The insightful, practical, and applicable Bible advises, “Ask and you shall receive.” Formulate your own powerful questions and receive superior answers toward solving problems. Be the solution to your own problems, circumstances, situations, goals, dreams, or desires, today. Nobody owns your thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, dreams, life philosophies, destiny or life, except you. Practice outgiving everyone around you in terms of being better than anyone else expects from you. Under promise and over deliver.
Look for good or bad in yourself and others and you will find it. Moreover, while considering to purchase a new automobile or driving one, we begin to see it everywhere because we are looking for it. Bundles of nerve pathways located in our brainstem collectively called the reticular activating system (RAS), filter and eliminate wasteful stimuli, while allowing essential data in. Thanks to our RAS, we can hear our names being called in a crowded noisy room and immediately become aware. Eventually, what we consciously seek, such as goals, becomes an unconscious automatic finding in our subconscious minds. Practice being a good-finder in all people, places, things, and events. In impossible we find possible, in can’t can, in hopeless hope, in faithless faith, in unbelief belief, and on and on. Again, look for good and you will find it. Delve deep within yourself to unleash those seeds of greatness our almighty God planted in you before you were even born.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out” (John R. Wooden). Maintain positive mental attitudes (PMAs), while leaving the other person feeling better with a worthy goal to aspire toward. While desiring my son to pick up his clothes or put his toys away, instead of constantly criticizing or complaining, making a deal works much better. Telling him that he can earn money or toys for putting his clothes and toys away, although for every piece of clothing or toy left out one dollar or one toy is given back. Do you agree? Now, he makes an extra effort to keep his clothes and toys picked up.
Moreover, in the book, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story, Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote that he desired for his family to keep the lights off in the house to conserve energy. He ended up unscrewing the lightbulbs. His kids became tired of refastening the bulbs and started turning the lights off when they were not using them.¹⁴ People can get the point without nagging or complaining.
In the book, Believe in Yourself, Joseph Murphy quotes, “It is just as easy to imagine yourself successful as it is to imagine failure, and far more interesting too.”¹⁵ Arnold was all about reps, reps, reps and believing in himself, which massively helped create his success. That is how Arnold lives his life. Just like location, location, location is pivotal in real estate, reps, reps, reps of execution, execution, execution, action, action, action, and doing, doing, doing, practice, practice, practice can create an explosive revolution toward victory. An extra persistent dose of self-belief practically makes achieving goals certain.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (Albert Einstein). Our self-image subconsciously drives us toward acting, behaving, talking, and performing in certain ways. An individual that sees him or herself as athletic will naturally strive to exercise and be active to maintain that image. In a synergistic state of harmony between our body, subconscious and conscious minds, our automatic mind allows our body to move skillfully while playing sports or agilely moving, such as during an exquisite dance. New skills become engrained into us and the ability to perform competently without nearly as much initial effort continues to enhance through daily repetitive practice. Develop the confident mindset, believing you can, which makes your beliefs come true. Work hard, get good, subsequently enjoying happiness.
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life” (Abraham Maslow). Live large with rich habits by replacing old negative routines with positive forward moving goal-oriented rituals. Let persistent progressive momentum build unstoppable speed and power, breaking through barriers into greatness. Take control of your life and don’t allow negative internal or external factors dictate what you think, do, say, or who you are. Just be authentically you in each present moment.
“Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself” (Benjamin Franklin). Look inward for autonomy, peace, and joy, rather than seeking futile outward stimuli, people, places or things to give you what only you can gift yourself from within. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Let’s focus on improving ourselves so we can be self-reliant without being moved by outside events, opinions, or circumstances. You deserve only the best life has to offer. How about changing our attitudes toward this perspective?
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Maintaining a PMA and proper perspective toward our targets makes achieving dreams fully attainable. Decide what you want to do, why, and do it. No excuses, blaming, criticizing, regret, self-pity, gossiping, or procrastination allowed. Excuses only hinder, null and void the pursuit of goals and dreams, therefore stop making them. If something doesn’t serve you and others, don’t do it. Stop digging and start building.
Know that life encompasses much more than focusing on our selfish desires, but about helping others. There is genocide and myriads of other tragic horrors going on right now throughout the world. Our lives are not as bad as they may seem, putting problems into proper perspective. Be appreciative for struggles, while seeking out solutions. Reality may be challenging at times, although it is the only place offering real joy and aliveness. Listen to your heartfelt feelings and pains—what are they trying to tell you?