A group of novice backpackers went camping in the woods for a weekend. They’d barely hunkered down in their tents the first night, when a pack of howling wolves entered the site and kept them up all night with their strange howls.
The backpackers didn’t know what to do; they had two more nights before returning to the city, and they already felt exhausted from lack of sleep.
Fortunately, a seasoned hiker came along; they told him about their circumstance, and he sold them a flare gun and a couple of flares. He taught them how to use it, and he advised them to shoot the flare into the air when the howling began.
That second night, the wolves returned and began howling. They took the seasoned hiker’s advice, shot a flare into the air, and indeed the wolves fled and the howling ceased. They got a great night sleep.
As mentioned on prior blogs, you hear echoes of the 60,000 NO’s that were spoken to you from age two to six. These howling NO’s creep into our mind, not only in the darkness of night, but also in the light of day. They can keep you up all night and cause nervous tendencies all day. No one escapes the howls of NO! … otherwise, we’d all be super-achievers like Leonardo da Vinci.
Fear of failure, fear of success, procrastination and excuse–making … all are a consequence of howling NO’s. This isn’t all dark news – a second look illuminates your mind. You have a flare gun and flares available to scare the wolves from howling at the door of your mind.
Chanting, “YES, YES, YES”, in reaction to NO’s … nope, that’s NOT a flare; this is why motivational speeches only motivate for the short term. If you are to rid your mind permanently of howling NO’s, you must learn to R.O.A.R effectively; this is the flare!
My little orange book will be out soon, offering fabulous advice: Recognize … Organize … Absorb … and Realize. This is the flare you are looking for!
Positive thinking alone does not work; it works no better than negative thinking. REAL thinking works; get real about it – you have a bad habit of pledging your obedience to past echoes of NO. If you didn’t have this habit, again I remind you that you would be expressing freely and winning in all domains of life (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, with family, friends, colleagues and even with strangers … and financially).
Admitting the truth about hampering NO’s (howling NO’s that hamper your progress) is a powerful first step. Dare’st you admit? Please share your thoughts on this matter. How have echoing NO’s of your past stopped you from creating your future as you’d love it to be?