Set Your Mind To Win
Have you ever heard someone say, I could do it if I could just set my mind to it. Have you ever uttered these words, even just to yourself? You can you know. And me too. I really can achieve what I set my mind to. This belief has pulled me out many times from difficult situations, and for anyone discovering this feeling, you cannot describe the power inside. No bragging, just quiet confidence.
Have you heard about the story of mothers pulling great weights off their sons or daughters in order to save their lives. And then find out that the weight they lifted was virtually impossible! Tell that to a mother who is trying to save her children. There is no impossible in her mind. There is no other acceptable alternative other than total and complete success. You can use this principle! We will move heaven and earth when we feel it is important to do so.
You really can get anything you want in life if you set your mind to it. The timing and strategy may change, but the result is in the bank, ‘if you set your mind to it.’ OK. You have my curiosity stoked, you say. Now you ask, how do you set your mind to it? Ahhhh. There’s the rub. The question of the ages rears it ugly head once again. I have written a success story of mine below. I am not proud of where I was, I am proud of how I handled it and came back. 1987 - This period of my life was both the worst time of my life and the best time of my life.
Anyone hitting rock bottom can relate. That year 1987, my life was in the "crapper". I was in a downward spiral, and couldn’t seem to stop myself from ruining not only my life but my family’s too. I was drifting away from the very people who were most important to me. It's funny that even when you know that you are screwing up, you sometimes can't seem to make change. That’s when you sometimes get lucky. At least I was. I was drinking heavily, an alcoholic by definition, not by belief. I was up late drinking myself into a stupor and fell asleep with a lit cigarette in the ash tray. When I woke up the next morning, the cigarette had burned down, fell out of the ash tray onto the coffee table and burned a thin streak into the wood.
Now you would think that this would shake anybody up, but, this wasn't the catalyst! No. When our little girl Sheri came down this particular morning, she remarked, horrified, that I could have burned the house down! I could have died just from the look on her face. Well, I would move mountains for my family so it was enough of a picture that I gave up smoking right then and there. March 5, 1987 My focus was laser concentrated, quitting smoking was the most important thing to do in my life at this time. If you notice, I never said that I gave up drinking there. No. Not enough leverage for that one yet. Later that year we were at a friend's wedding, and I still was drinking heavily. Probably more heavily if that could be possible. It's a wonder that I didn't get alcohol poisoning, I had no problem downing whole cases of beer, and requesting more.
(24 packs in Ontario, where we were living at the time.) When we came home that night, my wife and I got into an argument, and after verbally abusing her, the argument elevated. I HIT HER. I struck my wife, a little more than 115-120 lbs soaking wet! What a big man I was. The argument continued for another few minutes, but she picked up the kids and left the house for her mothers. At that instant, I realized even through my drunkenness that I had crossed the line. When the next morning came, and I had sobered up a little, I could have cut my right arm off. In my life, I had swore that I would never become one who would beat on their wife. And I had hit her physically.
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