Seems it wasn’t too long ago(it actually wasn’t) that I would sit at my desk, futilely attempting to complete one task or another. All the disempowering habits that I had allowed to dictate my every decision, the self loathing, the failure to focus or the lack of raw passion to succeed was like dirt I just couldn’t(or wouldn’t) wash away. I’d continued to carry it around(metaphorically, that is) for so long that I was barely able to function. Truth be told I wasn’t functioning at all.
Looking back at those days, months, even years, it’s just so relieving to know that(and this is going to sound corny) I’m finally in that good place you’ve always heard other people talk about. Without a doubt, the biggest relief has been the new-found focus to not allow my addiction to control me. If you only knew the amount of hurt and pain that I inflicted on myself and my loved ones, you’d understand exactly what I mean by relief. The best part about this change I’m going through, is that the feeling of relief as so quickly followed by the feeling of release. To know that through the few steps I’ve shown you already(as well as other steps I’ll share later on), I could gain so much focus, passion and desire to achieve my goals is truly amazing and humbling.It’s part of the reason why I decided to create a blog to begin with.
Some of the changes I’ve noticed in the short amount of time include being a lot more outgoing with other people, actively seeking to understand and listen to others (especially when it’s to do with Self Development or Personal Success) and transforming the way I think about my own potential. Probably the most staggering difference since my making an earnest and contrite commitment to change would have to be the simple concept that regardless of whether I know how to achieve something, if I simply believe with all my being that it’s going to happen, the inevitability is it will. And the wheels have already begun turning to reinforce that.
In all honesty, from here on out I’m committing myself 100% to implementing every bit of information I can squeeze out of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. I would have to say that the advice given in his book, as well as a keynote speech given by Mark Victor Hansen, go hand-in-hand with what I’ve experienced over the last fortnight. Prior to the last couple of weeks, I’d always taken the messages of “Open yourself up to receive opportunity!” and “ Conceive, Believe, Achieve!” to be little more than rallying phrases you chant when laying out concise and logical plans of goal execution. Being every bit a skeptic, my angle was to take as much practical knowledge as possible out of whatever I learnt and try to fit it into one of my nicely ordered steps.
What a mistake! And all that time wasted no less! Especially when, in retrospect, all I needed to do was commit myself. Commit myself to change, commit myself to improvement and most important of all commit myself to openly receive the means to my own ethical end. it’s all contained in that one word, commit. I’ll give you an example which is actually an excerpt from my Mantra (remember I spoke about creating a Mantra on day three)
“My goals will seek me out through my willingness to accept them, only then will I receive them”
Again, commit yourself to the life you want, then align yourself to being in a position to receive it. I always remember that last line of a poem quoted in Think and Grow Rich, which would be fitting to go out on:
“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.”
Focus on those last two lines because they certainly resonate with me every time I feel the skeptic in me floating to the surface. As always, leave your comments below and I look forward to sharing with you the next challenge on my 80-Day Millionaire Journey in Day 7: It is truly an honour Mr. Joyner.