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What Do You Deserve?

8 Nov

 “I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”

-Jessie B. Rittenhouse

There is a chapter in my book Overpowering Fear: Defeating the #1 Challenge in Sales and Life entitled, Littleness versus Magnitude: Your Choice. I developed my beliefs about this choice from the book A Course in Miracles. In ACM God says that each of us are given free choice; we can choose a life of Littleness or a life of Magnitude, which I prefer to call Greatness. For most of my life I didn’t believe that I deserved greatness, and so by default, I accepted littleness. Sure, there were moments in time where I did achieve greatness, but to me they were just flukes, nothing to pin the hopes of my future on.

I am happy to say that I don’t believe that anymore.

Like me, too many people have been raised with the conviction that they don’t deserve to have everything that they want. That others are more deserving. That they have to settle for less. Or that life is a zero sum game where if they get everything they want, somewhere, someplace others will have to get less. If you’re one of these people who believe this then you are absolutely wrong. In fact, you deserve to have everything, be everything and do everything that your heart desires. You are a child of God and God denies himself nothing and he did not create you to struggle and have less than you desire.

Let the poem above be your guide. Life will pay you any price you ask if only you believe that you deserve it. I want you to take my word for it, YOU DO DESERVE IT!  Ask God, Spirit or the Universe for what you want, believe that you deserve it, and have faith that it will materialize in your life. And it will.

It is not that you ask God for too much, but that you ask Him for too little! ~ A Course in Miracles

Love,

Michael

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Are You on Your Perfect Path?

7 Oct

Luckman’s Law: God shows you where you could have gone if you had overpowered your fear and taken a different path.

Have you seen the movie Defending Your Life with Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks. If not you definitely want to rent this 1991 classic. It is the story of a man (Brooks) who dies and goes to heaven. It is there that he meets the perfect woman (Streep) and both must go before a court to see if they are ready to move forward to a higher plane, or go back to earth to experience a new life.

Both stood in their individual courtrooms watching on a large screen various scenarios of their life. Streep’s character, when alive, lived a brave and fearless life while Brooks’ character lived a life just the opposite. As the various scenarios of Brooks’ life unfolded it became apparent that he was and always had been a fear based person. Whenever faced with a new challenge or a new opportunity in his earthly life Brooks would either cave or do the opposite of what was in his best interest. I’ve always related well to Brooks’ character.

In fact, each time I see this movie it reminds me of me. I was his character, arrogant on the outside, a bowl of Jell-O on the inside.

As I grew in my spirituality and after reading countless books, and sitting through a good many seminars, I formed my beliefs about what happens to us when we die. First, is my belief of who we are. We are not our bodies. Our bodies are only the vessel that holds our Spirit which is a part of God. Second, before we enter our body at the time we take our first breath, we have agreed to the life we are going to live. Our Spirit knows all the various scenarios we will encounter in this lifetime, and what our final purpose is. Third, we will encounter the very situations we agreed to, but the choice of how we handle these circumstances is solely up to us.

By this I mean we have free choice. We can choose to run in fear of the situation. We can choose to boldly and bravely face the situation. Or, we can decide to do nothing, hoping and wishing it will take care of itself. Only one of the three choices above will bring us closer to our ultimate purpose for being here, and that is to overpower our fears and boldly and bravely face every challenge.

I actually believe like Albert Brooks, that when we die we all go back to God. And the first thing we do is to review the life we just lived. And we must answer these questions: Did I always do the right thing? Did I face my fears and do what was necessary? Did I stand firm in my beliefs? Did I do all I could to help and support my fellow man? Was I honest and forthright? In the roles that I took on did I always do my best? Did I live a life of Magnitude or Littleness? Did I achieve my Glory?

Now here is my challenge to you my friends: Do you want to wait until you die to share your answers with God, or do you want to look back on your life now and decide to overpower your fears and create the right answers to all of the above questions, while you are still alive to make a difference in this life, in this world?

With love,

Michael

Do You Put Limits on Your Dreams?

9 Aug

You might look at the title of this article and think, “Who would ever put limits on their dreams? That’s crazy. I’d never do that.” But you do it all the time and you’re not alone. Just about everyone limits their dreams. Some even do it every day. And most don’t even know when they’re doing it.

An interesting truth: According to A Course in Miracles each of us was born for Magnitude, but often accept Littleness because we don’t believe we deserve the Greatness and the Glory that comes with Magnitude.

From A Course in Miracles: “Be not content with littleness, but be sure you understand what littleness is, and why you could never BE content with it. Littleness is the offering you gave YOURSELF. You offered this in place of magnitude, AND ACCEPTED IT. Everything in this world is little, because it is a world made out of littleness, in the strange belief that littleness CAN content you. When you strive for anything in the world, WITH THE BELIEF THAT IT WILL BRING YOU PEACE, you are belittling yourself, and blinding yourself to glory. Littleness and glory are the choices open to your striving and your vigilance. You will ALWAYS choose one AT THE EXPENSE of the other.”

“God is not willing that His Children be content with less than everything.”

Let me explain how we go about choosing Littleness over Glory and Greatness. We do it with our thoughts and our deepest beliefs about ourselves. The secrets about ourselves that we would never share with others. And the biggest secret of all is that we don’t believe that we deserve to have, be and do everything we desire. How did this happen?

Each of us was born perfect; then our parents, other family members, teachers and even our friends and siblings got ahold of us. They defined us. They told us what we were good at and what things to avoid because we lacked the smarts or the talents to succeed. They might have told us to find a good job after high school because we weren’t college material. That we shouldn’t wait for our prince or princess because, “Hey, just look in the mirror!” They warned us to put our childish dreams away because what we were seeking didn’t happen for people “like” us. They may have even admonished you to stop dreaming and be realistic. And, so you accepted a life of Littleness instead of the plan God had for you of Magnitude, Glory and Greatness.

I expect that a number of you reading this will adamantly disagree with my theory. You’ll say, “Not me. Never.” And maybe it isn’t you. But, here is the perfect way to find out if it is true for you. Monitor your speech and feelings. If you refuse invitations because you’re uncomfortable and beg off. It’s true. If someone suggests a perfect opportunity for you but the first thing that comes to mind is fear and belief that you’ll fail. It’s true. If you ever respond to a suggestion by saying, “I’m never been good at that.” It’s true. If you still have dreams but you let fear stand in your way. It’s true. If you’re embarrassed by a compliment. It’s true.

But the truth is not always real. It’s just what you believe.

With Love,

Michael

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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I Wish You Wouldn’t Talk to Me Like That!

22 Apr

Let’s pretend that you had a friend that you liked and felt connected to, but every day when they spoke to you they said things that weren’t very nice. In fact, some of the things they told you could be downright nasty, negative and hurtful.

They might have told you that your clothes didn’t look good on you. That you were putting on weight and soon nothing would fit.

When you had an idea that you thought you’d like to pursue they told you all the reasons why you would most likely fail. Why it wouldn’t work. They might even question your intelligence by calling you stupid or dumb.

At work they might remind you that your talents are few and it probably would be smart not to ask for a raise or promotion. Just stay where you are and be happy you have a job.

If you’re interested in somebody of the opposite sex they might remind you not to get your hopes up too high, considering all your past romances that failed. They may even tell you that the person you’re interested in is out of your league. To settle for someone more like you.

Now let me ask you this, would you continue to be friends with this person considering how they talk to you? I’m sure your answer would be no. Perhaps HELL NO! You would want nothing to do with this person. Because they are certainly not your friend.

Well this “friend” is not easy to get rid of, because this friend is you. For so many, this is how you speak to yourself. You don’t need someone else to tell you these hurtful things because you do a damn good job of beating yourself up and tearing yourself down.

This is your ego talking to you and this must STOP!!! And the first thing you must do is realize that practically everything you say to yourself is a LIE. Yes a lie. Told to you over and over again by someone else; your parents, grandparents, other relatives, friends, siblings, classmates and even teachers. Sometimes it was said to you with love and sometimes with malice, with the intent to hurt you. You accepted these lies about yourself and now you believe them as the truth. But they are not the truth. Never have been and never will be.

If you only knew how truly powerful you are, you wouldn’t put up with this incessant mind numbing garbage for one minute longer.

Just remember your greatest power: You can literally change your thoughts. And when you change your thoughts you change your life.

With Love,

Michael

Misery Loves Company – Your Company

17 Jan

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~Mark Twain

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve got a great idea; it may be to move to a different locale, change careers, change jobs, invent a product, or even buy or start a new business. Once you have settled on what you want to do, and feel comfortable in your decision, you share it with other people. These can be friends, co-workers, spouses, parents, neighbors just about anyone you’d like to share your future plans with. What do you expect to hear in return?

For most of us we’re looking for some kind of positive response, something like; “That’s great. I wish you the best.” “Much success, I know you’ll do well.” “Knowing you I think you’re making the right decision.” But instead you get; “What makes you think you could do that?” “If you move you’ll just wind up sad and lonely and in 6 months you’ll be back.” “Most inventions never sell. Why waste your time.” Your cousin Monty started a business and lost all his money and he was a lot smarter than you.” How do you feel after hearing this?

Why do people, often those closest to us, say these demeaning and damaging things to us? My take is they’re jealous. Often they are losers. And if you succeed you won’t want to be friends with them anymore. You’ll be successful; move to a better neighborhood, drive a nicer car, go on great vacations, buy a seat license and season tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, send your kids to private schools. All the things they want for themselves and their family, but don’t have the guts to even begin. So they belittle your ideas hoping you stay friends with them and lead a little life.

But you were made for Greatness. You were born to succeed. Unfortunately, no one told you that. But now you believe you can soar with eagles. So what you have to do is meet some eagles to hang with. And believe me, there are eagles all around you. They could be your boss who built a successful company. It could be the woman who owns the dry cleaners and has built a chain of stores. It could be the landscaper who does your gardening. Perhaps it’s the immigrant who bought a retail franchise.

All of these people were where you’re at right now. They didn’t listen to the small people. They overpowered their fears and found success. Talk to these people. Share your dreams with them and I’ll bet they’ll become your biggest boosters. These are the greats who know you can become great too.

To your success,

Michael

Littleness vs. Greatness: The Choice is Yours

7 Jan

My belief is that God created us to have, be and do everything that we desire. That we were created for Greatness. Not just some of us – but all of us.        ~Michael Luckman

From A Course in Miracles we learn: “Littleness is the offering you give yourself. Everything in this world is little because it is a world made out of Littleness, in the strange belief that Littleness can content you. Chose Littleness and you will not have peace, for you will have judged yourself unworthy of it. For you will be content only in [Magnitude] Greatness, which is your home. Every decision you make stems from what you think you are, and represents the value that you put upon yourself. Believe that little can content you, and by limiting yourself you will not be satisfied. For your function (purpose in life) is not little, and it is only by finding your function and fulfilling it that you can escape from Littleness. God is not willing that his children be content with less than everything.”

The wonderful thing about change is that it can happen in a moment. Each of us has been blessed by our creator with the wonderful gift of free choice. You don’t have to respond to outside circumstances as you have in the past. You can choose a different path. You can choose love over fear. Peace over anger. Tolerance over intolerance. Acceptance over rejection. Inclusion over exclusion. The choice is yours. In fact, the choice has always been yours. You don’t have to respond to anything as if you were following a script. You have the power to write your own script.

And remember this – no matter what you were lead to believe by others, you are and have always been, created for Greatness.

To the Greatness in you,

Michael