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Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Book Review – The problem with democracy

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For those interested in South Africa, and its story of apartheid, of what it was, where it led, and where the outcome of a disastrous majority rule seems to be heading, this three minute read is a very good start.

South African-born Ilana Mercer is the daughter of a rabbi who was active in the fight against apartheid. Within a year of the establishment of black rule, however, she saw what was coming and decided to move out. Now a columnist based in the US, she writes regularly for World Net Daily, VDare, and her own weblog (barelyablog.com), and has published one previous book, a collection of libertarian essays called Broad Sides: One Woman’s Clash with a Corrupt Culture. She had considerable difficulty getting this new book published because of its unfashionable criticism of majority rule and insufficient praise for leftist icon Nelson Mandela.

The ” Bad old days “

Mrs. Mercer is no apologist for the apartheid system, which she calls “reprehensible” and “contemptible,” but she clears up some misconceptions about it.  Apartheid was never based on a theory of racial supremacy; rather, it was a survival strategy for the badly outnumbered Boers. She notes that the Afrikaner nationalist intelligentsia “almost without exception defended  apartheid not as an expression of white superiority but on the grounds of its assumed capacity to reduce conflict by curtailing points of interracial contact.” The system was anything but  lawless; the Afrikaner government “was characterized by an obsession with imposing restrictions through proper legislation and with due process in executing these laws.”

On the eve of Afrikaner rule in 1946, the black population of South Africa was 8.6 million; by 1991 it had grown to 28.3 million. At the same time, life expectancy soared from 38 to 61 years.

This period saw the economy grow by an average 3.5 percent every year. White industrialists, especially in the mining industry, put constant pressure on the government to allow them to use more black labor, and it was during these years that blacks came to dominate many semi-skilled trades such as construction, sheet metal, furniture, clothing, and baking.

Under apartheid, the white share of total personal income steadily declined as the black share rose. According to the International Monetary Fund, by 1987 South African whites were paying 32 percent of their incomes in taxes but receiving only 9 percent in benefits. The excess was consumed mostly by blacks in the form of welfare, housing, health, and education, amounting to one-and-a-half times what they paid in. South Africa was a Mecca for black immigrants from across the continent. Indeed, were it not for the international boycotts and   embargoes, South Africa would probably have continued to experience steady economic growth, producing a sizeable black middle class with an interest in political stability.

Crime was already a problem in the black townships in those days, but a tough and competent white police force kept it within bounds. A Western system of Roman-Dutch law and a      relatively independent judiciary dished out prompt and harsh justice, including the death penalty for necklacing, muti-murder (aimed at obtaining body parts for witchcraft) and baby-rape (believed to cure AIDS). However much they resented the race laws, ordinary blacks had no desire to do without the physical protection offered by the white police force.

Much of the apartheid system was gradually scrapped by the white government itself, beginning in the early 1980s. Coloreds and Indians were admitted to Parliament, influx control laws were dismantled, public facilities desegregated, and anti-miscegenation laws repealed. Blacks enjoyed full property rights and were accepted at historically white universities.

The problem with democracy

More people are murdered in a typical week under ANC rule than died in detention during 40 years of Afrikaner rule.

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PROCRASTINATION – Probe why you have this reluctance to take action.


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The most difficult element of getting things done is not the actual action part of the project, but the resistance we experience that sabotage us and prevent us from taking decisive action. I once gave a lecture to a major corporation on self-management. The first words I used when I opened my lecture were that I suggest that they carefully listen to what I have to share with them because it is costing their company a fortune to hire me. I looked them in the eye and told them that their management hope that I will manage to motivate them into getting their backsides anchored on their chairs. I told them that their management convinced me that they are actually a powerful team that can produce outstanding outcomes when they become focused. I also told them that I am going to recommend that management only pay them for actual work done. This caused a real stir in my audience and even woke up those at the back of the auditorium. I explained to them that I invented a device that will register all their actual work activities as well as all their time wasting activities. This device will daily send a full report to the managing director’s office that will reveal not only actual work executed, but also the time wasted chatting to other staff about stuff unrelated to work issues, drinking tea, updating blogs or Face book etc. Each staff member will thus daily be credited with an actual net production delivered. I allowed my words to sink in for a while and then told them that they will thus be paid on the net balance of their productivity account monthly. The biggest obstacle that prevent many of us to become great in our job or for that matter anything else is procrastination. I want to repeat that we have to overcome our reluctance and resistance to take action.

 

Spend some time today to probe why you have this reluctance to take action. What is the cause of the resistance deep inside you that is preventing you from being the best you that you can ever be? Make a list of everything that comes to mind. Think it and then ink it. I will continue this series tomorrow.

 

Rene

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in WISDOM

 

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The NON-ACTION zone is a place where you become stagnant and RESIST risking the possibility of getting hurt or disappointed.

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Most of us sooner or later discover that we have two forces that course through our veins. We automatically vacillate between the “upper” and “lower” limits of this force on a moment to moment basis. The UPPER end of the pole of this system is called the “ACTION” zone and the “LOWEST” end of this pole is characterized as the “NON-ACTION” zone. The feelings generated by thoughts, events or for that matter everything and everyone we encounter decides the quality of the output we intend using to deal with the matter at hand. The mistake we make is that many of us think that we are at the mercy of this so-called automatic reaction patterns that endlessly flood our minds and hearts daily. We jump with joy and run like the wind when good feelings are generated by the thought or event that we are confronted with (ACTION) or shut down and retreat into a dark place in our minds (NON-ACTION). What many of us never knew or understood is that there is no need to remain a victim of our historical conditioning or past mistakes. All that is real and valid is our current moment. We can if we decide to take control act in an appropriate and powerful manner notwithstanding the threat and feelings of doubt that we might be confronted with. You are part of a universal force that caters for evolution on a moment to moment basis. Call this force God my friend if it will make you feel more comfortable. This force is fair and allows every living thing in the universe to evolve, grow and expand notwithstanding his or her history. You can make a fresh start on a moment to moment basis. You are allocated 86400 new moments in any given day where you can make a fresh start. There is no need to fear failure or hide in the “NON-ACTION” zone. The NON-ACTION zone is a place where you become stagnant and RESIST risking the possibility of getting hurt or disappointed. The choices you make decide the quality of the outcomes you experience daily. Very few of us understand that not making a choice is actually also a choice that you make. You choose NON-ACTION and RESISTANCE and give up control.

 

Spend some time today to probe why you have this reluctance to take action. What is the cause of the resistance deep inside you that is preventing you from being the best you that you can ever be? Now make a list of all the things you will do if you knew that you cannot fail. Make a list of everything that comes to mind. Think it and then ink it. I will continue this series tomorrow.

 

Rene

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in WISDOM

 

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The key to life is action.

 

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INFORMATION EXPLOSION: I lived in Windhoek Namibia in the first part of my life and can still remember as if yesterday how we stood in line on Sunday mornings to buy the Sunday papers from the one distribution point. Until we were finally provided with a FM radio we were forced to listen to the radio on short wave.

I am sure that most of you that read this document do not even know what short wave radio is and can not begin to contemplate how frustrating it can be when you listen to a rugby game that fades in and out all the time. You heard the commentator’s voice through a see of noise and static and often lost the signal totally at critical moments during the game. Short wave radio also provided us with news and updated us on the expected weather conditions. The receivers were bulky and needed long outside aerials to counter the sunspots and impact of poor weather conditions on the radio signals.

It was only the really affluent that could afford a radio in their vehicles. Not all families could afford the old valve radios and had to rely on poor local papers and outdated magazines for their news and other information.

When you look at the information explosion today it is hard to believe that in less than one lifetime the world was reduced so much in size that information are available instantaneously around the world while such event is still in progress. With the wonder of the Mobile phone today you can phone a person virtually on any location and get answers to your questions or solve a problem instantaneously.

Not so long ago you used a slow postal service for your letter and enquiries and could wait up to a month for an answer from a company less than five hundred miles away. When you needed information you went to the library and searched the much needed information in old and outdated dust covered books. We today have Internet and can find an answer to our questions within minutes and send an e-mail that will land in the receiver’s electronic mailbox almost instantaneously.

Someone told me some time ago that we are flooded with so many new products each day that it would take a thousand people a lifetime to read the instruction booklets and documents that accompany the new products that hit the market during any given month. I am sure that you can spend the rest of your life on Internet and you will not even make a slight dent in reading and assimilating all the information available in a specific field.

We are flooded with magazines, newspapers, newsletters, TV and radio stations and books. We are drowning in information and just cannot make enough time to get through even a portion of all the new information that are thrown at us on any given day. We might think that all this information that is so freely available today would make people much more knowledgeable than their ancestors. On closer inspection you actually discover that all this information did not modify the plight of the less fortunate at all. They might have access to all this information, but fail to understand that knowledge if not applied is dead and worthless. 

You can read the secret on how to live forever in a book, but if you fail to apply the advice given you will still die like all other mortal beings. The key to life is action. I will rather read one book and apply the information learnt than read a thousand books and do nothing with my newly acquired knowledge.

 

THE SEMINAR SLAVES: I have met many seminar slaves in my life. They enrol in every seminar that they can afford in an attempt to find the magic key that will assist them to reach their full potential. They search with vigour for the magic wand that will provide them with the magic ingredients that would change them from a loser to a winner. They leave these seminars on a high and feel convinced that they would from that moment on be the person that they always dreamt of. When you run into them a week later they are already deflated and scan the papers for a new seminar “fix”.

If they could just grasp that applied and sustained action is the key to success. If they could only understand that there is no magic wand and no technique that will change them overnight they will finally stop wasting their time and money on all these “self-help” seminars. The only benefit that came from such seminars is additional money in the pocket of the person that organised the seminar. Applied knowledge is the key to success. Knowledge and information that are not applied and taken action on is dead and worthless.

 

We are living in a special period and could use the amazing availability of information to our benefit if we finally learn that the magic key is action. You can fill your head with volumes of the best encyclopaedias in the world, but only when you start applying this newly found information will changes become visible in your life. You can become a walking encyclopaedia and still remain a failure. Knowledge + Action is the key to success. When you combine these to elements you are on your way to make all your dreams come true. Knowledge and no action remind me of a vehicle without an engine. When you become an ”action” person and lack know-how you run around like a chicken without a head. You can save a lot of time and frustration if you use the accessibility to knowledge to your advantage.

 

We now left the information lean years behind us and live in a special time in the history of man. Virtually nothing is hidden today. You can find answers to almost any weird and wonderful subject on Internet today. The world is one click of you mouse away. Focus and use this information to escape from the dark world of yesteryear when only the affluent had access to specialised knowledge.

 

Rene

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in WISDOM

 

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Your FEELINGS guide you faithfully during all your endeavours.

 

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The most powerful tool you own is your ability to measure if your current ACTION will take you TOWARDS your GOAL or AWAY from what you DESIRE. You measure your progress and the quality of your CHOICES by the FEELINGS that you experience. People, events, blogs, movies, newspaper articles and people in general will either make you FEEL empowered or dis-empowered, strong or weak, inspired or deflated during or after you engaged them. Your FEELINGS guide you faithfully during all your endeavours. FEELINGS of ANGER, FEAR, ANXIETY and DEPRESSION shout out to you that you need to move away from a POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE. When you read a book, blog or magazine you become UPLIFTED and MOTIVATED or you become aware that the material is sucking some of your valuable energy out of your body and soul. My friend many of the things we do and the interactions we have either HEAL us or make us SICK. We are either swimming UPSTREAM or DOWNSTREAM while we participate in this game of life. We must take time to STOP periodically so we can evaluate the STATUS of our current activity. Our best friend can be our worst enemy if such friend often feed us with toxic interactions that make us WEAK and WORRIED. The most dangerous people, situations and perceived opportunities are often “packaged” in fancy false disguise. Groups are often toxic. They might have a facades of saintliness and salvation that hide their hidden agendas and concealed motives. Repeat the following as often as you can today. I will today allow my FEELINGS and INTUITION to guide me while at work or play. I will not accommodate people, things and events that make me feel deflated, depressed or weak. My FEELINGS guide me today toward SUCCESS and away from potential FAILURE and LOSS. Look around you today and become aware how many things and people attempt to suck the LIFE ENERGY from you! Become aware how society is set up to US and ABUSE you. perceptions (beliefs) might need updating.

Rene

 
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You can move a mountain, one bucket at a time.

 

 

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It is wise not to allow your ego to deceive you into the over estimation of your own abilities, resources, progress or financial reach. When you fail to allocate the right value and weight to something or someone, you are setting yourself up for failure. It can be fatal or at lease disastrous to hope that, everything will turn out ok. We sometimes see great masters at work and think that their “faith” moved mountains for them. What we fail to understand is that these masters linked their faith to positive and sustain action. They do not wait for things to happen they make them happen. You can move a mountain, one bucket at a time. Many of us make the mistake of thinking that all we need to do is to believe and wait. Success
comes to those that transform their faith into positive, sustained and
constructive action.

 Rene

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Your FEELINGS guide you faithfully during all your endeavours.

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The most powerful tool you own is your ability to measure if your current ACTION will take you TOWARDS your GOAL or AWAY from what you DESIRE. You measure your progress and the quality of your CHOICES by the FEELINGS that you experience. People, events, blogs, movies, newspaper articles and people in general will either make you FEEL empowered or dis-empowered, strong or weak, inspired or deflated during or after you engaged them. Your FEELINGS guide you faithfully during all your endeavours. FEELINGS of ANGER, FEAR, ANXIETY and DEPRESSION shout out to you that you need to move away from a POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE. When you read a book, blog or magazine you become UPLIFTED and MOTIVATED or you become aware that the material is sucking some of your valuable energy out of your body and soul. My friend many of the things we do and the interactions we have either HEAL us or make us SICK. We are either swimming UPSTREAM or DOWNSTREAM while we participate in this game of life. We must take time to STOP periodically so we can evaluate the STATUS of our current activity. Our best friend can be our worst enemy if such friend often feed us with toxic interactions that make us WEAK and WORRIED. The most dangerous people, situations and perceived opportunities are often “packaged” in fancy false disguise. Groups are often toxic. They might have a facades of saintliness and salvation that hide their hidden agendas and concealed motives. Repeat the following as often as you can today. I will today allow my FEELINGS and INTUITION to guide me while at work or play. I will not accommodate people, things and events that make me feel deflated, depressed or weak. My FEELINGS guide me today toward SUCCESS and away from potential FAILURE and LOSS. Look around you today and become aware how many things and people attempt to suck the LIFE ENERGY from you! Become aware how society is set up to US and ABUSE you. perceptions (beliefs) might need updating.

Rene

 
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A WORK IN PROGRESS – Remember, we’re not aiming for perfection. Rather, we are focusing on progress.”

 

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“You’re a doer, because you’re prepared to make the necessary effort to translate your dream into action.”

 

“Everyone has the right, the means, and the responsibility to succeed on their own terms.”

 

“There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t harvested either the positive or negative effects of a simple choice of behavior.”

 

“Although the responsibility to succeed ultimately lies with the individual, success isn’t all about self. It’s also about how you deal with other people.”

 

“Seek out those who are in the process of blossoming, people who’ve got something to teach you, and you will find yourself growing through osmosis. Negativity breeds negativity. Avoid it, or you’ll find yourself knee deep in it.”

 

“Everything that exists is created first in the imagination, and secondly in reality, through activity.”

 

“The beauty of lifelong learning is that everything’s a work-in-progress, and improvement is incremental. Remember, we’re not aiming for perfection. Rather, we are focusing on progress.”

 

“If we strive to work together imaginatively and unselfishly, we will be helping to achieve each other’s personal goals, and the combined legacy that we leave as a result will be brighter and more valuable than any of us could have achieved unilaterally.”

 

“Ungrateful people breed negativity. No one gets any pleasure from giving to an ungrateful person. When you show appreciation, the object of your attention blossoms and flourishes.”

 

Some Quotes from Feed the Good Dog by Paul McCabe

 

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The key to life is action. I will rather read one book and apply the information learnt than read a thousand books and do nothing with my newly acquired knowledge.

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INFORMATION EXPLOSION: I lived in Windhoek Namibia in the first part of my life and can still remember as if yesterday how we stood in line on Sunday mornings to buy the Sunday papers from the one distribution point. Until we were finally provided with a FM radio we were forced to listen to the radio on short wave.

I am sure that most of you that read this document do not even know what short wave radio is and can not begin to contemplate how frustrating it can be when you listen to a rugby game that fades in and out all the time. You heard the commentator’s voice through a see of noise and static and often lost the signal totally at critical moments during the game. Short wave radio also provided us with news and updated us on the expected weather conditions. The receivers were bulky and needed long outside aerials to counter the sunspots and impact of poor weather conditions on the radio signals.

It was only the really affluent that could afford a radio in their vehicles. Not all families could afford the old valve radios and had to rely on poor local papers and outdated magazines for their news and other information.

When you look at the information explosion today it is hard to believe that in less than one lifetime the world was reduced so much in size that information are available instantaneously around the world while such event is still in progress. With the wonder of the Mobile phone today you can phone a person virtually on any location and get answers to your questions or solve a problem instantaneously.

Not so long ago you used a slow postal service for your letter and enquiries and could wait up to a month for an answer from a company less than five hundred miles away. When you needed information you went to the library and searched the much needed information in old and outdated dust covered books. We today have Internet and can find an answer to our questions within minutes and send an e-mail that will land in the receiver’s electronic mailbox almost instantaneously.

Someone told me some time ago that we are flooded with so many new products each day that it would take a thousand people a lifetime to read the instruction booklets and documents that accompany the new products that hit the market during any given month. I am sure that you can spend the rest of your life on Internet and you will not even make a slight dent in reading and assimilating all the information available in a specific field.

We are flooded with magazines, newspapers, newsletters, TV and radio stations and books. We are drowning in information and just cannot make enough time to get through even a portion of all the new information that are thrown at us on any given day. We might think that all this information that is so freely available today would make people much more knowledgeable than their ancestors. On closer inspection you actually discover that all this information did not modify the plight of the less fortunate at all. They might have access to all this information, but fail to understand that knowledge if not applied is dead and worthless. 

You can read the secret on how to live forever in a book, but if you fail to apply the advice given you will still die like all other mortal beings. The key to life is action. I will rather read one book and apply the information learnt than read a thousand books and do nothing with my newly acquired knowledge.

 

THE SEMINAR SLAVES: I have met many seminar slaves in my life. They enrol in every seminar that they can afford in an attempt to find the magic key that will assist them to reach their full potential. They search with vigour for the magic wand that will provide them with the magic ingredients that would change them from a loser to a winner. They leave these seminars on a high and feel convinced that they would from that moment on be the person that they always dreamt of. When you run into them a week later they are already deflated and scan the papers for a new seminar “fix”.

If they could just grasp that applied and sustained action is the key to success. If they could only understand that there is no magic wand and no technique that will change them overnight they will finally stop wasting their time and money on all these “self-help” seminars. The only benefit that came from such seminars is additional money in the pocket of the person that organised the seminar. Applied knowledge is the key to success. Knowledge and information that are not applied and taken action on is dead and worthless.

 

We are living in a special period and could use the amazing availability of information to our benefit if we finally learn that the magic key is action. You can fill your head with volumes of the best encyclopaedias in the world, but only when you start applying this newly found information will changes become visible in your life. You can become a walking encyclopaedia and still remain a failure. Knowledge + Action is the key to success. When you combine these to elements you are on your way to make all your dreams come true. Knowledge and no action remind me of a vehicle without an engine. When you become an ”action” person and lack know-how you run around like a chicken without a head. You can save a lot of time and frustration if you use the accessibility to knowledge to your advantage.

 

We now left the information lean years behind us and live in a special time in the history of man. Virtually nothing is hidden today. You can find answers to almost any weird and wonderful subject on Internet today. The world is one click of you mouse away. Focus and use this information to escape from the dark world of yesteryear when only the affluent had access to specialised knowledge.

 

Rene

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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“Seek out those who are in the process of blossoming, people who’ve got something to teach you.


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“You’re a doer, because you’re prepared to make the necessary effort to translate your dream into action.”

“Everyone has the right, the means, and the responsibility to succeed on their own terms.”

“There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t harvested either the positive or negative effects of a simple choice of behavior.”

“Although the responsibility to succeed ultimately lies with the individual, success isn’t all about self. It’s also about how you deal with other people.”

“Seek out those who are in the process of blossoming, people who’ve got something to teach you, and you will find yourself growing through osmosis. Negativity breeds negativity. Avoid it, or you’ll find yourself knee deep in it.”

“Everything that exists is created first in the imagination, and secondly in reality, through activity.”

“The beauty of lifelong learning is that everything’s a work-in-progress, and improvement is incremental. Remember, we’re not aiming for perfection. Rather, we are focusing on progress.”

“If we strive to work together imaginatively and unselfishly, we will be helping to achieve each other’s personal goals, and the combined legacy that we leave as a result will be brighter and more valuable than any of us could have achieved unilaterally.”

“Ungrateful people breed negativity. No one gets any pleasure from giving to an ungrateful person. When you show appreciation, the object of your attention blossoms and flourishes.”

Some Quotes from Feed the Good Dog by Paul McCabe

Feed the Good Dog

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Let us just clear the air about motivation once so everyone knows what motivation actually is.

What exactly is motivation? Everyone uses it a lot and talks about it very often but let us just clear the air about motivation once so everyone knows what motivation actually is. Motivation is a fire that one feels inside which makes one do something. It makes us strive to achieve something and not falter in the process. However difficult or easy it may be, if motivation is missing, one really can’t do much.

 

Motivation has to be strong enough for a person to do something. Setting a goal is simple but working towards it is difficult. Goals are generally hard to achieve. There will be many times during the process of working hard that we feel like giving up; there will be times when we simply cannot carry on further. At this point, motivation plays a key role in keeping you going. Motivation is indeed the key force that makes one keep working hard despite all the difficulties.

Motivation may come from many things. It may come from inspiration – inspirational books, speeches, movies, etc. Organizing and will power are also needed. One of the main factors for motivation is pleasure. Everyone loves rewards and little gifts. The prospect of getting something nice after finishing a task is sweet and endearing. This is what helps in most cases and thus, motivation from pleasure is the most successful kind of motivation.

Examples of motivation from pleasure can be seen mainly in offices and work places. Work can get super boring at times. Many are generally forced to work even though they aren’t interested. But give them an incentive? Say, a bonus if a target is reached? See how that perks the employees up and how suddenly, out of nowhere, they show overwhelming interest in their work – all for that little bonus. Incentives are the motivating factors here and realizing what effect they have on their workers, employers use this as a strategy to create interest in their employees so that the employees work faster and better.

A stubborn child is given chocolates or things that he wants in return of studying well or topping the class in his exams. Those chocolates will motivate him to study hard and get good results because he wants that chocolate so bad. Parents are resorting to such techniques to get their children to study or do something that children aren’t interested in.

Indeed, motivation in the form of pleasure is very successful and helpful thanks to the greedy beings that we are!

 

MOTIVATED BY PAIN

 

The word ‘motivation’ is used very commonly. But does anyone even know what it actually means? A very few would give a positive response to that. Motivation is basically a driving force. It is some kind of burning desire to achieve something. It is what makes us push towards our goal. Without motivation, one cannot successfully achieve anything. That desire, that spirit to achieve it has to be there. This fire within oneself that makes one move towards the goal is called motivation.

Motivated behaviour is necessary and is seen in almost every aspect of our life. We do things in a particular way for a reason and that is what motivation is. Reading, playing, exercising, following a particular diet for eating, all are done because of a motivating factor. If the motivation to do something is not strong enough, one will stop doing it altogether. The driving force is absolutely necessary for doing things – all kinds of things.

Motivation is of different types. The driving force may vary. Actually, the driving force is of different types. One of them is pain. One could call it “learning the hard way.” You make a mistake once and that affects you so bad those effects provide motivation for you to avoid it in the future, come what may.

A classic example of this is obesity. We will not exercise or watch what we eat until all the fat accumulates and one fine day we find that our legs are finding it difficult to carry us around. When that realization dawns in, we scurry all over the place, start exercising frantically, eat properly, avoid fat-increasing foods, et cetera. Motivation due to pain is a major factor for motivation.

We are stubborn beings and do not learn until we are put through dire circumstances. Another example is watching our diet. Too much junk food can cause so many problems. But until we suffer from a disease, we will not care. Youngsters today are too arrogant. They drive vehicles as if they are the only ones driving; over confident that nothing will happen to them. Once they meet with an accident and spend a few days in the hospital, that experience will work as a motivation to drive safe for the rest of their lives.

Better safe than sorry is lost now. Learn from mistakes is in. No wonder pain is such an important motivating factor.

By: Marcus C. S. Tan

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Posted by on October 13, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Success comes to those that transform their faith into positive, sustained and constructive action.

It is wise not to allow your ego to deceive you into the over estimation of your own abilities, resources, progress or financial reach. When you fail to allocate the right value and weight to something or someone, you are setting yourself up for failure. It can be fatal or at lease disastrous to hope that, everything will turn out ok. We sometimes see great masters at work and think that their “faith” moved mountains for them. What we fail to understand is that these masters linked their faith to positive and sustain action. They do not wait forthings to happen they make them happen. You can move a mountain, one bucket at a time. Many of us make the mistake
of thinking that all we need to do is to believe and wait. Success
comes to those that transform their faith into positive, sustained and
constructive action.

 Rene

 

From my book The Hidden Treasure Within

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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When you RESIST you sustain and feed. When you LET GO you remove the POWER source that fuel your UNHAPPINESS.

Many of us live our lives on a “RESIST” mode. We allow ourselves to be pulled into an endless range of energy sapping mental and physical “FIGHTS” against hundreds of things, events, people and perceptions daily. 99% of our resistance can be traced to events (news, politics etc.) that we have no control over. When you RESIST you sustain and feed. When you LET GO you remove the POWER source that fuel your UNHAPPINESS.

Very people know that they are a POWERFUL MAGNET that is day and night ATTRACTING events, people, pain, pleasure, love, problems or solution into their SPACE. How you FEEL at any given moment indicates and reveals the QUALITY of the stuff you are currently ATTRACTING. Your FEELINGS are your barometer that displays the quality of your current THOUGHTS, ACTION and REACTIONS.

Rene

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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You measure your progress and the quality of your CHOICES by the FEELINGS that you experience.

The most powerful tool you own is your ability to measure if your current ACTION will take you TOWARDS your GOAL or AWAY from what you DESIRE. You measure your progress and the quality of your CHOICES by the FEELINGS that you experience. People, events, blogs, movies, newspaper articles and people in general will either make you FEEL empowered or dis-empowered, strong or weak, inspired or deflated during or after you engaged them. Your FEELINGS guide you faithfully during all your endeavours. FEELINGS of ANGER, FEAR, ANXIETY and DEPRESSION shout out to you that you need to move away from a POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE. When you read a book, blog or magazine you become UPLIFTED and MOTIVATED or you become aware that the material is sucking some of your valuable energy out of your body and soul. My friend many of the things we do and the interactions we have either HEAL us or make us SICK. We are either swimming UPSTREAM or DOWNSTREAM while we participate in this game of life. We must take time to STOP periodically so we can evaluate the STATUS of our current activity. Our best friend can be our worst enemy if such friend often feed us with toxic interactions that make us WEAK and WORRIED. The most dangerous people, situations and perceived opportunities are often “packaged” in fancy false disguise. Groups are often toxic. They might have a facades of saintliness and salvation that hide their hidden agendas and concealed motives. Repeat the following as often as you can today. I will today allow my FEELINGS and INTUITION to guide me while at work or play. I will not accommodate people, things and events that make me feel deflated, depressed or weak. My FEELINGS guide me today toward SUCCESS and away from potential FAILURE and LOSS. Look around you today and become aware how many things and people attempt to suck the LIFE ENERGY from you! Become aware how society is set up to US and ABUSE you. perceptions (beliefs) might need updating.

Rene

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Dr. Deepak Chopra – Recognizing the power of coincidence

 

The greatest achievement is selflessness.

 

The greatest worth is self-mastery.

The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.

 

The greatest precept is continual awareness.

The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.

 

The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.

The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.

 

The greatest generosity is non-attachment.

The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.

 

The greatest patience is humility.

 

The greatest effort is not concerned with results.

 

The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.

 

The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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You can make a fresh start on a moment to moment basis. You are allocated 86400 new moments in any given day where you can make a fresh start.

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Most of us sooner or later discover that we have two forces that course through our veins. We automatically vacillate between the “upper” and “lower” limits of this force on a moment to moment basis. The UPPER end of the pole of this system is called the “ACTION” zone and the “LOWEST” end of this pole is characterized as the “NON-ACTION” zone. The feelings generated by thoughts, events or for that matter everything and everyone we encounter decides the quality of the output we intend using to deal with the matter at hand. The mistake we make is that many of us think that we are at the mercy of this so-called automatic reaction patterns that endlessly flood our minds and hearts daily. We jump with joy and run like the wind when good feelings are generated by the thought or event that we are confronted with (ACTION) or shut down and retreat into a dark place in our minds (NON-ACTION). What many of us never knew or understood is that there is no need to remain a victim of our historical conditioning or past mistakes. All that is real and valid is our current moment. We can if we decide to take control act in an appropriate and powerful manner notwithstanding the threat and feelings of doubt that we might be confronted with. You are part of a universal force that caters for evolution on a moment to moment basis. Call this force God my friend if it will make you feel more comfortable. This force is fair and allows every living thing in the universe to evolve, grow and expand notwithstanding his or her history. You can make a fresh start on a moment to moment basis. You are allocated 86400 new moments in any given day where you can make a fresh start. There is no need to fear failure or hide in the “NON-ACTION” zone. The NON-ACTION zone is a place where you become stagnant and RESIST risking the possibility of getting hurt or disappointed. The choices you make decide the quality of the outcomes you experience daily. Very few of us understand that not making a choice is actually also a choice that you make. You choose NON-ACTION and RESISTANCE and give up control.

 

Spend some time today to probe why you have this reluctance to take action. What is the cause of the resistance deep inside you that is preventing you from being the best you that you can ever be? Now make a list of all the things you will do if you knew that you cannot fail. Make a list of everything that comes to mind. Think it and then ink it. I will continue this series tomorrow.

 

Rene

 

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this still really matter?’ – PLUS 44 more Pearls of Wisdom!

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1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone…

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles..

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Awareness is power, the more you have it, the more power you have over every area of life.

True learning is about discovering yourself and how you create your life at every level. All mistakes are mistakes of ignorance. Awareness is power, the more you have it, the more power you have over every area of life. Perception is the key to solving all problems. Understanding the problem dissolves the problem.

 

Awareness is power because awareness gives you choice. Choice is an illusion created by those in control for those who are not. To be in control, you must know. You must understand how things work and know what is going on. You need awareness to make conscious choices.

 

Awareness is the first step, the second step is change. You should understand what you intend to change and the reasons behind it. Knowledge brings awareness therefore knowledge is power. All of life is a learning experience for you to become all you can be.

 

Enoch Tan

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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As we progress through life we slowly come to the realisation that we are not a free spirit and never have been.

 

 

 

When you were born you arrived without an instructional manual! You were expected to figure things out as you evolved. And everyone else was in the same boat.

We learnt initially by imitation. Repeating words that our parents taught us. By the time we were 4-5 years old we were starting to figure things out and our individual personality began to develop.

Then we went to school and were moulded into a functioning individual. Rather like a bakery. The dough is placed into hundreds of bread moulds and when cooked all the loaves look the same. So it is with us by the end of our basic schooling. We have learnt to fit into society and have been taught the basic reading and writing skills that enable us to join the workforce. And here the pressure to conform really begins. If we displease our boss our job is on the line.

Likewise in our social environment we don’t really want to displease our church, family or members of our social groups.

Everything is a compromise because we have no real individual freedom.

That is we are not free to do things the way we really want to.

And as we grow into adulthood and start a family the same pressures to conform are still with us. Society expects us to behave in an acceptable way… that is… acceptable to the society we live in.

As we progress through life we slowly come to the realisation that we are not a free spirit and never have been. It gets to the point where many individuals suddenly rebel and go off at a tangent.

Which is why so many marriages fail these days. In the “good old days” unhappy marriage partners stuck together “for the sake of the family”. There used to be tremendous social pressures on married couples to “hang in there”. These days there is no such pressure. People who have been confined and restricted all their life suddenly break out. There are plenty of alternatives available to unhappy individuals and a massive amount of information available thanks to the internet and a more open news media approach.

You have the right to be free and happy

The point is… you have the right to be free and happy. If you are not then you are denying yourself this basic freedom. The old attitude might have been acceptable 40 years ago but it now no longer applies.

Many of you reading this will recognise the truth of the above analysis and will be asking what you can do about it.

To pull yourself away from the personal traps you need to sit down and rethink your beliefs and attitudes.

Many of us have developed beliefs that are simply no longer valid and we pursue them merely from force of habit. We need to break these habits and reprogram our personal belief system so that we feel we are the master of our own destinies!

At any one point in time each and every sane individual is either doing that which makes them the happiest or doing that which makes them the least unhappy. Most individuals operate in the latter category.

Think about the things you have done so far today. Did they make you seriously happy or did you do them so that you wouldn’t be unhappy? I’ll bet that less than 5% of them actually made you happy! In fact think back over the past week and isolate one single event that made you blissfully happy and personally satisfied.

It has taken me many years to sort out my belief system to the point where I now feel almost totally free. And I made a ton of mistakes along the way because I didn’t have an instruction manual to help me.

An instruction manual for personal freedom

But you are in a totally different position because you are currently reading this vital instruction manual!!

The vast majority of individuals get stuck in this rut all their lives but occasionally a traumatic event breaks them out of it. For example a person might become seriously ill and their doctor advises that they only have 6 months to live. Now some people will roll over and pretend to be dead the moment they hear this while others will suddenly realise that they haven’t lived life at all and go hell-bent on catching up. These are the ones who get so involved in doing all those things they always wanted to do that their illness suddenly disappears. There are many recorded instances of these miraculous cures, particularly in regard to cancer. Just stop for a moment and visualise what you would do in this situation.

You might be stuck with a time-wasting family situation of visiting Auntie Nellie and Uncle Erntwhistle every Sunday fortnight for dinner because that’s what you have always done and it is expected of you. If you got sudden bad news like this would you continue to visit them or would you head off to do some jet-skiing or parasailing?

Chances are you would mentally cut all the things out of your life that didn’t matter and do only those things that did. And this is where you can sit down and make a list of all the important things you do each month. Take some time about it and make a complete list. Now imagine which items you would cross out if you knew you had limited time left. You would probably find that 80% of the so-called important items had been deleted.

This is the exercise I did many years ago when I realised I was wasting my life on garbage non-productive events. I crossed out all the things that didn’t really matter, particularly those items that I felt obliged to participate in because of social or family pressure. I got somewhat unpopular initially but others soon realised I had taken a new lease on life and left me alone.

My thinking was that this life of mine was not a practice run and I’d better start living it otherwise I would go to my deathbed with a ton of regrets.

Just visualise lying in a hospital bed with all your family around you in the certain knowledge that you are dying and suddenly realising that there were many things in life that you hadn’t done. You had “missed out” because of your inertia and were extremely sad about it. Do you want to spend the last few moments suffering from massive regrets? No… I don’t think so!

It is over to you to correct this situation NOW.

 

By James F. Coyle, Author of The Freedom Book

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Gain Compliance – 10 Proven Tactics to Gain Compliance from Others

 

 

People are everywhere. That’s why being persuasive determines how effective we are. Where we live, what we do, and even who we love involves influence on one level or another. And by learning the art of “dealing with and convincing people to do what you want them to do”, we can instantly improve our lives.

Emotion vs. Logic

With so much information around us and so many decisions to make every single day, there isn’t enough time to evaluate everything rationally. And so we rely on subconscious shortcuts to make things easier. This is why, as irrational beings, we’re susceptible to mental triggers.

 

“People are definitely more likely to believe what you say, based on logic,” Paul Mascetta teaches, “but ultimately it is their emotion that will move them to take action.”

10 Proven Tactics to Gain Compliance from Others

 

So, how can we take advantage of this in order to be more persuasive?

 

1. Obligation/Reciprocity

“People generally feel obligated to return favours or good deeds that have been done to them by others.” Just look at how we smile at strangers who smile at us first! Make sure you know what to offer and ensure it will be on the same level of what you expect in return.

2. Contrast

“The perception of something changes when it is compared to something else.” This is why a pair of $100 jeans looks like a bargain if it was marked down from $500 or why a realtor might show you a really ugly house before showing you a better one.

 

Another approach here is to break something down to the minimum (“$2.50 per day” sounds better than “$75 per month”) or make concessions by starting at a much higher price and then working down to what you actually want.

3. Internal Conflict

“We must act in a way that is conducive to our morals and beliefs.” Behaving against what we feel is right is something we struggle with. It makes us feel unbalanced, which is why we’ll do whatever we can to restore our moral equilibrium.

 

We do this in many ways including rationalisation (justifying our behaviour to make ourselves feel better), denial (pretending the problem doesn’t exist or the source isn’t reliable), correction (finding evidence to support why the information we received is inaccurate), reframing (interpreting the meaning behind the message in a different way), and separation (distancing themselves from events or matters that are causing the internal conflict).

4. Connection

“The link that exists between others can be enough to create the emotional need to act.” When creating a connection, the four factors involved are:

 

  • Rapport – This is created primarily through body language techniques like subtly mirroring and matching what the other person does

  • Attraction – While physical aspects (including wardrobe and grooming) are noticed first and matter initially, nonphysical aspects like intelligence and warmth are more important in the long run.

  • People Skills – Humour (when used correctly) and respect

  • Similarity – We can think and act like people who share similarities (background, interests, values, etc) without worrying about internal conflicts

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5. Proof

“We believed that if it worked before, it will probably work again.” Instead of investingtime and effort to determine if a decision is right, we simply turn to other people. This is why statistics (e.g. “over 1 million copies sold”) can be so powerful, especially when the group referred to is one with which we can identify. Just remember to stick to third party evidence (from someone with knowledge or expertise) and information that is up to date.

6. Scarcity

“The less available something becomes, the more people want it.” This is one of the most obvious and also one of the most powerful. Restricting freedom or placing limitations on availability (e.g. playing hard to get when dating) creates a sense of urgency. And as long as there’s a deadline (e.g. the Groupon countdown clock!), the more incentive there is to act right away.

7. Verbiage

“Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Reframe your words to use the best possible ones in a given situation. For example, “more activity” sounds better than “crowded” and “membership agreement” sounds better than “contract”. Other suggestions are to speak slowly, simply, and clearly with sentences that are short and to the point. Storytelling and analogies also help with understanding.

8. Expectations

“People generally act in a way that other people expect them to.” These expectations are usually based on our assumptions.

9. Association/References

“People make mental associations with everything they see.” Again, this is about saving time and effort by using mental shortcuts.

10. Commitment

“People usually follow through on commitments, especially when they are public.” Nobody wants to go against their values or be seen as flaky. This is why having people to commit to something publically (e.g. having friends hold them accountable to their goals or immediately making a purchase so they are mentally vested and reluctant to change) is powerful.

 

The idea is to start with smaller requests (more likely to be accepted) and then gradually build up to larger ones. Just make sure the commitments are voluntary because forcing people to do what you want will only introduce more conflict and make them revert to old behaviour. As Confucius said: “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”

 

By Paul J. Mascetta / Creator of The Code of Influence

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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It is only when knowledge is applied diligently that huge changes rush into your life.

 

Many of us read books or attended seminars on goal setting. Many tried this goal setting thing for a while and then gradually slowed down. Other in turn never even started setting goals. The main reason why of us avoid goal setting is because we are afraid that we might fail or fall short of our expectations.  We worry what others may say or do when they notice that we failed or gave up on our dreams and desires. Please take another look at the chart and become acutely aware of the source of your fears and anxieties. It is your false self that is the real coward here. Your false self is obsessed about what other many say or do or how you might be perceived by family and friends. It is easy to know what to do. It is however a totally different story when you KNOW what to do and you UNDERSTAND deep inside that it is vital to you to stop drifting through life like a leave swept along by a river. You yearn for love, acceptance, recognition, more money, status or success, but neglect the most vital tool available to you. You are your own worst enemy my friend. The false self do not have any hold over you. Your false self is nothing more than a cluster of perceptions in your head. You gave this culprit the power to run your life a long time ago. You gave your false self the power because you noticed that everybody else that worked with you while you were still young also handed over their passion and power to this useless imaginary entity in your head. It is imperative that you change your knowledge about the importance of purpose into understanding. You are like a person that got lost in a desert. You crawl through the hot boiling sand desperately looking for help and water. Look down my friend. You have a bottle of water on your belt. All you need to do is to grasp (understand) that this container holds what you need to survive. Stop looking out there for your source of power. Your perfect self is ready to assist you if you are brave enough to detach from the false self that is currently running your show.  Knowledge not acted on is useless. It is only when knowledge is applied diligently that huge changes rush into your life. Your false self is a passive coward while your perfect indestructible self will never let you down.

Rene

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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The key to courage is to proceed and do what needs to be done notwithstanding the uncomfortable feelings that rush through your body and brain.

 

 

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly

Corra May White Haris

 

It may be difficult to accept that some singers, sport stars or public speakers suffer with fear and anxiety before they start their performances. Many of the most popular artists and sport stars still feel ill and shake with fear when they bounce onto the stage or into the arena to perform. They often hide their anxiety behind a brave smile and the artificially bolstered image that they project to their audiences. A friend told me that many of a newsreader’s heartbeats goes as high as two hundred beats a minute the moment when they cross over for the news. I have been giving motivational and educational speeches for half a lifetime and still feel tension when I walk to the podium.

It is a known fact that most people are afraid of public speaking. I can still remember a nightmare I had before I gave my first paid public speech. In this dream I saw how I made a complete fool of myself. I saw how I stuttered fumbled my way through the whole speech. I could see the shock on the audience’s faces. I even save a few at the back of the hall rolling with laughter. It took an iron will and a serious self-talk to prepare myself for my virgin paid performance.

The key to courage is to proceed and do what needs to be done notwithstanding the uncomfortable feelings that rush through your body and brain. The most difficult thing in overcoming fear is to activate action. Once you passed this hurdle the rest is usually much easier. I found when I play in an important rugby match that all the nervousness disappeared the moment I crossed the outside perimeter of the field.

Most champions feel just as much fear, anxiety and tension than we do, but they learned how to manage their fear. Courage is not something that you are born with. Courage is simply to do what needs to be done regardless of the panic feelings. You must take a firm step forward when your name is called. The key is to master the fear during the first critical moments. Once you get going nothing will ever stop you.

COURAGE IS THE FINAL TEST TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE BENEFITS THAT ARE USUALLY ONLY DISHED OUT TO THE BRAVE.

George Farquhar said, “Courage – an independent spark by which the soul stands raised. When you stand up against a bully and survive your moment of perceived madness, you feel proud of your achievement. When you tell you boss in no uncertain terms that you will no longer be his slave or allow his manipulation, you usually go home and feel proud of your fortitude. You might buy the evening newspaper on your way home so you can find a new job, but usually feel proud that you for once stood up for your rights.

Courage is not something that only some people are blessed with. Courage is simply as stated above an emotion that you need to overcome. I have seen how brave woman lay down their lives for their children. I have seen a wounded buffalo cow stand up to a lion to protect her calf. We all have courage that is stored deep inside our souls. It is there, waiting for you to discover and use it to your advantage.

You will not make much progress in the game of life if you lack courage and will power. The courageous always walk away with the best jobs, opportunities and benefits. They earn the biggest incomes. They are paid well because they mastered the enemy called fear. I am sharing their secret with you today. They are just as frightened as you are. They also taste the fear, but walk forward and face the fear until it loses its hold over them. It is a fallacy that they feel no fear. People that feel no fear in the face of adversity are usually idiots with a short lifespan.

Rene

 

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in WISDOM

 

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Sustained and constructive action is your key to life!

 

 

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours

Henry David Thoreau

 

Have you ever given the idea any thought that all of us are carrying an expiry date? This chemical timing mechanism is counting down the time to your final moment in a relentless and ongoing manner. Please do not get me wrong, I am not promoting or attempting to advance predestination in this document. I believe that you have some control over this timing device. Your final moment is not selected or advanced by God. Your heritage, gene pool and lifestyle plays a very important role in the calculation of your expiry date. You can to some extent postpone this critical moment by managing your life in a mature manner. By eating the right food and exercising regularly you can add a few years to your life. I am not going to attempt to motivate you to diet or drink special capsules. I am convinced that your genes play a much more important role in your lifespan that any other factor bandied around today.

After this long-winded introduction I want to challenge you to live life in such a way that your expiry date becomes unimportant to you. Because this date is an unknown factor you might as well live until the day you expire. I know thousands of people that breathe and appear alive, but on closer inspection you detect that they are not alive at all. They are just going through the motions of being alive, but deep inside they lost their zest for life.

Time rushes by like an express train. I am convinced that time speeds up, as you grow older. The days, weeks and years rush past at an alarming rate. I can still remember how difficult I found a five-minute wait when I was about five years old. It felt that the second hand on the clock was ticking forward as if it was making its way through syrup.

Do you want to reach your final day and discover that you have wasted the best years of your life? What happened to your dreams and aspirations when you started the game of life? Did they fade and finally lose their luster somewhere during your journey through life? Most people do not live a vibrant and exciting life, but slipped into survival mode in their early twenties. Once the survival mode kicked in it usually dissolves your dreams and aspiration. Your expiry date may be hidden, but while you can still detect your heartbeat you should make the best of every moment.

LIVE EACH DAY AS IF YOUR LAST. ALL YOU HAVE IS THIS PRECIOUS MOMENT. WHO KNOWS WHEN YOUR FINAL DAY WILL COME?

 

Make a list of all the things that you have promised yourself that you still want to do or experience during your lifetime. Now select five objectives that you want to achieve in the next six months. When you have five objectives, you are set for fun and action. The key here is action my friend. It will be a futile exercise if this list goes the same way as many of your other lists before.

The key to life is action, you need a do it now attitude. Most people are outstanding at planning, but pathetic at activating their plans. How will you ever finish a house if you do not build your walls one brick at a time? If you stop after putting down the first row, you will never finish this project. You can dream all you like, but sustained action is vital if you want to experience the accomplishment of your dreams.

I want you to put your expiring date right out of your mind. Undertake today that you are going to live and enjoy life until your time is up. Vow to live until the moment you expire. Sustained and constructive action is your key to life!

Rene

 

 


 

 
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Blind faith do not move mountains.

 

Everything in this dimension was created by words acted on. We use words to tell other’s the story of our life. We use words to identify, explain and express things. Can you think what the world would have looked life without these powerful instruments? We create pictures in the minds of those that we interact with my playing with words. We express our anger and joy with words when we feel discomfort or joy. We explain to our partner, friends and family what we expect from them and what we dislike about them. I think you will agree that words can be compared to the different colors used by an artist to shape and mould the subject that he is busy painting.

 


Words have little meaning until they are plugged into the power of faith. It is only when we believe what was said or what we said that the words and the images depicted by them become engraved in our minds. Words and images that we judged as truth will remain unscathed and unaltered in the archives in our heads. The magic cement that locks in words, images and feelings in our heads is our faith in their validity. It is the words of those that “programmed” us that still today decide what type of dreams we dream while in earth dimension. We live by and are prepared to die for the words that we were taught while still a child. It is important to understand that we had very little control over the barrage of words that came our way in the early years of our lives. Many of these words were laced with strong emotions that varied from love to disgust. The moment we accepted what was said as truth they passed into our memory system. I mentioned several times earlier in this series that the biggest percentage of these words spoken was not based on truth or reality. They came from the lips of your programmers in rapid succession and convinced you that there is something seriously wrong with you.

 


Words fly over our heads or are simply ignored if they are not directed at us. It is only when the speaker grasp your attention that his/her words find a channel into your decoding system. The speaker must find the porthole into your decoding system if he/she wants to get your attention and create two way communication. It is only when you provide the speaker access that his words paint pictures that can influence you. The decoding system in your head is manned by your ego. Your ego will do its best to repel any words that my clash with any perceptions you formed earlier in life. This is why you often run into conflicts when you talk to individuals about politics and religion. Any words, even if they are expressed honestly charged with pure love will be repelled by the ego if they differ from its frame of reference. Your reference might be based on myths and half-truths and miles removed from reality, but your ego will still block or fight anything that failed the entrance code. This is the reason why it is so difficult for individuals to break free from the half-truths and lies that is keeping them incarcerated mentally. I want to repeat that it is your blind faith in the historical words expressed by your programmers that keep you bound mentally and spiritually.

 

It is blind faith in a program stored in your head by often incompetent and ignorant programmers that cause most of your painful experiences and moments. Take for example the concept of a God that resides billions of miles away in “heaven” that measures your every thought, mood and action. A God that will one day decide if you will be allowed to reside in one of his bliss filled mansions or condemn you to a place where you will we toasted forever. The above picture was programmed into many by enthusiastic religious programmers.

The moment you believed this story it infiltrated virtually everything you said or did. Your blind faith in this myth caused you untold anxiety and trepidation since you went to Sunday school the first time. You believed that God is judgmental and take nonsense from nobody. You tried hard to reach out to him, but found that your tendency to sin destroyed the bridge that connected you with him before the sin program was downloaded in your head.

Faith based on false data will never provide you with peace of mind. Only faith based on truth and reality can assist you to re-unite with the source that permeates everything. The truth that has been withheld from you by the gatekeeper in your head called the ego is directly responsible for your fumbling in the dark. The only way you can wake up from the nightmare that you currently live and attempt to survive in is to get rid of the defective lies that blinded you for far too long now. You will sooner or later discover that blind faith cannot move mountains.

Rene

 

 

 
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“By thoughts the things you want is brought to you, by action your receive them.”

 

 

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Most of us have read hundreds and some even thousands of books on motivation, goal setting and spiritual matters. Some of us attended a wide range of self-development courses and seminars and possibly paid for them through our necks. Many of us attended church services or lectures on spiritual matters since early childhood. Then there are those of us that were dispatched to exotic islands by their companies in an attempt to develop inner strength, resilience and people skills. You may have laboured under the misconception that these companies paid all that money because they love and respect you so much. Noble as it may have seemed to you, your company invested all that money in an attempt to “upgrade” you so you can make more money for them. Some of us have our own spiritual and motivational audio and DVD collections that sit somewhere on a shelf in our homes or offices gathering dust. I often meet individuals that proudly announce to anybody that cares to listen, that they read the Bible from cover to cover at least once a year. The point I am trying to make is that there are available today mountains of knowledge in an endless range of formats. You can for example go on the Internet and spend the rest of your life browsing information on any or all of the subject matters mentioned above. The problem today is thus not a lack of available knowledge or skills training. The knowledge, skills, know-how and guidelines are freely accessible to anyone who desires to upgrade the quality of his life. The problem is thus not availability of knowledge, but may possibly lay in actual application. I bought thousands of books over the years and boast with a massive collection of my own motivational and spiritual material. I spent the best part of my life touring new and second hand bookstores searching for the one book that would provide me with that secret ingredient or formula that would magically remove my fears, anxiety and discomfort and direct me to happiness, success and spiritual fulfilment. I became like a drug addict that constantly needed a fresh “fix” to bolster my self-image and self-esteem. Every book, lecture, sermon or tape gave me a short-term boost. It would usually only last for a few days. I would then begin to feel the need for a next “fix” stir deep inside me. I discovered that I often became extremely agitated if something prevented me from visiting the drug suppliers (book stores). I knew that something was wrong and that I needed to get rid of this habit, but could not detach myself from this craving. I prayed for guidance, meditated and attempted to gain spiritual insight, with limited success. My life finally changed when I discovered the following secret. I hope that you will learn from my mistakes and also benefit from the discoveries that I made.

My parents gave me the secret at a very young age, but I wilfully ignored it because it seemed so simple and straightforward. I could not grasp or master this secret’s awesome power because the world around me kept putting massive obstacles in my path. I tried it once or twice and then gave up and joined the ruthless spirit that seem to blanket the world as we know it today. My mother told me that I needed to show an attitude of gratitude if I wanted to get anywhere in life. She said that an attitude of gratitude would smoothen my path and change adversity into success. I wasted the best part of my life hunting for a mystical complicated secret while the answer already lay incubated in my head. A principle, any principle not applied is futile and cannot influence your life in any way. It is only when you apply the principles in a sustained manner that you learn and that they will come alive and begin to work for you.

Many of us seem to think that we worked so hard and suffered so extensively for what we accumulated to date, that gratitude almost looks out of place. We feel that we paid with blood, sweat and tears for what we achieved in our short lifetime. We might feel that the words “thank you” and “appreciate” will minimise what we went through to achieve or own what we currently have. It is imperative that we once and for all grasp that we live in a universe that works on distinct, accurate and precise principles. The universe is not run in a haphazard manner. Its laws are predictable, understandable and repeatable. They never change. These laws, principles and rules have been there since the beginning of time and will remain in force forever.

Ralf Waldo Emerson said: Everything, even the dust and feathers goes by law and not by chance or luck.

We cannot even begin to grasp the principle of gratitude before we understand the law of cause and effect. The law of cause and effect states that whatever we set our mind to will sooner or later materialise in our life-experience. Every action, yes even a thought, will have a mirror reaction or effect. What you sow you will reap. What goes around will come around. One of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of cause and effect. Look around you and you will soon discover that the world today reflects the outcome of those that came before you. You are looking at the residue of the collective actions and reactions of everyone that walked the path on this plane before you. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between good and bad or right from wrong. The moment that your mind starts dwelling on anything it sets in motion a process of materialisation. Your thoughts are magnetized and will draw in data from the historical collective consciousness that we live and operate in. Negative thoughts will draw in and merge with negative data and finally produce negative outcomes. It is foolish to think that a bad attitude and poor frame of mind will magically produce magnificent and lucrative outcomes. You cannot mix sand into food that you are preparing and then expect your guests to lick their fingers and ask for more. What you put in, you get out in life. When we add positive energy to our hopes and dreams we always get a satisfactory outcome. You will obviously not just add one teaspoon of positive energy to a task and then sit back and wait for a positive outcome. It is imperative that you sustain your flow of positive and realistic inputs. Most of us ignore this law. We live in fear and worry ourselves to a standstill. Fear, worry and stress are negative energies and can never produce productive, fruitful and pleasant outcomes.

We cannot become positive and expect positive outcomes if we lack appreciation for what we already have. It is impossible to become positive and focused when we suffer with fear of loss or failure or if we worry about the possible outcome of an event or problem. We must first master the art of appreciation before we graduate to the class where we work on positive conclusions. I am sure you have read many books or attended several lectures on goal setting where you are taught to visualise a desired outcome. You are reducing your chances of success many times when you blend positive energy with fear, doubt and worry. This is like adding sugar to the fuel tank of your vehicle. Your vehicle might move forward for a while, but will sooner or later grind to a halt. You on the other hand enhance your chances of success when you appreciate what you already have and you firmly believe that your desired outcome will materialize. Please note that you must see your project already achieved or your problem already solved to remain in the NOW. The only time that exists in the universe is the now. You cannot live in the future. You have the choice to create horror movies on the screen of your mind about a feared outcome. You then usually become the main actor in these fantasies. You can also recall things that happened to you in the past that caused you discomfort and endlessly replay these “victim movies” on the screen of your mind if you so please. It is important to remember that the future or the past are illusions that only come alive when you drag them up from the dark recesses of your sub-conscious mind. These stored images have no power of their own. These images need to parasite on your power. You are the one that frequently drags them out, dust them off and use them so that you can re-experience your painful past or perceive your fear filled future. I am sure you can see that you could become your own worst enemy.

Einstein said that the universe is friendly to our desires. What we desire, good or bad, will be attracted to us.

Eric Butterworth said: the Universe that we live in is strangely and wonderfully accommodating.

Most of us seem to suffer from the misconception that there is lack in the universe. We think that there is a shortfall of money, love, food or work. Most of us work from a premise that there is a scarcity of almost everything. It is virtually impossible to become and remain positive if you operate within a scarcity mindset. How can you be grateful if you work and play in this frame of mind? I know that people will kill for food or water if they are in serious short supply. Morals and values fly out of the window when there is a serious shortfall of anything important to our survival. This mode of thinking leads to a competitive mindset. We seem to think that everything is in such short supply that we need to take what we need or want from someone else. This might be a cheap way to motivate an amateur sales team, but will not lead to sustained affluence or peace of mind. Individuals who buy this defective concept are setting themselves up for war. They approach life with a “kill or get killed” attitude. They cannot enjoy life because they are always in an offensive or defensive mode. Life becomes a game where apparently only the fittest survive.

We have been taught since early childhood that the world out there is a tough place where dog eats dog. We fail to grasp that it is actually our thinking that created this perception. We will continue to play war games while we sustain these defective perceptions of lack and scarcity.

It is a spiritual and scientific fact that everything is made from the same energy source. Everything that you see around you was created from the same building blocks. Our thoughts create a certain vibration. What we focus on (good or bad) always materialises. Everything good or bad is created from the same source. The building blocks or molecular structure does not have any preferences. You can construct anything, good or bad, from it. You might grasp the unlimited supply of building material available to you when you look around you or when you study the majestic universe at night. There are still unlimited resources available to you. There is no need to think scarcity or lack with this massive volume of building material still in stock. You can build whatever your heart desires. All you need is a good attitude and enough gratitude. You are a creator in your own right and can build a majestic palace or rickety dog kennel from this material. You can, if you decide to become a master builder, create affluence, success and peace of mind. Most of us hardly ever build anything constructive. We allow others to build empires and then select to become their slaves. We feel and act like victims while they live in the lap of luxury. It is our fear or wrong perceptions that keep us enslaved. We must stop competing with each other. We must stop believing that the universal source of supply is only accessible to the blessed few. We must take back our status as master builders and reclaim our rightful place in the grand plan of the universe. It is important to understand that your goals will remain illusive dreams while you operate from a scarcity mindset.

We must also master the law of non-resistance. Non-resistance means that you simply go with the flow and hope for the best or it could indicate that you made an objective choice not to resist the reality of the now. The only time and place that you can act and build is in the now. You can create a better tomorrow, but need to do it one moment at a time. It is also important not to fight the reality of what you are currently faced with. Accept WHAT IS in the NOW and do what you can about it. It is useless and a waste of energy to attempt to do something about tomorrow or next year, in the moment. See what outcome you desire to achieve and then work on this project one moment at a time. It is futile to face thoughts that you are confronted with, of how it could or should have been. The key is unconditional acceptance. You will usually act in the now if you need do something that needs your current attention. You will for example answer your doorbell and check who is there, but it will be foolish to sit and worry yourself into a frenzy about possible creepy characters that might one day ring your doorbell. Acceptance of what is and detachment from what might, could or should have been, can change your life overnight. You are powerful in the now, but become a weakling and puppet when you go outside this powerful porthole. It is futile to moan about what happened in the past. You can for example feel offended, rejected or belittled about something that someone said or you can detach from it and focus your attention on the now. You can never get an egg back in its shell. Observe what transpired and then detach from it and return to the power zone in the now.

Many of us allow ourselves to be deformed into whimpering victims. We feel that someone has taken our money, time, love, respect or dignity. This is limited and scarcity thinking. This is the way victims spend the best part of their lives. They will tell whoever dares to lend them a hearing ear, the horrible story of their lives. They will painfully describe how life treated them unfairly and how they have been victimised. Individuals like this can spend years prodding the ashes of a fire that a long time ago stopped producing heat. Their lives grind to a halt and they stop living. It is almost as if they enjoy revelling in self-pity. They often work from a premise that their victim status provides them immunity to further participate in the game of life.

It is important to understand that everything in life has two poles. You have a good side and a bad side. You have an advantage and a disadvantage to everything. Every situation that might currently look extremely daunting also has an opportunity hidden somewhere. Victims can only see problems. Spiritually mature individuals however immediately start looking for the positive and the beneficial. Every event is like a coin. A coin always has two sides. It is your duty and privilege to turn the coin over and focus on the side that produces the rewards. Remember, the choice is yours. What you choose and focus on will become a reality. The first thing you need to realise is that the universe is not out to get you. You need to apply the law of non-resistance in any situation. Avoid thinking scarcity or loss at all cost. There is an infinite supply of everything. You might at any given moment THINK that you will never again sell anything, find a person to love or get out of the financial hole that you find yourself in. The key is to understand that there is no scarcity in the universe. The universe still has millions of the commodity or stuff that you thought is now lost forever, in stock. You might think that your life will grind to a halt if you fail to get the specific thing you currently want or need, but will soon discover that there is even a better one waiting for you. Understand that the good is there waiting for you. All you need to do is to change your mindset and to unwrap your present.

Many of the most critical and severe adversities that we face often turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Some of the best lessons we learn come disguised as adversity. It is very beneficial to immediately see if you can spot the hidden lesson when you are faced with failure, loss or discomfort. Our own negative and destructive thinking often causes our biggest disasters. It is extremely beneficial to investigate what contribution we may have made when we were faced with pain or discomfort. We cannot learn until we look at adversity in this manner. How can we spiritually grow if we are too pigheaded or egotistical to use our failures as lessons? Resistance increases the pain and doubles the agony. Accept what is and detach from the past and the future. Our seeds of tomorrow’s growth and affluence often arrive at our door packaged as adversity, problems or failures. They come to us as our teachers and tutors. You can speed up the process that will take you back to where you want to be if you accept what is. Denial stretches your resolve and discomfort to gigantic proportions. Be thankful when you are faced with adversity, my friend. It is usually a disguised lesson or turning point that wants to test your resolve.

There is a massive difference between happiness and satisfaction. Most people are now and then satisfied, but very few are ever really happy. True happiness is to be happy notwithstanding the problems or obstacles that we are faced with. You cannot become or remain happy if you are unable to accept what is. This is the main reason why happiness is so illusive and in short supply. Most of us postpone our happiness for a time in our lives when everything will be exactly the way we wish them to be. Gratitude plays a major role in accepting what we are faced with. Individuals that are still struggling to master gratitude are never happy and for that matter, never satisfied either. How can the universe give you more if you are not even able to appreciate what you currently have? We stop growing and stop striving when we are truly satisfied or happy. We stagnate and fall into a deep rut. I am sure you know the difference between a rut and the grave is about six feet. We need lessons, tests and adversity to grow and to develop spiritually. We look forward to these events once we master the art of non-resistance, detachment and living in the now. We also learn to appreciate what we have. How can we be happy in the now if we continually look at the future for our happiness? I have very bad news for those that think that happiness will one day arrive over the horizon. You will never be happy if you do not master the art of living in the now. You need to master the art of appreciation before you will taste the sweet nectar of happiness. You need to learn how to be happy with whatever you have right now, before additional doses of happiness will be dispensed for you. You need to learn to be grateful and appreciative of the current moment before more doors will be unlocked for you on your path to spiritual maturity.

There is another obstruction in your path to success and happiness. You already know about appreciation. It is now time to introduce you to the next possible barrier that could prevent you to achieve your dreams and goals. This door that you need to unlock is marked with a plaque “forgiveness”. Your inability to forgive can be compared to a heavy weight tied around your ankle. It will weigh you down and hinder your progress. You cannot move forward while you are still carrying grudges around with you. You make a very destructive decision when you decide not to forgive someone. You are in actual fact admitting that you have not mastered the lesson on offer when you retain grudges against individuals. You might be shocked when you read this because you might have been under the impression that you were the actual victim in a specific situation. Go back to the “two sides of the coin” lesson above. You will see that there is a learning experience in every adversity that you may encounter. The lesson might present you with an ideal opportunity to show your ability to manage your ego or to display your mastery in the art of detachment. There is an easy test to check if you really forgave a person. Ask yourself if you are really grateful for the lesson that this person taught you. Do not try and be smug or smart and declare that you now realise beyond any shadow of doubt that this person is an idiot and a crook. You might be right in your assumption, but should keep in mind that it is not up to you to decide what lessons this person still needs to learn. I am asking YOU to look at what YOU learnt from the event, and what you still need to master in similar situations. Only when you can look back with gratitude can you truly say that you forgave this person and detached from him. Remember, resentment is like a boomerang. It always comes back and hits you in the face.

There are no coincidences in life. People and situations appear in our lives not to punish us, but to teach us. You will be amazed when you adopt the habit to look at adversity in this way. You will stop seeing situations and people in a judgemental manner. You will develop a new type of vision that makes visible what might have been invisible for the best part of your life. A slightly different state of mind removes the blinkers that we often wear in our travels through this plane. We must sometimes become a detached observer before we are able to grasp the full picture. We need to detach from our conditioned responses before we are able to see the various lessons and tests that certain people or adverse circumstances made available to us. I know it is sometimes difficult to apply this wisdom, especially when such individuals said or did something that left gaping wounds in our hearts and minds. Spiritual growth can only take place when we forgive those that committed such deeds against us and we are still courageous enough to wish them well on their own journey through life. Resentment and grudges keep these people attached to us emotionally. They are like weights that we carry around with us. We might not see the chains that bind us, but believe me they are there and they are inhibiting our spiritual growth. We must be grateful when such individuals cross our path. They are our tutors and they come to teach us lessons. Not lessons in combat and counter attacks, but lessons in forgiveness and unconditional love. It is even more important that we learn how to forgive ourselves. How can we forgive those that caused us harm if we are unable to forgive ourselves for mistakes we made? This only becomes possible when you start living your life one moment at a time. You must learn to wipe the slate clean at the end of every day. You cannot live a spiritually mature life if you keep copies of your errors and mistakes in the short-term memory of your human computer. Forgive yourself unconditionally and move on. There is absolutely no benefit playing with yesterday’s garbage. We must understand the value of gratefulness. We cannot even begin to understand the principle of forgiveness until we mastered the art of gratefulness. We have so much that we can be grateful for. Some of us pray for blessings and things that we feel that God should take out of our life or bring back into our life. We often wait in vain for God’s answer. The universe is a place with order and laws. The people that come into our lives or the stuff that happens to us are not coincidences. They arrive either via the law of cause and effect or they come to teach us valuable lessons. I would suggest that you see whatever happened in your life in the past or that is currently happening to you, as an integral part of your journey through life. Do not fight or cry about these adversities. Observe what transpired and then detach from it. Do not allow the past to pollute the pure water of the now. You should respond to life one moment at a time with a sprit of gratitude in your heart. You cannot carry the load of your past or the histories of those that came to teach you, on your back. You must put down your past and simply continue walking, my friend. Be grateful for the education that you receive periodically. Then continue on your path and do the most productive or pleasant thing you can find at that given moment. Everything that I mentioned so far has to do with thought. It is imperative that you understand that everything starts with a single thought. Most of us spend the best years of our lives trying to repair or overcome the effects of our own thoughts or the thoughts of others that cross our path periodically.

I now know that I have been using the wrong formula for the best part of my life. It is futile to work on outcomes. It is much smarter to work on the quality of the things that we cause in our own lives and the lives of others. Our thoughts are the seeds that will grow and blossom tomorrow, next week and next year.

Wallace Wattles said: “By thoughts the things you want is brought to you, by action your receive them.”

Most of us allow an endless uncontrolled stream of thoughts to flow through our bio-computer. We never check the quality of the thoughts that we entertain. We allow any old garbage thoughts to drift in and out of our consciousness. How can we be grateful and appreciate what we have if we allow toxic and negative thoughts to pollute our soul? You will discover that individuals that made progress along the spiritual path think a lot less than those with no or little control of their thinking. Remember what you think, you become. If you sow a massive mixture of positive and negative seeds in your mind, you will end up with a chaotic garden of life. I mentioned that the secret of success is action. Let us now take a look at the way a person acts that has gratitude and love in his heart.

A grateful person is one that loves to give. He is not a miser that tries to keep everything for himself. He understands the law of flow. He learnt that a person that only wants inflow ultimately stagnates and dies spiritually. A person with this attitude believes in lack and scarcity. He is so afraid that he might run dry or be forced to go without that he holds on to everything with an iron grip. He just cannot bring himself to give of his time, money, love and compassion. He is so afraid of possible lack that he will rather see someone die of thirst than offer such person a glass of water. When you give, you display faith in affluence and flow. When you fail to give your love, compassion and friendship you usually end up bitter and isolated. You have an unlimited resource of love, gratitude and compassion available to you. Give it away, not for the rewards that it might bring into your life, but because you know deep inside it’s the right thing to do. When you give and receive freely you become like a river. Your water supply as a river of life is unlimited. Just close your eyes for a moment and think of all the good that you can do when you approach life with this attitude of gratitude.

It is easy to combine knowledge, gratitude and action. All you need to do is to apply these attributes one moment at a time. You simplify and enrich your life when you grasp that the only time that is relevant is the now. Give each moment your best shot and watch your seeds of appreciation grow. You will still be faced with adversities (opportunities) to learn new lessons. You will have opportunities to learn everyday. We have so much to be grateful for. Some of us have people to forgive and bridges to repair. Others again might need to cut a few weights that might be weighing them down.

Rene

 
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