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What Is Success And How Is It Achieved?

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

“Does Hard Work Lead To Success?”

At a recent Teen Award Ceremony in the US, actor Ashton Kutcher started a short speech by saying, “First of all, I don’t have a career without you guys.  I don’t get to do anything without you guys.”

The acknowledgement of the other half of  “success” was an interesting opening comment I thought.

The “other half” it seems, is something that’s often missing in any description of what success is.

Kutcher went on to say that in his experience “opportunity” looks like hard work. He then described a number of low skill jobs he worked in during his late teens and early twenties… noting especially that he had never had a job in his life that he was “better than”.

Yet how many people do you know who do the exact opposite? The most graphic of these are people who prefer the dole rather than taking on jobs they perceive they’re better than. Of course this is not an across the board thing as many people would take on any job if only they could get one.

The point I’m making though is that when people ask me how to become wealthy, depending on their current circumstances in life, I often start by saying… “Get a job”. Any job. The reason behing me saying this is because they could then use the “money” to undertake the next stage of their learning. The replies that shock me the most come from an attitude implying that they are much bigger than just any job.

When I was starting out on my journey to financial freedom, I worked four part time jobs. At one job I was paid $15 per day wrecking houses. (But the real value in this job was what I learned. It allowed me renovate houses and acquire second hand materials which I could then renovate and reuse. This enabled me to create my first $100,000 in asset value within 6 months).

The reason for 4 part time jobs, instead of one secure full time job, was so that I could work more hours and more days which meant that I earned more money than one full time job. I could then apply this money to learning the important lessons I needed to learn. In fifteen years of teaching people how to become wealthy, I’ve never met anyone who was willing to start this way. That they are still not financially successful is telling.

Another idea Kutcher promoted in his talk was the idea of being “sexy” which he described as “being smart… thoughtful and generous”.

A third offering came as a result of remembering something Steve Jobs often talked about. Jobs observed that as we grow up, enculturation teaches us that the world is the way it is and that we should live our lives inside this world. We’re told to follow the rules, not get into trouble, get a good education, get a good job, make some money, become a good consumer, get married, have a family and so on as the rest of the story goes.

The point he was making is that life is much bigger than Enculturation’s Plan for the masses. The idea that life doesn’t have to look like a life on the “work/stress, not enough time, not enough money treadmill” is foreign to most people. Instead of building a life experienced around the idea of financial freedom,  generation after generation fall into the trap of having a life based on the consumption code and servitude, rather than purposefully building a life based on the enterprise code and freedom.

While I’m not sure how much of his own wisdom Kutcher was sharing, as opposed to the wisdom of Steve Jobs given the film he’s just made… none the less, it’s hard to fault the wisdom itself.

While hard work may indeed lead to success, it is not the cause of success itself. One of the reasons for this is that success, in any endeavour, does not follow the “cause and effect” principle. Success is actually an “emergent”. No matter how hard you try, something else has to provide the spark…

The concept of “emergence” has been around since the time of Aristotle but the term emergent was coined in 1875 by pioneer psychologist G. H. Lewes who said that… “Every resultant is either a sum or a difference of co-operant forces; their sum, when their directions are the same — their difference, when their directions are contrary.”

As an emergent, success unfolds as a result of a series of effective moment-by-moment decisions made from a large number of options available every time you need to make a choice.

Instead of every day placing themselves in positions where an emergent process can happen, most people continue to place themselves into positions where servitude, predictability, and sameness always happen.

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Paul Counsel

P.S. If you’d like to know more about The Consumption Code and The Enterprise Code, you can watch these videos here. http://moneymasteryblueprint.com

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

“Growing Old With Someone You Love”

One thing I’ve always prided myself in is my ability to teach and support people who really want to learn.

This is my real gift to people.

A lot of people think that I’m lucky because I’ve achieved the sorts of freedom that most people can only ever dream of. But I don’t think I’m lucky so much as I am determined to create my lifestyle from freedom rather than incarceration.

That’s the key… if you’re like most people you’ve been conditioned to immerse yourself in huge amounts of debt first and then attempt to create freedom from the position of servitude to that debt.

This is lunacy and it seldom, if ever, works. Witness the millions of unhappy people who never experience more time… more money… or more freedom…

Instead, they experience, less time… less money… and less freedom… These outcomes need to be turned upside down.

With the same determination as I, and others, have shown, you too can achieve the same results as myself. I know this to be true because, over the past 15 years, I’ve shown thousands of people how to get similar results for themselves.

So I know that you can do it too.

The only question you really need to answer is, “Why are you allowing yourself to continue struggling with time, money and relationships when so much more is readily available?”

And its so close.

Most people are closer to freedom then they realise but they never give themselves permission to see such possibilities for themselves.

The sad thing is that if you don’t begin to move forward soon, you become so trapped in your own “story” that you can’t see the wood through the trees.

If you’re ready to make a start on your financial future… begin with my free eCourse The Ten Steps To Wealth… Just visit www.tenstepstowealth.com and enter your details.

Recently I just had a birthday which caused me to reflect on a few things…

I must be getting old because over the past few years I’ve noticed that all that matters to me these days is the connected relationships I have with others.

Economic and personal freedom are great gifts but they’re not the greatest gifts that I experience.

It’s the people around me who give me permission to be myself… And what I get from them is unconditional love and support.

When it’s all said and done, who could wish for anything more.

Today, as I was walking along a street near home, an older couple caught my eye…  and I couldn’t help but think that one of the greatest pleasures in life is to grow old with someone you love.

This lead me to start thinking about Antonia Dodge one of the founders of Personality Hacker.

She’s brilliant at showing you how to connect to your true inner genius.

Now Antonia is applying her ground breaking discoveries to the important area of “relationships”… in all their forms – finding ideal partners – finding your soul mate – becoming more intimate and connected in your relationship – having a fantastic relationship with your children and so much more.

Below is a link to a video by Antonia Dodge explaining her brilliant new series of workshops on understanding your Genius Style (your innate genius) and how it relates to relationships.

This series of workshops really bring to the fore… insights into relationships that are little known and seldom discussed. Yet they have such a remarkable impact on deepening existing intimate connections… or finding your ideal relationship type.

Once you understand how each side of a relationship thinks, perceives and make decisions, you can deepen your connection and intimacy… or find your ideal soul mate… or repair relationships that are going off the rails.

Find your ideal partner through Jungian typology and grow old with someone you love…

Here’s how… www.personalityhacker.com/summer-of-love-pc-1

Paul Counsel

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How Many Times Will It Take?

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

“How Many Times Will It Take You To Develop The Courage To Be Free?”

How many times have you said to yourself something like you wanted more time, more money and more freedom… but never acted on it?

Have you ever thought about the  courage it takes to gain access to more time and more freedom?

Have you ever thought about the courage it takes to give up the psychological and emotional dialogue you use to keep yourself locked in your comfort zone?

Courage means you have to give up your doubt, your disbelief, your lack of confidence, your distrust, your scepticism, your excuses, your shame, your blame, your denial and all the other crutches that keep you from realising the very things you say you want… but never go after.

When you have the courage to turn your wants into “musts”… you become unstoppable.

85% of millionaires are “self made” through courage.

If you begin your journey with courage, myself, and others like me, will be there to support you every step of the way.

But we cannot give you our courage because we used it on our own journeys. But we can give you our strength and our support.

Do you have the courage to be free?

Read this inspiring story of a husband and wife team who developed the courage to be free.

https://m168.infusionsoft.com/go/afsp/pc/

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Paul Counsel

The Ten Steps To Wealth

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Why Not Financial Freedom?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

“Why Keep Putting Up With Financial Distress When Financial Freedom Is Now More Available Than Ever Before?”

It only ever takes a decision to change.

In my mind, a true decision is only ever made when you no longer fear the consequences of that decision. If you fear the consequences, you’ll never make a true decision.

What you’re left with is a want, or need, or desire, or wish, or an aspiration but if you never make a decision to go after what you want… you’ll never get it.

While needs, desires, wishes, ants and aspirations remain in place… so to will financial distress.

Read this remarkable story of how a time starved couple with seven children made a “decision” to go after the lifestyle they wanted so that they could have the freedom they wanted.

It’s an inspiring story of never letting go of your ultimate dream. Read it here… https://m168.infusionsoft.com/go/afsp/pc/

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Paul Counsel

The Ten Steps To Wealth

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Is Your Potential Greater Than You’re Allowing?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

“Potential = More Time… Better Profits… Greater Freedom”

Patty Hansen tells the story of two seeds that lay side-by-side in the fertile, spring soil. The first seed said, “I want to grow! I want to send down my roots deep into the soil beneath me and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust before me… I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring… I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!” And so it grew.

The second seed said, “I’m afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I’ll encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts… What if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it’s much better for me to wait until it’s safe.” And so it waited.

“A chook came scratching around for food in the early spring ground. It found the waiting seed and promptly ate it. Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.”

The Ten Steps To Wealth maintains that at some point youmay have expressed a desire to be wealthy and financially free. But is it really wealth you want, or has it more to do with experiencing the products of wealth?

In other words,  is it the “freedom of lifestyle” that independent wealth can provide you with?

If you’re like most people, you’ll be feeling a desire to better support those who are important to you. it might also be a desire to live a life of choice, a desire to feel secure, a desire to experience peace of mind, a desire to live according to your own sense of time, a desire to be free of the everyday constraints, especially those of jobs. You might also express a desire to feel a sense of achievement and a desire to experience greater happiness.

While you might desire these things, chances are that you will not experience them to any degree unless you undertake the necessary changes to make these experiences a reality for you. If you’re like most people, your programming and conditioning will continue to lead you in a different direction.

The mechanics of wealth are relatively simple, however becoming wealthy is a skill that needs to be developed over time.While most people know what they should be doing, the point is that they don’t do it.

They don’t grow to feel the warmth of the sun so much as they stay with in the confines of comfort zones and remain below ground… below thier potential.

From an early age, society teaches you to surrender your potential to a life of financial freedom so that you can successfully follow the “conditioned life” that society wants you to experience.

Perhaps you’re surviving more comfortably than others but have you really achieved the potential you were born with? Those who achieve their potential know and live the freedom of abundance. But those who don’t, constantly live with the stresses of not being able to get off the “work/stress, not enough time, not enough money treadmill”.

If you are one of those people who always wanted to be wealthy but were a little afraid of doing something about it, then here’s your chance to make a brand new start by enrolling in my complimentary The Ten Steps To Wealth eCourse!

It’s a New Year, a new decade, a new century. Make it a new beginning. Make a conscious decision to stop living beneath your true potential.

Make a conscious decision to stop surrendering yourself to conventional wisdom. Make a conscious decision to stop doing as you have always done.  Make a conscious decision to start doing something about the experiences you want rather than just wishing for them.

Make a conscious decision to change your future and achieve a life of financial independence, security, freedom and choice! Make a conscious decision to plant yourself in a fertile environment of learning and mentoring so that you can reach up and grow.

Don’t wake up in ten years time and think of what might have been. You’re now at the beginning of an exciting journey towards reclaiming your lost potential.

So stand up and reclaim it… Reclaim your confidence, reclaim your present, reclaim the potential you were born with and reclaim your future.

Victor Frankl maintains that the greatest distinction between humans and animals is the freedom to choose. As humans, “We are totally responsible for our own lives. Our behaviour is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.”

 That’s it really, wealth is about making things happen!

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The Ten Steps To Wealth

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Developing Your Money Selves

Observations from The Ten Steps To Wealth… If I sit back for a few moments and observe some of the threads in many of the posts I read in various forums… I see a consistency in underlying themes which could be expressed as something like “not enough money and not enough time”. The other side of this in a time starved, instant download, increasing costs environment is the constant need to “make more money.

For the last fifteen years, my expertise has been directed towards reversing these conditions for people so that they can gain access to the economic and personal freedom they desire. It’s what I do best and it’s relatively easy to reverse “not enough time and not enough money” conditions for most people providing they have flexibility in both thinking and emotions.

When people enrol in my programs I set them “The Generic Goal”.

This goal represents the cost of the program for the participant plus $1 so that they get an ROI (return on their investment). Every student, with my help, must achieve their Generic Goal during the period of their program. My philosophy is what’s the point of teaching programs on making more money it I can’t get people to make more money!! And yet how many people enrol in money programs where the teacher doesn’t make sure that the people entering their programs make more money. Doesn’t make sense to me.

I’ll explain more about the power of Generic Goals in further posts. But let me continue on the “not enough time and not enough money” theme for a minute.

Most people don’t set generic goals for themselves and then set out to achieve those goals. Instead they express desires, which are generally huge $$$ figures that are way beyond their previous experiences. I term these goals “Sabotage Goals” rather than “Generic Goals” hence the underlying experiences of “not enough time and not enough money”.

One of the programs I conduct is called Money Mastery and it’s a personalised mentoring and teaching program that runs for 12 months. When people enter this program, apart from the content that gets delivered, I work with each individual on a personal level to show them how to develop “Money Selves” that stand outside the experiences of what I term “Worker Selves”…

This is an important concept to understand and this is why I’ve developed the Ten Steps To Wealth program. It’s also why the Ten Steps To Wealth is a free eCourse because I want people to learn important concepts before they attempt to create wealth.

“Worker self” is the money self that society encourages you to develop and its the “self” that’s conditioned with the three money mindsets of earn, spend and borrow for non productive purposes! When you’re conditioned with these three money mindsets, life will always represent a financial struggle for you.

The money selves that need to be developed are “enterprise self”, then “entrepreneur self”, then “expert self” in that order…

In other words, not only do I teach content, but I’m a hands on mentor that helps these selves to develop… nearly everybody achieves their Generic Goal so that after 12 months, all their training and mentoring ends up free of charge… it’s a brilliant model, I love helping people in this way and it works really well.

The best ROI on a Generic Goal we’ve had so far is 650%… Not bad but some day I expect that record to be bettered.

Unfortunately, what I see time and time again is people trying to be an expert before they’ve developed “enterprise self” and “entrepreneur self”. These two selves have entirely different roles and functions to perform and each must be developed in a specific way before “expert self” can be developed.

So let’s go back to the start of this and observe two underlying themes… “not enough time and not enough money”. There are very clear reasons for this in most people. In addition, most people cannot see how to get past their “not enough time and not enough money” experience in a practical way… they might be able to see their way past these experiences by engaging in big ideas, but rarely are these big ideas fully expressed in results.

My sole purpose for writing this blog and developing The Ten Steps To Wealth eCourse is to help people get past their conditioned money experiences and I’m still up for this challenge but I can’t help you if there is no personal engagement either through this Blog or  through the Ten Steps eCourse.

Support can come in a zillion ways and a few new and exciting developments are taking place over at The Ten Steps To Wealth website… but they all start with engagement.

Hope to see or hear from you soon.

Paul Counsel

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