Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tips from Succussful New Americans!

This past week I have had the privilege of being exposed to some highly motivated and inspirational people through my work at Accent Master. These people mostly immigrants, often here on HB-1 visas or students, have come to the playing field that was quite uneven for them. The field was full of people for whom English was their first language, who had connections and degrees from Universities much more familiar to Americans.

These ESL clients have prospered financially as well as personally. The lessons that have been imparted to me are undeniable as they have gone through my courses and here I will attempt to share them with you.

1. Nothing is impossible: This first step seems to be an attitude and a mindset that collectively they have been able to hold steadfastly through the good times and bad.

2. Don't just work hard, but word smart: It is the past or old way of thinking that tells us to have more money we must work more hours. However there are only so many hours in a day. So it is important to work on things that give you real return.

3. Don't just run around, use your time!: These same people come to my class and invest in themselves. When they have presentations they don't just wing it they develop it to perfection, same with interviews and leadership. For example one accent reduction  client that I work with is an MD, who is finishing his residency at a very well respected NY hospital. He has interviews coming up and he is not just resting on his impressive resume but spending no less than 6 hours with me practicing any question they may pose to him. How do you think he will do?

4. Clarity: Set goals and check up on them every 6 months. Keep yourself on track. Don't let your time slip away in front of a TV watching other people have a life! Do something. It's 9PM are you watching some crazy reality show or are you taking an engaging and fun class on your computer with Lynn at Accent Master? Which would be a better use of your most precious resource...time?

5.Visualize: Paint a clear and vivid picture of you in success. What does success mean to you? Financial freedom? Power? Better relationships? Create a good visual image of the life you want and work toward this.

6. Network. They say you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with in your life. So go out and cultivate friendships with successful and happy people. Bring positiveness into your life and develop the habit of creating positive energy around you. Because that is what it is a habit to be negative and create negative energy or to be positive and create the positive energy.

7.Ready-fire-aim! Okay do you think it should be ready aim fire? So did I, but know a recent University study say not true. Get a good idea, execute the idea and then adjust (or aim better) once you have executed the idea. Think in this new way. Put another way: Be bold!

8. Create a positive mantra: When negative self-talk threatens to take over your thoughts have a positive saying or expression that speaks to you ready to fight back! Instead of "I can't wait until this is over" Say to yourself " I will be proud of myself when I get this done!" Our mind believes that our thoughts are reality so feed it a reality that empowers you not reduces you!

These are just a few gems that maybe we know already but always bears repeating! I hope you enjoyed reading these and enjoy even more putting them into action!

Lynn founder of
Accent Master

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