successes and breakthroughs in their life. Six inches? Sure! That's the distance between your ears.

What I'm saying is we are designed with all the resources needed to make our fondest dreams come true. We only need to learn how to program our brain properly. Ninety percent of the input we get in the world is negative. And ninety percent of the things we tell ourselves are negative. So it is critical to learn techniques to replace the negative with positive.

In life you don't get what you want. You get what you are. The best way to improve yourself is to change what goes into your mind. We are a product of what goes into our minds. What you think determines what you do. What you do determines what you accomplish.

Olympic Athletes understand this. We know that what we put in our mind will ultimately determine how well we do in our competition. Think of each thought as a computer 'bit', the smallest unit of information possible. Many thoughts add up to become beliefs. What we believe determines how high we will go. The good news is there are ways to raise your belief level.

Beliefs are extremely important. For example, in April 1954, the belief in the world was that no one could run the mile in less than four minutes. Then along came Roger Bannister. Bannister did what nobody in the history of the world had ever done. He broke the four-minute mile barrier! The phenomenal thing is that later the same month, several other athletes did it too! And since then, over 20,000 people have run the mile in under four minutes. What changed? The BELIEF changed. All of a sudden athletes knew 'If Roger can do it so can I.'

Most people never attempt to do something they don't believe they can do.

Ever since I was in the third grade I wanted to be an Olympic Athlete. I respected the Olympians because they were an example of what I believed in - they are willing to commit to a goal, willing to risk adversity in the pursuit of it, willing to fail and at the same time keep trying until they succeeded. But it was not until I was in college and saw Scott Hamilton compete in the Sarajevo games that I made a decision to train for the Olympics.

How did I raise my self-belief level between third grade and college? Two ways - through what I read and through the people I associated with.

I read countless biographies of great people. Before long, I realized that the common denominator in the success of those great people was the fact they had a dream they were passionate about and they never gave up. Perseverance is the best trait you can have. But how do you keep yourself going when the going gets tough? It comes back to your beliefs.

The other thing I did to raise my self-esteem was to regularly associate with people I respected. When you hang around people that think big, you start to think big. And when people you have respect for believe in you, you start to believe in yourself.

Four years after making a decision to begin training for the Olympics, I had the honor of competing in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics in the luge. I went on to compete in the 1992 Albertville Olympics and I just competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics at the age of 39.

How does someone who did not even take up the sport of luge until he was 22 become a Three-Time Olympian? As I tell thousands of people in my speeches, I'm not a big shot. I'm just a little shot that keeps on shooting. I'm proof that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things if they will just put the right things into their minds.

Olympic Athletes consistently and persistently use specialized techniques to program their minds to achieve peak performance. The following simple techniques performed consistently over a period of time will change your outlook in life and ultimately your outcomes.


Write your Goals Down!

Magic happens when you put your goals down on paper. Your subconscious mind starts trying to figure out ways to make your goals become a reality.

In 1960, Harvard Business School did a study of their graduates 20 years after they had graduated. They found the top 3% moneymakers made as much money as the other 97% put together. The only difference between the two groups was the top 3% had always written and regularly read their goals. As a result, everything they did on a day-to-day basis was focused on reaching their goals.

When Tiger Woods was a young boy, he wrote down on a 3x5 card that he intended to break all of Jack Nicklaus' records. Jack Nicklaus agrees that Woods can do it if he stays on the track he's on.

The most effective way to write your goals down is to take a 3x5 card and on one side write:

'I intend to ………. by (date).'

On the other side of your card write why.

'I intend to accomplish this because…'

Then write at least three reasons why you will do it. The reasons increase your belief.

Read your card first thing in the morning EVERY DAY to stay focused on the objective. Then read your card EVERY NIGHT before turning out the lights so your subconscious can work all night on ways to make it happen.


Vividly Imagine the Desired Outcome .

Several times a day close your eyes and for a couple of minutes vividly imagine what it's going to feel like when you achieve your goal. Really get into it. Feel it as if it were really happening. Get excited! Your subconscious does not know the difference between imagining it and it really happening. By doing this, you become passionate about your desire, your belief becomes unshakeable and you become unstoppable.

The luge team is taught to visualize their sled runs every day. Especially right before practice. We 'run the mental tape' in our minds of each twist, turn and body movement so when we're hurling down the track at 80+ MPH, we instinctively know what to do in all situations.

I constantly visualized what it was going to be like when I walked into the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremonies. I could see the crowds waving at me. I could see the flags and the balloons. I could hear the roar of the crowd, the fireworks, the Olympic Hymn. I could feel the cold wind blowing snow onto my cheeks. I could feel the tears of joy streaming down my face. I could feel the goose bumps running up my back and over my shoulders. I thought about it all the time, even while jogging, while lifting weights, in the shower, etc. It was my dream! And when I finally entered the Olympic arena, it was just the same only 100 times better.


Find a Mentor or a Coach

The 'Why?' is always more important than the 'How?'. Don't worry how you will make your dream come true. The dream gives you the energy. Find someone who has already been successful in doing what you want to do, not just someone who talks the talk. Ask them to be your mentor and teach you how to be successful as they are. If you are serious and committed to achieving your dream, they will see the passion in your eyes and will be honored to be asked.

As soon as I decided to take up the luge and train for the Calgary Olympics, I contacted the U.S. Luge Association in Lake Placid, NY. I asked the USLA if they would teach me how to luge and prepare me for the Olympics four years away.

They said they had a plan in place and that if I would follow the plan and not quit, I would have a good chance of making it. Without knowing what the plan was, I humbled myself to my new mentors and let them know I would do whatever they said I needed to do.

That is the ideal mentor-mentee relationship. A hungry, driven, eager to learn, yet humble mentee together with a giving, knowledgeable, successful mentor.

Setting goals, visualizing the desired outcome, and finding a mentor are basic yet critical steps to succeeding in life. Every Olympic athlete I've ever met does all three consistently. It's just a decision. By consistently and persistently following these steps, you will reach your goals and dreams faster than 95% of the people in the world.

Chase your Dreams, Go for the Gold, and Never, Ever Give Up!


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Make it an Olympic Day!

Ruben Gonzalez


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Three

You're Only Six Inches Away!

Back when I took up the sport of luge, one of my Olympic coaches used to tell me, “Ruben, you're only six inches away from massive success!” I wasn't sure what he meant. He explained, “Six inches is the distance between your ears. Your success depends on what you feed your mind.” He was talking about the “Inner Game.” It would be years before I really understood what he meant. Today, I realize that he was 100% right.

You always hear about the mental part of sports being more important than the physical part. I have to admit that I was always a bit skeptical. I was skeptical until a cold morning in October 1998.

I took up the sport of luge in 1984 and I retired from the luge right after the 1992 Albertville Olympics. After Albertville, I didn't take a luge run for six years.

However, during those six years I read hundreds of books on success and listened to thousands of motivational tapes. I didn't realize it, but by doing that, I was becoming mentally tougher.

In 1998, six years after retiring from the luge, I decided to begin training for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

My first day of training was unforgettable. I was at the start of the Calgary luge track ready to take my first run in six years. Surprisingly, I was feeling cool, calm, and confident. Believe it or not, my first four runs were personal bests! I felt I had more control of the sled than ever before. Four personal bests after a six year break! Unbelievable! That day I stopped being a skeptic. That day I became a believer in the power of the human mind.

Olympic athletes use several mental training techniques to sharpen their competitive edge - techniques designed to keep them hungry, confident, and mentally tough so they will do what it takes to win - techniques anyone can use to get better results in their personal or professional life.

One thing we all do is read our goals on a daily basis. We write our goals as a series of positive affirmations that help program ourselves for success.

We also use subliminal techniques. The walls of my office are covered with Olympic memorabilia. I surround myself with pictures which constantly bombard my mind with where I want to go. Doing this helps me become unstoppable on the way to my goals.

Something top achievers have in common is an attitude of constantly looking for new tools and techniques that can be used to get an edge. They are always on the look out for ways to improve. Anything they can use to win. Well if you look for something long enough, eventually you find it.

I just found a tool that was almost banned by the U.S. Government in the 70's because they claimed it gave people too much of an edge. It uses a technique that both Tiger Woods and Steven Spielberg use.

It's simply a software that helps me program my mind for success while I'm working in front of my computer. I'm using it as I write this. This subliminal software constantly flashes my goals on my computer screen for a few milliseconds. Just long enough for my subconscious mind to pick up the messages, but not long enough to where it's a conscious distraction.

The software actually comes with several lists of positive affirmations designed for common goals like losing weight, becoming more motivated, more confident, more focused etc.

My favorite feature is you can write your own affirmations. This lets you customize it specifically for your own goals –becoming a better salesperson, becoming a better student, improving your golf game and so on. It puts you in the driver's seat.

I've been using this software for about a week. As soon as I got it I wrote some affirmations designed to get me to eat right and to eat smaller portions.

For seven days, whenever I was working on my computer, my subconcious mind was receiving the messages. For seven days I've been eating right and eating less and as a result, I've lost 8 pounds in a week. I still get urges to overeat. But now it's easier to overcome the urges. I feel like I'm more in control.

This is not magic guys. This is simply a tool you can use to help you do what you know you need to to to succeed.

I wish this had been available years ago.

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Make it an Olympic Day!

Ruben Gonzalez,


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Four

Fueling Your Desire to Win

There are many facets to success. You have to have a dream - something you're shooting for. You have to believe in yourself. You have to take massive action with an attitude that you are willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. Then and only then is success realistic.

More than anything else, your desire will determine if you will make it. How bad do you want it? Is your dream something that you'd like to do? Is it something that would be nice to do? Or is it something that you are obsessed about?

How badly you want it will determine whether you'll realize your dream because how bad you want it determines what will make you quit. Burning desire allows a person with average ability to successfully compete with those who have far more ability. Desire allows you to give it everything you've got. It helps you reach your full potential. Intense desire allows people to win against overwhelming odds.

If your dream is not an obsession, as soon as you come across obstacles, you'll quit. As soon as the challenge of reaching your dream becomes an inconvenience, you'll give up.

Success is not convenient. Trust me. In order to succeed you will need to inconvenience yourself in a big way - for a long time.

That's why it's so important to be driven, excited, and passionate about your dream. If your "why?" is big enough, the "how" will take care of itself.

When I first took up the sport of luge we trained in the summer on wheeled sleds. We would slide down the Lake Placid bobsled track from the half mile point. A half mile run on a concrete track at speeds of about 50 MPH.

We wore tennis shoes, shorts, and a t-shirt. If we crashed, it was straight to the hospital. That's the weeding-out process in the sport of luge. When we got to the bottom, they did not even give us a ride back to the top. We had to carry our sleds back up the mountain. The coaches made it hard on purpose. They wanted to know right away how bad we wanted it. They didn't want to waste any time with anyone who was not serious.

If you've ever played football, you know exactly what I mean. The first couple of weeks of football practice each season are brutal. The coach works the players to death because he wants to find out who his real team will be. He wants to cull out all the wannabees.

To succeed, you need to know how to feed your desire. The more you feed your desire, the harder it is to quit. Most of the mental training we do is designed to do two things - to strengthen our belief level, and to fuel our desire.

You have to get yourself to the point to where no matter what your circumstances are, you are 100% focused on the dream. You want to become so determined to reach your goal that you convince yourself that you will have it. When the dream is big enough, the facts don't count.

How do you do that? How do you turn your dream into a magnificent obsession?

You surround yourself with the dream. You put pictures of your dream all around you. The walls in my office are completely covered with Olympic memorabilia. One day I counted how many sets of Olympic rings were staring at me all day long. There were over 30 sets of them! By surrounding myself with the dream, all day long I'm bombarding my mind with where I want to go. If I daydream, I daydream Olympics.

I read about the Olympics all the time. I watch Olympic videos all the time (I have over 200 hours of Olympic videos). Most importantly, I allow myself to get emotional about my dream. Many times when I'm watching the videos - especially Opening Ceremonies videos - my eyes well up with tears.

If you want something bad enough, the facts don't count.

I talk to everyone about my dream. I regularly speak with other athletes that are in the hunt. I think about my dream all day long and I dream about my dream all night long.

I vividly imagine what it's going to feel like when I'm walking into the Opening Ceremonies. I can hear the people cheering. I can see the Olympic flag and Olympic torch. I can feel the cold air and the snow hitting my face. I can feel the tears of joy. I can feel the goose bumps. Vividly imagining what it's going to feel like feeds my desire.

Writing about my dream is a powerful exercise. Whenever you put your thoughts down on paper your mind gets very focused and intense.

Pro and Olympic athletes aren't the only ones to use these techniques. If you're married, you've probably done many of these things. When you first fell in love, you constantly thought about your love, you had pictures of him or her around you all the time. You wanted to know everything about them. You wrote letters to her. You constantly talked about her to your friends. In fact, they were probably sick of hearing you talk about him or her! You were obsessed!

And what happened? You probably ended up getting married.

A child that wants a puppy does the same thing. They talk about puppies. They read about puppies. They think about puppies. They collect pictures of puppies. And eventually, the parents break down and buy the puppy.

Do the same with your dream. Get obsessed! Become a fanatic! Obsessed fanatics make dreams come true. If I could do it, you can do it.


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Make it an Olympic Day!

Ruben Gonzalez


PS - Remember! Dreams are great, but you must use them to fuel ACTION because action is what turns your dream into YOUR reality! Dreaming about participating in the Olympics kept me in the luge sport even though it was tough and often times very painful.

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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Five

Commit to Win

(From Ruben's book, "Success Leaves Clues: Secrets from an Unlikely Three-time Olympian.")

Some people are interested in reaching their dreams and others are committed to reaching their dreams. The key to success in life is going from being interested to being committed. Once you are committed you will produce results. At the point of commitment, you mentally "burn all the bridges" and you do whatever it takes to make it happen. THAT'S when you become unstoppable!

On the road to the Olympics, many athletes much faster than me quit along the way. There are only two reasons they quit; they either didn't want it bad enough or they were not as committed.

Commitment is what makes success possible. If you commit to do whatever it takes (as long as it is moral, legal and ethical) to succeed, success will reveal its secrets to you. There are four different levels of commitment; I'll try, I'll do my best, I'll do whatever it takes, and it's a done deal.

"I'll try" is completely worthless. Whenever someone tells you they are going to try to do something, don't count on anything ever happening. People say "I'll try" when they are afraid to say "I won't." Tony Robbins says that "I'll try" is the battle cry of wimps. Whenever you say "I'll try," you have just guaranteed failure. Because saying "I'll try" is in effect saying, "If there are ANY obstacles, I'll have a way out and I'll be able to quit."

"I'll do my best" is not much better than "I'll try." People that say "I'll do my best" are looking for a way out. When they say they'll do their best, they're leaving a huge door open for excuses and justifications later. Remember when you asked your buddies to help you move to your first apartment? I know for sure that none of the ones who said "I'll try to be there" or "I'll do my best to be there," showed up.

Winners say, "I'll do whatever it takes." If you tell someone you'll do whatever it takes, you will produce or else you'll lose face. Finally, the strongest level of commitment is when you say, "It's a done deal." When you say "It's a done deal," even losing face is not an option. When I was training for the Olympics I would not dare tell my coach I was going to try to do something. It was always, "It's a done deal."

Whenever we arrive at a new track, we walk the track with the coach. We make a game plan about the best way to drive the track. We visualize and mentally rehearse the ideal run, but sooner or later, we have to commit. Sooner or later, we have to hop on the sled and go down the mountain. We have to take those runs knowing that even with all the preparation, the first few times down that track are going to be pretty brutal. Is it scary? Sure, it's scary.

But you have to pay the price if you want to enjoy the prize. You have to commit to do things that are beyond your current abilities. That's the only way to grow. That's how you get better and stronger. So attack your fears head on. Otherwise, you will be their servant for the rest of your life.

Take a chance. Act on faith. Put yourself in a position where you have to stretch and fight for something. It brings out the best in you. It is good for your soul.


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Make it an Olympic Day!

Ruben Gonzalez


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Six

What are You Saying to Yourself?

(From Ruben's book, "Success Leaves Clues: Secrets from an Unlikely Three-time Olympian.")

Top achievers in every field understand that words have the power to condition the mind to succeed or to fail.

Whenever you say something, your mind tries to build a case for it. If you call yourself "stupid" the mind does a subconscious "Google search" on the word stupid and pulls up a list of every stupid thing you've ever done in your life. Now, you have the proof that you are stupid and you start acting that way. If you call yourself a winner, your mind pulls up all your winning moments. And you start acting like a winner.

In fact, if you are not getting the results you want out of life, it can probably be traced to your self talk. What you say to yourself will influence what you think. What you think influences what you do. What you do all the time becomes your habits and your habits determine your results and ultimately, your destiny.

That's why you have to be very careful with whom you associate. You don't want to get any "second hand" negative talk from the people you hang around with. Dis-associate yourself from negative people. They are holding you back.

Top coaches will not tolerate having their players bad-mouthing themselves. They want to create an environment conducive to achieving peak performance; an atmosphere where success is in the air.

Sometimes, even Olympic athletes forget to watch their self-talk. My worst luge crash ever was a result of negative self-talk.

One year before the Salt Lake City Olympics, we were in St. Moritz, Switzerland training for a world cup race. We were training in the morning and the Italians were training in the afternoon. At the time, the Italians were the best. So that afternoon, I went to the track to watch the Italians train. I wanted to see what lines they took down the track. I wanted to learn from the best.

I went to the fastest point of the track, curve thirteen. Watching the Italians rocket down the track at over eighty-five miles per hour was unbelievable. Every time an Italian luger went by I would mutter to myself, "I can't believe I do that." Another luge would barrel down the track and I said to myself, "I can't believe I do that." For two hours, I said it over and over.

Up to that point, I had not had any problems at that track. I was just looking for a way to fine tune my lines down that track.

The next day, on my first run, as I reached Curve thirteen, my mind reminded me, "That's right, Ruben, you CAN'T DO THAT!" And I froze; forgot to steer and I had a horrible crash. I broke my foot, broke my hand, and totaled my sled. End of season.

That was the lowest point of my luge career. At that point I didn't know if I would be able to go to the Olympics. I was hurt and I could not afford another sled, and it was all because a couple of hours of negative self-talk.

I had a pity party for a couple of days but eventually, as I was flying back home from Europe, halfway over the Atlantic, I got my head straight. I took a piece of paper and wrote, "This has been the worst year of my life; the most stressful and frustrating. I am being tested. I will pass the test. I have an opportunity to make an incredible comeback and show what I'm made up of." Then, I started saying to myself, "There is always a way. There is always a way. There is always a way. I will find a way, because there is always a way."

Repeating the phrase, "There is always a way," over and over, when you are facing obstacles, puts your mind in a solution-finding state. It helps you shift your focus away from the problem and into finding a solution.

And I did find a solution. I could not afford to buy another sled, but maybe I could borrow a sled. I started calling some of my best luge buddies and my good friend Adam Cook of the New Zealand Luge Team, loaned me his sled to qualify in the pretrial and race in the Salt Lake Olympics.

Watch what you say to yourself, and remember, there is always a way.


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Seven

The Power to Choose

"I am the master of my fate. I am the Captain of my soul."

- William Henley

In his book "Roots," Alex Haley tells about something unexpected that happened right after slavery was abolished. The newly freed slaves did not know how to be free. All their lives they had had others make their decisions for them, consequently, they had never learned how to make choices. You could say their "choice-making muscles" needed developing. Many of the slaves actually stayed with their masters and worked for them for the rest of their lives.

In the movie "The Shawshank Redemption," when Brooks, the prison librarian, who's been an inmate for 50 years, is set free, he does not know how to be a free man. He does not know how to use his power to choose. All his life he has been told what to do. For Brooks, life as a free man is so overwhelming, that he ends up committing suicide (life's worst choice).

Most people's "choice-making muscles" could use a little strengthening. After all, when we are young, our parents and our teachers tell us what to do. Then we get a job and our boss tells us what to do. Then we get married and, (whoops, I won't go there!).

We start drifting through life instead of designing our future. We start existing instead of living. And we end up using a fraction of our gifts. We forget that we have the power to choose who we want to be, what we want to accomplish, where we want to live, etc. We stop taking responsibility for our results, and start living as a victim, instead of as a victor.

You and I have the power to choose what we do with our lives. You are where you are because of the choices you've made. If you don't like where you are, you need to start making different choices. I've been in sales all my life. Whenever I've ever had a slow sales month, I could always trace it to lack of activity a few months back. Likewise, whenever my pants start feeling tight around the waist, I can always trace it to having been overeating recently. It's not rocket science.

My Dad always told me, "It's not what happens to you, it's how you handle it!" He also said to me, "You have the power to choose your destiny." It wasn't until I started acting like I believed those things that my life started getting interesting.

I have a little secret for you. There is a magical moment between your circumstances and your results. That moment is called CHOICE. When something happens to you, when circumstances happen to you, when things that seem unfair happen to you, don't whine and complain. The instant you start blaming your circumstances is the instant you become a victim.

Once you do that, you can kiss your future goodbye. Remember, you can choose your response to those circumstances. Make a wise CHOICE, handle it properly, and watch your results improve tremendously. What kind of life do you want? The good news is that you have the power to create it.

Once you stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for your results, your life will start getting really exciting. It did for me.


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Eight

The Neuroscience of Success

Remember what happened the last time you bought a new car? Didn't it seem like everyone was suddenly driving the same make, model, and even color car you had just bought? You know why that happened? Because buying a car was an emotional experience that caused your brain to start focusing on that model and color car.

Once you understand exactly how the brain works, you will be able to condition it to focus on reaching your dreams.

Ninety-eight percent of everything scientists know about the brain has been discovered since 1996. So even though I have degrees in biology and chemistry, I had to do some heavy research to be able to give you the latest findings that will help you reach your goals.

The latest findings scientifically prove that by regularly writing your goals down, visualizing your intended result, and passionately saying affirmations you actually physically change your brain's neurons and hard-wire your subconscious mind to focus like a guided missile on reaching your dreams and goals.

I love the fact that modern science has finally proven what successful athletes and entrepreneurs have known all along. That there are ways we can change ourselves to become the type of person capable of achieving our dreams.

This means that no matter how bleak you past has been, you can make a choice to have an unbelievably successful future because if we can change the wiring in our brain, the past does not have to equal the future.

If you are not into science and if you already buy into these findings and if you are already living the life of your dreams, don't read any further. But if you really want to understand the nuts and bolts of how your mind works and how you can program it to work for you, read on.

How to use your subconscious mind to win more.

At the base of the brain, where it connects with the spinal cord is a region called the Reticular Activation System (RAS).

The RAS acts like a filter that decides which thoughts to focus on at any one time. We need this filter system because every second, there are about 8 million bits of information (subconsciously) flowing through our brain. There has to be a way to filter out the noise!

The RAS decides which messages will arrive at the brain. Once a message gets past the RAS filter and enters the cerebrum, it can turn into conscious thoughts, emotions, or both.

Even though the cerebrum is the center of thought, it will not respond to a message unless the RAS allows it. The RAS is like Google - there are millions of websites out there, but you filter out the ones you are not interested in simply by typing a keyword.

You can think of the RAS as the brain's gatekeeper to conscious thought. It's critical to your future that you learn how to get messages past the gatekeeper.

So what causes some of the messages to get through the RAS and others to get blocked out?

Whatever is important to you at the time and whatever you are currently focusing on gets through. If your focus is to buy a house in the Rockies, your RAS will automatically filter in thoughts that will help you get that house - people who might help you, opportunities to make it happen, or resources that you might need.

What that means is that the more you keep your goals "top of mind," the more your subconscious mind will work to reach them.

That's why writing your goals down every day, visualizing your intended outcome, and regularly saying affirmations is so important! Because doing those things help you focus your subconscious mind on what's important to you.

Visualization taps into the creative powers of the subconscious mind. It gets the subconscious mind working 24/7 on helping you reach your goals.

Unless you visualize, you miss out on resources that are available to help you out. And by the way, five sixths of your thoughts are subconscious thoughts. You don't want to ignore five sixths of your resources, do you?

If you want massive success, you need to learn how to get your subconscious mind to work for you. Visualization focuses your subconscious mind to look for those resources. It draws you to the people, resources, and opportunities that will help you reach your goals.

That is also why you need to trust your hunches, your gut feelings, and your intuition. Whenever you get a hunch, what has actually happened is that your subconscious has just detected that your outside circumstances are favorable to take action. The sum total of your subconscious memory has spotted an opportunity favorable to you. Don't ignore your intuition or gut feelings!

Once you learn how to learn how to get your subconscious mind working for you, your life will start changing dramatically. You'll find yourself waking up in the morning filled with great ideas that will help you reach your goals. You'll start meeting people that can help you realize your dreams. You'll be like a magnet that attracts favorable conditions. People will start saying you are lucky!

Did you know that you can actually physically change your brain cells to help you realize your dreams?

Whenever you repeat an affirmation or visualize something using a lot of passion and emotion, new neural pathways are formed. Intense emotional experiences actually stimulate the growth of additional spiny protuberances on the dendrites of brain neurons, which result in more neural connections and stronger memory and retention of that thought.

That's why people can remember what they were doing when JFK was shot, when the Challenger exploded, and on 9/11. Because those events were so emotionally charged, that new mental pathways were created.
You want to create strong mental pathways that will help you realize your dreams. Doing so will turn you into a dream realizing machine! What you think about and act upon comes about.

But focus is the key.

If you focus on only one goal and don't quit, you have a 95% chance of achieving it. If you focus on two goals, your chances drop to 65%. Focus on three, and you're down to 25%. See why it's critical to be single-minded?

Would you like to believe more in yourself?

Beliefs are developed in the subconscious mind. If you don't believe you can succeed, you need to change those beliefs by programming your subconscious mind.

The newest brain research shows that passionately repeating the same statements over and over forms new neural pathways that can eventually fire as "belief," and when this belief fires, it triggers you to take the actions that will help you reach your dreams.

This is why your self talk and who you associate with are so crucial to your success. What you say to yourself and who you hang around with will determine what kind of neural pathways you are developing.
What kind of neural pathways are you making? Will they lead you to success or to failure? It's all up to you…

So get started right now. Schedule time daily to write your goals, to vividly imagine what success will be like for you, to get in front of a mirror and passionately tell yourself that you WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE! And you will!


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lesson Nine

The Courage to Succeed - Part 1 of 2

No matter what your dream is, whether it's to be the best Dad or the best Mom, the best husband or the best wife, the best employee or the best boss, the best salesperson or the best student you can be, to make it a reality, you will have to have the courage to act in spite of your fears.

High achievement requires courage, self-confidence, boldness, and the willingness to go for your goals with no guarantee of success. With courage you can do anything in life. Without it, none of the other qualities will help you.

The first time I saw the Olympics on TV I was in the third grade. As soon as I saw the Olympians I knew I wanted to be just like them. What impressed me the most about the Olympians was not their athletic ability. What I admired about the Olympians was their values. You see, these were people that had a dream, and had the courage to commit fully to it for years with no guarantee of success. That's what impressed me about them!

Sure they had outstanding athletic ability. But more importantly, they had the faith, the guts, the boldness, and the willingness to go for it with no guarantees of success. They had that rare attitude of not worrying about the possibility of failure. They were going to go for it and commit 100% to winning no matter what. It's like they said to themselves, "It's my dream and I'm going for it. That's it period!"

When you move boldly towards you goals, when you make the decision to do whatever it takes (and all it is is an attitude change, a choice), magic happens. All of a sudden, unseen forces will come to your aid. The bolder and more committed you are, the more your subconscious will work for you. You will unconsciously start to attract the people and resources you need to achieve your goal. All of a sudden, you will draw energy to making your dream a reality.

People will start saying you are lucky. Winners know there is no such thing as luck. All that is really happening is that now, you have become driven. You are known for your goal. Everybody can see it. Your every action is broadcasting to the world where you are headed, and all of a sudden, anyone who might be interested in helping you, can see you are serious.

When you are focused on your goal, your mind starts acting like a guided missile. It becomes tuned to anything that might help you achieve your goal. This is not any different than when you buy a new car and all of a sudden you notice how many other people are driving the same model car.

When you put all of your energy into one goal, you tap into huge resources. That single decision changes everything. All the stress and worry disappears. Your mental attitude changes completely. You are now the hunter. The dream has become the prey that will eventually succumb to you.

When you make the decision to commit 100%, the winner inside you comes out. The champion inside you comes out. The real you comes out. You just have to have the courage to face your fears.

Your fears are a smokescreen. They are like ghosts that keep you from being the real you. Your best you. It's OK to be afraid. Everyone is afraid! If everyone is afraid, what's the difference between a brave person and a coward? The brave person acts in spite of his fears. The coward allows his fears to overwhelm him and control his thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Can courage be developed? Absolutely. Aristotle said, "Through repetition, any quality can be developed. You become what you repeatedly do." Do you realize the implications of that statement? It means we are not doomed to being the way we currently are.

You can change! You can grow! You can be a different person three months from now! In case you haven't figured it out, that EXCITES me! You see, if that is true, and it is, now you know that it is within you to grow into the kind of person that can make your dreams come true.

Back to courage. The way to develop courage is by practicing courage in every situation where courage is required. How do you do that? Through a decision. You come to the realization that whenever you are afraid to do something, you are simply being tested. You make a decision that from now on you will win over your fear. Remember; if you do what you fear, the fear will disappear. If you don't do what you fear, the fear will control your life.

Make a game out of conquering your fears. You can get started with small things. For example, if you usually wait to see what everyone else is having when you're ordering in a restaurant, next time, be the first to order. When you do that, you will have experienced a small personal victory. You just won over that fear. Next time you are talking to somebody and you want to ask a question but you are afraid of looking stupid, ask anyways. Guess what? You've just won another personal victory. Score: Fears – 0, Courage –2.

You need to win many many personal victories before you will win a public victory. Michael Johnson, the 200 meter and 400 meter Olympic Gold medalist, says in his biography, "I did not miss a scheduled workout in 10 years." His public victory did not happen overnight.

By becoming conscious of your fears and making a game out of conquering them, before long you will begin to understand in your heart that fears are just smokescreens. And by playing that game all the time, you are becoming more courageous every day.

(Think about this for three days and we'll pick up this discussion on courage on the next lesson.)


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"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you did your best to become your best."


                 UCLA Coach John Wooden

The most successful coach un NCAA basketball history



Lessson Ten

The Courage to Succeed - Part 2 of 2

There are two parts of courage that lead to success. The first part is the willingness to begin, to act in faith, to step out boldly in the direction of your goals with no guarantee of success. The second part of courage is the willingness to endure, to persist, to refuse to give up, and to keep on working harder than anyone else.

Most people talk themselves out of even going for their dream. And most of the ones who make the attempt quit as soon as the going get tough. It's so sad. Because everyone has the ability to make their dreams come true. It's sad that so few people have the willingness to do what it takes.

That's why as a boy I admired the Olympians. That's why we root for the underdog. That's why we love movies like Rocky and Rudy. Because all of us have felt like the underdog at one time or another. Because seeing the underdog win gives us hope that we can win too.

That's why we admire people like speed skater Dan Jansen.

Once you get started on the road to making your dreams a reality, you must make the decision to never quit. The decision to never give up gives you a huge advantage. The person who is most determined usually wins. Heart will beat talent every time. A study on goals and perseverance found that 95% of the goals that people set are ultimately achieved, as long as the person didn't give up.

Ninety five percent! That's almost a guarantee. A guarantee that if you refuse to quit you will eventually win. The main reason people fail is not because of lack of ability or opportunities. They fail because they lack the inner strength to persist in the face of obstacles and difficulties. That's why trying something almost always leads to failure. By definition, trying something means you will quit if you are not successful.

Don't worry about failing. Failing is how you learn. You can fail over and over again, but all it takes is one big success to wipe out all your previous failures. Just like Dan Jansen in the Lillehammer Olympics. The only time you can't afford to fail is the last time you try.

You need to be bold. Once you have made the decision to never quit, it's easy to be bold. Remember, if you don't quit you're almost guaranteed to succeed. So just assume that success is inevitable. It's only a matter of time. Act as if your ultimate success is guaranteed. No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, learn from your failures and keep moving on.

Your goal should be to reach the point where you believe in yourself so much that nothing can stop you or hold you back for very long. You want to become unbeatable. This is where persistence is so important. The more you persist, the more you will believe in yourself. And the more you believe in yourself, the more you persist. Your persistence is a measure of how much you believe in yourself and how much you believe in your ability to succeed. If you act as if you are guaranteed to succeed, your belief will grow. Because emotion follows motion. What you do determines how we will feel. Act in spite of your fears and commit to not quit, and I'll promise you that the winner inside you will burst forth to propel you to victory.

When you develop your courage and perseverance, you will experience life in ways you never thought were possible. The more you practice courage and perseverance, the more confident you will become. Don't quit. Refuse to quit and you will succeed. Dan Jansen refused to quit and look at what happened.

Dan Jansen was supposed to win gold in the Sarajevo 84 Olympics. He didn't. Disappointed, he knew he should bring home a medal in the 88 Calgary games. But only moments before the start of the race he was told his sister, Jane had died of leukemia. With this weighing on his mind, he raced poorly and walked home empty handed. Dan had another chance in Nagano 92, but his hopes were crushed again when he slipped on the ice.

The 94 Lillehammer would be his last chance. With the world holding its breath as he raced in the 500 meters, he fell again to the horror of the crowd, and finished eighth. With only one race left in his career, the 1000, Dan Jansen was racing for his life. Incredibly he slipped on the last turn, but didn't fall. As he raced past the finish line, he read the official time. A new world record. At long last Dan Jansen's perseverance paid off. Finally he had won the Olympic Gold Medal. On his victory lap, he carried his baby daughter on his shoulders. Her name is Jane. After his sister.

Dan's story is so inspirational. It makes us feel like we can't fail. It teaches us lessons in courage and perseverance. It has been said, "The Honor should not go to those who have not fallen; rather, all Honor should go to those who fall and rise again." That's why we love Rocky, and Rudy, and the Olympics.

The Olympics are not really about sport. The Olympics are about the power of the human spirit. They are a place that showcases to the world a group of people that were willing to go after their dreams no matter what.

The Olympic flame represents the fire in the heart of someone who is in pursuit of their dream. At the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Mitt Romney, the CEO of the Olympic Organizing Committee faced all of the athletes and said to us, "Athletes, you are proof to the world that when you have a dream, and you pursue it, and you refuse to quit, dreams do come true. After the Olympics it is your responsibility to teach that philosophy to others. Teach them how to make their dreams come true. And let's make this world a better place."

So have the courage to go after your dream. Give it all you've got. Have the courage to get started and have the courage to never quit. I guarantee you, when you do, your life will become great!


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