Salad Ahmed Halane – Assessments

As a Man Thinketh
Assessment by Salad Ahmed Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The main idea that this book conveys and author wants to communicate to the readers about the topic of thought is the ability of positive thinking. The author of this book demonstrates that thinking can have both negative and positive sides and impacts. Negative thinking can have bad impact on the person and as community while positive thinking can have positive impacts on oneself and as a community as well. The author expresses and takes as an example that thinking is gardening your mind with negative and positive cultivations. To have good life is mandatory that you cultivate your mind with positive thinking. It is better we see well in every think instead of bad. With this habit you will see the world differently and have good impact of yourself and others. By thinking positively you can shape your future and surrounding circumstances in your favor and guide your life on what you desire not where it takes you without your will.
Finally, James Allen narrates in this book that by using positive thinking you can perfect yourself and help others achieve greatness. It is better you take control of your thinking and lead your mind to the right choices, decisions, and live a happy life.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. Character

A person is literally what he thinks, his character being the compete sum of all his thoughts; this basic idea inspired me during my reading of the book. The sum of our daily thoughts is literally what shapes and guides our thinking. The more you think positively the more you will notice good impact in your life. In my personal experiences, there were many instances where I constantly felt the effect of thinking positively and negatively as well. As a person you should plant beautiful seeds in your thinking gardens to live a better life and accomplish great achievements in your life.

ii. They themselves are makers of themselves; thoughts are what encourages or discourages the person.

The character of thinking in a positive way will be help you make you self a great person while the negative thinking will get you in the wrong direction and will eventually lead yourself to bad circumstances. This important for me because I have seen many occasions where by my good thinking and bad thinking both have affected me tremendously and changed my life to both good and bad situations.

iii. The humans are the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.

All depends on individual thoughts that will have tremendous impacts on person’s destiny. Positive thinkers will develop in life while the negative thinkers will always stuck in these thinking. After reading this book, my thinking has shifted to positively. I regularly watch my mind and direct it to right way of thinking in a good ways.

iv. Choice

By the right choice and true application of thought, the human ascends to the divine perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and the human is their maker and master. Humans should always apply the clear thoughts to raise in their life in the perfect manner. I have experienced how clear thinking of mind would take you to a higher levels if practiced always.

v. Man’s mind

It may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. In regard to this idea that the author expresses it is important to always cultivate your mind with positive and good thoughts to enable ourselves good opportunities to grow our mind with clear thinking.

vi. Helping

You cannot help a weaker man unless he is willing to be helped. This is literally true when it comes to helping weaker and disadvantaged persons. Unless they are willing to be helped it’s quite difficult to lift them up and help them with what so ever they need for.

vii. Circumstances

Circumstances does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. The human being will truly reveal himself if put under pressure and different circumstances. So it is true in sense that man is made by the circumstances rather it reveals the true self of his.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

These ideas and lessons have helped to in my daily life practical ways in different ways. For example, during my study of the book, I was able to reflect myself and see whether my thoughts were positive and the impact it had on me at the moment. Actually, after finishing reading the book, I started to watch my thought and guide it into the direction that I want to make destiny of myself in the future. Now, I try my best in everyday life to cultivate my mind with clear and positive thoughts and help others change their negative thinking to have good outcomes of this life.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart
from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the
Continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations; and man, therefore, as the lord and master
Of thought, is the maker of himself the shaper and author of environment. Even at birth
The soul comes to its own and through every step of its earthly pilgrimage it attracts those combinations of conditions which reveal itself, which are the reflections of its own purity and, impurity, its strength and weakness.”

The human being will truly reveal himself if put under pressure and different circumstances. So it is true in sense that man is made by the circumstances rather it reveals the true self of his.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

There were some few ideas that was somehow I did not grasp it well during my reading of this book. “Following the inmost desires, aspirations, thoughts, by which he allows himself to be Dominated, (pursuing the will-o’-the-wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking The highway of strong and high endeavor), a man at last arrives at their fruition and Fulfillment in the outer conditions of his life. The laws of growth and adjustment Everywhere obtains.” Like this idea which I don’t understand and grasp it well. I could have disagreed with it if I could have grasped it well enough. It would be better if the institute arrange peer-to-peer/mentor-mentee online programs for the students to discuss the big ideas.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, the book did contain some exercise and assignments for the reader to complete. I have completed most of them. Among the completed exercise are how are you using your thoughts, is it positively or negatively? Where are you now with your thoughts? I have worked on exercises while I was reading the book. In where are you now with your thoughts exercise, I have analyzed myself promptly to start positively while paying much attention to my general thoughts.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Nothing to comment here.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 8
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 10
D. Would you recommend it to others? 7
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 8

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Assessment by Salad Ahmed Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The main ideas that the author Richard Bach is trying to convey and communicate to the readers in this book is that Jonathan seagull has followed his heart to the end he has did a lot of sacrifice for his life. “Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else. Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.” Richard Bach aims to explain that sacrifices and trusting your instincts while believing your heart is important in life. He also to tries to shade some light on the myth of that seagulls never fly in dark. You need to regularly practice and aim to develop new skills to reach where ever it’s that you aim with struggles.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. Being Alone.

Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone, but he flew way out beyond the Far Cliffs. His one sorrow was not solituile, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see. He learned more each day. He learned that a streamlined high-speed dive could bring him to find the rare and tasty fish that schooled ten feet below the surface of the ocean: he no longer needed fishing boats and stale bread for survival.

This idea is important for me as it teaches person to struggle in life to reach his destiny. It’s better to be alone than with a lot of friends that are not willing to help you explore your greatness and achieve important milestones in your life. Some people prefer to get things done alone while others will like to accompany with other people in doing everything.

ii. Flight

During my study of the book, one idea that catch my attention was where Richard Bach explained that “Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight that is how to get from shore to food and back but for Jonathan Livingston seagull it is not eating that matters it is flight.” This idea was personally important for me to deeply understand it’s essentially crucial for us to not only think about what we will eat. Anyone can do it, but not everyone will pay much attention and learn the simplest facts of the fight to be able to swim and advance in any difficult situations. “For a long time Jonathan forgot about the world that he had come from, that place where the Flock lived with its eyes tightly shut to the joy of flight, using its wings as means to the end of finding and fighting for food. But now and then, just for a moment, he remembered.”
It’s literally worth mentioning here that this idea reminded me the importance to let the fight go for sometimes and relax. You need to fight for some reasons and encourage yourself in accomplishing success in difficult situations.

iii. You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying. This is just the same. Now try again.

In this quote from the book, the main idea communicated by the author to the readers is that you need firstly to understand well whatever it’s that you want to achieve. Knowing precisely what you want to achieve will help your find the shortest way possible with the minimum timeframe. It is always better to try and learn from it if you fail to get there in the first time. There is always window for trying it gain and gain until you accomplish it perfectly.

iv. I wonder about that, Jon,” said Sullivan standing near. “You have less fear of learning than any gull I’ve seen in ten thousand years.” The Flock fell silent, and Jonathan fidgeted in embarrassment.

This idea was among the great ideas that impressed me in my study of this book.

v. We come from known place and come to another place which was exactly alike. You will forget where you come from and your origins.

This idea outlines the fact the you should live at your present and forget about your past.

vi. Thinking of your past experiences will negatively impact your outcome and impair your current productivity as well. You should life your moment and focus on it.

This idea has helped me to change my thoughts and focus on my current moments instead of thinking my bad experiences in the past. You don’t need to worry of the past nor the future, only focus on now.

vii. Concentrate on your everyday small improvements to achieve bigger goals in the long-term.

You should also learn from your past experiences and apply the valuable lessons learnt in your current and future activities. A month went by, or something that felt about like a month, and Jonathan learned at a tremendous rate. He always had learned quickly from ordinary experience, and now, the special student of the Elder Himself, he took in new ideas like a streamlined feathered computer.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

These ideas detailed in question two of the assignment helped me get to know myself well and my current positions. These have broadened my thinking of life. While I was answering the question under these ideas I had to think widely and concentrate real improvements of myself and others. Helping other will enable you to see your true self and discover many interesting things in your life.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom,” Jonathan
Would say in the evenings on the beach, and precision flying is a step toward expressing our Real nature. Everything that limits us we have to put aside. That’s why all this high-speed Practice, and low speed, and aerobatics and his students would be asleep, exhausted from the day’s flying. They liked the practice, because it was fast and exciting and it fed a hunger for learning that grew with every lesson. But not one of them, not even Fletcher Lynd Gull, had come to believe that the flight of ideas could possibly be as real as the flight of wind and feather.”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip.”

“Is nothing More than you’re thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too. But no matter how he said it, it sounded like pleasant Fiction, and they needed more to sleep.”

These quotes were among the important ideas I have come across while I was studying this book. It teaches to assume good in every situations. I am applying these wonderful idea in my everyday work and life.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

There were some few ideas that was somehow I did not grasp it well during my reading of this book. “Jon, you were Outcast once. Why do you think that any of the gulls in your old time would listen to you now? You know the proverb, and it’s true: The gull sees farthest who flies highest. Those gulls where you came from are standing on the ground, squawking and fighting amongst themselves. They’re a thousand miles from heaven – and you say you want to show Them heaven from where they stand! Jon, they can’t see their own wingtips! Stay here. Help the new gulls here, the ones who are high enough to see what you have to tell them.” He was quiet for a moment, and then he said, “Like this idea which I don’t understand and grasp it well. I could have disagreed it if I could have grasped it well enough.”

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, the book did contain some exercise and assignments for the reader to complete. I have completed most of them. As you read the book its better you practice on these exercise and apply the main ideas conveyed in it and throughout the book.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Nothing further to comment here.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 9
B. How helpful were the contents? 8
C. How easy was it to understand? 9
D. Would you recommend it to others? 7
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 8

Keys to Success
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

Thought, desire, faith, self-suggestion, and knowledge are just a few of the concepts that the author is trying to convey to help the reader achieve their goals. What the rich do to succeed is revealed in this book. To qualify as wealthy, he explains the criteria. A person’s wealth extends beyond the things they own. Riches in terms of physical well-being, interpersonal connections, mental state, and general outlook on life, the wealthy have come to understand that the mind is the most potent weapon a person can wield. As a result, they put money into it. A muscle grows stronger the more it is used, just like a muscle grows stronger with exercise. According to Hill, anyone who follows his advice and puts it into practice will amass enormous wealth. These principles can be applied to any kind of goal, whether it’s monetary, professional, spiritual, or anything else.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. When it comes to their success, these people were extremely focused.

Write down the steps you will take to become a millionaire and post it in a prominent place where you will see it every day if you have this goal in mind. It’s only after you’ve written down every detail of your strategy that you’ll be able to begin taking deliberate and unintentional steps toward achieving it.

ii. First and foremost, I must conquer my own mind in order to achieve any sort of success.

If I want to be wealthy or successful, I need to learn to control my fears, doubts, negativity, and procrastination.

iii. A group of people who share my vision and will motivate me to achieve my goal, such as a “Master Mind” or “team of experts.”

To be successful, this Master Mind group must be in harmony with me and have a different skill set that complements my own. Be in complete control of my thoughts; if I feed my subconscious mind with negative and poor thoughts, then negativity and poverty will become a reality for me. Whatever I want to accomplish in life, I must learn how to think in a way that leads me in the direction of that objective.

iv. I need to combine my thoughts and feelings to influence your subconscious.

To say, “I’m going to be a surgeon” and expect it to happen is unrealistic. I’ll have to concentrate and mix up my emotions as I say it if I want to persuade myself that I’ll succeed.

v. When submitting a job application, be specific.

It’s critical to begin climbing the corporate ladder as soon as possible. Make sure I apply for a specific role being as precise as possible instead of applying for any job. To be effective, I must clearly articulate what my goals are, how I intend to contribute to the company’s goals, and why the company should choose me over another candidate. As a result, I’ll be able to jump right into the thick of things rather than spending time and energy working my way up the corporate ladder.

vi. Successful people tend to make quick decisions and then change their minds slowly.

In this way, their Master Mind group will not be influenced by people outside of it once they have decided.

vii. Learn about the people I’m surrounded by.

If I’m doing well, they’ll feel bad about it. These individuals will never run out of things to say or things to say about me. If I want to succeed, I must filter out the thoughts of these toxic negative people and only process the comments of those who truly want me to succeed.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

The ideas in Question Two of the assignment will assist me in overcoming my fears. Hill tells the story of a warrior who sailed to a battle that was most likely lost before it even began. When he arrived on the scene, he ordered his soldiers to set the boats on fire. One option remained: either conquer or perish. Their victory in this supposedly hopeless conflict defied all expectations. Consequently, if one wants to succeed in any business, one must eliminate all possible points of retreat. Keeping a burning desire to win in mind is the only way to achieve success. I also need a clear goal, a burning desire to obtain my desired outcome and a clear path to get there to be successful. It is important for me to remember that the greatest skyscrapers and the most ingenious inventions all began as dreams

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“Capitalistic society guarantees every person the opportunity to provide service and to collect riches in proportion to the value of the service.”

Out of this magnificent quote I got two things. To begin, he believes that “every person has the opportunity” and that nothing not your race, gender, sexual orientation, or social class should stand in the way of your success. Because the market doesn’t lie, “collect riches in proportion to the value of the service” was the second thing that caught my eye in that quote. We all benefit financially from the services we render.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

During my reading of this book, I had a hard time grasping a few concepts. “There is no plan for poverty. It is self-sufficient because it is a fearless and ruthless warrior. Riches are reticent and reticent people. They need to be “swayed” in some way. Though I don’t fully understand or grasp this concept, I find it fascinating. If I had been able to understand it, I might have been able to disagree with it.
6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

There were some exercises and assignments for the reader to complete in the book. I’ve finished most of them. To get the most out of the book, it’s a good idea to practice these exercises and apply the book’s main ideas while reading.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Nothing to comment in here.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 9
B. How helpful were the contents? 10
C. How easy was it to understand? 9
D. Would you recommend it to others? 8
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 9

 

 

PsychoCybernetics
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The author is trying to convey oneself-image and how it has a significant impact on your life. Whether or not you succeed in navigating life’s twists and turns will depend on how you view yourself. If you’re serious about improving yourself, you’ll have to confront your ingrained notions about who you are and what you’re capable of first. Graduating college opens a world of opportunity, but it also brings with it a plethora of risks. The world of possibilities can be exhilarating, but it can also be crippling. Too many choices and not enough guidance can lead a young adult astray. Maxwell Maltz concluded that people’s lives were not fundamentally altered by his interventions.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. A person’s success is built on a foundation of seven pillars according to Maxwell Maltz. Achieving success or failure isn’t a matter of “finding” it or “coming to” it. Rather, your personality is the source of both failure and success.

ii. Different sets of elements are required to produce each.

First it all starts with a clear sense of direction. Everyone, like a mountain climber, has a desire to reach a specific objective. Rather than resting at the top, I should continue to the next peak. The second quality is comprehension. Fear, anxiety, and desire distort people’s sensory perceptions, which is why most failures occur. I can see two colleagues in conversation. As soon as you walk by, they take a pause in their conversation and look at you. However, it’s not likely that they were gossiping about me. Another illustration of how emotions can skew my judgment.

iii. Courage is the third essential success characteristic.

I can only achieve my goals if I have the guts to act on them. Taking calculated risks to support my ideas requires guts. Nothing gets done if I wait to act until you’re sure everything is perfect.

iv. Charitable people pay attention to the needs, dignity, and respect of all people, which is a fourth characteristic of successful people.

v. I must have self-esteem because I will never be able to move forward if I believe “I can’t do it.”

To put it another way, having a low opinion of myself is not a virtue, but rather a threat to my long-term success.

vi. Have faith in myself.

A sense of self-worth is built on the foundation of success, so it’s critical to remember my previous victories and to let go of the failures that threaten to undermine my self-esteem.

vii. Success rests on the foundation of self-acceptance.

I can’t get what I want in life if I don’t accept my flaws and weaknesses. A successful person’s personality is built on the foundation of these seven pillars.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

The above ideas in question 2 will help me understand myself-image as a mental blueprint that describes the type of person one is. Every person has one. All her past experiences, successes, and failures go into forming this self-perceived identity. Perceptions such as these are critical because people act in accordance with the person, they believe they are. To succeed, I must first accept the fact that you’re a failure. I’ll find ways to succeed if I consider myself successful, on the other hand; it’s not clear, however, why people form life-altering self-images. For example, for the most part, it’s for a good reason. When a person’s parents’ divorce, one may feel like a failure because she had a bad year in school, when an incident like this occurs in their academic career, some students quickly bounce back and return to the honor roll, while others become stuck in a self-image that tells them they are the type of student who always gets an “F.” In this way, whether a person’s self-image is positive or negative, everything else in their life is impacted by it. Another good example: An acquaintance of the author had a problem with his ‘ugly’ appearance; he felt that his nose was too large and his ears protruded. Because he was self-conscious about his appearance, he was unable to enjoy life to the fullest.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“God sees us as men and women in whom and through whom He can do a great work. He sees us as already serene, confident, and cheerful. He sees us not as pathetic victims of life, but masters of the art of living; not wanting sympathy, but imparting help to others, and therefore thinking less and less of ourselves, and full, not of self-concern, but of love and laughter and a desire to serve.”

This quote was important to me since many of us evaluate others solely based on their appearances. Instead, I am cripplingly insecure because of my own negative self-image. Because of this belief that I am spiteful toward others, I will retaliate by being spiteful in return. I can break the cycle if I change my negative self-perception.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

I didn’t grasp the idea of “Positive thinking” does indeed “work” when it is consistent with the individual’s self-image. It literally cannot “work” when it is inconsistent with the self-image until the self-image itself has been changed.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, the book contains some assignments and most of them I have already finished. As I read the book, I understood that an optimistic outlook on the future is how most people define happiness. We believe that getting married or getting a better job will make us happy. Happiness, on the other hand, must be actively pursued right now. We must first understand that happiness is a state of mind, and that it is a product of our thoughts and attitudes. Anger and frustration are the antidotes to happiness, so if a driver honks at us, we’ll be unhappy because of it. Focusing on the positive and letting go of the negative can lead to a life of contentment and well-being.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Nothing to Comment in here.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 10
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 10

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

One of the book’s main ideas is that you can alter other people’s behavior by first altering your own. This book gives ideas on how to better understand people, become a more likeable person, improve your relationships and win the hearts and minds of your coworkers and customers.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from my own life.

i. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain

Don’t knock over the beehive if I want to collect honey. More often than not, criticism leads to resentment rather than a shift in one’s actions. It’s difficult for me not to be critical when I don’t agree with someone, feel they’ve done something wrong, or need to give someone negative feedback. This is because threats and punishments are ineffective in changing behavior.

ii. Make people feel important with curiosity

When it comes to interacting with others and myself, the most important thing I can do is make everyone feel valued. There is nothing worse than an office suck-up, and I don’t do this with false flattery or brown nosing. You can make someone feel important by showing interest in them, Carnegie claims. To show genuine interest, I will ask open-ended questions when I’m chatting with a coworker or at a networking event.

iii. Appeal to the other person’s desires

There Is Only One Person Who Can Do This. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes was Carnegie’s guiding principle before the term “empathy” was coined. I’ve found that the best way to persuade a potential customer to buy my product is to partner with them and agree to their idea; instead of explaining why it will work, I explain how it will benefit them.

iv. Become genuinely interested in other people

As opposed to focusing on how I can impress others, I’ll focus on how they can impress me. They can tell me about their achievements and I can check in on their personal and professional progress. Let me be the office cheerleader or a supporter of people I know.

v. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests

Look for people’s “hot buttons” is one of my favorite hobbies. People light up when they talk about these subjects. All of my coworkers’ favorite topics of conversation should be well-known to me. What are they reading when they’re not at work? What piques their interest? My goal with them is to learn as much as I can from them by encouraging them to talk about the things they are most passionate about when we are together. Using this tactic is the best way to get someone on my side and show them that I care about theirs.

vi. Remember people’s names

Whenever I hear my own name, I feel like I’m a part of something special. Making others feel valued and heard is as simple as using their name frequently to demonstrate that you remember it. There is also the challenge of remembering names when they are spoken. A system for remembering people’s names when I hear them is what I’m going to do. Dale Carnegie summarizes this nicely: “The average person is more interested in his or her own name than in all the other names on Earth put together.”

vii. Be a good listener by encouraging others to talk about themselves

In my mind, it’s important to be a good conversationalist by coming up with witty stories and funny jokes. In order to be taken seriously, I must pose thought-provoking questions in an effort to elicit an honest response from the other person. This does not imply that I must remain mute while you speak. In my mind, listening is an active process.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in my daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

With the book’s main ideas, I now have a positive way of interacting with others that I can use to improve my own outlook. I intend to surround myself with people who make me feel confident, optimistic, and upbeat. I’ll also identify the people in my life who aren’t good for me and work to improve or distance myself from them. My outlook on life is influenced by everything around me, including colors and images. I intend to pay more attention to the decor in my home and office. Display photos and images that encourage me to think positively and keep a positive frame of mind. When I’m trying to cultivate positive thoughts, inspirational quotes and messages are a great help.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got my attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

This quote really struck me:

“My world is nothing more than the thoughts you have about my experiences.”

Of course I’m dealing with real issues in my life. Some of them, like debt or a serious illness, may take a few years to resolve. However, it is entirely up to me as to how I respond to these issues. But my attitude is something I can change in a split second, and I’m not going to let anything stand in my way.

“My world, my reality, is only shaped by my thoughts about what I’ve experienced.”
There are many ways to interpret a near-miss with a car, such as if I leave my house tomorrow morning and am almost hit by one that breaks at the last second. It is also possible for me to look at this experience as a wonderful gift, and live my life to the fullest, appreciating every moment and being thankful.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

“Genuinely smile”
In the entire book, this is the only tenet that causes me some consternation. A smile is the best way to say, “I like you,” according to Carnegie. I’m happy when I’m around you. As soon as I saw your face, I was delighted. When it comes to professional situations, a smile isn’t always necessary. Yes, a warm welcome! Acceptance of someone’s acknowledgement absolutely! Preventing the bad, of course! However, you don’t have to wear a fake smile around the office. It is perceived as unprofessional and insincere.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, I did, and I’m resolving to always see the silver lining in any situation. It’s made me happier and more appreciative of the many blessings I’ve received in life, rather than dwelling on what I don’t have.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

There was, and it was when I began to practice gratitude that I began to see my life in a new light. I pay attention to the good things in my life, the things that bring me joy, and the random acts of kindness that others show me. Gratitude journaling is a great way to cultivate a positive attitude each day. You should keep track of all the good things that are going on in your life. Positive thinking will become second nature to me once I establish this one new habit.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 10
C. How easy was it to understand? 10
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 10

 

 

Success through a Positive Mental Attitude
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The main idea of the book, Success through a Positive Mental Attitude, is a classic self-improvement book that identifies what Napoleon Hill learned from interviewing hundreds of successful people and sharing how their outlook on life helped them rise to the top of their respective fields of endeavour.

2. What were the seven ideas that were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas, followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. I will use personal examples from my own life.

These are the seven ideas that are important to me and definitely going to change my life.

i. The greatest thing you can do to attract success is to have a habitually positive mental attitude.

So, what exactly does it take to be great? Does it have to do with the right circumstances, timing, or individuals? That’s not the case; none of this is within my power. A positive mental attitude, or PMA, is all I need to succeed. There’s a direct correlation between how much you accomplish and how well you do in life. Developing this ability of positivity is like a magnet that attracts metallic objects. I have a positive outlook on failure and don’t let it get the best of me; instead, I look at it as an opportunity. It is important to remember that every failure is only a step in the right direction.

And it is the courage to try that comes along with this self-assurance in the face of failure. It’s even a catalyst for wanting to try new things and being hungry for self-improvement. It ignites a flame of hope inside of you, illuminating and warming you all the while.

ii. Change my perspective to see the opportunities that always come from difficult situations.

When it comes down to it, achieving success boils down to solving problems. Just take a look at some of the most intelligent people in history. All of their great accomplishments can be traced back to a desire to find new ways to solve a particular problem. Obstacle perception is entirely influenced by our state of mind. We have a negative mental attitude (NMA) if we give up every time we face a challenge. However, if I focus on the positive aspects of what’s happening, I’ll have the ingredients for a PMA that I can use to resolve the problem. A PMA can be achieved by embracing the opportunity to learn from adversity. If we’re being honest, it’s a chance for us to show the world what we can do. When things get tough, people with a PMA don’t give up; they just try harder.

iii. You are more likely to achieve my goals if you use autosuggestion to connect them with my subconscious.

It may appear that the only way I can accomplish anything is through deliberate action, but this is not the case. Our desires, fantasies, and actions are all influenced by our subconscious minds.
What Hill calls “autosuggestion” allows me to access this power. Using this ability, I am able to harness the power of my subconscious mind to influence everything I do and, more importantly, think.

There is no reason why I cannot use this to improve my health and well-being regardless of my goal. For example, a year from now, I want my life to be like this. For example, I might write about how much money I’d like to have. Repeat this phrase twice a day, every day, until it becomes a reality for me. At first, it may seem strange, but my subconscious will begin to look for ways to fulfil my desires soon after I start thinking about it. Perhaps it will start looking for opportunities that appear out of nowhere, like new business ventures. Even if it doesn’t work, I’ll give it a shot in the hopes of boosting my disposition. By focusing on the good things in my life, my PMA muscle will get stronger over time.

iv. Don’t be afraid of changes.

Ascend the corporate food chain and collect my just reward. Challenge these negative feelings and sensations by allowing them to exist and challenging my trustworthiness. When I realise that those thoughts are entirely my own creations, it will be too late.

v. Being an indispensable member

Even though NMA will miss deadlines, the real problem is far more serious. Due to my lack of passion, they earn less and live less fully as a result of my contributions. “Golden Arrow” is my goal, so I’ll go for it and raise my expectations.

vi. Beyond the concept of mental near-sightedness

Because I’m short-sighted, I’m unable to see things from a different perspective. It means I’m suffocating under the weight of my naivete. Focusing only on the immediate task at hand will do me no good if I am unable to see the bigger picture. To put it another way, it tells me that I must face the causes of this phenomenon.

vii. Imagine my life free of worry to become less concerned about the future.

Worrying less is easier with this Meta hack: In the future, I want to be a worry-free person. My current worries will fade away if I just imagine that it is possible for me to live without them.
When I’m stressed, I’m more likely to get heart disease, arthritis, and other illnesses that reduce my lifespan. As a result, I will do everything in my power to avoid it. I imagine myself a few months or years from now, free of the worries that currently plague me, and I’ll feel a lot better when I open my eyes. In my mind, I refer to it as “draining my mind” and it’s especially useful right before bed because it allows me to put more positive thoughts into my subconscious mind.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

For both my personal life and the betterment of the world, how can these ideas or lessons be applied in a real-world context? If this is the case, then how? According to the above ideas, a positive mental attitude is one of the most effective ways I can help myself and my life dramatically improve. Things aren’t always peaches and cream, but finding the silver lining in the dark clouds is what keeps me cheerful and healthy.

Everyone with whom I come into contact will benefit from the inspiration I get from the ideas listed above. I’ve seen people’s lives change for the better simply by making the decision to get better and cultivating a positive outlook. No matter where I am in life, it is never too late to make a change, and a shift in perspective can have a profound impact.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements that the author made that particularly got my attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

This quote really struck me:

“My world is nothing more than the thoughts you have about my experiences.”

The difficulties in my life are, of course, real. Some of them, like debt or a serious illness, may take a few years to resolve. However, I have complete control over how I respond to these challenges. I may not be able to solve those issues with a single press of a button, but I can certainly alter my perspective on the matter at hand.

“My world and my reality can only be shaped by what I think about everything that happens to me.”

You might interpret the fact that you were just about to be hit by a car tomorrow as a bad omen and spend the rest of the day walking around terrified of everything. It’s also possible for me to look at this experience as an incredible gift, one that I should be grateful for and embrace for the rest of my life with open arms.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas that you disagree with, and, if so, why?

It’s important to cultivate a positive outlook on life, so I’m on board with everything in the book. More vitality, better health, better prospects for success, and a more contented existence are just a few of the benefits of adopting a positive frame of mind. Your outlook on life has a far greater impact than you might think.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, I did, because a positive outlook can lead to a healthier lifestyle. I’m going to try harder to put on a good face, be more approachable, and maintain my composure under pressure. People tend to be more open to trying new things with a positive outlook. With more confidence and a sense of humour, I will see the silver lining in every cloud. Having a positive outlook is contagious, and I can’t help but spread it to those around me. As long as I keep a good attitude, I will treat other people with respect and not say bad things about myself or other people.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Negative emotions and thoughts have a negative impact on my ability to think clearly and make decisions. The only thing on my mind when experiencing a negative emotion like fear is what I am afraid of. When I am in a dangerous situation and my first instinct is to flee for my life, I can use this to my advantage. As long as I’m afraid of failure, rejection, or ridicule, it’s not a good idea to take risks that could change my life for the better. In the same way, negative emotions like jealousy and resentment hold true for them as well.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 10
C. How easy was it to understand? 10
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 10

Awaken the Giant Within
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The central idea of Tony Robbins’ book, “Awaken the Giant Within,” is a manual for taking control of our lives, from our mood to our finances to our relationships. In order to unravel the mysteries of one’s identity, the book delves deeply into the field of personal development.

2. What were the seven ideas that were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas, followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. I will use personal examples from my own life.

i. Set my standards

“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviours and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”

This concept is crucial because it teaches me to never compromise or fall into the trap of failing to set clear standards. I’ll probably end up in a less than ideal situation if I do that.

ii. Make a decision

“Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.”

This concept is crucial because I should make a definite decision and follow through with it if I want to lose weight or improve my financial situation. Making a choice means deciding to pursue my objective and refusing to let anything—including my own flaws or limiting beliefs—keep me from doing so.

iii. Profound knowledge

“Profound knowledge is any simple distinction, strategy, belief, skill, or tool that, the minute we understand it, we can apply it to make immediate increases in the quality of our lives.”

In my own search for the truth, I am always on the lookout for profound knowledge that, once found, has the ability to completely alter my perspective and the caliber of my life.

iv. Your decisions and perceptions determine your life

“Know that it’s your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.”

It’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events; how we interpret them that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.”

This concept is crucial because, if I find myself in an unpleasant reality, I must take the appropriate actions to change it. It’s up to me to find ways to make my situation better, no matter how awful the circumstances may be.

v. Pain and pleasure

“Everything you and I do, we do either out of our need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure. If we link massive pain to any behaviour or emotional pattern, we will avoid indulging in it at all costs. We can use this understanding to harness the force of pain and pleasure to change virtually anything in our lives. But if we fail to direct our own associations to pain and pleasure, we’re living no better than animals or machines, continually reacting to our environment, allowing whatever comes up next to determine the direction and quality of our lives. The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviours.”

My desire to experience pleasure and avoid pain drives almost everything I do. I can make better decisions, gain a better understanding of what motivates me, and reshape what I associate with pain and pleasure when I am aware of this fundamental principle underlying how I function.

vi. Problems are not permanent

“Achievers rarely, if ever, see a problem as permanent, while those who fail see even the smallest problems as permanent.”

In order for me to succeed, I must realize that issues are transient and that they can be dealt with by taking action. I will accept the challenge I face and work to find a solution rather than wallowing in it.

vii. Happiness is borne in growth

“In order to succeed and be happy, we’ve got to be constantly improving the quality of our lives, constantly growing and expanding.”

I am much more content when I am constantly learning, developing, and pushing myself. My life will become miserable if I don’t move forward and stop becoming more stagnant.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

As suggested above, I need to identify a major objective that motivates me and will inspire me to put in the lengthy, arduous hours of work required to succeed. I’ll start by figuring out Why I want to accomplish my goals in order to build a compelling future for them. I might then begin to enjoy advancing toward my objective at that point. Enjoy the small victories, cherish the journey as much as the goal, and take pleasure in the continuous, unceasing improvement. I visualize myself after achieving the objective. Keep in mind that my goal is to improve our mental and emotional states so that I can not only think of solutions, but also take action on them. My goal is not to ignore life’s problems. I must always keep in mind that decision-making is ultimately about defining values. Living up to my highest ideals and consistently acting in accordance with what we believe our life is truly about are the only ways I can experience lasting happiness. While many people are aware of what they want, they are unsure of who they want to be.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements that the author made that particularly got my attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“The key to wealth is to be more valuable. If you have more skills, more ability, more intelligence, specialized knowledge, a capacity to do things few others can do, or if you just think creatively and contribute on a massive scale, you can earn more than you ever thought possible.”

This is significant to me because it demonstrates that if I add more value, I will get paid more. Therefore, if I find that I’m not earning as much money as I’d like, I should look for ways to increase my value, whether that means developing new skills, abilities, knowledge, or creative abilities.

“Making a real decision is about being determined to get a particular result and to refuse any other possibility.”

My future is decided in the instant I make my choice. It is the day a smoker decides to stop smoking, not the day he or she smokes their final cigarette. I want to demonstrate that I already possess this ability to make decisions. After that, you can exercise this power just like a muscle. I need to make as many choices as I can in order to make wise ones. However, in our society, the managers those who make decisions are those with money. Making decisions is crucial to my success, and I have the power to do so.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas that you disagree with, and, if so, why?

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” Taking action after making a decision is essential; if I don’t act after making a decision, then it wasn’t my decision; it was just a wish. For instance, many people believe that starting tomorrow, they will eat healthily, exercise, read books, and other things. However, the following day, they return to their lazy lifestyle.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, I did. This is because I realized that, as the book explained, believing has a lot of power and can alter not only my physical but also my emotional state. Because so many important things that are required and needed to grow in your life directly or indirectly depend on your beliefs, like my decisions, my actions, and my ability to do anything, it is really important for me to use this tool, which has unlimited power, in the right and proper way to change your life.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

Yes, there was, and that was the difference between importance and urgency. My ability to feel successful in both my personal and professional life will directly depend on my ability to distinguish between importance and urgency. I might overwork myself and not feel or receive the rewards I want if I consistently pay attention to what’s urgent rather than what’s important.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 8
D. Would you recommend it to others? 9
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 9

Creating your Path through Leadership
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The founder of the International Institute for Global Leadership, Michael, contends that using the power of your thoughts to control your life is the key. He also offers advice on how to develop the mindset and philosophy of a successful person.

2. What were the seven ideas that were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas, followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. I will use personal examples from my own life.

i. Discovering my Leadership Potential

I was pushed to alter my perspective and develop a constructive outlook on life. I’m motivated to push myself outside of my comfort zone and aim high. I no longer feel like a victim of circumstance because I see the world as a place full of opportunities. It takes time and effort to realize my leadership potential. It is something I continue to work on and reveal over time. The desire to use the opportunities and resources at hand to change the world is where it all starts.

ii. Be intentional

While some people accidentally become leaders, the majority must actively seek to identify and nurture this potential. The kind of impact I want to have on the world must be deliberate on my part. Being intentional entails recognizing the problems that people face and deciding to put forth all the effort necessary to find and offer workable solutions. When all I want to do is give up, only my inner strength will keep me going. No matter the distractions, decide to remain steadfast in my commitment to the cause. Average leaders and transformational leaders can be distinguished by their internal drive to change the world. The people who create long-lasting solutions are the men and women who have the determination to change the world and never give up.

iii. Immerse myself in the optimum environment

One of my best decisions ever in terms of leadership discovery and development was enrolling in graduate school. This program helped me identify the kind of leader I wanted to be and the people I wanted to have a positive impact on. Being around other leaders who are passionate about fostering positive influences is one of the quickest ways to unlock my leadership potential because I will unavoidably pick up some of their energy. Iron sharpens iron, so I should associate with people who share mu viewpoints. My vision and the realization of my potential are greatly influenced by the people I spend the most time with because they will push me to set higher goals and develop my capacities.

iv. Seek a mentor

Being around leaders is one thing, but learning from them is quite another. Throughout my academic career, I had the good fortune to be mentored by outstanding men and women. The life-changing lessons I was taught have sustained me throughout the years. Because of these mentors, I am who I am today. Without their guidance and encouragement to “go beyond,” I would not have realized what I was capable of.

v. Embrace my uniqueness

Michael Lightweaver reminded me that the best version of me was the greatest leader I could ever be. That changed everything because I started striving to be the best version of myself after that. Since there can only be one authentic version of each leader, I do respect and admire them all, but I don’t aspire to be any of them. I wasn’t made to be a copy; I was made to be an original. Many young people mistakenly believe that they can practice until they get it right. When I am aware of who I am and what makes me special, I can only truly help others. Being aware of my personality, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, experiences, and skills that set me apart from others is part of knowing me. The kind of leadership style I exhibit is determined by who I am. When I start to walk in the authenticity of who I am, my leadership potential will be fully revealed. Be myself, and people will want to emulate me.

vi. I am Special

Because of my growth in developing a positive self-image, this has helped me to understand that I am not just an existence but also a very special part of the unfinished work of creation. It is revolutionary because my worldview has been positively adjusted, my behavioral patterns have changed to fit a success-driven, goal-oriented lifestyle, and my mind has been reoriented. Because it is better experienced than imagined or narrated, the positive mental impact that the book has had on me cannot be fully summarized in essay writing.

vii. Self image

My perception of myself has changed, and it is now a healthier one. I now think of myself as a creator, a builder, and a blessing to my loved ones, close friends, society, and the entire world. I value my contribution to creation’s unfinished business highly. If I hadn’t read the classic book, this perception would not have been readily made clear to me, nor would it have been developed consciously and thoughtfully. Since finishing this book, I have been practicing upholding and maintaining a higher sense of healthy self-image by living intentionally, improving what I can change, and accepting what I can’t change because, as we all know, self-acceptance leads to self-improvement; practicing self-responsibility; self-assertiveness; living intentionally; planning; and upholding a strong sense of purpose and personal integrity. This is due to my self-awareness and my personal belief system, which I have adjusted to be different from what the majority believes to be true of me and for me.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

In light of the aforementioned concepts, I make an effort to surround myself with experts who are more skilled and knowledgeable than I am, especially in fields or roles where my knowledge is not as extensive. They offer a fresh perspective on the situation, so I consult with them whenever I have to make a difficult choice. I consult my close friends when making a personal choice. I look for various points of view in both situations. This enables me to have a more comprehensive understanding of all the factors and questions that must be taken into account when making that choice.
4. Quotes: Are there any statements that the author made that particularly got my attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“I learned that the Universe operates in accord with our individual and collective beliefs and attitudes.”

This is significant to me because it demonstrates that a group of people’s beliefs are the culmination of the knowledge, experience, culture, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions that they have accumulated over the course of generations through individual and group endeavor.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas that you disagree with, and, if so, why?

No, because I concur with Michael’s viewpoints.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, I did. Whenever I have to make a significant decision, I also make a thorough list of the advantages and disadvantages. I am forced to consider the situation from a variety of angles by this discipline. While the process frequently results in a choice that I knew in my gut was the right one, it also makes clear to me the sound reasoning behind my initial “gut feeling.” It has helped me learn to believe in my own instincts.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

There were no magic tricks or quick fixes to success, but there were some. But if you put in the effort, accept change, and value the perspectives and knowledge of the smart people around you, you will end up making more wise decisions than mistakes. That is how you get promoted time and time again, in my experience. That is the path to leadership.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 9
B. How helpful were the contents? 8
C. How easy was it to understand? 7
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 10

Maximum Achievement
Assessment by Salad Halane (Somalia)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

This comprehensive summary of the ideas from Brian Tracy’s book “Maximum Achievement” explains that the quality of your thoughts correlates with the quality of your life. The ideas reveal how exercising control over your thoughts can enhance your sense of power, purpose, and direction, thereby equipping you with the means to access your latent potential.

2. What were the seven ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas followed by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from my own life.

These are the most important Ideas I got from the book and are as follows:

i. Peace of Mind

How well I am doing in life is typically measured by how much inner peace I experience. I only experience inner peace when I am living according to my highest life values and deepest convictions. If I compromise my values for any reason, my peace of mind will suffer first.

ii. Happiness is your birthright.

It is the focal point of my existence. It should be my life’s overarching objective to ensure that I have this inner peace. What is the point of achieving success if I cannot find inner peace? When I am completely free of the destructive emotions of guilt, fear, anger, doubt, resentment, and worry, I experience happiness and mental peace. Absent these emotions, I effortlessly enjoy mental tranquilly. In this situation, the key to happiness and mental tranquilly is to eliminate anything that is detrimental to my life, including the emotions listed above.

iii. Health and Energy

Health and vitality are my natural physical state, just as mental tranquilly is my natural mental state. My body has an inherent preference for health and vitality. It is what I DO that, over time, destroys my health and energy and causes me to lose my peace of mind. If I acquire all the material possessions in the world but lack mental tranquilly and physical health, I will derive little or no satisfaction from my accomplishments.
What does my ideal body look like? How would I like to feel on a daily basis?

iv. Loving Relationships

The fourth component is loving relationships, which consist of the people I care about, including my friends, family, and intimate partner. They are the true indicator of my progress as a human being. My happiness and unhappiness are largely determined by my relationships with others. Laughter, according to Brian Tracy, is a simple test to determine how well I am doing in my relationships. How often I laugh with the people in my life is a simple indicator of how well things are going. When a relationship deteriorates, laughter is the first thing to disappear. What is my ideal romantic pairing? With whom would I be? What would it look like?

v. Financial Freedom

When I am financially free, I no longer have to worry about money. Nearly 80% of the population is preoccupied with financial issues. This means that they are anxious about money from the moment they wake up until they go to bed. This is not conducive to my becoming the person I wish to be. Money is essential for achieving the first three components of success, as the majority of worry, stress, and anxiety, as well as lost peace of mind, is caused by financial stress. Financial stress and anxiety can lead to a variety of health issues. And, many relationship problems are caused by financial stress or problems. Money disputes are actually one of the leading causes of divorce. What would my ideal financial life entail? What impact would it have on my everyday activities? How would financial independence affect my life?

vi. Worthy Goals and Ideals

The need for meaning and purpose in life is my deepest subconscious drive. To be truly happy in life, I must have a sense of direction. I must be committed to something larger and more significant than you. I must feel that my life has meaning and that I am contributing to the world in some way. According to the definition of happiness, which is “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal,” I can only be happy if I am working step-by-step toward something that I find extremely valuable. What kinds of activities give my life the most sense of meaning and purpose?

vii. Self Knowledge and Self Awareness

To perform at my highest level, I must understand who I am and why I think and feel the way I do. This is essential to success and accomplishment. It is only when I am aware of something and begin to understand myself that I can begin moving forward in the different areas of my life. Brian believes that I should always be striving to grow, become better and learn. I can do this through reading books, attending seminars, or finding mentors/coaches.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in my daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, how?

The aforementioned ideas will facilitate my success and personal fulfillment. When I feel that I am becoming everything I am capable of becoming, I experience fulfillment. One of the primary goals of Maximum Achievement and Brian’s books is to assist me in developing a fully integrated, fully functional, fully mature personality. I must master the habit and skill of being happy and optimistic in all circumstances, which is essentially a habit and a skill.

Creating my ideal life in every detail is the first step towards living the life I want. I will not be concerned with the process of achieving my goals; rather, I will concentrate on imagining my ideal future.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got my attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

This quote really struck me:

Brian stated: “Courage is not absence of fear; it is control of fear, mastery of fear.”

Obviously, I face real problems in my life. Some of these problems, such as debt or a serious illness, may take several years to resolve. Nonetheless, my response to these issues is entirely within my control. But I can overcome my fear in an instant, and I will not allow anything to stand in my way.

“The Law of Forced Efficiency says, “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.”

There are numerous ways to interpret a near-miss involving a car, such as if I leave my house tomorrow morning and am almost struck by a car that brakes at the last moment. I can also view this experience as a wonderful gift and live my life to the fullest, appreciating and being grateful for every moment.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

“Talent Is Overrated.” The key to creating a wonderful future for myself is to think, plan, and work hard in the short term, and to have the discipline to do what is right and necessary before what is enjoyable and easy.

6. Did the book contain exercises for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all of the exercises and did you find them helpful?

Yes, I did, and I have resolved to find the silver lining in every circumstance. Instead of dwelling on what I do not have, it has made me happier and more appreciative of the many blessings I have received in life.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

I began to see my life in a new light when I started to practice self-esteem. I focus on the positive aspects of my life, the things that make me happy, and the random acts of kindness shown to me by others. Journaling about self-esteem is an excellent way to cultivate a positive attitude daily. I should keep track of all the positive developments in my life. Once I develop this one new habit for great achievement, positive thinking will become second nature to me.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 8
D. Would you recommend it to others? 9
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 9