“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (Patrick Henry). Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, was inhumanly tortured in a Nazi prison camp, nevertheless, found meaning and purpose that helped him endure and truly live despite the horrors of death, tragedy, suffering, terror, and indescribable evil and injustice surrounding him. In spite of the chains and physical imprisonment physically seen and felt, Viktor saw and felt freedom with his mind. Through visualizing mental images and thoughts of his wife, while creating other positive anchors to hold near, he aspired to survive so he could tell his story to inspire and impact multitudes of people by giving them hope and purpose.⁵
Having our cup half-full versus overflowing is not as important as what is in the cup. We must keep our cups upright with PMAs, while remaining open-minded and cooperative with ourselves, others, and the universe to even be able to accept wonderful donations of immeasurable magnitude into our cups. Fill yourself up with goodness, therefore greatness. Work to feel alive and don’t live to work by exchanging invaluable time doing something you’d rather not do with your one and only life. Find what you are truly passionate about that aligns with your values and principles, pursuing that ardent desire with a relentless and limitless can-do attitude. Eradicate fear, doubt, and unbelief by replacing it with gratitude, definitive purpose, and utter belief in your gifts, abilities, talents, and skills. Accept all of you–both good and bad. Use all of you to live your purpose with each breath of your being. Don’t forget to aspire for your unique purpose. Forget about what the world thinks regarding fame, money, and popularity. Those are byproducts of living you. You are and have an incredible gift, which can make the world a better place. Do you by being you–all of you. Create the best version of yourself so you can bet on you and achieve wonderful aspirations, while trusting yourself with your life.
“…Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 NIV). By reprogramming and reconditioning our minds from old conditioned ways of thinking to new strategic approaches we can feel more alive, blessed, joyful, grateful, willing, able, self-confident, peaceful, and full of vitality. Our health and well-being can improve as our lives and the lives around us become fuller because of the goodness radiating from our core being. Transforming our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, and rituals allows us to enhance effectiveness with our time, be more generous, and filled with love overflowing. Nothing is more powerful than changing the way we think, in turn, making new life-changing decisions. These choices are ours and ours alone to make. Let this glorious transformative growing process begin.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up each morning full of energy, gratitude, fulfillment, and financial freedom, while hanging out at the beach, surfing or scuba diving, going to the mountains to climb or hike, traveling the world, and living out the life you truly want and are able to live automatically with little effort exerted? You deserve and owe it to yourself to live the very best life possible. You were made for greatness, therefore it’s practically sinful to selfishly hold blessings of extreme and far-reaching magnitude and remarkable value for yourself by not sharing them with the world.
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself” (Lucille Ball). Whatever our upbringing entailed, we have the power to change, break free from bondage and baggage, becoming lighter and liberated as we pursue our passions, obsessions, and faithful convictions without fear of failure. Live optimistically with PMAs, while persistently striving for never ending improvement. We can rewire our circuitry by reprogramming ourselves to believe anything and do everything that we definitively decide to do with absolute crystal clear clarity. The choice is ours for the making. We must genuinely be our very own best friend, therefore let’s believe in ourselves by doing our part.
Know your customs and why they are performed. Ask yourself, “Why do I think, believe or behave this way?” While in infancy we would learn ten different languages with ease if the people surrounding us spoke ten different languages consistently. If we grew up in an indigenous tribe that walked around naked, making their own weapons to hunt food, than conformity of that culture becomes normal. We tend to develop the same accents of the people around us growing up. Decide who you want to be and why. Don’t follow the herd mentality any longer. Unleash your unique one of a kind incredible greatness out into the universe, today.
It is irrational and illogical to do something just because our parents, grandparents, or whomever did it a particular way. Their reasons and ways of believing, thinking, doing, and acting may have been or might be erroneous. There is a story of a young woman who habitually cut off both ends of a pot roast. A friend asked her why she did that and the answer was because my mother did it. The young woman asked her mom why she cut the ends off the pot roast and the reason was because her mother did it too. Finally, the grandmother was inquired and subsequently gave the real reason for cutting off the ends of the pot roast. The ends of the roast were removed so it could fit in the small pan and oven that was possessed at the time.
Do not live an unexamined life. Why do you believe, think, and behave certain ways? Is this the best way to live your life? Are you living with purpose and meaning, beyond yourself?
“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you” (Spanish proverb). Do gossiping people a favor by changing the conversation, therefore stopping negativity from further damaging any individual, including yourself. Alternatively, do yourself the good service of eliminating your presence from negative people, conversations, and situations. Refuse gossiping by seeking to sincerely praise and complement others at every opportunity. Let kind words get back to people through others.
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” (Sir Winston Churchill). Lies, misery, gossip, and negativity hazardously attract themselves, thus avoid them like the plague. Live with radically transparent honesty and truth, which will produce wonderful blessings of tranquility, self-confidence, and trust throughout your life journey.
“There is no such thing as a self-made person…. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success” (George Matthew Adams). We are programmed from birth to develop certain thought and behavioral patterns. We respond by learning from our parents, siblings, teachers, and many other people in our lives, which creates the paradigm between our conscious and subconscious minds. Similar influential patterns remain as we grow older. We must surround ourselves with people we admire and desire to emulate. We can learn to adopt and acquire their character traits, routines, attitudes, vocabularies, behaviors, and success through being more consciously aware and in tune with ourselves and surroundings. Infusing greatness from others into us does not make us little mini-me’s of them, only more potent, competent, and dignified versions of ourselves.