I started my day with a few pages of a book by Glenn Bland entitled: Success! The Glenn Bland Method. I’m reading it for the second time, and lo and behold, I find within the first 20 pages AMAZING text that has not been underscored by pen; meaning, I didn’t find it important the first time. How could this be?
On page 17, the section is titled, “You Must Take the ‘Can’t’ Out of Your Life.” He goes on to list a number of quoted nay-sayers concerning the possibilities of electric light, airplanes, space travel, etc. Then he writes: “One of the most important and basic natural laws of the universe: ‘Anything you can think of and believe in, you can achieve!'”
In my series blog “The Alphabets of Achievement pt. 5” I asked the question, “What Makes You Like God?” My epiphany was that humanity is not made in God’s image because we have fingers, toes, arms and face. That may or may not be the case; but what really makes us like God is that we are the ONLY creation that can create original thoughts, and these formless thoughts can produce tangible results. Every other animal can learn and adjust thought, but they don’t “create” formless ideas.
Thus if we have this power to create formless thought that can be manifest into tangible results, why are so few people achieving the greatness that is embedded in all of us?
I’m sure there are more, but for time and brevity, here are three reasons I believe we stop short at achieving and how to overcome them.
Fear of Failure:
This is absolutely the primary cause of all under achievement. People fear pursuing ideas because they don’t want to fail. But do you realize the fact that an original idea popped into your brain is evidence of your god-like power. So if God gave you the power to think a formless idea, He also gave you the same power He has to manifest that idea.
Don’t be afraid to pursue because the pursuit guarantees success. I’ll write that again! Your pursuit of the thought is the guarantee of its success. THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE FAIL IS BECAUSE THEY STOP PURSUIT. Why do we stop pursuit?
We put timelines on success. We presume it will take too long to achieve, or we become discouraged if success doesn’t come in the time in which we want it. So we give up on our thoughts and ideas. There is no timeline on success. Yes, some people sprint, some people jog, and some people walk, but each will pass the finish line if they keep taking 1 step at a time. Don’t confine your success to a stop watch.
Fear of Suffering:
Whenever you pursue greatness, there will be degree of suffering. Napoleon Hill said that of the greatest men he studied, they were all great in accordance with the degree that they had been challenged. It’s easy to live on the greatness of others. I can easily seek to work for the great Bill Gates and prosper from the empire that he built by pursuing and manifesting his “formless thought”. I may have to work hard to reach the highest levels of administration, but yet, I’m still coasting on his success. But the challenge is building my own empire to rival his.
In the book, The Alchemist, there was a most wonderful quote which said, “The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” President Franklin Roosevelt said, “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” and Jesus said, “Fear not, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Embrace the finality of this statement, “If you can think it, you can achieve it.” This is not an inspirational suggestion. This is a LAW. If the thought comes to your mind, it is ONLY because you can achieve it. If you were not able to achieve it, the thought would have been given to someone else.
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How do you feel about your goals? If you’re like me you’ve probably battled the ups and downs. Some days you’re on the mountain-top and sometimes the valley low. This week’s Alphabets of Achievement are the letters O,P,Q. Optimistically,Progress, Quickly. In deed you can’t have one without the other. There must be an optimistic attitude to achieve progress, and progress is a conduit for optimism.
The challenges of optimism are many. Doubts, fears, life’s realities, set backs and disapointments all vie for space in your spirit. Thus it is important to understand that optimism is not a state of being, but instead an action. Optimism is a precious commodity that you must protect. Don’t let anyone take your optimism. It is critical to your progress.
Here are three ways to retain your optimism:
1. Stay focused on your goals. The only way to stear clear of the negative is to look only at the positive. Negative and positive can never occupy the same space. Stop thinking about the “what ifs” and possible problems ahead. Only focus on the positive results you wish to see. Henry Ford is quoted as saying that there is nothing he wanted in life that he could not get easily.
Ford said that whenever he had a need, he focused his attention on the “can do”. There is always something that “CAN” be done about any situation. And you will find that what you thought was a dead end, was nothing more than a bend that leads further on.
2. Encourage Others. Helping someone else is the surest way to get what you need. Sometimes being so close to your problems prevents your from seeing the plain and simple answers. Take some time to focus on the needs of others and I guarantee you that you will begin to see how truly blessed you are.
3. Lastly you need to make progress quickly. You have to make some progressive steps toward the attainment of your goals and do it as quickly as you accurately can. Don’t confuse this with rushing, but you are to move as quickly as you can toward the attainment of your goal. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Your window of opportunity may be passing as we speak. If there is something you know you need to do, get on it. The quicker you see successful efforts the more optimistic you will be about your goals.
Maintain your optimism by progressing quickly.
Inspire, Empower, Produce!
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I know what you’re thinking: “Can you really change your entire life in 30 days?” The answer is an amazing and astounding Yes. There are 3 specific areas in which I will challenge you. If you give this challenge 30 days, it will place you on a path of complete and total change.
These 3 areas can all be executed in the same 30 days. It will require sacrifice and discipline, but it is just as sure to provide the same results for you as it is providing for me. Why? because these are not suggested thoughts but the Laws of Nature. This 30 day challenge will start you on the path to “Change your entire life.”
***Before I give you the 3 areas, you must make this commitment NOW! to start immediately. If you can’t make this commitment, read it and print this blog and tape it to your door until you are ready because FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. Also, I’m going to highlight the important points.
Challenge 1: 30 days with no television
On March 28th I was presented with a challenge that I know came straight from God Himself.
“Tim, would you be willing to give up television for 30 days?” Now let me tell you a little about myself: I LOVE(D) to watch television; and when I discovered Netflix!!… Well, it would be embarrassing to tell you how many hours I invested in watching entire SEASONS of television shows.
So you’ll understand that this challenge had a profound affect on psyche. I pondered that challenge for a couple of days. I knew it was something I really needed to do, because I was becoming more and more lost. I didn’t know what my purpose in life was and the tunnel was getting darker and darker.
On April 1, I committed. 30 days. I would be missing 4 episodes of “The Game” and an entire month of my favorite Friday-night-wind-down of the wonderfully boring “How It’s Made.” Oh, this was going to hurt. What ever would I do?
Challenge 2: Pursue Purpose:
With no television, I had time to seek God for my purpose. My search for purpose consisted of 4 areas.
First prayer: In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path” (Proverbs 3:6).
Second: Self-analysis. I went over my life– the good, the bad, and the ugly. I took a pen and wrote all of my thoughts. I went over my goals, my desires, and my “Chief Definite Aim” (google it). I WROTE EVERYTHING (much to my wife’s chagrin). Papers littered my bedside and my dressers. I also wrote my To-do lists and saw an exponential, immediate change in my productivity (which builds your self-confidence like you won’t believe).
Thirdly, I read books. I read two books in particular that changed my entire perspective and directed me to more books that keep me fueled to move forward. Those books being Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy and Success by Glenn Bland. (Get them, you’ll thank me later.) With no television, I had time not only to read, but to focus on executing what I read. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “If you teach a man something, He’ll never learn it.” Why, because learning is only achieved through action. When I began to execute, my roots began to dig deep.
The fourth component was to change what I fed my mind. I put away the rhythmic tunes of music radio and listened to the lectures of Napoleon Hill and sermons of Bishop Jerry L. Maynard. I force-fed my subconscious the nutrients it needed to grow. Amazingly, the voice of Napoleon Hill has become like music to my ears. In fact, as I write this blog, I hear his voice speaking.
“The subconscious will believe anything you feed it. It doesn’t know right from wrong” -Napoleon Hill. Try feeding it the words of success and empowerment and see if you don’t begin to feel as though you can conquer the world. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)
Challenge 3: Physical fitness. Do you know how connected physical fitness is to a successful life. Brian Tracy wrote in Eat that Frog that we should have healthy addictions to endorphins produced by working out. These endorphins have the same effect as opiates and produce a feeling of well-being, confidence, and clarity. How awesome would you be if you were high on a God-given, natural drug that gives you clarity, focus, confidence, a feeling of well-being, and excitement? Well, call me Pookie from New Jack City because I’m a junkie!
With 30 days of fasting from the distraction of television (wasting time watching other people succeed), seeking God for purpose and exercising, I have been more productive, more confident, more focused and clear about my future than I have EVER been. Also, with little to no effort, the people and resources that I need to move me and my company ahead are drawn to me like a magnet pulling a paperclip. My time is well spent doing things that keep me moving forward to success, and I can rest peacefully (no matter how late I get to bed, as it is 1:00 a.m. now) knowing that I have maximized my every moment, whether in work or play.
Take the challenge!
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Inspire, Empower, Produce!