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[Recommendation] Books that fuel me

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

Hi David!  What do you believe is the single best place to start studying if I’m new to the “personal development” world?

Neagle Code Answer

I was just asked this question at a meeting I attended last week…actually I was asked about my favorite book.

And my answer was that I don’t have a favorite…I LOVE them ALL!

But I will give you a list of the books that I’ve found most helpful to my growth and the growth of my students.

If someone were to ask me what book has been the most influential in my life, I would say it is The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. I still remember the day I picked it up and read it, and I can honestly say, since that day over 20 years ago, I’ve never travelled or taught without it.

It’s a book that explained so much for me, and even now, I can open any page, at any time and see the truth in its pages. It appears to be a short simple book, but actually I’ve found that there are hidden “secrets” that most people miss.

I’m going to be sharing those secrets in a free training I’m hosting on Tuesday. If you’ve read it several times, or even if you’ve never picked the book up before, I invite you to join me.

If you’re interested, CLICK HERE.

The other books I’d recommend are:

  • You2
    – by Price Pritchett

  • God Works Through Faith
    – by Robert A. Russell

  • The Four Agreements
    – by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Think & Grow Rich
    – by Napoleon Hill

  • Working With The Law
    – by Raymond Holliwell

Before you go blasting through each of these books to check them off your list, I suggest that you “STUDY” them. Go slow and take them chapter by chapter.

Each one of them contains pure gold.

And once again, if you’d like to begin your book study with me, click below to register for my upcoming free training!

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Are You “Cradled in Convention”?

Are You “Cradled in Convention”?

What is your purpose? Why are you here? And are you taking that “out to the edge”?

In other words — are you pushing yourself to the very edge of what you’re capable of, as it relates to your purpose in life?

In his poem, “The Call of the Wild,” Robert William Service talks about how other people have created us in their convention:

They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
They have soaked you in convention through and through;
They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching…

When we’re “cradled in convention,” this results in us seeing the entire world through someone else’s eyes — and through somebody else’s experience (rather than our own).

That’s what our parents did. They soaked us in “convention” — i.e., indoctrinated us into the way they did things.

They created a “box” for us to live in.

Outside of that box is TRUTH…which sets you free.

If we could stand in the full truth of our being (i.e., who we truly are) — it would totally set us free.

We’d stop struggling. We wouldn’t have much difficulty accomplishing what we want to accomplish. We wouldn’t fight ourselves all that much.

It’s very difficult to get to this truth when the only part of your world you can experience, is through a very narrow vision of what life is.

You have your environment, your circumstances, and your results.

…And you have a very narrow “box” through which you observe or perceive those things.

Your beliefs control your perception.

Your values control your perception.

The wounds you’ve had throughout your lifetime control your perception.

When most people get wounded, they don’t see the “truth” in it. They see the pain in it. Instead of expanding their life, the pain contracts it.

It says, “Don’t do this again…don’t experience that again, because that causes pain.” So their life contracts.

They start to see LESS of what they saw before — until their world becomes very small. It keeps them in a very narrow perception of what’s going on. So they can’t see the truth.

If we’re going to change this in our own life…then one of the things we have to do is begin to understand what the truth looks like.

By studying the laws of the universe, we bring truth into our awareness.

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Overcome the Fear of Rejection

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

I was working with your question of, “What am I resisting?” and I’ve come to realize that I’m resisting being rejected in my work/business. If someone tells me “No,” it feels like I just want to give up. It touches on the idea that I’m not good enough.

No one has even told me straight up, “No.” I’m just scared of the idea of them telling me no.

How do I build and strengthen my self-worth?

Neagle Code Answer

Understand this:

When you’re in that fear of rejection, you’re not thinking about how you could help the other person. You’re thinking about preserving yourself.

When someone rejects you, it has nothing to do with you.

It doesn’t matter what they’re rejecting you about, either. It has to do with whatever is going on inside of them that’s causing them to say no.

When we’re in business, and we’re offering something that would benefit others — whether it’s a product or service — and they need that product or service, and they’re saying no…what they’re really doing is denying themselves of some kind of benefit or improvement in their life. They’re scared to move forward.

It has nothing to do with you.

Who rejected you when you were a child? Your mom or your dad?

Every time somebody tells you “no,” it’s like having both of your parents reject you. It’s like having them say you’re not good enough, and “We don’t love you.”

…That’s what your subconscious mind hears.

Here’s the absolute truth. Brace yourself…

It doesn’t matter if your parents loved you or not. Because you’re an adult now, and your responsibility is to love yourself.

When you allow yourself to be the way you’re being right now, you’re saying, “I don’t love myself enough to not need it from someone else.”

Here’s an exercise:

Every day, identify three things you appreciate about yourself.

…And this is very important. You’ve got to get rid of the anger you have for your parents. You’re never going to be able to fully love yourself until you do.

You can’t will it away. The anger needs to be expressed. You’ve got to get it out of your body.

Sit down and write a letter to your parents. You’re not going to give it to them — but tell them how angry you are at what they did (or didn’t do), and how they weren’t there for you.

Allow yourself to feel all that emotion.

Next, find three things every day that you appreciate about yourself. Start focusing on the things you love in life.

You have to save yourself. Nobody’s coming to save you. I’m sorry they didn’t come when you were six…but you’re not six anymore.

You have to let it go.

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One of my favorite poems

One of my favorite poems

The chef, Francis Mallmann (who I wrote about in the last post), is a romantic. He loves quoting poetry. He introduced me to a poem, “The Call of the Wild,” by Robert William Service.

For about a year, I’ve started off some of my events with this poem. (In one of our master class teachings, I actually broke it down paragraph by paragraph. )

As you read it, sit back and ask yourself, “What does this mean to me?”

I think that’s the best way to interpret poetry or literature — to ask ourselves, “How does this speak to me individually?”

The Call of the Wild

Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there’s nothing else to gaze on,
Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,
Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?
Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God’s sake go and do it;
Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.

Have you wandered in the wilderness, the sagebrush desolation,
The bunch-grass levels where the cattle graze?
Have you whistled bits of rag-time at the end of all creation,
And learned to know the desert’s little ways?
Have you camped upon the foothills, have you galloped o’er the ranges,
Have you roamed the arid sun-lands through and through?
Have you chummed up with the mesa? Do you know its moods and changes?
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

Have you known the Great White Silence, not a snow-gemmed twig aquiver?
(Eternal truths that shame our soothing lies.)
Have you broken trail on snowshoes? mushed your huskies up the river,
Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the prize?
Have you marked the map’s void spaces, mingled with the mongrel races,
Felt the savage strength of brute in every thew?
And though grim as hell the worst is, can you round it off with curses?
Then hearken to the Wild — it’s wanting you.

Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down, yet grasped at glory,
Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole?
“Done things” just for the doing, letting babblers tell the story,
Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul?
Have you seen God in His splendors, heard the text that nature renders?
(You’ll never hear it in the family pew.)
The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things —
Then listen to the Wild — it’s calling you.

They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
They have soaked you in convention through and through;
They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching —
But can’t you hear the Wild? — it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go.

~ Robert William Service

After you read this poem, I want you to take a couple of minutes and write down two things.

You now have an opportunity to:

1) take something away from the poem that’s going to benefit you…and

2) leave something behind that no longer serves you.

What do you want to take with you?

What do you want to leave behind?

This poem is really about the experience of life — reaching out, grabbing it, and living it with everything you’ve got.

It’s not just about the different scenarios in the poem. It’s about how do those things reflect your purpose, in your own life?

The poem mentions all kinds of extreme, wild experiences that pull from us a challenge — something that spurs us to make a decision and say, “I’m going to really live my life out on the edge.”

It’s not about living somebody else’s life on the edge — it’s about living your own life on the edge.

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Why we attract needy clients

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

My partner and I have a law practice. It’s always our goal to provide excellent service to everyone.

But sometimes we find ourselves feeling compelled to do far more for a client. We’ve found that those individuals end up being unhappy, or lashing out at us. We know there’s some kind of correlation there — between our going overboard with our services, and having unruly clients. We’re struggling to identify what we’re doing to cause that?

Neagle Code Answer

You’re taking on clients you shouldn’t be taking on. They’re needy.

When you initially sit down with someone who’s a potential client, there needs to be a little bit of THEM selling you on why you should take them on as a client.

If you’re taking on just anybody, you’ll overlook red flags right from the very beginning. They’ll be the most giant pain-in-the-ass you’ve ever had to deal with.

Here’s an example:

Say someone’s sitting in front of you, telling you about what’s going on in their life. I would look at their problem and say:                                     

“I understand your situation. Here’s this issue. In order for me to help you with this, you’re going to have to follow my directions. If you can’t do that, then we’re both going to be miserable. I’m not willing to be miserable. So, tell me why I should take you on as a client?”

You’re going to piss off some people when you say that.

But for those who know how to accept responsibility for their own results, they’re going to appreciate your directness. They’re going to tell you why you should take them on as a client.

If someone said that to me, I would totally get where they were coming from.

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Are you on the edge?

Are you on the edge?

Francis Mallmann is one of the biggest celebrity chefs in South America. He had an awakening when he was 13 years old, which is when he left home. He became a very accomplished French chef at one point, then turned his back on all of that.

He walked in his own path to develop his own style of cooking with fire.

I’ve had dinner with him twice at his restaurant, Los Fuegos, in Miami. He’s a very fascinating person, and he lives what I teach.

He has totally embraced this idea that I’ve been perpetuating now for a very long time — He totally lives it and embodies it in everything he does.

I’d recommend you check out the Netflix program, “Chef’s Table” (Season 1, Episode 3) to learn more about Francis Mallmann.

He has a quote I want to share with you that relates to the idea of personal freedom: 

“You don’t grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life… and it needs a lot of work and it needs lot of risk.”

“In order to grow and to improve, you have to be there ‘a bit on the edge of uncertainty.’”

When I heard him say that on the show, it rang a bell in the back of my head.

For years, my mentor basically said the same thing.

My mentor said: ”If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.”

Many authors I’ve studied have also talked about this idea of “living on the edge.”

What is the “edge” they’re referring to?

It’s the edge between success and failure.

Most people don’t live anywhere near that edge — because they’re raised with the idea of living safely.

But unless you’re living on that edge, no growth can take place in you.

Where is your “edge”?

Are you constantly challenging yourself to do things you’ve never done before?

You know you’re living on the edge when you do something that excites you but also makes you nervous. The fear is guiding you in the right direction. 

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How Do I Hold Myself Accountable?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

How do I keep myself accountable to my goals and deadlines I set? Should I hire a coach, or is there a way to do it myself?

Part of this is, I’m doing something I don’t really love to do. I have a family and responsibilities that aren’t going away. What I really want to do is educate people and help them change their lives.

Neagle Code Answer

People often ask me, “How do I control my mindset? How do I hold myself accountable?”

This question always indicates that a person is doing something they don’t want to do.

If you’re doing something you love and you WANT to do it — then you wouldn’t need to be “held accountable.” You would just get up every day, and do it. You’d do it to the best of your ability.

We only have this problem when we’re doing something we don’t want to do… OR if we’re afraid of it.

Which one is it for you? Is it something you don’t love? Or something you’re afraid of?

If you don’t love what you’re doing… ask yourself: “Why am I continuing to do something I don’t really love?”

Why can’t you do what you love AND meet your responsibilities?

Ask yourself: “What do I love to do?” Figure out how to bridge the gap between doing what you “have” to do and doing what you LOVE to do.

When we don’t have a passion in life that means everything to us — any fear will stop us.

When you pick the thing you love to do the most, you’ll crawl over a mountain to get it done. The courage and enthusiasm will show up, allowing you to conquer any fear.

When you’re doing something you love, you don’t need a coach to get past the fear.

If you really want to help people — find one person every day that you could help in some way. You can help them with absolutely anything.

You can do this without thinking about business, clients, customers, or charging anyone.

Start embracing this gift in all areas of your life. If you go to the gas station, ask someone, “Is there something I can do for you today to make your day great?”

Give people gifts, smile at them, tell them they look amazing. Over-tip someone. Find ways to be a benefit to every person you come in contact with.

You’re not doing it for acknowledgement. You’re doing it because that’s your purpose in life.

This will get you in touch with the side of yourself that you are suppressing — that says, “I can’t do what I love, because of all the responsibilities I have.”

If you really want to help people, it won’t matter what it is. Find people to help every day.

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Let go without losing control

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

You’ve often asked, “What are you resisting?”  Well, I’m resisting letting go of control. I know that in order to push my business where I want it to be, I need let go of control. I cannot do everything myself.

I’ve tried letting other people do things for me — but sometimes they don’t do what I expect them to do.

How do I let go of my need to control, without losing the integrity of my vision?

How do I let go of control, without settling for less than what I want?

Neagle Code Answer

Amazing question!!

There are certain things you let go of control of… and there are certain things you don’t.

It’s your business, so you have to give it direction.

You’re in control of the people you hire to do the job you expect them to do. You’re in control of holding them accountable for that.

You’re not in control of them doing the work. That’s where you give direction only.

Your direction needs to be clear and concise. When you hire someone, make sure you’re hiring a person who can do the job you need done.

What I typically find in people who have a control issue is — they subconsciously hire people whom they can control. They don’t hire people who are independent enough to take the direction, and who can do a better job than you’d do yourself.

As a business owner, think of yourself as a conductor of a symphony. You want the best symphony in the world. You’re looking for the best people who can play specific instruments you need to make your symphony really sing.

All you’re doing is directing everyone and keeping them in time, based on where the music is telling you to go.

The “music” is in us — it’s our dream, our goal, our vision.

You communicate your vision to everyone you hire, who plays the instruments in your company. You start to love it, because you have people who are masters at playing their instrument in your business. You’re directing where they’re going, so it’s all in harmony. The whole thing moves like a beautiful piece of music.

Also — don’t hire people who take things personally. Hire people who can handle criticism well.

When they make mistakes, you’ll need to correct them to help them improve. The idea is that they take the feedback and make the corrections — not get so offended by it that they can’t move on.

If you have a control issue, then when somebody makes a mistake, it makes you feel out of control.

So ask yourself: “How am I communicating with that person from my own insecurity?”

Always take responsibility for how someone else is showing up in YOUR business — and you’ll fix the problem completely.

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What are You Creating?

What are You Creating?

We’re all creative beings. You, me, your next-door neighbor, everyone…

In fact, God (or “Spirit,” or the universe) gave us the power to create. The universe itself is creative in nature.

The higher faculties of our intellect are designed to be creative.

The question is — what are you creating?

Are you creating a life you absolutely love?

…Or a life you’re just settling for? (or tolerating?)

We’re always creating something.

…Even if it’s just rearranging the living room.

Think for a moment what it’d be like to create a life you really desire, where you refuse to settle.

What does that look like?

It requires going after everything you want to BE, DO, or HAVE, with everything you’ve got in you — with full excitement and enthusiasm for life itself.

Does that describe you?

A great way to get better at creating the life you want, is to intentionally practice creating something each day.

Try it for 7 days.

List out 7 things you want to “be, do, or have.” On each of the 7 days, create one thing on your list — from start to finish. Do whatever it takes.

Challenge yourself to create all 7 things, even if they’re imperfect!

Make each item on your list simple and fairly easy, so you know you can follow through on it.

This will hone your ability to create the life you really you want.

(Many famous musicians, authors, and artists do this all the time.)

Creating something daily is an amazing habit to have. It allows spirit to flow through you on a consistent basis.

It’s in harmony with the intentional creative energy of the universe. (God or “Spirit” created everything…and we have that same power.)

When we create, we keep the energy of the universe moving through us on a regular basis. This allows us to receive new “downloads” of information on what to do next.

The more we do it, the more the “how” shows up.

The answer of “how” to do something, comes along with the download.

…But in order to get the downloads, we have to first make the decision that we’re going to create what we want.

(If we refuse to do that — then not only will we NOT get any new ideas, but the “how” won’t be revealed to us.)

So… what do you want to create?

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Do I have a Dark Side?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from Brian O.

Neagle Code Question

David… I’ve heard you mention the “Dark Side” MANY times over the last couple of months and I’m paying attention, but I still have confusion about what a “Dark Side” really is. Every time I hear it, I think it must be a bad side or an evil side of myself. Can you clarify please?

Neagle Code Answer

I’d be happy to explain!!

Human beings have a tremendous amount of creative power that can be consciously used in their life to create any life that they desire.

If we start with that frame and then think to ourselves, how many people don't create the life they desire, the question then becomes, “Why don't they?”

Where did this power go and how did they become so impotent in their own life that they can't actually create the life that they desire?

It actually is a power that gets suppressed by ideas that conflict with the higher side of ourselves.

Let me explain… the higher side of the human personality, or who we are at our core, is something that is tapped into Universal truth.

And what truth really does is allows us to live prosperously. It allows us to remove pain and suffering from our life to a great extent. It allows us to surround ourselves with magnificent people and magnificent situations and opportunities to really not only explore, but experience the grandeur of life and be a benefit to other people as well.

But when we are growing up and we're taught to suppress the true essence of who we are, it starts to form what we call The Dark Side. So, the Dark Side is like a mixing bowl in front of you. In it there is a combination of:

  • your greatest assets and power,
  • parts of you that you were told that were wrong,
  • parts of you that you were shamed about,
  • parts of you that you carry guilt about,
  • and tremendous secrets that we carry in life,

And unfortunately, most people don't think that they can let the dark side of themselves out because what will evidently happen is that people will reject them.

In essence, our Dark Side is the powerful TRUE side of ourselves that we were shamed for, ridiculed for, or made wrong for… and so we hid those pieces of ourselves in the dark and gave our greatest power away to someone else.

I’d love to shed light on YOUR Dark Side and help you tap into its power, which is why I’m hosting a FREE 60-minute training this week that I’ve titled, Tap Into The Power of Your Dark Side. CLICK HERE for the details!

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