#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.
WE WILL SUCCEED!