100+ Tips to Make this Your
Best Year Ever!
From Ruben’s critically
acclaimed book, “The Courage to Succeed.”
- Count your blessings
daily. Doing so will keep you in a positive state of mind.
- Surround yourself with
positive, encouraging, successful people. They will pull you up no
matter what the circumstances.
- Come to terms with the
fact that in life there is no free lunch. Stop trying to get something
for nothing. Doing so is a waste of time and energy you could be using
to go after your dream.
- It’s not what happens
to you, it’s how you handle it.
- Deliver more than you
are paid to. Make yourself indispensable to others.
- Focus on your
strengths. Find an arena you are suited to play in, have the courage to
get started, have the courage to not quit, and decide you will give it
all you’ve got for as long as it takes to get the job done.
- Live this day as if it
were your last. Treat others as if it were their last day.
- Take your projects
seriously but learn to laugh at yourself.
- Don’t neglect the
details. Excellence comes from taking care of the details.
- Smile more. It makes
you more approachable, and makes it easier to build your dream team.
- Constantly ask
yourself, “What is the number one thing I could do in the next 15
minutes to get me closer to my goal?” Then do it right away.
- Break down large goals
into smaller more manageable goals.
- Find a mentor who
believes in you, who will support you, and who will push you toward your
- Don’t let others rain
on your parade. Avoid negative people like the plague.
- Decide to find the
seed of good in every adversity.
- Decide that you are
willing to do whatever it takes to realize your dream.
- Realize that true
happiness lies within you. Happiness is the product of the quality of
your relationships and of the degree of control you feel you have in
life. Every time you make excuses, you lose control and become unhappy.
- The past does not
determine the future. No matter how many times you have failed, the next
time you could succeed. If you don’t believe me, just read Thomas
- Take full
responsibility for your results.
- Protect your attitude.
Your attitude determines your altitude. Average talent with great
attitude will beat out great talent with bad attitude every time.
- Read biographies then
model your life after the lives of successful people.
- Don’t complain about
your circumstances. Decide you will make your own circumstances.
- Don’t kid yourself.
Life is hard. Success takes time and massive action.
- You only live once. Go
for the Gold. Decide you will not simply exist. Decide to live an
exciting life. Don’t just take up space. Make a difference so you will
be missed when you are gone. Decide to leave a legacy.
- Be willing to pay the
price of success. No pain no gain.
- Vividly imagine what
your victory will feel like. Replay that victory all the time. It’s your
preview of coming attractions.
- Act in spite of your
fear. No guts no glory.
- Whenever in doubt, go
with the bolder choice.
- Base your plan on your
- Humble yourself to the
leadership of those who have done what you want to do. Ask for help and
you will succeed faster.
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- Believe in yourself.
Persist in the face of challenges. Don’t take “No” for an answer.
- Celebrate every small
- Follow your heart.
- Constantly look for
ways to simplify your life.
- Anger gives people
courage to do things they usually would not do. Whenever you are angry,
don’t waste your anger doing negative things. Harness the energy in your
anger to reach your goal.
- Embrace change. Change
brings opportunity to win.
- If you’re not failing
you are playing too safe and you are not growing. If you want to succeed
faster, double your failure rate.
- Bite off more than you
- Live your life with
- Read good books,
listen to self-development tapes, and attend seminars.
- Forgive others
quickly. Being angry at someone else is like drinking poison.
- Make your dream so
exciting that it takes your breath away. Then, be willing to fight for
your dream and future.
- Every time you make an
excuse, you give away control of your life. Stop making excuses.
- Don’t live life
through others. Be the hero in your own life.
- Watch less TV. Your TV
is keeping you from your dreams. TV wastes hundreds of precious hours of
people's time - time they could use to make a better life for
- Establish a mission
and a purpose for your life.
- Burning desire creates
the power to succeed. Develop a passionate desire for your purpose. How
badly you want it to happen will determine if you do make it happen.
- Never blame, whine or
- Talk positively to
yourself. Never bad-mouth or criticize yourself.
- Be a good finder. Look
for good in everything that happens. Developing a positive mental
attitude is a decision. A decision that helps you have a better life.
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- Put your dreams in
concrete and your plans in sand.
- Write down your goals
every day before you turn on your computer. It takes less than two
minutes and helps you start off the day in a more purposeful, focused
manner. Doing this will make you more productive than 95% of people in
- Imitate the
perseverance of the people you admire.
- Read 15-30 minutes a
day from a positive self-development book.
- Become a part of a
support group. Hang out with people who have goals and dreams similar to
- Know yourself. Know
your strengths and weaknesses. That knowledge will help you understand
why you act the way you do. Learn about the four personality types.
- Help others reach
- See challenges as an
opportunity to become stronger.
- Do what you fear and
the fear will disappear. Facing fear is called courage. Running from
fear is called cowardice. Do you want to be known as a courageous person
or as a coward? It's your choice.
- If you want to win big
you have to be willing to lose big.
- Focus on your goals,
not on your obstacles.
- You will only see it
when you believe it.
- Don’t let other
people’s opinion of you become your reality.
- When the why is big
enough, the how will take care of itself.
- If you are not excited
about your dream, don’t expect others to get excited about your dream.
- Don’t listen to the
naysayers in your life. “Impossible” is just the opinion of somebody who
does not believe as much as you do.
- When somebody laughs
or makes fun of you, that person should stop having any influence in
your life. They are holding you back from your purpose in life.
- Whenever somebody
compliments you, they have just seen a glimpse of your greatness. The
compliments you get over and over are a clue to where your gifts lie.
When you use your God-given gifts to realize your dream, you make the
world a better place.
- Associate with big
thinkers. Big people don’t laugh at big ideas.
- Success is all about
guts and vision. Knowing what you want, and having the guts to go after
- As long as you don’t
quit, you’ve still got a chance.
- You’ll either pay the
price of success or the price of regret. The price of success weighs
ounces. The price of regret weighs tons. It’s your choice.
- Set high goals for
yourself. If you’re not headed anywhere in life, you’re headed nowhere.
- Wanting to win is not
enough. You have to be willing to prepare to win.
- Take more chances.
You’ll never know what you were missing in life until you dare to pursue
- Insanity is doing the
same thing and expecting different results. To get better results you
must constantly adjust your approach.
- Fortune favors the
brave. Boldness has magic in it. Don’t play it safe. Start taking more
- Winners have the
courage to get started and the courage to endure.
- Do the things you fear
or else fear will control your life.
- Commitment creates
opportunity. Stop talking and start doing. Think less and act more.
- The day you take
complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making excuses,
is the day you start moving to the top.
- Believe that there is
an opportunity in every challenge. Your job is to find it and to take
advantage of it.
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- If it is to be it is
up to you. Nobody can succeed for you. You have to make it happen. There
is no one to stop you but yourself. Decide you will make it happen.
- Take a leap of faith.
Leap and the net will appear.
- Fear is a smokescreen.
Act in spite of your fear and the fear will disappear.
- Fly with eagles, and
you’ll start to think, feel and act like an eagle. Hang around with
turkeys, and… well, you get the picture.
- People of integrity
expect to be believed, and they’re willing to let time prove them right.
Be a person of your word.
- Invest in yourself.
The better you are, the better your results will be.
- “If you’re going
through hell…keep going!” – Winston Churchill
- “A good plan,
violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” –
General George Patton
- It’s human nature to
be lazy – to want to coast. Therefore, constantly strive to improve,
because he who stops being better eventually stops being good.
- You’re not finished
when you are defeated. You are only finished when you quit.
- The greatest predictor
of future success is how driven and passionate you are to realize your
dream. Passion is much more important than talent.
- Have fun. You can’t
get passionate about anything if you are not having fun. If you are not
having fun you are probably doing the wrong thing.
- Believe that you are
the master of your own destiny and that you can create your own future.
- Focus on doing things
that will improve your odds of winning. It’s all about improving your
- All your actions have
consequences. If you sow massively, you’ll reap massively.
- There are more
opportunities today than there have ever been. If you can’t make it in
the U.S., you can’t make it anywhere.
- If you have an intense
desire to achieve something, it is a given that you have the ability
within you. Your job is to figure out how.
- Always expect the
best. We tend to get what we expect.
- Be willing to try
different approaches on the way to your goals.
- Create a crystal-clear
picture of what you want to accomplish.
- Serve others. Your
rewards in life will be proportionate to the value of your service to
- Think about the future
instead of the past. Focus on what you can do today to improve your
- Discipline yourself to
focus on the solutions, not on the problems.
- Find out what other
successful people in your field are doing, and do the same things
yourself over and over.
- Whatever you think
about all the time will grow in your life.
- “Work smart, not hard”
is a joke. If you truly want to succeed, you'd better work smart and
hard. The harder you work the luckier you’ll be.
- When opportunities
appear, move quickly. Doors of opportunity close as quickly as they
- You can’t do anything
about the past, therefore, remove the words “I should have…” from your
vocabulary. “Should haves,” create unnecessary guilt, suck the wind out
of your sails, and take away positive energy that you could use to do
- Constantly ask
yourself, “What can I do right now to reach my goal?” Then, do it right
- When you move boldly
in the direction of your dreams and goals, unseen forces will come to
- What would you dare to
do if you knew you could not fail? What are you waiting for? Do it now!
- Act as if it were
impossible to fail. Everyone is afraid. Courage is not the absence of
fear. Courage is acting in spite of your fears. Face your fears and
conquer them with swift action.
- Winners understand
that the road to success is filled with failures and challenges. Winners
fail their way to success. One big success cancels out all the failures.
- Assume that success is
only a matter of time. Resolve to learn something from every setback,
and decide that quitting is not an option.
- Your persistence will
fuel your self-belief and your self-belief will fuel your persistence.
But you have to decide that quitting is not an option.
- Positive self image
does not come from people praising you. Confidence and positive self
image comes from competence. From being good at whatever you do. And
that comes from practice. Confidence and positive self image come from
constantly facing your fears and refusing to quit.
- Successful people talk
about and think about what they want to happen. Unsuccessful people talk
about and think about what they don’t want to happen. You attract what
you talk about. What are you talking about?
- Make no small plans.
Small plans and dreams don’t have the power to inspire you and motivate
you. Have a dream that takes your breath away. Only such a dream will
motivate you to act.
- Everything you do is
either getting you closer or further from your dream. Everything.
- See things and people
as they can be, not as they are.
- Winners are willing to
do the things losers are not willing to do.
- Think big. Focus on
the possibilities, not on the problems.
- Control your thoughts
and you control your life.
- The faster you stop
operating from a state of wishful thinking and get passionately
committed to your dream, the better your life will be.
- Limiting what you are
willing to do limits what you achieve.
- Know when to listen
and know when to speak.
- The books you read and
the people you associate with will determine where you are in five
- You determine your
habits. You habits determine your future.
- Nothing of value comes
without effort. Decide you’ll do whatever it takes. Decide you are
willing to pay the price.
- The secret of your
future is hidden in your daily routine.
- High achievers have a
drive that most of us can’t even begin to imagine. They work every day
at catching their breaks. They are ordinary people with extraordinary
drive and work ethic. You can develop the same drive.
- Once a year, read “How
to Win Friends and Influence People,” “The Magic of Thinking Big,” and
“The Power of Positive Thinking.”
- Every morning, get if
front of the bathroom mirror, and serious as a heart attack, tell
yourself what your dreams and goals are. Repeat this every time you are
in front of a mirror. Do this and in time you will become unstoppable.
- Success is a decision.
It’s all up to you.
- Develop people and
leadership skills. The only way to accomplish great goals is by building
a team and working through other people.
- What you believe will
determine what you will do. What you do determines your results. Change
your beliefs, and you’ll change your results.
- When you work hard
enough and long enough that you start believing that you deserve to
succeed, you’ll start acting like a deserving person and success will
come to you.
- When you achieve your
dream, pursue another dream. That’s how to live a life of adventure.
If you will embrace and consistently and persistently apply these
principles, you will amaze people with all you accomplish. People will say
you are lucky but you’ll know luck had nothing to do with it.
Chase your dream. Never Quit.
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