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Giving Up the Old for the New!

20 Dec

The crucial element of the vacuum law of prosperity is that I must let go of the old, before I can ever make room for the new. ~From the book Born Rich

I’ve often thought about why it is so difficult for people to change, to turn their life around, even when it’s not going in the direction that they’d like? We all know people like this. It’s one disappointment after another. One catastrophe after another. One failure after another.

Because I am an expert on fear I’m going to submit that it is fear that prevents people from changing. But fear of what? Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Is it fear of failure? But this individual has already failed at things in their life. Is it fear of rejection? I’m sure they’ve already been rejected and not just once. Is it fear of embarrassment and humiliation? Perhaps, but everyone feels embarrassed and even humiliated at times, even those with high self-esteem and self-confidence. No, I’m going to suggest that it’s the fear of the unknown.

We, as modern day human beings, live in comfort zones. They make us feel safe and secure. But, it is our inborn fears that prevent us from venturing outside the limits of these zones. Even when, in our imagination we can clearly see the perfect person we long to be; one who is happy, secure, successful, self-confident and a winner, we are still afraid to take a risk and make changes to our lives.

I can understand why people would choose to live with the same old, same old. It’s known and it’s safe. To us the unknown is a very scary place. We believe in that old axiom, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” And so we don’t give up the bird in our hand, even though it may be sickly and dying (think of your job or relationship), to risk going after the two plumper birds in the bush.

There is a universal law that says that nature abhors a vacuum. What that means is that as soon as you give up one thing, another comes in to fill the void. And most often the new thing is better than the old thing you gave up.

The above quote is out of the book Born Rich and is a positive affirmation. As long as you hold to the fear that by giving up the old nothing new will come to you, you won’t risk making the changes that will bring you your perfect life. As you take the first steps on your journey the first old thing to give up is this old belief. And you do it by repeating the positive affirmation above. At first, your mind won’t believe it is true. But repeat it over and over to yourself daily and in time it will become the truth. At that point you will now be comfortable enough to give up the old you, for the new you. This new magnificent perfect you.



A Power Greater Than You

16 Oct

Early morning every day, I have a conversation with God or the voice for God, the Holy Spirit, as described in A Course in Miracles. Or as I like to address Spirit, Infinite Spirit. The first thing I ask for is a perfect day. And what do I mean by a perfect day? A day where everything comes my way and one where everything goes my way. I am always open to receiving all the wondrous things the Universe holds in store for me.

Another thing I ask for is that I am always in the right place at the right time. Doing and saying the right things at the right time. I have asked for this for as long as I can remember. In my studies of A Course in Miracles I came upon the following quote on what to ask of God:

“Where would You have me go Father?”

“What would You have me do?”

“What would You have me say, and to whom?”

And then just let go.

They say that whatever problem you are facing; just turn it over to God. Let go of it. Let go of the worry. Let go of the outcome. Just let God, Spirit, the Universe do their work. But we don’t always do that and I’ve often wondered why.

I think its fear. We grow up believing we need to be self-reliant. That it is okay to ask God for the big things, but when it comes to our everyday lives and the things that cross our path daily, we should take the initiative and solve our own problems. Some of you may have grown up in homes where you were admonished not to ask God for the little everyday things. She was too busy and you were bothering her. Not so.

A Course in Miracles also says: “It is not that you ask God for too much, but that you ask him for too little.”

Each of you has a power greater than yourself who is ready and willing to bring you all that you ask for. Don’t think of yourself as too tough, too smart or too macho to reach out and develop this most wonderful relationship.

I guarantee you it will change your life.

My love always,


Doubt is Negative Thinking

9 Sep

Doubt is negative thinking and your subconscious mind will take your worrisome and doubtful images and will accept them just as quickly and as willingly as it will your images of prosperity. ~Another Born Rich Affirmation

The amazing thing about the subconscious mind is that it cannot differentiate between what is real and what is not real. We have all heard stories about famous athletes who create a picture in their mind of how they want their body to perform. Then they just go ahead and do it precisely as they imagined it. It becomes like second nature to them

This gift is not exclusive to athletes or for that matter rich people. It has been given to each of us to use or not use as we see fit.

To hasten the flow of all the good things you want to enter your life, you need to use your subconscious mind to its fullest extent. And to do this, you need to provide your subconscious mind with detailed pictures of what you want to come into existence. And here lies the problem.

Our minds generate upwards of 60,000 thoughts in a day, and better than 90% of those thoughts are negative. So it stands to reason that our subconscious minds generate more negative things in our lives than positive things. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We each have the power to change this.

That’s true. We have this innate power to change our thoughts and thus change our lives. Want to hit that perfect drive right down the middle of the fairway? Create a picture in your mind of doing just that. Add all the detail necessary to create your scenario. Want to get an “A” on your next exam? See yourself taking the test effortlessly with every answer coming with the question. See the test returned to you with an “A” at the top next to your name. Want to give the perfect presentation? In your mind see yourself walking through your presentation with perfect accuracy. And when you actually do it your subconscious mind will follow the script exactly as you wrote it.

Remember, you’re the writer, producer and director of each and every scenario you create in your mind. So don’t forget, you’re creating an Academy Award production. Don’t skimp on the details and short change yourself.

All successful people use their subconscious minds to create prosperity. You can do it too.



Act Like the Person You Want to Become

10 Jul

Another Born Rich Affirmation: I Must Act Like The Person I Want To Become

Before I begin, let me first define what an affirmation is: According to Scott Armstrong of the Boulder Coaching Academy, “Affirmations, really, are simple. They are you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Affirmations, then, are your conscious thoughts.”

Creating the life you desire is not always easy. It requires you to monitor and let go of the approximately 54,000 negative thoughts that scientists tell us each of us thinks in a day.

Now I know you’re thinking “how can I possibly monitor 54,000 thoughts every single day?” But, it is actually easier than you might think.  Each of us has been given a wonderful tool for recognizing when we are thinking a negative thought. Negative thoughts generate negative feelings. Now obviously you are not going to “feel” 54,000 thoughts, since most are just transitory. But some, like fear, last longer and you physically feel them. It is these thoughts that you have to recognize and replace with a positive thought.

And this is where affirmations come into play. When feeling fear you counter it by repeating a positive affirmation. The above affirmation works to counteract many different fears. Here are some examples:

Afraid to pick-up the phone and call someone:  Say again and again to yourself: I must act like the person I want to become – a fearless sales professional with a strong confident voice.

Afraid of networking or socializing: Say time after time to yourself: I must act like the person I want to become – an accomplished individual who loves meeting and speaking with new friends.

Afraid to reach out and ask someone out on a date: Say repeatedly to yourself: I must act like the person I want to become – a loving human being who is the perfect date for the right person.

Afraid to speak in public: Say regularly to yourself: I must act like the person I want to become – a confident person who has important ideas and thoughts to share publicly with others.

And don’t tell me you can’t act. Everybody can act. And the more you act the easier it becomes.

With Love,


And I Said to Myself

7 Jun

And so I said to myself, “I wish you wouldn’t talk to me like that!” But the person talking to me was me and no one else. ~Michael Luckman in Luckman’s Laws


Do you talk to yourself? Actually we all do. It is part of our human nature. It’s not a matter of whether we talk to ourselves, but more about what we say to ourselves. Social scientists tell us that on average we each entertain about 60,000 thoughts in a day. We also know that approximately 90% are negative. So it stands to reason that the majority of what we do say to ourselves will be negative. And there stands the problem.

Negative thoughts create the words we use to speak to ourselves. And those words hurt. Instead of building us up to accomplish great things the things we say to ourselves tear us down and remind us of all our faults, deficiencies, past failures and fears. Thus perpetuating into the future all the negatives of the past. No wonder it’s so hard to create the lives we want to live.

To overpower our negative comments to ourselves we must first understand that the majority of what we say to ourselves are LIES. Untruths told to us by others when we were too young to challenge their validity. Often these lies were told to us by people we loved and looked up to; our parents, grandparents, older siblings, teachers and others. And so we accepted them as true.

Here is a positive affirmation I like to use whenever I start trash talking to myself: “Infinite Spirit, I was lead to believe by others (or fill in the name of whoever told you the lie) that I wasn’t too (fill in the lie). That is ABSOLUTELY WRONG. In fact, I am (fill in the opposite of the lie).”

For much of my life I didn’t believe I was that smart. I always felt that others knew more than me and were overall smarter than me. To overpower that negative belief I created this powerful affirmation that I would repeat to myself many times a day; “Infinite Spirit, I was lead to believe by others that I wasn’t very smart. That’s an absolute lie. In fact, I am just the opposite. I am very smart with an above average I.Q. I am a quick learner who can master any subject that I desire.”

Say this positive affirmation over and over until the negative thought and comments are gone.

When you change your thoughts you will change your mind. When you change your mind you will literally change your life.

With Love,


What Does Fear Sound Like?

5 Jun

You’re probably thinking, “That’s a weird question. How does fear make sounds?” But it does.

Have you ever said, or heard somebody say anything like, “I can’t do that! I wouldn’t know where to begin; I’ve never been good at mechanical things; I wish I could help but I’d probably make a mess of it; Who you really want is my older brother, he’s great at that, but certainly not me; I’m such a klutz; With my luck it will never happen; You’re talking about something way above my pay grade.”

If you have heard or said anything like the above you now know what fear sounds like. Often said with self-deprecating humor by the individual, what you have really heard is a long standing internal belief that they hold about themself. And often it was given to them by someone else when they were too young to argue its validity.

You see, what often happens is others (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, classmates, friends and even teachers) define who we are. And because they’re usually older and we look up to them, we take it as the truth. Their truth about us, becomes our truth about our self. And we forever live with it.

Take for instance the woman who thinks she’s a klutz. Probably when she was a toddler or preschooler she wasn’t very coordinated, constantly bumping into and knocking things over. Not at all unusual for that age. Whenever this happened her parents and other family members probably joked about it. But to the little girl their looks and laughter created a deep seated fear and belief that it was true. And then, even many years later, when faced with a situation requiring poise and balance, she would immediately declare to all that she wasn’t the best choice, because she was such a klutz.

My belief is that we create our life through our thoughts. What we think about and give emotion to manifests in our lives. If the Universe hears you berating yourself by saying you’re not good at something what do you think the Universe gives you in return? Certainly not proficiency. What you actually get is more proof that you’re not good at something. It’s like a self-fulfilling-prophesy that you can’t escape from.

Henry Ford once said, “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t, are both right.” It’s just a matter of which side of the equation you think you’re on.

With Love,


The Power of Thank You

27 Feb

I begin each day reading a page or two out of A Course in Miracles. This is my bible, and like the Old and New Testaments, not always easy to understand.

What I like to do is before I begin I will ask Infinite Spirit to guide me to the topic that is most important for me to learn that day. I will then randomly open the book to a chapter or page. It is when I begin reading that I realize that what I am reading is exactly the information I needed to discover that day.

Today I opened A Course in Miracles to page 220 and Lesson 123, entitled I thank my Father for His gifts to me. It begins:

Today let us be thankful. We have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads. There is no thought of turning back, and no implacable resistance to the truth. A bit of wavering remains, some small objections and a little hesitance, but you can well be grateful for your gains, which are far greater than you realize.

This and the remaining seven paragraphs in this lesson brought me great comfort and reminded me of how it is so important to be appreciative and grateful for all that God has given me. But it also reminds me that being thankful for what I receive also works to ask God, the Universe, Infinite Spirit, your higher power for what I desire in my life. And this is how I do that.

Instead of asking for a safe and enjoyable drive to my destination when I get into my car and put on my seat belt, I will often say; God, thank you for a safe and enjoyable drive to (my destination). May traffic flow perfectly all the way there.

If I’m going into a business meeting I will say; Thank you Infinite Spirit for a perfect meeting. And then I will describe what a perfect meeting means to me.

Try these over the next couple of days. As you begin to see the things you are grateful for start manifesting into your life – expand it to everything you desire.

With love,


I Am – The Two Most Powerful Words

22 Feb

I am prosperous, I am wealthy, I am successful, I am rich.  Money is good and I use money and love people. ~Born Rich

The above is a positive affirmation from the book Born Rich. According to Scott Armstrong of the Boulder Coaching Academy, “Affirmations, really, are simple. They are you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Affirmations, then, are your conscious thoughts.”

Long ago I learned that the words “I and am” are the two most powerful words in the Universe. Used in combination they declare to God, the Universal Subconscious Mind, Jesus, Spirit and to all that is, what you believe to be true about yourself. The above affirmation deals with how you see yourself in relation to money, success and abundance. Even to the point of stating that you use money and love people, which are often reversed when people are climbing their personal ladders to success.

Now, I can only imagine what you are thinking; “Michael, I wish I could say this positive affirmation, but I don’t believe it’s true for me. As I say it my mind keeps rebelling and tells me that this is a lie. Probably good for others, but certainly not for me.” And I can understand that.

Instead you might be thinking, “As soon as I am prosperous, wealthy, successful and rich I’ll have no problem repeating this affirmation.” And here lies the problem. Affirmations are the triggering mechanism for creating your reality. Right now your reality, as you look around you, might be lack, scarcity, poverty, depression, failure and who knows what else. You have to change your reality. And here is how you do it.

Lenin, the father of the Soviet Union is quoted as saying, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” What he was really saying was; the communist government must lie to its citizens to completely brainwash them into believing that life behind the Iron Curtain was far superior to life in any western nation. I’m not sure every Soviet citizen bought into this.

But I want you to buy into a lie. And the lie I want you to buy into is the above affirmation. Of course, your mind and probably every cell within your body will rebel against these words. Because they know it’s not the truth. But you must persevere. If repeated daily, in fact multiple times a day, but certainly as you begin and end your day, you’ll find that your body, mind and spirit will slowly stop fighting you and in time, this “lie” will now become your truth. And what does this mean for you?

Everything that you have ever really wanted in your life will now be yours. Because with your “new” reality this is exactly what you will be attracting. Just as a magnet picks up steel shavings your mind will now attract everything you desire.

With Love,


Expect and it Will Come!

13 Feb

Expectation is the triggering mechanism which attracts into my life every good I desire. ~Born Rich

The above quote comes from a book I read over 20 years ago called Born Rich. It is out of print and impossible to find, but fortunately I have written down most of the positive affirmations it contained.

I love the above affirmation. All too often we use the Law of Attraction to ask the Universe for what we want, and then leave it at that. And when what we asked for doesn’t manifest in our life, in the time frame we demanded, we blame the law.

Expectation is an emotion. Think of Christmas when you were a kid. Every day, starting after Thanksgiving, you thought about Christmas and all the things you asked Santa for.  You never doubted that Santa Claus would bring them to you. You knew he would and you expected to see them under the tree on Christmas morning.

It’s the same with using the Law of Attraction. You can’t just ask for what you want and forget about it. It’s like planting a flower and never watering it. The flower won’t bloom and neither will your request to the Universe.

Expectation, like water and fertilizer, is the nurturing influence that will bring you all that you desire.

To your expectations,


They Laughed, I Gave Up!

12 Feb

Many great ideas have been lost because people who had them could not stand being laughed at. –Unknown

I believe that the only thing that prevents us from achieving our Greatness is fear. Just crazy delusional fear. I also know that American employers lose billions of dollars a year because of employee fear. Often employees are afraid to speak up to their bosses and co-workers with a better or more efficient idea, or a warning when they see their department going down a wrong path. Is their fear real? To them it is.

It’s hard to comprehend that as adults we should fear being laughed at, but this is a very real fear for many people. And we know where it comes from, our childhood. We weren’t born with this fear. We learned it in grammar school when we became the center of attention. You know those times. You were asked by the teacher to step up to the front of the room and read aloud your paper on how you spent your winter break.

There you were standing in front of all your classmates. Your young body was filled with fear, bordering on terror. You prayed that you wouldn’t make a mistake, that your nervousness would not be detected in your voice, that your face wouldn’t turn bright red.

But then it happened, you mispronounced a word and Mrs. Crotchety corrected you. The kids giggled. Then you tried the new pronunciation but you missed the mark once again and Mrs. Crotchety corrected you for the second time. Now all the kids are laughing and they’re laughing at you. You were made to feel like a fool, a dummy, stupid, and you swore then that you would never again put yourself in a position where others could laugh at you. Of course that meant never sharing your ideas, thoughts or opinions to anyone but those closest to you that you could trust. And, of course that meant giving up a whole lot of things; like friends, joy, a sense of accomplishment, pride, pay raises, promotions, recognition and hundreds of other things you’d like in your life.

Look, we can’t go back and change the fact that we suffered embarrassment at the hands of our classmates, but we can overpower that fear. The next time you have an idea, thought or opinion that you’d like to share with others, say this to your higher power first:

Infinite Spirit, it is my desire to share my ideas with others. Thank you for the courage to overpower my fear and say exactly what is on my mind.

To the new more powerful you,