Thinking Magically™ | The Decision to be a Magician

“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about.
What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re
willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”

– Shauna Niequist (Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way)

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Begin with “why?”
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If you want to be a magician, the first decision you need to make is . . . to be a magician. And before you make that choice, you should ask yourself: “Why do I want to be a magician?

I’ve seen may fair share of people who want to yield magic — or at least appear like their magical — for the sake of controlling others, feeling more important, and intimidating and gaining some advantage over those less knowledgeable. You’ve seen them. They’re the perpetual show-offs. The ones with swelled heads. The incessant talkers. The people who disunite and divide and separate people from their desires and their money. And they’re the ones who will tell you that their dreams are bigger and brighter than anyone else’s.

I’ve also experienced the exceptional people. Those who want to discover and employ their magic in powerful, positive, and productive ways. Those who create results that move the world forward and thus stir all of us to act better, be better, and feel better.

You can easily tell the difference between the two types. The former leave you exhausted and distressed and plundered. The latter leave you wanting more and you are brimming with possibility every time you think of them.

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Then make the magical choice
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If you want to be a systematically successful magician, you need to make the decision to be consistently extraordinary — not in the sense of imposing yourself on others but in the sense of transforming the world around you.

The decision to be a magician carries with it an obligation. You see, once you start to use magic, you bind yourself to those who are part of or who witness your magic. Antoine de Saint-Exupery put it another way: “You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.”

Magicians who are worthy of their magic are also responsible for the worth of that magic. They are accountable for both the experience and the outcome of their magic.

So . . . How do you decide to be a worthy magician?

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7 Steps to a magical life
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STEP 1. Love the magic. Magicians love the process of magic and the activity of doing the conjuring; not just the effects that are achieved. Magic is as much the impact of a magician’s passion as it is of their skill.

STEP 2. Start by doing something magical. Deciding to be a magician can start with simply looking around you and beginning to see the charm and excitement and ripeness with possibility that already surrounds you. Then, you need only start to preach that magic to yourself. It’s so easy to see the negativity in the world. Trust me that it’s just as easy to see the opportunities. And it’s also as easy to just start acting like a magician.

STEP 3. Learn from other magicians. Find those role models who are already living and exemplifying and creating the magic that you want to embody and pattern yourself after them.

STEP 4. Codify your magic. Your success as a magician will be directly proportional to how well you systematize your success. Magic must become a pattern and practice for you. Only in that way do you do you develop the skill and knowledge necessary.

STEP 5. Design your magic. You can either let your conditions define you or you can define your conditions. Consistently successful magicians are able to take what they have and use it to their advantage or they figure out what else they might need and go and get it. The words, “Oh, well,” have no place in a magician’s life plan.

STEP 6. Neither a finger-pointer nor a crybaby be. Stop with the excuses. Stop with the blaming others. Nobody wants to know why you couldn’t pull off your magical plans. Be accountable. Be reliable. And stop complaining. If something goes wrong, fix whatever went awry so it doesn’t happen, again.

STEP 7. Be a rebel, a nonconformist, and stay restless. Always challenge what your eyes and ears are showing and telling you. For a magician, the world is pliable — not something to be mechanistically accepted. For a magician, the ordinary is just a starting point from which to levitate.

For the most part, being a magician depends on just making the decision to be a magician. Becoming a master magician may take you a while. Rest assured that moving in that direction will bring you a life of charm and desire and excitement and wonder.

Because that’s what magicians do — they do magic.

But, be warned: once you choose a life of magic there’s no going back because living an ordinary life will simply disappear.

I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | Always Presume Magic is Afoot

Being in a relationship doesn’t entitle you to anything.
You don’t get what you expect, you get what you create.
– Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

The more adept you become as a magician, the more you realize that the act of creating is the cornerstone of everything. As a designer, builder, and mastermind of reality, you will find yourself moving from the question, “What outcome do I want today?” to the deeper and more satisfying inquiry, “What do I want to create today?

The former presumes you’re entitled to something.

The latter presumes you have the power to make that something into a reality.

When you first start out on the path of a magician, you separate out and sort your effects toolbox into categories of observable outcomes: something disappears, something reappears, something floats, something changes, etc.

As you evolve, however, you inevitably start wondering about the feelings, the emotions, and the experiences you’re creating on the way to each outcome. You discover that the outcomes you want are actually driven and ultimately appreciated by how you and others live and love through the artistic process.

No outcome is worth your magical intention and attention if you can’t enjoy the processes, meet new parts of yourself, or see things in a fresh way.

Magic is about surprise. It is the perfect teacher because, when we see magic happen, we are instantly reminded that we can still be amazed and entertained. The status quo is shaken, the ordinary is jolted awake, and the common is forgotten.

We are inspired to be alive.

It’s no wonder, then, that magic is essential to being. It prompts us to search for a new meaning to what is possible and refine what is not possible. In other words, magic, among other things, gives us hope. And to have hope means we remain optimistic.
There are times when you work your magic — when you create — that you start to feel frustrated and defeated and even disappointed. You might start to think that your magic has stopped working because you’re not experiencing the results you expected.

When these feelings of irritation and discomfort arise, that’s the perfect time to just TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT THE MAGIC IS HAPPENING. Even when you can’t see it for yourself.

If it helps, think of using your magic as you would seeing with your own eyes. If you look in a mirror and glance back and forth from eye-to-eye, you can never see your own eyes move no matter how hard you try. That does not mean your eyes aren’t moving. Someone watching you from the outside, of course, can clearly see you glancing from side-to-side.

There will be times when you just won’t see or feel your magic happening. You must never give up and always presume that the magic is working. You must continue to behave as the master magician that you are.

Surprise is essential to magic.

Even magicians need to be flabbergasted now and then. It keeps things fresh. Just like our eyes continually move and jump and joggle about so that we can see, so to our magic continually will refuse to stand still so that it does not become commonplace. Your eyes continually move about in order to provide fresh images (new stimuli and surprises) to your retina. If your eyes didn’t do this, it’s thought that the things you see would simply fade away. So, too, your magic will never permit itself to become average nor mundane nor cut-and-dry. Your magic will always surprise you — even if that means letting you think, for a short bit, that it’s gone away.

Always presume the magic is there.

It’s essential to your success.

Lang Leav, in her book, Love & Misadventure, wrote:

“It’s so dark right now, I can’t see any light around me.
That’s because the light is coming from you. You can’t see it but everyone else can.”

When you keep reminding yourself that the magic is coming from you, you’ll be patient when you think that it’s gone. Trust me — everyone else can see it.

Take a moment, right now, and find an object that memorializes and represents your magic. How can you use this physical object to constantly remind yourself of your magical powers, purpose, and persona? How can you use this relic to infuse your daily life with even more surprise and wonder and joy?

The truth of the matter is: When you dare to presume that your magic is present, it is always there for you.

Remember to dare.

I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | Success as a Hobby – The Little Mistake That’s Costing You Big-Time

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Then quit.
No use being a damn fool about it.”
– W.C. Fields

Let’s face it. Most of us get our results by stumbling into them. We acquire our outcomes largely by chance. And we make our decisions normally based on our hunches. Then we wonder why we aren’t more productive, prosperous, or thriving.

To put it simply, I find that many people just don’t know any better and so they treat success like a hobby. A spare-time activity. A sideline.

Like any other hobby, we seek success because of the pleasure we believe it will bring us or the pain it will help us avoid. But . . . we actually pursue prosperity in a leisurely or unbelieving manner. We believe that, if we just periodically think about it and do our occasional wishing for it long enough, good fortune will eventually find us (if not seek us out), fall in our ready-and-willing laps, and then we will nod with a knowing smile because “we’ve had it coming all along.

But, most of us, in the end, are just success hobbyists and abundance dabblers. We are prosperity amateurs who look admiringly at other people’s wealth rather than looking at how to make our own desired outcomes a reality.

We hoodwink ourselves by coming up with elaborate reasons why we must postpone getting what we really want. We think we have all the time in the world, when we really know that we’re all running out of time and that “when the time is right, it will happen” is nothing but a smoke-and-mirrors approach to abundance.

To put it another way — If you don’t take the time to learn how you own success works, then you will only have the time to know how someone else’s success works.

So, what’s the difference between an amateur at achievement and a professional winner? The professional gets paid.

With money.

With love.

With time.

With something.

There is a constant giving and a taking. Priorities are set. And abundance and prosperity are front burner items at all times. Professional winners are constantly doing what is needed to keep the flames that burn their dreams into reality fanned, fiery, and intense.

If you are an amateur, you are mostly doing a little and waiting a lot. Professional winners do a lot and demand a lot. Amateurs at success play around with and daydream about the concepts of luxury and plenty and bounty. Professionals will accept nothing less than a real-world experience of those things.

One of my personal abundance principles is simple: Success always, always, always happens. Do you?

This means that, no matter what you do or do not do, there’s going to be a consequence for, a result to, and an outcome of whatever it is that you’re doing or not doing. You can’t stop such a phenomenon. There is always a by-product of “you.” The challenge is that most of us don’t take the time to define what we want, refine how we’re going to ensure that we get it, and combine our dreams with our abilities to form imperative and necessary deeds.

Today, I want you to do three things — only three straightforward things.

First, I want you to define the One Outcome that, if you had it, would change your life forever in a positive way. I want you to write it out in as much detail as you can. Use flowery words. Use emotion. Use visual language. As they say in the movie business — show, don’t tell.

Second, I want you to refine your success habits to align with your One Outcome.  Most of us have skills, routines, practices, and ways of doing stuff that we know guarantee us success at particular tasks.r Most of us, however, have never taken the time to really map out and connect those rituals of success with the real results we want. We just keep plodding along with our day-to-day lives sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. I want you to change that inconsistent results pattern, with a new one.

Finally, I want you to combine your One Outcome with your success habits. Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” I’ll go a step further: True success and abundance come from the enjoyment of creating, deeds done, and the suspicion that you have a choice in the matter.

Stop treating your attainments in life as hobbies. I want you to play. I don’t want you to be the plaything of others. Take hold of your dreams, your desires, and your decisions.

I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | Finally Making Yourself Great

“This is a man in need. His fear is naked and obvious,
but he’s lost . . . somewhere in his darkness.

His eyes wide and bleak and tortured. I can soothe him.
Join him briefly in the darkness and bring him into the light.”
– E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

There’s something truly unique about consistently successful magicians.

Yes, they have a need to entertain.

And they certainly have a need to get results.

And their need to impact the world around them is obvious.

They are really incomparable, however, in their ability to love themselves enough to play in the darkness, if needed, and bring themselves back into the light.

But I don’t love myself,” you say. “It’s all about pleasing other people.” Or “I just wasn’t raised that way.” Or “I’m not selfish.”

When you say things back to me like that, I get a sense that what you’re really saying is that you simply don’t want to think about loving yourself because it has too many messy details for you to deal with. After all — who the hell are you to deserve so much of your own love?

Well, let me put it to you another way. You won’t routinely create and manifest your desires with certainty and faith and power unless you have a little self-love thrown into the mix. That’s right — a little pride in what you’re doing is needed. A small conceit. Even a slight vanity.

In other words, if you don’t care about yourself and your desires, then why should anyone else?

One of the best ways for you to recognize, acknowledge, and develop a HEALTHY SELF-LOVE of yourself is to write a self-love letter to yourself. I don’t mean the type of cavalier and obvious letter we wrote when we were kids as part of a school project. I’m talking about a real romantic — perhaps even erotic — letter to yourself explaining why you are such a fantastic addition to the Universe.

Don’t worry — this only takes 15 minutes! And if you don’t have 15 minutes to devote to changing the way you think about yourself, you’ve got bigger challenges to address. So . . . quit the excuses and the embarrassment and the self-censorship that is running rampant through your head right now, grab a piece of paper and a pen, and let’s get to it!

Here are some ground rules to help you —

1.  You are the hero or heroine of the self-love letter. Not anyone else. Not anything else. You are the champion of your own life. You are the defender of your own honor. You are guardian of your own beliefs. You have special powers and special wants and special needs and you are here to save the world.

2.  You aren’t perfect. No one is. Your self-love letter isn’t about an ideal or about excusing away flaws. This is about writing things down about yourself that you’ve uncovered as you continue to make your way through Life’s field of battle.

3.  Understand why you’re writing this letter — to woo and have a love affair with yourself. There’s a reason behind everything you’ve said, done, and thought. The choices you’ve made have a lot to do with the way you talk to yourself — that programming that keeps running all the time in the background of your mind. In your self-love letter, you seek to be brutally honest about all those things you find beautiful, captivating, and enchanting about yourself.

4.  When you get to the point where you say, “Maybe I shouldn’t write that down,” you’re actually on to something important. The thrust of a self-love letter is to tear down the firewall that normally keeps your passion from spreading to everything you do.

5.  You want to fall in love with yourself. In deciding on what to put in your self-love letter, there is only one formula: Does what I’m writing make me hunger to have more of that? Don’t worry . . . you’ll feel it to the depths of your spirit when you write down the really revealing and significant and seductive stuff. Just write what you’d love to read if it was sent to you by a secret admirer.

6.  Keep it real. This isn’t a self-love letter of fiction. Find those dimensions and deeds and desires of yourself that are genuinely positive and sincerely attractive.

7.  Don’t say “I love you” to yourself until the very end. You already know that you love you. That’s why you’re writing the letter. But, like every good story, you want to show and not simply tell. And like every good love affair, you don’t want the end to come before the adventure runs its course.

Now, with these 7 guidelines in mind, start writing your self-love letter. Right now. Right here. No excuses.

Fill it with admiration. Note your reliability. Outline what your desires have allowed you to accomplish. Summarize how your joys and delights have permitted you to share, interact, make love with, and find time with others. Have you saved a life? Have you changed a life? Does it matter that you’ve lived at all?

Once you’re finished with your letter, notice how you feel. Then, put your self-love letter in an envelope and place it in a nice, safe place. Periodically, revisit your self-love letter and remind yourself why you’re worth loving! And be sure to keep writing new self-love letters. It’s a ritual you’ll thank yourself for many times over.

I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | Admit It . . . You’re Lost in Space

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts.
But you have to stop sooner or later,
and then you still have to decide what to do.
— C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

What happens when you don’t know what to do with your life?

It’s not malaise — there’s no physical discomfort. You’re just uneasy in your own skin, in your own world, in what you believe you should be doing.

It’s not angst — there’s no anxiety about the world and your personal options. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You have complete freedom and that’s what seems to be causing the challenges.

You don’t know how to spend all your freedom and all your options and all your opportunities in the best way possible.

Is it melancholy? Not really. There’s no “thoughtful sadness” present.

You’re not depressed.  You’re not unhappy. You haven’t even gotten to that place that the Meredith Grey character on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy calls her “dark and twisty place.”

But life just isn’t as exciting anymore. Perhaps it never was.

Perhaps, you just don’t know you’re going through this at all. Or in the first place.

This way of feeling and being and experiencing is kind of like the passage from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — you know the one:

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
– so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Let’s get to the bottom of all this right here and right now and cut through all the hocus-pocus. When someone tells me that they don’t know what to do with their life or that they can’t decide which path is the right one for them and so they remain stuck in place, what they’re really saying to me is: I don’t want to make the decision in the first place.”

You’re saying you don’t know because you don’t want to know.

But, I really don’t know what I want,” you say.

I understand.

Everyone goes through some level of indecision at some point in their lives. The difference is that consistently successful magicians, when faced with hesitation or uncertainty or doubt, find the underlying cause of their lack of a firm path forward. And, once fathomed out, they utterly destroy the head game that was plaguing them.

Here’s a little secret for you: Most of the time, this experience you’re having is one of lack of “doing” not a lack of “knowing.”

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: “Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”

If you are one of the people I described, above, I suggest — just for a moment — that you stop struggling with the question: “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” In its place, start embracing and answering and acting upon the question: “How do I want to spend my life today?”

The person who doesn’t know what they want to do with their life is really just saying, “I don’t want to make a mistake” or “I don’t want to disappoint” or “I don’t want disturb.” If that goes on too long, then you cease living the life you were born to experience and decisions will be made for you by others who do know what they want.

So, let’s change things up a bit for you. Pretend for a moment that you can’t make a mistake and you can’t disappoint anyone and you can’t disturb the status quo. Now, how would you spend your life today?

To put it another way: If you had the power to control your dreams and could dream anything at all tonight, and you could experience every pleasure, every outcome, every delight, what would you dream about while you were sleeping? Now, how can you take those dreams and turn them into deeds in the waking world today?

You may like to tell me and others that you don’t know what you want to do with your life. You may have even been saying this for so long that you’ve begun to believe it yourself. But your instincts, if you will just listen to them, know full well that’s not true. And . . . those same gut feelings will lead you unerringly to the deeds that you have to do today.

All you have to do is listen to yourself.

And you can easily prove this all. Pull out a piece of paper and something to write with. Now give yourself 10 minutes and, in that time, write down three action items that will change your world TODAY! You’re not to be concerned with year-end, or next month, or next week, or even tomorrow.

When you’ve reached the end of your 10-minute session, look at what you’ve written down. Notice if there’s a pattern. Notice if your deeds take you towards pleasure or if they run you away from pain. If your deeds are not quite right, go ahead and revise and fine-tune them.

Now, act upon those three deeds TODAY.

When you’re done with them, ask yourself: What’s different now? I’m willing to bet you’re going to discover and remember the joy of being alive and having accomplished something wonderful — getting to know yourself all over again.

I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | 10 Magical Fragments of Goodness to Keep You Going

“Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study,
call yourselves to an account what new ideas,
what new proposition or truth you have gained,
what further confirmation of known truths,
and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge.”
– Isaac Watts (The Improvement of the Mind to Which Are Added a Discourse on the Education of Children)

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Where has the time gone?
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We approaching the end of the first quarter of 2015!

Can you believe it? Whoosh. And the time has flown by.

Have you stopped and examined where you are as compared against where you thought you’d be three months ago? That’s right, it’s time to take a break from the flurry of activity and measure yourself against your own personal concept of success.

I have made a practice of self-examination and musing and reflection on my own deeds and intentions. In doing so, I routinely go back over my own notes — little Post-It® notes and random scribblings — that I put in my journal. There I find the concentrated wisdom that I’ve uncovered, discovered, observed, and had gifted along the way.

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What do you create?
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Do you ever create such notes for yourself? Do you ever go back and sit down with them like they were old friends and you just need to catch up with each other?

I thought it might be fun to share some of my own little treasures with you so that you, too, can be inspired, prompted, and propelled to get and do and think even more. In doing this, I am reminded of Herman Hesse’s quote: “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else. . . . Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”

I do not pretend to be wise. But I have found some wonders you might enjoy —

So . . . Without further ado . . . Here are some of the fragments of goodness that have recently guided me. One of these is mine. Most are from others.

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All of this is rocket fuel!
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Knowledge is not magic. Doing is magic. — Scott Grossberg

I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. — Haruki Murakami

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. — Alexander Graham Bell

The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. — Bill Watterson

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. — W. Clement Stone

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.  — Daniel Burnham

Those who can’t change their mind, can’t change anything. — George Bernard Shaw

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? — Sun Tau

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. — Warren Buffet

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.” — Richard Branson

As you can see, these quotes come from all types of people in all types of industry and from all walks of Life. Inspiration can come from anywhere and from anyone.

What little tidbits of wisdom have guided and directed and inspired you recently? I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | 12 Books That Will Turn You Into a Magician

March 1, 2015 2 comments

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
– Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

People love to ask me what books I’m currently reading. I read a lot. A lot. Usually three or four books are going at any given time. And that doesn’t include the articles, blog postings, social media accounts, etc. that get my attention.

I think the more intense and useful question is: What books are some of your go-to materials — you know the ones — those books that you consistently refer back to for motivation, additional insight, and inspiration?

While my list changes as I find new, exciting authors and discover timeless wisdom in older tomes, here are twelve books that I find incredible for bringing magic to my life! These are not in any particular order. They cover a variety of subjects. Naturally, there are more.

But this should be a grand start for you:

Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (Richard Bach)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008IU9ZXW
“Remember where you came from, where you’re going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. You’re going to die a horrible death, remember. It’s all good training, and you’ll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less-advanced life-forms, and they’ll call you crazy.”

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition (Richard Bach)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FNVSK1M
“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.”

The Champion’s Mind (Jim Afremow)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1623361486
“Excellence can be achieved only today—not yesterday or tomorrow, because they do not exist in the present moment. Today is the only day you have to flex your talents and maximize your enjoyment. Your challenge is to win in all aspects of life. To reach that goal, you need to set yourself up for success by winning one day at a time. Procrastination is no match for a champion.”

Zen in the Martial Arts (Joe Hymans)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003IS764O
“A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.”

A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1883360250
“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.”

In the Shadow of the Shaman (Amber Wolfe)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0875428886
“We are mapmakers charting our own path. The path of the shaman leads us in and out of the chaos of pure Nature energies— a collage of elements spinning around us. For a moment in time this collage of chaos crystalizes into a clear vision. We chart our experiences and take our bearings. We travel on, just as the shamans of old.”

Creative Visualization – Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (Shakti Gawain)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1577312295
“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you.”

The Last Word on Power – Executive Invention for Leaders Who Must Make the Impossible Happen (Tracy Goss)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XVYLHQ
“The new master paradigm that you are about to invent is rooted in a particular type of declaration: a declaration of possibility. A powerful declaration of possibility can move the forces that alter the world. From the moment it is spoken, this declaration lays the groundwork for action in a new realm: a specific realm of possibility, which you define, that did not previously exist as possible. The new realm of possibility you declare is founded solely on your stand for that possibility— without precedent, argument, or proof. Said another way: A declaration of possibility brings “what is not” into existence as a possibility.”

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives (Dan Millman)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1932073256
“Wake up! Wake up! Soon the person you believe you are will die – so now, wake up and be content with this knowledge: there is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all ONE, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor, and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life; just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are for more than you imagine. you are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else too! It’s all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don’t worry, just be happy. You are already free!”

War as I Knew It (George S. Patton)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0395735297
“A man must know his destiny . . . if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”

Integrative Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Course in Change (Melissa Tiers)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1450542786
“Because when we do rapid change work, what we are really changing are belief systems. I think the most important filter we experience the world through is the one guided by our beliefs. They govern what we see as well as how we heal, or unfortunately, don’t heal.”

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