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Which One Are You?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I have a scenario that plays in my head.

I am witnessing my birth. The doctors and nurses are shouting instructions; my mother is sweating and pushing. As I pass from darkness into light I start to see shapes and images. The doctor turns my head and suctions my nose and mouth. As he wipes my eyes and it is then I notice writing in huge letters on the delivery room ceiling. My first conscious and cognizant thought in life is:

“You deserve to be successful.”

What if we could capture that thought; and no matter what else we are ever told to the contrary, it stayed in our minds forever. Imagine it was not our first thought, but our last and that we lived our entire lives convinced we deserved success. Imagine how we would live if we knew no matter what twists and turns our lives took we deserved success. Failures would become learning experiences, bad decisions would be foundations to build on and to top it all off, we’d be grateful for what we now call negative experiences. It wouldn’t be reserved for the lovely, the educated and the lucky. It would OUR BIRTHRIGHT.”

The minds job is to create, that is its sole function. Our minds process what our five senses experience, mix it all together and come up with an outcome we can live with based on past outcomes. There’s a story about twin brothers who woke up one Christmas morning and rushed down the stairs and into the family room only to find a large pile of horse manure adjacent to the family tree. The first brother slumped into a chair and cried. “This is all I get for Christmas, horse manure.” He began to weep and moan. The second brother studied the pile of manure for a moment. Thoughtfully, he walked around a few times looking at it from top to bottom. He started digging, flinging the manure everywhere. Startled, his parents asked what he was doing. He stopped, looked over his shoulder and cried out. “There has to be a pony under here somewhere.”

Two people enter the same room and observe the same situation, yet each chooses a separate outcome. The minds job is to create and each young man based his outcome on past experience and belief. One believed he deserved to succeed and one believed he didn't.

Which one are you?

The above is and excerpt from These Three Things by John T Jurkiewicz, 2013. All Rights Reserved Republication by written permission only.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/21/2013 4:59AM

    Excellent Blog!

Have you ever read "The Best Salesman in the World" and "The Greatest Success in the World" by Og Mandino?

Two tiny books that are quite transformative.

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KATHRYN1955 2/20/2013 8:50PM

    Perhaps I need to rethink my daily experience changing the kitty litter!!!!
I just thought there was one cat responsible for all of that.....maybe there are more!
Great blog....we definitely live up to our beliefs in ourselves.
Take care,

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    I tend to see myself as successful because I am and you are too.

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SHERIO5 2/20/2013 9:20AM


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NEWMOM20121 2/20/2013 8:40AM

    Love it.

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NASFKAB 2/20/2013 5:13AM

  great blog helpful

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LYNMEINDERS 2/20/2013 3:40AM

    Love it John....
I love the story as well and the thoughts it provokes...

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GEEMAWEST 2/19/2013 10:04PM

    You always give me so much to ponder. Excellent! Can't wait for your book!

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HDHAWK 2/19/2013 12:30PM

    I see this situation at school on a regular basis. Some people want to change a child and some people realize they need to change how they are teaching to reach the child. Well said!

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JILL313 2/19/2013 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon I still am learning so much about life!

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CELIAMINER 2/19/2013 11:28AM

    My DH would be flinging the, manure. I'm still trying to learn optimism.

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CRYSTALJEM 2/19/2013 10:36AM

    Wonderful. Thank you. I have a space on my bedroom ceiling meant for something special I think I've figured out what to do with it.

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CC3833 2/19/2013 10:23AM

    I like this blog. I am a big believer in the self fulfilling prophecy. It is all mind over matter. Hope you had a great weekend!

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SLIMLEAF 2/19/2013 10:22AM

    Hmmm... that I might deserve to succeed is a new concept for me. I'm not sure whether or not I agree with it - I need to give it some more thought.

Thank you for stimulating my grey cells!

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/19/2013 10:08AM

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 2/19/2013 9:27AM

    Such a great blog!! Thank you for sharing this!!

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MARITIMER3 2/19/2013 9:25AM

    Very interesting, how two people can see exactly the same thing, but interpret it differently.

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CORKY982 2/19/2013 9:20AM

  Amazing. I love this blog!! I need to stop being the one crying in the chair, and start being the one looking for the pony.

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