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Chapter 36

What Do You Stand For?

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"The within is ceaselessly becoming the without.  From the state of a man's heart doth proceed the conditions of his life; his thoughts blossom into deeds, and his deeds bear the fruitage of character and destiny."
-James Allen (Author-"As a Man Thinketh")

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What do I want people to say about me after I'm gone -- and even while I'm still here?"

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Today's Fast Session
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I don't watch a lot of television. Watching other people live their fake lives is a tremendous waste of a real one, in my opinion.

I do, however, watch movies that have great lessons in them, like 'Rocky,' 'Rudy,' and 'Mr. Holland's Opus.' Stuff like that.

I first saw 'It's A Wonderful Life' in 1990.  I cried a lot.  It was then that I knew I wanted to be like George Bailey.  I compared my life to his, and they didn't even remotely resemble one another.

I thought: If I die right now, how many people will really care?  Have I done much for anyone beside myself?

It was then that I stepped up on the self-help books and tapes and seminars.  I tend not to do things in small ways, so I became a sort of a fanatic.  I figure that if you really want to become more, you have to learn how.

You can't give what you don't have, after all.

This is part of the path that led me to being able to talk to you every day.

Now, in your life, what is it that you'd like to stand for? Books like 'As a Man Thinketh' by James Allen teach about the power of thoughts. You see, we all are exactly what we think.  It's no accident that we end up where we are in life.

I know, there are lots of situations like chance meetings, freak accidents, who your parents and family are, etc.  that push us in certain directions.  There's no refuting that circumstances play a significant part in what your history will ultimately be.

But regardless of what has happened to detour you, you still decide where you'll go and whom you become from where you currently are. Even if you are a world famous actor, business or political leader, or a successful professional in some other field (and there are many of all of those that read this letter every week), what is it that you want to stand for during this life?

I know a lot of people talk about actors that support this and that thing, and it makes them "sick." But think about it.  Anyone who is absent of certain challenges (and it's challenges that make life worth living), feels empty.  So they go looking for them. They don't want the meaning of their lives to be just the characters they played.  That's not gratifying.

Only by helping other people and feeling a sense of purpose will you truly be happy during your time here.

Pick up whatever books you can, watch inspiring movies, listen to successful people.

Find some activities that make you feel alive.

If you're depressed every day, if you're filled with anxiety and panic, if you start things and don't finish them, then examine your thoughts. Are they all "self" centered? If that is what you hear when you listen to that little voice inside your head, you must set some goals.  You absolutely have to find some purpose.

And for Heaven's sake, do just one thing at a time.  Don't buy 10 books and try to read them all at once.  This is not one more thing to get panicky about. Just get "other people" centered.

Start doing something for someone else beside yourself.

It really is that simple.

Don't look for the answer.

You're reading it now.  Help someone else. Every hour.  That could mean just doing your job as well as you can this hour.  If you do, you're helping lots of people.  Isn't that right?

You're helping your customers, your employer, co-workers, vendors, all those people's families and the service providers who serve all of them.

You see, you can't help someone else without having a tremendous effect on potentially thousands of others.

You can't possibly focus on being useful to the people around you without feeling incredible joy and satisfaction with yourself.

Is this starting to make sense yet? Good.

Think about whom you can help now.  And if it's indirect, think about all the people whose lives will be impacted if you simply take your job a little more seriously.

I think you're about to have a few "Aha's."

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Today's Winning Beliefs
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-- I am other person centered
-- I know that the quality of my life is the quality of my thoughts
-- I am a positive and optimistic person
-- I've released all selfish thoughts and ways

 

 

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