During our Mastery Club Facilitator Webinar last night, Theresa Day from Scotland shared that applying the principles becomes part of you: 'Whoever gets the gift of being a Facilitator gets the best lessons in life,' she said.
I agreed – just the day before, when updating some program notes, I was reminded about the power of the mind-body loop, and smiling when one is feeling down. I wasn't exactly feeling down, but I was not exactly in a bright frame of mind either. So I took on the 'Smiling Challenge' that we set the kids and made myself grin even though I didn't particulary feel like it at the time. It worked a treat! Apart from immediately smiling geniuinely because I felt like such a dork, I felt better straight away, and kept at it. These principles really do work – when we apply them.
I was reminded recently that Napoleon Hill, author of the classic self-help book, Think and Grow Rich, was virtually penniless near the end of his life!
Deciding to explore this for myself, I did a bit of googling and found an interesting stream of comments about it on Jeannette Maw’s Good Vibe Blog. She reports that while Napoleon Hill experienced many financial ups and downs, at the very end of his life, W Clement Stone stepped in to fund Hill’s Foundation. Which does beg the question, did he actually die broke or did he simply manifest another form of wealth? Sounds like the latter, to me!
There were some other great points made in the conversation following the blog post, which I’ve summarised below. For myself, I just love Earl Nightingale’s definition of success as being ‘the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal’. He says, in this excellent YouTube clip, that if you are in the process of working on that worthy ideal or goal, YOU ARE A SUCCESS RIGHT NOW, even if it is still far from being realised! (Thanks to Anthony Dukes for bringing this clip to my attention. Follow the link above to watch it.)
I wrote about this perspective on success in my blog, ‘What Is Success To You? The Baker Gets Me Thinking’. http://www.themasteryclub.com.au/liliane-grace/liliane-s-blog/871-what-is-success-to-you.html
Now for some of the comments made about 'the rich author dying penniless':
* the difference between knowing the path and walking the path...
* the fact that he was a journalist, so perhaps more adept at reporting and describing than demonstrating
* and does this matter? Someone who has inspired countless others to demonstrate has obviously made a significant contribution himself. (As as per the coach who is able to draw greater talent out of his team than he can demonstrate – makes sense to me!)
* was he just learning to / allowing himself to receive?
* to have someone else fund your dream is pretty fabulous! (I can relate to this. :-)
* why do we link wealth to money? He died with millions of followers – perhaps that was his form of wealth! In which case, he died rich. (I love this point, although I also take the point that one can’t eat one’s followers...)
* many people go through wealth ups and downs, including our entrepreneurial greats like Donald Trump; perhaps he was in a ‘down’ just at that point…