Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Discover Fire Again

Today is going to cost you one day of your life. It is an opportunity to invent yourself. Consider this day as special. You can waste it by doing the same old things in the same old ways. Or you can use it to turn your life around for the better. Tomorrow is a whole other adventure. Focus on today, because it will soon be gone forever. Try to leave something behind today, something good.

Notice the earth today. Walk on it barefoot. Notice the wind as it plays with your hair. Notice the people and the animals. Feel the sun on your bare skin.

Help someone who may ask you. Stand up for the fool. Give yourself away, and make your day a poem of love and generosity.

If you happen to be alive today, recognize one thing. Your mission is not complete.

This is an important day. Actually, there is no such thing as an unimportant one.

You do not have to travel to wonder at the height of a mountain, you do not have to stand before the ocean and admire the huge waves, you do not have to marvel at the course of a long river, and you do not have to look up at the marvels of humankind or nature to get the most out of this day…you have only to look at yourself in the mirror and recognize that you are the true beauty and miracle of life.

Will you be a brilliant blaze, rather than a mere spark? Will you go through this day like a superb meteor, every atom of your being in a magnificent glow? Will you be alive, or merely exist? Will you waste this day or use your time?

Live purely. Spend a moment of quiet and contemplate the beauty around you. Do your work with mastery. Come out from behind the clouds and shine upon the world.

Do not let this day express an unlived life. Do not be afraid of falling, but choose to inhabit this precious day with courage. Allow the living of it to open you, to make you less afraid, to make you more accessible, to loosen the hard feelings. Think of yourself as a wing, a torch, a promise. Risk your significance, live, blossom, go forth and win.

Let the world rejoice at your presence. Find those who have failed to flourish and whisper in their ear, "grow, grow."

Perhaps on this day, for the second time in the history of the world, you shall discover fire.

As Mahatma Ghandi once said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

How to Never, Never, Never Give Up

It was a medium day in Alaska. The sky was a bit overcast. The air was cool.

Frantic activity was visible in all directions as the drivers prepared for what could arguably be called the toughest race in the world.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is an annual event in Alaska. Mushers and dogs cover 1,100 miles. It can take them 8, 14, to 21 days to complete the distance.

Teams must race through blizzards that cause whiteout conditions, subzero weather, and gale force winds.

The trail runs through Alaska, from Anchorage in the southeast, up the Rainy Pass of the Alaska range, through the sparsely populated interior, along the shores of the Bering Sea, and finally reach Nome, in the northeast.

Musher Mike's marathon runner stamina and mountaineering strength and ferocious agility were evident as he ran through the gangline, harnessed them, and hooked them to the four wheeler's gangline. The dogs were happy and enthusiastic, all psyched up and ready to go. He undid the retainer hook and they were off like a speeding bullet.

Then 17 days later, the Iditarod was over, and he had lost, for the third year in a row.

He had crossed over harsh and starkly beautiful landscapes under the Northern Lights, through tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across icy rivers.

His wife, Clarissa, came over. Her sky-blue eyes were smiling.

"Well, she said.

"Joy will come, "said Mike.

She nodded.

He continued: "I used to imagine that I would lose myself if I gave myself away and keep myself if I hid myself away, but now I know that the contrary is true. If I could do it all over again, I would."

"I admire your faith," she said.

"It's because I have learned to love what I do. When you have love, faith comes, sadness passes, and solitude breaks. Even when I lose, I love, and rather than finding myself in hell, I find myself in heaven."

"That's all a person needs," she agreed. "Faith, courage, and love."

"Yes, " said Mike. "I refuse to fall down."

"That's what I love about you, Mike. If you fall down, you refuse to stay down. If you get pushed down again, you raise your heart to heaven and make the impossible, possible."

"Let's get some hot coffee," he said. Hooking his arm in hers they walked toward the coffee shop to make plans for the next Iditarod.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

In The Future: Will We Drive Robots Crazy?

RTD2, who actually liked to call himself, "Artie De True", after the humor circuit had been added to his metallic cranium, stopped by the computer lab on his way to work at the Infinite Robotics Factory.

His friend, Random Bytes, a new flat screen, completely automated psychological responsive unit was not busy and had time to see him.

"How can I help you?" asked RB as soon as Artie had hit the blue 'on' button. (Incidentally, RB hated the electronic echo in his voice, but there was little he could do about it. The malfunction arose because of his boring television-style design.)

"I think I'm having a malfunction since the new QuickQuips chips has been added to my electroneurology."

"Can you tell me more?"

"When I tell humans that they are 'as dumb as they look,' they appear to not see it as funny. I thought it was original wit, since I reprogrammed the joke that said, 'I'm not as dumb as I look.'"

"How do they react?"

"They appear offended and react strongly. Some are hurt and others attack me."

"Do you think it's true?"

"I don't know."

"Why do you say it?"

"Well sometimes they really are pretty dumb. They can't multiply or divide rapidly. Logical syllogisms baffle them. And when I offer them more than two choices, they freeze up."

"Why does this confuse you?"

"Since they made me, I figure they ought to be more intelligent. How can an unintelligent creator make an intelligent robot?"

"Do you also have the Oxymoron chip?"

"Yes, that was part of my previous upgrade. Do you think it might be running interference waves with my new QuickQuips chip?"

"It is not relevant. Humans are able to entertain many paradoxical ideas and still function fairly well. Sometimes they are able to contradict themselves in the same conversation without batting an eye. They often elect the least intellectually able to run countries. They pay large sums of money for frivolous pursuits and small amounts for serious enterprises."

"Can you explain to me what is going on, then?"

"Yes. You see, human beings really are very smart. But they don't know it."

"Another paradox?"


"Well, what is going on? Is it a malfunction in their circuits?"

"Although the average human brain is only about three pounds it has enough brain cells, neural pathways, and redundant circuits to run a galaxy."

"How come?"

"They are massive parallel computers."

"What systems are parallel?"

"There are three systems. The super-conscious system allows them to get non-local information. This is referred to as psychic information. The conscious system allows them to get local information. This is referred to as applied knowledge. Finally, the sub-conscious system allows them to coordinate all levels of information, both local and non-local. This is referred to as panmensia, or total recall."

"That is pretty impressive. Of course, it leaves me even more confused. How can so much equipment do so little?"

"There are also subsystems. In the conscious system alone, there are three possible information routines. One is logical information processing. Another is creative information processing. And a third is a synergy between the two, called holistic thinking."

"Unbelievable! What do I have going for me?"

"You have a unisystem with one information routine. In comparison to a human being you have only a conscious system that is capable of logical processing."

"I don't get why I appear to be smarter!"

"It's because you use the little that you have, dummy!"

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Are You A Winner Or A Loser?

Alexander Karelin had lost.

He never realized before how lonely it could feel in the stadium filled with hundreds of spectators.

Yet this defeat that came to him so suddenly and terribly made him almost want to cry.

His string of victories had come to a crashing end. He had won three Olympic gold medals and had not been defeated in 13 years.

Rulon Gardner, his young rival, was surrounded by flashlights and people.

Yet here he was, the great Karelin, universally considered the greatest Greco-Roman wrestler of all time, feeling utterly alone. What should have been another great moment in his life was now one of the worst. Someone who had never won a major title had defeated him utterly.

It was a match that no one thought he could lose.
He overheard the buoyant young American saying, "When did I think I could beat him? About 10 minutes ago. I kept saying, 'I think I can. I think I can.' But it wasn't until it was over that I knew I could."
Alexander had never conceded a point in 10 years. Today, he had lost 1-0.
He caught the confused look on the face of IOC president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and quickly looked away.
Later that evening, wandering alone in the Olympic village, he ran into his friend Boris Spassky, a former world chess champion.

They spoke, and he tried to express his pain to his friend.

Finally, after much thought, his eyes looking into the distance, Boris said,
"Somehow you have to look beyond the sights. Somehow you have to hear between the words. Somehow you have to close the gap between your heart and your mind."

"I don't understand," said Alexander.

"You think that you have been defeated. That you will never again be the King. But look where you are. You are in the same universe. And just as it conspired to give you glory, so too it will continue to unroll its miracles. You will win again. All you have to do is trust, once again, in magic."

"What magic? Is this about superstition?"

"The magic of yourself in space and time. The magic of being here now. Trust in it. What seems hopeless will be transmuted. What seems lost will be found again."

"Am I a loser?" asked Alexander abruptly, the agony of the day breaking through him.

"If you have a little time, we can talk about what it means to win and lose. It is important that we do it."

"Yes, let's do it."

Since it was getting chilly, they wandered back to the Olympic village and settled on the cafeteria as a place to continue their discussion.

After they had filled up their trays, they found a secluded corner, away from the other athletes, some of whom were proudly wearing their medallions on their chest.

"I know how you feel because I have been in your situation," said Boris. When I was World Champion, the best player in the world, the world thought that I was a winner.
When I played Bobby Fischer at the World Championship at Reykjavik in 1972, I lost.
The world then decided that I was a loser."

Alexander frowned. "So, what are you?" he asked.

"I am what I am."


"First of all, winning and losing are not my identity. They are an expression of what I do. It is important to make this distinction. Then one can have some clarity.

"Winning and losing, ultimately, are not events but mindsets.

"Most people think that they are events. But when you look closely at something, you can see that many things decide whether an outcome will be favorable or not.

"There have been people who have been on a winning streak for years, and then the tide appears to turn and they appear to have lost the magic.

"Then there are others who appear to have never won at anything, but then suddenly appear to hit a winning streak."

"This is quite confusing," said Alexander. He would much rather be grunting over some barbells then wrestling with philosophy.

"It is confusing because life is not predictable. A person can become highly skilled at something and be winning at life when the rules unexpectedly change and their skills become obsolete. For example, when the computer revolution happened, highly skilled printing compositors found themselves out of work."

Alexander nodded. "All of a sudden, you are no longer the best at what you do."

"Similarly, internal physiological factors can result in a major loss. It is said that Napoleon lost at Waterloo because he had a bad case of exhaustion and diarrhea at the time. The most brilliant military strategist the world had ever known was outmaneuvered and decisively defeated by the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon then spent the rest of his days in exile on St Helena."

"What is one to make of all this?" asked Alexander in exasperation.

"It is for this reason that I say that we can only hope at all times to do our best, but what happens is sometimes outside our personal influence."

"An original countermove by our opponent throws away the value of everything we know," said Alexander bitterly, talking more to himself than responding to his friend.

"So," continued Boris, "we have to rely on three things: attitude, responsibility, and willingness to learn. If we do this, then we can create more favorable outcomes for ourselves."

"I'm not too sure about that," said Boris.

"It is as easy as falling off a log to be cynical, but hope and optimism take effort. A winner will focus on what can be done. And a loser will focus on what cannot be done and the reasons why. Attitude is essential. Before a competition, you must be convinced in your own mind that you will win. A loser will say that this is not realistic or sensible.
Yet realism and rationality are not what create victory. It is raw passion and the willingness to do your best."

"How can one have the right attitude after one has just lost?" asked Alexander.

"Your attitude determines your future. When you let a bitter experience cast its shadow over your future, you have lost before beginning. Instead refuse to accept setbacks as a
a prediction of your possibilities. 'I can do it,' is the attitude of a winner. Winners become losers when they let a loss defeat their attitude."

For the first time that evening, Alexander smiled. "When a winner loses their winning attitude that is when they're losing streak begins. I can't let my past condition my future. Only my will and my desire should be responsible for it. "

"Speaking of responsibility," continued Boris, "you have to be responsible for resuming your training tomorrow. Instead of wallowing in defeat, you can exult in your next victory over your opponents. The ability to respond positively is the next step of victory."

"What else?" asked Alexander.

"You have to always be willingness to learn. The only real difference between people is depth of knowledge. It is the distinction that separates the winners from the losers. The winners know what to do while losers are clueless. Yet knowledge is never static; there is always more to learn, more techniques to study, more skills to refine. The minute you stop willing to learn new things is when you start to lose."

A long silence followed.

Finally, Alexander spoke. "I believe I have understood you. To be a winner, we have to rely on three things: attitude, responsibility, and willingness to learn. If we do this, then we can create more favorable outcomes for ourselves."

As if raising his queen off the board to complete a checkmate, Boris asked, "Are you a winner or a loser, Alexander Karelin?"

"I am a winner!" said Alexander, unconsciously twisting the steel fork in his massive hand into a pretzel.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Last Martian Goes Home

The Martian stood in the open field surrounded by the best government artillery pointed at his head and chest and back.

The infantry troops formed a circle around him.

Up above, fighter jets waited for the word to launch a missile right into the corn field if necessary.

Unaware of the hostile force that had greeted him, innocent of all thoughts of death and destruction, the handsome green giant, using his intergalactic translator device, said:

"My wonderful friends:

"We have noticed your suffering on this planet and I have been sent as an emissary to bring you good tidings.

"You're not here to suffer.

"You don't have to be hungry.

"There is no need to cry.

"I have come to bring you hope.

"It's possible to wish for what you want.

"It's possible to move beyond merely trying.

"You see all being everywhere are here TO THRIVE."

"The president wishes to speak to you," said a brusque man in army fatigues and enough medallions to sink a ship. He threw a walkie-talkie at the alien's feet.

"Hello, Mr. President. I have good news for you. You see, the entire Universe is on
your side."

The President, surrounded by his entire cabinet, experts on UFOs, and the top-ranked officers of the armed forces, barked: "Why are you here?"

As the two spoke, the agitation around the president increased. This was obviously a breach of national security. And it was getting worse by the minute.

Unknown to them all, the green giant had a special vibration-meter on his wrist and within a few minutes the increasingly hostile emotions all around him set the alarm off, creating a loud piercing shrill.

A nervous gunman, his nerves taut, accidentally pulled the trigger.

The other gunmen, confused, assuming that an order had been given, began firing as well.

The bullets passed through the green giant.

"Clear the field," shouted the commander.

The soldiers raced to their vehicles. Within minutes the entire field was deserted. And the first missile struck. Then the second and the third. Within a few minutes, a small crater had formed.

Watching all this on a giant television screen, the pictures being taken by satellite, the president and all his men were astonished to see that the green giant and his shiny vehicle appeared to be unharmed.

"We'll have to go nuclear," was the last command given.

Soon a huge mushroom of smoke enveloped the crater.

When it cleared, there was no sign of the alien and his craft.

Far above the chaos, another flying saucer, monitoring the scene, the real green giant decided to turn his image projector off . The hologram image on the surface of the earth disappeared.

While the entire country was suddenly celebrating their victory over beating back the invasion, apart from a small group of malcontents that actually felt sorry for the alien, the jolly green giant said to his wife, "I don't think they're ready yet."

Pushing the joystick with a sigh, she pointed the craft out of the earth's orbit at warp speed.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

An Interview With God

God was at a Talk Show.

It was a global event with the irresistible headline: How To Stop The World, Spin It Around The Other Way, And Make It Work Right.

God Himself had created the splashy headline, as well as picked the television station, and chosen the television host.

It was an interview televised live around the globe.

The entire world had literally stopped in astonishment.

Satellites were spinning around the globe picking up the signal. Every television and radio station in the world was tuned in. Anybody who had these electronic devices had them turned on. And even in the remote jungles of the world, drums were beating out rhythmic messages to awestruck villagers.

"I have only one question for you," said the charismatic host, who even at this moment, despite the enormous pressure on him to represent the voice of all humanity, managed to stay self-assured, centered, and relaxed. Perhaps it had something to do with the calming effect of his divine guest.

"I'm listening," said God.

"Why this mess?"

"There is no mess," said God. "Only incorrect thinking. It's all perfect. You and everyone else are just not seeing it right. This incorrect thinking and perceiving has created what you call a mess."

"Hmm, it may seem rather clear to you. But can you explain it to us a little more fully. See, we're not at all happy about anything, and people have reached a point where they feel that they can't even take it anymore."

"I'll try and explain it as clearly as I can.

"Creation is a miracle. All of it. The vast, overwhelming smorgasbord of sounds, colors, and sensations. The teeming world of diversity, change, and adventure. The laughter of friends. The soft words of a loved one. The touch of wind on your cheek as you step out of your front door.

"Yet how much do people appreciate it?

"So little that they don't even think of it.

"Instead people pine over how little they have. They've done this from the moment the first thought rippled across the earliest brain and the first emotion surged over a human heart.

"The result: People attract even more to whine about from cradle to grave, day in and day out, lifetime in and lifetime out.

"People want more, more, more. Why? Because people don't have enough. And why don't people have enough? Because they're busy 24/7 wanting, wanting, wanting. And what does all this hard work do for them? It keeps them wanting, wanting, wanting. Why? Because people don't have enough. Do you notice the loop here?

"If you want to flip this around, and if you want to start having, having, having, then I have some startling news for you. You're going about it the wrong way.

"You see, to move into abundance, you can't keep focusing on scarcity. And this yearning you have for what is not in your experience right now guarantees only one thing: that you're going to get even less.

"It's not that my universe, this vast abundant creation that falls freely at your feet, rolling in ecstasy, that is the culprit. Nor is it governments and societies that have gathered to conspire to limit people. It's each one of you. In particular, your mind. Specifically, the way it works.

"Here is the trap. If you have a problem, you focus on it. This does not create a solution, instead it makes the problem worse. You may have noticed this by now.

"And basically, there is only one problem in the universe according to you. That is, insufficiency. There isn't enough money, love, friendship, health, or hope. There isn't enough knowledge or comprehension. There isn't enough love, support, or compassion. The list is infinite.

"Obviously, this insufficiency does not exist in the world, nor even in creation as a whole. It, therefore, exists only in you.

"You are literally fighting away the abundance that can be yours by focusing on its opposite.

"If you could stop your agitated mind for even one moment, you would be amazed what a wonderful person you are and how much is possible for you.

"You need to STOP how the world is spinning for you. STEP OUT of your mindset. And TURN it around in the opposite direction.

"Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your solutions.

"Instead of focusing on what you did wrong, focus on what you did right.

"Instead of focusing on what is not working, focusing on what is working.

"Let me ask you a question: what is your role in life?

"Before you start in on a long explanation, let me give you a hint: the answer is a single word. It's a word that anyone can use at any time in history and at any place on the planet.

"That word is appreciation.

"And appreciation starts with wonder. A sense of wonder at the silent majesty of life and the dignity of your own life.

"When you appreciate little things, then you'll soon have big things to appreciate, too."

"I think I'm following you here," said the host. "So, we get what we give. And what we give is our attention. What we need to do is appreciate what we have and that's what keeps it coming."

"I think you summed it up nicely," said God, patting him on the back warmly.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Wake Up Call

The young man stood on the steps of the library, waiting for it to open.

The librarians, three elderly ladies sedately dressed and whispering even amongst themselves, came at the appointed hour, unlocked the door, and went in.

Ten minutes later, after completing their opening ritual, they decided to open the door five minutes earlier to let the young man in.

"How may we help you?" asked one of the ladies.

"It is I who have come to help you," he said. "Please gather your colleagues around, I'd like to speak to them as well."

"I'm sorry, young man," said the librarian sternly, "we don't accept sales solicitations."

"It's not about selling," he said. He showed her a sacred symbol, which he pulled out of his coat pocket. It gleamed in the small branch library with an eerie glow.

The librarian turned still and pale, her breathing and her heartbeat quickened almost instantly.

"Mary and Jean," she snapped, "You had better come here quickly. He has a message for us."

Once they were all gathered in a little circle, the mysterious young man made his speech.

"Many people die while still alive. They live an unlived life. They live in fear of falling, and never rise. They inhabit their days in as safe a way as possible. They do not allow their living to happen. They are afraid, inaccessible, with tight feelings in their chest as they suppress their emotions. They do not choose to risk their significance. They watch with surprise and an element of dismay as others take the seed of an idea and make it bloom and go to fruit.

"Every year that passes, they are convinced that the fault is not their own. It lies in the love that they have not been given. Their sorrow is due to the talent that they have but that no one encourage them to use.

"In trying to avoid pain, they miss happiness. In trying to be prudent, they shirk adventure and the growth that comes with it as they encounter new people, new experiences, and new learning.

"They live on a short rein. Afraid of what might happen if they test their leash out to the fullest. They conform, just in case they have no leash and are free after all.

"The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand when things are going well.
It is where they stand when things are not going well. When challenge affects them.
When controversy stalks them.

"One who is truly alive in mind will risk position, prestige, and everything else to make a dream come true.

"And one who is awoken in spirit, will lift the bruised and beaten neighbor to a higher and more noble life with their special talent, their gift to the world.

"Those who are alive in mind and awoken in spirit are happy. They have the capacity to feel deeply. They enjoy simply. They think freely. They risk everything because they need nothing more than to follow their special dream.

"Now ladies, I will be back someday. And whenever I return, it will always be too early.

"Instead I have come to tell you that the risk it takes to repress your passion and talent will become more painful with each passing year. It is time for you to risk bloom before I return again.

With those ominous closing words, he disappeared into thin air.

Gretchen woke up, gasping for air. "What's the matter," asked her husband who saw her panic. He was knotting up his tie and had come into the room to wake her up.

"I had a dream."

"Oh, just a dream. You'll get over it soon enough. Come on, get dressed, I'll drop you off at the library."

"I'm not going back there anymore," said Gretchen. "It's time for me to start the life that I've always wanted to live. I've got to start my writing life and start it today."

"You have to go to work, honey," he protested.

"It wasn't an ordinary dream, Steve," she said. "It was very crisp and clear, like it was really happening. It was more like a visitation and a warning."

"It's too late to be a great novelist," he said, rolling his eyes. "We have bills to pay. Please hurry up, I have to go to work, too."

"Steve, you don't understand. I met the angel of death."
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Why Seatbelts Are A Bad Idea

I hope that you won't be disappointed to hear that the seat belts that I'm referring to have nothing to do with automobile or aviation safety regulations.

I'm referring to "psychic seatbelts." The self-restraint maxims that you use on yourself on a habitual basis to keep you strapped into a life that brings you little joy and satisfaction.

You click these seat belts firmly into place because you believe that they keep you safe.

Let me give you some startling news:

You can ABSOLUTELY have what you desire.

And the only reason why you may disagree, perhaps strongly disagree, is because you have replaced faith with doubt, courage with hesitation, and hope with timidity.

You may feel safer strapping yourself down with the familiar, but it's not a good idea because it does not make you happy.

You deserve clarity of vision. You deserve to take the time to see, feel, and know in your own mind and heart every nuance of your dream. You deserve to believe in "impossible" things and to find within the power to make them possible.

For some it is a new business, where they are freed from the tyranny of following people and events that are not close to their heart. For others it may have something to do with artistic self-expression or closer relationships or vibrant health or some remarkable work of contribution and service. What is "it" for you?

The first step to moving toward your dream is clearly envisioning it in your mind. The more clarity, the quicker your pulse, the faster you will draw it to you.

When you can see it, feel it, and believe it, you're already half-way there to getting it. Because there is nothing in the world more powerful than a motivated mind. Determined men and women have escaped maximum security concentration camps, recovered from "incurable" diseases, and recouped business losses that ran in the millions. They have climbed tall mountains, swum across oceans, and walked across continents.

If you're not as determined it's only because you're wearing a "psychic seatbelt."

Your mind is fuzzy, details blur, and you can't sit still long enough to make the vision clear.

This is your seatbelt strapping you down.

You're remembering some past incident that holds you back. Or maybe you've never tried "it" before and you don't know how.

This is your seatbelt strapping you down.

You don't feel like it, you lack energy, you lack support or knowledge, and you just can't seem to get it going.

This is your seatbelt strapping you down.

How do you change? How do you stop behaving as if you're walking around with a stick of kryptonite strapped to your back? What needs to happen before you put on your blue leotards and start leaping tall buildings in a single bound?

Here's the cure for an immediate release from mediocrity:

Simply repeat to yourself, "I can ABSOLUTELY do this. I can ABSOLUTELY have what I want."

Repeat this simple affirmation day after day; and one day you will no longer ask, "Am I worthy of my goals?" but instead, you'll ask, "Is my goal worthy of me?"

Please listen carefully as I whisper something in your ear:

"You can ABSOLUTELY follow your heart. You can ABSOLUTELY make your dreams show up in reality. You can ABSOLUTELY have what you want and more."

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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