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You Are What You Choose

16 May

Make quick choices and you may not get what you want. Make wise choices and you get the life of your dreams. ~Michael Luckman in Luckman’s Laws

The good news; the choice has always been yours. The bad news; you often make the wrong choice.

Life just happens. Right? WRONG! The life you are living today is nothing more than an amalgamation of all the choices you have made since infancy.

Each and every day we are faced with hundreds, perhaps even thousands of choices.  From the simplest; what should I have for breakfast? Should I take the freeway or surface streets to work? To ones with far reaching consequences; is this the person I want to spend the rest of my life with? Is this the perfect career for me?

For many of us we make these choices without much thought and consideration. And, often we choose the easiest and most expeditious answer. Just as we like fast food we like to make quick decisions. And there lies the problem. We now must live with the consequences of that decision.

Choose to yell at your kids. Live with the consequences. Drive drunk. Live with the consequences. Have unprotected sex. Live with the consequences. Get the picture? You can’t evade the ramifications of cause and effect.

Today choose to choose wisely.

With Love,


To Be Alive!

5 Apr

“No one who lives in fear is really alive” ~A Course in Miracles

It has always been my belief is that we live this life on earth to fulfill a certain function, a purpose that we agreed to before we manifested into this body. For some, that function may be to invent a wonderful product that adds value to people’s lives. For others, perhaps, it’s to discover a cure for some horrible disease. For another it could be to give life to a child who grows up to free his people. This function can be considered our reason for living and experiencing what we do in our daily lives.

But does everyone achieve their life’s purpose? I wish I could say yes, but I think the correct answer would be no. They don’t.

So what is it that stands in our way of achieving our function and our magnitude?  It is our fear. Not the lifesaving fears that we experience, but the ones created by the delusional thoughts running through our minds.

Fear prevents us from achieving in life what is rightfully ours. What we were destined to accomplish. Fear prevents us from having, doing and being what we deserve. Each of us faces fear on a daily basis. Our choice when facing fear is to either overpower it, and do whatever is necessary to succeed, or to give in to it. It is at this critical juncture that we either continue on our path to greatness, to being fully alive, or create excuses as to why we didn’t reach our agreed upon goals.

When deciding whether to overpower fear, by finding the courage to stand up to it, or to run away and hide, God will not step in to make the decision for you. He knows there is a 50/50 chance of you making the wrong decision, but since he gave you free will, he won’t intervene. But that doesn’t mean he won’t help you. When faced with a fearful decision ask God for guidance, that you make the perfect decision. He won’t make the decision for you, but if you quiet your mind, the perfect decision will come to you.

And ask that you always choose wisely!

With Love,


If Only…

2 Apr

If only, if only, if only – the whine of the powerless! Michael Luckman in Luckman’s Laws

Have you ever caught yourself saying “if only?” Was it to justify why something did not turn out for you as you wanted? As in, “the meal would have turned out better if only I had a new stove.” Or, “I wouldn’t be late with the report if only the other departments would get me their numbers on time.” And how about, “I could be a lot more successful if only I had gone to a better college.”

“If only” and its cousin “I could be” are excuses. Nothing more. When I hear them being spoken they sound like a whine. Oh, poor me, poor me, poor me, life would be so much better if only, if only, if only.

If you’re a movie fan you may remember this famous line by Marlin Brando, “I coulda been a contender!” in On the Waterfront. Yes, you could have if life worked out differently for you. But you threw the fight (cause) and now you’re a bum (effects).

People who consistently use these terms are proclaiming to anyone who will listen that they are powerless. Nothing more than a leaf blowing in the wind with no control over their life or their fate.

But is that really true? No, it isn’t. In fact, you are powerful beyond measure. You are only powerless as long as you believe you are powerless. The moment you decide to change. The moment you decide to take control over your life. That is when all the power of the Universe is at your command.

Learn to ask your higher power, God or the Universe for exactly what you want. Be patient, and never lose faith that what you have asked for will indeed be coming to you. And the Universe will bring you what you have asked for, and shower you with more gifts than you could ever imagine.

With Love,


It Can Last a Lifetime!

18 Mar

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. – Alfred A. Montapert

Two things prompted me to choose Mr. Montapert’s quote today; the first was the guilty verdicts given today to the two Steubenville, Ohio high school football players for raping a drunk 16 year old girl. The second is that I am putting the finishing touches on a talk I will be giving to college students across the country entitled, The Five Secrets for Success You Won’t Learn in College. The fourth secret for success in my talk is: Cause and Effect – Prevent Mistakes That Can Haunt Your Entire Career.

Every cause will have an effect. The cause is WHY SOMETHING HAPPENED.  The effect is WHAT HAPPENED.

And today, with the internet, effects can hound you for your entire lifetime. If you Google my name, Michael Luckman, and add the word spammer after it, your search will bring up dozens of articles that brand me an email spammer. I don’t have time in this article, nor the inclination, to share with you why this happened, but it did. And the ramifications of it did major damage to my business. Right or wrong, I will forever be known as the SPAMMER.

Too many people, especially teenagers and those in their twenties, believe that they live in a chaotic world where things just seem to happen to them, with no rhyme or reason. For those who believe this they probably wouldn’t recognize that everything in their life (the effects) had a cause – a reason why it happened. But it’s true. Cause and effect go hand in hand. You won’t find one without the other.

My belief is that we live in an ordered universe where we create our lives by our very thoughts and actions. The two boys convicted in Steubenville, and the other dozen or so boys who also participated, did not realize they were doing anything particularly wrong. Or maybe they did, but got caught up in the herd mentality and followed their alcohol fueled instincts. Either way, by their very actions (cause) their future lives will never be the same (effects).

Now before you ask what about the girl’s behavior, is that a cause? Yes, her getting drunk certainly was the cause of everything that happened to her afterwards. Alcohol is a wicked drug and teenagers experimenting with it have no idea what it can do to them. And all too often a parent’s admonition about staying away from it falls on deaf ears. But that’s also part of still being a child. But rape is not.

If you are a parent of teenagers or even related to one, talk to them. Teach them about cause and effect. And if you can, impress upon them that everything they write, even their choice of words, and the photos they send to others, will very often wind up on the internet, where they will remain as lifetime reminders of making the wrong choice.

Always choose wisely,


Loose Lips Sink Your Life!

25 Feb

Luckman’s Law: The Universe always gives you exactly what you ask for. Even those things you never thought you asked for.

The Universal Subconscious Mind (or as some would say, the Mind of God) cannot distinguish between what is true and what isn’t. It just acts on whatever suggestion you offer it with conviction, and then manifests that into your life.

Hold the belief that you are rich and the Universe will see that you are rich. Tell the Universe you’re terrible at math and the Universe will do everything in its power to prove that you are terrible at math.

Now, listen to what you say to yourself. Often in a self-deprecating manner you make fun of your shortcomings. Unfortunately the Universe doesn’t know if this is true or not. But since you say it so often to yourself and others, it assumes that it’s true and acts upon it by providing you with exactly what you don’t want in your life.

Let me give you an example. Years ago I had a super saleswoman working for me. She was young, attractive and the type of woman, if you were single, you’d want to bring home to meet the folks. Everyone loved Jill, except the men she married and the guys she dated. After every failed relationship she’d bend your ear about how abusive the guy was, and ended each conversation with the hope that the next guy she met, and was attracted to, wouldn’t physically and emotionally abuse her. But they always did.

You see, Jill unknowingly would continuously ask the Universe for what she didn’t want. Instead of asking for the perfect man, one who was loving and gentle, she asked for the opposite. She would spend all her energy thinking, talking and worrying about the abusive men that may enter her life. And what she recklessly asked for by these words and thoughts, did indeed manifest into her life.

In World War II there used to be posters wherever there were ports where ships docked. They said, Loose Lips Sink Ships! It was a warning to all Americans that idle gossip about the war effort could be picked up by enemy spies and forwarded on to the Axis nations we were at war with.

You need to make up your own signs and post them at work and at home. Except this time have them say, Loose Lips Sink My Life!



Don’t Just Sit There!

19 Feb

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~Will Rogers

Will Rogers (1879–1935) was a great American humorist.  He was a cowboy, vaudeville performer, social observer and motion picture actor. A plain spoken man he used simple words to convey some very important social commentary. One of my favorites is the quote above.

I believe that almost everyone knows someone who achieved a high level of success — and then lost it. If not an individual than perhaps a company. Maybe even one you worked for. What happened?

What happened was that person or company plateaued. They reached a point where they needed a next step to maintain their forward momentum, but what often happens is they reached the very edge of their comfort zone. To them the next step was scary. It required them to step out of their comfort zone and take a risk.

If it was a company maybe they needed to add to their headcount or move to a larger facility, but the naysayers said now is not the right time to expand. Or if it was an individual their friends or relatives may have talked them out of making a move because they were afraid they would fail.

So instead they allowed their inner voice to negotiate with fear. They convinced themselves that they could just maintain the level they were at. But that’s impossible. You see we’re all a part of nature, and in nature you either grow or you die. There is no standing still and there is no in between.

To grow is to risk,


The Choice is Yours!

8 Feb

The Law of Attraction brings you everything you want and everything you don’t want. The choice is always yours. ~Michael Luckman

I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. I know this universal law works and is working all of the time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like our minds this law never sleeps and creates all the things in our life. And that means all the good things and all the bad things.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking, “Why would I ever have faith in a law that brings bad things into my life? Wouldn’t it be better to not even use this law and then not have to worry about attracting bad things?” On the surface this makes perfect sense. But the problem is, like gravity, this is a universal law. You can’t get rid of it and you can’t turn it on and off, but you can manipulate it. Let me explain.

The law simply says that we attract into our lives through what we give thought, emotion and expectation to. Now we know from social scientists that each of us thinks about 60,000 thoughts in a day. We also know that over 90% of the thoughts we have are negative, or what I consider “beat yourself up thoughts.” You know the ones; Why did I do that? Why did I say that? Every time I open my mouth I sound stupid. Who would ever want to go out with me? I’ve never been good in math. I’m just not good enough. And the list goes on and on.

So we have about 54,000 opportunities in a day to create the things we want to manifest in our life. That’s the good news. The bad news is we have about 54,000 opportunities every day to create the things we don’t want in our life. So how do we create the good and avoid the bad? The simple answer is to avoid thinking negative thoughts that create negative things.

I am going to give you a couple things that should be able to help you. First, learn how to recognize a negative thought. That’s simple enough. Anytime you’re feeling, blue, sad, dejected, scared, worried, stop and ask yourself, what am I thinking? I guarantee you’ll be thinking about something negative. Once you recognize that thought you need to get rid of it.

I believe strongly in a higher power that is always guiding and watching over me. So I say this: Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this negative thought about (blank) on you. And I go free. Next I replace the negative thought with its exact opposite (which is what I really want). As an example; let’s suppose I was worried about an upcoming sales call to a customer who has been complaining about my company’s deliveries. My thoughts have lead me to the point of expecting to be thrown out of the buyer’s office (catastrophic negative thought). So I say: Infinite Spirit, my desire is to have a perfect sales call on (buyer’s name). I desire to walk out of his office with the largest order I have ever written with him. And I visualize in my mind doing exactly that.

My friends this is not rocket science. It’s not even calculus. It’s just a matter of recognizing a negative thought. Getting rid of that thought. And then replacing it with a positive thought. Even a cave man can do it.

To your happiness,