Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors are useful tools that enable us to accomplish a variety of tasks.  Fix our hair, put make-up on, put contacts in, see cars approaching us from behind or bad guys trying to sneak up on the cashier.  A few years ago I was learning to drive a large delivery truck which required a commercial driver’s license.  My instructor was a seasoned driver with the patience of Job.  “Trust your mirrors,” he said.  As time went by I learned to follow his advice and allow my brain to interpret what I saw and steer the truck accurately.

Mirrors reflect reality.  They don’t interpret the information.  They just allow you to see the object.

In life, we may see disease, lack, struggle or impossibility.  We encounter it “out there.”  We can attribute or blame our parents, lack of education or opportunity, the economy, or the neighbor’s dog.  I love the illustration Mark Januszewski shares in the Master Key Experience.  “All excuses are B.S. – Beef Stroganoff.”  (If you want to hear the whole story you will have to join our next session starting in September 2018.)  The moral of the story is you can use whatever “reason” you want to use.  An excuse is an excuse.

Back to our mirror.  If I see lack in my life and experience it “out there” it is merely a reflection – just as accurate and telling as a mirror – that I am thinking lack.  I am thinking incorrectly.  “In order to express abundance, you must think abundance.”  Charles Haanel

It’s time to look at the world outside and see our “reality” as an accurate reflection – a mirror – of what is happening inside our mind.  If we do not like what our “life mirror” reveals to us we have the option and the ability to change it.

Create a beautiful life within and the miracle of your mirror will reveal it to you and the rest of the world!

Week 23 – Serving Others

The first law of success is service!  Wow!  Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”  Matthew 23:11

Over the past few years, I have read quite a bit about the law of attraction and positive thinking.  Somehow I bought into the idea that “thinking” was enough.  I was I wrong.

At some point, all of those wonderful, positive, powerful, magnetic thoughts MUST convert to action.  I have to serve others, add value to them, and help them.  This is the only way I can become a money magnet.  I have to give first before I can get.  The more I give, the more I will receive.

So thankful for this insight.  It’s so obvious and yet I didn’t see it before.

Week 22a – Zig Zag or Straight

Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.  See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.”

Seeing the bigger picture is usually a challenge.  We tend to be consumed with the here and now.  Our thoughts and emotions are blown here and there with the winds and waves.  How straight can our course be on this blustery journey called life?

Alas, I am the captain of my ship.  I think clearly and maintain a vision of my definite purpose.  I see it in my mind’s eye.  My heart is fixed.  I speak to the winds and press on.  I act with resolve despite the seeming contrary forces.  I trust myself and God to “straighten” my course.  I am not a casualty but a conqueror!

Week 22 – Today

Today.  That’s it.  Not yesterday.  Not tomorrow.  Not someday.  Today.

Too often we relish or languish in the past.  Wasn’t it great way back when or I can’t believe how bad it used to be.  Or perhaps we revel in or dread the future.  Tomorrow is going to be fantastic or tomorrow will be the worst day of my life.

Og Mandino offers great wisdom concerning yesterday and tomorrow.  “I waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad? … Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow.  Why should I throw now after maybe?”

Now.  Today.  That’s it.

Today I take action.  Today I master my emotions.  Today I grow, I change, I achieve!  I cannot live in regret about the past.  I cannot “dream” about a better future.  However, I can act today in order to create a better future.

Today, right now, is my time.  I seize it because it is all I have.

Week 21 – Do the “Hard” Part

“It is no easy matter to change the mental attitude, but by persistent effort, it may be accomplished.”

I’ve heard it said that if we do the hard part then life will be easy but if we only do the easy part then life will be hard.

Changing the mental attitude demands attention, concentration, commitment and hard work.  It cannot be accomplished with a “microwave” approach.  A little day will not do.  It takes time, dedication and endurance.  Thankfully, we have numerous examples from all walks of life who have changed and they cheer us on in our quest of self-realization.  We see them not with a jealous eye but with an appreciation for their accomplishment.  There is an unlimited supply for everyone!  See it, say it and seize it.

Week 20 – You Better Recognize!

The urban dictionary defines this phrase as “what you say when you want someone to acknowledge your authority.

“All great things come through recognition.”

We are surrounded by great things…all great things.  It is up to us to see them.  Not all the negative things.  Not the impossible things.  Not the same ole things.  But the great things!

And not just see them but RECOGNIZE them.  Acknowledge these great things exist.  They exist for ME.  I have to recognize that I have the right, the responsibility and the authority to step into these great things, enjoy these great things and share these great things.

The universe calls out to us offering abundance, amazement and the impossible.  Let us recognize the universe is speaking directly to us!

Week 19 – Today

Today…

I destroy procrastination with targeted action!                                                                                            I bury doubt by using my faith!                                                                                                                            I obliterate fear with confidence!

Today… I LIVE to my full potential and experience all God intended for me!

Week 18 – Thought is The Energy

When we think of energy perhaps we think of a locomotive, a hyperactive person or nuclear power.  We see so many things “out there” that we identify as possessing energy.  Is it possible that we fail to realize how much energy our mind produces?  I guess that’s why it has been said we use only a small portion of our brain’s potential.  We do not harness the power between our two ears.

Thankfully we are learning more and consequently becoming more conscious of this amazing, dynamic force within.  As we focus more attention on this generator we will experience manifestations of creativity and abundance.

The force is within us!

Week 17 HJ – What is that smell?

“But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use.”  – Og Mandino

As I read these words of Og, I thought about someone’s arm in a cast.  Their arm is immobile, stuck, stagnate.  If left inside the cast too long it seems that the skin and muscle could eventually rot and die.  Even when the arm is properly managed the muscles atrophy due to lack of use.  And, once the cast is removed there is a distinct “stink”.

Perhaps you have heard the phrase “stinking thinking.”  Imagine.  Our brains in a cast.  Immobile.  Stuck.  Stagnate.  That stinks!  We need to flex our “brain muscle” with new thoughts, dreams, creativity, and challenges.  Break the cast off of your mind, your skills, your emotions.  Fresh air, sunlight, and pure water flowing over, in, and through your soul!

You are NOT useless.  Break the cast.  Begin rehabilitation.  Build your strength and live up to your intended purpose!

Og continues, “A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I do, beginning today.”

Week 17 – I Believe I Can Fly

It was truly a work of art.  A 6′ 6″ human being flying, unassisted by any mechanical device, just his two legs.  He runs.  He jumps.  He flies 15 feet horizontally … up, up, up to his goal which is 10 feet off of the ground!  It’s like he was born to do that.  So effortless.  So natural.  So amazing!

In 1978, Michael Jordan did not make the varsity team as a sophomore at his high school. He played for the junior varsity instead.  A Newsweek article dated 10/17/15 explains Jordan’s reaction.  Then he picked himself up and turned the cut into motivation. “Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it,” Jordan would explain. “That usually got me going again.”

The principal necessity is to strengthen the mind so it rises SUPERIOR to distractions and thoughts of defeat and successfully overcomes the conflict between the higher and lower self.  A mental attitude of success held consistently conjoined with a solid purpose will result in the tangible outcome.  The ideal becomes real!

I believe YOU CAN FLY!  See it, think it, believe it, do it!