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Today’s book is the inspiring The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

We think this book should be compulsory reading in school, as too many of us underestimate our own potential and shrink away from our own dreams and what we’re truly capable of.

We think Marianne Williamson said it best in her famous quote:

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

The Magic of Thinking Big  And a few words from Brian on the book:

Ahhh… The magic of thinking BIG. This is a fun topic.

Are you thinking big? You better be if you plan to live big. Schwartz’ wisdom echoes all the greats, and if you’re committed to living your highest and biggest life, this is a must-read.

In today’s challenge, we’ll explore all kinds of big ideas, from getting rid of your “excusitis” (deadly disease), to learning “stickability,” and, of course, thinking, believing and living BIG.

This book is awesome and definitely worth the read. You can get more info on it here.

And as always, what’s your BIGGEST Aha! moment from this book, and how are you going to implement the wisdom from today into your life? Simply drop a comment below and let the discussions roll!

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150 Comments

  • Avatar MaxineH says:

    Wow, what a great book. So many great ideas/quotes.

    "Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed", and I've always loved the Henry Ford quote "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right".

    Excusitis
    I have found myself on a number of occassions, thinking I'd like to do something, but I can't, because it would be too difficult to arrange childcare for my 3 children, to enable me to do the thing. Well, a few years ago, I went to an amazing evening of "Argentinian Tango" at the local theatre. I just fell in love with this passionate dance. As i left the theatre, leaflets were being handed out, regarding an evening class. I didn't follow it up. I have this morning been on the web, found a local class, and have texted my babysitter to sound her out about a weekly sunday babysit. She's texted back to say she normally works, but will check it out with her manager. Fingers crossed :-) While it is a dance for 2, and I would be going on my own, and hence dance with new people, I'm going to follow through with "Action cures Fear".

    Stickability
    As someone with piles of papers that just accumulate, this is one habit I need to sort out. I'm going to start single-handling now.

    Memory Bank Deposits
    "Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Let's face it; everyone encounters plenty of unpleasant, embarrassing, and discouraging situations….Unsuccessful people take them to heart, so to speak." I have been logging onto gratitudelog.com since xmas, so I am focusing on more positive deposits, but there's still a few negative one lurking.

    To think confidently, act confidently.. Act the way you want to feel." Following on from my comments yesterday about my challenges with my children, I do need to ACT AS IF I am already an enlightened parent.

    Phew. These notes just get better and better

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Maxine, you are HOT! I'm empowered by what you've just done for yourself this morning! Yes, too often we focus on the "how" and all the stumbling blocks immediately appear beneath our feet. JUST THINK WHAT and feel committed and the Universe will begin to move things in your favor — but you know that!

      I love the story of your being captivated by the Argentinian Tango! We should never pre-judge how Source Energy speaks to us. A fun thing may be far more important than some important-sounding thing. As in "Flow" yesterday, conscious freedom evolves only through the individual. And as Joseph Campbell said, don't ask how you can save the world, but ask what makes you feel ALIVE. Beckwith said the presence of a VITAL person always has a VITALIZING effect on the world.

      So DANCE, Maxine, DANCE!

      I've been a single-handling convert for quite a while: David Allen (Getting Things Done) and others.

      • Avatar Maxine says:

        I have a one on one private Argentinian Tango lesson tomorrow!!
        It seems the group are already on week 3 so I need to catch up, before I can join. No time like the present. I am so excited!! I am HOT!

      • Avatar MaxineH says:

        I have a one on one private Argentinian Tango lesson tomorrow!!
        It seems the group are already on week 3 so I need to catch up, before I can join. No time like the present. I am so excited!! I am HOT!

        • Avatar threethrees says:

          Way to go Maxine!!! Not only did you take a positive step forward, but the universe is opening doors for you to make it a reality. You were already 3 weeks behind, so the instructor set up private lessons to catch you up!!! I know you will enjoy the class and the positive memory bank deposits you will get from attending AND by taking this step to attend.
          About the parenting thing, remember to be easy on yourself too. It's a journey and meant to be fn, challenging, and rewarding. Many of us did not have the kind of upbringing that we would like to use with our own children, and even if we did, it may not work to try and use that template because we are all unique individuals. Love is the most powerful force in the world, just keeping acting from a place of love and respect for both you and your children and your significant other as well, and things will start to move forward. keep up the awesome work.

        • Avatar AF Grant says:

          You are Radically Alive my dear! Keep going.

        • Avatar MarkHoover says:

          Superb, Maxine! I went to a wedding in Coconut Grove about six years ago. The bride was from Ecuador, so many of the guests flew in to Miami from there. My (now ex) partner was never too adept at dancing, so I found a partner from the bride's party. I had had only minimal exposure to the Tango, but once the two of us started dancing she led me into the moves and it seemed like we had been dancing for a very long time. I played it like I wanted it and had a great evening. Just like Dyer's advice in today's notes, "Act as your ideal would act". I even had those "dancin' shoes" re-soled with leather should the opportunity knock again.

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Wow, what a great book. So many great ideas/quotes.

    “Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed”, and I've always loved the Henry Ford quote “Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right”.

    Excusitis
    I have found myself on a number of occassions, thinking I'd like to do something, but I can't, because it would be too difficult to arrange childcare for my 3 children, to enable me to do the thing. Well, a few years ago, I went to an amazing evening of “Argentinian Tango” at the local theatre. I just fell in love with this passionate dance. As i left the theatre, leaflets were being handed out, regarding an evening class. I didn't follow it up. I have this morning been on the web, found a local class, and have texted my babysitter to sound her out about a weekly sunday babysit. She's texted back to say she normally works, but will check it out with her manager. Fingers crossed :-) While it is a dance for 2, and I would be going on my own, and hence dance with new people, I'm going to follow through with “Action cures Fear”.

    Stickability
    As someone with piles of papers that just accumulate, this is one habit I need to sort out. I'm going to start single-handling now.

    Memory Bank Deposits
    “Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Let's face it; everyone encounters plenty of unpleasant, embarrassing, and discouraging situations….Unsuccessful people take them to heart, so to speak.” I have been logging onto gratitudelog.com since xmas, so I am focusing on more positive deposits, but there's still a few negative one lurking.

    To think confidently, act confidently.. Act the way you want to feel.” Following on from my comments yesterday about my challenges with my children, I do need to ACT AS IF I am already an enlightened parent.

    Phew. These notes just get better and better

  • Avatar vandana2009 says:

    Wow, Maxine, way to go, Gal!!! I am so happy that you are leading the charge today on taking action. You quite easily took out the best points in the note. And, I think you are an enlightened parent, otherwise you wouldn't be thinking about improving your children's upbringing :)

  • Avatar AngelaCarney says:

    Hello PN Tribe! I really liked the concept of making positive memory bank deposits. I have been working on this process diligently, patiently, persistently, and playfully :-) — as Brian suggests. I also plan to work/play with my teenage step granddaughter on these concepts since her memory deposits are often somewhat negative. Many years ago I decided to avoid watching the news and reading the paper which I believe makes a huge difference in the quality of my thoughts. Basically, if the news is important enough, I will hear about it from other sources. For the remainder of my days, my goal is that the positive memory deposits will far outweight the negative ones.

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Angela, I'm with you here: "Many years ago I decided to avoid watching the news and reading the paper which I believe makes a huge difference in the quality of my thoughts."

      The hype on media news is ephemeral, gone in a flash, or it's speculation about what has NOT happened yet, but MIGHT happen if something else which hasn't been confirmed COULD be true, pending the next government report on this or that economic indicator. Then all contradicted by somebody else. I do rue the demise of newspapers and investigative reporting. The Watergate investigation may have been their last big hurrah. I do keep reading the better magazines.

      I listen to WFMT 98.7, a classical station (opera and all that), and I figure if anything phenomenal happens — like the moon flying out of its orbit — I'll hear about it soon enough. (Of the recent earthquake, I hear what is revelant without anyone dwelling in excess.) Meanwhile, I hear about cool stuff, like last Wednesday being Mozart's birthday.

      Good work on improving your step granddaughter's memory bank deposits. She'll live a better life because of your influence.

    • Avatar threethrees says:

      I second, or is it third? lol… the choice to stop reading the papers and watching the news. I too, did that many years ago, and it was amazing how much my stress level decreased. Have you ever noticed how much time in those two areas are devoted to uplifting positive stories? Me either! Because they choose to sensationalize the negative stories fro greater impact, and they will play the same old dead topic over and over again. It's like they are making negative memory bank deposits for you. I also agree with Chris, and I too listen to the local classical station, and also the community owned station where i live, on a semi-regular basis, believing that if something is truly worthy of my knowing they will interrupt the broadcast to let me know.

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Zing, Angela! I haven't seen or heard the news for years. I tailor my exposure on the 'Net from many sources and avoid the drama. I quit my admin job with newsgroups to escape association with the negative people there. There's a site that lets you choose your favorite syndicated comics for the morning email, and I read them with other affirmative emails to start every day on a bright note. Now the days start brightly, almost like having dessert first. I don't want to seem insensitive or selfish, but I just had to cut negative people out of my life. It is MY survival and success on the line…they can watch me and learn if they so desire a la "…inspire those around me to do the same."

      • Avatar pdplanet says:

        Mark, good as always – I avoid the news too – don't go near it.

        What's this comic thing you're talking about??

        Cheers
        Carl

        • Avatar MarkHoover says:

          Hiya Carl! And thanks. Why am I not surprised at your interest? <g> I get a daily email from MyComics.com. The site itself is https://www.gocomics.com. Free. You just select what you want to read. I HAD to have Calvin and Hobbes, my favorite philosophers, on a daily basis…even though they're no longer in production. Yay syndication!

          • Avatar pdplanet says:

            Mark – awesome! Thanks so much for this.

            I've signed up for Calvin and Hobbes (haven't seen this before, but I'll go with your recommendation) and Winnie the Pooh!

            Haha – brilliant.

            Right, I'm gonna actually read / listen to this note now. Time to think big!

            Thanks again mate.

    • Avatar Shivana says:

      Hey Angela! Im with you and all the others here about not reading the news. Its really been years and like you said, when important stuff is happening, somehow we do get it.
      I feel a real sense of gratitude as my office and home are my "sacred space" and after reading this I realize how I have been able to create this by connecting and adding to my "positive memory bank" – so much so, that I think it is now an almost "tangible" feeling that even visitors sense.
      I was curious and very appreciative to see how many people shared their "strange" last few days, as I also had "one of those days" It was rough, and the information everyone shared really supported me through this and got me back on track!!! YEAH!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of you …

  • Avatar MaxineH says:

    Chris

    Your feedback is always so uplifting and supportive. Thank you so much for reading my comments, and making the time to reply

    Maxine

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Maxine, thanks. Something weird when I first logged onto board, so my reply didn't seem to be connected to your comment. Thus deleted and posted again as comment. So you may get it twice. I think Vandana had a similar difficulty since her comment to you is below, as a separate post. Either the message board is a little squirrely, or we are.

      Hey, squirrel is GOOD!

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Chris

    Your feedback is always so uplifting and supportive. Thank you so much for reading my comments, and making the time to reply

    Maxine

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Thank you Vandana, your warm comments are always appreciated

  • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

    Good Lord, I’ve been tossed around a bit today. Emotionally, I am feeling a tad fragile and fearful. And then I checked in for today’s teaching and whammo! There it is. Everything I need to have a strong and amazing day. All the tools a guy could need to transmute an inner state that sees lack into one that sees potential. Just hearing the words: “believe in myself and my power to succeed,” I start to feel this fearful place release me a bit from its grip. You see in this place things seem impossible but with just the reminder to stand in the knowing that anything is possible, means that I can – in spite of what my thinking is telling me – have the kind of day I want to have. Ahh… there is breath in that. From this place, I move into action; patient, consistent, playful action. And so true, so true, action is the cure for fear. I know that! And I so needed to hear it this morning. Fear has a way of creating temporary states of amnesia separating me from truth. But this morning, I am feeling myself realigned with the truth and stepping out of the fear. Tallyho, folks! I missed you all over the last few days!

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      We missed you too John, Good to have you back. Hope you have a great day
      Maxine

    • Avatar Maxine says:

      We missed you too John, Good to have you back. Hope you have a great day
      Maxine

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      John, ditto everything you said. I'm tossed a lot too right now and have fragile moments — egads! Like you, I know that even the tiniest action releases the grip of fear, then I'm breathing deep, and new energy floods in.

      Once I'd been badly paralyzed on a dreaded project. Following the great little book, "One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaisen Way" (Robert Maurer) I took the tiniest action possible that would not trigger my fight or flight response. (Flight in my case.)

      I just TOUCHED the dreaded pile of papers. (Yep, that's an action.) Then I read the top page, and that sent me to another (what, is this looking like persistence?) and a way seemed to ease open, and behold I had a notion of how I might go about this.

      POINT OF REFERENCE: When it's really bad, just touch one thing. That's starts the chain. Eric Maisel, creativity coach, says about being afraid to start: "just stand up." (Yep, that's an action.) "Walk over to where you'll work." (Yep, persistence of a sort). And I will find myself actually starting.

      • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

        Thanks, pal. I like The Kaisen Way too :) Being generous with our definition of "action" can be helpful. The more fear is present, the smaller the step to take. Thanks for sharing your experience. JD

        • Avatar Chris2110 says:

          Re: size of action, I thinK~
          -Macro
          -Micro
          -Mini Micro
          -Nano

          When on top of my game, to go for Macro actions. When at the very bottom, having to learn new stuff in order to do what I've never done before, and every turn I make seems to raise yet more questions, I go "Nano" action and creep up on the bigger thing.

    • Avatar threethrees says:

      Hey John, welcome back, we missed you too. It seems we are all experiencing the same set of symptoms in very near the same ways. I think that must be a sign that we are all moving forward and climbing the steps of consciousness. It is wonderful, when you find yourself having a bad day or a hard time, to come here and find that the note resonates so well with you and your situation (as I did yesterday). This challenge that we're all taking is doing its job to help us clear out the limiting thoughts and programming that we have become accustomed to. I'm glad you were able to redirect and reclaim some of your energy.

    • Avatar LissyLou0507 says:

      The universe is working with you John, never letting you separate too far away and pulling you back into alignment when we wander away for a little while. Much love to you and your ability to be open up enough to let people learn and understand you and in turn themselves because we all struggle to feel strong, fearless and confident all the time!! = ) Have a beautiful day!

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Great to see you, John. I got to watching the clock this morning because I had appointments. My priority, though, was doing what I have been doing every day…these notes. I feel I cannot skip or do them later or I would be going back on my word. My word is a very important thing to me, and I don't give it lightly. This exercise is giving me the ritual I need, and I am shaping the rest of my daily activities around attention to the challenge. Now the words I write and read here confront me throughout the day as I take on new and exciting challenges in my endeavour. I know what life I like to live, and I am going to see it again!

      • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

        Mark – you're singing my song. This every morning practice has been a fantastic ritual for me. Connecting with you guys, trying on new thoughts and writing about them has been just what I needed. I like what you're doing with all this, Mark.

  • Avatar LissyLou0507 says:

    This was my AHA of the day and definitely not my last!!

    “Fear of all kinds and sizes is a form of psychological infection. We can cure a mental infection the same way we cure a body infection—with specific, proved treatments… condition yourself with this fact: all confidence is acquired, developed. No one is born with confidence. Those people around you who radiate confidence, who have conquered worry, who are at ease everywhere and all the time, acquired their confidence, every bit of it.”

    We need the confidence to think big and everyone is at a different stepping stone. Where am I? Probably a little above average because I have seen myself grow so much in the past 6 months and ever faster in the last couple of weeks. I am finally allowing myself to feel good, all the time, no matter what is going on around me. I love it and it makes me more and more confident to make the right decisions. In taking in that day by day, I know my confidence will soar to allow my inner self come out more freely to play and I am so excited!!!

    I am pushing myself just enough to were I am not going to fall over the edge but to hang there and realize wow, what am I going to make out of the experience and not focus on what were to happen if I were to fall. This and using gratitude log on a daily basis for the last month has been the best choice I have made probably in my whole life time, well except giving birth to my beautiful son! = ) Have a wonderful day PN TRIBE!!!!!! Much Love!!

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Lissy, FABULOUS! Sounds like you are really practicing BELIEVING in yourself! It's working.

      I, too, was struck by this: "all confidence is acquired, developed. No one is born with confidence. Those people around you who radiate confidence, who have conquered worry, who are at ease everywhere and all the time, acquired their confidence, every bit of it.”

      Isn't itmarvelous to realize that it isn't so much that we were wrong in once thinking such confident people were magical, but realizing now that we are magical too!

      Good lessons from "Flow" anchoring you in your challenges and your practice.

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Lissy, FABULOUS! Sounds like you are really practicing BELIEVING in yourself! It's working.

      I, too, was struck by this: “all confidence is acquired, developed. No one is born with confidence. Those people around you who radiate confidence, who have conquered worry, who are at ease everywhere and all the time, acquired their confidence, every bit of it.”

      Isn't itmarvelous to realize that it isn't so much that we were wrong in once thinking such confident people were magical, but realizing now that we are magical too!

      Good lessons from “Flow” anchoring you in your challenges and your practice.

    • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

      Lissy, you've made me smile. Is it weird to say "I am proud of you?" Do you have to know someone to be proud of them? I'm gunna say, no. Because I get the sense you've been on a bit of a journey and you're finding some wonderful, empowering new ways of being along that jourey. "I'm am finally allowing myself to feel good, all of the time, no matter what is going on around me." I get the impact of this. Very, very cool. OK, Lissy Lou! Have a fun day and big love to that little boy of yours. JD

      • Avatar LissyLou0507 says:

        = ) I think smiling is contagious!! Thanks for being proud of me, I am proud of myself too! Although, I have been put through some difficult challenges in the passed couple years, I always knew there was a better solution and no drug could cure all the silly thoughts I was having. But, I do not look back at my challenges with any negativity now, I feel empowered to making a difference not only in my life but in the people around me. This honestly has been the best medicine my soul could of needed. This is a blessing and I am extremely grateful for everything in my life, I wouldn't be the person I am today if I would of been able to turn back time like I dreamed about before and boy, would that be a bummer!!

    • Avatar threethrees says:

      Good job Lissy! I'm glad to hear that you feel above average and that you have the ability to see how you've grown. I too, feel like being in this challenge has had a huge impact on the rate of my conscious growth. I also think it's great that you realize that you need to push yourself, but that you are pushing within areas that keep you from wanting to turn around and run. It seems to me that your inner self is already shining and coming out to play, and that must be why you are hanging on the edge! What a nice place to get a view from…lol

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Howdy do, LiLu! Growth, like in a human being, comes in spurts then levels off. I am hoping for much the same as you…the confidence to make it a continuing ride that soars ever higher. Confidence comes from loving yourself first, then taking the steps to assure that love of not being unrequited. After that others feel it almost by osmosis and you succeed in being an inspiration. I can fall, of course, I did greatly not too long ago so I know how it feels. Then again, did I fall or did I dive? One way or another, I'll not put myself through that again because all along that path I shied away from fears and self-doubt. Patooey! I spit in their general direction! (not yours)

  • Avatar Bernard T says:

    About 25 years ago, building a network marketing business (mlm) our leader organized a contest. Something about contest, I cannot enter a contest without winning, I have to win I have no other choices. The contest was in 3 parts. First part 4 weeks, first who make the most business presentation that week gets a trophy. Second week most sales. Third week most new members. And Fourth week most presentation and most sponsoring for the individual’s team. I got all four trophies. Part two had to do with attendance to meeting functions and other group participations get a series of books one of them was The Magic of Thinking Big. And the last part of the contest was a total overall of the whole contest and that was a whole week end for the family in a plush hotel all expenses paid including transportation. Got it all. Did it. Felt awesome, it did!
    I read the book back then and thought, that’s what I did, I went for it not even thinking I could fail or that someone else could be better none of that just went for it and did it. That book opened doors for me and for a while things were great. And then I encountered some walls one after the other and slowly I went down the hill and off course it got worse and worse. At that time I didn’t realized what was going on and it’s only after months of this, that I started to think of all the good things that did happen, fertilizing the roots, and start growing again slowly and finally got back on top. And this roller coaster ride happen often in the last 25 years. The highs got higher and the low not so much until now where its mostly little bump and very small dips.
    When I first read the book I made a list of 100 things I would like to do, and I have done most of them, some of them have changed over the years, and some of them were, at the time, considered impossible. Space travel was one of them, quite possible today it’s only a matter of cash, nothing else. Today when I look at my list I am amazed of the things I have done. And that prompted me to create a new list.
    My ultimate goal: to leave this earth with at least one unfinished project.

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Bernard, I hear you on the cyclical experience of hitting all your targets on bullseye, then somehow things go downhill.

      Here's my take based on similar pattern when I first committed to creative work. "Beginner's Mind (not same as beginner's luck) keeps your mind more open, receptive to (1) subconsious from below and (2)supraconscious (Source Energy) above. You–in the middle–charge away winning contests.

      But "Beginner's Mind" fades as the ego starts thinking it knows how it's done, jumps to conclusions, makes false assumptions, all without realizing it until the magic doesn't work anymore.

      Yes, we need our egos, but we can never do everything from ego alone. Beginner's Mind (as in the Tao) never allows a "build-up" of conclusions, but always starts from a base zero, receptive to subconscious and Source Energy.

      • Avatar Bernard T says:

        Hello Chris
        Yes indeed thanks for pointing this out. I like the picture Subconscious, supraconscious and me I the middle, yes indeed!!! That will always win.
        Bravo

  • Avatar Chris2110 says:

    [2] Adventures in “If I were not afraid.” Sonia Choquette says pick a buddy. Sit facing, taking turns, one speaks, one listens. For 3 min, fast as you can, say “If I were not afraid I would __, “If I were not afraid I would __. Amazing what spills out. Sonia encourages buddies to keep it up, calling each other every morning to do this exercise.

    I did. It’s like a withdrawal from your memory bank. Inspired, I began putting the first desires to appear into action – and to utter amazement found I didn’t really give a hoot about this or that after all. What a lot of old crap I’d been carrying around, vaguely “wishing,” vaguely feeling “someday,” vaguely unfulfilled.

    Sonia is H.U.G.E. about decluttering, physical, mental, spiritual. Desires get stale when not put to the test of action. But as we continued the daily “If I were not afraid…” newer stuff began emerging, fresher notions. Light bulbs went off. “Hey, I could really….” And then my buddy and I would each pick a favorite, and DO something that day.

    Fear [plus] excitement = hitting on something that resonates with your spirit.

    • Avatar AF Grant says:

      Wow, that "not afraid" exercise with a buddy sounds amazing. I agree that this book sounds like a distillation of all the previous notes. Which I love.

    • Avatar Judy says:

      Wow Chris- I really like this one. What a fabulous way to start your day! No buddy right here- I think I will spend a few minutes making a list before I touch that top paper on the pile and get back to work! Thank you.

  • Avatar Chris2110 says:

    [1] Wow, where begin? Book almost a review of Big Ideas so far, but I crow over, “Stickability is 95% of Ability.” (Edison: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”)

    What to do when stuck? An eye-opener from, “Ron Carlson Writes a Story.” (Don’t have to write to benefit; plus writers know about block.) He says, “The most important thing a writer can do after completing a sentence is to stay in the room.”

    Stare at the screen if you don’t know what comes next. Keeping his butt in the seat and his eyes on the screen permits him “to catch several things…that I didn’t even know I’d thrown in the air.” It’s not just your conscious mind working; a great part rises up from the subconscious. Let it catch up, listen for what’s coming through trapdoor in the back of your brain.

    Ron won’t get up for another cup of coffee (ouch, but he’s right). Leo Tolstoy loved cigars, but would not light up when thought in hiatus. Tolstoy said the slightest movement might disturb the next thought forming.

    [At end of session, walking away refreshes, but not during session.]

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      I've encountered the same, Chris, when looking at a blank canvas or sheet of paper. What I've learned from those blocks is to just stay calm and ask myself, "What am I afraid of here?" There has got to be a reason for the block. These things don't just materialize on their own.Then I venture forth a word, a line, a shape. I correlate that with my intent, and I am off and running. Some times the finished piece is not what I had set out to do. It might have been a matter of yielding to insight and letting my inner self have its say instead of forcing it to do as my mind had itself set upon. Some times the mind is not your best friend because it is so devoted to your ego.

  • Avatar threethrees says:

    I believe that the reason that fear, and its crippling effects on all of us, is a reoccurring theme throughout these works, is because we aren't taught to talk about it. Somewhere I once read, or heard, that all emotions could be categorized into 2 broad topics, love and fear, and that really, even fear was just the flip side of love. In our society, there is not much talk of fears, or why we have them, or how to conquer them, and thus, we have many guides, spiritual, mental, and otherwise, that have to focus on teaching us how to surmount and overcome the fear. I have yet to conquer a fear I have, the fear of success, and I feel like I am a living example of these works, because the less I do, or even choose to do, the greater the fear grows. Over the course of the last 10-14 days, it has gone from being a mild, critical voice in the back of my mind, to a raging tyrant! I took the tiniest, little bitty step possible last night, and amazingly it was a huge help in quieting the cacophony. As was talked about yesterday, once you have done something and been successful at it, it makes it easier for you to do it, or something like it, again in the future. Who knows, with everything going on, I may just take off running today, but I know that I will for sure be taking another step, and this time bigger, in the direction of my fear, so that I can have the dual pleasure of watching it run away, and moving closer to my goals.
    Escusitis…i love that term…and yes there are definitely points where I have it, and I have it bad. It's one of the things I have been working with during this challenge…no excuses to keep me from reading the notes…no excuses to keep me from making a comment….no excuses to keep me from reading others comments. So far, so good!!! As the only days I didn't comment was when I had no internet connection. I still read the notes, and when I could get back online, I even read everyones comments. I really see these past few weeks, as being the corner stores for me building a solid foundation, to making positive memory bank deposits. I have always tended to be the kind that laid in bed at the end of the day and when looking back, it always seemed easier to recall the things I didn't like, or hadn't gone my, or that had irritated me. Now, I just say “next!” and keep on moving until I find the things that make me smile, that make me feel good.
    As far as stickability goes…not so good in that department. Nor am I all that good about writing down ideas. I became all too well aware while reading this note, of t he number of good ideas that have spontaneously popped into my mind only to drift back into the nothingness from which they came because I didn't take even the smallest amount of action on them to write them down. In most things I do, I take lots of breaks, but in the breaks I begin doing something else instead of merely resting, and before I know it, I am completely distracted, and when I do finally get back to the first task at hand, I usually find that I have lost a lot of my momentum. So today, I am challenging myself, to do one thing at a time, fully and wholly, before moving onto the next thing. We'll see how that goes :P
    OK peeps, off to post this and then read and reply to all of your wonderful comments.

  • Avatar threethrees says:

    I believe that the reason that fear, and its crippling effects on all of us, is a reoccurring theme throughout these works, is because we aren't taught to talk about it. Somewhere I once read, or heard, that all emotions could be categorized into 2 broad topics, love and fear, and that really, even fear was just the flip side of love. In our society, there is not much talk of fears, or why we have them, or how to conquer them, and thus, we have many guides, spiritual, mental, and otherwise, that have to focus on teaching us how to surmount and overcome the fear. I have yet to conquer a fear I have, the fear of success, and I feel like I am a living example of these works, because the less I do, or even choose to do, the greater the fear grows. Over the course of the last 10-14 days, it has gone from being a mild, critical voice in the back of my mind, to a raging tyrant! I took the tiniest, little bitty step possible last night, and amazingly it was a huge help in quieting the cacophony. As was talked about yesterday, once you have done something and been successful at it, it makes it easier for you to do it, or something like it, again in the future. Who knows, with everything going on, I may just take off running today, but I know that I will for sure be taking another step, and this time bigger, in the direction of my fear, so that I can have the dual pleasure of watching it run away, and moving closer to my goals.
    Escusitis…i love that term…and yes there are definitely points where I have it, and I have it bad. It's one of the things I have been working with during this challenge…no excuses to keep me from reading the notes…no excuses to keep me from making a comment….no excuses to keep me from reading others comments. So far, so good!!! As the only days I didn't comment was when I had no internet connection. I still read the notes, and when I could get back online, I even read everyones comments. I really see these past few weeks, as being the corner stores for me building a solid foundation, to making positive memory bank deposits. I have always tended to be the kind that laid in bed at the end of the day and when looking back, it always seemed easier to recall the things I didn't like, or hadn't gone my, or that had irritated me. Now, I just say "next!" and keep on moving until I find the things that make me smile, that make me feel good.
    As far as stickability goes…not so good in that department. Nor am I all that good about writing down ideas. I became all too well aware while reading this note, of t he number of good ideas that have spontaneously popped into my mind only to drift back into the nothingness from which they came because I didn't take even the smallest amount of action on them to write them down. In most things I do, I take lots of breaks, but in the breaks I begin doing something else instead of merely resting, and before I know it, I am completely distracted, and when I do finally get back to the first task at hand, I usually find that I have lost a lot of my momentum. So today, I am challenging myself, to do one thing at a time, fully and wholly, before moving onto the next thing. We'll see how that goes :P
    OK peeps, off to post this and then read and reply to all of your wonderful comments.

    • Avatar LissyLou0507 says:

      " have always tended to be the kind that laid in bed at the end of the day and when looking back, it always seemed easier to recall the things I didn't like, or hadn't gone my, or that had irritated me."

      It is beautiful that you can express yourself and where you come from, many many others are there too. I know I have. The one thing that is so awesome is that you started to notice how you end your days and improved it. You have taken action!! and Stickability, we are all learning that here too. Some have mastered it like Chris and Maxine, but a lot of people in this challenge have already given up too.

      There is nothing to fear, your soul whispers that to you all the time all we have to do is believe it. Fear is just being really excited and the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen after you let go of it. We should teach our children to learn how to harness our feelings and make them work in our best interest and the first step is realizing that life isn't perfect and it's not meant to be, without challenges life would be pointless and were something seems impossible by one, means I'M POSSIBLE for another.

      Much love to you, I hope you have beautiful day full of love and life and wonderful thoughts and possibilities.

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Great steps you're making, 33s. These notes and a journal will assist a lot in helping you to reach your stated objectives. I have numerous journals and notes of ideas that popped into my head. The majority of them I haven't acted upon for one reason or another. The ritual of PNotes and interaction with folks here is urging me forward to take action NOW, not later when I think I have the time. Nice thing is I am finding lots of time to do this. And take breaks. The breaks feel so wonderful now, not like obligatory interruptions, but more productive moments of the day. All the best with your challenges (ahem…opportunities).

    • Avatar AF Grant says:

      I agree we are taught to not talk about our fears. More of the damned domestication to break through.

      Noticed you said that stickability was something you weren't too good at, yet just before that you rattled of a nice list of new actions you've been sticking with. So I challenge you to take another look at your stickability and give yourself some credit. In fact, give yourself a LOT of credit.

    • Avatar Mary says:

      I appreciate your comments on fear……unfortunately fear can paralyze me at times……I know that I self sabatoge myself…………….overcoming fears has been a theme throughout these notes……which in a way is welcome that am not alone in the struggle…….I also tend to get sidetracked………have a lot of good ideas but need to follow through and realize the success of it……rather than a lot of good intentions half completed……..great shared thoughts :)

  • Avatar AF Grant says:

    Wow, that “not afraid” exercise with a buddy sounds amazing. I agree that this book sounds like a distillation of all the previous notes. Which I love.

  • Avatar AF Grant says:

    This book seems like a lot of fun. It put me in a very light, up beat mood. The note is packed full of killer quotes and golden recurrent themes: Think/Believe Big aka NO limits, no excuses, be persistent, and Acting As If. Love the simplicity of Action Cures Fear.
    Big aha for me was the memory bank deposits. I definaltey was one of those people who gave more space and weight to bad/failed/miserable memories. That's been changing in recent years. Love this line: Successful people specialize in putting positive thoughts into their memory bank.”
    Also really like the question – what would you do if you weren’t afraid? As well as treating life like a grand experiment. Don’t be afraid to burn some bagels.
    I'm speaking with a best selling author tonight to go over a book proposal I"ve put together. Fear stopped any action on that for years. Now it just flows.

    • Avatar threethrees says:

      Thats a BIG step AF, talking about a book proposal. I know that you will feel great now that you have taken one of the many steps to move your life forward. Even the smallest step will help to dispel the fear and instill success. Congratulations!

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Congrats, AF! I've also been procrastinating on a dream. Even recently I insisted upon a step I had to make before putting it into action. As of now all I need to do is write a business plan and present it to some investors I plan to find. I am employing my signature strengths as well as proficiency in what I consider the best profession I ever engaged in…that is, the one that fulfilled me the most. G-dspeed on your book proposal.

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Af, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've got your mojo going.

      Thanks for the memory: "burn some bagels." I love Beckwith's take on things.

  • Avatar Judy says:

    Well Lori- Here I am. No I haven't been posting my comments every day, but I will say this- I have been living them! I am keeping up and certainly going beyond, listening to notes out of order on the weekends, some over and over- "Awareness"- my favorite and most needed so far, I've listened to it at least 5 times. This challenge has definitely had a most profound effect on my life. Since the start of the challenge I have quit smoking (very easily, btw), started exercising every day, happily, easily, and without fail, been doing yoga daily which has helped me to feel way more calm and centered, making sure to drink enough water every day, actually working most of the time I am at work :), posting to GratitudeLog every day (usually 3x a day) and, well, I'm sure there's more. Elijah and I listen to the note of the day every morning on the way to school and discuss a topic or two later on (he has been running with me some of the time too!!). So, Lori, just to let you know that while I haven't been posting at all, I haven't been slacking. I am thankful every day for the insight Brian has brought into my life. For whatever reason, these notes and all the other changes have been integrated into my life almost effortlessly, and I couldn't be happier about it.

    All that aside, lots of valuable stuff today! I have never really been a big thinker. I have imagined big, but somehow never with any kind of feeling that I could attain it. I believe I am moving closer every day to being able to truly believe I can accomplish anything. I love the stickability idea. Just yesterday, I had to deal with doing quarterly and year end tax stuff- not my favorite thing. After spending two hours avoiding what needed to be done (increasing the fear) I finally jumped in. You know what?? Not really that big of a deal. I did take a couple quick breaks in the process, but for the most part I stuck to the task until it was completed. I resolved yesterday to do more of that, and quit putting things off, allowing the fear to build up inside of me- so I really enjoyed this being a major point today!

    GratitudeLog is an amazing help in the memory bank deposit realm. I love going there as soon as I can in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. I just remembered a book I once read call "Your Best Year Yet" One of the exercises was to write down everything you had accomplished in the past year. I was amazed at how much I had achieved! I think I will make it daily practice to write down in my journal my accomplishments for the day before I go off to sleep… deposit those into my happy memory bank.

    The most important thing for me in this note is the message "JUST DO IT!" Take action! I will therefore sign off and get on top of the things I need to to today- I have built myself a pretty long to do list lately- and I intend to follow through on every item!

    Have a grateful day!!!

  • Avatar MarkHoover says:

    Day 17 The Magic of Thinking Big02 February 2010

    More of the same theme running through today’s offering. Emphasis on positive thinking, acting on thoughts rather than letting them go by and the mantra we saw on day one or two, “Action Cures Fear”. Schwartz sorta leads a pep rally with his writing, unless I am getting this vibe from the notes. He makes excellent points. We are only as big as we think we are. In order to manifest that largesse we need to act upon the things we fear and avoid the Bugaboo Grande…procrastination. I know I have addressed this character flaw of mine before. It’s more than a flaw, though; it is a real mind-killer. Steps need to be taken, any size steps, and persistence must be in league with momentum in order to realize a dream or materialize a thought. Toss the hat in the ring and get on with it. Like Larry the Cable Guy says, “Git ‘er done!”

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Mark, good thing that some of these same themes are running through many of the books. Just yesterday some had angst that all this was overwhelming. The review is welcome, isn't it? I think "The Magic of Thinking Big" is another one of those seminal book, a bit like "Think and Grow Rich." The basic Big Ideas were all there, and others coming along afterward are standing of these author's shoulders.

      re: Your mind-killer. Go deep into "control of consciousness." Focus. Steady your attention rather than let it waver like a candle in the wind. Just a wee bit of practice, and you'll have it.

  • Avatar MarkHoover says:

    Something else I got from today’s notes…the positive thoughts bank account. Too often I would go to sleep with business and worry still stomping around the hallways between my ears and slamming doors. No more of that. I need to accentuate the positive before I go to sleep as well as when I arise. Things cannot occupy your thoughts if you give ‘em no nevermind. All a part of the positive principle…Be the change you want to see in the world. Thank ye kindly, Senor Gandhi.

  • Avatar StephanieE says:

    Well…after three weeks of riding high, something hit me yesterday…a huge case of excusitis…I knew it was happening, but I didn't have a name for it until this morning! I have been thinking and feeling so big recently, as a result of this challenge, that I got myself into a program of study that I have been wanting to do! This is great! But…yesterday I started to feel overwhelmed, and thought I was behind already in the program, and, even on the day of such a great book as Flow, I started the spiral down. I felt it again this morning, but then I felt a need to move, so I shoveled some snow and talked myself back to good. After that on the way to work, I listened to this note and realized what had happened. So, I have to stick with it, keep confidently moving towards my goal, and shut down those excuses!

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Heh, Stephanie…I never suffered from much excusitis, but I overwhelmed myself with BS rationale. Amazing how conscientious this exercise can make you once you've discovered what you SHOULD be doing instead of what you HAD been doing. It's been an eye opener for me. I still have a few adjustments to make in my daily schedule, allowing for the highest use of my FLOW and which part of the day feels best. As I said that, however, I felt it sounded like an excuse or more BS rationale…heck…I'll just go ahead and make the adjustment and tweak it as I progress each day. Que la vaya bien!

      • Avatar StephanieE says:

        Yes, yes! Thanks for the reply! As I was driving home this afternoon, I listened to the note again, and I had another aha…to get myself out of my case of excusitis (and, it was a bad case "I am behind already because I don't have the materials, yet…how will I catch up…if I hadn't committed to x,y,z, etc, I could do this without feeling this way"), while I was shoveling snow, I was making positive thought deposits, and it pulled me out. Later today, I took action to remove one of the fears…I resigned from a board (that sounds much fancier than it is…more like I told a smaller group that I would no longer be involved.) I was asked to be involved mostly because they needed more bodies, but for almost a year I have felt like it did not fit my interests. I wondered why I kept going to the meetings and knew that my time would be spent better elsewhere. Well, this morning it was on my list of worries during my pity party, and this afternoon I did something about it. Cheers!

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      [1] Stephanie, you are doing GREAT, even in the moments you think you're taking a nose dive. Remember Beckwith: Positive Negativity, and somewhere in the Four Agreements (I think), it is a positive thing to uncover something negative.

      Your NOTICING how you were feeling in the very instant you are feeling it is still a rate skill in humanity at large. Most go into self-sabotage before they know what's happening. You haven't. These ups and downs will always happen. The I-Ching has a great approach to this. Whenever we establish something new, it inevitably bumps into something else already there — hence we will experience "Opposition." Knowing that this is part of a natural cycle helps me a lot in tough moments.

      Just allow yourself space. You may need a shake down cruise with these new things, fit them better with a new phase. It's not "you" really sinking back down as it is a need for a slight period of adjustment.

      12 Energy Cycles. (1) Establishing, (2) Removing*, (3) Filling, (4) Leveling, (5) Focusing, (6) Holding, (7) Breaking, (8) Lofty**, (9) Completing, (10) Collecting, (11) Opening, (12) Closing

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      [#2 – Continuing]

      12 Energy Cycles:

      (1) Establishing, (2) Removing*, (3) Filling, (4) Leveling, (5) Focusing, (6) Holding, (7) Breaking, (8) Lofty**, (9) Completing, (10) Collecting, (11) Opening, (12) Closing

      You established something with the new class. Now you may be at stage #2 – Remove anything pre-existing that may give you feeling of conflict. Maybe it'll take a few days or a week before you're sure what needs to go, what stay.

      Probably you can see just from the list that there are a number of phases of adjustment during thru 12-stage cycle. Ask if you're interested in any.

      **Meanwhile, "Lofty" is Chinese term very difficult to translate. It's a kind of critical choice point: things could go either way and you need a clear mind to keep on course. Successfully past this point, you're safely on your way.

      • Avatar StephanieE says:

        Chris, you are such a wealth of wisdom…thank you! I have done some energy study, but everytime I was pulled towards the Chinese studies, I would read some, and then pull back, so I have not heard of these 12 energy cycles. I will look into these, as it sounds very fitting to where I am now. Thank you for coming back, reading and commenting…I tend to post later than when it seems most are “talking” on here.

      • Avatar StephanieE says:

        Chris, you are such a wealth of wisdom…thank you! I have done some energy study, but everytime I was pulled towards the Chinese studies, I would read some, and then pull back, so I have not heard of these 12 energy cycles. I will look into these, as it sounds very fitting to where I am now. Thank you for coming back, reading and commenting…I tend to post later than when it seems most are "talking" on here.

        • Avatar Chris2110 says:

          Stephanie, information on the 12-cycle energies is REALLY HARD TO FIND. I came across it first in a "Taoist Book of Days," which once came out annually, but it ceased publication long ago. OnceI did get my hands on a copy, I started living with the cycles and discovered how much benefit the mind-set gave me.

          I find scattered references to the energy cycles, but nothing really convenient. I've been fiddling with a notion of doing something myself as an Internet site, blog, etc., pulling together what scattered references there are.

          • Avatar StephanieE says:

            Well, I'm glad you told me that it's hard to find before I went looking for it ;-)
            Though, you have sparked my curiosity, as it does seem an interesting description of energy cycles, so I may see what I can find. And, if you decide to do a site or blog, please share! There are so, so many ways of interpreting energy in mind, body and spirit…I saw a little pocket-book size book at the bookstore recently that compared many different metaphysical interpretations of energy. Might see if I can find it again to see whether it would have any reference at all to this.

  • Avatar Eric_Allen says:

    I love te notes in the challenge, and I have read a lot of te books, but this is the first one I Had to add to my amazon cart! Love the emphsis on believing in yourself and getting into action as a cure for all! Thanks!

  • Avatar StephanieE says:

    Pt 2 – after a bit of a rough start to the day, this note has sunk in, and I feel like I am stronger again…I realize that, along with some smaller things I did today that I commented about, I recently took action that cured a fear in a big way…as of yesterday, I have gone "back to school". I signed up for a year long program in an area I am passionate about. I have been looking at this program since last spring, but I kept telling myself that I couldn't do it, for one reason or another (there goes that excusitis, again). I truly believe that things have lined up to get me to where last week I tried to get into the program at the last minute! One of the things is this PNotes challenge…everyday I am lifted up by the notes and all your comments. And, what else is interesting about this? The name of the school is one of the 100 notes (Integrative Nutrition), and the founder is the author of that book. When I noticed that last fall when I signed up for PhilosophersNotes I was blown away, but I still didn't take the plunge then!

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Really great, Stephanie. I think you're being led in the right direction. ( FYI: I didn't see this pt 2 to your comment until I'd already written the 2 replies to the first part. So more below — somewhere. I think my brain in scrambled today, posts weird.)

  • Avatar Chris2110 says:

    Af, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've got your mojo going.

    Thanks for the memory: “burn some bagels.” I love Beckwith's take on things.

  • Avatar puresue says:

    Great notes brian!…

    Though I may not have mastered them all yet, I am empowered by what I put into action each day no matter how many steps I may take back …

    Stickability, depositing positive thoughts, think and act confidently, and eliminate the word impossible along with fear…biggies!

    What PN is doing for me is bigger than I would have imagined…

    Its not that im learning new things ..but the power of the information is jumpstarting what I already know in my heart and mind…and action…I have begun a project I started 7 years ago…

    J

    Thank you again and again!

  • Avatar Jayne says:

    One of my favourite books of all time so I loved this note! Two big actions jumped out at me:

    1] Single-handling – I'm a highly organised person and am very proficient at dealing with things quickly – email responsive, mail opened and dealt with etc. However, I am easily distracted when I'm doing the 'big jobs' like preparing training materials, writing my book!! As of today, I'm going to go for 'single-handling' with my goal-oriented actions.

    2] What would you do if you weren’t afraid? This really is the BIGGY for me! I have this very big dream that I 100% know I can achieve. Yet the fear still holds me back. Nobody's perfect and we all make mistakes but isn't it a shame when we let our past determine our future. Quite frankly I've had enough of fear reigning me in so I'm going to leap-frog that Terror Barrier and get on with it!

    • Avatar threethrees says:

      Jayne, I just want to say to you, that you have already taken the first step forwards. You know what you want, you're aware that fear has played its part in stopping you, and you are determined to move forward despite the fear. I'm sure that you will find it simply amazing (as I did) the quickness with which things move forward as a result of facing your fear.

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Way to go, Jayne! Folks often never get the concept of single-handling. I used to drill it into my crews that they needn't handle something twice. They would want to drop things off at a point while they were going to the destination then come back and retrieve what they had had in their hands. I also emphasized the point (at home as well) that if you see something that needs done…do it! Don't let it go for the next person or the one whose "job" it is to do it. We make our lives easier by helping others, and that means to tend to things that need done as we see them, not as we may remember them when "we have the time".

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Jayne, you're on your way. You've got the tools you need to deal with moment-to-moment fear. (Steer clear of future fear.)

      No, we will NOT, none of us here, allow the past to control even our present, much less our futures.

  • Avatar eubielicious says:

    For some reason I've been struggling the last few days, but today's PN really got me – it's a good one, and something I need to hear.

    Strangely enough I've been listening to an audio book of "The Science of Getting Rich" and today's note fits perfectly. SOGR really does speak to me strongly right now. Writing ideas down is important, I think. Not least because once the idea is down on paper your inner critic can't get to it and file it away!!!

    Lots to think about anyway…

    Euan

  • Avatar eubielicious says:

    For some reason I've been struggling the last few days, but today's PN really got me – it's a good one, and something I need to hear.

    Strangely enough I've been listening to an audio book of “The Science of Getting Rich” and today's note fits perfectly. SOGR really does speak to me strongly right now. Writing ideas down is important, I think. Not least because once the idea is down on paper your inner critic can't get to it and file it away!!!

    Lots to think about anyway…

    Euan

  • Avatar anetcs says:

    I love how all of these PN's just seem to flow together and everytime I open one it seems to be just what I needed to read or hear. This seems to be a theme for others as well. We are all so definintely connecting more and more with the flow of our path. I decided today that this playing catch up that I have been doing lately is not serving me well at all and instead of trying to be "Perfect" and post on every single day which would have taken way too much time I am posting for today only regarding the past 3 notes. Whew! Now I just have to be consistent and know that if I stop procrastinating and allowing distractions to pull me away, I can stay with the flow of the conversation and get way more out of the process. (continued)

  • Avatar acs/icreatemynewlife says:

    I love how all of these PN's just seem to flow together and everytime I open one it seems to be just what I needed to read or hear. This seems to be a theme for others as well. We are all so definintely connecting more and more with the flow of our path. I decided today that this playing catch up that I have been doing lately is not serving me well at all and instead of trying to be “Perfect” and post on every single day which would have taken way too much time I am posting for today only regarding the past 3 notes. Whew! Now I just have to be consistent and know that if I stop procrastinating and allowing distractions to pull me away, I can stay with the flow of the conversation and get way more out of the process. (continued)

  • Avatar anetcs says:

    (part 2)
    Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed: I needed to see that today. It seems as though I get so far in progressing toward that goal and then someone has the ability to just come along and knock me down with their limited opinion or criticism. The nice thing is that I see that I can pick myself up more quickly and carry on with focusing on acheiving my goals. As with most things though I want it all right now and have to take a step back and recognize my journey is an ongoing affair…..I can't waite to get to the place where I say 'WoW you mean it can get better than where I already am now?' Cool beans….Love and Light!

  • Avatar anetcs says:

    (part 2)
    Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed: I needed to see that today. It seems as though I get so far in progressing toward that goal and then someone has the ability to just come along and knock me down with their limited opinion or criticism. The nice thing is that I see that I can pick myself up more quickly and carry on with focusing on acheiving my goals. As with most things though I want it all right now and have to take a step back and recognize my journey is an ongoing affair…..I can't waite to get to the place where I say 'WoW you mean it can get better than where I already am now?' Cool beans….Love and Light!

  • Avatar Karen says:

    Perfect timing again. Especially like the Memory Bank Deposit section. Even though I "know" this stuff, I allowed myself to get drawn into negativity and concern yesterday, even giving VOICE to it (oy, where's my impeccability!). Felt almost dirty. As I was reading "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" last night, I laughed when I got to the part where he said "when you are complaining, you become a living, breathing crap magnet." Ah ha, that's what I'm feeling! So today, I'm reminded of what "confident, successful people do… they don't give (unpleasant situations) another thought…" Thank you Brian for these notes, this challenge, this opportunity to practice in community.

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Karen, love that phrase, "crap magnet"! Remember also Wayne Dyer : "Never let a negative sentence complete itself inside your head."

      Sure, we're going to have moments when the bad stuff tries to sneak in. No fault there. But as we learn to control the contents of our consciousness (thank you Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi) we have the power to stop it in it's tracks.

      I really love the Sedona Method (http://www.Sedona.com) for a quick and ready way to release any thoughts I don't want that are trying to stick. It's just as good, or maybe even better, than Wayne Dyer's NEXT.

      However we do it, just do it. I'm proud of you for noticing that "felt almost dirty." A strong sign you're controlling your consciousness. To notice is always good, it's POSITIVE NEGATIVITY (Beckwith).

      • Avatar MarkHoover says:

        Put a positive spin on it. Just say "My! That's the most fantastic crap I have ever seen! Mazel tov!"

        The Law of Attraction surely comes around like karma on a boomerang when you start thinking negative thoughts. The dark side is powerful mojo, and it helps to know when the shadows start to grow and surround you. I thank Jung for recognition of shadows and when I started acting out of them. I also remember the M.A.S.H. episode in which the young soldier cursed Hawkeye for signing an order to send him home, saying "I'll hate you for the rest of my life." To which Hawkeye replied, "And may it be a very long life."

  • Avatar mani noa says:

    I like "what would I do if I wasn't afraid" And I like the general concept of thinking bigger . It's so true that we live within self made walls, and it's so surprising how much life expands when you just 'think big'. it's quite breathtaking. And a little scary – so then , one would ask onesself – "what would I do if I wasn't afraid."

    xx

  • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

    LEARNINGS

    One quote from Schwartz that really speaks to me:

    
“Excellent ideas are not enough. An only fair idea acted upon, and developed, is 100 per cent better than a terrific idea that dies because it isn’t followed up.”

    EXPERIMENT
    As I reflected on this idea today, I realized that I have really followed through on some of the more minor ideas I’ve had and they have actually paid off quite well, but I don’t believe they’re really on a path of heart. I have identified a very sexy idea that I began with robustness and let it wither on the vine. Today I’m committing to finishing the first step of one of my big sexy ideas by Sunday evening. I’ll report on Monday! (accountability for that idea feels delightfully dangerous)

  • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

    LEARNINGS

    One quote from Schwartz that really speaks to me:

    
“Excellent ideas are not enough. An only fair idea acted upon, and developed, is 100 per cent better than a terrific idea that dies because it isn’t followed up.”

    EXPERIMENT
    As I reflected on this idea today, I realized that I have really followed through on some of the more minor ideas I’ve had and they have actually paid off quite well, but I don’t believe they’re really on a path of heart. I have identified a very sexy idea that I began with robustness and let it wither on the vine. Today I’m committing to finishing the first step of one of my big sexy ideas by Sunday evening. I’ll report on Monday! (accountability for that idea feels delightfully dangerous)

  • Avatar olga says:

    Reading the comments is just as much a delight, as the Notes……..Thanks to all of you…..
    Olga……an old grandmother.

  • Avatar TedHowardKK says:

    Hi team

    Another great note:

    "Think Big and you’ll live big." – and it takes more than just thought, it takes action aligned with it.
    "Step One: Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed." Then the context above will supply words and actions.
    "We call this disease excusitis." I can do it!
    "Just enough sense to stick with something—a chore, task, project, until it’s completed"
    "Action Cures Fear" Yep.
    "Successful people specialize in putting positive thoughts into their memory bank." – Set the context!
    "To think confidently, act confidently… Act the way you want to feel."
    "Eliminate the word impossible from your thinking and speaking vocabularies."
    "Be an experimental person. Break up fixed routines." If I did much more of that there would be nothing routine ;)
    "Capture Ideas – Don’t let ideas escape." Use that cell phone recorder.
    "We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action." Just do it – yet again!
    "A good idea acted upon brings enormous mental satisfaction." Yep – feel the fear and do it anyway!
    "What would you do if you weren’t afraid?" Just do it!

    Hey Brian and Vishen – I'm getting repeating messages here guys! ;)
    (Why am I not acting on them with consistency? )

    • Avatar MarkHoover says:

      Heh…hiya Ted! Did ya notice in today's PNotes that Brian used the word "impossible"? Page 5 close to the bottom, "There's NO WAY you will feel the same inspiration when you look at your notes the next day or the next week. Impossible." I know what he means, but I love the irony.

      I like your personal "Q&A session*"…is it effective for you?

      *Quote and Answer.

      • Avatar TedHowardKK says:

        Hi Mark
        Yep – Brian is human – like the rest of us – he is not consistently his highest self all the time.
        If one does not have a sense of humour, life will be a very poor experience ;)

        The Q & A does seem to work for me.
        I have listened to each of these notes many times, while driving, cycling, mowing lawns, …. Read them all at least once, twice with this exercise – so I am just using different methods to set the message into different contexts. The Q & A is a sort of "stream of consciousness" thing that allows me to reflect on what I wrote, and set another recursive layer to the contemplation.

        There does seem to be a definite shift in my experience of being the last couple of weeks.
        I've also listened to "Zen Golf", and to "Excuses Begone" and to some of Joseph Campbell's radio interviews, plus reading "Guns Germs and Steel", and doing my usually eclectic mix of google, wikipedia and the Oxford English Dictionary – with a bit of TV, meetings, business, …….. and I think the PN challenge is an important part of the mix.

        So yes – I think it is effective.

  • Avatar daniel williams says:

    I absolutely love the Action VS Fear concept. Every time I have avoided something and finally took action I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought!

    Noticing something – people who achieve don’t do the “norm” it is time for me to look at my normals as well.

  • Avatar daniel williams says:

    I absolutely love the Action VS Fear concept. Every time I have avoided something and finally took action I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought!

    Noticing something – people who achieve don’t do the “norm” it is time for me to look at my normals as well.

  • Avatar Shivana says:

    HI everyone. Glad to be back here again. These notes were really great for me and of course reading all the incredible insights really propelled me to do some S-E-R-I-O-U-S THINKING about why I sometimes seem to run out of gas – or maybe I just hit the kill switch – when I am so close to getting to a goal.
    That concept of "STICKABILITY – Just enough sense to stick with something …until it pays off – really hit home.
    I am working at keeping the ball in my hands and taking things to the end in a focused deliberate manner. In the meanwhile, I am filling my positive memory bank, I will continue to be unafraid to experiment and know that all things are possible!
    Have a great day everyone – much blessing to you all!

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Shivana, some great declarations here!

      And when you seem to run out of gas, don't forget your emotional fuel gage from "Ask and It Is Given." Top up your tank with the high vibrating energy of some fresh positive emotions.

  • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

    LEARNINGS?
    One quote from Schwartz that really speaks to me:

    ?“Excellent ideas are not enough. An only fair idea acted upon, and developed, is 100 per cent better than a terrific idea that dies because it isn’t followed up.”

    EXPERIMENT
    As I reflected on this idea today, I realized that I have really followed through on some of the more minor ideas I’ve had and they have actually paid off quite well, but I don’t believe they’re really on a path of heart. I have identified a very sexy idea that I began with robustness and let it wither on the vine. Today I’m committing to finishing the first step of one of my big sexy ideas by Sunday evening. I’ll report on Monday! (accountability for that idea feels delightfully dangerous)

    • Avatar Chris2110 says:

      Cool plan. Put-putting along with ( to quote Schwartz) "Just enough sense to stick with something — a chore, task, project — until it's completed pays off much better that idle intelligence, be it of genius calibre." While true, it's uninspiring, reminds me of dreary job in a cubicle. Go for your Best Self, like the Jesus quote: "If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don't bring forth what is inside you, what you don't bring fortth will destroy you."

      Stickability – on "merely" finishing what you start, something facetitious from email this morning:

      Per Dr. Oz on the Oprah show, advising people “to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.”
      So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Tequila, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

  • Avatar Kathleen says:

    I am getting so much out of the PhilosophersNotes and the 50 day challenge. My husband comes in from his meditation to kiss me good morning (morning ritual) and now always asks what the note was for today. Since I leave for work at 7:00, I enjoy reviewing the note by 6:00 so really appreciate it when I get my email telling me what the note is for the day before 6:00.

    I have a caveat to my gratitude, if there could be such a thing. I find it odd that the email to tell me of the day’s note arrives anytime between 5AM and 9AM. This morning I was excited to get it closer to 5AM, but, lo and behold, I clicked the link and it took me to yesterday’s note. I do know how to find the note, I just am grateful when I get the emails so don’t have to spend time going back through to locate the list of the 50 day challenge, then search PhilosopherNotes TV for the one for the day. Thanks for introducing me to this.

  • Avatar Kathleen says:

    I am getting so much out of the PhilosophersNotes and the 50 day challenge. My husband comes in from his meditation to kiss me good morning (morning ritual) and now always asks what the note was for today. Since I leave for work at 7:00, I enjoy reviewing the note by 6:00 so really appreciate it when I get my email telling me what the note is for the day before 6:00.

    I have a caveat to my gratitude, if there could be such a thing. I find it odd that the email to tell me of the day’s note arrives anytime between 5AM and 9AM. This morning I was excited to get it closer to 5AM, but, lo and behold, I clicked the link and it took me to yesterday’s note. I do know how to find the note, I just am grateful when I get the emails so don’t have to spend time going back through to locate the list of the 50 day challenge, then search PhilosopherNotes TV for the one for the day. Thanks for introducing me to this.

  • Avatar Kavalloore Muraleedharan says:

    Make success if your religion to believe. Find the vertical integration. Stick ? ability!!
    Action gears, cures fear. Deposit positive thoughts in the memory bank. Think and act confidently. Conscious millionaire lives every day and never retires. Experiment with new ideas. Capture the ideas and act on creative ideas. Awesome book with full of creative ideas!!

  • Avatar Kavalloore Muraleedharan says:

    Make success if your religion to believe. Find the vertical integration. Stick – ability!!
    Action gears, cures fear. Deposit positive thoughts in the memory bank. Think and act confidently. Conscious millionaire lives every day and never retires. Experiment with new ideas. Capture the ideas and act on creative ideas. Awesome book with full of creative ideas!!

  • Avatar Ljerka says:

    Unfortunately I am at work from dawn to dusk these day and am too tired to put my comments.
    But I read the Notes regularly (a printed version), otherwise I wouldn’t be able too catch up with other readers.

    To your success,

    lj.

  • Avatar Ljerka says:

    Unfortunately I am at work from dawn to dusk these day and am too tired to put my comments.
    But I read the Notes regularly (a printed version), otherwise I wouldn’t be able too catch up with other readers.

    To your success,

    lj.

  • Avatar MelbourneDeanne says:

    Hi Tribe

    The website looks really wonky today so not sure if this is going through but in any case…

    “So. I leave you with one of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves in our pursuit of
    the magic of thinking (and acting!!) big:

    What would you do if you weren?t afraid?

    I PROMISE you that if you get in the habit of asking and answering that question with positive action, we?ll all hear about you and your big dreams and big life.”

    OK Brian I’m holding you – and me – to this. Tomorrow night my husband and I are flying to the other side of the country to look at a house. We’re flying back 24 hours later and if all goes well we are so changing our routine, energy, yada, yada, yada as well as pushing our selves to our financial, emotional and every other limit.

    My ships are burned beyond ash and I have nothing left but plugging into source and shining. We’re committed to living the dream and having faith that the power of the Universe will support us because we are authentically following our bliss. Yay!!!!

    Little did I know when I started PNChallenge I’d be turning my world upside down and loving it!! I missed the note yesterday and was so grumpy all day my husband said “go and read Philosophers Notes”. Grin!!

    Thanks for your support and encouragement tribe – your energy and pure willingness to give has lifted me up – I’m definitely feeling like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.

    Cheers
    Deanne

  • Avatar MelbourneDeanne says:

    Hi Tribe

    The website looks really wonky today so not sure if this is going through but in any case…

    “So. I leave you with one of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves in our pursuit of
    the magic of thinking (and acting!!) big:

    What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

    I PROMISE you that if you get in the habit of asking and answering that question with positive action, we’ll all hear about you and your big dreams and big life.”

    OK Brian I’m holding you – and me – to this. Tomorrow night my husband and I are flying to the other side of the country to look at a house. We’re flying back 24 hours later and if all goes well we are so changing our routine, energy, yada, yada, yada as well as pushing our selves to our financial, emotional and every other limit.

    My ships are burned beyond ash and I have nothing left but plugging into source and shining. We’re committed to living the dream and having faith that the power of the Universe will support us because we are authentically following our bliss. Yay!!!!

    Little did I know when I started PNChallenge I’d be turning my world upside down and loving it!! I missed the note yesterday and was so grumpy all day my husband said “go and read Philosophers Notes”. Grin!!

    Thanks for your support and encouragement tribe – your energy and pure willingness to give has lifted me up – I’m definitely feeling like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.

    Cheers
    Deanne

  • There is magic in thinking big, if we can we create a mental picture of our reality we can manifest it. Schwartz indicates that big dreams, stickability, and relentless action will eventually lead us the achievement of our goals. This book gives each of us the power to create our dream life and articulates the path to get there. Great Book

  • Avatar Alyssa says:

    Well, i really like this – ‘thinking big’. Every tip in this note is really perceptive. Many of us are thinking big, but never live in big. In fact, I think that everyone of us are unique, we could be successful if we wanted to be. Believe in ourselves, nothing is impossible! That’s my mojo all the time, as long as we dream of it, then we go for it, diligently and patiently. I quite agree with the idea of action cures fear. I experience fear frequently. I have seek some ways to get rid of fears, the fear that created by myself. Taking action is the best, stop thinking too much and being perfection. I started realize once I never thinking too much and take action according my instinct, everything goes well and the fear disappears silently without any signal. As previous note had mentioned, I am learning to accept the flaws and learn from mistakes. Experiment it! Another tip that I love about it is only deposit the positive thoughts to our memory. I?m totally agreed with that, we should be inspired and be grateful each day, it lighten up our days and nurture a positive mind, eventually, be more confident and successful.

  • Avatar Alyssa says:

    Well, i really like this – ‘thinking big’. Every tip in this note is really perceptive. Many of us are thinking big, but never live in big. In fact, I think that everyone of us are unique, we could be successful if we wanted to be. Believe in ourselves, nothing is impossible! That’s my mojo all the time, as long as we dream of it, then we go for it, diligently and patiently. I quite agree with the idea of action cures fear. I experience fear frequently. I have seek some ways to get rid of fears, the fear that created by myself. Taking action is the best, stop thinking too much and being perfection. I started realize once I never thinking too much and take action according my instinct, everything goes well and the fear disappears silently without any signal. As previous note had mentioned, I am learning to accept the flaws and learn from mistakes. Experiment it! Another tip that I love about it is only deposit the positive thoughts to our memory. I’m totally agreed with that, we should be inspired and be grateful each day, it lighten up our days and nurture a positive mind, eventually, be more confident and successful.

  • Avatar emilie says:

    excusitis: eheh so funny, and so real! Action, once more stands out, Stickability, very good image too!
    The memory bank, also is a good point to keep in awareness, memorise the good stuff,the medals and success, the smiles and laughs, let the others go!!
    makes me think about the mis-takes, and being gentle to ourselves, stop thinking so much and Jump in ACTION!
    with confidence,
    I love that quote of Ford: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t , you’re right!

    I defenitly have a notebook where I write ideas all the time, millions, I just need to ACT MORE!!!!
    also, the concept of dealing with something just once is GREAT! I need to do that, starting with my mail :)

  • Avatar emilie says:

    ?If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don?t bring forth what is inside you, what you don?t bring fortth will destroy you.?

    Good quote Jesus! :)

  • Avatar emilie says:

    excusitis: eheh so funny, and so real! Action, once more stands out, Stickability, very good image too!
    The memory bank, also is a good point to keep in awareness, memorise the good stuff,the medals and success, the smiles and laughs, let the others go!!
    makes me think about the mis-takes, and being gentle to ourselves, stop thinking so much and Jump in ACTION!
    with confidence,
    I love that quote of Ford: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t , you’re right!

    I defenitly have a notebook where I write ideas all the time, millions, I just need to ACT MORE!!!!
    also, the concept of dealing with something just once is GREAT! I need to do that, starting with my mail :)

  • Avatar emilie says:

    “If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is inside you, what you don’t bring fortth will destroy you.”

    Good quote Jesus! :)

  • Avatar Peter :) says:

    Hi! I found the “The Magic of Thinking Big” PhilosophersNote to be full of “Nuggets”
    “Single – Handling” or “OHIO” (Only Handle It ONCE) as I have also heard it put is so important. It is all about focus. Today’s PhilosophersNote kind of shed some light on yesterday’s Note for me. It seems to me that it is part of bringing some kind of order to our consciousness. Brian spells it out pretty clearly in the following quote:

    “You get your mail from the mailbox? Good. Don’t walk away from it until you’ve gone through it and paid all the bills and completed what needed to be done with the stack. DO NOT set it down on the desk and then look at it a hundred times for a week until you finally either get to it or forget about it. Checking email? Don’t go into your inbox unless you intend to respond to what’s in there and DEFINITELY respond IMMEDIATELY if it’ll take you less than a few minutes.”

  • Avatar JeannetteS says:

    post 1 of 3
    I really really really enjoyed this a note alot! I enjoyed it because for one it really helped get that much closer towards upping my confidence level and two I got out of my own way and finally have a name for my health counseling/life coaching business! YEAH!!!!

    In the beginning quote I love the little line that says 'make your thinking make magic for you'. That makes me smile because I love the word magic :) And it had me thinking that yes I can create magic! Life is truly magical but only to the extent we allow it to be. I know that I have been limiting the magic in my life because of not having that 100% confidence but I also know that through the power of my thoughts I have the ability to completely change that. The quote by Henry Ford made me see just that. And the quote by Seneca really hit home for me as well because in the areas I am struggling I know I am struggling because I am not expressing my true self 100%.

  • Avatar JeannetteS says:

    post 2 of 3
    I love the idea of stickability and the idea of touching something once and not putting it down till it's complete. Since listening to this note I have been making a concious effort to touch things only once. I know that I have a tendency to see things half way through and by practicing the stickability concept I already see an improvement in my time management skills. So this a def a keeper!

    And as with nearly every note so far I love the big ideas of action curing fear and acting the way you want to feel. These two concepts are mentioned in nearly every note and I am glad because I need to hear them repeatedly. After nearly a month (time flies!) they are finally sticking to me and I am finally thinking and acting in a way that supports these big ideas. Loving it! And the whole notion of impossible…whenever I start thinking that something is impossible I tell myself instead "I'm possible". I got that from an Addidas ad years ago and I love it!

  • Avatar JeannetteS says:

    post 3 of 3
    My next fave big idea is that of being an experimental person. Years ago I heard someone say that we need to live our lives with the curiosity of a child. This really stuck to me because as adults we feel we know it all and we fear being judged by our peers/society so we never give ourselves the opportunity to explore. When I quit my job at PwC to explore what it is that I wanted most out of my life I was overcome with all these desires that I never knew existed because I never gave myself the chance to explore them. Well these last 5 years have been all about exploration for me and it has been the best time of my life!!! I am so excited to continuing exploring, sharing and inspiring those around me to do the same. It's an exhilirating experience!! I know I have the potential for so much more and with these notes I am slowly realizing that full potential :)

    And finally compromise with perfection…YES!!! PN on The Pursuit of Perfect helped me see this and I feel so much more liberated!

    These PN's rock my world!!

  • Avatar Walt Weintz says:

    Generally, I feel there is lots of good advice in this book. Funny, though I was disappointed that there weren’t some good examples of actually thinking big. Yet according to the Amazon.com table of contents for Chapt. 4 that chapter is dedicated to that function. Just Excusitus and Stickability provide plenty of good advice to make this book worthwhile.

  • Avatar Walt Weintz says:

    Generally, I feel there is lots of good advice in this book. Funny, though I was disappointed that there weren’t some good examples of actually thinking big. Yet according to the Amazon.com table of contents for Chapt. 4 that chapter is dedicated to that function. Just Excusitus and Stickability provide plenty of good advice to make this book worthwhile.

  • Avatar Walt Weintz says:

    Since lesson #17 I have not been able to login to the Intensedebate function.

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  • Avatar Christina Vircillo says:

    The Magic of Thinking Big

    Takes big ideas and puts them into fun concepts and constructs that you can digest and put into use.

    Excusitis and Stickability – great!

    Idea I love – Action cures fear. Fear is described as a form of psychological infection that we can cure through confidence that we acquire by action.
    We can also see fear as illusion that we can only move through by actually moving.

    Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank – You can choose the fuel you run on!

    Act the way you want to feel. Eliminate impossible and be experimental.

    Capture your ideas and act on them!

    Great Note!

    Christina

  • Avatar Christina Vircillo says:

    The Magic of Thinking Big

    Takes big ideas and puts them into fun concepts and constructs that you can digest and put into use.

    Excusitis and Stickability – great!

    Idea I love – Action cures fear. Fear is described as a form of psychological infection that we can cure through confidence that we acquire by action.
    We can also see fear as illusion that we can only move through by actually moving.

    Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank – You can choose the fuel you run on!

    Act the way you want to feel. Eliminate impossible and be experimental.

    Capture your ideas and act on them!

    Great Note!

    Christina

  • Avatar will says:

    wow….good notes today. and i feel by the way brian wrote them that he loves em too! ……ive got tears in my eyes after reading about maxines tango!! hahaha!

    action, action, action!

    i had a mantra of thankyou too!….it was actually ahh-num …..but for some reason i believed it meant “thank-you”.

    nice

  • Avatar will says:

    wow….good notes today. and i feel by the way brian wrote them that he loves em too! ……ive got tears in my eyes after reading about maxines tango!! hahaha!

    action, action, action!

    i had a mantra of thankyou too!….it was actually ahh-num …..but for some reason i believed it meant “thank-you”.

    nice

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