How do you know for certain that you have the passion and commitment that will bring success and take you to the top? Here’s an example that might show you.
I’ve just been watching a TV documentary on Eddie Stobart, the famous Carlisle-based trucking company.
The company’s grown from humble origins into a massive undertaking which now additionally owns some little extras – like a motor-sport team, a helicopter, a plane… and Carlisle Airport. It even has a fan club, called the Eddie-Watchers.
Not surprisingly, the two guys who run it have the lifestyle to match, with race-horses, custom cars and all the trimmings you’d expect – but they haven’t always lived that way.
One of them, William Stobart, desperately wanted to be a trucker, even while he was still at school, but he had to wait till he was 21 to get his licence.
William had such a passion to drive trucks that he wasn’t going to wait a minute longer than he had to, so he applied for, and got, a provisional licence that would take effect as soon as he reached 21.
The night before his birthday, William never went to bed. He wasn’t partying – he was waiting for the very moment he could start to live his dream.
At one minute past midnight, William Stobart was on the road – at the wheel of his first truck.
Does your goal, your dream, your passion, mean that much to YOU?
Would you give up your birthday celebrations and your night’s sleep (or whatever the equivalent mnight be for you) because you couldn’t wait to learn a new skill… not for the rewards that it might someday bring you, but for the sheer delight of simply DOING it?
If so, congratulations – you have the passion that it takes to reach your goals.
If not, ask yourself – right now – what is it that WOULD make you feel that way?
Whatever it might be, THAT’S your true passion. If you want to be successful, find something that will let you use it.
Most things you lack right now can be supplied. You can increase your skills, your knowledge, your funding and your list of contacts. You can get almost anything you need from other people – but there’s one thing only YOU supply.
The passion that supplies your energy, determination, drive and creativity can only come from YOU… and you can’t achieve success without it. It’s the passion for doing what he loves that powers William Stobart… and it can do the same for you. Now, go find yours!
Many people take up the Law of Attraction with great enthusiasm and work with it for a while, but find they don’t get what they want, decide it doesn’t work, and give it up.
That simply isn’t so. The Law of Attraction can no more stop working than the Law of Gravity. If it isn’t bringing you the things you want, you need to look more carefully at the signals that you’re sending out.
The Law of Attraction brings you what you focus on… but here’s the twist.
It doesn’t always see the things you focus on the same way YOU do.
The most common thing this happens with is work – the things you do to prepare yourself to receive the things you want.
Almost 2,000 years ago, people were arguing about the same thing – could you get what you wanted (in this case, to get into the Kingdom of Heaven) simply by believing that you could, or did you have to work for it?
The argument raged for a long time – till someone finally pointed out that it was the basic question that was wrong. It wasn’t about doing either of those things and simply ignoring the other one.
The true answer was that you needed to show your faith by doing good works, and carry out those works in the spirit of your faith.
It may not be the Kingdom of Heaven that’s your goal right now, but no matter WHAT it is, the same rule still applies.
You need to show your faith by working for your goal, and work for your goal in accordance with your faith that it can be achieved.
Don’t let anybody tell you that believing in the Law of Attraction means that’s all you have to do. A lot of people have believed that – and they’re generally the ones complaining that it doesn’t bring them what they want.
How could it? You get back what you give… and if you don’t give your commitment and creative energy, you don’t get the rewards of them!
It’s like wanting a balloon to float in the air but filling it with water instead of helium gas and imagining the Law of Gravity won’t know the difference.
You know perfectly well that wouldn’t work. You have to work with the Law of Gravity here. Fill the balloon with gas that’s lighter than air, and the balloon soars upwards instead of sinking like a stone.
So if working brings you what you want, why bother with the Law of Attraction?
Because working, on its own, is no more going to get you where you want to go than trying to use the Law of Attraction without doing any work. If it did, a hamster on a treadmill would be the richest creature on the planet.
The Law of Attraction brings you opportunities and success – provided that you put creative effort into it.
Working with the Law of Attraction means…
Knowing what you want, and keeping focused on it no matter how many challenges you have to meet;
Keeping a clear mental picture in your mind of successfully achieving it;
Taking time each day to clear your mind of all distractions and listen to the new ideas and strategies your inner mind will generate for you; and
Working with enthusiasm, energy, persistence and enjoyment, keenly aware that every step you take will bring you closer to exactly where you want to be.
Do those things consistently, and THEN see if you still believe the Law of Attraction doesn’t work for you. I’m quite prepared to bet you won’t be able to!
I’ve just had a very scary experience – and it was totally my own fault.
Why should you be interested in that? Because it serves as an example of where your focus needs to be – no matter what it is you want to do.
So, here’s what happened…
I’d set out on one of my favorite walks, through the woods between the golf course and the river – without stopping to think that after yesterday’s rain the path would be muddy, even dangerous in places.
At first everything was fine – and then I reached the part where, right at the top of a steep slope, the path narrows to a few inches. To the right there’s an even steeper slope, impossible to walk on even in good weather, with trees that are just too far away to grab a hold of… and to the left, there’s a spectacular view that’s known locally as the ravine.
It might not be much by Alpine standards, but miss your footing by an inch, and you’re going headlong down a sheer face, straight into the river below… and by the time you realize the danger that you’re in, it’s already far too late to think of turning back.
So, there I was, perched at the very summit of the walk, looking at a track that seemed impassable, and wondering what on earth I should do now.
The prospect of negotiating the narrow path ahead was terrifying me, but a quick glance over my shoulder reminded me that in all that mud getting safely back down the way I’d scrambled up would be no easier. Worse still, the very act of glancing round unbalanced me, and my arms were flailing wildy in a desperate attempt to stay upright.
My next mistake was to glance sideways, down into the ravine. There was no questioning the seriousness of the fall that any slip would cause… and thanks to the rain the river was in spate. I was not happy.
Well, I was going to have to do something, because even without trying to move forwards my feet were starting to slip… in the direction of the ravine.
There wasn’t time to beat myself up about the stupidity that had got me into this mess in the first place. I had my cell phone, but there wasn’t any point in trying to get help – it would have taken the local mountain rescue team to reach me, and I’d have landed in the river long before they could.
There was only one thing I could do. Like it or not, I was simply going to have to tackle that path.
I took a deep breath, and set out. Carefully. Slowly. One step at a time.
There wasn’t any point in looking backwards, and I didn’t dare look down. I didn’t even try to look too far ahead. All I did was focus on the next step… then the next.
After a few steps I stopped feeling quite so scared, and then I started feeling quite exhilarated. I’d come this far, just by focusing all my attention on the task in hand – the next small step I had to take… and it was working.
Before long I was over halfway through the scary part, and realizing that all I had to do to get to where I wanted was to keep on doing exactly what had worked so well already – just keep focused on the task in hand, and take one more small step.
Then I started thinking… hey, that’s how you get to any place you want to be!
Don’t look back, thinking wistfully of the security you had before you set out on the journey to the things you want to do and have, achieve and be. If it had been all that great, you’d not have felt the urge to move on in the first place, would you?
Don’t look down, at all the bad things that could happen if you don’t get safely where you want to be. What’s the point of doing that? It won’t make you any safer, or feel more secure – it’ll just take your attention from where it needs to be, and make the risk much greater.
Don’t even look too far ahead. There are moments to be inspired by the vision of a radiant new future – but in the middle of the steps you need to take to make it happen isn’t one of them.
Just keep your attention on exactly where it needs to be… on where you are and what you’re doing NOW.
Make sure it takes you a step closer to exactly where you want to be – then DO it. Focus all your physical and mental energy and all of your attention on it till you get it done, and then congratulate yourself and take the NEXT step… and the next… until you’ve reached your chosen destination.
It’s such an obvious technique most people overlook it… but it’ll take you where you want to go, as surely as it brought me safely home today.
A veggie diet is widely believed to be the healthiest that you can have, but it’s often been portrayed as being faddish or boring – sometimes both.
Here’s the truth about a veggie diet – and it may surprise you.
- A veggie diet lowers your cholesterol and cuts your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, clogging of the arteries, diabetes and some kinds of cancer, makes you less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, and has been proved able to reverse the effects of heart disease;
- A veggie diet gives your whole body a natural detox, getting rid of harmful chemicals like pesticides used in the rearing of cattle and chickens and the preservatives used in the production of their meat, and means you don’t consume those harmful chemicals in future;
- A veggie diet helps you to avoid obesity, with all the health risks and damage to your self-esteem obesity involves;
- A veggie diet gives you strength. Some of the world’s most powerful animals, such as gorillas, don’t eat meat;
- A veggie diet saves you money – LOTS of it;
- A veggie diet helps you save the planet. A United Nations report claims rearing cattle is accelerating climate change by causing 40% more greenhouse-gas emissions than ALL the trucks, cars and airplanes in the world: ;
- A veggie diet helps you ease the worldwide water shortage. It takes just 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat… and 2,00 gallons to produce one pound of beef;
- A veggie diet helps you fight world poverty and feed the hungry. 750 MILLION people suffer chronic hunger, while each year farmed animals eat 760 million tons of grain;
- A veggie diet helps you to reduce world cruelty to animals. Many animals and most poultry are raised in factory-farms, where conditions are at best un-natural and at worst (which many of them are) a torture too distressing to describe here. If you wouldn’t want a guided tour of an abattoir, or to subject your dog or cat to factory-farm conditions, do you REALLY want to be responsible for doing that to ANY living creature?; and
- A veggie diet can be varied, satisfying, nourishing and totally delicious. Just browse the veggie section of your local supermarket, or google some veggie recipes, and see! (And if you STILL don’t believe you’d actually ENJOY a veggie diet, find out how you can actually re-reducate your tastes to let you LOVE the foods that are the very best for you…)
If you’re interested in personal empowerment, someone’s probably already told you that you need to break out of your comfort zone.
It’s sound advice. Being in a comfort zone means staying where you’re safe. You don’t change anything… until eventually the sameness stifles you.
Problem is, most people aren’t in a comfort zone. Those seeking information to transform their lives are in a no-comfort zone, and looking for a quick way out of it!
If you’re trapped in a nightmare of debt and desperation, a drink or drug habit, an abusive marriage or a job you hate, you’re not in any kind of comfort zone.
You’re in the very opposite – a no-comfort zone… but, like being in a comfort zone, it’s so much easier to stick with what’s familiar.
We often have more choices than we think we have. We don’t notice them because it’s hard to see past the familiar… or else we just don’t trust ourselves to take them.
It’s hard to see there are alternatives to debt, remaining overweight, a job you hate, living for the next fix or remaining in a relationship that’s turned abusive… because staying in the situation is familiar. Leaving it is not.
Two qualities make leaving a no-comfort zone so hard…
- Lack of self-esteem (you’re ashamed, afraid of other people finding out, don’t know where to find help or what might happen if you try, or you believe it’s all that you deserve); and
- Lack of self-belief (you realize you could change it, but you just don’t trust yourself to get it right).
Let’s get this straight…
- You don’t deserve to live a life of guilt and misery. Whatever mistakes you’ve made, you can get over them, start over and find success and happiness. Addicts have done it. So have people in terrifying amounts of debt, homeless people, abused children, battered partners… even murderers. No matter what your circumstances, SO CAN YOU – if you’re prepared to walk away from your no-comfort zone; and
- You CAN do it. You may need to learn new skills, or work an extra job for a while, accept that a relationship is over, move away or start a program… but you can break away from your no-comfort zone, whatever kind it is. Other people have, and so can you.
Getting Out Of Your No-Comfort Zone
Here’s a simple but effective action plan for breaking out of your no-comfort zone:-
- Identify the problem, and its full scale. Be honest with yourself. How much money do you owe? How overweight are you? How often has your partner been abusing you? How many extra hours are you working without pay? (or any appropriate question);
- Decide exactly how you positively want to change it (eg, “I want to be completely free of debt and have savings of….”, or “I want a mutually loving, respectful and supportive relationship where I feel safe and valued and can make my partner feel the same”, etc.);
- What you need to do to change your no-comfort zone into one of happiness, success and inner peace; and
- What you need to be to make those changes happen. To get out of your no-comfort zone you need make some positive changes in yourself, like gaining confidence and trusting yourself to get things right;
- Improve your action plan from the point of view of someone with the qualities you’ve listed. How would you do it if you had more confidence, knowledge, self-esteem and self-belief?; and
- Smash all the mental barriers to having all those qualities. The quickest, easiest, most powerful (and inexpensive) way is with affirmations delivered straight to your subconscious mind, like Super-Charge Your Self-Belief, or Turbo-Charge Your Self-Esteem.
You can only change your situation if you change the way you see it – AND the way you see yourself. Start seeing your situation as changeable and yourself as capable of changing it, and watch your no-comfort zone transformed into success and happiness!