Saturday 21 March 2020

Manage Your Environment: Go First Class

Go first class: that is an excellent rule to follow in everything you do, including the goods and
services you buy. Once, to prove the unconditional truth of the go-first-class Dreaming, I asked a group
of trainees to give one example of how they had been penny-wise and pound-foolish. Here are some
sample replies:
“I bought a low-priced suit from an offbeat retailer. Thought I got a bargain, but the suit was
simply no good.”
“My car needed a new automatic transmission. Took it to an alley garage that agreed to do the job
for $25 less than an authorized dealer. The ‘new’ transmission lasted 1,800 miles. And the garage
wouldn’t make it right.”
“For months I ate at a real greasy spoon trying to save money. The place wasn’t clean, the food
wasn’t good, the service—well, you couldn’t call it that—and the clientele was a bunch of down-at-
heel-ers. One day a friend persuaded me to join him for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town.
He ordered the businessman’s lunch, so I did too. I was amazed at what I got: good food, good
service, good atmosphere, and for just a little more than I had been paying at the greasy spoon. I
learned a Big lesson.”
There were many other replies. One fellow reported that he got in trouble with the Bureau of
Internal Revenue because he used a “bargain” accountant; another went to a cut-rate doctor and later
learned he had received a completely wrong diagnosis. Others related the costs of going second class in home repairs, hotels, and other goods and services.
Of course, I’ve heard the argument many times “but I can’t afford to go first class.” The simplest
answer is: you cannot afford to go any other way. Certainly in the long run, going first class actually costs you less than going second class. Then, too, it’s better to have fewer things and have quality than to have many things and have junk. It’s better, for example, to have one really good pair of shoes than to have three pairs of second-class shoes.
People rate you for quality, often subconsciously perhaps. Develop an instinct for quality. It pays.
And it costs no more, often costs less, than second class.

1. Be environment-conscious. Just as body diet makes the body, mind diet makes the mind.
2. Make your environment work for you, not against you. Don’t let suppressive forces—the negative,
you-can’t-do-it people—make you Dream defeat.
3. Don’t let small-Dreaming people hold you back. Jealous people want to see you stumble. Don’t give
them that satisfaction.
4. Get your advice from successful people. Your future is important. Never risk it with freelance
advisors who are living failures.
5. Get plenty of psychological sunshine. Circulate in new groups. Discover new and stimulating
things to do.
6. Throw thought poison out of your environment. Avoid gossip. Talk about people, but stay on the
positive side.
7. Go first class in everything you do. You can’t afford to go any other way.

Following are few simple steps that would help you in making your environment first class. 

1. Find people with accomplishments  The majority of people around you are convinced deep down inside that they do not have what it takes to achieve their accomplishments, in their minds, people who accomplish are fortunate and lucky. These people can be spotted easily by the way they rationalize their status. There is a good chance that a deep association with these people would turn you into aimless and it will someday hit you in the face.  You have to spot the people who are with a 'Never Surrender' attitude. These are the happiest people with accomplishments, they live and breath success. These are undoubtedly top sales-men, top executives, top leaders in their respective fields.  People who tell you 'it cannot be done' always are almost unsuccessful people, opinions of these people can be poison. 
Defend yourself against the influence of such people. You are judged by the company you keep, like a famous quote "Birds of a feather do flock together" The size of our thinking is directly influenced by our group around. Make sure that you are in a flock that thinks right. Do not let negative thinkers pull you down to their level. Cling to people who progressively. Move upward with them. This can be done by just simply thinking right! 

2. Getting advice Always be cautious about your source of advice. Make it a rule to seek advice from people who know. Successful people are more humble and mostly ready to help. Most of the times these successful people can be seen hanging out in groups where their work would be valued a lot or in recent times many are directly helping with bits of advice online on platforms like Scaleupbox. You need to go first-class when you have questions. Seeking advice from a failure is like consulting a quack on how to cure cancer. 
3. Keep hanging out in new groups  In order to understand different types of people, you need to meet and interact with as many people as possible. Restricting yourself to a small group of people gets you into boredom and dissatisfaction. Keep enlarging your social orbit by making new friends, joining new groups or organizations.  Meeting a variety of people and studying them is a great mind food. 

4. Have friends who think differently   This is a modern age where a narrow-minded individual would not have much future. Meet and get to know people from different walks of life, different faiths and religions. For example, if you support a political party that is ruling the nation, have friends who support the opposition. But make sure these friends have real potential. 

5. Be with people who think above petty things Petty thinkers are people who worry too much about small things in life appliances they don't have, silly gossips about a pop star. Always stay with people who are positive thinkers and who want to see you really succeed.  Petty thinkers encourage you to think petty rather than fuelling your big sized thoughts. 

6. Avoid thought poisoning Thought-poison is commonly called "Gossip" and is subtle. It dilutes the size of our thinking and ending up concentrating on petty and unimportant things. It usually distorts the facts causing twists in our thinking about other people Gossip is just a negative conversation about people which gives the victim a thought-poison joy.

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