Last night I was with my friend, Master Zhang DiYi,
watching a performance at a Chinese restaurant here
on Hainan Island. I’ve seen the performance at least
40 times and I never tire of it.
Even though I am not a dancer (not even close), I study
every move the men and women make – and I’m learning
many valuable things from them that extend well beyond
what everyone else thinks they’re doing on stage. As I
watch them I consider how I can integrate some of what
they are doing into how I speak and perform in public.
I explained to Master Zhang that I do my best to learn
from many, many people – regardless of who they are.
“In China we have a saying, ‘If you take a walk with three
people, one of them is your teacher,'” he said.
“Maybe two,” I replied.
“Right,” he laughed. “Maybe two.”
Truth is that the correct answer is three – as YOU need to
take responsibility for being your own teacher, too. You
observe and learn from others, then you teach yourself
what you’ve learned.
Looking outside yourself and seeing traits and talents that
are admirable – talents that you’d like to integrate into your
life – that’s an essential element of using your creative imagination
You see what you like and you claim it as your own. You say
to yourself, “I want to do that, too.”
Last May, at my MasterMind meeting in Tampa, Garin Bader, a
famous concert pianist and magician, showed everyone how he
does pushups on his index fingers ONLY – with his arms extended
ahead of his shoulders. Before he demonstrated he spoke about
how he uses his mind to do this feat of strength.
The crowd cheered when he finished. Everyone was in awe.
Later that night a 30-year old woman, Rebecca, came up to Garin
and said, “I’ve got that down as one of my goals. I’m going to be
able to do that.”
Rebecca didn’t do what most people will do. She didn’t see something
great and say, “He has special gifts. I could never do that.”
No, she looked at what Garin did and said, “That’s for me. I’m going to
do that, too.”
This is a fundamental difference in thinking between those who win in the
game of life and those who lose.
Look at someone you’ve admired for his success and decide that you are
going to do likewise. When you make this decision, it matters not whether
you are 1000 miles away from being able to do it. What if you are? Again,
it matters NOT.
Just get started. Picture what you want and get to work on making it a
reality. Sure, you’ll make mistakes along the way. Sure, you’ll have
days in which everything seems impossible.
But never forget what Dr. Maltz says: “Once Impossible – Now Easy.”
President, Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, Inc.
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