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Today I will begin a new life…..lessons to take away

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

I found that quote in a small book by Og Mandino The Greatest Salesman in the World.   It was originally published in 1968 but all the material is still relevant today.  It tells the story of how a young man became the greatest salesman in the world by applying 9 lessons.  While I was reading it I thought this is for everything and everyone so I wanted to share it.  I am going to introduce the lessons as they were in the book chapter by chapter.

habits

1.  Today I will begin a new life

2.  I will greet this day with love in my heart

3.  I will persist until I succeed

4.  I am nature’s greatest miracle

5.  I will live this day as if it is my last

6.  Today I will be master of my emotions

7.  I will laugh at the world

8.  Today I will  multiply my value a hundredfold

9.  I will act now

The chapters are small and he gives examples of how to go he will go about each lesson starting with Today I will begin a new life.  The shedding off of “bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.”  Understanding that failure happens but learning from it, seizing opportunities and starting over the next day.   Greeting the day with love in your heart for everything and everyone and your interactions with individuals will show this.  I will persist until I succeed by removing from my vocabulary such words as quit, cannot, unable, failure and hopeless.  Treat each obstacle as a mere detour.  I am nature’s greatest miracle by realizing there is no one exactly like me, that we are each unique and have something to offer. I will live this day as if it is my last.  Don’t spend energy mourning past misfortunes and defeats.  Today is another opportunity to be the best person you can.  Today I will be master of my emotions.  Direct quote from book “Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”  I will laugh at the world but most of all at my myself as “this too shall pass.”  Today I will multiple my value a hundredfold.  Set goals and objectives in your life.  Where do you want to head and how will you get there?  I will act now as we only have today to move forward and become our best selves.

I hope this gives you a taste of the book.  There is the young man’s story weaved through it and I think a lot of you will recognize a few side stories in the book also.  I think they are good lessons to take away, realize they are ongoing and yes I will slide back but I will regroup, refocus and more forward.

20 thoughts on “Today I will begin a new life…..lessons to take away

  1. I love these! Especially 2 and 4. The 4th one, to me, speaks about service. If you act as if you are providing a gift to others (in fact, you ARE a gift), it is easier to dispel fear! And I don’t mean it in the sense that you are arrogant, just that you understand your value as a human being.

    1. I agree. Understanding you/everyone has value, is unique and does have something to offer would go a long way to dispelling fear. Always enjoy when you stop by and comment it means a lot.

  2. Nice review on a subject that has a huge audience in the modern world. Altering a bad lifestyle into something new is never easy. Old ways can set in like addiction habits and they fight to resist change. Often memoirs or books outlining how someone has done it can be invaluable for saying “You are not alone and it can get better.”

    I often think in the world at large, people never take time to self reflect and that is why we keep making mistakes and recycling old opinions of others and ourselves that are impaired because they are not understood.

    1. Agree old habits can be additive and hard to change. First step is slowing down and self reflection – why does this situation keep coming up? Reading how others have handles tough or near impossible situations hopefully get people changing their mind set. Slow progress but hopeful. Always enjoy your comments as you get me thinking and reflecting.

      1. Dead right. The best thing is to slow down, breathe and then look at things without the anxiety bomb waiting to explode. I believe deep rooted habits are extremely hard to change. It’s not so different to breaking an addiction. It’s a journey, often slow, often setbacks but the first stage is to see it like it is. That applies to social thinking too. Changing attitudes is difficult when society is bombarded with poor media reporting and news stories.

        1. Please don’t get me going on poor media reporting or what society dictates. Like you said it is a journey, just keep moving forward and don’t let setbacks stop you. Isn’t that what they say first you have to see the problem and acknowledge it. I think that is often the biggest step for anything i.e. change/addiction.

          1. Mutual soapbox methinks. They seem to think we are all idiots! That’s what gets my mood darkening.

            Very true too. If you can’t see there is a problem or deny its existence then change is just not going to happen. How simple does that sound compared to actually putting it into practice?

            1. I live in hope people will have an aha moment. Until then we will just have to keep growing, exploring and hopefully moving in the right direction.

    1. I feel I am a work in progress as really who is ever completely together? There is always room for growth and exploring. Yes, part of me slides back but that is about being human. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. This sounds amazing! I’m about to start a new job and feeling a little wounded in having left a team of people I love at my last job. Remembering these nine things as a simple practice everyday seems like a great way to pick myself out of the doldrums and anxiety that comes from a big life change. Thanks for sharing this post today!

    1. Good luck in the new job – you will rock it. I think sometimes we hear or read things just when we are meant to (or need to) and maybe it is the universe taking care of us.

    1. Holiday Monday and on vacation rest of week. Always looking for a craft to do. Have thread so want to try friendship bracelet saw on honestlywtf.com. Also ice painting on auntpeaches.com. Hope you are having a great summer.

Would love to hear your ideas and thoughts!