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Today I’m going to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably?
Then I’ll begin.
At sixteen, Bob and the local school system parted company. With little knowledge, limited skills and a bad attitude, he didn’t expect much out of life – and that was exactly what he got – not much. He drifted in and out of the navy, in and out of factory jobs and in an out of bars. By the time he was 26 years old, he was frequently sick, constantly tired, and earning only $4,000 a year with debts of $6,000.
He was learning that thoughts and feelings of mediocrity and hopelessness always led to more of the same. He was allowing his current circumstances to dictate the images he held in his mind, and beginning to grasp the idea that a mind engaged in images of struggle and strife will always produce the same as a fact.
Unhappy, unhealthy, and broke, he knew that his way was not working. Misery was a constant companion until the day he sat down with the man who was to change it all. Ray Stanford was everything Bob was not, happy, healthy and enjoying material wealth.
Ray explained there were certain laws governing happiness, that if followed would allow Bob to become a happier and healthier man. This idea seemed very strange.
He went on to say there were also exact laws governing material wealth. Now he really had Bob’s attention; if there was one thing Bob wanted it was money. He believed if he could get out of debt, everything else would be easy. This was a new idea he was ready to entertain. He had reached the point where he had ‘eyes to see and ears to hear’.
Ray suggested to Bob that he read a particular book, saying “Find the secret in this book and you can have anything you want”. The book in question was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Bob couldn’t find the secret at first, although it was mentioned many times on many pages. He read the chapter on persistence every day for a month, soon coming to the realization that he had never stuck at anything. He decided if he ever did find the secret he would stick with it every day until the day he died.
Find it he did, and the secret was simple; decide what you want, write it down and read it every day. It was 1960 and he wrote that he would have $25,000 in his possession by 1970. He’d given himself ten years to make it. From his present perspective it was hard to imagine he would get it at all, it seemed pretty much a fantasy. But every day he read his card. His friends in the bar laughed, “Bob thinks he’s going to be rich” they sneered.
He stopped bumming around in the bar. Keeping his card to himself now, Bob continued reading it every chance he got and before long his desire felt real. That year he earned $175,000 and well beyond a $1M the next. The secret had led him to inspired decision making and intelligent action, enabling him to live a successful and fulfilled life.
The idea of greater things constantly held in mind always leads to growth and progression.
We are all governed by the same laws: we are what we assume ourselves to be. Your present experience of life, even your present self is the effect of your thinking; the result of persistent assumptions, thought in secret and made visible for all to see. Every thought in the direction of our desire is the way forward, bringing it closer, whilst every thought in the opposite direction leads to more experiences to be unhappy about. There is perfect order in the universe; every thought, every feeling that we persist in becomes a part of our living reality.
Bob experienced a dramatic change in his world. We too can be happier and have a more successful, fulfilled life. We’re never disqualified from a bright future because of our current circumstances.
Don’t give up on your dreams or sit on the sidelines. Bob discovered that by persistently putting his attention on something he wanted, without knowing how to get it, he got it. He learned that with persistence you can’t fail.
This is the key point, anything that we repeat to ourselves, deliberately or not, becomes a part of our every day life experience, a part of who we are, it becomes our habitual way of thinking.
In order to change our life we must first change ourselves, change the ideas from which we think, the ideas that keep us firmly anchored in our present life. If you are willing to persist in the idea of something greater in your life, begin it. With thoughts of greater things persistently held in mind, success is inevitable.
It’s never too late. Six or sixty, it doesn’t matter, we are transformative beings, and there is no expiration date on transformation.
What’s your desire? Maybe you want a new car, or there’s a business you always wanted to start, maybe a relationship to be improved, or spiritual growth to be had. Remember, we can never rise higher than the thoughts we have of ourselves.
Let me encourage you to start expecting the best in your life. You deserve nothing less. Tomorrow is a blank canvas awaiting your personal touch. With every thought you either build a new, grander life, maintain the life you now lead, or you’re going downhill.
Through persistence you can see your dreams come to pass. You have created who you now are without any trouble at all and the creator is always greater than his creation.
Move on. Imagine this new you. Are you willing to entertain a new idea about who you are and stick with it, paying no attention to those old thoughts? They may feel familiar and comfortable but hey, they keep you shackled to your present life.
Today is the day, now is the time. Whatever you can imagine for yourself, become it. Rejoice both in who you are, and who you will be. Your destiny is whatever you say it is.
And Bob? Oh, you want to know what happened to him?
He became a student of universal principles, the same laws that knowingly or not, we all use every day. He practiced and persisted and today is the owner of a multimillion dollar company with a mission to improve the quality of life for thousands of people throughout the world. From the little seed of persistence grew a greater, more fulfilling, happier new life.
What would a little persistence do for you?
How do I know this story is true? Because it’s the story of Bob Proctor – we had a year long training with him – and he told us.
Encourage one another.