Practice What You Wish To Become

practice 2Dr. Anne Kunath is my long time friend, mentor and former business partner (til she had the nerve to retire...ha ha). This phrase of hers has stuck with me all these years (way too many to admit to). It also fits with the theme of the week.

At first glance this may seem difficult. After all, if you could be like that (practice), then you wouldn't need to become it would you? However, if you break it down into every day life, you'll see how simple and powerful it is.

Little boys want to become major league baseball players. So what do they do? They practice. And they don't practice being bad, do they? Heck no. They practice being the best they can possibly be. You can even see the cute little fellows strutting around in their professional looking uniforms acting like they are walking into Yankee Stadium. They walk and act much differently in these uniforms than they do in their everyday jeans. As a parent (or a coach or a friend or mentor), though, your job is to encourage them to act the same way (have the same strut so to speak) all the time, NOT just when they are wearing their uniforms.

You've heard the phrase "act as if"? Well, this is essentially the same thing but worded differently. If you want to abundant and prosperous, find out how others who are prosperous act. It could be that you desire prosperity in only one arena such as wealth or health or maybe you are reaching for prosperity in every area of your life. Regardless of what you're after, find qualities that people who are as prosperous possess.

You can use segment intending to help you practice what you wish to become. Each morning and before each segment of your day, envision exactly what you want to happen in that particular section of your day. If it's a meeting and you're seeking to be heard more, see that happening using the specifics of the agenda for the meeting. This can be done in the rest room, at your desk, in your car, in your bed, or anywhere you have a few minutes. Keep a journal of how often you do the segment intending and the results. As with anything else, it will get better the more you do it. You are, in essence, telling the Universe what you want. Then you can just allow the Universe to bring those results to you.

Every day revisit your goals and desires. You should have then written out and you can take them with you in your wallet. But, if you, at least read them once a day, you'll have them ingrained in your subconscious. This, along with your practicing the right behaviors and thoughts, will bring your goals into your life.

Try it, it's not really that hard.



Two Words I Never Want To Hear Again – A Saturday Rant!

black friday erasedThursday I talked about two words you should use over and over again every day. I think the Universe only heard the "two words" and "hear over and over again" and missed which two words those were. If that's the case, the Law of Attraction worked very well, much to my dismay.

Maybe it's the people whose lists I subscribe to but almost every email I received Friday had "Black Friday" in the subject line. That automatically meant that something was being sold. It took only about an hour of this inundation to drive me to leave my computer. But then when I returned, the number of emails had multiplied. Sigh.....

What was disappointing was that these are people who have excellent content on their sites and it's obvious that they are just following what they feel to be good marketing strategies by having a sale on the day after Thanksgiving. LIke no one ever buys anything any other day or they couldn't have a sale on another day. That is insulting to me - they could have a midweek sale next week or the week after and still make as much money (If not more since they won't be competing with other folks at that time).  It also makes me unsubscribe to their lists.

In the past when I heard the words "Black Friday", it always bothered me, especially when it was associated with Thanksgiving. I felt it was something evil and how could the day after Thanksgiving be evil? It's always seemed so sinister to me. I never understood how there could be such violence as there is when people are in line and fighting for a product or even just to get in the store. The "almighty dollar" reigns supreme and I don't like that. I believe in abundance and prosperity but this goes beyond in my opinion. Now, since I also subscribe to the fact that what we see is a mirror of the mind, I have to take some quiet time and examine what's going on inside of me and what this avalanche of "Black Friday" sales/emails really is telling me.

Do you have something that really sticks in your craw (as they say)? If so, try to go within and remember that we do create EVERYTHING in our lives and have to be responsible for it. The key is to recognize this and then do something constructive about it.

I don't know much more about what it all means for me right now, but I do know that I don't want to hear those words again.

Today is small business Saturday and to me, that's a much more important day to tout since it supports people who are trying to make it in this world of big business and monopolies.  Support your local stores please. They need and deserve it for they make your community alive and well.

Enough of a rant - at least I know I have to look inside.




Help From Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill talks about "Applied Faith" in his "Keys to Success". As I was skimming through the chapters I saw this and felt it would be perfect as we continue on our positive path for 2012.

It's called "Demonstrating The Power of Your Faith" and I'm just going to list the steps he talks about in order to build your faith and your "PMA" (Positive Mental Attitude):

1) Adopt a definite major purpose and begin to attain it. This is what we've been working on for the past 5-6 weeks now.

2) Affirm the object of your desire through prayer, morning and night. See yourself already in possession of it. You will achieve precisely the success you can envision for yourself.

3) Associate as many as possible of the ten basic motives with your definite major purpose. Give yourself a compelling motive for doing what you want to do. Bring that motive into your mind frequently through the day. Here are the 10 basic motives toward action:

  • Self-preservation
  • Love
  • Fear
  • Sex
  • Desire for life after death
  • Freedom for mind and body
  • Anger
  • Hate
  • Desire for recognition and self-expression
  • Wealth

4) Write out a list of all the advantages of your definite major pupose and bring them into your mind as often as you can.  This will make you success-conscious by the power of self-suggestion.

5) Associate with people who are like-minded.

6) Don't let a day pass without making at least one definite move toward attaining your major purpose.  This is what he calls persistent action. It is key to take action. You can't sit around and think that your denials and affirmations will make your desire come to pass. It just doesn't work that way.

7) Choose a "pacesetter".  Pick someone prosperous, self-reliant and successful and make up your mind not only to catch up with that person but to pass him or her by.  Don't tell anyone your goal (we've told you that many times).

8) Surround yourself with books, pictures, mottoes and other suggestive devices.  Pick things that symbolize and reinforce achievement and self-reliance.  Keep adding to your collection, move things around, always making it fresh in your mind.  Keep a notebook or diary program around to write down things that inspire you.

9) Never run away from disagreeable circumstances. Fight them with all your resources.

10) Recognize that anything worth having has a definite price tag. The price of self-reliance is eternal vigilance in applying your faith.

Cloe the door of fear behind you and you will quickly see the door of faith open before you.

Write out (or print out) these ten steps and review them daily. Then put them all into practice. Each night you should review this list and see how you are doing with applying your faith!


What’s Being Recorded In Your Subconscious?

As there is 1 1/2 more weeks left in January 2012, I continue to point out things that might have derailed you from your 2012 Success List. If you make it through January still on track, you'll have a great chance of accomplishing your "successes".

Emmet Fox wrote about "The Dictaphone" and I think that's worth discussing today.

He proposed an imaginary experiment. Suppose that without your knowledge an invisible dictaphone was strapped to your shoulders the first thing tomorrow morning. You carry it with you all day long and every word you said was recorded. Tomorrow the recording was played back so you could hear every single word that you said. If you're an average human being you'll probably be a bit embarrassed. Think what would happen if the dictaphone also recorded every THOUGHT you had as well as every word you spoke.

Your subconscious mind absorbs EVERYTHING you think and say. Remember what I like to say "You are what you thought", not really what you think. It's what went into your subconscious before now that has molded your being and experience.

I emphasize that you need to monitor all your words - both spoken and thought. This is one of the most common reasons for "failure" in achieving your "Successes". You set out with great intentions and do the groundwork of denials and affirmations but then go right back to your old ways of thinking and acting - using the same old phrases and thoughts - many of which are downright negative or have negative connotations. That will derail you as surely as quitting your pursuit. That's why I'm emphasizing the "Words of Wisdom" series of posts. See what phrases we use in life on a daily basis, analyze what they mean and then wipe them from your vocabulary.

There is no way around it. You have to pay attention to what you're saying and thinking. I suggest you get a small notebook you can carry in your pocket or purse and write down everything you hear and think as it happens. Then each night review this list and note the ones you want to eliminate and also think about the reason you need to do that. This will help you identify other phrases and thoughts you want to get rid of too. Things such as "I'm fed up", "I'm sick and tired", "You're killing me", "I can't afford to...." etc.

Work on this for a week and see what changes in your life.


The Cafeteria….again

I know I've posted this before and even made a video about it but it's such an important concept that I feel I should repeat it frequently. It's about the Emmet Fox short quip called "The Cafeteria":

Emmet Fox was pretty new to the United States.  He'd come from London, I believe, England.  He passed by a restaurant and thought "this really looks kind of nice."

He went in and seated himself at the table and sat there waiting  for the waiter to come on and take his order.  Nothing happened, no one showed up, and he saw all these other people getting their food and he couldn't figure out what was going on.

He felt something was wrong, and he was getting a bit perturbed, but he's a very smart man and finally realized that this was a cafeteria although they didn't have cafeterias yet in England, and he realized that he had to get up and go get his own food.

He made an entire story out of that with excellent meaning and purpose.

In New Thought a lot of people just decide they want something and say "you're supposed to let God tell you what it is that you want to do, that he wants you to do."

Metaphysically this means - if we had a banquet table in front of us, and we walked around it for hour after hour after hour, but never said "this is what I want", we wouldn't get the food.

We have to get specific and say what we want and make a decision. A lot of people have never learned to make a decision and say "this is what I want."

If you wanted a car, and you would never say what kind of car you wanted, or the color, or anything else, you're not going to get it.

Emmet Fox was sitting there and finally realized that he had to get up and go get it, get the food, that it wasn't going to be brought to him, but it took his watching all the people around him to finally realize that.

You can have a lot of thoughts and ideas but if you never settle on one, never say "this one is what I want", you're not going to get it.

No matter how much you watch, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you say you want it, you have to get up and do it.

You have to take action.

Once Emmet Fox  realized that he had to get up and go get the food, he actually had to put his feet on the floor and go do it. The realization wasn't still going to get him any food. He had to go get it.

Which is the whole idea we have behind the principles that we teach in New Thought - that we have to do something. We can pray, we can meditate, we can find information, we can choose what we want, but unless we actually do something, it's going to be a long time that we're just sitting there.

We have omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience, and unless we put omniaction in, nothing happens.

We're in a physical body to take action.

God is spirit.  God doesn't have the hands and the feet. We're the hands and the feet. We have to do something.

There's a lot of people out there that sit and think, "I can create something or make something happen just by thinking it". They have to be very far advanced for that to happen. They can get the idea from the universe, and it can be a pure idea eventually, but they actually have to implement it.

The more we know about metaphysics, the more we are responsible for.

We can know it and understand it, but we also take action.

Beginners, people who just get into it in the beginning, most frequently get  things right away because all of a sudden they're getting a new approach to life.

But the more we get into it, the more we realize that for every thing that comes to us in our life, we have to have a change in our minds.

We have to change, have a change of opinion. We have to "let go".....

We have to let go of "we can't" and say we can. We have to let go of "not enough" in order to have enough. We have to let go of "poverty" in order to have plenty.

We learn these things. We begin to put these ideas and emotions into stopping the claiming of what we don't want in our lives. We begin to claim what we do want in our lives and begin take whatever action is necessary.

There are people that say that the New Thought concepts and principles don't work. Most likely if they have even tried it at all, they haven't realized these  things from the past, their beliefs, their negative beliefs that they're claiming, and therefore haven't let go of them.  Those negative beliefs are anchors weighing you down when you're trying to move around the ocean.

We're being held back by our old beliefs and our old feelings and fears and anxieties, frustrations, thinking that we're not supposed to or can't or whatever reason we come up with.

What are you waiting for? Take action now!