Category: Freedom

The Servant Of Many

“The high destiny of the individual
is to serve rather than to rule…”
— Albert Einstein
[Classic post from 2-13-11]
In Mark 10:44, the Bible says, “And whosoever of you will be chiefest, shall be the servant of all.” Paul D Moody said that “The measure of a man is in the number of people whom he serves.” I used to say I got that, but I didn't really. I even used to repeat such things from time to time. It didn't change the fact that I didn't really get it.
I think I get it now. In fact, it seems to me to be an apt definition of success. I've always disliked the idea that success has money attached to it, for if that were true then Mother Teresa would have to be classified as a failure, and that makes no sense whatsoever. It is exactly the opposite and when you consider the sheer volume served in one way or another, she is a success superstar.
At the same time, serving others can also earn a great deal of money. An easy example is the iPhone, serving untold millions as we speak, and waiting in lines to get the latest model. It can be done out in the open under the spotlight as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or off the public radar as the best school teacher you ever had.
There is so many ways (millions at least) to serve, and serving is ultimately among the most rewarding things we can possibly do. It is indeed the high destiny of the individual.
“Everybody Has To Be Somebody To Somebody To Be Anybody.” — Malcolm S Forbes
Spread Some Joy Today–focus on the service and the joy follows very closely.

Affirmations and Discipline

 “Affirmation without discipline
is the beginning of delusion.”
— Jim Rohn
[Classic post from 2-13-11]
I learned about affirmations in the early 1970s and have tried using them off and on most of my life–mostly off. I also remember in the early 1980’s hearing the above quote on a tape set by Jim Rohn. At the time he was talking about people thinking positive thoughts but never doing anything, but lately, I have a different take on this wonderful quote of Jim’s.
The way I learned affirmations was to state a goal as if it is already achieved, write them down on cards and go over them several times a day while trying to visualize the end result completed. I have used them with success but without much discipline. It is also hard to believe some goals as being achieved when you haven’t got a clue how it will happen. So, it is easy to give up on this kind of plan because if it hasn’t happened in a few weeks, discouragement sets in.
I’ve recently found a far better and easier way to achieve great results and it is something that all of us can do. I didn’t say all of us will do it, but all of us certainly can.
It starts with this most important premise: a belief is just a thought that we keep thinking. We think about it long enough and it is a belief.
Now that realization changed everything in my mind. All of a sudden when this thought sunk into my brain, I had a whole new understanding of the usefulness of affirmations. It is this: Before, I used to have these affirmations of grand results of achievement. Now I focus on something very easy to achieve and take the unbelievability out of the picture.
I’ll give you a perfect example. We talk to ourselves and we talk aloud to others and if we pay attention to what we are saying, the likelihood of much of that talk is about what is currently happening, especially negative things is very high. As an example, it is easy and common to talk about the economy being down. As we do this simple acknowledgment, we attract more of that in our lives. We hear about it more, more people refer to it in our presence, etc. So the challenge is to change that talk to something that makes more sense for where we want to go.
Here’s a perfect phrase: Everything always works out for me. It’s a simple phrase and oh, so powerful. Everything always works out for me. Everything always works out for me. Everything always works out for me.
Change those old, worn-out self-talk affirmations to some fresh, lively, and inspiring ones that are easier to believe than getting a million dollars by Friday. It will open a whole new world for you and me.
Everything always works out for me. Maybe it didn’t used to, but, no matter, now everything always works out for me. . .
There Are So Many Opportunities That I Get To Choose The Best Ones. Isn’t That Wonderful?
Spread Some Joy Today–Begin to see how everything always works out for you.

Getting Into The Driver’s Seat

“Destiny is not a matter of chance;
it is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for;
but, rather something to be achieved.”
— William Jennings Bryan
[Classic post from 2-11-11]
I love this quote because it holds awesome power. I used to live in a world where I wondered what I was supposed to do; what my destiny was. I was waiting for a sign, holding out for an external deity to direct me toward this that I was meant to do, and the person I was destined to be. It was the world of someone or something else's choosing and I the hoping, wishing, wanting and not knowing receiver.
Then, I learned that this power is not without, but completely and totally within. Before, zero power, and now, ultimate power.
I suppose the other side of that new power is that I no longer have any excuses that make any sense. . .
Once You Get Into The Drivers Seat And Practice Driving, It Is Amazing The Freedom This Brings.
Spread Some Joy Today–There is such joy just in the simple thing called choice.

Cannot Go Back

 “Any person who recognizes this greatest power…
power to choose…
Begins to realize that he is the one
that is doing the choosing,
and that friends, although they 
mean well,
cannot do his choosing for him,
nor can his 
Consequently, he develops real self-confidence
based upon his own ability,
upon his own action,
and upon his own initiative.”
— J Martin Kohe
“You will live your life secure
in that, you are no longer
by what other people want you to do 
and be,
but are directed by your own inner desires.”
— H Stanley Judd
[Classic post from 2-10-11]
Once making this choice to choose for yourself, to seek the wisdom within and to have confidence in your own choices, it is a wonderful feeling of freedom and peace, with joy. The key will be to hang on to that feeling, for it may seem, at least in the near term, that the rest of the world is conspiring against your success. They may even bring it up from time to time how self-centered you are and other such demeaning labels. It may very well be those closest to you.
But, one cannot un-grow, un-become, un-expand. Once expanded, there is no return. This I know and I rejoice in it. Fear not! Remain confident! You may have to ignore outcries and smile off harassment. Success is yours by acceptance.
Spread Some Joy Today–the joy of the thought is ours each moment we decide.

Something To Strive Toward

“People who say that life is not worthwhile
are really saying that they themselves
have no personal goals which are worthwhile.
Get yourself a goal worth working for.
Better still, get yourself a project. 
Always have something ahead of you
to look forward to–
to work for and hope for.”
— Maxwell Maltz
[Classic post from 2-9-11]
I love being busy and there are a number of reasons for this and one of them is so that I won't be bored. To me, being bored is so bad, so tiring, and so insulting to the Creator of life! I hope when the time comes that I die mid-stride, for I surely don't want to be watching TV.
Another reason for expanding my activities is to grow. I feel that when we are not growing, we are surely dying. I think that expansion is the main component of our lives and when we are expanding, we are being rewarded by becoming more than we were if no other reason.
Yet another reason is that I like trying new things, old things with a twist, I even like doing some repetitive things, and the more I am moving, the more alive I feel.
Another is that I love the joy of discovery, and of sharing with someone, especially sharing ideas and thoughts. I do this every day of my life.
I have a lot of projects and so many more I want to get to as I move through. It is exciting to have projects to look forward to while I enjoy the ones I am focused on right now.
Every time I think I am very busy and maybe even doing too much, I think of John Adams, the second president of the United States. Surely, if you read the book about him by David McCullough, you would know what I am referring to. He was a busy man.
Life Is Expansion. Live It To The Fullest.
Spread Some Joy Today–start a new project, a new goal. You will be amazed at how it creates more in you.

The Power Of Focus

 “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want
is that we never direct our focus;
we never concentrate 
our power.
Most people dabble their way through life,
never deciding to master anything in particular.”
— Tony Robbins
[Classic post from 2-8-11]
When you haven't yet found your focus or your particular niche, it is so easy to be swayed off track–this looks good, that looks cool, they do it in an interesting way, they make a lot of money doing it their way, and so on. Even when you've recently found your focus or your niche, we might be easily bumped off course, but stay focused and it will serve.
There are so many ways of doing a thing, and I am always interested in how to do things better, yet when I've found my focus or niche, focusing on that and building that stronger and stronger is like taking the sunlight through a magnifying glass to a point. It is amazing how well that serves and helps one improve and expand within the boundaries of the niche.
What it really comes down to is how sold on your own niche you are. If one is easily swayed, one isn't a strong believer. It is the difference between hoping and knowing, wanting and having, trying and doing.
If I'm Not Totally 100% Sold, How Could I Expect Anyone Else To Be?
Spread Some Joy Today–Concentrate on being the best you UNLIKE anyone else. Uniqueness is way cool.

Separating The How From The What

 “Seek not to understand that you may believe,
but believe that you may understand.”
“Faith is to believe what we do not see;
and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
— Saint Augustine
[Classic post from 2-7-11]
I was thinking about goals and a conversation recently about having goals and the gist of the conversation was, did I know exactly how I was to achieve this goal that was stated? What was intimated and expected was an accounting forecast with a complete business plan written out and any and all potential roadblocks to be accounted for and a plan developed ahead of time to deal with them as they arise. It was stated that if I couldn't have that, then I didn't have a goal that was realistic. Well, there's that reality thing popping up again. . .
In other words, it had nothing to do with faith because faith is empty without firm reason, which is the opposite of the quotes above. The other point I need to make to give anyone else who's ever set a goal some hope and courage is that a goal is a what, it is not a how. So, the goal is extremely valuable and important. I encourage everyone to set goals: this is what I want, where I want to go, what I want to do, achieve, etc.. A vision of something to arrive at and keep our eyes and mind looking toward as if it is much closer than it may now appear.
Another thing to offer some hope and courage is that we live on a planet that we did not make, in a galaxy, we did not make, in a universe, we can't even comprehend, let alone make. The point is that there is much more than we. Now, whatever name we want to give that, God, the Infinite Intelligence, the Universe, or whatever, this power is available to all of us equally, and it creates circumstances, events, and situations to help make those goals come true–when–we have made a decision about what we want; the goal.
It's all well and good for us to play with our little plans about how we might make something happen. Heck, we might even come close to being of service in this arena, but more often than not, we are being guided and encouraged and inspired in numerous ways that help us find ways to achieve that we never could have come up with. We have infinite capacity when we rely on and trust in that God force. And, there is the faith that moves the needle and the mountains.
We get to choose what and it is fully expected, but how is only a toy for us and when we go ahead and play with the toy for the fun of it, but trust in the toymaker, therein lies successful achievement of every and any what we may choose.
How cool is that?
Faith Is One Awesome Benevolent Power.
Spread Some Joy Today–your sincere faith exudes a radiant glow of joy. Everyone around you can see it and feel it with you.

Helping Others Have Greater Success

“It is literally true that you can succeed best
and quickest by helping others to succeed.”
— Napoleon Hill
[Classic post from 2-4-11]
Almost 37 years ago, I can remember hearing Zig Ziglar say, “you can have everything that you want if you will help enough other people get what they want.” Helping others to be more successful is an excellent strategy that provides far greater rewards than money as well as your own success.
In the last 20 years, I have worked with a lot of truck dealers, truck body companies, truck manufacturers, and in every instance I have done my best to instill an atmosphere of cooperation rather than that of competition; of sharing of information and resources, rather than hiding them. I do admit to a good amount of progress and that is very rewarding because I see how it helps them all be more successful as a result of that attitude or philosophy.
When that “information or inventory is my value” attitude is released, it is amazing how many ways one can partner with previously acknowledged and feared competitors. Watching some of these companies readily trade inventory with each other helps each of them to have more because it increases their inventory while not their costs. What a great deal.
In addition, sending prospects to one another can be of equal benefit. For example, when working for a Chevy truck dealer, I’ve sent prospects to a Ford dealer that I know because there was no way I could be of service to the prospect, but I know who could and trusted them, and so the prospect gets taken care of and my friend makes a sale and I feel good taking care of the client–just like Miracle on 34th Street when the Macy’s people sent clients they couldn’t help to Gimble’s. It worked well then and works well now too.
I’ve also seen how that philosophy rubs off on those who are paying a little attention. There is so much more to come from partnering with others than competing with them. We do it now in our Internet business. We have no competition, but there is no way that we do everything and we refer people to others all the time who can help the prospect.
One last thing about this is to never put the other guy down. This may take some practice if you’re really into the competitive thing, but if you can’t say something good, it is best to say nothing at all. Everyone deserves success and the more people I can help be more successful is a guarantee that I will be as well. It works.
We All Can Help Each Other And Ourselves Too.
Spread Some Joy Today–See what you can do for someone else today to help them. You may get hooked on the good feelings that come from doing it.

Not Asking Permission

“Give me beauty in the inward soul;
may the outward and the inward man be at one.”
— Socrates
[Classic post from 2-3-11]
The inner and the outer person is a very good way to describe what goes on inside each of us. There are many times where those two seem to oppose one another, which I used to see visualized in cartoons when I was a kid, of a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, many times the devil winning out–at least temporarily.
Since that visualization of the devil and the angel was my upbringing, for the better part of my life, I accepted that “struggle” mentality. I was reading a large number of quotes about conflict and most of them talked about controlling the devil, overcoming the devil, and such.
I have come to know it differently. If you believe in the struggle, you will struggle. However, it need not be a struggle. Vernon Howard says it well: “A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them.” He takes it further here: “We must become acquainted with our emotional household; we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.”
If we think of our inner self as a guide, whenever we are wanting to do something or think something that is not that of the inner self, a negative emotion will be the result, and the opposite is also true, that if we are in alignment with that inner self, positive emotion will be the result. In this light, we are being guided by our own internal compass rather than anything external to us and this gives us so much more understanding and power to change and grow. It gets rid of the devil and the angel, the good and the bad. That, to me, is a very good thing. The devil angel thing never worked for me, and this better way works wonderfully.
Not Having To Ask Permission Is So Empowering.
Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing your own power to do as you see fit. Literally.

Becoming Someone Instead Of Something

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs–
ask yourself what makes you come alive,
and then go do it.
Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive.”
— Harold Thurman Whitman
[Classic post from 2-1-11]
I remember when I was a young kid, that we were expected to grow up and be something. It wasn't so much about being someone, but something–defined by what I would do for a living. As a child, I fantasized about what was at that time glamorous jobs like a fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer, and such. It changed very often and I found myself entering junior college still not knowing what it was. It was still some thing, not some one.
My father was a carpenter, then when I was five, he became a cop with the California Highway Patrol, and my mother was a housewife. I always thought that was a funny word, but that's what they called raising a family and staying home back then. Then I had a stepfather and he was a TV repairman. I was encouraged to find a career and stay in school and be something. The question of what still remained.
Each thing that I became, I did for a time and then became something else. Each time hoping for and working hard to make it be something better and more fruitful. And so it goes. I've seen it hundreds of times in others and I'm sure it goes on yet today in homes and minds all across the world.
How much better to teach children to be somebody, to understand values and communication and interaction. To find their own innate talents and how to best express those and to expand them and to dream and try and do. Not just for the sake of art or just the sake of expression, but a way of sharing oneself with the world; to improve the world by virtue of the individual skills, ideas, thoughts, and attitudes that each of us carries that are our own. They are there begging to be shared.
In that sharing, there will be so many different ways that this will translate naturally and even possibly much earlier than typical into an income. What a better way of going about it than to go out and choose from the list. What a more fulfilling way to have a person become someone–someone of value, and purpose.
Be Someone Of Value . . . The Genius YOU!
Spread Some Joy Today–focus on being the best person that you can be and it is amazing how that brings out the best in others.
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