Article Title: Summary of Handbook to Survive Life
(from Self-Help/Personal Growth Books) - Part One
Author: Craig Lock
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Category (key words): Self Help, Personal Growth, Self Development,
Motivation, Goal-setting, Attitude, Stress.
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SUMMARY OF HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE LIFE (From Self-Help/Personal Growth Books ) - Part One

Introduction:
Craig Lock has written extensively in the field of self help. This extract (in point form) is from Craig's first published book HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE THE NINETIES* - a collection of writings on various subjects
to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing,
uncertain world. An introductory look at the concepts of success,
motivation, attitude, goal setting and stress.
* This title has now been updated to HOW TO SURVIVE LIFE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
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CHAPTER ONE: SUCCESS

What is success?

Who do you want to be in the future?

What are your values? Write them down.

What are your GOALS (short and long-term)? WRITE them down.

Dream big - have a VISION.

For success it is essential to have a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
(P.M.A.). You can change your negative attitudes. Have optomism +
be willing to take calculated risks.

Ask yourself what are your interests, your passions? If you can
make your job from your interests, you will love doing it. Work
smarter not harder. Look for opportunities; they are always
around - problems are just opportunities in disguise.

GOALS

ACTIVITIES

TIME

ACTION PLAN

SELF DISCIPLINE

= SUCCESS

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CHAPTER TWO: MOTIVATION

You can't buy it - it has to come from within. We are all
different with diverse influences on us, eg. environment,
biology. REWARDS. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside, eg.
fame, recognition, power, money. Intrinsic - satisfying,
interesting to you.

Three main theories of motivation: 1. Desire for ACHIEVEMENT
2. Desire for POWER
3. Desire for AFFILIATION (= Sense of
belonging)

Also "PAIN vs GAIN" theory, or FEAR vs DESIRE MOTIVATION (what if
I do - what if I don't, eg. doctor advises you to give up
smoking. Both are equally powerful. Behaviour gets REINFORCED). A
prime source of motivation is the opportunity to feel competent
or achieve.

Understanding motivation gives us the power to accept our
behaviour and to change what we think and do.

ELEMENTS OF MOTIVATION:
The "four D's":
* Desire
* Decision
* Determination
* Discipline
"The buck starts and stops with you".

The clearer the goal the more powerful the motivation.

WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.

Motivation comes from a challenge, so always be open to new
challenges.

What motivates you NOW (this can be very different from what
motivated you two years ago). Refer Abraham Maslow's hierarchy
of needs: Maslow said that we humans satisfy our basic needs from
the bottom up (ie. in ascending order), as per the following
diagram:

EGO

SOCIAL

SAFETY

BASIC (food, shelter, safety)

How do we maintain motivation?

1. You must want to grow personally. This requires CHARACTER.

2. You should be open to new challenges, ie. be willing to break
out of your secure comfort zone.

3. You must have a P.M.A. (posive mental attitude) and be willing
to change your thinking. (Champion Australian swimmer, Dawn
Fraser: "I won more races in the locker room than in the pool").

4. Do it with ENTHUSIASM.

5. Be willing to unlock your hidden potential (99 of the people
in the world use less than 10 of their brain capacity).

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CHAPTER THREE: WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM?

Assess where you are now and how you got there. Are you happy?
What is important to you (your values)? Am I happy now with a
balanced life? If not, what can I do about it? What can I change
and I must accept what I can't (however you can change a lot more
than you may think).

Write down your short term, medium-term and long-term goals. How
are you going to get there? Assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Are your goals realistic? Do you need to obtain further
qualifications or skills to obtain them? What other obstacles
could stand in my way. Will this really make me happy?

Is my life balanced, or do I need to allocate more time/energy in
to other areas?

HEALTH WORK
FAMILY LEISURE SOCIAL

CHALLENGES and CRISES: Are the current goals in your life
challenging enough? List those areas in your life which need new
challenges: personal, family, work, spiritual, community.

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CHAPTER FOUR: YOUR SELF IMAGE

How do you see yourself - positively or negatively?
1. What do you like most about yourself? List the five qualities
you like most. Everything???

2. Briefly describe your current career situation and how you
feel about it - positive or negative? "Oh S"! What do you do well?
Think constantly about your strengths.

3. What results/achievements are you most proud of. Celebrate
past sucesses rather than remembering past failures.

4. Write a short note to yourself: who do you want to be and what
do you want to achieve by the year 2005! Nearly up as I write
this!

Use your IMAGINATION. The power of serendipity (positive
experiences coming to you by chance). That is one Law of the
Universe, the law of ATTRACTION at work. A positive attitude
attracts positive happenings = results.

Accept CHANGE as a fact of life. Make change work for you. PLAN
ahead carefully. People don't plan to fail, but FAIL TO PLAN.

"If you don't know where you're going, you're sure to get there."

How to achieve career satisfaction:

1. get to know yourself.

2. learn what you have to offer others: your unique skills and
abilities.

3. know what you want out of work and life.

4. find out how to get it (eg. study skills).

"AS I THINK I BEHAVE".

GO FOR IT

Craig Lock
http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books that Craig 'felt inspired to write'
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END OF PART ONE (PART TWO TO FOLLOW)

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Craig Lock
http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books that Craig 'felt inspired to write'
(including 'Handbook to Survive' ) are available at: http://www2.webng.com/writernz/books.html

"The world's smallest bookstore"