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.
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!
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.
“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.
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!
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!
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!
“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.”
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!
We see everything around us - trees, cars, buildings, planes. Someone had the idea to plant the tree. Someone created the concept of each car. Someone envisioned the building or the plane. They saw it in their mind. They created it in the spiritual world. They acted in harmony with what they saw. They created a Master Mind with other people to share the vision and cooperate with the universe to transfer the image in the mind to the tangible object.
Perhaps we do not realize WE can do the same thing. We have the power, the imagination, the capacity and the ability to do so or even greater! The people who create cars, planes and buildings are not smarter than us. They do not possess some magic formula or a greater connection to God or the universe. They simply follow the laws and enjoy the outcomes.
See yourself as the amazing, brilliant, creative architect who envisions the spectacular, the awesome, the breathtaking… See it in your mind. Make it extremely clear. Impress it on your mind, your emotions and the universe. Create it on the inside and watch it become a reality on the outside.