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Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
September 05, 2003
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Ran across John Assaraf a couple of months ago on the
Net. The more I read of his writings, the better I liked them.
John certainly didn't start off life with any of the advantages. As a teenager he turned to crime and drugs and just about ruined his life. But somehow he managed to turn it all around and become very, very successful in real estate and now in writing.
I bought a copy of his book he tells you about at the end of the article below, it's worth the money if you've got a few extra bucks to spare. I'm not an affiliate, so I won't make a penny by telling you this, but I do recommend it.
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Thank You for who you are
Believe In Your Dreams
By: John Assaraf
You have thousands of beliefs, both positive and negative, that cause you to perceive and act a certain way. The effects of your beliefs are not as abstract as you might think. You and I act in absolute accordance with what our internal beliefs are and not with what we may want. We can override our beliefs temporarily
using our will power, but I assure you that over the long haul the 'internal' image we have of our self will always win.
Let's say you're looking at a restaurant menu. You'll make a decision and take action by ordering and eating the food that aligns with your beliefs about health and nutrition. The result of that decision will determine whether or not you'll have an abundance of energy. It will determine, over a period of time, your external appearance. It will also determine your internal health.
As you can see, one small decision affects a whole range of things. Choosing improperly for long periods is a sure-fire route to a mediocre life. What you must consider is whether or not your beliefs can get you to the destination of your dreams. It is critical to evaluate the results in your life and to understand the true underlying cause that is creating those results
BREAK FREE FROM YOUR PAST
Perhaps you've heard about how elephants are trained to stand tied to a tiny stake in the ground, which they could easily pull up simply by using their considerable strength against the restraint. When an elephant is young, the trainer uses a heavy chain with a shackle around the calf's ankle, which causes painful sores when the baby elephant tries to move. Within a short period of time, the animal is conditioned that pulling equals pain. As the elephant matures, the trainer can use a
weaker and weaker tether because the elephant won't test it, until a simple rope tied to a tent stake will keep this five-ton animal from roaming.
It's likely that many of the beliefs you have today are acting like that weak rope, perhaps holding you in place and preventing you from going where you want to be. That's why people stay in relationships that aren't working, keep a job they don't like, continue neglecting their health, and so on. The good news is you can change. You can break free. You can choose your beliefs and therefore change your results.
. *Consciously choosing what to believe, whether it's about health, God, marriage, children, career, other people, or anything else gives those beliefs more weight, more meaning in your life.* I chose to hold onto some of the beliefs I adopted on the street—being a risk-taker, trusting my instincts, believing in myself as a manager and even a visionary—and, of course, I decided to jettison those beliefs that were holding me
back. Thinking I was not smart enough, that people didn't like me, and that I couldn't trust anyone else were definitely not going to get me where I wanted to go. I realized, through the help of many mentors, that for anything in my life to change, I had to change. It works from the inside out, not from the outside in.
Ask yourself whether your most dearly held beliefs are serving you or not. Do they help you create the life of your dreams? Or do they limit you and the people you love? Remember that beliefs are like blinders for humans. They can be so powerful that they cause you to see only what's in line with them. Yet they are not
the Truth. They are just your perception of the truth, based on your past teachings, experiences, and evaluations. You can choose to change any belief that is not helping you create the life you really want, and in the upcoming issues, we'll continue to explore how to change the beliefs you have that aren't serving you.
* * * TIPS FOR GETTING STREET SMART * * *
FIND YOUR TRUE NORTH (CONTINUED)
Setting yourself up to achieve your dreams is not a one-day, one-week, or even a one-month event. Congratulations on recognizing that it is ongoing, and your dreams deserve more attention than jotting a list of resolutions on New Year's Day. You are now engaged in a process called the Life Design Matrix, which is detailed in my book, *The Street Kid's Guide to Having
It All.* This week, we're still focusing on a part of the Matrix called 'True North.' Now that you've completed your initial assessment as part of this process -- listing your accomplishments, strengths, and perceived weaknesses -- the next step is to evaluate key areas of your life: mental and physical health, spirituality, relationships, finances, and career/business. Today, you'll focus on mental health.
TRUE NORTH: MENTAL HEALTH
Write the date at the top of a piece of paper (or of a word processing document) and title it 'My Mental Health.' Rate your mental health on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 equals 'I need help' and 10 equals 'I couldn't be better!' Then describe yourself. Start your sentence, 'My current mental health is …' then finish it, writing up to a paragraph or two expressing your current state of mental health.
Next, detail the habits and beliefs that have created the
results you're experiencing. Start your sentence, 'For this result to be present, my past programming or belief was …' then finish it, again writing about a paragraph or two. Here's an example:
January 20, 2003 My Mental Health
Rating: 6 (Okay)
My current Mental Health is … I'm doing pretty well. I have my days, but by and large my spirits are up and I'm an enjoyable person for others to be around. The one thing keeping me from feeling really excellent is that my grief over my father's death last year persists. I have a recurring dream where he is just out of my reach, and he can't hear or see me, but I can see him.
The loss I feel over this is pervading the rest of my life to the point where, when I see my own children having fun with my husband, it is bittersweet. This keeps me from fully enjoying moments that should be wonderful for all of us -- sometimes I tear up and have to turn away -- and I think it's confusing for the kids.
For this result to be present, my past programming or belief was: My father is gone and I'll never see him again. I won't ever be able to tell him I love him again. My children won't know their grandfather because he was taken from them so early in their lives, and I don't want to get all emotional in front of them because they're too young to understand what I'm going
KEEP IT TOGETHER
What are you supposed to do with these exercises you're completing? Don't just do them then throw them away. I suggest you keep them in a notebook or journal of some kind. It's up to you what form they take; the objective is both to have an easy reference as you work through the exercises I provide each week and also to have a record of your progress. If you keep at it, you'll be amazed!
To buy a copy of *The Street Kid's Guide
To Having It All* for family or a friend, go right here:
"Would you like me to give you a formula for success?
It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure."
"You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success.
But, it isn't that at all. You can be discouraged by failure - or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success."
~ Thomas J. Watson Sr. ~
"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate
version of someone else."
~ Judy Garland ~
Now Is The Only Time You Have
Change has long been a fearful thing for human beings and at the same time, it is our most Divine opportunity.
Clinging to the banks of the river may seem safe
and more secure, but life's possibilities are truly engaged only when we trust, release and become part of The Flow of the Universe
Ships are safe within the harbor, but is that what ships are for?
Editors Note: Chelle publishes a fantastic newsletter, it's one of the few we really read. We do recommend your taking a visit to her site, Inspiration Line. She writes Good Stuff!
You remember the issue we put out featuring the story of Augusta Delisi, the teenage girl that started her own dog rescue business? Chelle picked up on the story and will be running a feature on Augusta and the work she does in Chelle's Sept 29 issue.
You can request a free subscription at: http://www.inspirationline.com/
If you want to re-read the story of Augusta, here's the link:
If working your networking business was a crime . . .
would there be enough evidence to convict you?
~ Tom "Big Al" Schreiter ~
After a day fishing in the ocean a fisherman is walking from the pier carrying two lobsters in a bucket. He is approached by the Game Warden who asks him for his fishing license.
The fisherman says to the warden, "I did not catch these lobsters, they are my pets. Everyday I come down to the water and whistle and these lobsters jump out and I take them for a walk only to return them at the end of the day."
The warden, not believing him, reminds him that it is illegal to fish without a license.
The fisherman turns to the warden and says, "If you don't believe me then watch," as he throws the lobsters back into the water.
The warden says, "Now whistle to your lobsters and show me that they will come out of the water."
The fisherman turns to the warden and says, "What lobsters?"
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