Two Magic Words For Success

September 25, 2012

There are certain phrases that get my attention and I find to be amusing. One such phrase is…”as if”. I especially find it funny when someone doesn’t believe what they are being told. The “as if” is equivelant to “yeah right”.

As I learn more about maintaining a right mind and creating our own success, I realize more and more the importance of living with the “as if” mentality. What’s your goal? What do you want most in life? One of the key ways to reach the goal and live the life you want to live is to act “as if” you actually have what you desire.

This philosophy can be used in all areas of life. Do you want to make a major impression at the job? Work and act as if you are already there. How would you work if you were recognized as a top employee? Seeking the ideal partner? How would you act as if he or she were with you right now? Seeking more money? What would you be doing if you had it? Spend time mentally focusing on the answers to these questions. Then act accordingly.

I’ve been especially focusing on the “as if” and I already see the impacts. There are things I’ve held back doing because I was waiting until I had the money, the energy, or the time. Shifting my thinking, I acted as if I already had those things. The result has been greater confidence and greater positivity. It has also positively impacted some other people around me due to the extra time I was able to give.

The key is not to spend money that you don’t have, or wear yourself thin by doing too much. Instead, it is feeling, as often as possible, “as if” you are already living the life you desire, and doing things as if this was the case. It’s a matter of using the Law of Attraction naturally to create the ideal life. This is because, according to the Law, the more you feel like you are living the life you desire, you already have what you want, and feel the corresponding positive emotions, the more likely and the more quickly you will see it manifest in your life.

Use these magic words as a guide to help create the life you are seeking. Live as if you already have what you want. Feel the corresponding emotions, and take the corresponding actions. Before long it will be natural, and your life will be at the higher level you desire. Instead of saying “as if” you will be saying “it’s real”. Enjoy the blessings : )

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A Teenage Example of The Law of Attraction

September 24, 2012

There are many examples of the Law of Attraction at work. I’m sure you can think of situations in your own life where you experienced situations and outcomes that were a direct of result of your thoughts.

The Law of Attraction tells us that we eventually see things that we think about. I shared an example recently where I had never heard of a certain model of car. However, someone recommended that model of car to me. As a result, after never noticing this car before, I began to see it everywhere. It was part all of a sudden part of my thoughts, and it then became part of my reality.

An interesting situation happened the other day that gave my teenage daughter a taste of the Law of Attraction. Here’s the story…On the way home from work I was alone in my car. I was listening to a CD from Robbie Williams. The CD is from 1999. I hadn’t heard it in a while, and the music from the CD reminds me of this time of year. Robbie Williams is an excellent British singer. However, most people in the U.S. have never even heard of him. My daughters are big fans of the current British group that everyone knows, One Direction. That’s to be expected. However, the unexpected came later when my daughter rode in my car. She saw the Robbie Williams CD and said, “Wow, I can’t believe you have a Robbie Wiiliams CD in here!”

I was in shock as I heard these words. At first I thought she was being sarcastic, and I even questioned her about it. She was serious. I couldn’t figure it out. How can a 15 year old American girl know who Robbie Williams is, especially years after he was popular? Her answer was that one of the members of One Direction had made a reference and comparison to Robbie Williams and an old boy band he was in back in the 90s (The group was called Take That).

My daughter never had any awareness of Robbie Williams. However, this comment made her aware of the name. Due to the fact that a One Direction member said it, it caught her attention and focus. It was now part of her thoughts. As she maintained that thought, it eventually became part of her reality as she later had an actual Robbie Williams CD in her hands!

This is how the Law of Attraction works all of the time. The above example was a coincidental example of the Law. The best part is that you can use it deliberately. You can use it to create the life you want to live. You can use it to add greatness to your life and the lives of others. The key is to maintain positive, confident, and faithful thoughts. Deliberately think about the things you want to experience in your life, and avoid thinking about the things you don’t want. It’s as simple as that.

What do you want to accomplish in life? See it happening in your thoughts. Yes, it is important to plan and act. However, it all starts with your thoughts. I will remind you again, that what you think about manifests in your life. This is true whether your thoughts are good or not. Knowing this, why not keep your thoughts focused on the accomplishment of your goals. See success, and like the car or CD I mentioned, you will see it happening in your life.

If you will excuse me, I’m going to relax, finish listening to the CD, and visualize success. I invite you to do the same. Enjoy the blessings : )


The 100 Smile Challenge

September 17, 2012

It was one of those Sundays. Instead of relaxing at home with the family and watching football, I was at my part time job handing out free food samples. However, it was a very slow day. The weather was beautiful, the local football team was playing their first home game, and people were just not in the food shopping mood.

My mind drifted as I stood there in the far corner of the store with much less than the normal amount of vistors I would normally see. First I prayed. Then I visualized reaching some of my goals. However, after a while I could no longer focus. I felt like I needed to do something drastic and make positive impacts at the same time. Then the idea came to my mind. I usually do my best to put a smile on someone’s face with a kind word, or simply smiling at them. However, when things get busy at the store or at at the school I teach at, the smile and positive intentions sometimes disappear. I made the intention that today, since it was much slower, I would make this effort with every single person that came my way. My goal by the end of the day was to get 100 people in my presence to smile.

As I thought about it, I realized that the task was not very difficult. It’s a fact that when you smile at someone else, it is very likely they will smile back. I’ve seen it before at this store. Even if they don’t like what I’m promoting, they will still usually respond positively to the hello and smile they receive from me. The only difficulty today would actually be coming in contact with 100 people.

I began the deliberate smiles and positive greetings. I immediately received positive responses. I couldn’t get everyone to smile back, but even those who didn’t at least acknowledged me and said hello. One benefit I didn’t plan on during this time was that, as I was relaying smiles and positivity to others, I was being affected myself! I began to feel more positive and energetic. Besides putting smiles on the faces of others, I was getting the biggest kick out of this, and the smile grew automatically on my own face. The funny thing is that I was promoting a relatively unpopular product (seltzer water). Regardless, my encounters with the customers felt more natural and at ease, even though many had no interest in sampling the product.

As the day went on, I realized I was going to hit this goal. There were enough people passing by in the 4 hours I was on the floor. And I had 4 more people at home to share this positivity with as well! As it turned out, my final count was 112. As I end my day now I thank God for the idea, and the satisfaction of putting smiles on 112 faces today. It’s not the first time I’ve put a smile on someone’s face. However, it is the first time I set such a drastic goal and actually exceeded it. The reminder from this is that it can be done anytime, anywhere. I teach 150 students a day. Why not make the same deliberate effort to put some extra positive into their day? The same can be done with family members, friends, supermarket cashiers, people passing by, etc.

I would understand if you called me crazy for actually taking the time to tally smiles. I would certainly believe you. Those closest to me would say it’s something typical that I would do. However, I challenge you to do the same. Set a number goal and go out of your way to put a smile on as many faces as you can. It’s not difficult. Simply keep the smile on your own face, let God’s love shine through you, and say hello or something nice. You’ll be amazed at the positive impacts you make, and how good you feel also. Yes, the 100 smile challenge is a bit extreme, but sometimes you need to be that way to stand out and make a positive difference. Please share your results of where and when you try this and accomplish it. I would love to hear about it. Enjoy the blessings : )


Positive Results For Positive Thoughts

September 15, 2012

I write often on this site of the power of thought. It is a fact that we eventually live out the thoughts in our head, whether they are positive or negative.

I was listening to a radio program that gave an excellent axample that proves this concept. How many times in your life has a person or object come to mind for an extended period of time, and shortly after that you see that person or object? Here’s an example in my life… several months ago I was in the market for a new car. Someone suggested a Ford Fusion because of its excellent gas mileage. I had never even heard of a Fusion before, and I was oblivious to ever seeing one on the road. However, once I was made aware of the Fusion and was now focused on it, I saw them on the road everywhere! It was as if the car never existed before (it really didn’t as far as I thought), and now I was seeing them everywhere I went.

Situations like this happen a lot more than we think. When we don’t focus on something, our subconscious mind shuts it out as something we don’t need. That’s actually one of its functions that helps us avoid brain overload. However, when we do focus on something, it’s like our subconscious finds the need to bring us to it as often as possible. It’s seems a little crazy, but it’s true.

Knowing this, we can use it to our advantage. Why not allow our subconscious mind to believe it needs to bring us to all that we desire. How do we do this? By remaining focused on our desires. It’s all a matter of what we keep our focus on. The natural tendency for human beings is to focus on the problem or the things in our life that are not right. The problem with that is, that our subconscious mind then feels the need to bring us to those problems. As a result, we experience more of those problems and obstacles. On the other hand, when we keep our focus on the desired results, we will find ways to bring them about. Like the Fusion example, we will begin to see those positive situations everywhere, and they will continue to come about, sometimes just seeming to come from nowhere.

It is not always easy to keep a focused mind, especially with the fast-paced lives we all live. However, it is important to find the time to keep your mind focused on the positive things you are seeking. If you want it bad enough, you will take the necessary time throughout the day to check in with your thoughts and keep them straight. Only about 5-10 minutes at a time, two or three times a day is enough to accomplish this. Of course if you can find more time, that’s even better.

So what are you thinking about today? Keep your mind on good and powerful thoughts. I will end with this verse from Philippians 4:8… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Enjoy the blessings : )