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The power of the mind

Sunday, December 01, 2019

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Entrepreneurs, intellectuals, artistes and the very dirt poor have used the concept of, “Whatever the mind can conceive and you believe, it achieves”, in order to motivate, guide and propel them forward.

But why are others only able to struggle through in situations that are chaotic, frustrating and even dangerous? When do we stop and take stock of what we are doing to ourselves and take the decision to make use of our gifts? Why don't we also use this concept to strengthen us instead of trying to do it alone?

It is said that once you take the decision to move in a different direction, it changes your perspective on life. If you are a constant worrier just switch your attention on the positive sphere and you will find a difference in your approach and thinking.

The practice of concentrating one's mind affirmatively on the good and constructive aspects of a matter, in an effort to eliminate destructive emotions, is of paramount importance. It is good to cultivate an attitude of being happy, good-natured and be able to keep a bright outlook during times of trials.

Do not allow challenges and people with negative thoughts to affect you. Try hard to expect success, see progress and do not allow yourself to go astray from your purposeful belief system. Bear in mind that there is a greater chance of meeting success than failure.

We are all placed on this earth to achieve something and contribute to its continuation. We are here to advance God's creation through our social interaction. As such, the development of your gifts and talents are of paramount importance.

It is now necessary to use the gifts and talents that you have buried somewhere, maybe many years ago for this future development.

When we allow ourselves to be lead by the promptings of the creator, life becomes that much easier and our true gifts and talents materialise in a perfect way. Why? Because it was placed there before you were born.

Look at this brief suggestion by Bob Proctor, “The first thing I want you to do is to picture yourself in your mind's eye sitting in your room with several of your friends. Then I want you to visualise yourself announcing to them your intention of becoming wealthy; at least wealthy enough to live the way you choose to live. Now imagine how that would make you feel. If you are like most people, you would probably feel very uncomfortable. Perhaps you would feel so uncomfortable you might even retract what you had said, by informing your friends that you were only joking.”

We have to see magnificent things happening to us and believe that they can happen. Therefore, I am suggesting to you, right now, to keep this magnificent picture on the screen of your mind. Whatever you place on the screen of your mind will happen. We must ensure that we do not leave earth with this picture this is where it must be used.

Those of us who have buried some dreams, I am saying it is not over for you. Search out what you have buried, reach into the recesses of your mind and find the dream you had, that house you never bought, the business you started and allowed it to die and the education you wanted to pursue.

How about the job you are so afraid to go to and you convince yourself that you cannot survive without it? Remember you buried the thought years ago? But the reality is it is still there. Remember when you talked yourself out of not doing it because you were not from the right background, you were too old, you didn't go to college or you are not even educated? Would you believe it is still possible?

The good thing about it this time around is that it will be easier and faster to achieve.Do not put a limit on what you are about to do. It was placed inside of you, if you kill the dream immediately, like in the scenario above it means you will be limiting the power that placed it in you from inception. Consider this then, if you were in that position, as the creator, wouldn't you take it away and give it to some one else?

The power of the creator is flowing through you and you are the chosen vessel. Do not set a limit on your gifts, talents and dreams. There is power invested in you to maximise anything you set out to do.

The writer, Joseph Murphy in his book, Power of the Subconscious Mind says that, “The miracle working power of your subconscious mind can heal you of your sickness; make you vital and strong again. In learning how to use your inner powers you will open the prison door of fear and enter into a place described by Apostle Paul as the glorious liberty of the sons of God.”

There is a wealth of resources awaiting you, the dream would not enter the mind if the provision wasn't made by the power that be. Infinite riches are around at all times, it is possible to have all this and more if only you would open your mental eyes and gaze, admire, and behold the diamond that is in the rough at this stage.

Eventually, you can extract refined diamonds that will allow you to live a happy, joyful and an abundant life. It is all up to you to draw from the subconscious mind whatever you want to have. Do not be afraid to make your requests as you parade around the mind. It can get rid of fears, destructive outlook on life and place you in a position to have the things that you would like to have. Naturally you will become more wholesome and productive. You will enjoy the respect of your family who is desperately waiting for you to get that breakthrough.

In life there are two kinds of people; one is always on the move, searching out what they can do to make a difference in their lives and others as well. They do not sit around and wait for opportunity to find them; they go out and search for opportunities. They will dig deep to find a gold mine although they didn't have a clue that anything was buried there. I like to call them possibility thinkers and seekers. They are not easily defeated and they usually take care of their minds, making sure that they concentrate always on good things.

However, sometimes, we find those people who are always seeing only the negative side of life. Something wrong will always happen on their watch. I have never had any good breaks; from I was a child I always had to struggle more than my siblings, friends and foes. They expect the worst out of life and when it happens to them, they come boasting, 'I told you so.'

If you are seeking to materialise your dreams it doesn't serve you well to stay around them too long. They could end up draining your energy. However, these people could be prime candidates to make some changes in their lives and focus their minds on good things happening to them. They can start by getting rid of toxic self-talk.

Opportunities are boundless, and history is laced with powerful people coming from very rough backgrounds. Many were from broken homes yet they came out of these situations as victors. So you can do the same, stop seeing yourself as less than while hiding behind fear.

Let us be grateful for what was placed inside us and use this time and opportunity to the best of our abilities. Soon you will be telling your stories of how you overcame many adversities and the lessons learnt. Overcoming difficulties and being able to say you have been better for it shows growth, maturity and spirit! Now you are able to view hardships and struggle in a different light. You have now shifted your mind to a more wholesome place away from whining and griping.

MOHAMMED ALI

Like possibility thinkers, we need to seek creative ways out of difficult situations. Mohammed Ali was my favoUrite boxer. When he entered the ring he would frustrate his opponents with phrases like, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. You can't touch this pretty face, I am better than you, I am the greatest,” he would go on and on dancing around his opponent, tiring them out, frustrating them, especially those who had heavier punches than him.

When they were all annoyed and flustered, then he would land his knockout punch. I realised at an early stage that Ali was using his own strategy to weaken opponents. He was not a traditional person when it came to boxing; Ali was an out-of-the-box thinker. He went in the ring at times with a certain method he would use but in mid-fight he would change his style. He was always reading his opponent's mind, thinking when to move faster, when to dance and when to land the next punch.

You can just imagine the amount of gym work, the hours of running and climbing, not to mention the level of mental training and conditioning that he went through.

Angelo Dundee who was Muhammad Ali's trainer said, “When Ali couldn't get a ride to the gym he would run to the gym and when he had finished he would run all the way back home as well. His house to the gym was seven miles and he would do this regularly.”

Eventually Ali earned the title 'The Greatest.' This was not a mistake, it was hard work, inspiration, dedication and perseverance.

On the other hand, The West Indies cricket team of the 1960's —1980's was a force to contend with. I used to say to my husband that any score that a team posted the West Indies team would better it. People lost sleep, jobs, girlfriends and maybe even marriages, just staying up late to watch and follow the West Indies cricket team. They had passion, sense of purpose and pride. But they gave up, they lost their passion, no zeal for the team, they pulled the rug from under the fans' feet, definitely from underneath mine.

Now, they have buried the team, the sport and I think they have taken away a big chunk of ordinary peoples' love for the sport. They are unable to win matches these days moreover series.

We are co-creators with God and He plants certain thoughts in our minds in order for us to water, fertilise and nurture them so as to bear fruit, but like the West Indies team, some of us manage to talk ourselves out of it.

But the creator is not upset with you, he gives chances. Focus your attention on the many dreams you have buried and decide that today you will start digging for seeds that were planted. Believe me it is still waiting for you. This time around it will be easier and faster.

Fay Walters has is a human resource development consultant with three decades experience. She specializes in empowerment speaking, coordinating and executing training seminars geared towards empowering persons with skills in conflict management and resolution and other mechanisms for coping with issues of social justice.


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