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You Were Created for Greatness!

1 Jul

My belief is that each and every one of us, upon our birth, was given the ability by our creator, to achieve greatness. But how many of us actually fulfill our destiny? I’m afraid not many. Why do you think that is?

I believe there are a number of reasons. First and foremost, is that nobody told us of our uniqueness as a human being. Nobody told us that we were capable of being and doing so much more than we are. Nobody told us that we could aspire to greatness. And, no one encouraged us to seek greatness. And so we settled for littleness and mediocrity, not even being aware that we could have just as easily chosen greatness.

For most of us growing up in our average middle class homes we didn’t see greatness first hand, and we didn’t know that we were capable of achieving all of our goals. So instead of greatness we accepted littleness. And felt that littleness would sustain us and bring us the joy and happiness that we sought. But littleness never does. Constant joy and happiness only comes from the belief that we can achieve anything and everything that we want, need and desire.

Another obstacle to achieving our greatness is our nagging thoughts that we don’t deserve greatness. That for some unknown twist of fate others were more deserving than us. So we accept our fate and never even venture to the point where we can even attempt greatness.

And, then of course, there’s fear. The fear that prevents us from even taking a risk. We fear failure and we fear success. We fear rejection and we fear embarrassment and humiliation. In fact we harbor so many fears that even stepping out of our comfort zones causes us enormous fear. And so we do very little or nothing at all.

There is a thread that runs through this article. Have you picked up on it? If not, no problem. The thread running through the above paragraphs is that everything relates to the thoughts we entertain in our minds. Literally, how we view ourselves. Of the 60,000 thoughts that scientists say we think in a day, better than 90% or 54,000 are negative. Negative thoughts that cause us to feel fear and turn away from challenges, because we don’t believe we are capable of succeeding.

To achieve your greatness means changing the things you think about. Because it is your very thoughts that cause your fear, and it is your fear that is preventing you from having, being and doing all that you deserve and desire.

Remember this: God made you for Greatness. Don’t disappoint her!

With Love,

Michael

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Don’t Listen to the Critics!

27 Mar

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

I’m not crazy about critics. From the professionals, like the political pundits, to well-meaning friends and family. I have always had tremendous respect for the doer, the one who has the idea, believes in themself and risks fame and fortune to follow their dream. I’ve always thought of critics as those who stand on the sidelines, scared to death to get into the game, but more than willing to criticize and condemn those that had the guts to try.

Have you ever had an idea for a new business or a new product or service? If you have, then you know how thinking about your new venture brings incredible feelings of joy, enthusiasm and confidence. That is, until you share your idea with others; co-workers, friends and close family members.

You’re waiting for them to agree with you and tell you how great your idea is and how it will revolutionize the world. But instead you hear things like this; “You’re going to do what? Start a business? What makes you think you can start and run a business? Especially in this economy.” Or, “That’s the stupidest idea I ever heard. Nobody would spend money for something like that.” And then what happens. In a split second your joyful emotions are dashed on the rocks. Your self-confidence drops in free fall, and you begin to doubt yourself.

With friends and family like this you certainly don’t need any enemies. But why are they saying these things to you rather than sharing your excitement? I believe it is because they’re scared. You see they too have dreams of what they want to accomplish in their lives. But for them they’ll always be just dreams, because they’ll never overpower their fears and get into the arena.

But, you’ve made the choice to enter the arena. You have your fears but you’re willing to face them, overpower them, and do everything within your power to succeed. And so they’re jealous. Jealous you just might succeed while they never will. And it’s more than they can bear. So instead of supporting you they prefer to destroy your dreams.

Don’t listen to them. Follow your heart. Overpower your fears. And, you will not only change yourself but you will change the world.

With Love,

Michael

Master Your Fear!

22 Mar

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain

Wouldn’t it be nice to live a life completely free of fear. Where we could and would try anything new because we would not be constrained by those awful, uncomfortable feelings fear causes us. Well, it’s not going to happen.

Nor would we want it to. Without fear, some of us might decide to do some pretty stupid things in our quest to posthumously receive the Darwin award. So in some instances experiencing fear is a good thing.

But most of the fear we as normal human beings experience daily is not real. It is created by the delusional negative thoughts we entertain. Something like 54,000 of the 60,000 thoughts the average person thinks in a day are negative.

So, as Mark Twain said, we are never going to reach a place of total absence of fear. But, we can stop fear from negatively affecting our lives by resisting fear and mastering it. And we do that by changing the fearful thoughts we think to positive ones.

How you feel at any given moment is a reflection of what you are thinking. Thinking  positive thoughts generate good feelings like love and joy. Negative thoughts generate bad feelings like fear and worry.

So the first thing we must do is identify a negative thought. And here comes the tricky part, and I know you’re going to ask, “Michael, how do I identify a negative thought that I am thinking?” Actually, it’s not that difficult once you get the hang of it.

Recognize when you’re feeling afraid, uncertain, doubtful or worried. Then stop and identify what you were just thinking. You’ll soon realize that what you are thinking are negative thoughts. The next step is to then let go of those thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Something that typically brings happiness to you like thinking of a child, a spouse or other loved one. Or even a memory of a joyous occasion or event, or just a wonderful moment in your life. Concentrate on that thought and you should immediately find yourself feeling happier and more carefree.

Learning how to do this simple exercise will give you the courage to overpower and master any fear.

With Love,

Michael

Today’s Goal – Have Fun!

12 Mar

Most of the time I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all.  ~Woody Allen

I have always loved Woody Allen. He’s one of my favorite comedians. There is something about his style of humor that I find hysterical, even though it’s mostly on the depressive side. His glass is proverbially half filled or worse yet, totally empty. And to this day, I’m not sure if his real world view is this dark, or if he chose this path because it made people laugh as they related to the things he was saying.

We can laugh at the above quote and say, “That’s certainly not me.” But there are many people who will read this quote and say, “That’s me exactly. I never have any fun. Life just isn’t fun.” And it’s to these people that I direct my comments.

First, life should be fun. We have each been created to live a life that is full of joy, happiness and abundance. God wants his children (ALL HIS CHILDREN) to have everything. Unfortunately it’s not God who is holding us back from having everything, but our very thoughts about ourselves.

In my book Overpowering Fear – Defeating the #1 Challenge in Sales and Life I talk about my own beliefs about not being good enough and the belief that I didn’t deserve to have everything I wanted. I believed I was just not deserving enough.

For some unknown reason my parent’s belief was that somewhere out there there were people more deserving than us. They could have the best. They could be deliriously happy and have lots of fun, just not us. And certainly not me. I had to settle for whatever I got and be happy with it. Now my parents grew up during the Great Depression and their parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe, so I can see where their beliefs came from.

But, as a kid I can’t begin to tell you how many times I had to settle for 2nd best. And as an adult those feelings stayed with me. For my wife and children I could buy the very best, but for myself it was a struggle. I would ask myself; Do I really need it? Am I worth spending that much money on myself? Do I deserve it? Maybe I should wait?

I know I diverged from talking about having fun, but it is really the same. Someone in your past convinced you that you didn’t deserve to be happy and have fun. Well I’m here to tell you that that’s a lie. You deserve to be, do and have everything you desire. And that includes the right to have as much fun as YOU want!

So, what are you waiting for? Go out and have some fun!

With Love,

Michael

My “True Self” Knows No Limits

12 Dec

A Born Rich Affirmation: My “True Self” knows no limits; that in truth, I am quite capable of having, doing, or being virtually anything I desire to be.

It has been said over and over throughout recorded history that we, as human beings, are powerful beyond measure. That if we only recognized our divinity, our greatness, given to us by our creator, we could accomplish virtually anything. So, why are we not, these incredible creators of miracles?

According to A Course in Miracles, when we were born a veil came down blocking our remembrance of who we really were, the holy children of God. We took on the cloak of a human body that caused us to forget that we were divine, incredibly powerful and destined for a life of greatness.

You see, this human body came with two equally strong emotions; love and fear, plus a thinking mind and a built-in nemesis, the ego. In addition, we have been given the gift of free choice. God promised us that our gift of free choice would be unconditional, meaning that no choice we ever made would be judged by God.

But God did say that although we have free choice, we still must live with the consequences of our choices. And here lies the problem. We desire love but often let fear overwhelm us, especially when the ego speaks up and sides with fear. Then it reminds us of all our past wrong choices and all our “not good enough” beliefs about ourselves. And, so we settle for a life of littleness even though our Father promised us a life of Greatness.

All of the above is the bad news. Now here is the good news. You can change your life this very moment. And you do it by changing your thoughts. No longer do you have to accept negative delusional thoughts that lock you in fear. Decide now to monitor what you are thinking. This is actually quite simple. Positive thoughts give you feelings of joy and happiness. Negative thoughts create the fear you feel in your body. Next time you are feeling fear stop and examine what you are thinking. Once identified as a negative thought replace it with a positive one. And this is how you do it.

Say out loud: “(Your higher power) I cast the burden of this negative thought about _______ on you, and I go free. I ask that you replace this thought with a positive thought about _______.

To your Greatness,

Michael