How to Handle Money...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. It never exceeds its capacity. It never tries to do more than it can do. It does not borrow or ask for help from other stamps. It lives within its means, works hard and gets the job done. It never sticks to what it cannot chew. What about you?

New York Times Best-Selling Author Dave Ramsey once said, “I am positive that personal finance is 80 percent behavior and only 20 percent head knowledge.” Ramsey believes it our behaviors around money that makes us continually fall into debt and live a life of struggle.

But, just like with anything, if you want to change your behavior with money, you have to do just that, change. But change is painful, right? Very few people view change in a positive light. Unfortunately, most people won’t change until the pain of where they are exceeds the pain of change. That’s why, according to CNN Money, a whopping 76 percent of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck.

The best way to handle money is to...

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How to Have More Confidence...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. In order to get from where you are to where you want to be, you have to know two things – where you are and where you want to go. If you don’t like where you are now and you want to get to a different place in your life, you need to have one very crucial thing –confidence. The postage stamp has great confidence because it takes massive action to get to you.

 

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But today, they’re learning more and more that we respond to what the brain expects to happen next.

Neuropsychologists call it the expectancy theory. Basically, through a lifetime’s worth of events, our brains actually learn what to expect next – even if it does not happen. And because our brain expects something will happen a certain way, we often achieve exactly what we anticipate.

Do you see the dilemma?

If you don’t expect much to happen in...

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How to Stay Focused...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. The postage stamp knows it has only one job to do and it does it well. It does not try to accomplish any other goal except for the one that was assigned to it. It has laser focus. It will not sleep until it finishes its one job. What about you?

It has been said that in life, you get what you focus on. This rule applies to every endeavor in your life whether it’s starting a business, getting a raise, or wanting to get married, where your attention goes, energy flows. What you focus on expands.

Why is this important?

Because ultimately, your focus drives everything you do. It drives your thoughts, which leads to your feelings and emotions which determine how you will live your life.

If you focus on negative things, you are unwittingly inviting negativity into your life. You will find that when you focus on the negative things in your life, more negative things will occur so you can focus on them. That’s how it works. You get in life what you...

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How to Defeat Depression & Anxiety...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. It always keeps its cool. It knows it will reach its destination, it may get depressed along the way, but it always bounces back. The postage stamp also uses its anxiety as a tool. Yes, it’s anxious because it wants to serve you and bring you happiness as soon as possible, but that never stops it from bringing you its A-game.

 

According to the World Health Organization 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability.

So what causes it?

 Many things, but they usually have one thing in common.

·        Loss of a loved one

·        Loss of a job

·        Loss of a home

·        Loss of your health

·        Loss of a relationship

·        Loss of...

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How to Be Truly Happy & Fulfilled...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. You might think that you are the only happy camper when your package arrives, but you would be wrong. The postage stamp is just as happy as you are. The postage stamp did its job. Because it was looking out for you the whole time, it brought you happiness, by giving and in turn, your happiness made the postage stamp happy too. What can you learn about happiness from the postage stamp’s example?

What brings true happiness?

One psychologist said that happiness has three components.

·        Pleasure

·        Engagement

·        Meaning

So let’s take a look at these three areas.

Many people build their lives around pleasure, but this is the least consequential. Pleasure must not be your main pursuit in life, or you’ll find yourself unhappy. But in moderation, pleasure is something to be enjoyed and savored.

When you...

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How to Slay Doubt...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. The postage stamp never ever doubts its ability to reach its destination. If it did, you would never receive that package you purchased on Amazon. The postage stamp slays doubt each and every day. How can you act more like the postage stamp in this area?

  

One day you think you are in good health. The next day you feel ill. Suddenly, you have no strength or vitality. Your head aches and your body is racked with pain. What has happened? Dangerous pathogens have breached your body’s defense systems and have attacked vital organs. Left untreated, these invading organisms may destroy your health permanently—even kill you.

The same danger is imposed by insidious doubts.

·        We doubt if we are capable.

·        We doubt if we are worthy.

·        We doubt if we will succeed.

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How to Kill Procrastination...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. Once it’s placed on a letter. It does not hesitate to do its job. It does not hold back. It never slacks off its job. It doesn’t wait for the best weather in order to reach its destination. Through rain, sleet and snow, the postage stamp continues to deliver.

 Have you ever heard of the Ziegarnik Effect?


Basically it says that thing undone, will plague you forever until you do it. Human nature is to finish what we start and if it is not finished, we experience some type of discomfort. This discomfort manifests itself in different ways.

 

It usually shows up in your life as procrastination, resistance and fear. In the book The War of Art author Steven Pressfield says, “Procrastination is the most common manifestation of resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write that book.” Instead we say, “I’m going to do it tomorrow.”...

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How to Think Positively...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. After it is placed on a mail piece, it never doubts itself. It knows that without a doubt it will arrive at the destination it is bound for. Negative thoughts do not dominate the postage stamp. It always thinks positively. How can you imitate the postage stamp in this instance?

  Thoughts are things.

 Thoughts leads to feelings.

 Feelings lead to actions.

 Actions lead to results.

 No thought lives in your head rent-free. Each thought you have will either be an asset or liability. It will either move you toward happiness and success or away from it. It will either empower you or weaken you. That’s why it’s of utmost importance to choose your thoughts wisely in your personal life as well as in your professional life.

 

If you believe it is possible, it will be possible for you. But if you think it will never happen, then guess what, it won’t. Throughout the day, be conscious of your self-talk. Do you...

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The Power of Habit to Get Everything You Want in Life..The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. It has one singular goal. It remains focused. This focus was a habit it developed in the face of fear. The fear of living its home and other family of stamps, but it knows that in order to get what you want out of life, you must push through in order to create the life you want, not settle for life that is given to you.

 

Let’s face it, trying to replace bad habits with good ones is not easy, but it is surely worth it.

Be Realistic

It can be tempting to try to change everything in your life immediately. You tell yourself, ‘This week I’m going to stop smoking, stop swearing, stop staying up too late at night, start exercising, start eating better, and start calling my parents.’ But trying to reach all your goals at the same time is a sure way to reach none of them!

WHAT YOU CAN DO
 

Work on your habits in realistic increments. The following steps may help:

1.      Create two lists—a...

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How to Deal with a Difficult/Mean Boss or Bully...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. When it’s placed on a mail piece, it will be grouped with many other mail pieces. Sometimes mail pieces get stuck together as they go through various mail processing machines and the stamps rub each other the wrong way. They peacefully solve their conflict so they can reach their destination.

 So just how do you deal with a difficult boss or any person in general?

Well, the good thing is that a difficult or mean person has learned this type of behavior and fortunately, anything learned can be unlearned. And even if your boss doesn’t change, you have the power to change yourself and how you view your situation.

First, keep your cool and don’t give in to rage. When your temper is out of control, you unwittingly give the difficult person power over you. You are allowing them to dictate your behavior. In that moment, they have control over your emotions, you don’t.

Secondly, put all thoughts of revenge out of your mind. Revenge...

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