If you’re feeling stuck in your job or some aspect of your life situation, this video should get you feeling hopeful. I’m going to read a few pages from this book, The Magic of Thinking Big, which was written by David Schwartz.
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There is someone speaking to the author in the book and he says, “Just five years ago I was plodding along. Just another guy working in the tool and die trade. I made a decent living by average standards, but it was far from ideal. Our home was much too small and there was no money for the things that we wanted. My wife, bless her, didn’t complain much, but it was written all over her face that she was more resigned to her fate than she was happy. Inside I grew more and more dissatisfied. When I let myself see that I was failing my good wife and two children, I really hurt inside. But today, things are really different.”
My friend continued. “Today we have a beautiful home on a two acre lot and a year round cabin a couple of hundred miles north of here. There’s no more worry about whether we can send the kids to a good college, and my wife no longer feels guilty every time she spends money for some new clothes. Next summer, the whole families flying to Europe to spend a months holiday. We’re really living. How’d it all happen? Well, it all happened because I harnessed the power of belief.
“Five years ago I learned about a job with a tool and die company in Detroit. We were living in Cleveland at the time. I decided to look into it, hoping I could make a little more money. I got here early on a Sunday evening, but the interview wasn’t until Monday. Well, after dinner I sat down in my hotel room and for some reason I got really disgusted with myself. Why, I asked myself, am I just a middle class failure? Why am I trying to get a job that represents such a small step forward? I don’t know to this day what prompted me to do it, but I took a sheet of hotel stationary and I wrote down the names of five people I’ve known well for several years, who had far surpassed me in job responsibility and earning power.
“Two were former neighbors who moved away to find subdivisions. Two others were fellas I’d worked for, and the third was my brother-in-law. Well next, again, I don’t know what made me do this, but I asked myself what do my five friends have that I don’t have, besides better jobs. I compared myself with them on intelligence, but I honestly couldn’t see that they excelled in the brains department, nor could I truthfully say that they beat me on education, integrity, or personal habits. Well, finally, I got down to another success quality one hears a lot about, initiative. Here I hated to admit it but I had to, on this point my record showed I was far below my successful friends.
“It was now about 3:00 am but my mind was astonishingly clear. I was seeing my weak point for the first time. I discovered that I’d held back. I dug into myself deeper and deeper, and I found the reason I lacked initiative was because I didn’t believe inside that I was worth very much. I sat there the rest of the night just reviewing how lack of faith in myself had dominated me ever since I could remember. How I’d used my mind to work against myself. I found I’d been preaching to myself why I couldn’t get ahead, instead of why I could. I’d been seeling myself short. I found this streak of self deprecation showed through in everything I did.
“Well, then it dawned on me that no one else was going to believe in me until I believed in myself. Right then I decided, I am through feeling second class. From here on in I’m not going to sell myself short. The next morning I still had confidence. During the job interview I gave my new found confidence it’s first test. Before coming to the interview I’d hoped that I would have the courage to ask for 750 bucks, or maybe even $1000 more than my present job was paying. But now, after realizing that I was a valuable man, I upped it to 3500 and I got it. I sold myself, because after that one long night of self analysis I found things in myself that made me a lot more salable. Within two years after I took the job I’d established a reputation as a fellow who can get business.
“Well, then we went into recession. This made me still more valuable, because I was one of the best business getters in the industry. The company was reorganized and I was given a substantial amount of stock plus more pay. Believe in yourself, and good things do start happening. Your mind is a thought factory. It’s a busy factory, producing countless thoughts in a day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen, one of whom we will call Mr. Triumph, and the other we’ll call Mr. Defeat.
“Mr. Triumph is in charge of manufacturing positive thoughts. He specializes in producing reasons why you can, why you are qualified, and why you will. The other foremen, Mr. Defeat, produces negative, deprecating thoughts. He’s your expert in developing reasons why you can’t, why you’re weak, why you’re inadequate. His specialty is the why you will fail chain of thoughts. Both Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat are intensely obedient. They snap to attention immediately. All you need to do is signal either foremen and give the slightest mental beck and call. If the signal is positive, Mr. Triumph is going to step forward and do go to work. Likewise, a negative signal brings Mr. Defeat forward.
“To see how these two foremen work for you, try this example. Tell yourself today is a lousy day. This signals Mr. Defeat into action, and he manufactures facts to prove that you’re right. He suggests to you that it’s too hot or it’s too cold, business is going to be bad today, sales will drop, other people will be on edge. You may get sick, or your spouse might be in a fussy mood. But, tell yourself today is a fine day, and Mr. Triumph is signaled to act. He tells you this is a wonderful day. The weather is refreshing. It’s good to be alive. Today you can catch up on some of your work, and then it is a good day. Mr. Defeat will convince you that you will fail, while Mr. Triumph will demonstrate why you will succeed.
“Now, the more work you give either of these two foremen, the stronger he becomes. If Mr. Defeat is given more work to do, he adds personnel and he takes up more space in your mind. Eventually, he’ll take over the entire thought manufacturing division and virtually all thought will be of negative nature. The only wise thing to do is to fire Mr. Defeat. You don’t need him. You don’t want him around telling you that you can’t, that you’re not up to it, that you’ll fail and so on. Mr. Defeat won’t help you get where you want to go, so boot him out. Use Mr. Triumph 100% of the time. When any thought enters your mind, ask Mr. Triumph to go to work for you. He’ll show you how you can succeed, walk in, the door to success is open wider then ever before. Put yourself on record right now that you’re going to join that select group of people who are getting what they want out of life.”
Focus, not on Mr. Defeat but on Mr. Triumph. All it takes is a little bit initiative to break free from the situation that’s dragging you down, and I’m here to help you.
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