I head the group America sing Tin Man on Music Choice earlier today and one line stood out for me. “Oz never gave anything to the Tin Man that he did not already have”. How true a statement, he always had a heart but believed he didn’t and that belief was ingrained in his brain.
How many of us believe we don’t have greatness in us because of the conditioning we had growing up? Even if you were never told you will never be successful but be realistic. Be like everyone else, go to college, get a job and make just enough to survive. But greatness never was mentioned.
Now I am not blaming anyone for that as that was how they lived their lives. The rich were the rich and we were to be contented with having our suburban life. More successful than our grandparents but not rich.
Now I know that everyone has greatness inside, it is just there waiting for you to claim. There is abundance all around us so don’t worry that you are taking away from someone else. It is starts with thought. I think it was Henry Ford who said, “What the mind of man can believe, it can achieve”. What do you want to achieve? What are your daily thoughts as this will determine what you achieve.
Whenever I hear a sports champion on TV, radio etc, all of them have that belief that they were destined to be a champion. They saw it in themselves before the rest of the world. Now you have a chance to be a champion but you need to believe, then imagine and then make it happen. It is up to you which is the good news as you control your destiny. You have the ability within you so activate it and show the world your greatness.
We are creatures of habit. Most people get up the same time each workday, take a shower, have breakfast, drive to work. Most people leave within 5 minutes each day to get to work on time, work their 8 hours and drive home the same time.
Maybe you do the same thing each night or one night a week you may have something to do but again daily habits.
The questions is: are these the right habits for you? Are they advancing your goals or hindering them? Or do you have any goals and just meandering through life?
I am going to assume if you are reading this you have goals, big audacious goals. You want more out of life than the average person. What did you do different than the average person?
One, you recognize that if you want change in your life, you have to change your life. You cannot expect different results yet do the same things everyday. Life does not work that way. Two, you know you have the ability to change your life. You created this present life and you will either consciously or unconsciously create your future life. Three, you know that you have the ability to control your thoughts. Negative thinking is going to create negative outcomes so you will only think positive thoughts so you will create a positive outcome for yourself.
Knowing I have the ability and the knowledge to create my life is truly life changing and I am excited to be on this journey.
Cool Runnings tells the story of how 4 young men from Jamaica went to the Winter Olympics as bobsledders. As Jamaica does not have any annual snowfall the film shows how you can overcome any obstacle if you have the right desire.
Derice loses his chance at making the Olympics as a sprinter when he is involved in an accident during his time trials so he tries to figure out another way to make the Olympics. Luckily for him there happens to be a bobsledding champion living on the island who knew his father. Derice goes to visit him who right now has no desire to be the coach of any bobsledding team. But Derice has this burning passion to be in the Olympics. Through this persistence he does convince Irv to be the coach. Now he has to find a team.
Derice enlists his good friend Sanka to be on the team but they still need 2 more as they want to be part of the 4-men bobsled team. They decide to hold an informational meeting to educate the island on this sport but most people leave. One person (Yul Brenner) who was involved in the running accident wants to be on the team but they still needed a fourth. A few minutes later (Junior) who caused the accident shows up and wants to be on the team.
You now have a definite major purpose in that this is the only way they can make the Olympics. They have a Positive Mental Attitude in knowing they have the ability to do this. With 3 out of the 4 of them sprinters that helps go a long way in learning the basics and getting the sled up to speed. Now they needed a plan of action and that is where Irv (the Coach) comes in. He knows the rules and can get them ready to try and qualify for the Olympics.
Once they get to the Olympics they realize they can be successful. The mastermind among themselves on what they need to be successful. Derice wants them to act like the other teams but Sanka points out they have to true to the Jamaican ideals and live their life. That helps them to at one point have the 8 fastest time among all the competitors.
Unfortunately on their last run a bolt came loose on their sled and their went their chances. But as they had that burning desire they carried that sled across the finish line earning the respect of their competitors and the fans alike with their determination to finish the race.
This movie proves with a definite major purpose plus a positive mental attitude along with a plan of action plus a mastermind you can accomplish anything you want. Making the Olympics is no easy feat but they did it and in the end while they did not win they proved they belonged there.
I once heard John Lennon was asked a question: “What do you want to be when you grow up and he answered Happy. The teacher said that was the wrong answer and John said no, then you asked the wrong question.”
The key to living a life worth living is to be happy. No one who is depressed is able to live a life worth living. You really need 3 things to be happy, financial health, physical health and mental health. People can argue how much financial health you need as what is fine for some is not fine for others. I will argue that you need to have enough that you may be able to give some away. Unless you can be free to help others less fortunate then you do not have financial health.
I don’t think anyone would argue you need physical health to be happy. If your body just cannot do the things you need it to do then it is tough to be happy. Being rich but bedridden is certainly not anyway to live.
Mental health is the third critical option we need. If your mind is not able to work at its peak you cannot be happy. Your mind allows you to communicate with other people and if you cannot do that then you do become depressed.
Studies have shown happy people are the most successful people. Go out and do stuff that makes you happy. If you make a career out of it, great. If not find something else to do that you can make money at that makes you happy. If you do that your life will be considered a success.
If you want to change your life, you may have to change your thinking. Once you do that then you may need to change your habits. If you want to be a millionaire but all you do is trade dollars for time and then after work come home and watch TV what do you think the odds of you becoming a millionaire are? My guess is just about zero?
On the other hand if you take some personal development courses, start your own business and keep the TV off, now you have a chance. You need to take action. Be the change in your life if you want your life to change. It’s is easy to keep your present habits, tough to change to new habits. It all comes down what you want our of life and what you are willing to give or change to create that new life.
The best part is that you have the power to do this. It is all on you though you may have to drag it out of you kicking and screaming but if it helps for you to create that new life you desire, isn’t it worth it?
What do you want out of life? A house with a garage and a white picket fence. To some that was the American dream. Get a job, buy a house and live happily ever after. But it seemed people were never happy. They would work 50 weeks a year, have their 2 weeks vacation and that was their life. Maybe they retied if they lived long enough and if they did retire it was for a short period of time. The ones who lived longer never seemed to have enough to live a life they envisioned.
The question is what can you do about it? One thing is to become business owner. Working for someone else does not get you rich but will help the owner of the company get rich. No shame in learning from someone then starting your own business.
Now you have to decide what type of business to start. Obviously if you want to start an engineering firm then you need to be an engineer, same with other professions you may need a professional license. Franchising is another option but does have some upfront costs to open up. Network marketing is another option but what company to choose.
What are your thoughts? What do you like to do? Can you make money at that? All good questions to start asking yourself before you make that leap. However if you want to be the person controlling your life then you have to make the decision on what is best for you. Good luck on your journey.
Are your thoughts about abundance or lack? How many of us heard this saying growing up, what do you think money grows on trees? While back then we answered no, the reality is yes, money does grow on trees. Abundance is all around us but if our thoughts are not in tune with abundance then we will not see it.
I look at the ground past my fence in the back yard and see many trees 40-50 feet high that were not there 50 years ago. There is abundance all around us but if we are mired in self-pity we will never see it. What causes this? To me it is habits. As I mentioned earlier when you are told money does not grow on trees then you develop that type of thinking. It is not your fault but now that you know you can change, will you?
Remember it is only your thoughts that keep you from succeeding. Remember Thomas the tank engine saying “I think I can, I think I can” trying to get up and over the mountain and that positive thought made it happen. You can either be happy with the amount of money you have in your life or keep lamenting how you do not have enough. One line of thinking will bring more into your life and the other one will keep your life the same.
There is an old saying, “If you want your life to change then you must change things in your life.” Only you can answer that question but for me I am ready for a change.