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How to Get Ahead Faster and Be Happy

Would you like to know how to get ahead faster and be happy while doing so?  Of course who doesn’t?

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Here’s a technique you can use immediately to begin to create the life you want and be happy now!

Let’s begin with

REPETITION

Everything’s Repetition and so, Happiness is Repetition, and Success is Repetition.

Think about it…

Repetition has produced everything and everything is repetition.

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The Universe is repetition.

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The World is repetition.

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You are

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I am

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It’s repetition of the hammer that builds the building.

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It’s repetition of the jack Hammer and wrecking ball that tear down the building.

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Repetition, it rings the school bell

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And it’s the repetition of fuel explosions that powers our cars, and

Digs the ditch and

Plows the farm field, and

plants the corn, and

harvests the corn, and

Repetition of chewing eats the corn.

Repetition, it’s Walking and Talking

and Swimming and …

Sand is created by it

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weight gained by it

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and Exercising and building muscle and losing weight too.

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By repetition of Nuclear Reaction the Sun sends waves of  heat and light and life.

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And some of those sun rays fall on an elephant–A giant adult circus elephant.

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The Circus Elephant Story

Have you ever seen a huge circus elephant?   The adult can easily lift 2000 lbs with its trunk!  And yet, the circus trainers keep them in one place with a small wooden stake – a stake that they could easily pull out.

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So how does that happen?  Well, when the elephant is a baby it is tethered, by its ankle, to an immovable object, with a heavy steel chain.  Thus held for most of its young life, by the time it is an adult, it is conditioned to believe that it cannot escape when tied at the ankle.  Thus, by repetition, the elephant is conditioned and held in place.

*Now, I want you to hold on to that thought–because that is the first puzzle piece.

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Repetition of Thought Conditions and Controls our Behavior

Thought repetition—equals moods and actions.  Let’s explore further.

Do you know how to make yourself feel bad?

I’ll bet you do, in fact, if you’re like most people, I’ll bet you’re an expert at it.

Consider this:

Negative Movies

Have you ever become upset by something someone does or says and then allowed it to distract you from your plans, upset your mood, or ruin your day?

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“But, ‘he stepped on my toe!’

‘She gave me the sign!’

‘Cut me off in traffic!’

‘He kicked my cat!’

‘She kicked my cat!”

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Then you repetitively run this thought movie over and over in your head until it literally ruins your day.  Have you ever done this?  And sometimes you continue,

Over and over you dwell on it and a seething anger builds up inside of you.  You go home that night and play it over and over again, on and on and on!

Why you’d think it was the best picture in town!

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Then you’re lying in bed at night and you even invent a sequel, it’s the revenge sequel:

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“I’m going to get even, he kicked my cat, I’m going to kick his cat”

It’s crazy!

But now you can use it to your benefit by realizing: you are in charge!

You’re the projectionist; and so, you get to select the movie, right?

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So why not the next time it happens (someone offends you) and from here on out, you purposely play a mental movie you’ll enjoy?

It’s simple, what you do is this: When you catch yourself repetitively playing a negative mental movie, switch it to a positive mental movie.

First you have to create one, so you can have it ready to go for just such an occasion.  So now you build a positive movie for your mental movie file.  (To insure it’s effective you want to develop it and play it, and make sure it works for you.

Positive Movies

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Here’s a little trick you can use to not only save your day, but propel you in the direction of your ideal lifestyle.

Create your very own happy movie.

Here’s how, see in your mind’s eye a mental movie of you doing what you really enjoy doing, and being with who you love being with.  See yourself in your idyllic lifestyle doing what you love and being with who you love. Keep playing this movie and then, by experimenting with your thoughts, condensing it to a one (1) minute movie script.

This one (1) minute movie, when played in your mental vision, must make you happy.  This is your Happy Movie.

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Now, make a second one (1) minute movie outlining your most ardent desire.  This will be your Achievement Movie.

Make it the theme of your most ardent long-range goal.  Something you want to accomplish or have in the next three to five years.

Make it the last scene of the last act—the scene that most exemplifies what you want.  It’s you on the trip, with your family, in your home, winning a contest,

Make it an exciting, sensory filled mind’s eye visual that shows you getting what you want, and living the life of your dreams.

You increase its power by shrinking it down to one (1 ) minute in total thought time.

This is your Achievement movie.

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**These positive movies are the second puzzle piece.

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Now to put it all together.

Combine Repetition with Positive Movies to Be Happy and Live Successfully (Put the puzzle pieces together.)

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Make it your habit, like brushing your teeth, to run/play your achievement movie two to three times per day.  (It only takes 1-2 minutes each time you do so. So time is not a problem in doing this habit.)

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And use your happy movie to replace your, “he kicked my cat”, negative movie.  Whenever you catch yourself running a negative movie, switch it to your happy movie.

And experiment running your new mental movies back to back.  This will get you in a good mood and refocus your mind on doing things to progress towards your dreams or keep you on track.   To repeat,

Be sure to run your movies whenever you are down, sad, mad, running negative movies, etc.  And make it a habit to watch your Achievement Movie three times every day.

By doing so, you will control your conditioning, your moods and thoughts.  And by controlling your mental conditioning, moods and thoughts

you will control your actions and thereby your destiny,

All—by simply taking control of the repetition in your life!

Do it now: Start today and begin to use repetition effectively to live out your mental movie in reality.  This is you living your LifeVision.  Play the movie, control your mood, determine the actions that will make it happen, take such actions repetitively, repeat, repeat, repeat.  That’s effective use of repetition and the best way to use the time of your life.

In short, you use repetition to accomplish the stuff in your movie, your one-unwavering aim, your LifeVision.

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Look, what I’m trying to say is simply this: “don’t be like the circus elephants.”

You can control your conditioning and your moods and actions and destiny—by taking control of the repetition in your life!

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If you are serious about living your dreams I urge you to Start Now!  Do it now!  NOW!

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Believe Like Evel Knievel

The name Evel Knievel will probably ring a bell in the minds of many of you reading this.

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For those who don’t know, Evel Knievel was the greatest motorcycle daredevil that ever lived.  In his career he made over 300 jumps.  He once jumped over 19 automobiles.  He jumped over 14 buses.  And he was the first to attempt a jump over the water fountain at Caesars’ Palace, Las Vegas, NV.

When attempting the Caesar’s Palace jump, he made the distance over the fountain but missed his landing ramp.   And because of that the Caesars Palace jump went down in recorded history as the most watched sporting event in television history, but for the wrong reason.  What made it famous was this: It was the most horrific crash ever recorded on film.  When he hit the ground, Evel tumbled and slid on concrete and asphalt for over 100 feet.  In this wreck he broke thirty-nine bones and suffered a skull fracture.  “Thirty nine (39) broken bones in that wreck and fractured his skull”–hard to imagine how he survived it.  But survive it he did.

Evel Knievel spent 29 days in a coma after the Caeser’s Palace jump.  His Doctors told him he may never walk again; and, that he would never ride a motorcycle again.  So certainly daredevil jumping the bike was out.  But Evel Knievel didn’t believe the Doctors.  He believed in himself.  And because of his own powerful beliefs, he walked out of the hospital in three months.   And, five months after the accident he was doing another jump, this time he was attempting to jump over fifteen cars—unfortunately, he crashed again—this time he broke a foot and a leg.   Incredible as it may seem, the best was yet to come.

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These accidents only furthered Evel’s fame; in fact the terrible accident at Caesars’ had catapulted him to National Fame and hero worship status; and now history was about to be written because Evel believed in himself.

My Jump

I have something in common with Evil Knievel.  You see, when he attempted to jump the fountain at Caesars’ Palace, it was November 1967.   And just a few short years later, I too made a jump on a cold November day, only the year was 1973.

The story begins in Pittsburgh on a cold, gray fall day.  The leaves had all fallen and it was damp all around, having rained recently.  The air was crisp and you could see your breath as you exhaled.  The ground was sloppy mud and wet leaves with puddles here and there.   I was thirteen at the time and as was usual in those days I hung out at a local ball park with my friends.  On this chilly November Saturday we had gathered with our bikes at the field.

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We noticed when we arrived that some construction activity had taken place since we where there last.  They were adding a new drainage system to the football field, and the contractor had dug pits here and there.   Also there was some lumber lying around here and there.   Being that there was wood for jump ramps, we gathered together some materials for making them and built a couple of small ones.  On these ramps we practiced making small jumps with our bikes.

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Then someone asked me if I thought I could jump over one of the pits.  Now these pits, well don’t hold me to it, it was a long time ago, I think they were about six feet in length by three feet across and maybe two feet deep.  Since it had been rained recently, there was standing water in the pit as well.  The water wasn’t deep, maybe four to six inches, enough to get you good wet if you fell in though.   And since I was asked, I accepted the challenge.   “Sure”, I said.

So we built a make shift ramp on the edge of one of the pits.

Now, I’d seen Evel Kneivel do this many times (on TV) so I knew what I had to do.

First, a couple of warm–up laps.  Then a couple of “approaches”, where you drive right up to the very top of the ramp, stop there and survey the obstacle and landing site.  Then one final warm-up lap, and this time as you come around towards the ramp you get up to full speed, and go off the ramp.

So as I’m coming around the final lap, here’s the scene:  I was probably thinking something along the lines “I can do it.”  And I hit that ramp at full speed.  About three quarters of the way to the top something in my head changes, a doubt pops up, and I slam the brake and skid off the end of the ramp.  Even at that I almost made it across the pit, but not quite.  My bike crashed hard into the bank of dirt directly opposite the ramp.  And at the same instant, one of the peddles slammed into my shin.  The cross bar was into my groin.  My face smashes into the dirt bank.  My arms mangled in the handle bars between the dirt and the bike.  My feet and legs partially submersed in cold water.  My friends laughing hard.

Now as quickly as I could, I crawl out of the pit.  And as I begin to hobble aimlessly, trying to remove the pain by walking it off, one of my friends walks up along side of me and says, “Why, why did you hit the brake.  You know you had it made easily–if you wouldn’t have hit the brake.”   I said, “I don’t know, I don’t know.”  But, they knew and I knew, I had panicked.  For some reason, a doubt popped into my head and with that doubt I tried to abort the mission; but it was too late, I was going too fast to stop in time, for I was out of ramp.  If only I wouldn’t have had that doubt I would’ve made that jump easily.

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Why did that doubt show up right there and then?  What went wrong in my head?  Back then I never gave it much thought; I didn’t go home and analyze my psyche and beliefs.  But I sure was embarrassed and mad at myself for failing; and yet I  learned something important.  For now I knew after that I didn’t want to be a daredevil.  It hurt too darn much.

After my small and basically harmless mishap, I respected Evel Knievel even more so.  How did he do it?  How could he return to jumping  after major crashes that nearly killed him?  And how could he be come so successful at doing something so dangerous?

So what was the difference between me that day, and Evel Knievel when he did his jumps?

In a word, BELIEF.

Evel Knievel had enormous belief.   And on that cold November day in 1973, I had a teeny, tiny belief.

Evel Knievel had enormous belief in himself.  And that is the Secret to his success–and yours!

Believe

Believe!

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