This blog entry features my interview with Dr. Joe Vitale author of The Attractor Factor: 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth (Or Anything Else) From the Inside Out.
Joe was gracious enough to do a phone interview with me in regard to business and how to succeed literally one day at a time in your life’s endeavors.
NH: Hi Joe, thank you for taking time out to speak with me. Let me ask how people can benefit from fine-tuning their focus in business and how they need to identify what to focus on?
JV: You get more of whatever you focus on. If in business or in life you’re focused on scarcity, you attract more scarcity. If you’re focused on abundance you attract abundance. Specifically if you looked at it in business terms, it is always more productive to focus on what’s working in your business, not on what is not working. As you keep your focus on what is working, you will be surprised how the things not working will gradually drop away. You also need to focus on the goals you want to accomplish.
NH: What is impossible thinking?
JV: Impossible thinking makes you think of ways to make it possible. If you really dreamed there were no limits to what you could accomplish, imagine what you would be able to really accomplish. Too often we limit our dreams.
NH: You said on Larry King for folks to be loving detectives of their own thoughts.
JV: Yes, and what I mean by that is to look at your thoughts in a non-critical way and act on the ones that are more positive whether for your business or your life. You can always decide which thoughts you are going to actively apply and it’s important to understand that.
NH: When I saw you speak at the AWAI conference you said, “Money Likes Speed.” Can you talk about that a bit?
JV: Sure, what I meant by that is that when you have an idea you need to act on it. There’s probably a dozen other people who have that idea or something similar come to them, but the ones that act on the idea are the ones who will succeeed. Get it out there as fast as you can. Act on your ideas, move in the direction they are moving and you will be amazed at what can be accomplished.
NH: Can you give a real world example of this in business?
JV: Yes, P.T. Barnum was a great example and in modern day I would say that Richard Branson is a superb example. He says “yes” to all the ideas. He said “yes” to the idea of a space shuttle that would take consumers up into space and now that is a reality.
NH: Going back to what one should focus on, can you talk about that a bit more?
JV: Sure. If you’re focusing on lack whether in building a business or in buildling your life, or both then you’re going to get more lack. I talk about this in the Attractor Factor and how important this is. But I would also say that a very important step in this is to “be happy now.” Dissolve the limits you’ve set for yourself and visuallize what you want and where you want to be. Visualize your success.
NH: And at the end of the day that’s what we’re all really searching for? How to be happy in the moment?
JV: I think what we all want is happiness. The grand irony is that it is right here. Be happy now because out of this moment comes the future. In business you might say, “I’m totally satisfied. I just want more. I want more business.”
NH: And it’s important to throw away the ideas that don’t apply?
JV: Yes. We’re living in a nest of beliefs. It’s like the fish in a bowl of water. It doesn’t know it’s in a bowl of water, it doesn’t limit its experience by looking at it that way.
NH: You’re also a big proponent of mentoring?
JV: I am and I think it’s important to find people that will help guide you. One of my greatest mentors was Bob Bly but there are others out there for each person no matter what the endeavor. Find people who are willing to help you in your career selflessly and you will benefit a great deal and so will they.
NH: If you had to give three tips to ensuring long-term success what would they be?
JV: 1. Be grateful. BE in the company of gratitude. 2. Be open to inspiration. Most of us are asking what we want instead of making space to receive inspiration. 3. Act on the ideas that feel the best for you. Take action. Money likes Speed.
NH: Thank you so much Joe!