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I have found that people who have achieved enormous success in life have the attitude that they are responsible for their actions. Not only that, they believe that they are responsible for their success. They don’t believe anyone else is responsible for their failures except themselves.
You probably notice that people who go through life making excuses are not winners.
They say that you reap what you sow, some call it karma. That seems simple enough. If you plant corn, you will harvest corn. If you plant wheat, you reap wheat.
You harvest what you plant.
You get what you give.
That seems simple enough at first, but if you think about it, it is not that simple. Notice it does not say you reap what you sow and you also reap what you don’t sow.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Why was Paul more adamant here than just about any other place else in his writings? Why did he stress this idea so much?
Hold on, this will be difficult for some people to believe.
Do we reap what we do not plant? Do we get things in life that we do not give? NO! It says we reap what we sow, period. That means that everything that is coming in to your life, you have brought in to your life by your thoughts, words or actions. God is in complete control, he won’t allow things to happen to you that you did not sow, or plant because he loves you so much.
If you sow love, you bring goodness and well-being into your life. That means if you “plant” thoughts, words or deeds of love, you bring goodness into your life. If you think about things you don’t like or love, you feel unhappy. You bring unhappiness into your life. Unhappy thoughts bring more unhappy thoughts. If a person continues to think unhappy thoughts he begins to speak and act in unhappy manners and brings more unhappiness to himself and others.
So the bad things that are coming into your life are there because you brought them there. Hard to believe? But the upside is that you can change and quit bringing bad to yourself. I’m not saying you will never face difficulties. Maybe a perfect person could pull that off, but none of us are perfect. Jesus said in this life we will face difficulties. But he also said that we should rejoice because he overcame the world. That means he overcame all the bad in the world. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Some people intentionally bring difficulties into their life. Navy Seals, for example, willingly go through training that would be considered torture if it were done to prisoners of war. Some people run marathons or take difficult college classes to improve themselves. Some people travel to far-away countries and put themselves in danger to serve God.
God allows difficulties to come into our life to make us stronger. We will always face some difficulties. But we can know that all the bad things are ultimately for good. Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good to those who love God…”
You can renew your mind by changing the way you think and bring less and less bad into your life.
The Bible says to rejoice in all circumstances. Be joyful always. If your situation seems bad, realize it will work together for good (Romans 8:38) if you trust in God for good things. When the Bible talks about hope it doesn’t just mean hope for salvation. It means to trust God to do good things in every area of your life.
But if we worry and fret and feel sorry for ourselves when bad things happen it tends to make the very thing we fear come true. Example: a man gets moved to another group at work and doesn’t like it because he feels it is a demotion. He gets a bad attitude and starts to criticize and complain. Because of this his boss feels he is not doing a good job. Faith is more than just believing in God. It is trusting God to take care of everything in your life.
Romans 5:2 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which come from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
In heaven we have a lot of glory. We will reflect God’s glory. It is like the moon. It doesn’t shine by its own power but reflects the light of the sun. But the moon is beautiful. That is how we will be in heaven. We will reflect God’s light, his glory. The Bible says that the whole creation is groaning with anticipation, longing to see us Christians.
Here on earth many people have dreamed of glory. Many a boy has dreamed of catching the game winning pass in the end zone to win the homecoming game. What a hero he would be, what glory! Everyone in school would be grateful to him. Another example is a fireman rescuing a little girl from a burning building while dozens of citizens stand watching. The high school girl dreams of becoming the homecoming queen. What glory she would have as she wears the crown and sash and stands beside the home coming king. Or the girl who dreams of winning a gold medal in Olympic swimming or a famous singer with thousands of adoring fans gathered to hear her sing.
But all these things are glories that last only a short time. Not many people can remember more than a few, if any, names of last Olympic gold medal winners.
Yet the glory we will have in heaven will last forever and ever. Ten thousand years after we arrive in heaven will be like we have just got there. All kinds of creation, from angels to other Christians to some of the heavenly beings mentioned in the book of Revelation will stand in awe when they see our glory, the reflection of God’s glory.
Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman In the World in 1968. It was incredibly successful and continued to sell about a million copies a year for 30 years. It is still selling well today. The reason it is such a powerful book is that Og learned how to sell and teaches others how to sell in this book. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success in any endeavor.
After reading his book, I decided to take the principles I have learned from reading many dozens of books about achieving success and structure the ideas similar to the way Og Mandino did it in his book, because it has proven so successful. Not everyone that reads his book becomes a great salesperson, it takes a strong desire and persistence. It also takes a lot of faith – a strong belief that you really can achieve success. The following are these powerful ideas:
Today I begin a new life.
Today I leave failures and bad habits behind. I leave mediocrity behind me. I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind, by changing the way I think and act.
Today I will learn wisdom from some of the wisest people who have lived on this earth, because this wisdom has been tested and proven to bring good results. Today I will be successful because I put this wisdom into practice.
Life is full of good opportunities
There are many good opportunities all around, however, many people encounter failure and despair. I will not fail because I know that a person only truly fails if he gives up and quits.
Failure will no longer be mine. Success and happiness are fruits that I can and will achieve over time, although it may take time. I will never give up because I know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
The olive tree is the king of all trees, it takes one hundred years to mature. The mighty oak tree also takes many years to develop. I will be successful today and achieve some goals today, but I realize that full success takes time. I will remember Thomas Edison, who failed thousands of times to build a light bulb when he said “I have not failed a thousand times, I have succeeded in finding thousands of ideas that didn’t work.”
I have failed in the past and sometimes have fallen into the destructive habit of self-pity. I will succeed and become a truly successful person because I am learning the principles of success that have been proven to be useful for thousands of years.
What is success?
Success is reaching my goals and dreams in life. I will be successful in my relationships, in my work life and in my family life. I will be truly happy and remember to count my blessings every day and as I think of my blessings, I will enjoy them and feel happy.
Good habits are the keys to all success. Bad habits bring failure.
1st principle: I will form good habits.
My bad habits must be destroyed. The best way to quit a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. The first new habit I will form is to read this lesson as soon as I wake up in the morning. Then I will read it after my mid-day meal. Then, most importantly, I will read it aloud before I sleep at night. I will read only this one lesson, not the other lessons that follow this, three times a day for one month. Then I will move on to the next lesson and read it three times a day for a month, and so on.
Each of these lessons destroys a bad habit and brings me closer to success.
Say this affirmation: I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking. Remember the affirmation in Joel 3:10 Let the weak say “I am strong.” So even if all the qualities in the affirmation are not true yet, go ahead and say it. It will make all of those qualities much more likely to come about in your life.
People are praying for you as you go through this series of steps and I know that God is good and will help you and give you all the strength you need to live a victorious life because he promised that we are more than conquerors. This means I can conquer bad habits, self-pity and sadness.
Why is it so important to form this habit of reading this lesson three times a day?
Because when I read this three times a day, it causes this information to seep into my subconscious mind. The subconscious is much more powerful than the conscious mind. It can change my actions without me even realizing it is happening. For example, have you ever bought a new car, maybe a white van, and after buying it realized there are many white vans on the roads that you never noticed before? Buying the white van made you think about white vans. Maybe in the past you never even noticed them. Now you will notice opportunities for success that you have never noticed in the past because your subconscious mind will bring them to your attention.
When powerful ideas are planted in your subconscious mind, beneficial results happen. This idea has been used by many people to achieve success. But not everyone who does this achieves success because they may not persist and do the other things talked about in the other lessons.
As these ideas are cultivated in my subconscious mind, I will begin to awake with a new vitality I have never known before. I will be able to get rid of negative thoughts as soon as they begin, and in fact, before they begin in my mind. My enthusiasm will rise and my fears will fade away and disappear. I will be happier than I believed possible.
Soon, I will react to any difficulty with strategies for success that I learn from these lessons.
Today I begin a new life.
I make a solemn oath to myself that nothing will slow my growth. I will not lose a day from reading these principles. For that day cannot be retrieved. I must not, I will not break the habit of reading these lessons. Truthfully, this is a small price to pay for a new and better life, a life filled with happiness and success.
I will not underestimate the simplicity of these principles because they have been proven successful for thousands of years. Today I begin a new life and I will be successful! Truly, I will be successful.
I will post more principles later. You don’t need them for another month, right? :)
Actually, this is very similar to my book, The Ten Keys To Success. Take a look at it and read some sample pages on Amazon.com click here
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Just as there are physical laws that govern
the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws
that govern your relationship with God.
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”
[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant life?
Man is sinful and separated from God.
Therefore, he cannot know and experience
God’s love and plan for his life.
Man is Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn
self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.
This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference,
is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. continue reading click here
John F. Demartini. Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love (Kindle Locations 110-121). Kindle Edition.
…a lovely woman named Josephine who shared her inspirational story with me a few years ago. She was 77 when I met her and is still one of the most vital people I know. She exudes energy and has such love and spark that her eyes twinkle, and she almost seems to glow. Her story began when she was in her late 50s. Doctors determined that she had a malignant brain tumor and scheduled surgery for a few days later. She was instructed to go home and rest in the meantime.
“Those three days were the worst, and the best, days of my life,” Josephine said. I sat out on the back-porch swing and listened to the birds sing and reviewed my life. I knew that somehow my frequent anger and frustration, and all the times I behaved in an unloving manner, had added up to that moment. I laughed and I cried, and I realized that the events in my life that seemed so awful when they were happening often led to something beneficial down the road. And it occurred to me that perhaps-somehow-that was true for my tumor as well.
Josephine contacted her family members and asked them to please come see her. While she waited for their arrival, she wrote each of them a letter thanking them for all the love they had shown her, for all the thoughtful favors they had done, and for the many gifts they had given her throughout the years. They all arrived the day before her scheduled operation, accompanied her to the hospital the following day, and shared stories and laughed until visiting hours were over.
When everyone had gone, as Josephine looked out her window at the stars, she began to be thankful for all her blessings. She was so filled with love that tears of gratitude streamed down her face. She recalls: I felt completely immersed in love, and I felt a complete sense of inner peace.
Then I thought I saw a light go on behind me, and I turned around to see what looked like a beautiful young woman with long, flowing hair smiling at me and radiating with light. She said she was an angel who felt my love, and she had come to reassure me that everything would be okay; that I would have plenty of time to fulfill my life’s purpose. And then she said, “Always remember that it was your love and your appreciation that brought healing to you, Josephine. You are blessed.” I closed my eyes when she hugged me, and when I opened them, she was gone.
Josephine spent the rest of the night wide awake, thinking about what had happened, and wondering what her life’s purpose was. As she thought about what she’d really love to do, she realized that she wanted to be a counselor or therapist, and she decided that she’d begin applying to colleges in order to fulfill this dream.
When morning came and Josephine’s children arrived, she told them that she no longer needed to have the operation and asked them to take her home. Her doctor strongly advised her against leaving, but she insisted. She promised that she’d return in a few months for a checkup and would call him if she had any problems. By the time Josephine returned for her exam, her energy and vitality had returned, and her doctor and her family celebrated when they learned that the tumor, which had been slightly smaller than a golf ball, had miraculously disappeared.
Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
If you are a Christian, you have a father in heaven who is rich beyond your ability to imagine. If you believe he is a good God, he will be good to you, but if you believe he is a harsh God, or you don’t believe in him at all, he will be very harsh to you. I’ll explain this more at the end of this post.
So you have a father who is rich and powerful. If you believe he will help you in every aspect of your life, he will. He is not a stingy God. He loves you much more than you love yourself and wants good for you even more than you do.
Those who believe that Jesus loves them and believe in paradise as a reward for believing in Jesus will receive paradise. Those who don’t believe will not receive paradise. It is as if our thoughts bring about our own reality. If it is true in our mind, we get it, if it is not true (we don’t believe it) we don’t get the reward.
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” This means if you have faith and really believe you can do something, you can do it. If you don’t have faith that you can do it, you probably won’t even try, or if you do try you’ll give it half-hearted attempts.
You have probably played video games in which you have a certain level of strength but every time you get hit or shot you lose a little strength. Well, in a way, your mind is that way. Every time you complain, you lose a little strength. Every time you think about things you don’t like, you lose a little more strength.
Love is the most powerful force in the universes. Love and well-being flow to you from God and drench you every minute of every day and night. You can open your heart to accept in that love or you can keep your heart closed and let the love and well-being flow over it, not soaking up any of it.
If you can believe that God is love, as the Bible says, and if you believe that love is good, then it is fairly easy to believe that thinking about things you love or like will make you stronger. Thinking about things you don’t like causes negative emotions and drains your physical and emotional strength.
You don’t have to worry about anything. Your father in heaven is tougher than your toughest enemies and stronger than the hardest obstacles you will ever face in life. God is doting on you, watching over you and he loves to take care of you. It takes faith to accept all this good from God.
In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the servant who thought the master was harsh didn’t earn any money on the seed money he was given and the master was harsh with him. The servants who believed the master was good doubled their money.
Do bad things happen to you? They might seem bad, but actually they are good because they are making you stronger and bringing about other changes that will help you. Romans 8:28 says everything works together for good to those who love God.
Young people, listen to me as you would to your father. Listen, and grow wise, for I speak the truth—don’t turn away. For I, too, was once a son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child, and the companion of my father. He told me never to forget his words. “If you follow them,” he said, “you will have a long and happy life. Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.” Cling to wisdom—she will protect you. Love her—she will guard you.
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head.* ~King Solomon. Many consider him the wisest man that ever lived.
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.** ~King Solomon
Be careful to check your feelings, because your feelings indicate what you are thinking. If you are thinking loving thoughts, your feelings will be happy. If you are thinking negative thoughts, your emotions will be sad, angry, ashamed or worried (fearful).
Negative thoughts make you weak minded and can destroy you. Positive, love filled thoughts make you strong minded and successful. Negative thoughts cause toxins to flow into your bloodstream, positive thoughts bring health to your mind and body. Therefore, think about things you like or love. Think about people, places and things you like. Think about music you like, books and movies you like, people and cafes you like. Think about pets, children and neighbors you like. But don’t think about things that make you sad or angry. That will make you weak and may eventually destroy you.
Two people I know were destroyed by negative thoughts. One was a father of two. He always complained and got angry. People didn’t like talking to him because he was so negative. He eventually had a nervous breakdown and became so depressed he couldn’t go to work. The other is a young lady who was injured in a motorcycle accident. Her foot was injured and a sore on it would not heal. The sore made her angry at her husband who was driving the motorcycle. The angrier she got, the worse the sore got, and the worse the sore got, the more angry she got. Finally the doctors had to amputate her leg just below the knee.
Every action starts with thoughts. All success starts with the mind. Transform your life by changing the way you think. It will give you success in career, relationships, losing weight, sports and just about all aspects of life.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV Bible
* Proverbs 4:1-9 Living Bible
** Proverbs 4:23 Living Bible
I suppose we all agree that in order to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise. That seems pretty simple, so why is it so difficult to lose weight? For me, I find there are five keys to losing weight, the five D’s:
- Desire-first I have to really want to lose weight
- Don’t doubt (believe you can do it)
- Dream about it, visualize it
- Discipline-I have to be willing to eat less and exercise
- Determined-I have to be persistent and keep dieting even though I occasionally give in to temptation and eat too much.
The great thing about the five D’s is that it works for any goal or dream in your life, not just losing weight.
It all starts with desire. If you have burning desire to achieve a goal, you probably will achieve it if you believe you can. We have all heard people say “I just can’t lose weight, I’ve tried many times and failed.” Doubt is one of our worst enemies for achieving any goal, something that I write about often in my posts.
Interestingly enough, the secrets for losing weight are pretty much the same as the secret to building wealth. I have read a number of books about how to be successful in relationships, career, health, wealth and life in general. The amazing thing is that they all give the same advice about how to achieve goals. I expected the wealth book to give me tips on which stocks to buy, which real estate to purchase, but most of well-respected books about building wealth give advice about setting goals, desire, belief, visualization, discipline and determination to succeed.
If a person really wants to lose weigh more than they want to eat too much, they will soon begin to eat less. If they want a slender body more than they want the pleasure of overeating, they are on the road to success.
If a person has strong desire they will be willing to work hard to achieve their goal. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that when he was lifting weights to accomplish his goal of winning Mr. Universe so that he could become an actor, that if he missed a workout he felt so badly about it that he actually felt sick. The emotional discomfort of not achieving his daily goal was so strong that the next day he wouldn’t even consider staying away from the gym. That is not to say that we should feel guilty and criticize ourselves when we miss our goal. In fact, that deflates our motivation and starts us in a downward spiral. But if we want something very badly, we just won’t be satisfied if we are not on track to achieve whatever it is we want.
If you are really sure you can and will lose weight, you will. No doubt about it. The key to losing weight is to desire the benefits of weight loss, be disciplined enough to exercise more and eat less and determined enough to stick with it for a long time.Many experts say that instead of dieting, it is best to modify eating habits. In other words, make a permanent change to the way you eat.
Visualizing yourself slender helps a lot. In his book “Arnold, The Education of a Bodybuilder” Schwarzenegger said that one of the keys to building muscle is visualizing your muscles growing larger. I read his book in the late 1970’s and thought it seemed silly and unbelievable. But now I find that many sports psychologists say it is true. In fact, back in the days of the Soviet Union, visualization techniques for Olympic athletes in East Germany were state secrets because their psychology was so advanced and successful. In those days East Germany won more medals per capita than any other country. US athletes use visualization techniques while preparing for the Olympics. Visualizing yourself at a certain weight will help a lot.
I find affirmations are great for building discipline and bringing about change. If you have never used affirmations, you might think the idea sounds silly at first, but I promise you they really do work. Some of mine are:
I weigh xx pounds (State your goal weight, not your current weight. Does that sound dishonest? Look at Joel 3:10 “Let the weak say I am strong.”)
I don’t like to eat too much.
I enjoy healthy food.
I enjoy the benefits of my slender body.
I say these out loud as often as I need them. In addition, I say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.” (Doesn’t have to be true yet, haha)
A great way to say affirmations is to say the sentence out loud, stressing the first work in the sentence. Then say the sentence out loud stressing the second word, then the third, until you have stressed every word in the sentence. It really makes your mind meditate on the idea and causes your subconscious to work on it for you. For example, an affirmation with supernatural power that has helped countless people is “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13 So say “I can do everything through Christ who give me strength.” Then the second time “I CAN do all things…” The third time: “I can DO all things…”
By determined, I mean keep with it, don’t give up no matter what.
Eating healthy food and plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water help you lose weight. I find if I don’t get proper nutrition, my body starts to crave food that might be high in calories because I need the nutrition in that food, but it is best to get it in low calorie alternatives instead of junk food. Some fad diets say don’t eat grains, this is bad advice. For decades the experts tell us we need plenty of grains for good nutrition. The problem is that it is easy to eat too many grains and that leads to weight gain.
I find that if I want something bad enough and really believe I can do it, everything else falls into place to achieve the goals and dreams in my life.
So to lose weight, stay motivated! Read motivational books, blogs (including mine), magazine articles. Listen to motivational material as you drive. All it takes is desire (motivation) and everything else falls into place.
Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. https://www.createspace.com/4540174 Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. You can read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” The ebook is the same, it just has a different title. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~Jim Elliot
“No matter where you are, no matter how difficult things might appear to be, you are always being moved toward magnificence. Always.” Rhonda Byrne
God adores you and is guiding you and communicating with you every hour of every day. In fact, his Spirit, the Holy Spirit is helping you every second of every day. Of course he speaks to you through the Bible, but he also guides you with your conscience. It is through something that we feel, or that we know is true or right that he guides us.
Contrary to what some people think, God is not judging you. We know from the Bible that God is bragging on us in heaven. That’s what he did for Job in the Old Testament. Sure, God does discipline us sometimes, but just because it is for our good. He is a heavenly father who loves us more then we love ourselves.
Love, joy and peace are some of the fruits of the spirit. When you don’t feel joyful it means you are thinking about things you don’t love. When you think of things you don’t love it ruins your peace and causes negative emotions.
Tune in to communication with God as much as you can. The more you do it, the easier it gets and the more often you can do it. God is always there, loving you and guiding you, but you have to listen.
It has been said that God cares more about your character than your comfort. But he cares more about your happiness than you do. Just as an earthly father makes a child get up a go to school even when it is cold outside, God disciplines us to do what is best for us.
Does this sound selfish? Well, if all we care about is ourselves, then yes, it is. The only way to truly be happy in life is to love God because that is the purpose for which we were created. A man usually doesn’t like wearing women’s clothes in public because he was not created that way. A greyhound doesn’t like being in the house all day, he likes to be outside where he can run. Fish don’t like being out of water because they were created to be in water. If you don’t love God, you are not doing what you were created to do and it leaves an empty hole in the soul. It leaves discomfort or loneliness, dissatisfaction of some kind.
Loving God puts you on a higher plane. It not only pleases God, but it also makes your spirit stronger. Your spirit lasts forever, your body only lasts for a short time. Jesus told us to store up treasure in heaven because it lasts forever and we don’t have to worry about losing it.
When I was a kid I would spend all my money on fireworks on the 4th of July. All the money I saved would be blown up in a matter of days. It was fun, and it seemed worth it, but now I want to save treasure that will last forever. It would be foolish to work only for money or fame or anything that lasts this lifetime only. This life is over as quickly as the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.
Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. https://www.createspace.com/4540174 Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Or read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK
Do you believe that you reap what you sow? In other words do you actually get the results that you caused to come about by your actions? I include a fun mental exercise at the end of this post. This post will be hard for many people to understand.
Negative thoughts bring about some sort of negative consequence. Negative thoughts are those dealing with the fearsome foursome:
1. Fear 2. Anger 3. Depression 4. Guilt
It is said that all negative thoughts fall into one or more of these four categories. For example, worry is a kind of fear. Shame is a form of guilt. Sadness is a form of depression. Frustration and lack of forgiveness is anger.
These negative thoughts cause the body to make toxic chemicals flow into the bloodstream. They also tend to bring about more negative thoughts, more intense negative thoughts. If a person keeps thinking negative thoughts it almost always causes him to do negative things or say negative words that can cause serious problems. A business speaker said that negative thoughts can put enough toxins in the blood stream of a man or woman that if you drew a sample of blood and injected it into a rat, it would kill the rat.
If we sow positive thoughts we get stronger and more loveable. To think about things that we like, love or are attracted to is sowing positive thoughts. We are able to deal with pressure at work better, handle relationships better and just about every aspect of life. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love makes a person stronger and happier. This is true for every person and it is true all the time.
Isaac Newton said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is a law of nature that has been proven for hundreds of years in physics. But the amazing thing is that this is just another way of saying you reap what you sow. Some call it the Law of Attraction or Karma.
People who are successful in life (by just about any definition of success) are the ones who think positive thoughts and therefore use the power of love. Some achieve great success through hard work and talent, some have little talent but apply lots of hard work and the power of love.
An Olympic athlete competes because he loves the sport or he loves the idea of becoming a champion or he loves being in front of a crowd of people. He/she has to somehow be attracted to a sport. That person has to have faith, or you could call it confidence, that he can do well at the sport, otherwise he won’t be willing to do the work required to be successful.
If you want the life of your dreams, visualize it every day, love the idea and have faith. Be willing to love your work so that you work hard. The more you visualize it and love the idea, the stronger you will become. Think about things your like, food you like, places you like, things you like, TV shows, music, movies, sports, food that you like.
Many believe that everything that happens to you is a result of what you sowed, or planted in life with your thoughts, words or actions. Some don’t want to believe it because it puts too much pressure on them. Others want to believe it because it means that they can control everything that happens in their life. What do you think? Leave a reply and let us know.
Imagine for five minutes that you really can control everything that happens to you by reaping what you sow. What would you sow? How would you live your life? What would you do and think about? Many of the most respected life coaches say that you really do control your life. If you believe in God, and that he has the power to control everything and that he loves you, it becomes easy to believe that you reap what you sow, and reap only what you sow. Why did the Apostle Paul emphasize this point so much? Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
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Step 5: Hope and attitude. These two are very important. Most big US companies realize that attitude is one of the most important qualities in a person. People with hope and a good attitude are the ones that do a great job.
Hebrews 3:6 NIV But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It’s more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than successes,
than what other people think or do.
It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
It will make or break a company, a church, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me,
and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not…nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not…unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not…the world is full of educated derelicts.
The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
The Serenity Prayer
Reinhold Neibuhr-1926 (maybe)
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;
Living one day at a time;
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it:
Trusting that you will make all things right
if I surrender to your will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with you forever in the next.
Goals. I write about this because after studying goals I found that people who have clear, definite, written goals are the ones who are successful. A study showed that the 5% of people who graduated from Harvard with clear, definite goals were more successful than the 95% who graduated without goals.
First, pray about your goals.
Second, write them down. A goal is not a goal unless you write it down and put it somewhere you will see it often. More in two days.
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“You will never amount to anything if you keep drawing all the time!” Walt Disney’s father told him this as a child. Guess he was wrong-his movies have been seen by most people in the world and are famous in most countries. He started his movie company as an artist.
Step 3: Step out of denial. (Continued from 2/17/2014)
One of the most important ways to change our behavior (in this case our thinking) is to realize that we need to make changes in our life. Most people deny they have problems that need to be changed and in doing this they bring problems upon themselves. That is why I write a lot about this portion of the five steps.
Denial disables our feelings. When we deny we have a problem we can’t think clearly because we can’t see the mountain that is in front of us. Denial tends to cause anxiety. We often regret the past and worry about the future. Live today. Don’t worry about the future, God will take care of that. Don’t regret the past, there is nothing we can do about it anyway. Make a clean start. Don’t let the heavy loads of anxiety hold you down.
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NLT
4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
To step out of denial we need to ask those who know us best what our problems are. This is a very difficult thing to do. Ask them to tell you in love and be gentle, not blaming or criticizing. After they tell you what your problem is, be ready to work on it and really change with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Step 4: Realize that we, by ourselves, are powerless to overcome the problem. Turn the problem over to God.
Have you heard the old saying “Let go and let God?” It really does work, but it takes time and effort to really turn a problem over to God. The Bible says that willpower is actually the Holy Spirit’s power.
In the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the first step is to admit that we are powerless to overcome the problem. This is not just for alcoholics. In fact, this is for everyone who has any kind of bad habit, and lets face it, we all do. Everyone has habits that they would like to change. Everyone has done things they regret and feel embarrassed about. We all have skeletons in the closet. But when we admit that we can’t fix the problem in our own power and that we need help from God, that is when the Holy Spirit can come into our life and really change things.
Matthew 5:3 NIV
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
To be poor in spirit is the opposite of being arrogant. To be poor in spirit means that we understand that we are not all powerful, only God is. He is willing to help us if we ask him. We understand that we just can’t do it by ourselves. There is plenty of evidence of that, years of failure, right?
Romans 7:18-20 NIV
18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Notice this says that nothing good lives in us. Well, of course we all have a good part and a bad part in our selves. The good often battles the bad. It is like two dogs fighting. It turns out that the side of us that we feed more will grow stronger and win the battle. How do we feed the good side? By prayer, Bible reading, doing good deeds, helping people. How do we feed the bad? By doing bad things. Once we become a Christian the bad side of us is killed. We are no longer a slave to the evil in us. Read Romans chapter six, seven and eight carefully. Memorize parts of it and it will change your life. Read those three chapters every day for 30 days and you will have a new attitude about your life. You will be transformed. I memorized all of chapter six and most of chapter seven some years ago. It was worth the time and effort.
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ~Muhammad Ali-world champion boxer.
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“You are a pig!” “Why can’t you do better in school like your sister does?”
Have you ever heard things like this from your parents, brothers and sisters or peers? It leaves painful memories that are just as difficult to live with, if not more, than physical pain.
I’ll list five steps to get rid of the pain caused by these kinds of self destructive thoughts, two steps today and the rest in the coming days.
Step 1: Learn to see yourself as God sees you.
God loves you no matter what you look like or what bad habits you have. Seeing yourself as God sees you is not easy. But you can do it. After doing ministry for 25 years and counseling with people with all kinds of hurts during that time, I have learned that the very steps that helped me overcome these problems are the same ones that help everyone turn sorrow into happiness.
The LORD appeared to us in the past, Our LORD has appeared to us from afar saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
God loves us with an everlasting love. He loves us no matter what we do. After we become a Christian we become His child. Normal people love their children no matter what, even though we don’t always feel like we love them. God loves us no matter what. In fact, the Bible says we become one with Him. How could he not love Himself?
Step 2: Learn how to transform your mind by changing the way you think.
Why has the Bible been the worlds number one best seller for so many years? It is a beautiful love letter from God to people, but maybe another reason is because it has power to change lives. I’ve had my life changed and listened to countless people talk about how their lives were changed through the power of God’s word. I explain how to do it in my books-see them in the right hand column. This has made a huge difference in my life. It is something I enjoy the benefits of every day, especially when facing difficulties.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Have you ever thought about changing the way you think? It takes time and effort, but it is worth it. Get rid of the stinking thinking (as Zig Ziglar likes to say) and replace it with optimistic thinking. Quit complaining and talking about what you don’t like, what you don’t have and talk and think about the good things you do have. Put a smile on your face, it will make you look better and it will make you feel better. If someone asks how you are doing, say “I’m doing fantastic!” Try it. You will feel better. They might ask you why you are so happy. That will give you a chance to talk about some of the good things you have learned from the Bible.
I have found a key that makes life better. Instead of always asking God for more things or better circumstances, ask Him to help you enjoy what you already have. He will! I can’t promise he will give you better circumstances, but the Bible says that we can be content in any circumstance. The Apostle Paul was content even while he was in prison! More in two days.
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I enjoy listening to Brian Tracy (shown at left) because he became successful through brute determination and willingness to learn. He flunked out of high school, didn’t have good people skills, wasn’t good at anything until he decided to turn his life around by learning. He did laboring jobs until he couldn’t find another job after losing the other jobs. He began selling and didn’t start well at it. But he was willing to learn. He found one salesman sold ten times more than the others even though he sold the same product to the same people under all the same circumstances. He asked that salesman how he did it, then Brian became a millionaire. But he didn’t make it because he was born with talent. He did it like you and I will have to do it, through learning how to do it and hard work.
I took these notes from a lecture Brian gave about the secrets of self-made millionaires.
What are all the things I could do to double my income in one year. Write 20 answers to this question. For example, work harder, work smarter, go to seminars, etc. more people have become millionaires through this method of mind storming than anything else.
To accomplish a big goal in life, like to start a business, write a book that sells well, become financially independent, start a charity or any number of things, you have to be willing to become a different person. The qualities you need to succeed are those that make u better in charity, decision making, determination, strength, etc.
Skills are learnable. If you can drive a car, you can learn the skills you need to succeed. If you do these things you WILL succeed.
You are one skill away from doubling your income. You just need to find that skill.
- Dream big dreams. Develop a vision of yourself as happy healthy wealth y thin. Lots of time friends experience. If you could be have or do anything in life, what would it be? They have found that this is the starting point of success. Make a dream list.
- Do what you love to do. Find a way to make a living doing it. What did you want to do as a child?
- Commit to excellence. Brian Tracy was not good at anything, he failed in school, did not have good people skills, got fired often, he went from job to job. It takes 5 to 7 years to become the top in your field.
- Develop your unique talents and abilities. Everyone is born to do something well. In this blog I have written about people who seemed to have no abilities, but found something they were good at and succeeded.
- See yourself as self-employed. The top 5% of successful people see themselves as self-employed. All exceptional people are highly responsible people. You work for yourself. The most valuable people in the company are those who feel that they are working for themselves, as if they are self-employed. They are like cream they rise to the top.
- Develop a clear sense of direction, become intensely goal oriented. You can’t hit a target you can’t see. One of the richest self-made millionaires said there are two things you need to do to become rich. H L Hunt made $3 million a day. He was asked what the secret to success is. He said the first is to decide what you want in life, to set goals. The second is to determine the price you will have to pay to get it and be willing to do whatever it takes to reach those goals. Take a piece of paper and write ten goals. If you could accomplish only one goal, but had to accomplish it in 24 hours, what would it be? That goal is probably the one you want most. Circle that goal. Turn the paper over and write a list of things you can do to reach that goal. Do something every day to accomplish that goal. It is the secret to success in life. People become great when they do this. A man told Brian Tracy that he was broke, divorced, alcoholic, but he did this goal exercise and ten years later had earned $40 million. He said this exercise changed his life.
- Refuse to consider the possibility of failure. Most people quit before they start because they are afraid they can’t accomplish the goal. Everyone fails, probably 9 out of 10 things that we try, fail. It is the fear of failure that holds you back. If you learn from your mistakes you will succeed. Henry Ford said failures just teach us how to win. Winners find the lesson in the failure, they learn from their mistakes. Your biggest problem today can bring your best learning and be your biggest help.
- Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning. Knowledge and skill are the keys. Learning new skills are important because things change so quickly, the old things you learned.
- Read 30 to 60 minutes a day in your field. Read bestselling books written by successful people.
- Take every course that you possibly can. Take the ones taught by professionals. You will learn enough in one or two days as you would learn in years on your own. Some have learned enough from one seminar is they became millionaire.
- Listen to audio programs in your car. It is like taking a class at a university, or even better because you can study exactly what you want to learn.
- Be a workaholic. You really have to work hard. My note, learn to love your work, really enjoy it. Every hour you work over 40 hours brings you closer to your goal. The average self-made millionaire works 59 hours a week, also the average top executive also works 59 hours a week. When you work, really work, don’t waste time. The average person might only work fifty percent of the time at work because they come in a little late, leave early, take long lunch, talk to others, etc.
- Get around the right people. As much as 99% of your success in life is who you spend time with. Do you spend time with successful people? We absorb the opinions of the people we associate with. Bad relationships drag you down. One negative coworker can drag down the whole office.
- Be prepared to climb from peak to peak. You won’t be up all the time, you will be down part of the time. Life is two steps forward and one step back. Realize you won’t win all the time
- Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.
- Become an unshakable optimist. Think and talk about what you want most of the time. Look for the good in every situation. 3 qualities: a. they learn more things, b. try more things, c. they persist – they never give up.
- Develop the qualities of courage and persistence. Two types are needed to succeed. First the courage to begin. Secondly the courage to persist. No matter what happens you will never give up.
- Quality of self-discipline. Be able to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it.
You can watch the 46 minute speech by Brian Tracy at http://youtu.be/la6S-2bvme0
Mrs. Thompson had seen Teddy in the halls for several years before he became a fifth grader. She was not looking forward to having him in her class. She had a rather large class and dozens of papers to grade every day. The last thing she needed was another under achiever who needed extra help and rewarded her diligence with bad behavior. He didn’t try very hard and often showed up to class looking messy, hair uncombed and clothes not clean
But the school year began and she tried to make the best of it and give Teddy a fair chance before judging him too harshly.
Then came Christmas. All the students got Mrs. Thompson gifts wrapped in colorful wrapping paper with beautiful bows and ribbons. But when it came time for Teddy to give Mrs. Thompson her gift he carried forward a small package wrapped in paper from a brown paper grocery bag. She opened it and inside were a bracelet with some of the rhinestones missing and a bottle of cheap perfume than was more than half empty. Some of the children began to snicker and laugh. But she was smart enough to act delighted and put on some of the perfume.
Later Teddy came up and stood near her and said very quietly, Mrs. Thompson, you look just as beautiful as my mother when you wear that bracelet. And you smell just like her when you wear that perfume. He looked at her with admiration in his eyes.
She began thinking about Teddy after class that day. She realized that he had always been kind to her, even when some of the other students had not. She decided to look at his files and see what his previous teachers had written about him.
1st grade: Teddy shows promise but has very poor home situation
2nd grade: Teddy could do better but mother is seriously ill.
3rd grade: Teddy is a good boy but distracted, his mother died this year.
4th grade: Teddy shows no interest in school work and is not doing well. He has become very quiet and withdrawn, his father seems to show no interest in him.
Mrs. Thompson wiped away tears from her eyes. The next morning the students had a new teacher. She took off her eyes of judgment and put on eyes of love. She understood why Teddy was so distracted and apathetic.
Mrs. Thompson decided to make Teddy her special project. She gave him extra time and tutoring and found he was grateful for it, whereas when she had done this with other students they resented the extra work they were asked to do.
He finished elementary school and she didn’t see him again for a long time. But she got a letter from him telling her that he had graduated from high school second in his class. Later she got another letter saying that he had graduated from college first in his class. Then some years later she got another letter from Teddy saying he had graduated from medical school and was now a doctor. Not only that, he was getting married and wondered if she would be willing to sit where his mother would have sat in the wedding.
As she finished reading the letter she realized that the extra love and attention she had showed Teddy steered him away from a life of failure. She had quit judging him and realized that he had potential, but no one else was willing to help him.
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Fred Couples, pictured at left, and Jim Mans both studied at the University of Houston. Every Saturday for three years they would get together to play act out their dreams and goals in life. Fred Couples pretended he had won the Masters Golf Tournament and Jim Mans pretended he was a famous reporter, interviewing him.
Seven years later Fred Couples won the Masters Tournament. After finishing the course, he walked into Butler cabin and saw Jim Mans sitting there, waiting to interview him. By this time Mans was a famous reporter. Their eyes met, and they both began to weep. They were overwhelmed by the joy of achieving their dreams together.
Couples and Mann both understood the importance visualizing success. This technique was used by East Germany to achieve the distinction of having more gold medal Olympic athletes per capita than any other country. Each athlete would visualize himself going through his routine perfectly. Afterward, he would visualize himself standing on the gold medal platform.
It is best to visualize first thing in the morning after waking and last thing at night before sleeping because the brain is in the alpha state and more receptive to the power of visualization.
Jack Canfield made a fake $1 million dollar bill and attached it to his ceiling so that it was the first thing he saw every morning. When he awoke, he would look at the bill and visualize the lifestyle it would bring him and feel the emotions of achieving his goal. That was one thing that helped him maintain faith that he could achieve his goals. Later he ending up selling over 150 million books and achieved his goal of making lots of money.
What would you do if you had one million dollars? You could help lots of people, pay off your house, send your kids to college, feed the hungry and much more. Is it wrong to want to be financially secure? Leave a reply.
Tom Smith floated in the Caribbean water and let his mind wander to the incredible journey his life had brought him through. Seven years ago he was broke, depressed, divorced and wishing he could die. He had lost his job and his wife. He felt he had nothing to live for. But now he was having the time of his life, and it all came about from one chance meeting with an old friend.
He met Oscar Lancaster in a bar as he was trying to drink away his problems. “Hey Oscar, what up?” Tom had said as he saw Oscar sit down at the bar.
Oscar’s face lit up as he shook Tom’s hand. They began talking about old times. Soon Tom was pouring out his heart to Oscar about how bad his life was.
“Come with me to a positive thinking seminar tomorrow night, Tom,” Oscar said. “I know you will love it, it’s just what you need.”
It sounded boring, but Tom had plenty of time and very little money, and since the seminar was free, he agreed to go with Oscar. What he heard that night rocked his world. He had never thought about some of the ideas the speaker presented, and they made sense.
The presenter asked the question “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” He mentioned taking inventory of your life and deciding what you do well. He said it is important to set goals and to believe you can reach your goals. He gave a motivational speech about learning how to enjoy your work so that you can work faster, harder and with less effort. Most importantly he said, “never, never, never give up,” a quote from Winston Churchill.
Tom felt the warm water gently rocking him as he floated along, and he thought about how he had learned to go with the flow of the stream of love and wellbeing that flowed through the universe. He had gone against the flow so often in his past, without knowing that he was doing it. It made life so much more difficult.
At the seminar he learned about Dani Johnson, who went from being homeless and living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change but begin selling weight loss products.
Also there was the story of Paul Orfalea who was born with very few advantages. He had learning problems in school and ADD. Not a great way to start life. He was labeled a failure at an early age. But like many other people who have achieved great things in life, he found confidence and was able to work his way out of a life of mediocrity. Now he gives millions of dollars to charities and schools and helps many people.
Stephen J. Cannell failed the first grade, he also failed the fourth and tenth grades. He realized that he was not a good student when he spent five hours with his mother studying for a test and then failed it. It didn’t help at all that his friend got an A on the test without studying. But he had a good imagination and found he could write stories well. He eventually wrote over 350 scripts for 38 different TV shows and had 2000 people working for him.
After that fateful seminar, Tom asked Oscar for a book to read that might help him make money because he was unable to pay his bills. Oscar emailed him a copy of “The Laws of Success” by Napoleon Hill. He had found it free on the internet.
At first Tom was very disappointed in the book, because there was no definite advice about any certain stock to buy or company to start. But the more he read, the more he realized that every idea in the book was a powerful concept that he could use to be successful in not only making money, but in relationships, career, losing weight, sports and just about anything else.
Tom read a blog that discussed topics similar to “The Laws of Success.” They were a little more modern-day than the book, but he realized the basic concepts were the same.
Tom decided to start a small company tutoring students. He bought a book on networking to learn how to get the word out about his company cheaply. He found a few friends who were willing to invest a few hundred dollars each on advertising for the new company. Soon he had more students than he had time to tutor, so he hired teachers to help him part time.
Tom used the Mastermind principle from “The Laws of Success” to put together a group of people who wanted to make money. They came up with some great ideas, and as they worked together, they made a pretty comfortable living. Tom wasn’t a millionaire, but he was happier than he had ever been. The positive thinking ideas turned him from a pessimist to an optimist. He was able to find the good in everything instead of getting discouraged about the bad things he constantly read and heard about in the news. He learned to really enjoy life, to enjoy the little things.
Tom floated for a few more minutes and then went back to the shore where his girlfriend was waiting for him with her winsome smile. Yes, life was good, really good.
I don’t often take the 1000 word challenge, but this time I thought I would and it has been fun. For those of you that don’t know about it, click the link below. The WordPress people explain what the challenge is. You don’t have to write exactly 1000 words, but just for fun I decided to write EXACTLY 1000 words, so I have got to stop here.
Jack Canfield, the coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, writes about a party he went to that built confidence in all of the people that went to it. Everyone was instructed to pretend that it was five years later and they had achieved their goals and dreams in life. They were to spend the whole evening talking about what they accomplished and how it made them feel.
Jack went as a writer of bestselling books. One man went as a movie producer that was the first to work with the Russians on a big movie deal. Another man went as a man who had retired and was able to work as a sculptor. He dressed the part. A lady went as an author of bestselling books, she brought mock up books with her. Another lady brought a magazine she had put the image of her face on which told about her accomplishments. One man went as a rich stockbroker and hired someone to call him every 15 minutes so that he could shout “sell ten thousand shares” or some other similar thing.
20 people had been hired to act as adoring fans and paparazzi. They took photos and shouted to the group as if they were real fans meeting famous people.
The people laughed and talked for several hours, never stepping out of the characters they were playing. It had an incredible effect on them. It built and strengthened their faith in themselves. It made them actually believe they could accomplish their dreams.
As you know, Jack Canfield went on to write/edit books that have sold many millions of copies. All of the people at the party went on to achieve their goals, and to actually achieve more than they had dreamed of that night.
Why not do this for your friends or children? Make a commitment to do it. You don’t have to hire the paparazzi, if you get together with enough friends you can find people to play that part.
Many people who have achieved great things in life say that it is very important to dream about and imagine your goals as if you already achieved them. There is a very powerful psychological message sent throughout your mind when you do this. In fact, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote an entire book about the power of imagining because he found it was so important to achieve goals and dreams.
From The Success Principles by Jack Canfield chapter 12
Have you had difficulty achieving your dreams in life? Dreams of great relationships, getting out of debt, career advancement, achievement in sports, etc. Maybe you have an addiction to food, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, laziness, sexual problems or anything else. Here are five steps to get out of the pit. The six steps are from Believe That You Can by Jentezen Franklin, but I have written it in my own words.
It all starts as a thought in your mind. You see the need to quit doing something or to start doing something else. You realize your life could be better than it is now.
Not only do we see something we want, we have to take hold of the idea that we really can get it. Many people would love to get out of debt, but they don’t believe it will ever happen, so they don’t even try to find a way to become more financially secure. Some would love to be a high level manager in their company, but they just don’t think it will ever happen, so they plug away at their boring job week after week, not doing the level of work they are capable of.
You have to pay the price for your dream. Decide to take a risk, try your best to do something you didn’t think you could do in the past. Maybe your old life is too boring. Step out on your idea. You have to believe that with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Phil 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”
After you buy into dream you really get committed. You focus on it no matter what others say. You get in the habit of seeking it with all your heart. Ask yourself: “How bad do I want it?” That is a key. If you really want it, you will be willing to do what it takes to make it happen.
“How does one become a butterfly” she asked pensively
“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
“You mean die?”
“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live”
—–From Hope For The Flowers by Trina Paulus
Now you are there, you got the prize, or are starting to get the prize. Now you don’t have to suffer regret for not trying to accomplish your goals and dreams. Maybe you have gone a week without overeating. Even if you pig out one day, don’t worry about it. Don’t let it get you down, because sadness and regret will make it all the more difficult. Tell yourself that you are a winner and will not fail next time. The more you say it to yourself, the more it will become true. If you are a Christian, the Bible promises you that you are a winner, a conqueror (which means you can conquer problems). Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
No success without a successor. Whom are you mentoring? When you teach something, it helps you really get it firmly in mind, to get it deep into your subconscious. This is a very important part of any goal, to teach others how to do it. Alcoholics Anonymous stresses that to overcome an addition it is very important to mentor others to overcome. When you teach it, you learn it much better and are much more likely to continue your success over the addiction or difficulty.
Many years ago a young man in Ghana West Africa saw poverty in his village so he wanted very badly to bring about change and help his people. So at 16 years of age he decided to leave home determined to find some way to help his people. Seven years later he returned. His people saw him a long time before he reached the village as he walked down the road. They were very excited because they knew that since he had been gone a long time he must have something wonderful to share with them that would help them overcome their poverty and difficulties.
They ran out to meet him and shouted, “What did you bring?”
He silently put his hand in his pocket and pulled out three small seeds. Everyone was surprised, because they expected so much more.
“What are they?” they asked.
“They are cocoa seeds” he replied.
He planted the seeds and soon the three trees had multiplied to many. He had learned how to cultivate and take care of cocoa plants.
Now in Ghana cocoa is a major source of income for many people. Because one man planted seeds and knew how to take care of them, he changed his country forever and helped many people.
It sometimes takes a well-trained person to see seeds of greatness in other people. Maybe someone you know is not a good student and suffers because he just can’t make good grades. But maybe he can become a great writer, athlete, musician, model, actor or politician. Stephen J. Cannell failed the first grade, he also failed the fourth and tenth grades but he wrote many TV scripts for famous TV shows and eventually had over 2000 people working for him.
Charles Dickens failed many times to get his books published, but he kept trying and later changed the world by showing tens of thousands of people how difficult the lives orphans can be.
It usually takes a long time to achieve great things in life. Just like the cocoa plants took a long time to multiply to thousands of trees it may take a long time for the seeds of greatness to grow in you.
Don’t give up. Keep cultivating the seeds within you. If you don’t quit, someday you will accomplish the goals and dreams that God has placed in your heart. Remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Say that out loud five times a day and it will do wonders for you.
Not many people can bench press 500 lbs. Today there is a man that can bench press slightly over 1000 pounds. One hundred years ago the best bench press in the world was about 360 lbs. If you told a person in the year 1900 that somebody would be able to bench press a thousand pounds a hundred years later they probably would not believe you. It’s the same way with prayer. Not many people believe that God really does answer prayer in miraculous ways, but on the other hand, over 90% of Americans believe in the power of prayer. Some people have seen miraculous answers to prayer. I’ve heard of many miraculous answers to prayer. A friend of mine told me that not once but twice his back was immediately healed through prayer.
A missionary lady that I worked with told me that one time she was sitting in church and the pastor suddenly felt God was telling him to pray for people. He asked anyone who needed prayer to come forward. She went forward and he prayed for her and her health problem was healed.
For a long time most people did not believe that anyone could run the mile in less than four minutes. But somebody believed that he could do it. His belief was so strong that he was willing to run almost every day to prepare to break the four minute mile. He did not just get up one day after not running for years and say “Hey I think I’ll try to break the four minute mile.” It was faith, belief that he could do it that gave him the strength to run every day. He probably saw small results week by week but he knew that after enough weeks the small results would add up to something big. He believed he could do it and so he took action and finally he was able to do it. Now many people can run a mile in less than four minutes. They know they have to run often and work hard in order to do it, but because they have seen examples of other people run a mile in less than four minutes, they know it’s possible and they do it.
Many things are like this. For many years no one thought it was possible to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Then someone did it and now many people do it every year because they have faith that it can be done. They have faith they can do it because they have seen other people do it. Without that faith, they wouldn’t even try it.
Dr. Karl Menninger said, “Attitudes are more important than facts.” That is worth repeating until its truth grips you.
When I was a missionary to Asia there was a profound sense of joy in my life because I knew I was doing exactly what God wanted me to do. I was making sacrifices for God, but they did not seem burdensome. They seemed easy, in fact they were joyful. I remember hearing a missionary preach about suffering for Jesus. He brought his wife and three children to Africa and a few months after they got there, they all got sick. They were too sick to get out of bed. He said “Be happy, rejoice because we are suffering for Jesus!”
I feel a little bit like the apostle Paul. There were times in my life when I had so much money I didn’t know how to spend it all, and there were times in my life when I lived in deep poverty. They say that rich people are not necessarily happier than poor people.
Mother Teresa lived a very simple life. She always seemed to be happy. She knew her purpose in life and she constantly stayed on track to fulfill the purpose. What a joyful life that is. There have been thousands of people, probably millions who were as dedicated to God as she was, but did not get the publicity that she did. They did not need publicity to make them happy. Serving God and having a passion to please him was all they needed to be joyful. The apostle Paul said that he learned the secret of being content in any circumstance whether he had plenty or very little. He had completely dedicated his life to serving God.
When you realize that your purpose is to love God and serve him, you know that nobody can take that away from you. They can put a person in jail the way they did the apostle Paul but they could not take away his purpose in life. Instead of hindering the gospel it promoted the gospel. There have been many times in my life that I felt distressed or sad. One thing that would always make me feel better is to realize that no matter what happens to me, my purpose in life is still the same and God will make sure that I can fulfill his purpose. There is no force powerful enough, no person persuasive enough, no circumstance bad enough to force us to quit fulfilling God’s purpose in our life. To really latch onto this idea and let it sink deep into our soul is a very joyful thing.