WHAT SEEDS ARE YOU PLANTING?


Have you ever asked yourself the question “why do some people make a great life and some don’t?” Well the answer can be approached from many angles but for me the most important one may well have to do with the dialogue that goes on between your conscious and your subconscious minds. Notice I used the plural of minds and not the singular. For many people, there is a need to align their conscious with their subconscious.

So what is the difference between these two minds? A good way to get a bit of a handle on the two very different functions of your mind is to think of it as a garden. You are the gardener. All day long you are planting seeds of thought into your subconscious mind. Usually you’re not even aware that you’re doing this because the seeds are seeds of habit. And as you sow into your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body, your relationships, your career and your environment in general.

Think of your subconscious as a bed of rich soil. It will cause all sorts of seeds to sprout and flourish, whether they’re good or bad. If you sow weeds, can you grow fruit? If you sow thistles, can you harvest wheat? Every single thought you have in your conscious mind is a cause, and of course every condition you experience is an effect. This is why it is so important that you take control of your thoughts. That way, you life will only bear the fruit of desirable conditions.

If you think quietly and with conviction of peace, happiness, right action, goodwill and prosperity and accept them fully into your conscious and reasoning mind, you will reap a harvest of fruitful conditions.

As you look around you, you will find that the vast majority of people are concerned with the external world. How they dress, how they look, and what car they drive or how they sound to others. But enlightened people, those who are truly successful, are concerned with the inner world. They know that the world within creates the world without. Your thoughts, feelings and visualised imagery are the organising principles of your experiences. The world within is the true creative power of your experiences. Everything you find in your world has been created by you in the inner world of your mind, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Once you begin to learn and understand the truth of the interaction between your conscious and unconscious minds, you will then begin to transform your entire life. Your life and all that goes on in it is a result, an effect, of a cause-your thinking. If you want to change the effect or result then you must change the cause. Most people attempt to change the their conditions or circumstances by acting upon those same conditions directly. This is a total waste of time and energy. They fail to see that their conditions are a flow on from a cause, their conscious thinking. If you want to be rid of discord, confusion, lack, or limitation you must FIRST remove the cause. That cause is the way you use your conscious mind, the thoughts and images you encourage in it. Change the cause and you WILL change the effect. It really is that simple. It is an immutable law: the Law of Cause and Effect.

Your subconscious is very sensitive to your conscious thoughts. Those conscious thoughts form the matrix through which the Infinite Intelligence, Wisdom, vital forces and energies of your subconscious flows. Change the shape of that matrix into a more positive direction and you subsequently redirect those infinite energies to your greater benefit.Most of the great scientists, artists, poets, musicians, and inventors have had a deep understanding of it. It was this that gave them the power to accomplish their goals.

There was a time when Enrico Caruso, the great operatic tenor, was struck with numbing stage fright. Spasms caused by intense fear constricted the muscles of his throat. His vocal, chords felt paralysed and useless. He stood backstage, already in costume with perspiration poured down his face. It was only minutes to his going on stage to sing. While trembling terribly he said: “I cannot sing. They will all laugh at me. My career is finished!”

He turned to go back to his dressing room defeated. Then, al of a sudden, he stopped and shouted, “The Little Me is trying to strangle the Big Me within!”

He turned toward the stage again and stood taller. “Get out of here,” he commanded, addressing the Little Me. “The Big Me wants to sing through me!”

By the Big Me, I believe that Caruso meant the limitless power and wisdom of his subconscious mind. He began to shout, “GET OUT, GET OUT, THE BIG ME IS GOING TO SING!!”

His subconscious mind responded by releasing the vital forces within him and when the call came he strode out onto the stage and sang gloriously and majestically and as a result the audience was enthralled.

So you can see, your subconscious mind is reactive. It responds to the nature of your conscious thoughts. When your conscious mind is full of fear and confusion, the subconscious mind release its confusion of emotions. So if you speak affirmatively to your subconscious, with a deep sense of authority, you will take command over your irrational emotions.

It has been said: “My thoughts create my emotions and I am in control of my thoughts. Therefore I am in control of my emotions.”  You will see in the story I just related about Caruso, that he stood tall and believed himself to be confident. There is a saying in the acting world: “Fake it until you make it.” In other words, your physical demeanour will DIRECTLY effect your emotional state.

Affirm your state by first standing tall, then confidently stating positive affirmations and lastly by “walking” into your desired world. You are a creature of cause and effect because this world is built on cause and effect.

Until next time

Patrick Currie

 

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HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR SNAP POINT?


There are a lot of people who write about success and no doubt they make a lot of money out of telling people that they have the secret to success if you will just pay them to give you that one thing that will take you to new heights of financial security. The trouble is that the only person who secures that wanted success is the one selling to you that they have the secret. The reality is very different.

Before we look at success we need to ask just what success is. While money can be a part of success, it is definitely not the be all and end all. Mother Theresa’s idea of success is no doubt very different to the CEO of a large bank. The young sailor Jessica Watson’s idea of what it means to be successful is one thing and the success vision of a research scientist is another altogether. So let me say right at the beginning that I am definitely not in the business of telling you that your bank account is the flag you will wave when you reach your summit. Money can come as a result of your activity, but to seek it first will lead you into disappointment and emptiness if your private life is falling apart or you are unhappy in your career.

Let’s compare two seemingly very different perspectives. NFL coach Cal Stoll said : “Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I’m looking for uncommon people.” What can he mean? Doesn’t every success guru tell us that anyone can do it? Well the truth is that all of us can indeed achieve our dreams but the sad fact is that for many, they have been beaten down by circumstances, people, mistakes and even themselves. The end result is that they are left with a defeated attitude towards their ability to be anything but a failure in their own eyes. In the end it is safer not to try and end up disappointed. They don’t want to be hurt again. This is in fact the lot of the vast majority of people in the world. You may even recognise it in your own life. Only those who have reached their “snap point” where they can say “enough is enough!” will have the mental and emotional energy to not only start out on their journey to a brave new world but will develop the perseverance as well.

The other perspective seems to be the complete opposite. Maltbie D. Babcock says: “One of the most common mistakes, and one of the costliness, is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic, something or other we do not possess.”  If you were to take this statement in isolation you would be forgiven for thinking that everyone is bound to be successful if they simply believe that they can do it. While I believe what Babcock says is true, we have to ask: “what then?” If there is no magic, no something or other, then what is it that we need to get to where we want go. I believe it comes to the “snap point” again. Those who have succeeded simply will not accept the status quo. They cannot live in a world as it is and set out to change it to suit themselves. We all have the same potential, albeit in different areas and talents, but we don’t all reach that point where we can say “I’ve had enough. Something IS GOING TO CHANGE!”

So before we explore what the tools are that will get you to where you want to go, I want you to ask yourself: “Have I reached that point in my life where I’ve had enough? Do I not only want more but am I willing to do what is necessary  to get there?”  There is no point in giving you the tools if you’re not interested in starting out on the journey. There is a huge army of people who go to seminar after seminar, who take whatever free downloads they can lay their hands on and yet nothing changes. For them it seems that success is a nice idea, like going to Fiji for a holiday, but they just don’t have the resources to get there. So I want to do just that, give you the tools to get there but you have to develop the resolve, the desire and the perseverance to set fire to your life and live it large.

So sit down and ask yourself these questions: “Do I care enough about myself, my family, my life, to change and grow into the full measure of the person I know I can be?”  and “Do I dare to think, to believe, that I can do it?” If you genuinely answer yes, if you’ve seriously had enough of where you are, then my next post will be the start of a whole new journey that will take you to places you never thought possible.

Yes, not everyone can attain success but not because they are lacking anything tangible but simply because they don’t believe they are capable or even worthy. Are you an uncommon person? Starting tomorrow I will be publishing daily posts that I believe will give you the tools to get you where you want to go.

Cheers

Pat Currie

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8 Attitudes of Successful People


Hi there,

When we last came together, we looked at the mindset or world view that affects how we operate in the world. Today I want to look at attitude. But to start off, I want to set the record right. Many people believe that the successful people of the world have some special giftedness or education that we either don’t have or it is simply unattainable for us. The truth is far removed from that myth. Lets have a look at some of them:

Sir Richard Branson – You all know him of course. The  billionaire founder of Virgin, Virgin Records, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Mobile, and many more. He dropped out of high school at 16. He also suffers from dyslexia.

Ray Kroc – Ray is the founder of McDonaldʼs. He dropped out of high school at 15 yet when he died he was worth 500 million dollars.

Steve Jobs – As a child he was adopted. As a young man just out of his teens he founded Apple, NeXT and Pixar. He completed high school but dropped out of college.

Ingvar Kamprad – Ingvar is the founder of IKEA. he is one of the richest people in the world. He too is dyslexic and he never went to college.

Nick Vujicic – Nick is an amazing 28-year-old Aussie. He was born without arms or legs but has what he calls his chicken wing foot and he is now an Internationally Successful Inspirational Speaker.

Oprah Winfrey – Oprah was born to a single teenage mum. As a young girl she was sexually abused. She grew up in a poor background and neighborhood. Yet Oprah is the most successful woman in America worth billions.

Coco Chanel -Coco is the founder of fashion brand and perfume Chanel. Her mother died when she was just a  young girl. Her father left the family when she was young and as a result she grew up in an orphanage.

Simon Cowell – Simon is the well known TV producer, music judge, Owner of the American Idol brand (and its spin-offs around the world), The X Factor, and Britainʼs Got Talent. He is a multi multimillionaire.  He too dropped out of high school.

Dustin Moskovitz – Dustin is the multi-millionaire co-founder of Facebook. Despite what many people regard as harsh treatment from his co founder, he has continued to grow his considerable fortune.  He dropped out of Harvard.

Joyce C. Hall -Joyce is the founder of Hallmark. He started selling greeting cards at the age of 18 while living at a YMCA .At no time did Joyce attend any college.

Frank Lloyd Wright -Frank is undoubtedly the most influential Architect of the twentieth century. Despite his amazing success story he never attended high school!

Walt Disney – Of course everybody knows Walt. He is the founder of the Walt Disney Company. What many do not know is that he dropped out of high school at 16.

Well it’s pretty obvious to anyone that a good education and background are not sacrosanct to being successful. I am not in any way saying that education is irrelevant and should be discouraged. But a lack of education, or a poor and difficult situation should not be seen as necessarily life defining. These people, and there are hundreds of thousands more like them, come from all walks of life and are involved in industries and activities right across the board. What is very interesting, is that when we study the nature and character, the personality and traits of these people we will readily see some common characteristics. Below are just eight of the reasons. They are in no particular order of merit as to why the successful are so successful.

1. Successful people never allow themselves to be a victim of their circumstances. For them their adverse circumstances are used as a base to build from. They don’t believe that what circumstances they were born into, what traumas they have had to endure or even find themselves in now that define their success, but it is how they handle those circumstances that really matters and defines them as a success.

2. Successful people see failure as just a part of being successful. Every one of them regard failure as a learning experience and not something to be afraid of or to stop them moving forward. They don’t think a great deal about failure and they’re certainly not expecting failure, but they are accepting of failure when it does come and with that acceptance comes the learning experience. What they do then is to take what they have learnt and actively and consciously incorporate it into their plans, or Mindset.

3. Successful people rarely take No for an answer. They are determined to finish the race and they don’t give up. They make the decision to go in a certain direction and have the resolve to follow through. They often have a dream and they live that dream. They do not let problems or the negative ideas of others get in their way.They show persistence and tenacity.

4. Successful people have developed the habit of focus and they focus on what they want. They fully understand that their thoughts lead to their emotions and that these emotions then lead on to their behavior and actions. They are completely aware that it is their behavior and actions that lead to their results. As a result, they understand that if they focus on what they want and bring that into their conscious awareness then that will become their reality. This ability to be absolutely consciously aware and to think about thinking is a major asset to successful people.

5. Successful people have big goals and envision a well defined outcome. Big goals ignite the spark of enthusiasm. They provide the energy that makes them easier to accomplish. Their goals or dreams are specific in nature and time, they are positive, and they have a clearly defined outcome. They live life as if the dream is already theirs. They are grateful for it, enjoy the knowledge that it is already theirs and that it is just waiting to step into their reality.

6. Successful people are flexible.  They are at ease and comfortable in the chaos going on around them and they have the developed ability to handle uncertainty. They are adaptable to the circumstances confronting them. They often see opportunities  where others are blind to them. Flexibility is a fine art. It is an attitude to see all the options from different perspectives and to change oneʼs road if a more effective one becomes available. If the path is blocked by an insurmountable wall, they can find an alternative road to travel so that they find a way around the wall instead.

7. Successful people are always prepared to have a go at challenging the system.   They are even audacious in their challenge.  The status quo is not for them. They are prepared to take a risk and relish the opportunity. They see the opportunities and instead of listing all the reasons why not to do, they find reasons to do. They act……. they do……… they have a go………and whether it is a success or failure, they know it will benefit them and therefore the risk is worth the reward. They work from the premise I can rather than I canʼt.  There is no such word as Canʼt in their vocabulary is there?  Successful people simply always find a solution.

8. Successful people do the things that others don’t want to do. I’ve mentioned this before but it is one of their traits. Not for them the concentration on just pleasant activities. Their interest is in the outcomes of their activities. They have their big goals and grand visions that are larger than their activities whereas unsuccessful people have small goals and visions which aren’t big enough to inspire them to do the things that don’t appeal to them.

The eight reasons I have stated above are just a part of the picture of becoming successful, financially independent and leading the ultimate life. They are just a handful of the attitudes needed to overcome our innate inertia. We all have the ability to be successful. Sometimes it is nothing more than a case of knowing how to and investing in ourselves to learn how to implement strategies. It is a sad fact that we were never taught any of this at school or college.

If you are looking for more inspirational material, it is well worth your while to have a look at Helen Denney-Stone’s website http://www.binspired2.com.au. Much of the material for this particular blog was inspired by her site.

Until next time, have a great Christmas, love each other wastefully and set yourself on to the path of finding your abundance and success.

PAT

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YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE.


Hi,

In my last blog I said that to succeed at whatever it is that you want you need to first have a vision, a big vision, and then set it out on paper either in words or in pictures on a vision board and then you need to work backwards through to your goals then back to the targets then back to your micro targets. The idea being that if you do the micro targets every day then you will reach your targets. And if you regularly reach your targets you will reach your goals and if you reach all your goals you will eventually step into your vision.

Got that? Good. We finished off by saying that once we have all that set down we then need to look at attitude, mindset and emotional environment. These are the foundations that you will build your vision on. It’s important to get these right because if you don’t, you’ll be like the man who built his house on sand. When the first storm came along, it just fell over. If we do get it right, then we are like the guy who built his house on the a rock foundation. When the storm came it stood up against the maelstrom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some might say that they are really all the same. But in fact they are very different. Let’s look at mindset first.

A mindset is a set of assumptions or methods held by a person which is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within the person to accept or adopt certain prior behaviours, choices or tools.  Also known as “cognitive bias”, it is sometimes described as mental inertia or paradigm.  It is a powerful driver of our behaviours and is often difficult to counteract its affects on analysis and decision making processes. On a more positive side, it is also known as a person’s world view.

The concept of a world view’s power over our lives is interesting because I have always been fascinated by how many talented and intelligent people are not successful and how many “ordinary” people are in fact very successful. I think the answer lies in the fact that intelligent people are so invested in their opinion, their perspective, that they find it extremely hard to change their perspective. They have extreme difficulty in examining their beliefs because they are just so sure of their rightness, even when they are wrong. “Ordinary” people on the other hand are teachable and so they are able to learn from their mistakes, from others and from life itself that they become successful much more frequently than the opinionated “intelligentsia”.  Here I must make a disclaimer: I have been credited with an IQ in the upper 1% of the population yet it is only in the last few years that I have learned how to question my beliefs and learned how to be less sure of my rightness. I in fact have the background, and therefore the right, to comment on the difference between the so called thinkers and the “ordinary” citizens when it comes to being successful.”

So, back to mindset. Your past has been written all over the walls of your mind. Your experiences have left graffiti that says; “try that again and you’ll fail again.” People have sprayed on your walls; “I told you that you’d fail……again”. “You’re too tall… short…… fat…….. dumb ……….blonde or whatever people have sprayed on your walls”. Perhaps you have come from a working class blue collar suburb which has written on your mind that you belong there and if you try to get out you are just a social climber. These are all mindsets that colour our decision making processes.

Why do mindsets matter?  Mindsets matter because they shape the way we view the world and can constrict or expand the way in which we engage in life. Our mindsets grow out of the experiences we have. Irrespective of whether the experience is positive or negative, a filter is formed that limits what our mind absorbs of subsequent situations. This is driven by protecting ourselves and feeling secure in an uncertain world. Paradoxically, by avoiding making the same mistakes and being hurt we quite unintentionally miss opportunities. We can even miss out on greater things by being fixed on replicating previous success.

We are usually totally unaware of all this. Our mindsets are in the background. To engage more fully we need to bring our mindsets to the foreground. This requires a combination of specific experiences and reflection that enable us to become aware of and then shift our mindsets to ones that serve.

The good news is that we can change! Human beings have a huge potential for change. We don’t need therapists or psychologists to show us the way. What we need is to simply let Life ask us questions. If we are angry with someone it is because we have chosen to be angry. Sure the other person has done something we disagree with but that was their choice not ours. Our choice was to BECOME angry. So why did we become angry. What is there in the graffiti that says; “if this happens to you then you respond this way.”? Look at the situation and see if there is something in this “mirror” that is reflecting something of yourself that you don’t like. Did the last great event you tried fail? Did you then go into hiding and decide that great things aren’t for you? Why? What is in your past that has you believing that you should remain small, insignificant, a failure? Who has said to you that it just ain’t worth trying and only the geniuses get to where they want.

When you start asking questions about your beliefs you’ll start getting answers that will have a profound affect on your world view. When your world view changes, grows, expands and you start to become a larger version of yourself, then you start to ask larger, better questions and so you grow, exponentially. Your life experiences now become fertile ground for  further growth. But beware, many of your friends will either try to hold you back or you will suddenly find them unfulfilling to be around.

So here’s the bottom line: To change your life you must change your world view. To change your world view you must let Life ask some serious questions of you. Most importantly, you must first admit to yourself that where you are, who you are and what you are is not sufficient. Finally, remember this; it is much more important to have questions than answers. When you have the answers you become inert because you have “arrived”. But if you have questions, the right questions, you will always be moving toward the great you that you were made to be.

 

Until next time……..

Pat

 

 

 

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The First Rule of Success: See Your Vision


Over the next few weeks, we are going to be discovering what we need to set in place for the success we’re looking for to come to us. You see success doesn’t just happen. We need to nurture the right conditions, both externally and internally, for it to become a reality in our lives. We need to do this because if we don’t, we are simply living in the vain hope that something nice will happen to us – one day. No, we must prepare the ground of our lives, and our minds, in the same way a gardener prepares the soil of his garden. We must turn over the layers of our thinking so that we are not only thinking success but also acting out that success here and now.

But first, for our success to come to us we have to decide what it looks like. We need to sit down calmly and quietly look within ourselves and SEE, in bright light, crystal clarity and even 3D what it is that we want. We need to see ourselves in the picture enjoying that moment and, most importantly, we need to FEEL the emotion of that moment. There are very good reasons for feeling the emotional state which I don’t have the time or space here to go into but it is enough to say that it is through emotion that we empower our vision and give energy to it.

 

Once you have seen your vision and have it clearly in your sights, write it down, or better yet, find pictures of what it is you want and put up a vision board so you can see it on a daily basis. It will not only continue to inspire you but it will help you to assign the energy to it on a daily basis. You all know how the events of life can distract us from our plans so if you have the board up in a space that you see regularly at home, you’ll keep your focus on your vision and continue to feed it the energy required.

 

Aside from giving energy to your vision you also give energy to yourself by allowing yourself to be inspired by your vision. In fact, as I have written in a previous blog, it is the vision that if it is bigger than the daily requirements to achieve it that will CAUSE you to do the things you need to do to achieve it. Remember what I said; “The difference between successful people and failures is that successful people do the things that failures don’t want to do.” In other words, the failures are interested in pleasant activities and successful people are interested in the outcomes no matter what they have to do. By that I don’t mean that they do anything immoral or illegal because the ends DO NOT justify the means. I mean that they do those things that they know need to be done even though they would rather be doing something else.

So make your vision BIG! Let your mind and your heart go wild. Do you want a bigger home, or maybe a portfolio of properties? Is it a car, or collection of cars you want? Maybe it is your business, or the one you work for, that you want to see succeed? Is a yacht in your heart or is it that you want to have your kids go to a great school and have the important things in life that you didn’t have? For me, I want to set up a foundation that seeds into the lives of our indigenous young people so that they can have their vision for a great life instead of a life paid for by welfare. I want to give them their future. I also want to seed in to the lives of African people so that they can become self-sufficient. That is my vision. It is a vision that is not only bigger than me but it is one that will outlive me. I will leave a legacy. More importantly, I will aim to live that legacy by achieving the foundation and running it.

 

You all know that Paul Newman has been dead for some time now, yet his vision, his legacy lives on after him. His foundation, which receives funds from the Newman’s Own range of foods, has donated over 300 million dollars to worthwhile causes to date! Now that is a vision that would drive someone to greatness wouldn’t you agree?

So, how do we develop our vision? Jim Tressel wrote:

“ The first step in creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it.

  • VISION will ignite the fire of passion which fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE
  • VISION allows us to transfer dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action
  • VISION has no boundaries and knows no limits. VISION is what we become in life.

 

So get you vision clear and down on paper. Look at it EVERY day and say to yourself that you are so glad that this is already coming into your life. Gratitude is the next important thing to instigate into your life after the vision. It is the key that unlocks what is about to come into your life. I even have what I call a gratitude stone that I carry in my pocket every day. Each time I put my hand into my pocket and touch the stone, I think of what I am grateful for. It may be for the clean running water in my home, my family, and the bus that comes just as I reach the bus stop, my friends, my health, my mind or whatever. Over 40 times a day I am in an attitude of gratitude and I can tell you that the change in your life from such an amount of gratitude is mind-blowing. Try it for a month and see what happens to your life.

 

Now, you must not mistake vision for goals. Goals are what will get you to your vision but they are not your vision. We will talk another day about goals but for now let me say this: Once you have your vision, work backwards to set out what goals you need to reach your vision. Now to reach your goals you need to work backwards to set out what targets you need to achieve to reach your goals in order to reach your vision. Then, you sit down to establish what micro targets, those you need to do on a daily basis, to reach your targets. So. If you reach your daily micro targets you WILL reach your targets. When you reach your targets you WILL achieve your goals. When you reach your goals you WILL step into your vision. It is all about a system, a system that will empower you to reach your full potential and your vision.

 

So set out your vision. Make it clear, make it grand, and make it bigger than yourself. Have fun with it too! Don’t settle for what you think you can get away with. Life will pay you the wages you ask for so ask big. People often say to set reasonable goals. What they mean is ones that won’t fail, small ones. If you want mediocrity then go ahead and be mediocre. But if you want to be all that you were born to be then DREAM!

 

Once you have your vision and put it on paper we will then look at attitude, mindset and our emotional environment. Until then, find your vision and LOVE it!

 

 

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It’s the millimetres that make the difference.


When I look  at the great golfers, I marvel at the control they exercise over such a small ball. The contact area between the club face and the ball is so small as to be almost nonexistant. Yet hit it they do and with, usually, a great deal of accuracy. Now think about this; if the golfer changes the angle of incident by just one millimetre, the ball will go off in a dramatically different direction. That one millimetre makes all the difference between the green, the water hazard or the bunker.

BLOODY IRON!!!!

If there are any boaties who read my blog, you will know just how much a difference one degree makes on the plot line of your vessel. In fact, as some of you know, a degree is broken up into gradations of 60 minutes and if a vessel is off course by just one minute of deviation, they will, over the course of a whole day, be so far out of their desired course that they will miss their destination all together, OR WORSE!.

The same goes for our lives. The difference between success and failure can be as small as one degree, one minute, one decision, one conversation, one smile, one meeting, one phone call, one email etc. And if you think that just one anything makes a difference, have a look at the wining margin of the 25 or 50 metre freestyle swimming race. The difference is in the hundredths of a second between first and last. Between success, Gold-Sponsorship-Endorsements etc and failure and nothing is just hundredths of a second!

We often look for the big changes in our lives, but the truth is that real change, lasting change, is to be found in the consistent little things we do. It’s in the way we consistently hold our head up, or keep our chest out. If you think these are of no consequence, stand there with your head down at a slight angle and your chest sucked in. Then hold your head up and stick out your chest. Now how do you feel? You feel strong right? You feel potent, yes? You feel as though you are the one in control. Imagine feeling that when next you go into a meeting or a sales pitch. Remember, the person who is MOST certain about their objectives and their own worth will win the day.

It is in things as small as how you hold yourself. In the show “Lie To Me“, the character Dr Cal Lightman, played by Tim Roth, walks with a real swagger. He’s got that Cockney Barrel Boy cockiness about him. Just for the moment, see that character’s walk in your minds eye and walk the same way. Go on do it just once. believe me you WILL feel different. Now I’m not saying that you have to walk just that way, but it will show you that a tiny thing like the way you hold your head, the way you support your chest or the way you walk WILL directly affect your thinking.

You will have to do this for about 55 days, which is how long it takes to develop a habit, and then it will become a part of you. Now let’s move on to your talk. When somebody asks me how I feel my response is; “if I was any better I’d rust!”  I say that every time I’m asked about how I feel. Why? Because I would rather hear my words as positive than negative. My friends will tell you that I almost never get sick. Why? because I NEVER say to my self ” oooooooh I feel stho sthick”.  I get up and simply refuse to accept that illness into my life. Does the flu or the cold ever try to get me? Sure! But in less that a couple od days it is gone and I am great again. I just refuse to have it and I refuse to let it have dominion over me feelings.

There are no big things here yet are there? No they are all just small things. The millimetres of life. The minutes of life. You can change your whole direction, you entire course in life by just changing a small millimetre of action or thinking. But, and yes there had to be a but didn’t there, here is the rub; YOU CANNOT ACT IN A WAY THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF. I want you to read that again because all the positive walking, all the changed stances in the world won’t matter a whit if you don’t believe what you are acting out.You simply must start to alter the way you SEE yourself. You simply must erase the graffitti on the walls of your mind and put new words there.

Let me share with you the words I say to myself  EVERY morning before I leave the house. These are some positive affirmations that are from a great book called “How To Change Your Life”  by Ernest Holmes. But first a warning! :)) The following has God content. I make no apologies for this as it is from the centre of my being that I believe in and trust in God. However, if you have another view, that is fine. I simply present to you what I use and find effective. You can  adapt or write your own in a way that fits with your philosophy/worldview.

RIGHT ACTION

Everything I do, say or think is governed by Divine Intelligence and inspired by Divine Wisdom. I am guided into right action. I am surrounded with friendship, love and beauty. Enthusiastic joy, vitality and inspiration are in every thing I do. I am conscious of Divine Guidance. I accept complete happiness, abundant health and increasing prosperity. I am aware of my partnership with the Infinite. I know that everything I do shall prosper.

HAPPINESS

Every thought of not being wanted, or of being afraid; every thought of uncertainty and doubt is cast out of my mind. I rely on God alone, in whom I live, move and have my being. A sense of happiness, peace and certainty flows through me. I have confidence in myself because I have confidence in God. I am sure of my self because I am sure of God.

PROBLEMS

The Spirit within me knows the answer to the problem which confronts me, I know that the answer is here and now. It is within my own mind because God is right where I am. I now turn to the Spirit, accepting that answer. In calm confidence, in perfect trust, in abidinf faith and with coplete peace, I let go of the problem and receive the answer.

SUCCESS

I know exactly what to do in every situation. Every idea neccessary to successful living is brought to my attention. The doorway to ever-increasing opportunities for self expression is open before me. I am continually meeting new and larger experiences. Every day brings some greater good. Every days brings more blessings and greater self expression. there is no deferrment, no delay, no obstruction or obstacle to impede the progress of right action.

ABUNDANCE

I identify myself with abundance; I surrender all fear and doubt. I let go of all uncertainty. I know that there is no confusion, no lack of confidence. the presence of God is with me. The Mind of God is my mind. The Freedom of God is my freedom. The Power od God is my power. The abundance of God fills me every good desire right now.

There are many others that I choose to use from time to time as the need arises but these are the central ones. I have found this simple addition  to my life has had a profound affect not only on the way I feel but also on the way other people react to me and how Life interacts with me. It didn’t happen immediately but it took a month or two for things to look different to me and for the world around me to really change. It also took that long for my reading these daily affirmations to become a natural habit.

But I cannot begin to tell you how these have altered my life. They are only a small deal in the scheme of things, but as we discussed earlier, it is in the small changes that the big things happen. Adjust your spark plugs by a few thousandths of a millimetre, alter the air pressure in your tyres by a few kilopascals, reduce your food intake by a few kilojoules, adjust the temperature of your air conditioning by just a single degree, and the list goes on. You have the power to alter a great deal in your life by altering just a few small things in your life.

The change that has arguably the largest affect on your life lies in developing a purpose for your life. Not a want, but a purpose.A purpose in life that is bigger than the actions needed to achieve it. I have seen sales people who have been great achievers and all of a sudden they lose it. they have no income. They can’t get out and do what they do so well which is sell. Why? because the actions needed to acheive their purpose have become bigger than their purpose.

If they said to me that their purpose in life is to earn an income to support their family, I’d say to them to go back and have a good look at their purpose in life. A person can very easily get used to poverty. They can economise, cut corners, rationalise and even justify it. So money itself is NOT a sufficient perpose in life to stimulate people into action. It has to be a much deeper want/need than that. Something much clearer.

I ask you what you want from life and you answer with more money. But, I ask you what you want with more money and you say to buy a house. Now we are getting down to it. Now, why do you want to buy a house. For security you say. And there we have it! Your purpose is not money, or a house but SECURITY. It may be that the process goes like this: you want more money, why, to put away for your children’s university education, why, so that they can have a better start to life that you had.

So we see that security or giving your kids a better start in life are really your purpose in life and not the money at all. So here is what I really want you to remember from all this:

1/. Real change is to be found in the consistent little things that you do. It’s the millimetres that count

2/. Real change comes when you get a purpose in life.

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LIVE YOUR LIFE IN CRESCENDO!!!!


LIVE YOUR LIFE IN CRESCENDO!!!!.

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