The Power of Repetition on Personal Development

Repetition is defined in the World Book Dictionary as:

1.    The act of repeating; doing or saying again: Repetition helps learning. Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws (Emerson).

2.    A repeated occurrence; thing repeated: The repetition soon became boring.

Photo by Steph Meslin-Weber

Photo by Steph Meslin-Weber

Along the journey of self-improvement we sometimes lose our way and that my friend is completely normal. The trick is to get back on track and keep on doing that even if we lose our way several times. The Power of Repetition is helpful in several aspects of self-improvement or personal development. Here are two important uses of repetition:

1.    Repetition is essential to form a new habit or drop an old bad one They say it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit. Some say it’s best to go for 30 days. Steve Pavlina advocates treating it as a 30 day trial. Making the decision that you will adopt a new habit for only 30 days then go back to status quo afterward. This diminishes the inertia that we feel when we think of a permanent change so we can just get started. Period. Once you have created the 30 day momentum, it’s easier to extend it to 60 days, 90 days or permanently.

2.    Repetition trains the subconscious mind If you are working on achieving a specific goal, make a positive affirmation about it and repeat it several times during the day. This will train your mind into believing that you can achieve this goal and you will begin to attract it. As they said in the movie, The Secret, ‘What you think about, you bring about’. Make sure that you are always thinking about your goal and you can do this with positive affirmations repeated throughout the day.

Have you ever reread a good book or watched sitcom reruns or watched a movie that you really liked over and over again? I know that I have done all three. Currently I have been listening to a CD by Earl Nightingale called The Strangest Secret just about every time I am in the car, besides listening to the news in the morning at 7am. This has been going on for several weeks and yet I take away something different from that recording almost every time.

Repetition is similar to practice, doing some repeatedly and you know what they say, Practice makes perfect. Doing a presentation ahead of time repeatedly, increases confidence and helps for a smoother delivery. Studying a previously learned concept over extended periods of time or spaced repetition helps the learning process. Are you learning a new concept, hobby or preparing for a presentation or big meeting or more importantly changing some aspect of your life for the better? Try applying some repetition, rehearsal or practice and analyze the results. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Do you have a personal story about how you applied the power of repetition in your life for lasting change? If so, I would love to hear it.

5 Simple ways to control your negative inner chatter

1. Work on your mindset everyday!

One of my favorite books, “Think and Grow Rich” describes the subconscious mind as ‘a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein’. You need to fill your mind with positive thoughts about yourself, your goals and the possibilities abound. And it has to become a daily routine, just like exercise. To keep your body in shape you need to have a regular exercise routine, the mind is no different. Here are some suggestions to keep your mind conditioned and create a winning mindset:


a. Create a mind movie and watch it every day. At the very least, create a PowerPoint slide with pictures or images of your goals. More advanced programs like Windows Movie Maker or online programs like Flash Slideshow Maker can also be used. The idea is to have your goals in front of you and top of mind everyday like a vision board or scrapbook.

b. Read self-help or personal development books or magazines. Some of my favorites are Think and Grow Rich, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Develop a collection of these kinds of books and read and reread them often.

c. Read personal development blogs or websites Try to be organized and selective about this in the interest of time. The idea is to subscribe to a handful of blogs, weekly newsletters and read the updates. Its easy to get lost in the myriad of information out there on this subject.

2. Affirmationsabund-dance

Use affirmations to reaffirm specific goals you are working towards or to affirm qualities of the person you want to become or to affirm a new way of thinking. Some examples:

a. I am so happy and grateful now that I drive a Land Rover Discovery, my dream car

b. I am a goal-setting, smart working self-starter who is a disciplined and persistent positive thinker

c. When God closes one door, he always opens another

A few things to note about affirmations:
• Always use affirmations in the present tense,
• Say affirmations with feeling and emotion behind it
• Use affirmations in the affirmative i.e. Say, ‘I am financially independent’ is better than saying, ‘I am not in debt’

3. Gratitudegratitude8

Be grateful for what you have no matter how bad things get. Things can always be much worse. Once there is life, there is hope, be grateful for that! As soon as you catch yourself starting to think negative, disempowering thoughts, switch to thoughts of gratitude even for the little things. Say it out loud if you have to. List them one by one and see how far you can go. A great exercise which I first heard on Oprah and then on ‘The Secret’ is to keep a gratitude journal. Write down at least 3 things that you are grateful for every night. If it was a particularly bad day, make it 10 things. Or do a gratitude brainstorm, set a time and see how many things you can write down in the allotted time. Until you can be truly grateful for the things you have in your life right now, you will not be ready to receive what you hope and wish for.

4. How can it go right? bealright

Instead of thinking of all the ways that something could go wrong, think of all the ways that it could go right. Whether you are working on a new business idea, a career change or any worthwhile venture. When you make yourself think of all the ways that things could go right, you open up yourself to new ideas.

5. Visualizationvisualization

Use your imagination and let your mind soar! Visualize your most desired outcome. Rehearse it in your mind. Picture yourself making that sale, closing on your dream home, doubling your income or whatever your goal or burning desire. You can do it. This is a powerful exercise and should be done daily. With preparation and visualization, you can attract to yourself whatever you want and watch it come through in your life.

So how do you plan to control your negative inner chatter? Or do you have an idea that I have not included here? I would love to hear from you.

Top Billionaires Famous Quotes

The much anticipated annual Forbes list of the richest people in the world debuted recently.

Due to the current economic crisis there were two important updates:

1) The world’s billionaires have an average net worth of US$3 billion down by 23% from last year and
2) There are 793 billionaires in the world down from 1,125 last year.

There is a lot to be learned about life, business and success from the world’s wealthiest. Many are well known and constantly in the media spotlight and some are fiercely private. Many quotes can be found on the web by the more outspoken billionaires. These sound bites give some insight into how they run their business, how they think and how they live their lives. If you read, pick and choose from these billionaire quotes, you will most often find that you learn something that you can apply to your own life or even your business.

Here is a compilation of a few quotes from some of the top 25 richest people in the world.

Hey, I never told anyone to buy my stock! Besides, no one is less happy than I am with the performance of Microsoft stock! I’ve lost tens of billions of dollars this year-if you check, you’ll see that that’s more than most people make in a lifetime!
Bill Gates – 2009 Net Worth: $40 billion – Microsoft Founder

I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.
Warren Buffett – 2009 Net Worth: $37 billion – Investor/Stock Market Guru

I believe that if a businessman knows how to efficiently manage his business, he should be able to manage a foundation efficiently. It’s not a question of giving money away, it’s a question of going somewhere and doing something and making sure the basic costs are paid…I’m channeling resources to try to solve problems as quickly as possible.
Carlos Slim Helu – 2009 Net Worth: $35 billion – Communications Businessman and Investor

A corporation’s primary goal is to make money. Government’s primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
Larry Ellison – 2009 Net Worth: $22.5 billion – Cofounder and CEO of Oracle

I’m a bit tight with money, but so what? I look at the money I’m about to spend on myself and ask myself if IKEA’s customers can afford it.
Ingvar Kamprad – 2009 Net Worth: $22 billion – Founder of IKEA

The typical human life seems to be quite unplanned, undirected, unlived, and unsavored. Only those who consciously think about the adventure of living as a matter of making choices among options, which they have found for themselves, ever establish real self-control and live their lives fully.
Karl Albrecht – 2009 Net Worth: $21.5 billion – Co-Founder of Supermarket Giant Aldi

I think that our fundamental belief is that for us growth is a way of life and we have to grow at all times.
Mukesh Ambani – 2009 Net Worth: $19.5 billion – Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Industries

Everyone experiences tough times, it is a measure of your determination and dedication how you deal with them and how you can come through them.
Lakshmi Mittal – 2009 Net Worth: $19.3 billion – Owner of the world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal

As kids, we all worked for the company in one way or another. I got to work behind the candy counter or run the popcorn stand when I was five years old. The business was part of life and it was always included in the dinner conversation. We heard a lot about the debt it took to open new stores and I worried about it. I remember confiding to my girlfriend one time – crying – and saying, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do. My daddy owes so much money and he won’t quit opening stores.”
Alice Walton – 2009 Net Worth: $17.6 billion – Daughter of Walmart Pioneer Sam Walton

I think in business, you have to learn to be patient. Maybe I’m not very patient myself. And I think what I’ve learned the most is be able to wait for something and get it when it’s the right time.
Bernard Arnault – 2009 Net Worth: $16.5 billion – Chairman of LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton)

We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill.. it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.
Li Ka shing – 2009 Net Worth $16.2 billion – Hutchison Whampoa Chairman

Getting the job done has been the basis for the success my company has achieved.
Michael Bloomberg – 2009 Net Worth $16 billion – Founder of Bloomberg Financial Media Company and New York Mayor

The role of business is to produce goods and services that make people’s lives better. And if you have to get a subsidy — if you have to force other people to support your profit — you’re not doing that. You’re not making them better off; you’re making them worse off.
Charles Koch – 2009 Net Worth $14 billion – Head of Koch Industries

“They’re real life demonstrations of the biblical adage ‘If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach the man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.’”
David Koch – 2009 Net Worth $14 billion – Executive Vice President, Koch Industries

If I’m going to do something, I do it spectacularly or I don’t do it at all.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud – 2009 Net Worth $13.3 billion – Entrepreneur and International Investor

It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.
Michael Dell – 2009 Net Worth $12.3 billion – Founder and Chairman of Dell Computers

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