Daily during my workout or my walk, I listen to a Personal Development podcast. One morning, the podcaster quoted Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grown Rich.” When I got home I Googled what I remembered of the quote to get the exact saying. There, I found a link to “Think and Grow Rich.” I had read the book many years ago, but only remember a few of the quotes. The Law of Attraction was in motion.
The next morning, while listening to a podcast, the podcaster spoke to how he was not getting the results he wanted, so that evening he sat at his computer and began writing his manifesto. He printed out two copies, placed one next to his computer so that he could read it each morning and one next to his bed so it would be the last thing he would read at night. I thought it was a cool idea, but had no idea how to write a Manifesto. A manifesto seemed too scholarly for me.
That evening, while reading “Think and Grow Rich,” I found the six things one must do to create their desire for riches. There in black and white was how I would write my manifesto.
The Law of Attraction is certainly in motion. I have written my Manifesto, and read it out loud every morning and evening. Have you written your Manifesto?
I have learned that obstacles are opportunities and instead of giving up, one needs to course correct. The key ingredient is attitude. The Universe understands and senses our vibration. So, how is that vibration manifested? Attitude. I came across a Baker’s Dozen of tips that lead to a strong, positive attitude when times get tough.
1. What is, is. Buddha teaches that it is our resistance to ‘what is’ that causes our suffering. The answer is to take action and change the situation. If you cannot change, you have two options. You can accept it and move on, or be miserable and throw a pity-party.
2. It’s only a problem if you think it’s a problem. Often we are our own worst enemy. Our perspective dictates if we see something as a problem or if we see an opportunity to learn and grow.
3. If you want things to change, you must start with yourself. Our reality is a reflection of the environment we create. In order to change our circumstances, we must first change our perspective, which changes our reaction.
4. There is no such thing as failure. We should eliminate the word ‘failure’ from our vocabulary. Michael Jordan, arguably one of the best basketball players ever, once said, “I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” From our perceived failures we can learn how to improve.
5. If you don’t accomplish what you desire, it just means something better is ahead. The Universe is in-tune with what we seek to create. We must have faith that everything happens the way it’s supposed to.
6. Appreciate the present; this moment never comes again. This moment is a gift; that is why it is called “the present.” Give gratitude for the gift.
7. Let go of desire. Most people live “attached.” When you attach to an outcome or desire and don’t achieve, emotions become negative. Focus on detaching. When your emotions are neutral, you are happy with whatever the outcome may be.
8. Understand and be grateful for your fears. Fear is powerful. It is an illusion or manifestation of what we envision could happen. We can learn a great deal from fear and overcoming fear is a win; it just takes practice.
9. Allow yourself to experience joy. Gratitude is the key. Have fun and be grateful for the fun you have. Don’t pursue happiness; create happiness.
10. Don’t compare yourself to others. We are unique, an original. Celebrate your uniqueness and embrace your originality.
11. You are not a victim, so get out of your own way. You are only a “victim” of your own thoughts, words, and actions. No one “does” something to you. You are the creator of your own experience. If it is to be, it is up to me.
12. Things change. Many rely on “And this too shall pass” as their mantra. Instead, subscribe to Gandhi’s philosophy, “Be the change.”
13. Anything can happen. Rather than believing “stuff happens,” believe “miracles happen.” Mary Poppins teaches, “Anything can happen if you let it. If you reach for the stars, all you get are the stars. But if you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in for free.”
What tip can you share when things get tough?
When faced with a potential life altering decision, digging down deep for the answer may not be enough.
Armed with professional opinions and advice, many rely on safe decisions. What if the best decision is the path less traveled? For me, I knew the safe decision was not the right decision. I had the courage to make that decision, but found I did not have the tools to effectively cope.
Late in 2010, I decided to focus on my physical health. I joined a gym and had a routine check-up. The doctors discovered I have a Bicuspid Aortic Valve, a congenital heart condition that should be monitored and treated early in life, and an aneurysm. For me, treatment was over 40 years overdue. I was told I was facing an aorta replacement and looking at less than 2 years to live. A lifestyle change could improve my longevity. Knowing my Dad died of this when I was a kid, fear became a factor.
The lifestyle change was easy, but I wanted to intellectually and emotionally be wise. I did my research and learned that stem-cell procedures were being developed in South Africa and Europe. In the US, that was currently not an option. Yet, that option spoke to me. I wanted more information and self-empowering tools.
Two years after my diagnosis, my consulting gig was ending. I began looking for a new path. That search led me to aligning with my passions and focusing on my personal development. Call it the “law of attraction,” but my current alignment was having me look at me in a way I've never done before. It was not enough to make decisions; more so, how to effectively place them into action and have continuous, effective growth with my decisions.
Today, I monitor my progress with regular checkups, moderate exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Through BFE, I am gaining more insight and confidence. I am recognizing that my actions can lead to potential breakthroughs, resulting in a higher quality of life for me and others. This validates and enriches my journey.
We know that teachers have one of the hardest and one of the most inspiring jobs today. With media such a force in today's world, we turn to media to find a few Twisted Truths About Teaching!
As The World Turns, teachers teach The Young and The Restless. Some days are like the Wheel of Fortune, and others, Survivor. The curriculum serves as The Guiding Light, but often in need of an Extreme Makeover. For many, the Fear Factor are those Desperate Housewives who want All My Children in special programs. Today's teachers are The Voice and often asked to do the work of Two and a Half Men. And, around The Office discipline is frequently disguised as Law & Order or Deal or No Deal. The Big Bang Theory is our Modern Family is The New Normal. Parks and Recreation is how we must Go On. Dealing with Criminal Minds, a Person of Interest, and Breaking Bad is How I Met Your Mother. For teachers, there is no Deception; these are the Days of Our Lives. From the moment they say, "Good Morning, America," we know they are the real American Idol!
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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