Four Mental Laws: Use ‘Em or Lose’Em

The laws we are all aware of are the laws created by man. However, there is another set of laws, given by God, that exist for our benefit. We should be aware of these mental laws. The mental laws exist, and they are timeless. They are keys to becoming successful and achieving goals for millions of people. In fact, as we study the highest achievers, we learn that they believe in these four mental laws and put them into practice. The four mental laws are a major part of their success. Once again, if we all learn and apply these concepts, they will lead to success.

 

The best ways to learn the laws that follow is the old-fashioned way: read the definition followed by an example. The reader should put some thought into each law and understand the power and impact of each concept. Then, the laws should be tested, either by putting in your own examples or looking out for the laws at work in the future.

 

Law of Attraction

 

The law of attraction means we can bring into existence the things we want in life. The law of attraction works like magnets. Two magnets will align and attach to each other on given sides based on their magnetism. The law works in various ways in life, but the concept remains the same: each person can get whatever they want in life. This should be read again. We all are “magnets” who can attract things.

 

LEARN TO ATTRACT POSITIVE THINGS TO SEE POSITIVE RESULTS!

 

Law of Practice

 

The law of practice means that true success requires constant practice. Practice means work. We must put in our fair share of work to become successful. This is a timeless principle that is etched in stone. Everyone, regardless of race, who has achieved any goal, has used this concept. The law of practice can be best described by using an old saying: “practice makes perfect.”

 

 PRACTICE AND YOU WILL SEE POSITIVE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY!

 

Law of Reciprocity

 

The law of reciprocity means what you give will come back to you abundantly. Giving is a concept that many African Americans do not understand. It is a powerful concept that we must tap into to become successful. Simply put, you get what you give.  Another way to look at this law is karma: what comes around goes around. We must remember two important points:

  • you should not give ONLY because you will get something in return; instead give for the sake of helping others.
  • you should not take from others and expect to get something in return; this never works.

 GIVE ABUNDANTLY TO BE REWARDED FOR PROVIDING SERVICE!

 

Law of Expectancy

 

The law of expectancy means whatever you expect will come to pass in your life. It is perhaps the most powerful of the four laws. If you have high expectations, you will seek ways to fulfill those expectations. On the other hand, if you have low expectations, you will seek ways to fulfill those expectations. The goal is to continually raise your expectations, then your mind will work toward making those expectations your reality.

 

EXPECT SUCCESS AND YOU WILL BECOME SUCCESSFUL!

 

 

Understand how to follow the mental laws! Use ’em or lose ’em!

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You Gotta Have GRIT

You Gotta Have GRIT

GRIT

Grit can be defined as determination. It is so important that it needs more explanation than a simple definition can offer. GRIT is not only determination, but also determination in the face of insurmountable obstacles. In this life, we all face problems that will appear to be impossible to overcome. We all face daunting challenges. We all face difficulties that look like the end of the road is near. GRIT is what keeps us going despite these burdens.

GRIT is tied to faith. Faith is the belief that things are, or will be, better than they look now. Faith sees what is possible, not what is current. Obstacles and challenges look like victories and successes when we apply faith to our situation. GRIT helps our faith while we work toward the outcomes we believe will happen.

GRIT is tied to perseverance. Perseverance is the ability to press on in the face of difficulty. Perseverance allows us to take the next step forward, even though it may lead to another challenge. Perseverance helps us to meet the next challenge, and work toward a successful outcome. GRIT is the substance of perseverance, the ability to survive and advance.

GRIT is tied to patience. Patience is required when the results we seek are delayed. Sometimes in life there is no immediate gratification. Instead, we can wait for extended periods of time before we achieve the success we seek. GRIT allows us to be patient, while the work we put in starts to show tangible results.

GRIT is tied to passion. Passion is the desire to chase or pursue. Passion requires strong desire, even when it is difficult or challenging to continue. Passion allows us find that spark, and then use that spark to move forward. GRIT fills the void when passion declines and needs an injection of enthusiasm.

GRIT is tied to motivation. Motivation toward a positive result requires positive thoughts and actions. We are always motivated. Motivation to achieve great things in the face of hardships requires constant reinvention and reflection. We may not always be motivated to keep going. GRIT is the fuel behind our motivation when it pushes us beyond what we think we are capable of achieving.

 

If you want to push yourself to the limit…

If you want to overcome challenges and hardships…

If you want to recover from setbacks and heartbreaks…

If you want to improve your life…

If you want to achieve greater success…

 

You gotta have GRIT.

I created the Motivation for the World blog to have a powerful voice and positive impact. The articles posted are for all people who are seeking better results, self-improvement, and life-changing success. Along with my other blog, Wake Up/Rise Up, I get people talking about issues that affect us all.
I am the proud author of three self-help books: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now!, the follow-up Rise Up! 42 Additional Ways to Improve Black America Now! , and Defining Success: One Word at a Time.
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Six Year Anniversary: Motivation for the World Blog by Gary A. McAbee

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My Motivation for the World blog turns six!

Six years, 77 blog posts, and thousands of readers and page views. Thank you!

In celebration of this accomplishment, here is a list of my top ten blog posts with links.

This is Motivation for the World! Enjoy…

 

Develop and Use the IT Factor

Personal Declaration of Independence

When Life Gives You Lemons

You Might as Well Excel

The Quintessence of a Role Model

Do You Have a Positive Mental Outlook?

My Favorite Poem: Don’t Quit

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do

Kick Plates: A Story About Perception

Defining Success: One Word At a Time

 

 

My Moses Complex

Promised Land

In my life I have taught many students how to lead more productive and successful lives. My books about self-motivation and self-determination have been read by many adult learners seeking to improve their lives. The inspirational quotes and motivational prints I have created have been used by many people looking for a daily dose of encouragement and support. The advice I have given has empowered many individuals to persevere instead of giving up. In short, I have provided motivation for the world, one person at a time. I believe I have led a lot of people to their Promised Land.

Despite this, I have an eerie feeling that I am supposed to watch people cross over into the Promised Land, but I am not supposed to cross over with them. I call this my Moses Complex. If you know the story of Moses, you know that he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Along the way, he fought for the Israelites. He received the Ten Commandments and taught the Israelites. He led the Israelites through the wilderness to the Promised Land. Yet he was not allowed to enter with them. Instead, when his earthly duties were completed, he was taken up into heaven.

I don’t want this comparison to be misconstrued. I am not Moses, nor am I a leader of his magnitude. However, I do think my life has elements of Moses’ story and his “journey.” Just like Moses, I think I have been called to lead people to their Promised Land. Moses answered a call that encouraged him to become a leader. I answered a call that encouraged me to become a teacher. Moses had doubts about his ability to lead. I had doubts about my ability to lead. Moses motivated and inspired people to move forward against all odds. I motivate and inspire people to move forward against all odds. Moses saw the Promised Land, but did not cross into it. I saw the Promised Land…

Here is where my confusion lies. Am I going to enter the Promised Land, or am I on this earth to be the conduit that allows others to get there? Sometimes it feels like I will never get there. My Promised Land is out of reach. I am sure this is a “normal” feeling. Like many people, I am my own worst critic and I allow self-doubt to take control far too often. On the other hand, sometimes it feels like my Promised Land is my ability to help and serve others. So maybe I am already there! This is another aspect of my Moses Complex.

There are various complexes that psychologists claim can explain many human behaviors. We have heard of the Oedipus (forbidden sexual desires) complex, the Napoleon (lack of size or stature) complex, and the Superman (unhealthy sense of responsibility) complex. But is there a Moses complex? I did a little research to find out. It turns out that there is a Moses Complex, and I am not the only one who thinks about it. I stumbled upon a blog post by Dean Waggenspack that summarizes the Moses Complex perfectly (I encourage you to read it here). One line in particular stood out for me…

“But because Moses has the knowledge, experience, insight and leadership role it should be apparent to all others that they should follow him.” (Waggenspack, 2012)

This my friends is where my hang up lies. It is the core of my Moses Complex. People tell me that my teaching and writings is great- knowledge. I have been told I have a good combination of abilities and expertise- experience. I have people who trust me enough to ask me for advice and seek inspiration- insight. I have been put in countless positions where I have needed to guide and direct people and their decision-making processes- leadership. Therefore, “it should be apparent to all others that they should follow (me).”

The irony in all of this is we never know how many people actually “follow” our lead. It is impossible to know, especially in today’s social media driven society. Sure we can check our “likes” and “followers”, but how can we determine how many people take and apply the things we have to offer. For example, who knows what impact their generosity has on others? A wise woman once said if we knew the true impact we have on others, our heads would explode! So I guess it is best we don’t know. In my case…

  • Do I have a million “followers”?
  • Are people in countries around the world actively reading my blog posts?
  • How many people bought one of my books and referred it to one of their friends?
  • Is one of my motivational prints hanging in a frame in someone’s home or office?
  • What happened after someone used my advice and it worked for them?

If I knew the answers to these questions, maybe I could shed my Moses Complex. Maybe I am meant to show the way, but not to actually get to the Promised Land. Maybe I am meant to enter with those I am helping on their journey. Maybe I am already in the Promised Land. Maybe my head is about to explode!

 

Reference:

Waggenspack, D. (2012, December 12). Teaching– The Moses Complex [Blog Post]. Retrieved from https://deanwaggenspack.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/teaching-the-moses-complex/

2017 If… In 2018

2017 If… In 2018

 

In 2017, if you walked by sight, try walking by faith in 2018.

In 2017, if you thought about the negative, try accentuating the positive in 2018.

In 2017, if you spoke hard times into existence, try declaring life into every situation in 2018.

In 2017, if fear dominated you in any way, try summoning courage to overcome all challenges in 2018.

In 2017, if you asked man for advice, try asking God for revelation in 2018.

In 2017, if you stood in your own way, try entering onto a new and different path in 2018.

In 2017, if you lost your direction, try refocusing to move forward in 2018.

In 2017, if you gave up, try persevering and persisting in 2018.

In 2017, if you accepted losing a battle or war, try declaring victory over all hardships in 2018.

In 2017, if you felt inferior or unworthy, try believing in yourself and your God-given talents in 2018.

For more motivation and inspiration in 2018, visit Motivation for the World by Gary A. McAbee. Gary is an author, motivational speaker, and mentor.

Defining Success: One Word At a Time

Defining Success: One Word At a Time

by  Gary A. McAbee

 

Now Available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle

Synopsis:

The road to success can be a long, arduous journey. It is a journey that needs a step-by-step, clearly defined strategy to arrive at the final destination. To accomplish this goal, Gary A. McAbee has laid out a series of success principles, carefully placed in a logical order, which can lead to greater success. These principles have been used consistently by many of the highest achievers in our society. If they can use these concepts to reach success, then they can also be used by everyone to achieve victory.

The book Defining Success: One Word at a Time starts with defining and visualizing the end result: victory. From there, concepts like faith, passion, knowledge, and patience are introduced to the reader as building blocks toward success. Finally, the book ends with an all-encompassing definition of success. This definition, like all of the success keywords before it, includes the previous concepts outlined in this book.

Projects, known as Call-to-Action exercises, are located throughout the book as samples that can be used to supplement the success keywords. In essence, these exercises serve as written examples that allow the reader to work toward success. By completing projects such as The Success Book, Goal Worksheet, and Define Your Success, the success keywords and the concepts associated with each project come to life.

Defining Success: One Word at a Time serves as a road map to success. Make no mistake about it; the road to success can be daunting. Yet this book, along with the teachings and exercises it contains, is the ultimate guide to producing greater results. It is a guide book to reach the ultimate goal: higher achievement and greater success!

Book Release Update

Defining Success: One Word At a Time,

written by Gary A. McAbee

Anticipated Release: Summer 2017

 

The First Word: Victory: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

Chapter 3: If: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 15: Perseverance: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 16: Luck: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 17: Failure: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 18: Integrity: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 19: Focus: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Chapter 20: Patience: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

The Last Word: Success: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

 

Contact Information for Gary A. McAbee

Website: www.motivationfortheworld.com

Blog: https://motivationfortheworld.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garymcabee

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Email: gary@motivationfortheworld.com

 

Patience: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Patience… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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Just in case you have not noticed, the success process outlined in this book will require a lot of patience. Patience can be thought of by looking at two words: ability and willingness. You have the ability to be patient. By definition, patience includes the ability to hold back your desire when it is delayed. The question is whether or not you have the willingness to wait. This is the choice patience demands from all of us on a daily basis. We know possibilities victory holds, and we understand how to see them through our dreams and vision. We also know the success process may require perseverance and failure. When we put it all together, do we have enough patience to go through the steps regardless of how long it may take to see success?

We live in a world where instant gratification rules. We want everything now. In fact, most of us want everything yesterday because today is already too late. While speed works in many arenas, chances are it will not work as we pursue whatever measure of success we are seeking. This is because success requires a step-by-step process, and this process can take a lot longer than we are willing to wait. I believe this is one of the major reasons why more people do not experience victory and success on a daily basis. It takes too long! I strongly suggest that you get used to waiting and embrace it to some degree as well. Success requires perseverance and patience. There is no secret formula.

Unfortunately, it is rare that tremendous success comes quickly. We tend to believe that successful people arrive at their destination overnight. Our society paints a picture that says we do not have to pay our dues to become more successful. We only see the victory of successful people, but do not see the process they used to find success. We hear things about people who get ahead: they have the right connections, or they have so much luck because they get all the breaks. While this does happen occasionally, in reality their road to success may have taken many years before it became a reality. Their road required some level of patience that is usually unseen by the outside world.

I believe the amount of patience we are willing to display is a direct correlation to the value of the success we seek. Simply put, if it is that important, you will wait with some degree of patience while you work toward making your dreams become reality. Building your patience requires a lot of… patience! It also requires a thorough understanding that patience is a process itself, and it is also a part of the larger process of success. Now that you know, you must fight against the urge to expect things today. Hold off instant gratification. Instead, set realistic expectations and use patience, even if things do not appear quickly as we wish.

 

Affirmation: I believe in the process of becoming more successful through patience and faith that my victory is within reach.

 

The Last Chapter (21): Success… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous Chapter (19): Focus: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 18: Integrity: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 17: Failure: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 16: Luck: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 15: Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Luck: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Luck… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Luck

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

 

For the first time in this book, I am going to contradict everything we believe we know about one of our keywords. The word in question is luck. For the sake of uniformity, we will analyze the definition of the word first, and then change it. The difference in the way we study this keyword is the need to redefine the word so we can use on our journey toward victory and success. Once we redefine luck, I hope you will either take a second look at what you call luck or remove the word from your vocabulary altogether.  So let’s begin with the definition of luck: a force that brings good fortune or adversity.

What is this so-called force that brings either good news or bad news in the form of luck? How can you harness the power of this force to bring about fulfillment of your dreams and vision? Neither question can truly be answered because we do not truly know where, or when this mystical force will appear in our lives. We do not know if it will arrive as a blessing or a curse. We do not know when good luck will strike, nor do we know when bad luck will strike. So why do we use this word at all, especially if it brings a sense of fear instead of courage?

I think we use the word luck to explain or give meaning to the events in our lives. When things are going well, we can say we are having good luck. Since most people want good luck, why is it so difficult to remain on a lucky streak, even when we make an effort to prolong our good fortune? When things are not going well, we can say we are having bad luck. Since most people want to avoid bad luck, why is it so difficult to break an unlucky streak, even when we make an effort to end our bad fortune? I strongly suggest forgetting about trying to figure your so-called luck. Instead, change the way you think about luck entirely.

In preparation for one of the most dynamic concepts in this book, remember that success is not an accident; it is a planned process that will work for you! Now that you know remember this, here is another way to look at luck...

Luck” = Opportunity + Risk

Understand that you are presented with numerous opportunities every day. The first thing you should do is learn how to recognize them. Maybe you had a dream, and then it seemed to manifest itself in real-life. Maybe you had a thought, and someone said something similar (or even your exact thought) during a conversation. Maybe you had an idea, and putting it on paper started to draw the necessary resources to make it happen. These are all examples of opportunities, and they present themselves to all of us constantly if we use our vision effectively…

As a final thought, I believe this is why the concept of luck is misunderstood. Not enough people put in the required work to reap the benefits associated with creating luck. Not enough people identify opportunities. Not enough people take calculated risks. Despite this, the good news is if we hold on to our new definition of luck (opportunity + risk), we will achieve victory and become more successful and… lucky!

 

Affirmation: I choose to make my own good luck based on pursuing both opportunities and calculated risks.

 

 

Next Chapter (17): Failure… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous Chapter (15): Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 14: Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

 

Perseverance: Motivation for the World, One Person at a Time

Perseverance… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Perseverance

Perseverance is one of those nebulous terms that mean different things for different people. The true definition is to go on in spite of opposition. Opposition can also mean delay: your dreams, vision, and goals are all being delayed, so how long will you persevere? I firmly believe that people misunderstand perseverance because they do not properly associate as something associated with timing. The most common theme that runs with the concept of perseverance is knowledge of when to give up versus understanding of when to hang in there. I guess we can say it is an awareness of what you consider your pain threshold. How much discouragement, opposition, and delay can you take mentally and physically? Simply put, only you know when enough is enough, except when you don’t know when enough is enough!

Boxers step into a ring with supreme confidence until they get hit. Then, they realize they are in a fight! If they are losing the fight, they know they have to do something to make a comeback, or at least hang in there until they can recover. But what happens when the hits keep coming? At some point, the question of perseverance shows up in one way or another. Can they achieve their victory when it seems so far away? Put yourself in this position. I am sure your thoughts would be about survival, fighting back, or accepting defeat. Only you know where you are in that thought-process as the hits keep coming. Sure, you think you would make the right decision, but how many times have we seen boxers knocked silly because they hung in there too long?

Perseverance is a learned behavior that you must quantify. In other words, we need to put some form of time-limit on our ability to persevere. This has nothing to do with actual time. Going back t the boxing analogy, our boxer friend does not say he will last until 2:32 of round 8. Instead, he might say I can only hold out for a few more hits provided I cannot make a comeback. He can’t put a specific time on giving up, because things may change. He might be able to land a punch and change the fight in an instant. By the way, so can you! Just when you think you can no longer persevere, it happens! You are back on your feet and your come back and road to victory has begun.

This is a direct result of you knowing when enough is enough, except when you don’t know. I cannot (and should not) tell you if and when to give-in because I do not know you! You are a complex being who possesses a unique set of talents and abilities. Your levels of perseverance are different than mine, regardless of the situation, current status, or our stations in life. Again, this is one of those simple concepts when you read it, yet it can be so challenging to put into practice in our daily routines. We must be able to create some universal guidelines for perseverance that could potentially lead to success.

I will let you in on a secret; I put something here on your road to success. This book was laid out with perseverance purposely placed in this spot. The reason for this is the ease in which people tend to give up. It is easier to give up instead of going forward, especially if going forward requires enduring some form of distress. This is why you must define your success by starting with your eventual victory in mind. From there, build faith, start to dream and develop your vision. The objective is to be so thoroughly invested in the previous steps, that perseverance will be easier and maybe even unnecessary. I cannot tell you when to persevere or how long to persevere. I can only tell you to follow the process in the midst of opposition as you build your definition of success!

 

Affirmation: I persevere so that I can overcome all challenges on the way to becoming more successful each day.

 

 

 

Next Chapter (16): Luck… an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Previous Chapter (14): Work: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 13: Risk: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 12: Knowledge: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 11: Character: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 10: Courage: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 9: Fear: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 8: Motivation: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 7: Goal: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 6: Passion: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 5: Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 4: Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time