iAction Background Starter Information

“People get Apps because they have an iPhone…
People will now get an iPhone because of this App!”

It all starts with the bigger picture; one can look at this in two ways: either, looking ahead to those moments that we dream of some-day reaching, or from some point in the future where you would like to look back and feel the sense of accomplishment of having achieved what you want to be remembered for.

As your inspiration to aspire to your lifetime achievements comes from the large goals that you will have set for yourself, iAction ™ provides the intelligent framework by which you will structure the steps to get you there. Of vital importance, your motivation is continuously uplifted because it has its foundations in the work you have taken to set up your personal (mission) statement, as well as the ongoing tracking of your performance of the actions taken, recording them as your long-term personal development.

‘Rome was not built in a day…’ To get the maximum benefits of the App you need to start small. Identify and pick one or two specific targets that you wish to attain, even if each of which will only have one or two goals (achievements) every week. As soon as you get comfortable with the system and you are making a continual habit of completing the small short-term goals that you set for yourself, you can introduce more targets in more areas of your life. Do not be under the impression that this is a ‘quick fix’ to solve your problems or achieve the things that you want to achieve. The process is a slow and constant one. If you wish to make a change, to make a difference, no matter how big or how small, this App has been designed to help you.

“Gonna make a difference…
I’m starting with the man in the mirror…”

Michael Jackson



You must be aware that iAction has not been designed for everyday chores – rather it specifically tailored for the overall improvement of you as a person e.g. increasing efficiency, spending time with people, reading journals. It is not intended to schedule and keep your appointments, like going to the dentist or the staff meeting – there are plenty of other calendar Apps that will do this for you. This, however, can be used to improve the time whilst attending such events e.g. you can use it to bring ideas/improvements to the staff meeting.

It is worth repeating again that this is NOT a glorified to-do list, to add events that need to be attended and input into your diary, haphazardly strung together from external events. Rather this is your personal development long-term plan! A proactive list of actions for you to take based upon your principles. For this reason, we strongly recommend to choose a date (and time if possible) for every event. ‘Someday’ may as well be never; this App is designed to lead to you to action, by having you select specific times each week for you to accomplish your goals.

Once each week you will set aside a few minutes to spend planning these goals for your forthcoming week. Each step of the process is described in the following pages…
Try it out for yourself. We created and built iAction because it worked for us!

“Working on yourself is something you can control”
Steve Pavlina





Some Resource Material


“To be is the question.
To think is the hesitation.
To act is the answer.
iAction – getting you to act the way that you think you should be!”

After designing and creating the App for our personal use to improve our productivity we made the decision and took the steps to release it worldwide. The rewards that it has brought to the all-encompassing attitudes in our daily habits, the personal development and self-help progress achieved through the continuous use of it, has led us to bring this remarkably powerful App to the greater iPhone community. Here at Von Nostrum Games, we have spent much time in developing the fundamental concepts built into this App in order that it will work as effortlessly and effectively as possible for you, the iPhone user.

Whilst we cannot wave a magic wand in order provide you with the formula for personal growth and development in all aspects of your life – what we have done is create a structure in which you are able to integrate aspects that you identify to be of primary importance into your busy schedule. The App allows you to manage your time and focus your resources in a more efficient and effective manner and as each week goes by you will be taking steps towards reaching those objectives in life that are truly important.


General Principles and Benefits:

  • You are in control of your thoughts and feelings i.e. your reaction to external stimuli.
  • The only meaning in anything is the meaning you give it – please note that the same stimuli will often give different responses in different people. What is important is how you address the situation.
  • To have an ‘abundance’ mindset.
  • The best thing out of making this app is that people can share in the daily struggle for improvement. It’s not a zero sum game. Growth doesn’t take away anything from anyone else, it should even add to those around you too!


Recommended Reading:

We have personally been through these resources and books and have find them beneficial in starting and setting up the right frame of mind in order to motivate oneself to achieve things in life. By addressing our perspective of the situations and people around us we become more attune to the way we do things. In the long run this means taking a different course than we would have done otherwise, which indeed is the main point and focus. To do those things that we have always wanted to do!




Unlimited Power

Unlimited Power

Through his books, tapes and seminars Anthony Robbins shows that by harnessing the power of your mind you can do, have, achieve and create anything you want.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits of Highly Effective Poeple

Stephen Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Dr. Susan Jeffers inspires us with dynamic techniques and profound concepts that have helped countless people grab hold of their fears and move forward with their lives.


Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

‘Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!’ Eker does this by identifying your ‘money and success blueprint.’


3 Seconds

3 Seconds – Power of Thinking Twice

The time it takes to make a decision. That’s all that lies between settling for ‘Whatever’ or insisting on ‘Whatever it takes.’ Unleash the inner resources that can move you to a whole new level of success.


Stop Worrying and Start Living

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas that you can put to work today. It is a book packed with lessons that will last a lifetime and make that lifetime happier!



A Further Introduction

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Take from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – The project of moral perfection…

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Big Dream Questions –
Get in touch with your core values

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The Reflected Best Self Exercise –
Assignment and Instructions

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The Reflected Best Self Exercise –
Feedback Example

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Dr Phil’s Personality Test –
As seen on Oprah!

Thought Provoking

“We all have priorities in our lives. These priorities become the plans, actions and ideas that we focus our attention, talents and resources upon.” – Berel Wein
“There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.” – Diana Trilling

Start By Imagining

“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Growth Through Change

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.” – Anne Lindburgh
“Every small and positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.” – Alice Walker

Stepping to Greatness

“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.” – Jack Nicklaus
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” – Benjamin Franklin

Looking Ahead

“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” – Ann Landers
“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was an invincible summer in me.” – Albert Camus





iAction – unleash the potential inside of you!

Ivan Ziskind – retired Architect – now an inspirational life coach – specialising in relationship and marriage guidance. Quotes are taken from public lectures. These are offered as a starting point to help centre one’s focus and drive in life:

“We need focus in life… if we haven’t got focus we don’t know where we are going; if we haven’t got clarity what our purpose is, we can do many many good things – but they are scattered and they don’t result and don’t contribute to the ultimate purpose.”

“To be able to deserve something you have to make an effort.
What is the effort? The impossible things you see around you…”

“Unlimited what a person can become…
You have to give yourself a chance; you have to give yourself a vision of what you can be”

Paul McKenna – Over the past 20 years he has helped millions of people successfully lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self confidence.
Please find opposite some source material from his book:
Change Your Life in 7 Days

Michigan Ross School of Business
Reflected Best Self Exercise

The exercise provides feedback to participants about who they are when they are at their best. Participants request positive feedback from significant people in their lives, which they then synthesize into a cumulative portrait of their “best self.” The exercise can be used as a tool for personal development because it provides valuable insights into the ways a person adds value and makes a contribution.