Expect The Best And Get It (continued)

Expect The Best And Get It (continued)

So far we have seen how our thoughts influence outcomes in our lives from the previous post. This begs me to quote famous William James who became a very successful businessman, he said – ‘ our belief at the beginning of  a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of the venture.’ When you expect the best, you attract to yourself the best. It is more like a magnetic force in your mind and often times works with a sustained expectation of the best setting in motion forces which cause that best to materialize. That’s how universal science would put it , but from a christian point of view, i simply call it faith. Believing in what is yet to be and trusting it will come to pass.

Famous sport writer Hugh Fullerton in one of his stories which concerned Josh O’Reilly (one time manager of the San Antonio Club of Texas League), illustrates this faith system. Josh had a roster of great players,seven of whom had been hitting over 300. Everybody thought that his team would easily take the championships; but it fell into a slump and lost 17 of first 20 games. With this, the players started accusing and blaming each other. Expected when tension is flying high and failure looming above their heads, right?

Playing the Dallas team, a rather weak team that year, one Dallas player got a hit and that, strangely enough, was the pitcher. O’Reilly’s team was badly beaten that day and the players were inconsolable. Josh knew he had great players, their only problem was simply how they thought – negatively. They did not expect to win. They did not expect to hit. They were resigned to losing. This was a mental attitude of doubt not expectation.

It so happened that a preacher named Schlater, popular at the time, claimed to be ‘a faith healer‘ with apparently ‘outstanding‘ results. People believed and had confidence in his ‘abilities‘ (perhaps that’s why his power achieved results!). So O’Reilly asked each of his players to lend him two of his best bats and stay in the club house till his return. He put the bats in a wheelbarrow and off he went with them for an hour. He returned jubilantly to tell the players that Schlater, the preacher, had ‘blessed‘ them and they contained ‘power that could not be overcome‘. The players were astounded and delighted!

The next day they overwhelmed Dallas, 37 hits and 20 runs thus, hammering their way through the league to a championship. For years in the South West a player would pay a large sum of money for a ‘Schlater bat‘ after this experience. Mmmmh. What do you think…?

Whether the coach really visited Schlater or not is a controversial issue to contend with, but one thing stands out clearly; something significant happened in the thought patterns of of these players. They began thinking in terms of expectation not doubt. The expected the best, not the worst. They expected to win, to score and eventually, that’s what they got. You realize all along they had power within them to get what they wanted. The bats remained the same ones they had used in the previous matches, but there was certainly a difference in their minds later.

Simply amazing! Things become better when you expect them to be better. Freedom from  self-doubt allows us to put our whole self into the endeavor. Nothing can stand in the way of a man who focuses his entire self on a problem. When you approach difficulty as a personal unity, the problem tends to deteriorate. Expecting the best means that you put the whole of your heart into what you want to achieve.

We are defeated not because we lack ability, but because we lack wholehearted devotion to what we have at hand to accomplish. We do not wholeheartedly expect to succeed, we allow room for doubt and fear. Perfect faith and love drive out fear. I love children because they have that drive and can-do-anything mentality. They have a kind of  peculiar faith and belief system even when as an adult you’re thinking that’s damn impossible! No wonder Jesus advocated we be like children at heart. Believe. Trust. Hope.

” Learn to give every bit of yourself holding nothing back to whatever you are doing. Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all”.

 Start today. It takes time but it pays.

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Expect The Best And Get It

Expect The Best And Get It

When Wilma was a young girl, her left leg became paralyzed. Her doctors told her she would never walk again. Heart breaking. However, Wilma decided she didn’t want to be an invalid. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and resigning to her fate, she said ‘i will walk again’. Not only did she want to walk, but also to run. She began telling herself she would be one of the fastest runners in the world. Affirmative thoughts. In High school, she competed in every race despite finishing last ,until one day she came in next to last. To cut the long story short, eventually Wilma Rudolph won not only one but multiple races and went on to set a record as the first American Woman to ever win 3 gold medals in the same Olympics!

Wilma’s story is an amazing example of the powerful influence our thoughts have over our success of failures in life. This is best explained in the universal law of reaping and sowing – essentially, we are what we think. Positive, happy thoughts produce chemicals that actually strengthen the body while the opposite, is true.Words like ‘i cant’ or ‘i never’ limit our abilities  in the subconscious mind.

What are your expectations in life? Do you believe and look forward to the best or you are a doubting Thomas? When we lose insight and steer towards disbelief,negativity and lack of faith in God and self ; most definitely the best of expectations turn out to be sour. Training our thoughts to expect the best and believe it will occur goes a long way to making those dreams a reality.

Disclaimer though – We do not always get what we wish for, because for a reason, maybe it wasn’t the best or good for us as much as we wish for it at the moment. Learning to put your trust in God, He will guide your mind so you do not want things that are not in harmony with His will for your life. Trust means accepting and having faith that everything happens at its appointed time. Belief makes the impossible possible. Remember you don’t have to see the whole staircase to make the first step. Every great thing at last becomes for you a possibility…

… to be continued

How to Break the Worry Habit

We have already seen the effects of a worrying habit. The question still lingers…how willing are you to break the worry habit? Nothing comes easy and so breaking a kind of an addiction comes at a cost too. The good thing is it can be done and overcome.

The first step into overcoming your worries is believing in yourself. Believe you can do it. Whatever the mind concieves it can achieve. Here is a practical guide that can help eliminate abnormal worry from your experience:

Empty the Mind Daily

This does not mean you forget all you know (try and get it right:)). Simply put this is the act of using creative imagination to allow your mind get rid of all negative aspects you have had to deal with the whole day.

Picture all worry thoughts as flowing out as you would let water flow from a basin by removing the stopper. Try and recite some positive lines as you let the mind empty like ‘fear not for i am with you:be not dismayed for i am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, i will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.'(Is 41:10). Something positive uplifts the spirit, especially when you say it loud and audibly. Repeat this slowly as many times as you can believing it will be well. The aim here is to control your thought processes from negativity to positivity, which takes lots of time and great patience.

Emptying the mind should be utilized in mid-morning, mid-afternoon and before going to bed. Go into some quiet place for 5 minutes or more. Faithfully let it all outand with time, effects will be noticeable.

This process fot children is a walk in the parkbecause they believe and trust much. A child believes pain can be kissed away and sure it does go away! Tell an dult that and you will have yourself to blame. Children possess an imaginative skill much superior than that of adults. Now do you wonder why Jesus encouraged his disciples to have a child’s nature? A child believes and so in their mind it works.

Imagination is a source of fear but it can also be cure to fear. What you build in your mind (imagine) may ultimately become a fact if held mentally with sufficient faith. Therefore, hold an image of yourself as delivered from worry and the drainage process will in time eliminate abnormal fear from your thoughts.

It is not enough to empty the mind for the mind cannot forever remain a vacuum. Now the next thing is to refill it with thoughts of faith, hope, courage and expectancy. Affirm God’s protection by uttering it out loud until the mind tunes into the reverberating effect of these words within you. Fear is one of the most powerful thoughts with one exception-faith. Faith overcomes fear. Day after day as you fill your mind with faith there remains no room for fear to reside in.

Constant entertainment of fearful thoughts creates an atmosphere in your mind propitious to the development of that which you fear most to take root and grow. You tend to draw it to yourself.

In conclusion, remember,to break the worrying habit change your attitude. Practise faith. Believe. Pray and take each day as it comes. Surround yourself with positive people, avoid negative talk at all costs. Above all, try and help someone cure their worry habits or feel better. It works wonders! Let God handle it for you always.

Enjoy your Valentines! Lots of love from here 

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Why worry when you can change so little?

I must admit i have let my emotions and thoughts of fear and worry get the better of me a couple of times over the past few months. Good thing January just wound up and i can finally start over this month. Phew!

All those nightmares and sleepless nights i had to go through only did good in making me irritable and less constructive. Not to add quite clumsy, unbearable and tensed. Good thing huh?

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary defines worry as ‘to keep thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or about problems that you have. ‘Interesting. What appeals to me is the fact that it’s rooted on ‘unpleasant’ things.

Why worry and poison your body when infact you can do little about the situation? Could it be that you have already made it a habit? I get wary of people who use the phrase ‘i am worried sick’…’i am worried to death’, i just wonder if they know it is true that is how their bodies react to the reaction. Sickness. Death.

By now you can clearly see that worry is not a subtle enemy but a serious calamity that slowly engulfs life. Its about time we took precaution. A famous psychologist asserts that ,”FEAR is the MOST disintegrating enemy of human personality.” If you didn’t know, fear is a product of worry. Thousands of people are ill because of damned-up anxiety-huge piles of stacked up anxiety that has not been expelled. The result? Many forms of ill health.

It goes without say that numerous cases of health disorders and sufferings result from worry. Although it is not infrequent a factor in arthritis, physicians who have analyzed the causes of this prevalent disease assert that the following factors, atleast some, to a certain extent recurr in arthritic cases:

  • Financial disaster
  • Frustration
  • Tension
  • Apprehension
  • Loneliness
  • Grief
  • Grudge
  • Habitual worry.

Many of the reported heart diseases,high blood pressure or ulcer issues are directly linked to worry.

In short, the painted picture from above deductions is that a worry-wart does not live long compared to the person who learns to overcome their worries. You do not need to be a victim of worry. You were not born a worrier, you have acquired the vice. Good thing is that any acquired attitude can be changed. It’s a matter of   resetting  your mind.

Aggressive, direct action is essential in the elimination process. There is just one proper time to begin an effective attack on worry-now. Join me in this journey of improving ourselves. Let me know you experiences in worry and how it has affected you or someone in your circles. Did you overcome? What has been your secret? Any positive results so far?

Help someone in need of your input too. You might be the expert we just need. Let’s interact  through your feedback and comments as we look forward to the next post on breaking worry habits. Meanwhile be calm.

” Have i not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage:do not be afraid,nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Prayerize, Picturize, Actualize

Hi friend. Did you miss me?:D It has been eons since we talked. Hopefully your year is terrific and has a strong gear towards self improvement. 

From the last article, i was glad to let you in on the secret of prayer power when tapped onto creatively. Personally, it has pulled me through countless pits of disappointment, anger, grudge and drawbacks. Prayer is just an untapped power we have at our disposal that seeks to ease and smoothen ruffled aspects of our mental, physical and spiritual being. 

Therefore, i say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24. See also John16:23,24.

Would you rather accept ‘better prayer’ or you would lean on ‘pray better’? Focusing on the latter sentiment , i figured, telling someone to pray but not giving a simple outline is more like letting them navigate within a maze without a map or GPS. You might finally get there but it will have taken considerable time and relentless effort on your part!

Could there be a basic guideline for tapping into prayer power? Oh yes, of course there is! You can start with the steps below and see if your prayer life isn’t  going to change:

  1. Meditate. Before you start praying everyday,take a moment of silence. Simply practise thinking about God, His goodness, mercies, grace and blessings. This will make your mind and body more spiritually receptive.
  2. Now after the meditation, speak to God as you would converse with a friend. No complicated jargon and vocabularies. Just simple, natural words of how you feel. Trust me He understands.
  3. Pray as you handle routine activities. Just take a minute to ask God to be with you and bless all you interact with. Its as simple as a short whisper ‘God help me, take control’.
  4. Do not always ask when praying. Instead, affirm that God’s blessings are being given and spend most of your prayers giving thanks.
  5. Pray believing that sincere prayers can reach out and surround your loved ones with God’s love and protection. 
  6. Never use negative thought in prayer. It’s cliche` that you can’t expect positive results with a negative attitude. Ask God to change your attitude.
  7. Always express willingness to accept God’s will. Yes, ask for what you want but keep an open mind to accept what God gives. He gives what is good in the longrun.
  8. Pray for people you do not like or who have been mean to you. Release resentment as it blocks spiritual healing and release of power.
  9. Practise an attitude of putting everything in God’s hands. Ask for the ability to do your best and leave the rest to Him.
  10. Finally, make a list of people for whom to pray. The more you pray for others, especially those not connected with you, the more prayer results come back to you. It’s simple…give and more comes back to you.

There you have it! Now it is time to picturize things as happening and actualize your dreams. Wasn’t so hard, was it?

Do you know…

Our brains have about 2 billion storage batteries. The brain can send off power by thoughts and prayer(psyche). The human bodys magnetic power has actually been tested. We have thousands of little sending stations and when these are turned up by prayer it is possible for a tremendous power to flow through a person and pass between humanbeings. We can send off power by prayer which acts as both a sending and receiving station.”

Ref:

Dr. Norman Peale, Power of Positive Thinking- Prayer Power. 

Prayer Power

Does prayer have any powers?

There are quite a number of methodologies which you’ve probably heard of or tried following all in the name of maintaining constant energy. Stamina. Have you ever tried the power of prayer? 

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”(Isaiah 40:31). To have constant energy, it is imperative we begin to change how we view life. How we see things. Refocus our points of view.

How we think we feel has a definite effect on how we actually  feel. If the mind says you’re tired, automatically the body mechanism, nerves and muscles resonate the fact. In the other hand, if your mind is  intensely  interested you can Keep on that activity indefinitely. Religion functions through our thoughts- it’s a system of thought discipline actually. It helps one accomplish prodigious activity by suggesting that you have what it takes to complete whatever is at hand.

Constant contact with God establishes within us a flow of energy similar to the recreative energy that renews springtime annually. How does one connect with God constantly? I am confident by now you know. Prayer is more than closing your eyes, kneeling and folding your arms. It’s keeping God in mind in everything. Talking to Him. Appreciating Him. Conversing with Him.

This close connection ensures a constant divine power flow, that automatically renews us daily. However, when this connection is broken, the personality gradually becomes depleted in body, mind and spirit. It’s more like unplugging an electric clock from the socket; you don’t expect it to work. 

People are doing prayer more frequently today than ever before because they find it adds to personal effeciency. Prayer helps them to tap forces and utilizes strength not otherwise available. A famous psychologist was quoted saying,

prayer is the greatest power available to the individual in solving his personal problems. Its power astonishes me.”

Prayer power is a manifestation of energy. Just as there exists scientific techniques for the release of atomic energy, so are there scientific procedures for release of spiritual energy through the mechanism of prayer.

Think of praying when you need to freshen up. Prayer can transform your evening to splendour and send you out each morning renewed. It even normalizes the aging process, obviating or limiting infirmity and deteroriation. You need not lose your basic energy or vital power or years. It is not necessary  to allow your spirit to sag or grow stale and dull.

What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them; and you shall have them.” ( Mark 11:24)

So what are you waiting for? Pray!

Believing in Self pt.2

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!” Guess you’ve heard these words quite a number of times. But do you believe they are true?

Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers it’s impossible to succeed or be happy. However with sound confidence,you will succeed. A sense of inferiority, inadequacy surely cripples the attainment of your hopes; on the other hand, a little self-confidence leads to eventual self-realization and successful achievements. 

Its appalling to realize there are numerous, self inflicted situations and lives due to inferiirity complex. Remember, bad things happen to everyone…even celebrities. For instance, lets zoom in a little into the life of rich and famous businessman-James Altucher. In 1998 he started an investment company worth US $15million. Two years later, he lost it all. In a span of 10 years later, he had established 20 more companies: 17 out of which failed.By now you might be wondering what was really wrong with this man’s head. Can’t he accept business just ain’t his forte? Just relax. James went on to write his bestseller Choose Yourself a vivid description of his experience and ultimate lesson learnt.

“I was going to die”, he writes. “The market had crashed. The internet had crashed. Nobody would return my calls. I had no friends. Either I would have a heart attack or kill myself.” Ever walked on that road? Overwhelming, isn’t it? However as you keep reading you realize his real message is that it is really possible to to survive the the experience of loss. Yes its painful. You might lose hope. Why even bother to fight and win it? But for Altucher, life itself is quite good. He is grateful to be a part of the universe and  happy to be alive. He has learnt to appreciate what he has, hence he counts himself lucky.

Jesus said” If you cling to life you’ll lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” (Luke 17:33). Job lost everything- his wealth, his family, his health. Yet he clung to one thing- God. He sought to undetstand the enduring power of His love. A love that surpasses mortal understanding. Finally he came out even better than he was before the experience. What do you hold onto during the fiercest of trials? Do you believe you’ll come out stronger, better and not bitter? 

I believe this little words will keep your energy flow constant even when you feel weak and drained. Just sing them along the turbulence:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”