Lessons from It Works

I read a book last year entitled “It Works” by RHJ.  It was a really good read and I did practice for a few days what was recommended in the book and then fell off the wagon.  While tidying up my room, I came across the book  again.  And was reminded of the lessons I learned from this book.

As many new thought authors, he too promotes the premise “If you KNOW what you WANT you can HAVE IT”.  It’s a very short book and  I found it to be very encouraging and it definitely charged my batteries and help me to be optimistic when I employed the three practices suggested by the author.

We’ve heard it time and time again that if we can train our waking mind (the mind we use each day) also referred to as the objective mind or conscious mind to decide definitely upon the things or conditions we desire, then that’s the first significant step toward getting what we want.

However from my studies we have to train it in such a way that it sends subtle, non-resistant thoughts to our subjective mind or sub-conscious mind to accept and believe it is true and to go to work on our behalf to draw these things to us.  Most authors concur that somehow someway there is an inner part of man that rendezvous with a powerful energy that is capable and willing to orchestrate on our behalf to bring to us every earnest desire of our objective mind.

However, if we only do it occasionally, half-heartedly, and/or oscillate in our thinking then we do not form a perfect connection or communication with this omnipotent powerful energy.  We must earnestly, sincerely, and honestly desire certain conditions or things whether it is mental, physical, or spiritual.

I believe this is the most challenging part to keep our waking minds focused and locked in on the target.  It has such a tendency to vacillate which only serves to water down our intentions to mere wishes and renders this wonderful, capable power impotent to function on our behalf.

If you are earnest about changing your present conditions, here are  some lessons I learned from this book that I encourage you to employ to aid in the actualization of your dreams:

  1. Decide what you want – this sounds much easier than it is.  To me deciding means you’re willing to make it a priority in regards to your attention.  In other words you’re willing to devote the time to focus on what you want in a positive way.  I’ve discovered that I put forth a very distinct effort and energy when I earnestly want something versus a like to have.
  2. Make a list – write a list of the things you desire and prioritize them by order of importance to you.  And commit to reading it morning, noon, and night and give no direct thought as to how it will come to pass.  Instead tune into your intuition so that you will recognize when you’re inspired to act.
  3. Think of it often – throughout your day think often of what it is you desire and engage your imagination to form a picture of the desired outcome.  Most importantly keep it positive and do not allow negative thoughts to creep in.
  4. Keep it private – do not talk to others about your plan.  Keep your plans/desires between you and the great power within you that communicates and connects with the higher omnipotent power.  As mention in lesson 2, this higher power will unfold to your objective mind the method of accomplishment.  The trick is to let it guide you instead of trying to tell it how it must be accomplished.

I don’t know about you but I’m going to do this at least until the end of the month and see what happens.  I like conducting experiments to see what works and what doesn’t.  I think it will be a good companion for my “Be Intentional” challenge this month.  What do you think?  Will you try it too?

Sometimes You Will Feel Foolish

pablo (23)

Have you ever had a moment when you felt totally foolish?  I think the answer is yes for majority for us if not all.  Ironically when I googled for images for feeling foolish most quotes were related to relationship issues.  Quotes about being done wrong in a relationship and/or unrequited love.

I wonder what it is about undesired outcomes within a relationship or a breakup that leaves most of us feeling foolish, sad, dejected, rejected, and even devastated.  Even more so I wonder why we have so many regrets about the relationship after it’s said and done and tend to replay and rehash the negatives over and over again.

However, that’s not the reason I’m writing this post.  I just thought it was interesting how many quotes popped up about feeling foolish as it relates to relationships.  While on this note though, I just want to encourage any one who is coming off of a break up that the fastest way through it is to thank your way through it.  Thank the person daily for all the good times, all the good qualities, any personal growth that they were a catalyst for, and any contributions they have made to your life.

All relationships will end either to death or one or both parties opt that the situation is no longer beneficial or they move on to someone else.  Especially in the latter case resist the urge to go down the slippery slope of berating yourself and feeling foolish.  Because what’s divinely yours you cannot lose.  The quicker you give thanks, release, and forgive the quicker a new and better love can enter your life.  You don’t need anyone to do anything differently to make you happy.  Remember that you have always and always will hold the key to your own happiness and wellbeing.

Ok..now back to what my original intent was and now to make it brief too.  Be okay with feeling foolish when you’re going for what you want in life because more than likely what you really really want out of life is going to cause you to move waaaaaaaay outside your comfort zone.  It’s going to feel awkward, it’s going to feel unnatural, it’s going to leave you feeling uneasy.

The main thing is to keep going in spite of feeling foolish because small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.  Your mind and body will correct and improve with each attempt and will endure more and more if you keep trying and keep going.  Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best “That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”

So whether it’s a breakup that makes you feel foolish, starting a new business,  trying to lose weight, cultivating a new self-image, or whatever…the antidote to feeling foolish remains the same….If you persist, if you continue to try, if you continue to charge forward, you will succeed.  KEEP GOING!

Cheers! ♥♥♥

SELF-TRUST = RESOLVE TO DO!

self trust 2

How often have we heard the quote “It’s never too late to be what we might have been?”  Life is a journey and our journey is awaiting us.  I agree with the author of “Keep Going”,  the journey all of us are making is constant learning.  Dr. Suess said it best “The more that you read, the more things you know.  The more that  you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The answer to my daily question “How will this day be remembered?” is this day will be remembered by my giving 100% effort to resolve to do!   Resolve to give myself the best possible self-care today.  Resolve to exercise a minimum of an hour.  Resolve to complete six tasks at work today.  Resolve to do more with my balance of time today and infuse it with as much productivity as I possibly can.

Far too often we get up in the morning without resolving to do something to move us a little further along our journey in life.  We have all these loosey goosey goals but no resolution to do the day to day action to achieve them.  It’s time to build self-trust and resolve to do!  There is nothing quite like the satisfaction I feel when I make a list and I resolve to do them all with 100% commitment.

self trust

Just imagine how much we could become if we resolved to do day in and day out.  I wonder how our lives might change if we resolved to do and meditated for a minimum of 15 minutes.  Or resolved to consume three fruits and three vegetables daily.  Or resolved to get out and breathe the fresh air and walk for a minimum of 30 minutes each day and commune with nature.  Or resolved to take a new class, try a new recipe, try a new route to work, try a new exercise, try a new genre to read, try a new event…..essentially intentionally tried something new each day.

Or anything else that moves us in the direction of becoming what we might have been.  It’s never to late to start today.  Nothing like heart break and/or disappointment to disrupt our lives and hurl us into living a distracted life.   However, this quote by Sonya Parker really applies in just about any case….“In order to move on you need to stop focusing on their life, and you need to start focusing on your own life.”

The reason I say that is because most things in life that send us into our heads and living a distracted and/or unconscious life is typically directly and/or indirectly connected to a person.  So I’m practicing the attitude of staying in my own life and focusing on how can I be using my thoughts and life force energy to better my life, make me feel better, and to infuse this journey with more, more, more, more of the good stuff!

I choose to resolve to do and increase my self-trust.  The more we resolve to do the more our self-trust increases and the more we believe we can do.  So, how will this day be remembered for you?  For me, it will be the resolve to do and increasing my self trust.

self trust 3

Day 50 – Look Deep into Nature…..

natureI found this to be true.  I went on a mini adventure on yesterday.  I took a day trip to an area about an hour to hour and half outside of the city in which I lived.  I got a late start and wasn’t able to pack in as much as I had originally planned so I will definitely return to this area again.

Typically I hate shopping but on yesterday I enjoyed ducking in and out of the numerous shops they have at this particular outlet mall.  And actually scored a cute outfit that I will definitely be wearing in the upcoming week.  But the highlight of my trip was to a state park well known to this area.

The park itself wasn’t anything spectacular but a nice state park.  However, I embarked on a hike to view the tallest water fall for our state.  There were two paths to choose from and the lady told me to go to the left.  However, when I left the visitor center and arrived at the beginning of the trails, the one to the left didn’t seem right to me so I chose to go to the right.

the start
The opening to the trail to the right

Oh boy was I in for a treat.  I inadvertently went on my first hike ever and it was 2.3 mile hike with steep hills and rough terrain.  It seemed like it went on and on on and on forever.  After awhile just looking at tree trunks, dirt, and rocks became monotonous, but finally I reached a clearing and was able to get a view of something else.  It was simply breathtaking and I was reminded of the abundance of God and God’s goodness.  I was immediately reminded God’s resources are infinite.

First opening
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

Seeing the majestic beauty of the mountains through that clearing sustained me for a little while but I noticed that not being able to gauge how close I was to my goal caused me feelings of intense impatience.  I continued to ask the folks that I was passing “please tell me am I almost there?”  and they would let me know how close I was to reaching the top of the falls.  I decided to take a snapshot of my view at the point I was feeling the most anxious to already be done with it.

how much farther
ARE WE THERE YET?

 

Highest Point
View from the last clearing before reaching the top

I continued on because I know it would’ve taken much more energy to retreat than to continue forward.  So I started talk to give myself positive self talk and make the most of my time on my journey to the top.  I found a beautiful rock along the way and kept it.   And, started to redirect my attention to where I was at any given moment.  Well, I finally reached the top and oh my it was simply a glorious site to behold although my pictures don’t do it just at all.

falls
View from the top of the falls.

I couldn’t see much of the fall from top.  But it was wonderful to hear the gushing sounds of the water.  I found it totally relaxing and the summer breeze kissed my face over and over again.  It was worth the 2.3 mile hike to the top indeed.  After making inquiries, I was told about the other path I didn’t choose so I decided to take it on the way down because I wanted to see more of the waterfall.

Glad I didn’t take this one to begin with, it included 170 steps!   At this point my legs were killing me and it took everything I had to descend down the 170 steps but I did it.  Again, I had to give myself a lot of self talk because again I had no idea how long it was going to take me to finally be done with all of those stairs.  But I finally made it to the end of the stairs and again it was simply breathtaking.

falls 2Overall this was a really fun and adventurous day for me.  It was tiring but fun.  I learned a lot about myself and engaged in a lot of reflection about life.  I emerged with renewed conviction and clarity after communing with nature.  And, I took action today on the clarity I received yesterday.  I’m ready to move forward in my life.  I have made peace with a lot of things from my past and closed the door on them for good.

Today I am ready to embark on the first day of the rest of my life with the attitude captured in this quote by Doe Zantamata…”There are no footsteps to follow on your path…but that’s where the fun and adventure live.”  That’s what the rest of my life will be …..100% committed to following my own path and enjoying the fun and adventure.  And, communing with nature as often as I can and for as long as I can because in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

Have you communed with nature lately?  If not, I invite you to make time to allow nature to nurture your body, mind, and soul.

Day 39 – Dig Your Ditches

How many times have we heard the scripture “All things whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  We must act as if we have already received.  Florence Shinn says “If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.”

There is a convincing illustration of this in the Bible, relating to the three kings who where in the desert, without water for their men and horses.  They consulted with the prophet Elisha, who gave them the powerful message “Thus saith the Lord – Ye shall not see the wind, neither shall ye see rain, yet make this valley full of ditches.”  We must prepare for the thing we have asked for, when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.

When we work on the spiritual plane, we know one with God is a majority.  Therefore, we dig our ditches in  preparation of what is to come.  For instance, if your desire is to buy a new home but something appears to be an obstacle in you getting it, then buying something for your new home would be digging your ditches.  You would be preparing for your new home; thus acting as though you already had it.

Back in the day, our ancestors knew the value of digging ditches.  They advised young ladies who had a deep desire to get married to maintain a hope chest.  And they would put little trinkets in there that would be used once they were married.  I’m not sure what the success rate was but evidently it was compelling enough that young ladies year after year maintained a hope chest.

When we dig our ditches we show active faith.  It is needless to say that the ditches dug by the three kings in the desert were filled to over-flowing.  Getting into these type of spiritual habits is no easy matter for the average person.  But we must train and discipline our minds to focus on the wanted and to think and act from the viewpoint of already having received what we desire.

For instance, if your desire is to find a new job.  Then, digging your ditches would include things like typing up your resignation letter, creating a fake check from the company you desire to work for along with the pay amount you want, getting your desk caught up, documenting any routine functions you’re responsible for turning over to the next person, de-cluttering your desk, packing non-essential personal items and taking them home, typing up your employment acceptance letter, your thank you interview follow up letter, purchasing new items for you new office, etc.

Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.  Digging ditches help us to see ourselves receiving more convincingly.  I invite you to begin with the end in mind.  What actions can you take to essentially dig your ditches in preparation of your abundance pressed down, shaken together, and running over?  Have them identified?  Great!  Now go dig your ditches.

Day 38 – How to Get the Results You Want

what you wantLack of confidence and too much effort are the fundamental reasons for failure.   Many people fall prey to failure because they lack the understanding of their subconscious mind.  We gain a great measure of confidence when we understand how our mind works.

We must remember whenever your subconscious mind accepts and idea, it immediately begins to execute it.  It uses all its powerful resources and activates all the mental and spiritual laws of our deeper mind.  This hold true for good or bad ideas.

Consequently, if we use it negatively, it brings trouble, failure, and confusion.  However, when we use it constructively, it brings guidance, freedom, and peace of mind.  The right answer is inevitable when our thoughts are positive, constructive, and loving.

The only thing we have to do in order to overcome failure and get the results we want is to get our subconscious to accept our idea or request  by feeling the reality of it now and the law of our minds will do the rest.  Turn over our requests with faith and confidence and our subconscious  will take over and find an answer for us.

Our failure to get results often times come from entertaining contrary thoughts such as “Things are getting worse.”  “I see no way out.” “It is hopeless.” “I don’t know what to do.” “I’m all mixed up.” With statements like these, we’ll get no cooperation from our subconscious mind.  Like a car in neutral, we won’t go forward or backward.  In other words, we won’t get anywhere.

It’s like getting in a taxi and giving the driver half dozen different directions in five minutes. He would become hopelessly confused and probably refuse to drive us anywhere.  It is the same when working with our subconscious mind.  There must be a clear cut idea in our minds.  We must make a definite decision that there is a way out, a solution for the results we desire.  Only the infinite intelligence within our subconscious mind knows the answer.

When we come to that clear cut decision in our conscious mind, our mind is then made up, and according to our belief it will be done unto us and we will get the results we want.

Day 32: Reject Rejection

I remember when I was in direct sales rejection often times felt like the greatest form of failure.  In the beginning I would will feel the pang of failure with every no I received.  I would let it get to me and have me frozen and incapable of getting back on the phone to make more calls to secure appointments.  No one would want to be rejected, right?  Wrong!  I learned from experienced people in the business to reject rejection.

I noticed they welcomed rejection with slogans like “every no moves you that much closer to a yes”. They would challenge us with contests like get a 100 Noes.  The objective would be to call until you received a 100 noes.  Want to know the irony?  It never happened for me.  Inevitably I would receive a yes in the process.  They understood something that exercises like these taught me…the law of averages.  Understanding the law of averages helps you to not mind rejection.  In fact, you count on it and even begin to welcome it.

Why?  Because you realize that it typically takes ten rejections to one success.  Once you know the truth about the law of averages, you will never look at rejection with the same gloom and doom.  You know that rejection is a necessary part of your journey to success.  When I was in direct sales, I figured out my law of averages to earn the money I needed each month and to reach my goals.  I knew for every ten sales calls I made I would book a show.  And, I would use the company average to calculate on average how much I would earn per month.  So, instead of hyperfocusing on rejection, I just focused on the actions needed to reach my sales goals.

Can you imagine the power that comes from knowing and embracing the law of averages?  You won’t get frustrated or stuck from a no.  You will understand that it’s just a part of the process of getting to a yes!  Embrace the law of averages.  Know exactly what you have to do to get the results you want.  How many noes do you need to accept in order to get to a yes?  When you embrace the law of averages, you will stop fearing the word no and begin to respect it.  Open yourself up to enough noes in your life so that you won’t be afraid of rejection anymore.

When you have respect for the word no, you will not only help yourself approach people with confidence, but you will also start to attract people to you.  You will see yourself as a genuine match for the “right” person and/or opportunity.  Others will see you this way also and be attracted to you.  Respecting the word no can help you to regain your courage.  How many noes do you need to reach your goal? I dare you to keep going until you get 100 noes in a row.

averages

 

 

Day 29 – Today Could be the Day!

don't quitToday could be the day!  Don’t give up the day before the miracle happens.  So often when we don’t see immediate results, we want to quit.  We are conditioned to be such a microwave generation.  We’ve lost the art of patiently waiting.  We want what we want and we want it right now.  I wonder how many times have we quit the moment right before the miracle would’ve happened.

We need to learn to live in the end.  Well let me speak for myself at least I do.  I have learned a lot over the past 29 days while focusing on manifesting my deepest desires.  Some days I feel down right frustrated and want to say “stop looking like an idiot don’t you see it’s just not happening for you?”  And, then I have to stop and ask myself “and just how am I looking like an idiot when most folks don’t even know I’m practicing living from my end or for that matter what my deepest desire i?”

It’s so easy to talk about having faith but the application of having faith is a totally different ball game.  I discovered that it was easy for me to have so-called “faith”  when I was given some type of “sign” and/or “appearance” that my desires were on its way to unfolding.  But, struggled terribly within myself on days where it seems like absolutely nothing at all was happening in my favor OR “appeared” to going in the total opposite direction.

It isn’t faith if we must rely on any of our five physical senses in order to believe.  Faith is believing when there isn’t one sign of it happening in sight or when it seems like the total opposite is happening.  I think that is what the past 29 days have really been about for me having faith. It is challenging to go to bed each night and rehearse the script of living in the end after not receiving one iota of physical data to support it’s on the way.

One night I had convinced myself it’s no use just give up.  But I have learned  when those moments hit, it’s no longer faith I am exercising, instead I have let go of faith and have formed an attachment.  Attachments can kill your dreams.  Attachments can be to how it will happen, when it will happen, where it will happen, etc.  Attachments make me feel anxious, impatient, impetuous, angry, discouraged, despondent, defeated, foolish, etc.

Attachments cause me to concoct all kinds of scenarios to take hasty action in an attempt to force what I want to happen.  But, none of that is faith.  Also, I’ve noticed attachment says I’ve got to have it right now, I need it to make me happy, or life will be good when.  Whew!  All I can tell you is attachments can make you feel like you’re going insane.  And, it can drive me stark raving mad too if I allowed this runaway train to continue.

However, the biggest lesson I have learned the past 29 days is this…. either I can rule my mind or my mind will rule me.  I have learned beyond the shadow of the doubt that it is imperative for me to take possession of my mind and discipline, train, and direct it to focus on the end goal.  Each time I reel it back in and take dominion over my thoughts the happier and freer I become.  And, the more real my end goal becomes to me.

And, the more real it becomes to me the more I start to see tiny evidences that my desire is about to unfold.  Faith truly will help us to call forth the seen from the unseen.   When given the opportunity, it will prove to us time and time again that all things are possible to him who believes.  I am learning how to master selecting and entering a desired state in my imagination.  I am cultivating the skill of using all five of my imaginary senses to feel myself right into the wish being fulfilled.

Faith is showing me the way to imagine ahead of any physical evidence and to live as though it were true.  It’s a shame that something so easy, natural, and normal to use in childhood takes so much energy and effort to use in adulthood.  However, I’m re-learning how to use the power of my imagination to activate my faith because I know it will help me to easily and effortlessly go after what I want, to have the courage to ask for what I want, and to take massive steps forward towards my deepest desires.

I will be loyal and faithful to my dreams because today could be the day!  I invite you to join me in being loyal and faithful to yours too!

 

 

Day 27 – Get the Action Habit

Your dream will change your daily actions and take you to places that you have never seen or considered before. – John Di Lemme

Joel Barker said “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time.  Vision with action can change the world.” I agree with him.  There is plenty of room at the top because far too often people lack the ability to get things done, to get results.

Excellent ideas are not enough – they require execution.  The successful are action-oriented people.  They are doers.  However, the just average, the mediocre, the unsuccessful are passive.  They lack the ability to discipline and train their thinking in a way that regulates their actions.

How important is your vision/deepest desire?  Steve Job says “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you.”  If what he says is true then our deepest desires should propel us into action.  We should start seeing it consume us, regulating our daily actions to move us closer to our goals.  If at this point, we are not being pulled by our vision then the question becomes is it exciting to us to achieve it?  Do we really care about achieving it?

If the answer is yes to both questions and we’re not taking daily consistent actions towards our goals.  Then we need to revisit the posts “Day 24 – Sell Yourself First”, “Day 13 – I Write the Program”, “Day 9 – Act or Accept”, and “Do You Really Want It?” because our desire hasn’t transformed into a definite purpose yet.

Action oriented people get the things done they want done, and as by-products they gain confidence, a feeling of inner security, self-reliance, and more income.  Passive oriented people don’t get things done they want done because they won’t act.  As by-products they lose confidence in themselves, destroy their self-reliance, and live in mediocrity.

stumbling blocks

I believe we all want to be action oriented people.  So let’s get the action habit!  There are several stumbling blocks to taking action that we need to be aware of and overcome.  And they are as follows:

action 4

  1. Don’t wait until conditions are perfect. They never will be.  So to wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever. Expect future obstacles and difficulties and solve them as they arise.  Dr Schwartz hit the nail on the head when he said “The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise.  We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action.  It’s still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.”

 

action 5

2. Think in terms of now.  Tomorrow, next week, later and similar words often are synonymous with the failure word never.  Be an “I’m starting right now” kind of person.  There is no time like the present.  Why put off until tomorrow what we can do today? Be like the Nike slogan……”JUST DO IT!”  Remember oftentimes the stopping is the starting.

 

action 3

3. Be someone who get things done.  Be a doer, not a “don’t-er”. Use action to cure fear and gain confidence.  Do what you fear and fear disappears.  Just try it and see.   Seize the initiative.  Be a crusader.  Pick up the ball and run.  Be a volunteer. Show that you have the ability and ambition to do.  Remember ideas alone won’t bring success.  Ideas have value only when you act upon them.

 

action 1

4. Jump right in and get going.   Rather than think about the unpleasant feature of the task, jump right in and get going without a lot of deliberation.  The stopping is in the starting and the only way to start is to start!  Don’t wait for the spirit to move you.  Take action, dig in, and you move the spirit.  Get down to business–pronto!  Don’t waste time getting ready to act.  Start acting instead.

I invite you to join me in adopting this motto….”I’ll start now, right now.”

 

 

Day 18 – What is Fear Costing You?

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. – Sally Kempton

 

I agree it is a war of sorts with our inner self in the area of dismantling limited beliefs, healing old emotional wounds, combating negative thinking, and learning to surrender.  It’s challenging work and it’s not for the faint at heart.  But it is well worth the investment to reap the rewards of the manifestations of the things we deeply desire.

Oftentimes in life we mistakenly believe the enemy of our dreams and desires is outside of us.  When in actuality the enemy that has outposts in our head is fear although it comes in many disguises such as limited beliefs, emotional wounds, negative thinking, discouragement, indecision, procrastination, lack of self-confidence, self-control and discipline, etc.

Fear, a state of mind, is something that one assumes.  Sounds relatively harmless in terms of definition.  However, fear is sufficient to destroy our chances of any personal achievement or undertaking.   But what is fear costing you?  According to Napoleon Hill fear cost us the following:

  • Paralyzes our faculty of reason  – it is virtually impossible to make sound, objective decisions when in the grips of fear
  • Destroys the faculty of imagination – we are unable to make active and voluntarily use of our imaginations because fear overrides and feeds it with a truckload of negative assumptions
  • Kills off self reliance –  we no longer believe we have power and/or influence over the outcome
  • Undermines enthusiasm – pessimism, discouragement, apathy, and depression are the traveling companions of fear and they wipe out enthusiasm
  • Discourages initiative – “why bother? nothing is going to change?” is the lament of fear
  • Leads to uncertainty of purpose –  assumptions, naysayers, and the past erodes purpose  when fear is allowed to run amuck
  • Encourages procrastination – fear whispers it’s too hard, obscure, takes too long and stops us before we start
  • Make self-control impossible – we either lose control to act or we act impulsively/hastily depending upon our assumptions
  • Depletes charm from Personality – charm is replaced with negativity which acts as repulsion
  • Kills our persistence – fear turns our willpower into nothingness, destroys ambition, and invites failure in every conceivable form
  • Obliterates love – inner emotions of the heart are stagnated, discourages friendship, creates an unhealthy obsession with self, and invites disaster in a hundred forms to destroy or disable our ability to trust and engage in healthy relations with others
  • Leads to sleeplessness – fear generates a hamster wheel like quality of thinking that’s involuntary and gains momentum to the point in which it becomes difficult to disengage or turn off

Powerful and mighty is the human mind!  It builds or it destroys!  Fear costs us too much. This is why we must take command and intentionally train, discipline, and condition the mind to imagine we are seeing what we want to see.  That we are hearing what we want to hear and touching what we want to touch.  We must practice giving our imaginary state all the feelings of reality.  And, arouse the mood of accomplishment and the feeling of relief.

Neville Goddard says when we do this it is “the ACTIVE VOLUNTARY USE of the imagination (faith), as distinguished from the PASSIVE INVOLUNTARY ACCEPTANCE of appearances (fear).  I spent almost the entire day battling with fear.  It was a very nasty battle indeed.  I refused to let it conquer me and tonight I will engage in my nightly ritual of active voluntary use of my imagination.  I will rewrite the events of the day that fed my fears.  And, I will elicit the help of my subconscious mind via my imagination day in and day out until I reap success.

Enjoy the following quotes by Steve Chandler which reminds us to act and to act as if.  This is how we light the fire of faith within us and fan its flames by remembering to act and to act as if.  Enjoy!

“So, you light the fire within by taking the action that you would be taking if the fire were already lit — and that lights the fire. The action lights the fire. And yet… The whole world is sitting around waiting to find something that will start the fire.”

“Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.”

“Help me to believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it may be.”

“Purpose can be built, strengthened,d and made more inspiring every day.  We are totally responsible for our own sense of purpose.  We can go inside our own spirit and create it, or not.  The energy of our lives is wholly dependent on how much purpose we’re willing to create.”

“Negative thinking is something we all do. The difference between the person who is primarily optimistic and the person who is primarily pessimistic is that the optimist learns to become a good debater. Once you become thoroughly aware of the effectiveness of optimism in your life, you can learn to debate your pessimistic thoughts.”