Whether you're a mostly jealous person, or a feed-hungry-people kind of person, or an energetic person, etc., you are currently riding a particular road.
That road has good features, and bad features. In each case, we can make radically better decisions, and therefore equally-radical results... ...quickly, and measurably.
This one alteration in your current set of MOST-OFT REPEATED habits of your daily life is identical to the alteration being embraced by literally thousands and thousands of people on this day of life.
It is positively tragic that hundreds of thousands of people are, in this same exact day, using the opposite alteration to push DOWN their attitudes, and therfore their results.
The crux, or fulcrum of this vital and life-altering feature of every human life, including yours, occurs at precisely the same minute for each and every one of us. That one minute cannot be anything but the most defining minute of who you are, what you are, what you have, and what you do and do not accomplish in this life. In short, that magical minute will cast horrible shadows on your reputation, wonderful sparks of light upon your reputation, or just mediocre blobs of light and shadow upon your reputation. Are we on the same page and paragraph here?
That minute, and the potent forces you unleash during that minute, has already occurred a thousand times and more for you, and as long as you're alive you can expect many more of them.
Specifically, it is the minute that information goes from a point outside your head, to a place inside your head. At this crucially influential minute you only have two choices, two directions to move in. When the information is inserted into your personal body, by sight or by sound, by smell, taste, or touch, you will be at the most vital juncture conceivable for you.
It doesn't matter whether the news is major or minor;
it only matters whether you yourself view it as major or minor.
Whether or not this is information that's similar or identical to information you've absorbed before will also affect the outcome by precisely how much you choose to believe it is so or not.
"So," you ask, "what is this magical fulcrum that will alter the remainder of my life?"
That's a good question, and I'm glad you ask it. Because we have not yet found an exception to this rule in the long course of human history and experience, it's reasonable to figure that the use of this resource, this tool, is static, or unchanging.
As every productive scientist or successful entrepreneur, magician or cook or wedding planner knows with certainty, any set of steps that is guaranteed to produce an identical result is a set of steps that, used intentionally, constitutes the single shortest path to achieving a desired objective.
Rather than discovering new ways to get to an urgent appointment tomorrow morning far from your home, you and I both know you're going to use a set of steps that has worked before, for other people and/or for yourself. Is this true, or not?
When the appointment is that urgent, you will surely use a set of written instructions if it's in a place or city you've never been before. Whether it's an airplane ticket, which is a specific instruction to an airline employee to allow you to get on a plane, or a written set of notes on which streets to turn left or right onto, the only way you will feel confident of getting there is having at your disposal a set of steps that has worked before, for other people and/or for yourself.
The wedding planner knows that there must be a written list of what flowers, a written list of how many servings of food/dessert/liquor, etc. When the scientist takes a set of steps and finds a specific desirable result, and then repeats the feat, again and again, he has what you long ago learned to recognize as a…. c'mon, it's synonymous with pattern or recipe…. except scientists have a different word that we readily embrace… that's right, the call it a formula.
We all know that formulas work consistently. With exceptions on this occasion or that; nevertheless these formulas produce consistently good results. Whether we are formulating different strengths of insulin or artificial milk for infants, we are confident that repeating the formula over and over again will produce nearly or fully identical results. Should you be one of those very few people who actually are intelligent in the most important meaning of the word, and you're both able and willing to stick with this one thought before jumping to conclusions, you are one-conditionally guaranteed to obtain significantly, even measurably better results in any and every area of your life that you can name…. Within as little as 24 to 72 hours.
For those few of us who are completely thrilled with life, and every facet of it, this page is not written to them, even though it is assuredly all about them, and the set of steps they're using now. The phrase 'not written to them is meant for two reasons:
1) They are the models of Henry Ford's comment that "People who say it can't be done should stop interrupting those who are doing it." They haven't got the time or inclination to read this page only because they're too busy already doing what's contained in these paragraphs.
2) "Not written to them" also because they are already doing it. They know it best of all of us, hm?
Most of us read wise thoughts and suggestions, nod our heads and saying, "Yep, I got it." In most cases, including yours, we go right back to doing things the same way, and getting the same result. It was hard to refrain from laughing when a famed psychiatrist advised us that insanity is defined as "doing something the same way over and over again while expecting a different result." That describes your actions these past six months, doesn't it? When you get up each day, do you brush your teeth the same way you did fifteen years ago, or do you stay at least moderately informed on new toothbrush designs or the dentally-universal understanding that flossing your teeth is even more important than brushing them?
At least 80% of us are willing to claim happiness doing things the same way each day, and are still foolish enough to believe that 'things will get better,' or that "God will provide." No matter how much history proves that things get better only when our actions get better, that God helps those who help themselves, there always appears to be people who claim to be happy in spite of all the grief they experience on day-to-day basis, for thousands of days in a row.
Take the wedding planner, for example. Did you ever notice that most weddings are very successful… …whereas most marriages, up to 75% of them in America, are so dismally unsuccessful?
Is there anyone reading this who's dumb enough to believe it's only a coincidence that the successful part of this scenario is planned and written out in detail… whereas the unsuccessful part of this scenario is NOT planned for, in detail and in writing?
Don't tell us you haven't got five, six, maybe even seven or eight minutes, right now, in this precise minute, to put into writing just what road you'll like to be riding on, driving on, in the next ten days.
Be certain without hesitation that you fully realize that you are on a particular road of life, and there is definitely a map for that road. Either you're using YOUR map as a guide, or you're using someone else's. As long as the destination is one of your own determination, you'll find the coming days filled with far faster movement towards.... you guessed it...
whatever you've written on the paper today.
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