#208: Beginning a New Life

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chapter eight of the book, "The Greatest Salesman in the World" begins with the story's man character, Hafid, reading from a scroll marked I:

"Today I begin a new life."

"Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity."

"Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all."

"Today I will pluck grapes of wisdom from the tallest and fullest vines in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me..."

"Today I will savor the taste of grapes from these vines and verily I will swallow the seed of success buried in each and new life will sprout within me."

* * *

"Failure no longer will be my payment for struggle. Failure...is alien to my life. In the past I accepted it...Now I reject it..."

"Yet, within my allotted time I must practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste."

"In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedeth all others is -- I will form good habits..."

* * *

The man then begins to study each of the scrolls of wisdom for 30 days.

"And what will be accomplished with this habit? Herein lies the hidden secret of all man's accomplishments. As I repeat the words daily they will soon become a part of my active mind, but more important, they will also seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend."

"Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform..."

"Today I begin a new life...Today my old skin has become as dust. I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life."

* * *

What lessons can we learn from Hafid and apply to our lives and our journeys of weight loss and better health?

* He willed himself a new life, knowing he would need to be patient for results to occur.

* He planted a visual scene in his mind of success.

* He vowed to reject failure and embrace success.

* He also vowed to take the knowledge of those who had succeeded before him and apply it to himself.

* He committed to creating new habits.

* He realized the importance of positive affirmations, said repeatedly until they are a part of the subconscious.

Aren't these the tips SP has taught us? When we follow the principles of success that others before us have followed, failure is certain to be absent from our journey. We must visualize the new us, make a commitment to creating new habits and allowing our old self to turn to dust.

"I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life."

Isn't this what we all seek?

Then let's start now developing our own code of behavior for our future. Let's each become our own greatest salesman in the world. We can do this. We WILL do this. Nothing will stop us.

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  • no profile photo CD5002230
    Oh, my, Lou. This deserves to be among the popular blogs! Everyone should read it.

    I'm getting my copy of The Greatest Salesman in the World for a re-read.

    4092 days ago
    I will walk the walk and not just talk the talk!
    4096 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I read Og Mandino a lifetime ago when I had it in my head that I could accomplish anything I set out to do. It's about time I revisit the book and reclaim my old beliefs. I am a true believer of the statement that whatever the mind can conceive and believe the body can achieve. This was a great reminder and I thank you again.
    4099 days ago
    Seems we read the same books.
    4099 days ago
    4100 days ago
    not that far in the book but what i have read i really enjoy it puts life into perspective for me .. emoticon
    4100 days ago
    Hi Lou,

    I have never read this book. Maybe I should. Some of these ideas I have already made part of my life. One that I reject again and again is the idea of using positive affirmations. I would like to know that people have used them so much that it is a given, a fact that the affirmations made a difference. Am I that cynical? No, I don't think cynical is it. I should believe it. After all, don't we all remember so very clearly instances of negative, hurtful, destructive moments that made a huge impact on our thinking? Haven't we all recoiled from a person, an activity because of something so very painful that was said to us? I need to start over again, to create good things in my mind rather than letting my brain relive what scarred me. Can anyone tell me what positive affirmations have truly done for them? I want to believe.
    (Thanks, Fox Mulder.)
    4100 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Lou, I love this idea! And I'm holding you to it! emoticon Seriously we will succeed! emoticon Thanks for another winner blog.
    4100 days ago
  • WALNUT5612
    Great blog! Good advice!
    4100 days ago
    Great idea.
    4100 days ago
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