Power of Positive Remembering
How to create SUCCESS by releasing the power of your memories
Seven Traits of Successful People
They recognized their dreams when they found them
They clearly definded what they wanted
They kept their dream in front of them
They educated themselves
They didn't listen
They understood failures as steps toward success
They had a "higher propose"
The Power to Overcome Fear
What is the sympathetic nervous system?
The Power to Reduce Stress
What is stress anyway?
Can stress do ALL that?
The oldest cure-Yoga
Your body's natural valium-Parasympathetic Nervous System
You set the limits by the orders you give your brain and body. You do not have to be a victim of circumstance.
Helen Keller was both deaf and blind yet she went on to graduate from college and become a writer. Franklin Roosevelt was paralyzed by polio from the waist down. He refused to be limited by this handicap and went on to become President of the United States.
Use a Picture to keep your Positive Memories
Whatever you use to keep the positive memories active will work. For example, Have you heard of the Hilton hotel chain. Of coarse you have. But after this you'll think of something different than luxury hotels. From now on you'll remember the story of the man who was broke but refused to be broken.
A year earlier Connie was the
proud and ambitious owner of a string of eight hotels. In fact in
November of 1930 he had completed a three hundred room, nineteen
story hotel in El Paso, Texas. He had hosted a party for twelve
hundred people on opening night. That night Connie gave a glowing
speech about America being the land of opportunity and told the
audience that this "thing" ,as he called the Great
Depression which started in 1929, "couldn't last." But
he was wrong and by the end of 1931 he was broke.
Connie wasn't just broke he was
under a mountain of debt. He had lost everything he had spent his
life to build because of the Great Depression. He had to move his
family into one of the hotels because he couldn't pay the
mortgage. To keep going for a while he had even accepted a $300
loan from a bellboy, but that didn't last long. When he pulled
into the gas station where he had credit the attendant told him
he couldn't charge anymore gas. Then the attendant filled the
tank and paid for it out of his own pocket.
Connie Hilton was living out of suitcases constantly traveling, desperately trying to raise enough money to keep his indebted hotels from being taken away. On one of these trips in December 1931 he had 38 cents in his pocket when he saw a picture in a magazine that changed his life. It was a picture of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue in New York City. This picture stirred him so deeply that he spent what little money he had to buy that magazine.
Looking back on this event Conrad Hilton remembered:
"[W]hen I saw my first photograph of the recently built "new" Waldorf in 1931, read of such luxuries as a private railroad siding in the basement, a private hospital for guests, a golden rivet in her innards where her construction had started, six kitchens, two hundred cooks, five hundred waiters, one hundred dishwashers, not to mention two thousand rooms, I was beating my way around Texas half hidden under a ten-gallon hat, existing on a voluntary loan from a bellboy. My laundry was in hock and a gun-toting constable was trying to find places to hang up the court judgments against me.
"It was a presumptuous, an outrageous time to dream. Still I cut out that picture of the Waldrof and wrote across it 'The Greatest of Them All'. As soon as I had won back a desk of my own I slipped the dog-eared clipping under the glass top. From then on it was always in front of me.
"Fifteen years later, in October,1949, 'The Greatest of Them All' became a Hilton Hotel."
Every day he looked at the picture to keep his goal in mind. Fifteen years later the Waldorf became a Conrad Hilton hotel.
When you see a Hilton Hotel from now on remember this story about a man who was broke but refused to be broken.
Use your Imagination to keep Your positive memories active
The famous golf pro Jack Nicklaus understands this. He wrote in his autobiography that he always first imagines the perfect shot before he ever swings. He says:
"it's like a color movie. First I 'see' the ball where I want it to finish, Then the scene quickly changes and I 'see' the ball going there: it's path, trajectory and shape, even it's behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of a fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the images into reality." If the body is in the business of taking orders why not give it orders to do it exactly right.
Your imagination is made of rearranged parts of memory
If you're into playing music listen to the story of Liu Shih-kum and his piano.
Liu Shih-kum was a world famous
Chinese pianist when in he was thrown into prison by Mao Tse-Tung
for playing western music instead of Communist. Liu was beaten
repeatedly and kept in a tiny prison cell for six years with no
books, no paper to write on and of coarse no piano. But Liu had
hope because even in prison he took action. For six years he
practiced on an imaginary piano.
Finally he was released by the Communists and allowed to come to Philadelphia were he played brilliantly with the orchestra even though on that night he had not touched a piano in over six years. He not only survived he flourished because he took action and automatically gave himself hope.
HOW to CASH a 10 Million Dollar BAD Check
Just two days before his father's
death Jim Carrey had signed a $10 million deal to star in the
sequel to his blockbuster hit movie THE MASK. Now he was a
grieving son standing before a casket and remembering how much
his father had believed in him.
Years before he and his father had dreamed he would someday make it big in movies. Jim believed it so strongly, that while he was still an unknown actor, he had written himself a check for $10 million for "acting services rendered."
Thankfully, Jim had the consolation that his father had lived to see him become a star. He had accomplished everything his father had "hoped his whole life for [him] to do. Now on this saddest of all days Jim paid tribute to his father by placing that well worn "worthless" check for $10 million he had written to himself inside the casket. Though worthless, that check was more valuable than any movie deal.
It had been Jim Carrey's way to POSITIVELY REMEMBER his belief in his dream and his love for his father who encouraged that dream. That check reminded him of HOPE and that hope ORDERED his mind into action, even when earning millions seemed only a distant fantasy.
NAPOLEON'S MAGICAL STONE
Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the obscure island of Corsica of the coast of Italy. Although he later became the emperor of France he did not learn how to speak French until he was ten years old. One day when he was a little boy his Grandmother called him over and gave him a very special gift. It was a beautiful star sapphire stone. She told young Napoleon that he must take care of the stone because it had the magical power to make whoever owned it the Emperor of France.
The boy was so impressed by the stone he kept it with him his whole life. As you know Napoleon did go on to become the Emperor of France. Was the star sapphire stone really MAGIC? The answer is Yes and No.
When Napoleon died the stone was examined by expert jewelers and found to be a worthless fake. The precious magical stone with the power to make whoever owned it the Emperor of France was nothing more than a cheap imitation of a sapphire.
The stone was not real after all, but it had worked magic in the life of Napoleon. It was not the stone that was magic, but the fact that every time Napoleon saw the sapphire he remembered his dream. He was reminded that the stone had the power to transform a poor boy from nowhere into an Emperor in the heart of Paris.
Each time he looked at it, held it in his hands he TURNED ON the real source of the magic. The real power of his own memory to make what is not into what will be. When doubts and fears came along, Napoleon had the stone to remind him of the memory and the feeling he had as a boy when he first received the promise of future glory. His belief in his own success would then overcome the thoughts of doubt and fear.
The stone's real magic was to constantly remind him of his childhood belief until believing in success became his habit.
Success is only a side-effect of THIS
I believe the next story will help you fulfill your purpose in life and find lasting success and happiness in all you do.
This man was Viktor Frankl. During World War II he was sent to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. In this death camp where he spent over three years and lost his wife, Frankl discovered something great in man. It is ironic to find the glory of mankind in a place famous for the cruelty and evil of one people setting out to exterminate another. But in the doomed lives of his fellow prisoners Frankl found the one freedom that can never be taken away from man without his consent.
" We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
And there were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to, those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity to become molded into the form of the typical inmate."
Frankl found the great glory of mankind was his ability to choose.
He goes on to sum up his greatest idea:
"in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone. Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him-mentally and spiritually."
It seems obvious that a person has choice but you and I know in life how easy it is to believe we are not free. So, if you are free to choose;
Frankl said this inner strength came from hope for some future goal you could look forward to.
"It is the peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking to the future-and this is his salvation in the most difficult moments of his existence, although he sometimes has to force his mind to the task."
The future the person looks forward to didn't matter. It only mattered that to achieve this goal gave meaning to his life. A reason to get up and a guide for his actions. Some believed heaven waited for them, so they acted to please God. Some hoped to see their loved ones again and wanted to live in such a way that their family would be proud. Others wanted to create some work, like the book Frankl wanted to write, and wished to survive to do it.
Imagining the Future to Activate Hope
In his book Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl tells the story of how he lived through the horror of the concentration camp by imagining his future. They were made to march a few miles in the freezing cold with only thin rags to wear on their bodies and torn shoes on their feet. They were made to work all day and fed most the time only a watered down soup or a small piece of bread.
While marching one day in the bitter cold in tears because his feet hurt so much he began to imagine himself standing on the platform of a well-lit, warm and pleasant lecture room. He imagined he was giving a lecture on his experiences in the camps as if they had happened long ago.
As he gave his imaginary talk he was no longer suffering the pain or the cold-he was in the warm lecture hall of the future wearing clean clothes and being treated with respect. He was looking for his future by making detailed plans, he was expecting to live long enough to tell about this awful place. And this imagining the future was his salvation in the most difficult moments of his existence.
For example Frankl tells the following story:
"When I was taken to the concentration camp of Auschwitz, a manuscript of mine ready for publication was confiscated. Certainly, my deep desire to write this manuscript anew helped me to survive the rigors of the camps I was in. For instance, when in a camp in Bavaria I fell ill with typhus fever, I jotted down on little scraps of paper many notes intended to enable me to rewrite the manuscript, should I live to the day of liberation."
When you dream you're giving your body and mind orders to expect those dreams to come true. You're ordering your mind to take action and you're automatically giving yourself the gift of hope. This is the Power of Positive Remembering. This is the power to change your life into the life you've always hoped it would be.
All people are faced sooner or later with the questions:
Viktor Frankl believed the answers to the three above questions could only be answered by you, yourself. You have the choice of why your here, what's your purpose, and only you should decide what you want to do with the rest of your life.
When we are young we believe we have all the time in the world to do a hundred different careers. Unfortunately the choice is often made for us, by default. By failing to choose we end up where ever the chips fall. We come to believe its just our "fate" to be less than we dreamed as a child. After all we've had this and that circumstance to hinder us. And if only this person or that person had acted differently we could be in a much better position. But sooner or later we have to admit we are at fault. We either gave up our dreams because they seemed to hard to obtain or we really never choose a goal in the first place.
But how do you change this?
The answer is your imagination, your ability to visualize, your power to "see" in your mind anything you wish. This is the reason man can choose and therefore it is the tool you can use to control your mind and direct your life.
Frankl's most important advise is this;
"Don't aim at success . . . For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the UNINTENDED SIDE-EFFECT of one's personal DEDICATION TO A CAUSE greater than oneself or the BY-PRODUCT of one's SURRENDER TO A PERSON other than oneself."
Success is the natural fruit which grows out of the seeds of:
As Frankl has written it is you who can and must "decide what shall become of [you]" , so you must come to see yourself as the creator of your life, with a vision all your own and the natural ability to bring this vision to the world of the seen. This has far reaching implications because if God created you with the ability to create yourself and if inside you is a secret hidden vision you've always wanted-then it is your right and duty to create your vision.
HOW TO BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME
NO MATTER HOW BAD IT GETS
THE HIDING PLACE is the true story of the life of Corrie ten Boom. During World War II, the Nazi's caught Corrie, her sister Betsie and her father helping Jews. They put the ten Boom family in prison for this. Eventually Corrie and Betsie ended up at the same prison camp called Ravensbruck. One day they were put in Barracks 28.
Corrie writes on page 197,
"[Betsie and I] followed our guide single file-the aisle was not wide enough for two-fighting back the claustrophobia of these platforms rising everywhere above us. The tremendous room was nearly empty of people; they must have been out on various work crews. At last [our guide] pointed to a second tier in the center of a large block. To reach it we had to stand on the bottom level, haul ourselves up, and then crawl across three other straw-covered platforms to reach the one tat we would share with-how many? The deck above us was too close to let us sit up. We lay back, struggling against the nausea that swept over us from the reeking straw. We could hear the women who had arrived with us finding their places.
Suddenly I sat up, striking my head on the cross-slats above. Something had pinched my leg.
"Fleas!" I cried. "Betsie, the place is swarming with them!"
We scrambled across the intervening platforms, heads low to avoid another bump, dropped down to the aisle, and edged our way to a patch of light.
"Here! And here another one!" I wailed. "Betsie, how can we live in such a place!"
"Show us. Show us how." It was said so matter of factly it took me a second to realize she was praying. More and more the distinction between prayer and the rest of life seemed to be vanishing for Betsie.
"Corrie!" she said excitedly. "He's given us the answer! Before we asked, as He always does! In the Bible this morning. Where was it? Read that part again!"
Corrie began reading a passage from the New Testament book 1st Thessalonians and when she got to the right part Betsie said,
"That's it, Corrie! That's His answer. 'Give thanks in all circumstances!' That's what we can do. We can start right now to thank God for every single thing about this new barracks!"
I stared at her, then around me at the dark, foul aired room.
"Such as?" I said.
"Such as being assigned here together."
I bit my lip. "Oh yes, Lord Jesus!"
"Such as what you're holding in your hands."
I looked down at the Bible. "Yes! Thank You, dear Lord, that there was no inspection when we entered here!
"Yes," said Betsie. "Thank You for the very crowding here. Since we're packed so close, that many more will hear!" She looked at me expectantly. "Corrie!" she prodded.
"Oh, all right. Thank You for the jammed, crammed, stuffed, packed, suffocating crowds."
"Thank You," Betsie went on serenely, "for the fleas and for -----"
The fleas! This was too much. "Betsie, there's no way even God can make me grateful for a flea."
" 'Give thanks in all
circumstances,' " she quoted. "It doesn't say. 'in
pleasant circumstances.' Fleas are part of this place where God
has put us."
And so we stood between piers of bunks and gave thanks for fleas. But this time I was sure Betsie was wrong."
The secret to being happy all the time is to look for the blessings in all circumstances, constantly activating positive memories and feelings.
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