My Friends,

When I came across this I immediately thought of you.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life.

Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance
The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.

Lesson 3: Applied Faith
Faith is a state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent.

Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile
Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play.

Lesson 5: Pleasing Personality
Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.

Lesson 6: Personal Initiative
Personal initiative is the power that inspires the completion of that which one begins. It is the power that starts all action. No person is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own.

Lesson 7: Positive Mental Attitude
Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.

Lesson 8: Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is faith in action. It is the intense emotion known as burning desire. It comes from within, although it radiates outwardly in the expression of one’s voice and countenance.

Lesson 9: Self-Discipline
Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.

Lesson 10: Accurate Thinking
The power of thought is the most dangerous or the most beneficial power available to man, depending on how it is used.

Lesson 11: Controlled Attention
Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the powers of his mind upon the attainment of a definite objective and to keep it so directed at will.

Lesson 12: Teamwork
Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing, voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.

Lesson 13: Adversity & Defeat
Individual success usually is in exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Lesson 14: Creative Vision
Creative vision is developed by the free and fearless use of one’s imagination. It is not a miraculous quality with which one is gifted or is not gifted at birth.

Lesson 15: Health
Sound health begins with a sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.

Lesson 16: Budgeting Time & Money
Time and money are precious resources, and few people striving for success ever believe they possess either one in excess.

Lesson 17: Habits
Developing and establishing positive habits leads to peace of mind, health and financial security. You are where you are because of your established habits and thoughts and deeds.

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon Skaliotis is an accomplished retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans. His fast working principles from the exclusive programmes, My Retail Success and The Outside In Method come with a 100%  Satisfaction Guarantee and enable Melbourne retailers to:

  • Attract and Keep more Customers
  • Substantially increase their Profit
  • Increase the Value of each business
  • Free up more of their  Time

To receive your complimentary copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon Skaliotis direct on (+61) 0425 83 3344  or email: leon@retailfundamentals.com.au

The Man In The Arena

August 25, 2012

I carry the following quote with me on a piece of laminated card. It has never failed to inspire me when I have turned to it; I hope it does the same for you.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

26TH U.S. PRESIDENT

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your complimentary copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon Skaliotis direct on (+61) 0425 83 3344  or email: leon@retailfundamentals.com.au

My friends, I hope that your week has been a good one.

Here are thirty three quotes  from some great minds which I hope will inspire and invigorate you for the week to come.

1. Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. – Ovid

2. I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. – Douglas Adams

3. Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

4. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr

5. When you are through changing, you are through. – Bruce Barton

6. A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. – J. P. Morgan

7. Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. – Ayn Rand

 8. Don’t find fault, find a remedy. – Henry Ford

9. Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. – Barbara Sher

10. You have to think anyway, so why not think big? – Donald Trump

11. You’re only as good as the people you hire. – Ray Kroc

12. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

13. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. – John Barrymore

15. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve

16. Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? – Abraham Lincoln

17. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

19. Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. – Ayn Rand

20. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins

21. A goal properly set is halfway reached. – Zig Ziglar

22. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

23. Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. – Anais Nin

24. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell

25. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

26. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson

27. I will not take “but” for an answer. – Langston Hughes

28. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

29. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

30. Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose? – Eliza Dushku

31. I can, therefore I am. – Simone Weil

32. In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved. – Rupert Murdoch

33. What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your complimentary copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon Skaliotis direct on (+61) 0425 83 3344  or email: leon@retailfundamentals.com.au

Need a motivational boost? Below are some of my favorite inspirational quotes of all time.

 

#1: Steve Jobs, Apple

“Believe that things will work somehow out… follow your intuition and curiosity… trust your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path… You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future… The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it… Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

#2: Oprah Winfrey, Harpo

“What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow… If you do work that you love, and work that fulfills you, the rest will come. And, I truly believe, that the reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is because my focus has never, ever for one minute been money. Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing.”

#3: Tony Robbins

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided… The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum. The most important rules that I ever adopted to help me in achieving my goals were those I learned from a very successful man who taught me to first write down the goal, and then to never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.”

#4: Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting

“All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it… You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

#5: Anita Roddick, The Body Shop

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”

#6: Tony Robbins

“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent. Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards… If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve… Whatever happens, take responsibility… The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”

#7: Chris Gardner, Gardner Rich & Co.

“Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. Forget about money. Be happy.”

#8: Donald Trump

“I was relentless, even in the face of total lack of encouragement, because much more often than you’d think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.”

#9: Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons

“Whatever you do, don’t ever use a crutch, and don’t ever think of having an excuse for not having said, ‘Yeah, I did my best.'”

#10: Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts

“One quality of entrepreneurship is just persistence, not giving up because you have road blocks and also not giving in because other people tell you that you’re nuts. You are nuts and you should be proud of it. Stick with what you believe in.”

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your complimentary copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon Skaliotis direct on (+61) 0425 83 3344  or email: leon@retailfundamentals.com.au

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?

 Japanese Folktale

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your free copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon Skaliotis direct on (+61) 0425 83 3344  or email: info@retailfundamentals.com.au

Favorite Quotes Of The Week

February 16, 2012

Life changing wisdom is all around us.

If only we took the time to understand and put into practise  one of the  messages we receive, our lives could be transformed.

Below is a collection of wisdom on the subject of health from some of my favorite thinkers.

What has this got to do with your retail business?

Without good health how can you possibly build a great business?

Without good health how can you enjoy all the blessings that life has to offer?

Please don’t skim through these messages.

Read them over and over again.

Think about them as you go through your day.

Commit to applying just one new idea to improve your health.

Repeat it over and over again. Copy it and paste it on your bathroom mirror so that you can read it every day.

Continuous repetition of any thought over time will become a habit.

Personally, I find that repeating positive thoughts first thing in the morning and last thing at night to be especially effective.

Find what works for you.

Health

  • “Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.” — Jim Rohn
  • “Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.” —Joseph Addison
  • “Good friends are good for your health.” —Irwin Sarason
  • “It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.” —Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Laughter is the most healthful exertion.” —Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland
  • “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” — Dennis Waitley
  • “It may be possible to incorporate laughter into daily activities, just as is done with other heart-healthy activities, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.” —Michael Miller

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished business coach and retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your free copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click: www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon on +61 425 83 3344  or email: info@retailfundamentals.com.au

If You Think You Are Beaten

February 11, 2012

My friends, some of our days will be harder than others.

If you feel you are in need of inspiration, then take your time and let these words really sink in.

If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win but think you can’t,

It’s almost certain you won’t.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But sooner or later, the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can.

Walter. D. Wintle

To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

 

Leon is an accomplished business coach and retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your free copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click:  www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon on +61 425 83 3344  or email: info@retailfundamentals.com.au