I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
– Jack London
WE ALL NEED A HUMAN CTRL-ALT-DEL BUTTON
All of us get stuck. Get lost. Get mired in the day-to-day affairs of Life.
We become so involved in surviving what’s thrown in our path that we forget we don’t have to stay that way. And when we forget our own personal power — our magic — we also lose sight of the fact that we really do know what we’re doing (if we’d only just remember).
If you’ve experienced this — or you’re going through this now — today’s article will speak to you.
I like to start my seminars by telling people I am here to rewire them — to reprogram them — to reset them. Think of me as the Control-Alt-Delete (if you’re a PC user) or Command-Option-Escape (if you’re on a Mac). One of the things I help you do is clear out and address and overcome any challenges you currently have and bring you back to a “normal” (for you) and controlled state of being.
But before this reset can take place, you have to recognize that there’s a problem.
To put it another way, you can’t intentionally reboot your life without intending to interrupt a habit, behavior, thought process, or belief that isn’t serving you well any longer.
THE ONE QUESTION THAT WILL RESET YOUR LIFE
Take a moment and review your life exactly as it is right now.
BE DEADLY HONEST WITH YOURSELF!
Appraise all these difference areas of your life:
Your money situation.
Your philosophy of Life.
Your love life.
Your connections with others.
Now, having reviewed your current situation — how it makes you feel —ask yourself the following questions:
“IS THIS HOW YOU WANT TO BE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?”
THE FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS THAT WILL MOVE YOU FORWARD
If the answer to the ONE QUESTION (above) is “yes,” then just keep doing what it is you’re doing. And congratulations.
If the answer is “no,” however (and I’m willing to bet the answer is “no” for nearly all of you), then you need to ask a follow-up question:
“DO YOU WANT MORE?”
When you get to the point in your life when you’re willing to admit your want MORE, the follow-up to that question is:
“WHAT DO YOU WANT?”
Now start writing down all the things you want more (or better) of. Let your imagination, creativity, desire, passion, and need spark what gets put on paper or on your computer screen. You are going to manifest a desired destiny and it starts with being restless and determined to create MORE for yourself and those you care for.
YOUR LIFE IS ON FIRE — RUN
Once you have written out — given form, validated, and declared — your dreams, it doesn’t stop there. That’s where most people get caught up. They think that by simply thinking of something — by wanting it badly enough —it will manifest. It might. It might not.
The real secret to creating the life of your dreams is to actually participate in the success of those dreams. That means you have to DO SOMETHING to make the dreams happen.
I challenge you to look at the dreams you have written out and then imagine that your life is on fire. You are either going to burn up or burn out and you have a limited time to make the things you’ve written about manifest into reality.
Now you might be thinking — why not be a firefighter and just put the fire out? Why all the drama?
Well, it’s that type of thinking that got you into the rut, the trouble, and the state of acceptance you were in when we started this discussion.
I don’t want you to put the fire out. I want you to fan the flames!
Perhaps this little story from Rabbi Abraham Twerski, M.D. (http://www.abrahamtwerski.com) will drive home my point:
A village blacksmith’s assistant once visited a large town and sought the local blacksmith. He observed that the workers there used a bellows to fan the flames in the forge. The bellows were much more efficient that the exhausting manual fanning which he did back in his master’s shop. He promptly bought a bellows, returned to his master with great enthusiasm, and informed him that there was no longer any need for them to exhaust themselves fanning the flames. He then set out to demonstrate the magic of the bellows, but alas regardless of how vigorously he pumped them, no flames appeared.
“I don’t understand it,” he exclaimed. “In town, I saw with my own eyes the huge flames produced by the bellows.”
“Did you first light a small fire?” asked the master smith.
“No,” the assistant replied. “I just pumped the bellows like they did in the city.”
“You fool!” the blacksmith said. “The bellows can only increase the size of the flame when you begin it with a spark. When you have no spark or fire, all the pumping of the bellows is of no use.”
Most of us go through life making the motions and talking boldly about the success we want to have. Very few take the time to hit their own reset button and then make that success happen. Don’t be like all the others. You deserve all the success you can imagine!
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