Tag Archives: Spirit

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

The Incredible Power of Thank You!

12 Aug

Probably one of the first things we learned to say as a toddler, after Mommy and Daddy, was “thank you.” Those two very important words were stressed over and over again. In fact, I can’t think of any other words that got as much training time as thank you, except for maybe “please.”

At first when I failed to say the words thank you I’d get a sharp, “Now what do you say?” along with a certain look from my folks. If I continued to forget to use these “good manners” words I’d hear, “Wait until we get home. You’re going to get a good talking to.” Sometimes this was a precursor to a sharp swat on the bottom, since embarrassing your parents is a hard thing to talk your way out of.

As an adult I know the power of thank you. Not just when I’m responding to someone who has given me something, but when I desire something I want to come into my life.

Let me explain. As you know I am a very spiritual person. I speak to my higher power every day and seek guidance throughout the day. Since life itself is about making choices, and we have the power to create our lives moment-by-moment, I ask my higher power for help in making the best choices. The most perfect decisions for me.

Besides the traditional way of asking for what I want, that we all use, I also like to use thank you. In sales we would call this the presumptive close, where we presume we are already in possession of what we are asking for. As an example, when I sit down at my computer and I’m ready to write a blog or an article, I traditionally will ask God, Spirit, the Universe for help in my writing. I ask that the topics I want to write about and the words I do write, flow effortlessly to me. And it usually works. My writing does get easier and better.

But sometimes when I’m sitting down in front of my computer I feel my heart fill with gratitude. I am so very thankful for everything I have: My wife, My children and grandchildren. My mother and siblings. My friends. My home and certainly my country. My good health and the fact that I am doing my perfect work; writing, speaking, training and coaching.

So instead of asking for what I want I’ll just presume that I am already in possession of whatever it is I want. And I’ll say, “Thank you Infinite Spirit for helping me write this blog. Thank you for sharing your words with me. And thank you for guiding each and every one of my thoughts. I am truly blessed.”

A number of people responded to an earlier blog about asking for what you want. They shared with me the fact that they were at a stage where they were still uncomfortable asking their higher power for everything they want, need and desire. If this is you, try asking with a thank you. Not only does it work but a simple thank you can make you a more loving and happier person.

With Love,

Michael