In “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, Og Mandino tells us in Scroll 1, “the only difference between those who fail and those who succeed, lies in the difference of their habits”. He goes on to say, “good habits are the key to success and bad habits are the unlocked door to failure”.
He decided thus, the first law to obey, which precedes all others, is that I will form good habits and become their slave.
He also says that, “as a child, I was a slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all GROWN MEN. I will surrender my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future. My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear environment, habit and the worst of these tyrants is habit. Therefore, if I must be a slave to habit, let me be a slave to good habits. My bad habits must be destroyed and new furrows prepared for good seed. I will form good habits and become their slave”.
Few of us have ever given any thought to our habits. We never considered the important part they play in our lives.
For example, during our working days, for those of us who have retired, we got up at basically the same time each morning, had basically the same meal, and traveled to our workplace, usually by the same route. Once we arrived there, we preformed basically the same duties today that we did yesterday, and usually from route memory. We did the same thing for so long our bodies could perform the task without our minds being involved.
This is why Og could say, I will surrender my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have marked out a path, which threatens to imprison my future.
This is true, because he was in the habit of doing things in a certain way without any mental input.
As we look back over our lives, how many of us can see how our habits have ruled our lives? We have taken actions without really thinking if they were the best actions for us to take. We never considered the fact that we could be happier if we were involved in some other occupation, hobby, or some other pastime.
When Og was a teenager, he wanted to be a writer. When he was discharged from the military, the only job he could find was in sales, something that did not suit his personality. The result is he became an alcoholic, lost his family. and considered taking his own life. So, when he talks about his past actions threating his future, this is the image he was faced with. He could have continued down that path or he could make some changes.
He realized if he was going to produce a favorable result in life, he was going to have to take a different path, and the result would depend on the habits he formed.
Og was faced with the same challenges we are face within our lives, controlling our thoughts. We have a few thoughts each day, but we repeat them thousands of times, and they are often the thoughts that present us with the least resistance. Once we elevate our thinking to a higher level, one which requires us to move a little out of our comfort level, we will find that the air is really clearer up there and our thoughts are more productive and beneficial.
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Comment below and tell me how your good habits have formed your daily life.
Our health isn’t very good. Look around you, a large swatch of us in general, and Baby Boomers in particular, are overweight and suffer from diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and more. In 2011, the CDC said these are the diseases that would affect us most going forward.
The question on my mind is, how did we get in such a shape? With all of the modern sciences and medical advances, why are we so sickly?
The CDC, in that same report, said that obesity is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of serious health problems such as, high blood pressure, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage, and cardiovascular disease. People with diabetes are also two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke. And this is just the effects of diabetes. We have not covered heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s disease or any of the other conditions plaguing us today.
I believe it stems from our belief in the entities we counted on to keep us safe. If we believe Con-Agra and the FDA were looking out for our best interest, we have been misled. Con-Agra has thousands of scientist discovering ways of increasing plant yield, increasing shelf life, and supposedly making the foods we consume more nutritional. But man can’t improve on Mother Nature. With all these advancements, we are getting sicker and sicker, earlier and earlier in life. Our youth are now suffering from diseases once only know in older adults. What is happening? Some, if not all of our suffering, stems from the processed foods we eat.
Do you eat fast foods or do you eat farm-raised or free range chickens, fish or meat? What I mean by farm-raised is, were the animals you eat allowed to roam freely and eat their normal diet or were they fed grain, corn or soy beans while they stood in place all day? This is not the animal that produces healthy meat and consuming it will not be healthy for our diet.
How much sugar do you consume? Ever thought about it? If you check, there is sugar in everything that did not grow in a garden. All canned items such as, ketchup, peanut butter, vegetables, beans and everything that comes in a box, contain sugar. Now, do you see why we are so overweight?
Lastly, here is a question; who is in the worst shape, he who cannot read or he who will not read? I am suggesting the latter, because he thinks he knows, and therefore, you can’t teach him.
If we do nothing else, at least read the labels on the foods we are considering eating, and if one of the ingredients is sugar, I would suggest putting that item back on the shelf.
That is going to mean you will consume much less processed food going forward, but isn’t that the idea behind getting a handle on your health?
Comment below and let me know your thoughts. How do you manage eating a healthy diet?
I have been kicking this thought around in my mind for a few weeks and last Friday, as I was traveling from Asheville, North Carolina, to our temple in Columbia, South Carolina, the answer came to me.
It was a sunny morning and the traffic was light as I drove when the thought came to me, you are the result of the choices you have made in life. You are the result of the obstacles you have faced, whether you have overcome them or not thus far in your life.
We all have challenges in life. That is why we are here. We are here to prove whether or not we can deal with the course of life and come out the winner. Life was never supposed to be a piece of cake. What would you have learned if there wasn’t any challenges to face?
I am reminded of one of my high school mates as he seldom purchased any books all through high school. I remember he did purchase one geometry book in his later grades, but that was it. Now, can you imagine what class was like for him as he sat there day after day, listening to the class being instructed on material he understood two or three years earlier?
Look at the people we hold up as heroes today. If you were to read their life histories you would find stories of obstacles they had to overcome and most of them were serious obstacles.
One of my mentors, David Blanchard, falls in this category. During the early 2000’s, when real estate was booming, he did really well, and he had the houses, cars, jewelry and other trappings to go with it. Then, the market hit a snag and down it went. That was an especially trying time for anyone in the real estate industry. Before it was all over, Dave found himself over $10,000,000.00 in debt.
Everything he owned that once held any value was worthless. Dave said he had a decision to make. He could have filed bankruptcy and try and get out from under all of his debt like many others did, but Dave was made of different stock. He, along with his wife, decided to repay it, all of it. As a result, he had to hone the talents he had developed but had been latent. He went on to write plays, books and eventually became the CEO of the Og Mandino Group. Don’t you think he is serving man-kind better as a coach and an inspirational speaker than he would be if he were building houses?
I am sure that if you were to ask David Blanchard today “who he is”, the answer would be; “I am the result of working those 10 years repaying those people I promised I would repay, thus preventing them from losing money by believing in me”.
If he had not met and overcome those challenges, he would be someone else, but not the man he is today.
Years ago, someone who had accomplished some great feat, was being introduced as a self-made man and someone else responded, we all are self-made men, but only the successful ones will admit it.
So, who are you, my fellow Baby Boomers? If someone said that you are a self-made person, would you admit it?
The Social Security Administration indicates there are 40 million Americans age 65 and older. By 2030, the population over 65 years old will reach 20 percent with 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring each day.
The average life expectancy for a 65 year old male is 17.7 years and for a female 20.3 years. The average income for those between the ages of 65 and 69 is $37,000, but it is less than $20,000 for those over 80. The main sources of income for people over 65 is social security at 37%, income from working is 30%, from pensions 19%, and savings and retirement 11%.
One of the agencies hardest hit by these retirements is the Social Security Administration itself. In a 2013 report, the Social Security Administration said the wave of Baby Boomer retirement was causing a significant problem for the agency itself saying, “by 2015, almost 33 percent of our workforce, including 48 percent of our supervisors, will be eligible to retire. In fiscal year 2011, we lost over 4,000 employees due to retirement and other reasons. We expect this trend to continue. During this same time frame, the Baby Boomer retirement wave will continue to have a significant effort on our workload.”
My objective here is not to paint a picture of gloom and doom, but to show there is a real problem in the future for us Baby Boomers. The number of retirees is increasing and the number in the workforce is decreasing. It doesn’t take a lot of math to see there is a problem ahead for those depending on Social Security. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
It is quite possible for anyone, Baby Boomers included, to start a business of our own where we can control our financial future.
In order to do that we have got to change our thinking about life in general and about our potential in particular. There is nothing that says we are over the hill and cannot make a contribution to society now or in the future.
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When Henry Ford, yes, the car maker Henry Ford, decided he wanted a V8 engine in his automobiles, his engineers told him it could not be done. It meant casting all 8-cylinders in one block, and his engineers had never seen it done and they were convinced that it couldn’t be done.
Old Henry instructed them to do it anyway. So away they went, and for the next year they tried everything they could think of, but when Old Henry came back to them for a report, they told him they had not produced the engine.
He told them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a V8 engine. They worked on it for another year with the same result. His instructions were the same, go and produce an 8-cylinder engine.
Finally, the guys came upon an idea of how this could be done and the Ford Motor Company produced the first automobile with a V8 engine. How was Mr. Ford able to persuade his engineers to develop this engine? He had a burning desire to have that engine. I don’t know what about that engine inspired him, but he was determined to have it.
When Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from the freight train in Orange, New Jersey in 1905, it was said he looked like a tramp. But, that was just his exterior appearance. In Edwin’s mind, he was on a mission to inform Mr. Thomas Edison that he was there to go into business with him.
Never mind he did not have a dime in his pocket, he looked like he had not bathed in months, and probably smelled that way too, he was there to make his dream come true. His desire was not a hope, it was not a wish, it was a keen, pulsating desire, which transcended everything else, as documented by Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.
His big opportunity did not occur immediately. Five years had passed before Edwin got his big shot. At first, he appeared to be just another employee, but in his mind, he was a partner in business with Mr. Edison. During this time, Mr. Edison invented a dictation machine, which none of his sales force was interested in pushing and Edwin saw his opportunity. He convinced Mr. Edison he could sell that machine and he went out and proved it. He sold it so well, Mr. Edison gave him the distribution rights to sell it all over the country. And lo and behold, he became an actual business partner of Mr. Edison’s.
What did Mr. Ford and Mr. Barnes have in common? They both had a burning desire, a definite purpose and they were willing to put everything on the line in order to accomplish their dreams.
How about you? Has there ever been something you were willing to bet the house on? Has there ever been something you wanted so badly you were willing to do whatever it took in order to acquire it?
This author has gone through some of that. Since my early adulthood, I have wanted to own a business. I have tried and failed at a number of things over the years, but I never gave up and now I am happily doing what I was meant to do, which is to provide a quality service to others. It has not always been pretty, but the desire was there and the fire has been burning inside of me, so I could not give up, even after becoming a retiree.
If you are battling with the thought process of not having what it takes to do your own thing, please visit my website at https://www.idrisrasheed.com and take my free Thought Assessment. I would be happy assist you.
Last week, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket successfully lifted off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was no ordinary rocket. First, it was not owned by any government but by one person who started life with high hopes.
Elon Musk, the person behind Tesla, the electric car company, and SpaceX’s historical liftoff wanted to do things his own way. After graduating from high school in South Africa, he moved from his home town of Pretoria South Africa to North America.
The first company he founded, Zip2, would be sold to Compaq for $307 million in cash. His second company, PayPal, was sold to eBay for $1.7 billion. From there, he set his sights on producing space launch vehicles with his next company, SpaceX.
One might ask how a young man of only 40 plus years could have accomplished so much so soon. I am convinced it is a result of the impact his parents had on him, especially his father. His father, being an engineer, had a strong influence on his early life. He inspired Elon’s love of technology. When Elon was ten years old, he bought himself his first computer. Not knowing anything about computers, he taught himself how to program. Just two years later, he had created a space game and was selling it commercially.
Elon obviously was a very bright kid, but that alone does not explain how he was capable of accomplishing so much in such a short time. I don’t think his upbringing can be over looked, but there are other factors to be considered.
When he was asked how he learned to build rockets he would simply say, “I read books.”
In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX, the New Yorker observed that he was picked on a lot during his South African childhood, and he would retreat into fantasy (JRR Tolkien) and science-fiction (Isaac Asimov) to cope.
Books have always been important to Elon: inspiring him as a child, giving him heroes as a young adult, and helping him to learn rocket science while launching SpaceX.
The New Yorker reports that in his loneliness, he read a lot of fantasy and science-fiction books. Those books, notably, “The Lord of The Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien shaped his vision for his future self.
“The heroes of the books I read always felt a duty to save the world,” he told the New Yorker.
Then came “The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. Here he learned if you could properly phrase a question, then the answer is the easy part, he said in that same interview.
Elon felt Benjamin Franklin was one of his heroes. In Franklin’s biography, you can see how (Franklin) was an entrepreneur, Elon told the Foundation. He started from nothing. He was just a runaway kid.
In that same interview with Foundation, Elon says he learned a lot from another biography by Walter Isaacson, “Einstein”. As with Franklin, this book tells the story of a genius who transforms the world with his intelligence and ambition.
This book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos. There were other books: “Structures, Why Things Don’t Fall Down” by J. E. Gordon
“Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellant” by John D. Clark
“Super Intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom.
“Zero to One: Notes On Startups, or How To Build The Future” by Peter Thiel.
After reading these and other books, one can see how they impressed a young sensitive mind.
Elon once said that he was picked on and bullied as a child, which led him to turn to books, and they had a strong impact on his young growing mind. He grew up in a land of fantasy.
Just think. As a child my teachers used to tell me, “STOP FANTASIZING!” And I did. What a waste.
Early this morning I had an epiphany, a moment of sudden intuitive understanding, about my life. I have often wondered why I seemed to be in a holding pattern. I realized I have been driving the car of my life with one foot on the brakes. There have been periods of time when I would take my foot off and coast and there were many other times when I would simply apply the brakes fully.
It probably started early in life. Imagine back in your early school days when you had an opportunity to meet this boy/girl and you talked yourself out of it. You felt that person would never be interested in you, so you didn't make the effort, and your friends were all too eager to confirm your thoughts.
Or maybe it was later in life and you had the opportunity to go for that new job and you talked yourself out of it. By now you are a seasoned doubter and you don't need any outside force to support you in putting yourself down.
I remember back in the early 90s, a co-worker came in one morning so frustrated because she had created a document and had accidentally deleted it. I didn't get a computer for many years afterward, but when I did, I was always leery of deleting something important. Well, how does that relate to other areas of life?
Somewhere, I read the way you do anything is the way you do everything, and I can see that played out in my life.
Since I was an adult, I have always wanted to be in business. So, I have joined different Multi-Level-Marketing corporations seeking my life's dream of being financially independent. There was one problem. I did not have the ability to recruit people into my organizations.
I would sometimes be talking with someone who might have been excited to discover what I had my hands on, but I talked myself out of approaching them with the same excuses I used back in grade school. They probably will not be interested in joining me, so I would never bring up the topic. I know I am not the only one who has suffered through this, because I see it in the faces of people all the time.
If you are working in a job, or have worked in a job, that did not mentally challenge you or did not adequately compensate you, and you did not do anything about it, then you also fall in my group.
I have put that life behind me now. I am going for my goals in life and now that I realize how easy it is, I am interested in assisting others in realizing their long search for true happiness. I have heard it said that you can never truly be happy in a job that doesn't satisfy you.
So, here's the deal. You were meant to do something specific with your life, yet you may not know what it is or why you haven't pursued it. Let's get together and see how you are thinking about life. Let's see how your thoughts have influenced your life and then work out a plan for correcting them.
I invite you to take my thought assessment. From there we will know which way to go, and if you need some coaching, I am qualified to offer you a way out of the life you are currently living.
I am a 69-year-old veteran, and each year when I visit my doctor for my annual visit, I come away with very good results. My doctor is excellent. He doesn't have any agenda, we discuss my health conditions and the best course of actions to take.
I am in excellent health, so there aren't any long discussions about medication to take or other actions to take. On my second visit, I told my doctor I wasn't expecting him to manage my health. I take that responsibility myself. I would only come to him to verify if I was doing a good job.
He knows how I feel about prescription drugs, so he will only mention something to me, but it is my decision whether or not to take it. As I said, I am in excellent health for someone my age or any age. I do have hypertension, so the medications he might recommend revolve around that.
I have always taken my health seriously. I have never been a big meat eater. I do eat chicken, or turkey or venison, and now I have included a little buffalo meat. I firmly believe you are what you eat, and I am constantly on the lookout for new, natural information.
Just over the past 8 months we have tried the Candida Cure diet, the Whole 30 diet, and now we are on Dr. Steve Gundry's The Plant Paradox diet. All three of these are good in that they encourage you to give up sugar and high starch foods. But the Plant Paradox goes so much further. Dr. Gundry explains how Lectins effect the body. Lectins are found not only in grains and wheat but also in the "gluten-free" foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and conventional dairy products. These products which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants were designed by nature to protect plants from predators, including humans. Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions. Dr. Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases with protocol that detoxes the cells, repairs the gut, and nourishes the body.
Does your diet include peanuts, cashews, corn, quinoa or beans? How about eggplant, potatoes, peppers, goji berries and tomatoes? If so, you are placing yourself in harm's way by eating foods that are high in Lectin.
The other diets I mentioned earlier do not mention Lectins, or the effects they have on our bodies. This is what separates The Plant Paradox from all other diets.
And just in case you are wondering who Dr. Gundry is, he is the Director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California and the Founder and Director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.
After a distinguished surgical career as a professor and chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University, Dr. Gundry changed his focus to curing modern disease via dietary changes. He is the author of Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution, as well as more than three hundred articles published in peer-reviewed journals on using diet and supplements to eliminate heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease and multiple other diseases.
As I stated earlier, I am always on the lookout for anything that will help me maintain my health and to do so naturally. So, when I discovered this diet, you can imagine how excited I was to get started using it, and to share this information with the world.
4 Rules for good health.
Dr. Gundry has four rules for good health.
Rule number 1: What you stop eating has far more impact on your health than what you start eating.
Rule number 2: Pay attention to the care and feeding of your gut bugs, and they will handle the care and feeding of you. After all, you are their home.
Rule number 3: Fruit might as well be candy.
Rule number 4: You are what the thing you are eating ate.
This is just the beginning. As I get more familiar with this program, I will share what I find with you, and if I find something better I will share that with you, also. But I hope you don't wait until then, go out and get your copy on Monday.
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Years ago, I read a book entitled "What Do You Say When You Talk to Yourself?" I have long since forgotten the author and the book is probably out of print. I wasn't able to find it, even on Amazon. Until then, I had never even thought about my self-talk.
In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article regarding research about human thoughts per day. The average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same.
These studies also reveal that the quality of our existence rests on the quality of our internal and external communication. It shows how our bodies respond to the way we think, feel and act. This is often called the mind-body-spirit connection.
When we feel guilt and shame or stress, our bodies cry out to tell us that something isn't right.
These thoughts are with us day in and day out. I remember one stressful period in my life, I could not get my mind to quiet down. As I dozed off to sleep at night, the chatter would be unceasing.
When I awoke in the morning, it would start where it left off the night before, as if I had not slept at all that night. These were the same negative thoughts I carried around with me each day.
Why don't our thoughts thrive on the more positive aspects of our lives? It's complicated. I think this study and all other studies reveal that the average person's thoughts are generally negative, and all of us have negative thoughts from time to time. But people who are happily pursuing their life's objectives are the ones who have them less often than the average Joe, and therefore they are not influenced by them as much.
When you have set your goals and are working toward them, your thoughts are on the rewards you will enjoy once the objective is finished. You can see yourself driving the car or living in that house or wearing the clothes of choice, so there isn't any room in your thoughts for real negative thoughts to slip in.
But what if you don't have any goals? What if you are living from day to day without the expectation of ever having better than you currently have? Then depression can set in and all kinds of thoughts will sashay across your mind.
And remember, these are just thoughts. These are the things the mind produces when it is left on its own. These thoughts are not you. An obstacle on the path of one who is actively involved will be perceived as a blimp on their path to their objective. On the other hand, that same blimp on the path of one who isn't committed becomes a road block. From time to time remind yourself that you are doing much better than it might appear and give yourself a pat on the back.
Change the things you can and accept those you cannot and keep moving in the direction of your dreams. If, at the end of the day, you can look back and see progress made, you are moving in the right direction.
If these negative thoughts persist and you need some help understanding them and overcoming them, contact me at idrisrasheed.com. There you can take my free assessment and we will get to the bottom of these limiting thoughts. Then your self-talk will be positive and supportive of your goals and ambitions.
Have you ever observed a child attempting to walk? It spends as much time on its butt as it does on its feet. After a number of falls, why doesn't it just quit and give up? Well, it doesn't classify those falls as failures. In its little mind, that is part of the process of walking. It has seen others do it, so it is determined to do it, too.
Two weeks later, it is able to stand, balance itself and take a step, without falling. Then it does it over and over again, until it is walking like a champ. At this stage it has no fear or knows no limitations. Whatever it wants to do, it will keep at it until it succeeds, or until it is redirected to something else.
If this child did not have fears at this early age, when did it acquire them?
Once a child starts to walk, it begins to discover interesting places and interesting things to check out. But some of these places and things can be harmful, so the parents or older sibling will intercede on its behalf, telling it NO each time it starts getting near something that isn't good for it.
As an example, our youngest grandson lives in Oregon, so we didn't get to see him until he was about four. I walked up to him and asked him, “Grandson, can I have some sugar?” His answer was, “NO.” I said “Grandson can I have a hug?” He said, “NO.” Finally, I asked his dad if he hears the word no a lot? He said all of the time. He has an older brother and two older sisters plus two parents, someone is telling him no all of the time.
They are telling him this out of love, but he doesn't know that, all he hears is NO, don't do that, NO, don't do that. For the next 12 to 15 months, can you imagine how many times he is going to hear that word? Compare that to him hearing YES.
And at what point do you think he might began to tell himself, no I can't do that?
I grew up in an environment where I was told no and other more unflattering words, and even now I am influenced by some of the things I was told way back then.
All of us have self-talk, as they call it. What are you telling yourself and what effect has that had, and in what ways is it impacting your life today?
Find out. Visit my site Idrisrasheed.com and take my free assessment, and see what you think.
I have made it my goal in life to help every Baby Boomer finally become who they were meant to be.