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Get Almost Anything You Want with The Power of Attraction

by Charly Mann

There is a proven magic formula for getting anything you desire. It begins with you being highly aware of exactly what you want. You then need to make sure you do not spread yourself thin with too many goals. I recommend no more than three at a time. The next step is beginning each day by writing and rewriting down these objectives in a  journal. Each goal should include a date by which it should be attained that is within two years. Goals that will take longer than this to reach should be broken down into steps that can be met in shorter intervals. After writing down your goals you should spend five to fifteen minutes each morning visualizing yourself achieving them.

The critical ingredient to making these dreams come true is your own dedication to fulfill your daily visualizations. For example if you decide you want to develop a habit of keeping your kitchen spotless within three months, you would write this down every morning, and then spend time visualizing yourself cleaning the kitchen and picture what the space will look like. To make this a reality you will need to be disciplined in executing the steps that will make your dreams a reality.

If you follow this method you will be unstoppable. The secret lies in something called the Law of Attraction. The fact is like attracts like. It starts with desiring something and then totally believing that it is possible for you to get what you want. Writing down your goals and visualizing attaining them each day produces an incredible power by which the Universe gives you what you have the confidence and commitment to attain.

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How to be Happy and Save a lot of Money

by Charly Mann

Consumerism is a contagious disease that is sweeping the world. The symptoms of this disease are anxiety, living in debt, and being wasteful. We have natural needs such as food, shelter, companionship, and feeling part of a community. However, we have created an artificial craving for things, which we falsely believe will make us more secure, happy, and better liked. The disease of consumerism impairs our ability to satisfy our inner needs and make authentic friendships. In the United States, the wealthiest country in the world, more than 75% of the population feels some form of distress related to not being able to satisfy their material desires. On the other hand, in Nigeria, one of the poorest countries in the world, only 3% do.

Replacing our true needs with material cravings is making us crazy. There are now more than 2.2 billion sq ft of self-storage space in the United States to hold the stuff we cannot fit in our houses. That’s an area three times the size of Manhattan. If we did not have this extra space we would have to stop buying those things we don’t really need.

Americans are bombarded with ads and images of things that convey that owning them will make us sexier, more popular, and happier. We spend hours every day connected to the artificial world of television that survives by spreading the gospel of consumerism through advertisements and the glamorous lifestyle of its stars. We can never satisfy our true inner needs for friendship, community, and internal growth through passive entertainment and trying to replicate that glamour and the promises made by commercials by buying more things.

Our basic needs are good for us. Our cravings are not. If you are hungry, there are many things that are healthy and nutritious that will satisfy you. It is the foods we crave, such as anything containing sugar, that are bad and make us unhealthy and overweight. To have a great life, control and eliminate your cravings, and focus on satisfying your needs. Most things that really make our lives better cannot be bought. Don’t waste your time trying to buy things you don’t really need.

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Your Mind – Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

by Charly Mann

It is great having a mind, particularly one you can control. There are many ways to put your mind to good use if you discipline it. For example, suppose you are down in the dumps about something and your mind is making you feel sad or anxious. That is the time when you can do some positive mind control for yourself. Find something that makes you feel good and is also healthy for you. Do you have some music that will lighten your mood? What about a warm bubble bath? For me, a walk on my favorite trail, unless it is too hot or cold, works wonders for improving my disposition. Often talking to a good friend about anything other than what is bothering you will make you feel a lot better.

You really can do almost anything if you can control your mind. Most of our problems, insecurities, and failures are a result of our minds sabotaging us. Why do we allow ourselves to be careless, choose bad friends, get angry, or not stay focused on getting what we want? We can greatly improve our chance of success in anything we desire if we force our mind to be disciplined and positive in our quest. The best thing you can teach your mind to do is eliminate negative thoughts.

Always put a strong image in your mind of how you want to behave. If you find yourself being uncomfortable in a situation, plant a mental picture of yourself acting comfortably in that scenario. If you have a bad eating habit, create a strong mental image of yourself eating correctly no matter how intensely your body craves something else. Your mind is your greatest asset if you can control it.

 

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A Happy Person Takes Full Responsibility For Their Life

by Charly Mann

If you really want to feel great about yourself all you have to do is accept full responsibility for your life. It is true we do not get to choose our parents, and we are largely dependent on others for our care and joy throughout childhood and adolescence, but as adults we are totally responsible for our lives. Our problems are now our own, and we can no longer blame our parents or anyone else for them. It is often hard to accept responsibility, but nothing else helps us more in our personal growth.

We should stop blaming others for our problems, including big business and the government. The world and other human beings do not owe us anything. It is our job to make a living, save, pay our debts, and make sure our children get a good education and behave well.

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A Positive Attitude is the Key to Success and Happiness

Our happiness is not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and a spark that creates happiness and extraordinary results.

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The Ten Most Important Rules for Happiness

by Charly Mann

1. Accentuate the positive. Happiness is primarily an attitude that we create with our thoughts. If the way you look at something makes you unhappy, then you need to change the way you think about it. It takes the same amount of effort in your mind to be happy as unhappy. 

2. Make sure to have a worthy purpose for your life.  This means you intend to make a difference in this world. This can be as simple as being a great parent. Unhappy people usually believe the purpose of life is to find enjoyment for oneself. As humans, we need a single aim that we enthusiastically want to pursue. Without this we will never feel contentment. 

3. Focus on having one or two intimate relationships. Most happiness in this world is derived from how good our social relationships are, and not how much money or how many things we have. Having one great friend is worth more than all the gold in the world.
 
4. Live simply so that you are unencumbered by the burdens of owning and desiring things. Frugality is one of the greatest sources of joy in the world. There is usually more happiness in not having things than having them.
 
5. Engage in active and stimulating activities and keep learning. Passive and vegetative activities like watching television are mind numbing and ultimately depressing.
 
6. Eat a healthy diet, exercise for 45 minutes at least five days a week, and keep your weight in an optimal range.
 
7.  Express your appreciation sincerely to others and if you believe in some form of higher power then thank God for all that you are able to enjoy. Delight in the beauty of the world and be grateful to those that make your life better, and for the good fortune you have.
 
8. Take at least ten minutes each day for reflection. Happiness resides in the mind, and you must be well connected to it to really experience happiness.
 
9. Spread joy and happiness to others. Your happiness will only grow if it is shared. Keep a smile on your face and regularly hug the people you care about.

10. Savor the present. It is the best time to experience happiness. Most people put off enjoying life for the future. Delight in the fact that each day you get a fresh start to live your life in the way you enjoy. Make sure you have full control of your time. You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. Enjoy every moment of it. Have a single focus when doing things. Stress often results from trying to do more than one thing at a time. Your mind cannot be in the present if it is multi-tasking. Do one thing well, and when you finish, you can do another. It is far more efficient and enjoyable.

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Charly Mann

About Me

Ever since I was very young I have been intrigued with how one could live happily ever after like the characters I read about in fairy tales. As a child I noticed most of the adults I was exposed to were often anxious and angry, and only a very few seemed to be calm and happy. By the time I was a teenager I was scouring philosophy and psychology books looking for instructions on how to have a marvelous life. I also began questioning scores of adults I would encounter about their philosophy on life and what they thought one needed to do to be perfectly contented. In 1967, at the age of 17, I started a daily journal that compiled all the information I acquired that day on the subject. Today that journal includes three dozen large notebooks and more than 3,400 pages on my hard drive.

I have had a marvelous life thus far - most of it incredibly happy, healthy, and successful. Since 1968 I have also tracked how happy and successful I was in the previous year. Through the end of 2013, each year has been significantly better than the year before. I believe much of this can be attributed on what I learned and implemented in my own life about achieving good health, success, and happiness. As I mature and learn more my methodology for making my life great has changed a lot. I achieved enormous financial success before I was 25, which contributed greatly to my enjoyment of life for almost a decade, but even before I was 30 I found that there were things far more important than wealth that made my life great and I keep discovering more. I have had financial independence since I was very young, but almost all the joys and pleasure I now derive from life are free or cost very little.

On Uplifting Visions I share insights that I have gained from my own experience, observation, and a life of research on attaining happiness, health, and success.

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