Winston Churchill and
it spoke volumes about :
Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the
task which has been set before us is not above our strength;
that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As
long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable
will to win, victory will not be denied us.

“personal odyssey of the self”. He
confided that he was determined to find out who he really was and
what his life was all about before it was too late.

“I don’t mean to sound too off-the-wall, but it was like I
had received a command from within, an inner instruction telling
me that I was to begin a spiritual voyage to rekindle the spark that
I had lost
Real generosity toward the future
consists in giving all to what is present.’
I knew I had to change—so I decided to listen to my heart and
do it in a very dramatic way. My life became so much simpler and
meaningful when I left the baggage of my past behind.The
moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the big pleasures
of life, I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing
in a moonlit sky or soaking in the the sunbeams of a glorious
summer morning.
“I too have walked this path, my friend. I too have felt the pain
you have felt. Yet I have learned that everything happens for a

 “Every event has
a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realized that failure,
whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is
essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a
whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather,
embrace it as the teacher that it is.”

“I thought that, ultimately, life is all about
choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes,
and I felt certain that the choice I had made was the right one.

He spoke of how he had traded the riches of
his soul for a fat bank account and the illusory gratification of his
‘live fast, die young’ lifestyle.

a life of simplicity, serenity and
harmony. The best was soon to come.
Great dreamers’ dreams are never fulfilled, they
are always transcended.
       Alfred Lord Whitehead
Whether it was the marvel
of a starry night or the enchantment of a spider’s web after it had
rained, Julian absorbed it all. He also said that his new lifestyle
and the new habits associated with it started to have a profound
effect on his inner world. Within a month of applying the principles
and techniques of the sages, he told me that he had begun to
cultivate the deep sense of peace and inner serenity that had
eluded him in all the years he had lived in the West. He became
more joyful and spontaneous, growing more energetic and
creative with each passing day.
have learned that self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s
mind, body and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and
living the life of one’s dreams. How can you care for others if you
cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don’t
even feel good? I can’t love you if I cannot love myself,”

I am an artist at living — my work of art is my life.
Julian remained calm and patient in the face of my persistence.
Spotting the pot of tea I had left on the table next to him, he
started to pour into my waiting cup. He poured until the cup was
full—but then he kept on pouring! Tea started to trickle down the
sides of the cup and into the saucer, then onto my wife’s prized
Persian rug. At first I watched silently. Then I couldn’t take it any
“Julian, what are you doing? My cup is overflowing. No matter
how hard you try, no more will go in!” I yelled impatiently.
He looked at me for a long moment. “Please don’t take this the
wrong way. I really respect you, John. I always have. However,
just like this cup, you seem to be full of your own ideas. And how
can any more go in. . . until you first empty your cup?”
I was struck by the truth of his words. He was right. My many
years in the conservative legal world, doing the same things every
day with the same people who thought the same thoughts every
day had filled my cup to the brim. My wife Jenny was always
telling me that we should be meeting new people and exploring
new things. “I wish you were just a little more adventurous, John,”
she would say.

Investing in yourself is the best
investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life,
it will improve the lives of all those around you.”
You are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush, green
garden. This garden is filled with the most spectacular
flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely
tranquil and silent. Savor the sensual delights of this
garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to
enjoy this natural oasis. As you look around you see that
in the center of this magical garden stands a towering, red
lighthouse, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the
garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the
base of the lighthouse opens. Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall,
nine-hundred-pound Japanese sumo wrestler who
casually wanders into the center of the garden.
As this sumo wrestler starts to move around the garden,
he finds a shiny gold stopwatch which someone had left
behind many years earlier. He slips it on, and falls to the
ground with an enormous thud. The sumo wrestler is
rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just
when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler
awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh
yellow roses blooming nearby. Energized, the wrestler
jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left.
He is startled at what he sees. Through the bushes at the
very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path
covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something
seems to instruct the wrestler to take the path, and to his
credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of
everlasting joy and eternal bliss.
“Never overlook the power
of simplicity,”

The garden, the lighthouse, the sumo wrestler,
the pink wire cable, the stopwatch, the roses and the winding path
of diamonds are symbols of the seven timeless virtues for an
enlightened life.

‘your vision will become clear only when you can look into
your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside,
“At first it might seem to be frivolous and
perhaps even childish. But I assure you that every element of the
fable embodies a timeless principle for radiant living and has great
depth of meaning. The garden, the lighthouse, the sumo wrestler,
the pink wire cable, the stopwatch, the roses and the winding path
of diamonds are symbols of the seven timeless virtues for an
enlightened life. I can also assure you that if you remember this
little story and the fundamental truths that it represents, you will
carry within you all that you need to know to raise your life to its
highest level. You will have all the information and strategies you
will need to profoundly influence the quality of your life and the
lives of all those you touch. And when you apply this wisdom on a
daily basis, you will change—mentally, emotionally, physically and
spiritually. Please write this story deep into your mind and carry it
within your heart It will only make a dramatic difference if you
embrace it without reservation.”
your vision will become clear only when you can look into
your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside,

Most people live—whether physically, intellectually
or morally—in a very restricted circle of their potential
being. We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon of
which we do not dream.
  William James
First element :
“In the fable, the garden is a symbol for the mind,” said Julian. “If
you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just
like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your
expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of
mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.

“As a matter of fact, most good gardeners guard their gardens
like proud soldiers and make certain that no contamination ever
enters. Yet look at the toxic waste that most people put into the
fertile garden of their minds every single day: the worries and
anxieties, the fretting about the past, the brooding over the future
and those self-created fears that wreak havoc within your inner
world. In the native language of the Sages of Sivana, which has
existed for thousands of years, the written character for worry is
strikingly similar to the character symbolizing a funeral pyre. Yogi
Raman told me that this was no mere coincidence. Worry drains
the mind of much of its power and, sooner or later, it injures the

“To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of
your garden and let only the very best information enter. You truly
cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought—not even one. The
most joyful, dynamic and contented people of this world are no
different from you or me in terms of their makeup. We are all flesh
and bones. We all come from the same universal source. However,
the ones who do more than just exist, the ones who fan the flames
of their human potential and truly savor the magical dance of life
do different things than those whose lives are ordinary. Foremost
amongst the things that they do is adopt a positive paradigm about
their world and all that is in it.”

there is only one
thing that we have absolute dominion over.”
 our minds. We might not be able to control
the weather or the traffic or the moods of all those around us. But,
we most certainly can control our attitude towards these events.
We all have the power to determine what we will think about in any
given moment. This ability is part of what makes us human. You
see, one of the fundamental gems of worldly wisdom I have
learned in my travels to the East is also one of the most simple.”
Julian then paused as if to summon up a priceless gift.
“And what might that be?”
“There is no such thing as objective reality or ‘the real world.’
There are no absolutes. The face of your greatest enemy might
be the face of my finest friend. An event that appears to be a
tragedy to one might reveal the seeds of unlimited opportunity to
another. What really separates people who are habitually upbeat
and optimistic from those who are consistently miserable is how
the circumstances of life are interpreted and processed.”
So it’s like that old adage about seeing the cup as half full
rather than half empty?
“That’s a fair way to look at it. No matter what happens to you
in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to
it. When you form the habit of searching for the positive in every
circumstance, your life will move into its highest dimensions. This
is one of the greatest of all the natural laws.”
All success in life, whether material or
spiritual, starts with that twelve-pound mass sitting between your
shoulders. Or more specifically, with the thoughts that you put into
your mind every second of every minute of every day. Your outer
world reflects the state of your inner world. By controlling the
thoughts that you think and the way you respond to the events of
your life, you begin to control your destiny.”
the Chinese character for
‘crisis’ is comprised of two sub-characters: one that spells ‘danger’
and another that spells ‘opportunity.’ I guess that even the ancient
Chinese knew that there is a bright side to the darkest
circumstance — if you have the courage to look for it.”
    ‘There are no mistakes in life,
only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only
opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of selfmastery.
From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a
wonderful teacher.’ ”

I suggest that you stop judging events as either
positive or negative. Rather, simply experience them, celebrate
them and learn from them. Every event offers you lessons. These
little lessons fuel your inner and outer growth. Without them, you
would be stuck on a plateau. Just think about it in your own life.
Most people have grown the most from their most challenging
experiences. And if you meet with an outcome you did not expect
and feel a little disappointed, remember that the laws of nature
always ensure that when one door closes another opens.”
“Once you consistently apply this principle to your daily life and
start to condition your mind to translate every event into a
positive, empowering one, you will banish worry forever. You will
stop being a prisoner of your past. Instead, you will become the
architect of your future.”
Every experience, even the
worst, offers me a lesson. Therefore, I should open my mind to the
learning in every event. In this way, I will grow stronger and
liberate the potential of your mind,
body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see,
things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind
and then, and only then, in reality. I call the process ‘blueprinting’
because anything that you create in your outer world began as a
simple blueprint in your inner world, on the lush picture screen of
your mind. When you learn to take control of your thoughts and
vividly imagine all that you desire from this worldly existence in a
state of total expectancy, dormant forces will awaken inside you.
You will begin to unlock the true potential of your mind to create
the kind of magical life that I believe you deserve. From tonight
onwards, forget about the past. Dare to dream that you are more
than the sum of your current circumstances. Expect the best. You
will be astonished at the results.
the great Indian philosopher Patanjali

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some
extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their
bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your
consciousness expands in every direction and you find
yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant
forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover
yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed
yourself to be.

on the outside indeed begins with success on the inside,
“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. If you
have become a negative thinker, this is because you have not cared
for your mind and taken the time to train it to focus on the good.
Winston Churchill said that ‘the price of greatness is,
responsibility over each of your thoughts.’ Then you will install the
vibrant mindset you are looking for. Remember, the mind truly is
like any other muscle in your body. Use it or lose it.”
If you want to strengthen the
muscles of your arm to achieve more, you must train them. If you
want to toughen up your leg muscles, you must first exert them.
Similarly, your mind will do wonderful things for you if only you
will let it. It will attract all that you desire into your life, once you
learn how to operate it effectively. It will create ideal health if you
care for it properly. And it will return to its natural state of
peacefulness and tranquility — if you have the vision to ask for it.
The Sages of Sivana have a very special saying: ‘The boundaries of
your life are merely creations of the self.'”
Enlightened thinkers know that their thoughts form their
world and the quality of one’s life comes down to the richness of
one’s thoughts. If you want to live a more peaceful, meaningful life,
you must think more peaceful, meaningful thoughts.”

“Quick-fixes do not work. All lasting inner change requires
time and effort. Persistence is the mother of personal change.

You will begin to tap into the highest levels of your own capacity
and enter the realm of the miraculous. But to reach this
destination, you must not get hung up on the outcome. Instead,
enjoy the process of personal expansion and growth. Ironically, the
less you focus on the end result, the quicker it will come.”

“It’s like that classic story of the young boy who travelled far
from his home to study under a great teacher. When he met the
wise old man, his first question was, ‘How long will it take me
before I am as wise as you?’
“The response came swiftly, ‘Five years.’
“‘This is a very long time,’ the boy replied. ‘How about if I
work twice as hard?’
‘”Then it will take ten,’ said the master.
‘”Ten! That’s far too long. How about if I studied all day and
well into the night, every night?’
‘”Fifteen years,’ said the sage.
“‘I don’t understand,’ replied the boy. ‘Every time I promise to
devote more energy to my goal, you tell me that it will take longer.
‘”The answer is simple. With one eye fixed on the destination,
there is only one left to guide you along the journey'”
The moment you
concentrate the focus of your mind on a singular purpose,
extraordinary gifts will appear within your life.”
the secret of happiness is simple: find out what you
truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing
it. If you study the happiest, healthiest, most satisfied people of
our world, you will see that each and every one of them has found
their passion in life, and then spent their days pursuing it. This
calling is almost always one that, in some way, serves others. Once
you are concentrating your mind power and energy on a pursuit
that you love, abundance flows into your life, and all your desires
are fulfilled with ease and grace.”
Success, like happiness, cannot be
pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side
effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.’
Once you find out what your life’s work is, your world will come
alive. You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of
energy and enthusiasm. All your thoughts will be focused on your
definite objective. You won’t have time to waste time. Valuable
mental power will, therefore, not be wasted on trifling thoughts.
You will automatically erase the worry habit and become far more
effective and productive. Interestingly, you will also have a deep
sense of inner harmony, as if you are somehow being guided to
realize your mission. It is a wonderful feeling.
Energy Leaks:
Too many of us are
consumed by needless and endless worry. This drains us of our
natural vitality and energy. Have you ever seen the inner tube of a
bicycle tire?”

“When it is fully inflated, it can easily take you to your
destination. But if there are leaks in it, the tube eventually
deflates, and your journey comes to an abrupt end. This is also
how the mind works. Worry causes your precious mental energy
and potential to leak, just like air leaking out of an inner tube.
Soon, you have no energy left. All of your creativity, optimism and
motivation has been drained, leaving you exhausted.”
Once you find your
purpose, however, life becomes much easier and far more
rewarding. When you figure out what your main aim or destiny
really is, you will never have to work another day in your life.”
Your work will be play.

You will, however, have to start taking risks. Shake up
your life a bit. (Jet rid of the cobwebs. Take the road less travelled.
Most people live within the confines of their comfort zone.
“Stop being so practical. Start doing the things you have
always wanted to do.  In the process, they have found the deep happiness that
had eluded them for so long. So what if they could no longer afford
two vacations a year and a posh summer home in the Caymans?
Calculated risk taking will pay huge dividends. How will you ever
get to third base with one foot on second?”
“So take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being
here and then have the courage to act on it.”

technique for mastering the mind :
 Heart of the Rose

“All that you need to perform this exercise is a fresh rose and
a silent place. Natural surroundings are best but a quiet room will
also do nicely. Start to stare at the center of the rose, its heart.
Yogi Raman told me that a rose is very much like life: you will
meet thorns along the way but if you have faith and believe in
your dreams you will eventually move beyond the thorns into the
glory of the flower. Keep staring at the rose. Notice its color,
texture and design. Savor its fragrance and think only about this
wonderful object in front of you. At first, other thoughts will start
entering your mind, distracting you from the heart of the rose.
This is the mark of an untrained mind. But you need not worry,
improvement will come quickly. Simply return your attention to
the object of your focus. Soon your mind will grow strong and
‘One must
not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that
each moment of life is a miracle — and a mystery.’

“Persist and spend longer and longer periods savoring the
heart of the rose,” “After a
week or two you should be able to perform the technique for
twenty minutes without your mind wandering onto other subjects.
This will be your first indication that you are taking back control
of the fortress of your mind. It will then focus only on what you
command it to focus on. It will then be a wonderful servant, able
to do extraordinary things for you. Remember, either you control
your mind or it controls you.”

“Practically speaking, you will notice that you will feel far
calmer. You will have taken a significant step towards erasing the
worry habit that plagues most of the population and you will enjoy
more energy and optimism. Most importantly, you will also
observe a sense of joyfulness entering your life along with an
ability to appreciate the many gifts that surround you. Each day,
no matter how busy you get and how many challenges you might
face, return to the Heart of the Rose. It is your oasis. It is your
silent retreat. It is your island of peace. Never forget that there is
power in silence and stillness. Stillness is the stepping stone to
connecting with the universal source of intelligence that throbs
through every living thing.”

Philosophy of Opposition Thinking:
Another particularly good
technique for ridding the mind of worry and other negative, lifedraining
influences is based on what Yogi Raman called Opposition
Thinking. I learned that under the grand laws of Nature, the mind
can only hold one thought at any one time.

Using this little-known information, anyone can easily
create a positive, creative mindset within a short period. The
process is straightforward: when an undesirable thought
occupies the focal point of your mind, immediately replace it with
a uplifting one. It’s as if your mind is a giant slide projector, with
every thought in your mind being a slide. Whenever a negative
slide comes up on the screen, take swift action to replace it with
a positive one.

“This is where the prayer beads around my neck come in,”
Julian added with rising enthusiasm. “Every time I catch myself
thinking a negative thought, I take this necklace off and remove
another bead. These beads of worry go into a cup I keep in my
knapsack. Together they serve as gentle reminders that I still
have a distance to travel on the road to mental mastery and
responsibility over the thoughts that fill my mind.”

philosophy of Opposition Thinking.”
“Here’s a real-life example. Let’s say you have had a tough
day in court. The judge disagreed with your interpretation of the
law, the litigator on the other side belonged in a cage, and your
client was more than a little annoyed with your performance. You
come home and fall into your favorite chair, full of gloom. Step one
is to become aware that you are thinking these uninspiring
thoughts. Self-knowledge is the stepping stone to self-mastery.
Step two is to appreciate once and for all that just as easily as you
allowed those gloomy thoughts to enter, you can replace them with
cheerful ones. So think of the opposite of gloom. Concentrate on
being cheerful and energetic. Feel that you are happy. Perhaps you
might even start to smile. Move your body as you do when you are
joyful and full of enthusiasm. Sit up straight, breathe deeply and
train the power of your mind on positive thoughts. You will notice
a remarkable difference in the way you feel within minutes. Even
more importantly, if you keep up your practice of Opposition
Thinking, applying it to every negative thought that habitually
visits your mind, within weeks you will see that they no longer hold
any power.

“Thoughts are vital, living
things, little bundles of energy, if you will. Most people don’t give
any thought to the nature of their thoughts and yet, the quality of
your thinking determines the quality of your life. Thoughts are
just as much a part of the material world as the lake you swim in
or the street you walk on. Weak minds lead to weak actions. A
strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate through daily
practice, can achieve miracles. If you want to live life to the fullest,
care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions.
Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be

firmly believed that one should only
think “Sattvic” or pure thoughts. They arrived at such a state
through the techniques I have just shared with you along with
other practices such as a natural diet, the repetition of positive
affirmations or ‘mantras’ as they called them, reading books rich
with wisdom and by constantly ensuring that their company was
enlightened. If even one impure thought entered the temple of
their minds they would punish themselves by travelling many
miles to an imposing waterfall and standing under the ice-cold
water until they could no longer bear the frigid temperature.”

A worrisome thought is like an embryo: it starts off
small but grows and grows. Soon it takes on a life of its own.”

everything is always created
twice, first in the mind and then in reality. I have shared already
that thoughts are things, material messengers that we send out to
influence our physical world. I have also informed you that if you
hope to make remarkable improvements in your outer world you
must first start within and change the caliber of your thoughts.

Secret of the Lake
sages would look into the waters of
the still lake and envision their dreams becoming reality. If it was
the virtue of discipline they wished to cultivate within their lives
they would picture themselves getting up at dawn, performing
their rigorous physical regimen without fail and spending days in
silence to enhance their willpower. If it was more joy they were
seeking, they would look into the lake and envision themselves
laughing uncontrollably or smiling each time they met one of their
brothers or sisters. If it was courage they desired, they would
picture themselves acting with strength in the moment of crisis
and challenge.
the mind
works through pictures. Pictures affect your self-image and your
self-image affects the way you feel, act and achieve. If your selfimage
tells you that you are too young to be a successful lawyer or
too old to change your habits for the better, you never will achieve
these goals. If your self-image tells you that lives rich with
purpose, excellent health and happiness are only for people from
backgrounds other than your own, this prophecy will ultimately
become your reality.
“But when you run inspiring, imaginative pictures through the
movie screen of your mind, wonderful things start to happen in
your life. Einstein said that ‘imagination is more important than
knowledge.’ You must spend some time every day, even if it is just
a few minutes, in the practice of creative envisioning. See yourself
as you want to be, whether this means serving as a great judge, a
great father or a great citizen of your community.”
Understand once and for all that your mind has magnetic power to
attract all that you desire into your life. If there is a lack in your
life it is because there is a lack in your thoughts. Hold wonderful
pictures in your mind’s eye. Even one negative image is poisonous
to your mindset.

‘There is nothing noble about being superior
to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your
former self.’ All I’m really getting at is that if you want to improve
your life and live with all that you deserve you must run your own
race. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is
important is what you say to yourself. Do not be concerned with
the judgment of others as long as you know what you are doing is
right. You can do whatever you want to do as long as it is correct
according to your conscience and your heart. Never be ashamed of
doing that which is right; decide on what you think is good and
then stick to it. And for God’s sake, never get into the petty habit
of measuring your self-worth against other people’s net worth, ‘Every second you spend thinking about
someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.'”
Master Your Mind
• Cultivate your mind – it will blossom beyond your
• The quality of your life is determined by the quality of
your thoughts
• There are no mistakes – only lessons. See setbacks as
opportunities for personal expansion and spiritual growth
• The Heart of the Rose
• Opposition Thinking
• The Secret of the Lake
The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love
to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once
you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires
are filled with ease and grace.

Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be
happy to live with all your life. Make the most of
yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility
into the flames of achievement.
Foster C. McClellan
he who serves the most, reaps the most, emotionally,
physically, mentally and spiritually. This is the way to inner peace
and outer fulfillment.”

mind is like a
fertile garden and for it to flourish, you must nurture it daily.
Never let the weeds of impure thought and action take the garden
of your mind. Stand guard at the gateway of your mind. Keep it
healthy and strong — it will work miracles in your life if you will
only let it.”
2nd Element of principle for enlightened living: (Light House)

the purpose of life is a life
of purpose. Those who are truly enlightened know what they want
out of life, emotionally, materially, physically and spiritually.
Clearly defined priorities and goals for every aspect of your life
will serve a role similar to that played by a lighthouse, offering you
guidance and refuge when the seas become rough.
anyone can revolutionize their lives once they revolutionize the
direction in which they are moving. But if you don’t even know
where you are going, how will you ever know when you get there?”

“Life is funny,” “One would think
that the less one worked the more one would have the chance to
experience happiness. However, the real source of happiness can
be stated in a word: achievement. Lasting happiness comes from
steadily working to accomplish your goals and advancing
confidently in the direction of your life’s purpose. This is the secret
to kindling the inner fire that lurks within you.

you might wonder what a group of
simple, possessionless sages would ever need or hope to achieve.
But achievement need not be of the material sort. Personally, my
objectives are to attain peace of mind, self-mastery and
enlightenment. If I fail to accomplish these goals by the end of my
life, I am certain that I will die feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied.'”

is the DNA of self-enlightenment.

The lighthouse in
 fable will always remind you of the power of setting
clearly defined, purposeful goals and, most importantly, of having
the character power to act on them.”

the importance
of setting clearly defined objectives in your life and knowing
precisely where you are going. What you just saw confirms the
most important principle for anyone seeking to attain their goals
and to fulfill their life’s purpose: you will never be able to hit a
target that you cannot see. People spend their whole lives
dreaming of becoming happier, living with more vitality and having
an abundance of passion. Yet they do not see the importance of
taking even ten minutes a month to write out their goals and to
think deeply about the meaning of their lives, their Dharma. Goalsetting
will make your life magnificent. Your world will become
richer, more delightful and more magical.”

Anyone who wishes to improve
the quality of their inner as well as their outer worlds would do
well to take out a piece of paper and start writing out their life
aims. At the very moment that this is done, natural forces will
come into play which start to transform these dreams into reality.”
Enthusiasm is one of the key ingredients for a lifetime of successful
living and I am glad to see that you still have every ounce of yours.
Earlier I taught you that we each think about 60,000 thoughts on
an average day. By writing out your desires and goals on a piece of
paper, you send a red flag to your subconscious mind that these
thoughts are far more important than the remaining 59,999 other
ones. Your mind will then start to seek out all opportunities to
realize your destiny like a guided missile. It is really a very
scientific process. Most of us are simply not aware of it.”

concentrated mind.’ Concentrate every ounce of your mental
energy on self-discovery. Learn what you excel at and what makes
you happy.

Awaken your mind to the abundance of
possibility around you. Start to live with more zest. The human
mind is the world’s largest filtering device. When used properly it
filters out what you perceive as unimportant and gives you only
the information you are looking for at that time.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step?”

a five-step
method to reach their objectives and fulfill the purposes of their
lives. It was simple, practical and it worked. The first step was to
form a clear mental image of the outcome. If this was to lose
weight, Julian told me that every morning just after I woke up, I
was to envision myself as a lean, fit person, full of vitality and
boundless energy. The clearer this mental picture, the more
effective the process would be. He said that the mind was the
ultimate treasure house of power and this simple act of “picturing”
my goal would open the gateway to the actualization of this desire.
Step two was to get some positive pressure on myself
“The main reason people do not follow through on any
resolutions they make is that it is too easy to slip back into their
old ways. Pressure is not always a bad thing. Pressure can inspire
you to achieve great ends. People generally achieve magnificent
things when their backs are up against the wall and they are
forced to tap into the wellspring of human potential that lies
within them.”
Positive pressure :
One of the best is
the public pledge. Tell everyone you know that you will lose the
excess weight or write that novel or whatever your goal might be.
Once you make your goal known to the world, there will instantly
be pressure on you to work towards its fulfillment since no one
likes to look like a failure. This is an
extreme illustration of the power that pressure can exert on the
building of good habits and the attainment of goals.”
Step one is to have a clear vision of your outcome.
Step two is to create positive pressure to keep you inspired. The
third step is a simple one: never set a goal without attaching a
timeline to it. To breathe life into a goal you must attach a precise
deadline to it.

Dream Book
and fill it with all your desires, objectives and dreams. Get to know
yourself and what you are all about.”

They have never taken the time to know
their strengths, their weaknesses, their hopes, their dreams. The
Chinese define image in these terms: there are three mirrors that
form a person’s reflection; the first is how you see yourself, the
second is how others see you and the third mirror reflects the
truth. Know yourself,  Know the truth
Another particularly effective technique I learned is
to fill your Dream Book with pictures of the things you desire and
images of people who have cultivated the abilities, talents and
qualities that you hope to emulate. Getting back to you and your
‘spare tire,’ if you want to lose weight and be in outstanding
physical shape, paste a picture of a marathon runner or an elite
athlete in your Dream Book. If you want to be the world’s finest
husband, why not clip out a picture of someone who represents this
— perhaps your father — and put it into your journal in the
relationship section. If you are dreaming of a mansion by the sea
or a sports car, find an inspiring picture of these objects and use
them for your book of dreams. Then review this book daily, even
for a few minutes. Make it your friend. The results will startle you.”

if you can’t laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?”

“Back to the five-step method to attain your aims and realize
your goals. Once you have formed a clear mental picture of your
outcome, created a little pressure behind it, set a deadline and
committed it to paper, the next step is to apply The Magic Rule of 21. The learned men and women of his
world believed that, for new behavior to crystallize into a habit,
one had to perform the new activity for twenty-one days in a row.”
you have fun while you are
advancing along the path of your goals and purpose. Never forget
the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never
neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today and
this very moment that you and I are sharing is a gift. Remain
spirited, joyful and curious. Stay focused on your lifework and on
giving selfless service to others. The Universe will take care of
everything else. This is one of nature’s truest laws.”
“And never regret what has happened in the past?”
“Exactly. There is no chaos in this Universe. There is a
purpose for everything that has ever happened to you, and
everything that will happen to you.
 Every experience offers lessons. So stop majoring in minor
things. Enjoy your life.”

passion, and it is a word you must constantly keep at the forefront
of your mind as you follow your mission and attain your goals. A
burning sense of passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams.
Here, in our society we have lost our passion. We do not do things
because we love to do them. We do things because we feel we have
to do them. This is a formula for misery.

Decide, once and for all, to be the master of your fate. Run
your own race. Discover your calling and you will start to
experience the ecstacy of an inspired life. Finally, always
remember that what lies behind you and what lies in front of you
is nothing when compared to what lies within you.”
Follow Your Purpose
• The purpose of life is a life of purpose
• Discovering and then realizing your lifework brings
lasting fulfillment
• Set clearly defined personal, professional and spiritual
goals, and then have the courage to act on them
• The Power of Self-Examination
• The 5 Step Method for Attaining Goals
Never forget the importance of living with unbridled
exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all
living things. Today, and this very moment, is a gift. Stay
focused on your purpose. The Universe will take care of
everything else.


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