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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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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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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How Do I Find My Purpose?

How Do I Find My Purpose?

For the past 20 years, one of the most popular and common questions I’ve gotten is: “What’s my purpose?”

People ask me this all the time.

“What was I put here to do? How do I find my purpose? How do I step into my purpose?”

It almost gets to the point of a dysfunctional obsession… where they can’t think of anything else. They’re like, “I've gotta find my purpose, I’ve gotta find my purpose…”

The answer is not hard.

In fact, our purpose is not something we need to “find” to begin with.

We’re already in our purpose right now.

No matter what you’re doing or experiencing in your life right now — you’re already in your purpose.

You might be thinking, “How could that be? I don’t even like what I’m doing. I’m not making the money I want to make. I’m living in fear. I have anxiety, pain, or sickness. I have trouble in my relationships. I have dreams that I want to pursue, but no idea how to get there…”

“So how could I possibly be in my purpose?”

Here’s the truth:

Whatever you’re doing or experiencing right now, at this point in your life, is absolutely required for you to make a different decision today or tomorrow to do what you were put here to do.

In fact, everything that’s already happened in your life up to this point was 100% essential to get you to where you are right now.

All of your experiences shaped you in some way, and taught you something that you need to understand, in order to move forward.

I suggest you take a pen and paper, and spend several hours reflecting over your life, and everything you’ve learned.

Most people have never examined their own life. Nor have they put much thought into what all of their experiences have taught them.

I encourage you to do this. Think about what you’ve learned throughout your life, what you’d like to change, and what’s needed to move yourself in a different direction.

Going through this process will reveal any changes you want to make in your life.

And remember… you’re already in your purpose.

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“Accurate Thinking”

Of the 17 Laws of Success that Napoleon Hill wrote about, the number one law most people overlook is “Accurate Thinking.”  The major reason for this becomes apparent when you begin to study human behavior.  “Accurate Thinking”  can only be accomplished if one is to learn to think accurately.  Not only are most individuals never taught how to do this, their egos actually resist having to make this personal change.  The average adult has a very difficult time accepting the idea that they don't think accurately.  Interestingly enough, the more education and success they have managed for themselves the more ego that is usually built up and the more they resist these ideas.

I have witnessed many people who have paid for an expensive education (attaining various levels of success) meet terrible trouble once they are on their own in an entrepreneurial venture.  The reasons for this are often explained by the entrepreneur pointing out what “circumstance” brought down his/her business.

With the EGO in control they hold tightly to their story and continue their downward spiral until they either change or become so frustrated and overwhelmed they quit.  What's fascinating is another person can experience the same OR WORSE set of circumstances and not only does is not bring down their business, but it's used as a launching pad for even greater success.

When you break from the bondage of an employer and decide to follow your own path, you must understand that your success depends on a completely different set of rules than you played by before.  The new path that you are on is filled with new decisions and the way you make these new decisions must come from this new form of “Accurate Thinking.”  Prior to this, your decision making process was almost entirely based on weighing facts and circumstances ONLY and then making seemingly logical decisions based on prior knowledge.  This knowledge came from the rules you had previously been told as truths for your life.

One of the most troublesome decisions a person must make is when money is involved.  Usually it is the lack of money that is the problem.  It looks something like this:

The lack (or limit) of money a person has in their possession is a hard fact to them.  Yet they are attempting to follow their dream and whenever a person does this they are met with various opportunities that are essential to the fulfillment of the dream.  What is not understood is each opportunity requires the person to step into an uncomfortable place and overcome whatever challenge keeps pressing their situation.  In all cases, you are presented with the same challenge, though it may appear to come in different forms. If you look closely you will see the core of the problem is the same.

When the problem is money and it controls your decisions, you are not following the spirit within you, rather you are following a limited situation BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OVERCOME THE SITUATION.  This requires a new kind of thinking –  “Accurate Thinking.”  To acquire “Accurate Thinking,” you must learn not only the concepts behind it, but you must experience it and integrate it into who you are as a person.  Now ask yourself this very important question.  When opportunity to advance  comes your way what is the underlying cause of your decision to either do it or not do it?  The universe will give you whatever you ask for but if you ask from a place of lack you will never get what you want or need.  The success you want is real, the wealth you desire is really here for you and everything you need to help bridge the gap between where you are right now and where you want to go is being presented to you everyday.  If you are thinking accurately you will see it.

Is Your Work Worthy of You?

What is the real trade you make for the work you do?  It's pretty obvious we are trading our time and our talents in exchange for money when we are employed by a company.

But do we ever consider the real trade being made? You might be be saying to yourself, “What else am I trading?” Do you realize every second of every day you spend working is time gone forever? You never get that time back – you have traded the only life you have for it.

Now I realize most of the world has bought in to the idea we need to work and I agree.  It is necessary for people to earn money to maintain the standard of living of their choice.  But do you realize how many people are working just for the money?  In many cases, they don't like what they do and they don't particularly like the people they work with either.

Ask yourself this important question: “If it was not for the money, would I continue to do what I am doing? If your answer is “YES!” then you probably love your work.  But if your answer is “NO” then  you should start to give some serious consideration to what you would love to do.

I believe that our personal work should always bring us great satisfaction.  If you love your work you give the best of yourself and it shows.  You can create a worth while product or service that will truly benefit humanity.  Have you ever noticed how all of the talents human beings possess benefit others?

If you love your work every day becomes an absolute joy.  It's true – you will still have some problems and challenges.  Those are good because those challenges cause us to grow.  Without challenges everything would pretty much stay the same and the world would be a very boring place to live.

Take some time to explore the idea of what you would love to do.  Don't spend one second thinking of why you can't do it – just let yourself begin to dream again.  I believe every person has something special deep inside that they would love to do with their life, and they were either never taught to explore that side of their soul or somebody squashed it in the past.  Maybe the fear of failure has stopped you from pursuing your dream? Maybe the fear of what others would think about your dream has stopped you?  Realize this – you are an incredible person and the very fact that you can dream of doing something is verification you can do it.

You would not be able to conceive of an idea if it were not possible – this is the great secret of success!

You might think to yourself, “How can you say that?  You don't even know me?” You're right – I don't know you, but I know what created you, and you were given UNLIMITED potential.  Because you have such awesome potential, wouldn't it seem a bit more logical the world you choose should be worthy of you?  I think it should.

Many people have had past experiences that have created emotional blocks, which makes it difficult for a person to dream or succeed.  These blocks can be removed so you can achieve greater and greater success.  Your life can (and should be) the wonderful masterpiece it was created to be, however you must believe it can be that way.

Make sure everything you do is worthy of YOU!!

Belief, Perception & Reality…

I just had a great conversation with a friend who was telling me about some business associates who have had a complete turn around on their dream.

A few months ago, they were enthusiastic and on fire for their future. Unfortunately, they didn't keep their  mental doors locked and something negative slipped in.

All failure begins this way. People have wonderful hopes for their dreams and goals, and when their circumstances suggest something different, (such as an obstacle or lack of result)  the perceived difference becomes the initial seed of failure.

Being unaware of how this process destroys the dreams of countless people, they fall victim to its seduction.

Take a look at what happens and how this process works:

We all have two parts in our thinking – one is our dream or goal, and the second is the belief that it might not happen. This is where most people start out.

Next, something begins to spark them into moving on the dream, and they take some sort of action for a period of time.

Not having a full understanding of the Laws of Success, they are actually moving in the direction of their dream with a great deal of ignorance. Ignorance is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as a person stays open to what he/she must learn along the way.  The problem is many individuals are not open to growth & change.  They experience a point of failure.

This is the point in their journey where moving forward becomes to painful or fearful, and a person usually chooses to stay safe.  Being unaware of how success works, it is also the point where if a person did move forward, they would begin to see the bigger win they are hoping for.

Your beliefs control your perception of everything in your world, which in turn creates your reality.  If you want to change your reality you must use new information to change your beliefs AND your perception. Until you see things differently, you will continue to makes choices that keep you where you are.  Eventually, you will give up on your dreams.

Hey – in my opinion, if you are not living life on the edge you are taking up too much room.

Have a great week because you deserve it!!