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You Are A Child Of God!

28 Feb

I sent this article out on two occasions last year but as I read through it again I was struck by how powerful it is and decided I needed to send it out once more. I apologize for the redundancy. I remember when I first came across this affirmation in the book Born Rich and fell in love with it. I not only printed it out so that I could read it throughout the day, but I recorded it on a cassette tape and would listen to it, over and over while I got ready in the morning. If your computer allows you to record I would suggest you record it to yourself, or if you want a different voice, ask a friend to record it. It’s so powerful, especially when you hear your name in it. Michael

In doing some research online I came across a magnificent author by the name of Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924). Mr. Marden is considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in the United States. In 1897 he founded Success Magazine that still exists today, 116 years later.

The positive affirmation below that I found in the book Born Rich, was originally written and published in Orison Swett Marden’s book, How to Get What You Want. The Born Rich version has been updated since the Marden version was originally written at the turn of the last century.

Now that I have my attributions correct let’s take a look at the affirmation. According to Wikipedia an affirmation is a declaration that something is true. As you read below I want you to believe that it is true of you. I know what you’re going to say, as you read it you are thinking, “This certainly isn’t me. In fact I am the exact opposite of this positive statement. I don’t think this will ever be me!”

And my answer to you is this, it will be you. Not today and probably not tomorrow. But if you continue to recite this affirmation daily, sooner than later, your mind will accept it as the truth. And when it is the truth you will become the David who slew Goliath. Able to achieve anything and everything you desire.

(Insert Your Name), you are a child of God and the being God made was never intended for the sort of weak, negative life you are leading. God made you for success, not failure.  You are perverting the great object of your existence by giving way to these miserable doubts of yourself, of your ability to be what you desire with all your heart to be. You should be ashamed to go out amongst your associates with a long, sad, dejected face, as though you were a misfit, as though you lacked creative power within, as though you did not have the ability to do what your creator sent you here to do. You were made to express what you long to express. Why not do this? Why not stand and walk like a conqueror, like David who slew Goliath, instead of giving way to fear, discouragement and doubt and carrying on like a failure? The image of perfection, the image of your creator lies within you. You must bring it to the center of your conscious thoughts and express it to the world. Don’t disgrace your maker by violating that image, by being anything but the magnificent success God intended for you to be.

With love,


Go Ahead – Take the First Step!

14 Feb

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone was the proverbial rags to riches story. At 16 years old he began selling insurance and built a business that became a billion dollar company. He was also the founder of Success magazine and hired Og Mandino to be his publisher. In 1960 he co-authored a book with Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, about Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) entitled Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

Fear can be one of the most paralyzing emotions known to mankind. It has been said that more people could survive airplane crashes, but fear keeps them frozen in their seats where they eventually die of smoke inhalation.

The fear that I am talking about is the fear conjured up in our minds that prevent us from taking action. Actions like: walking up to a stranger and introducing ourselves. Calling a stranger on the phone. Going to a party or networking event and carrying on simple conversations. Speaking our minds at community meetings. Sharing our ideas with co-workers and supervisors. These fears are only in the mind. They have no basis in fact, yet they prevent us from living the lives we deserve and dream about.

The best time to overpower a fear is right before you take action. Whatever it is you have to do or say you’ve already spent weeks worrying about, and making yourself miserable. Once you step through that fear you’ll find a calm that you never believed was there.

Will fear return? Probably. But once you know you can survive intact overpowering your fear you’ll be a bit more courageous the next time you face a fear, and the next.

Remember, you are much more powerful than you believe you are. You can do anything.

With love,