As I was updating the blog, I came across this post series from 2008 that was never completed. Today, I pick up where I left off all those years ago. (Better late than never, right?!) Here are the links to Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3.
Most of us know the power of positive thinking, but few of us practice it with any consistency. And if you were to ask a room full of people how often they meditate on their goals and desires, some of them would have no idea what meditation is and others of them spend far more time worrying about how to meditate and whether they are doing it correctly, than they actually spend meditating on the very goals and desires they say are so important to them.
As we near the end of the first month of 2017, I greet you with well wishes that your year is off to a great start. I hope your goals for the year are still in front of you and not cast aside along the shoulder of the road of life. However, if the latter is the case, I want to encourage you to dive back in and make this a productive and satisfying year.
I received an email today that contained the above encouraging header image.
You Win Some, You Win Some More.
I love it! And it should come as no surprise that this slogan comes courtesy of Virgin America; a company run by one of the most successful businessmen around, Richard Branson. That statement definitely typifies his track record and is a mindset that we, in business, could all adopt to achieve greater success.
FIRST: I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my
definite purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself persistent,
continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to
render such action.
SECOND: I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually
reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually
transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will
concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of
thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind
a clear mental picture.
THIRD: I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire
that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression
through some practical means of attaining the object back of it;
therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the
development of self-confidence.
FOURTH: I have clearly written down a description of my definite
chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have
developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.
FIFTH: I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure,
unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no
transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will
succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the
cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me,
because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred,
envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all
humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can
never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because
I will believe in them, and in myself. I will sign my name to this
formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with
full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so
that I will become a self-reliant, and successful person.
Source: Faith chapter of Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
If you are like most people, you spend the majority of your day thinking, speaking, and meditating on what you do not want to experience. But if you were to start your day with a wish for the day, and feel the peace and joy that you would like to have fill your day, it would actually do a lot to steer your day in that direction.