Chapter 72

Solve Your Problems By Throwing Them Away

Today's Empowering Quote

"I don't know who my grandfather was. I'm more concerned to know who his grandson will be."
-Abraham Lincoln

Today's Empowering Question

"Am I looking at yesterday as an excuse to fail or a reason to succeed?"

Today's Fast Session

I don't know where I first heard this little mental technique, but it was just after I moved back from California to New York in 1987.  Just one of the many little grains of sand thrown on the pile that I used to help me climb out of my hole.  It has served me well over the years. When you get stuck and feel that there's no way out of a situation, try this.

Write down a "problem" you're embroiled in.  Write how you feel about it. Write down all the reasons you can't succeed, why you feel powerless, why it's no use to even try...

Then take that paper, wad it up in a ball and throw it away. Upon my many arcing baskets I could usually be heard saying something like, "That is the biggest pile of horse crap I've ever seen!!"

After you do this, forget about it. Yup.  Put it out of your mind completely. Start some other task right away.  If you do this, something magical will happen.  Your subconscious mind will go to work on it.  You see, when you tell yourself out loud that your pity party is hooey, that your false excuses are just that, that you're not going to listen to the lies you've told yourself for so long, your mind, the one that God gave you to use for good and noble deeds, says, "All right!! Time to do what I was created to do!"

What you'll experience is, most times, nothing short of a miracle. Often, within a day or two, you'll be driving down the road, eating a snack or raking the leaves and suddenly you'll get a huge "A-ha!!" And the answer comes.

Life being life, we all get lots of opportunities to solve problems that seem insurmountable... sometimes daily.  But by programming your subconscious mind in this way, you're teaching yourself to come up with answers quickly.  Soon, all "problems" become nothing more than an easy decision or two from complete resolution.

Like any good habit, though, you need to be consistent.  Don't do it once, solve a big problem, never to come back to your excellent technique.  How many times have you watched a sporting event and your team's strength seems to be completely underutilized by the coaching staff calling the plays.  Doesn't it shock you that these guys could be so stupid not to use their best chance to win? Don't be like that!

Grab a pen and a piece of paper... C'mon.

Soon you'll be making baskets from across the room with your little balls of paper... "Three seconds, two, one...the shot. It's good!!"

Problem solved.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I find what works and I stick with it
-- Great answers come to me constantly from every direction

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