Just returned from the Wealth Cruise – hosted by
friend and fellow MasterMind member, Todd Dotson.
This was my first-ever cruise – so I took my wife,
kids and in-laws. Figured it would be a great way to
celebrate Chinese New Year – and twas.
One of the greatest moments of the cruise is sort of
an “inside secret” – but it has to do with that familiar
phrase I use so often – “rise above” circumstances.
One of the speakers, Loral Langmeier, author of the
best-seller, The Millionaire Maker – spoke before
we boarded the ship – and did so with great skill, in
spite of having something urgent that needed her
attention back home.
You wouldn’t have known she was having something
ELSE going on. She’s a true professional. Brought in
to do a job and do it she will – no matter what.
She was unable to board the ship as she had to rush
back home – so her assistant, Rebecca, who NEVER
speaks in public, filled in for her. And she didn’t just
fill in – she WOW’d the crowd. It was truly awesome to
Kendra Todd – the first and only female winner of
The Apprentice was magnificent. One of the many,
many brilliant things she did was address an objection
many people have about her, right away.
Kendra is only 28. Young, gorgeous and spunky – she’s
still wise enough to know that people in the crowd will
right her off as “too young” – just another pretty face,
and so on.
So she admits her age right off and let’s everyone know
that in spite of her age – she KNOWS what she’s talking
about and has the goods to prove it. Her best line of all
was when, with her back turned, she began showing the
visual proof on the screen, while adding, “Check out my
Todd Dotson was masterful, not only as the host, but in
his talk about “How to Win in 2007.” He outlined a step-
by-step procedure for moving up the success ladder – and
it wasn’t just thinking about moving up – it was “doing some-
thing to move up.” Combining vision with movement is the
key to success.
My first talk on Friday went well – but some in the audience weren’t
too receptive to the ideas I was speaking about. They were getting
hit from left field.
What they heard took them out of their comfort zone. It was too hard to
imagine. Self-image wise, they couldn’t even entertain the possibility of
what I was saying. The numbers were too big.
I left the room after my first talk feeling that I had completely bombed.
What was normal and ordinary for ME – was too much for the others to
I regrouped. I began to look for another way to explain myself.
Over dinner Saturday night I discussed a new plan with Todd. He liked it.
So did someone else at the table – who went right out the next morning
and used the idea during a question and answer panel discussion. Literally
swiped the idea in a ruthless, cut-throat manner.
This lit a fire inside of me.
I went back to my room and regrouped a second time. I pictured what I
wanted and asked for another idea that resonated with what the group
It came to me instantly. The idea was BOLD. It was really, really BOLD.
In private I ran the idea by Todd – a mere two minutes before I was to
speak. To his credit he nodded, giving me his okay.
I stood in the hallway waiting for my turn. A few of my long-time students
walked past me. Afterward they told me what they experienced. One said,
“We better get in the room fast. This is going to be good. You can feel the
sparks coming off him from across the room and he hasn’t even started
Todd introduced me. I walked into the room. Took about 30 seconds to
pull a few items out of my bag – turned around to face the crowd – went
into another orbit and began speaking. Two hours later, after holding
everyone spellbound, I pulled out my big idea and ran it by them.
Then I closed.
The response was gargantuan. I earned my keep and made Todd happy
to have brought me aboard.
One man, John, told me that he went up to Todd, two-thirds of the way
through my presentation to say, “Well, it looks like the dark horse just
stole the show.”
The bottom line is that I did not give up. I did not get discouraged when
things didn’t go well. I used everything to my advantage. I turned each
and every negative into a positive.
I stayed focused on my vision.
The result was that I not only fulfilled my goal for the Wealth Cruise – I
did far better than I expected.
I channeled the disappointment I felt into something powerful, constructive and
positive. I transformed my disappointment into a victory. I rose above
what happened and made something ELSE happen. And when all was
said and done, I could hold my head high for doing what I had set out to
do and not allowing anyone or anything to stop me.
There’s a message in this for you – and for me – as this won’t be the only
time I will have hurdles to leap over, knock over and go around.
Thanks goodness for Psycho-Cybernetics Zero Resistance Living Course. The
tools in this course gave me all the mental resources I needed to rise above
the situation and make the best come from it. You can learn how to do this to
by going to http://www.psycho-cybernetics.com/zrlcourse.html
P.S. Big announcement coming in a day or two about a special email writing
seminar I’m having this May. Stay tuned.