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.




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.”




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.



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.





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


You Gotta Have GRIT

You Gotta Have 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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Gary A. McAbee
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Six Year Anniversary: Motivation for the World Blog by Gary A. McAbee


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!



Waggenspack, D. (2012, December 12). Teaching– The Moses Complex [Blog Post]. Retrieved from

Passion: Defining Success, One Word at a Time


Passion… an excerpt from the book:

Defining Success: One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee



The word passion has several different meanings that evoke strong reactions. My initial reaction to hearing the word is to think of something related to romance. This idea is not incorrect, because passion as it relates to romance is the same as it relates to success. We can also use the definition of passion as a strong desire to achieve victory. It includes all of the components we will use as Motivation for the World. Passion also means knowing what field or vocation you want to be in to make your dreams come true. Let us start firs with passion as a means to accomplish great things.

I believe nothing of major significance has ever been completed without a strong desire to something great. The desire to be great is not an accident. Victory is not achieved by chance. It begins with faith, and the belief that success will come if we state exactly what we want. Then that dream that aligns itself with the right vision. Passion is the spark that continues the process of creating the finished product. Passion has to be involved in every step going forward. If not, the creative processes we all possess will be in constant conflict as we move toward success.

Passion needs to be injected in various stages of the success process you will learn in this book. As a teaser, I will share how passion must take its rightful place during these critical concepts, starting with creating goals. Completing a substantial goal requires a heavy dose of passion and enthusiasm. Goal setting is not the most exciting thing to do, especially when the end results seem so far away. This is why passion always helps; in fact, it can never hurt when setting goals! I sincerely hope that you will remember this as you complete the next call-to-action exercise.

Passion is needed when it is time to build our knowledge base. Success requires embarking on a journey of continuous knowledge and reinvention. Again, this is not the most glamorous part of the process, so an injection of passion will help. Seriously, who like to do extensive research when there are a million better things to do? Not many people, but everyone who wants to achieve any victory has to engage in some sort of self-paced and self-guided study. I call this doing the dirty work that many people never do. Congratulations if you are the one who can do this without much motivation. For everyone else, add a little passion while building your knowledge base.


Affirmation: I will find my passion and use my God-given abilities to pursue the outcome I desire.


Next Chapter (7): Goal… an excerpt from the book: Defining Success, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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

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

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

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

Chapter 1: Victory: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

If: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

If… an excerpt from the book:

Defining Success: One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee




In my opinion, if is one of the most important words in the English language. By definition, it causes us to suppose that something may happen. It is an uncertainty, a possibility that may or may not come to pass. It puts us on notice that we can expect an outcome, but that outcome is not guaranteed to work in our favor or the way we want it to be. Knowing exactly what if means unlocks potential when we apply it to an outcome we would like to see in the future.

If is a word that provides an opportunity. By putting the opportunity down on paper, it can lead to victory. This occurs because using the possibilities associated with if activates our faith. Through the activation of faith, we will begin to seek ways to make our possibilities become reality. This is how the brain works. So I am saying that using if to start the process of victory will activate the faith necessary to achieve a desired outcome. We need to get work using if immediately to unlock the power of what is possible.

One technique I have learned about is writing if statements. If statements are declarations that start with the word if, and they point toward a possible future outcome. By putting these statements together, we put our brain on notice that we are seeking a specific outcome. In other words, we give our minds a target to focus on. Once the brain has clear directions, it will naturally focus on those directions and draw the necessary thoughts and resources in pursuit of that end result. This does not guarantee success, but it does improve the odds of success dramatically. As an example, let’s look at a few of my if statements…

  • If this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
  • If I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
  • If the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.

Now we are going to get to work by changing the way that we use the word if. Instead of saying if, we are going to replace it with when. The reason for this is the word if refers to a possibility or potential outcome. There is nothing wrong with using if to describe what is possible. It starts the process of thought. By definition whatever is attached to the word if has not manifested itself in real-life yet. We want to see the results we want by using a word replacement technique. “When” is a word that also points to an outcome, but this word means the outcome is expected or will happen. So replacing if (possibility) with when (certainty) also changes the way we think about a situation.

Let’s look at my “if” statements and change them into “when” statements…

  • If this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
    • When this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
  • If I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
    • When I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
  • If the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.
    • When the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.

An amazing thing happens when we use if statements, and it gets even better when we use when statements as a replacement. This process activates our brain to seek what we call into existence. The process starts with thinking about the outcome. Next, we visualize the outcome and what it would look like in the natural world. We go on to build excitement about the outcome. Finally, we pursue the outcome to make it become reality. This method of thought and action will continue until it is realized or we make a conscious decision to give up or start over.

Affirmation: I have the God-given power to make my dreams become a reality.




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Faith: Defining Success, One Word At a Time

Faith… an excerpt from the book:

Defining Success, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee


In the Book of Hebrews, faith is defined as: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. What this means is simple: you have to have faith to believe that things can, and will happen, even when it looks as if they are impossible. This is when many people lose what it means to be faithful. They can’t see the results they want, so they believe that they are not attainable. They believe they cannot achieve a victory. Nothing is farther from the truth.

Being faithful means to know and anticipate things that will come your way. Faith will bring you the things you want. It is critical to understand that having faith is an element of all creation. Creation requires starting with nothing, and using our innate ability to see the outcome we want in our mind. We have already seen this concept in action by using affirmations. A starting point is to write and recite your affirmations to state your current situation and build your faith for a better future. Affirmations are one of many actions that must be completed as we start to work toward successful outcomes.

Although we will address the concept of work later, it is critical to link work to the ability to activate and cultivate faith to create. The Bible in the Book of James says: faith without works is dead. Unfortunately for some, faith and work are two ideas that do not go together. However, it is important to tie faith and work together. First of all, it takes faith: an unwavering belief that we can live up to our unlimited potential. Second, it takes work: a burning desire to do whatever it takes to achieve what we want. This powerful combination is a force, ordained by God, that can’t be prevented or stopped. When we start to understand this, we will be able to move toward success.

Faith does not walk by sight, it walks by possibilities. This is why we must be trained to affirm our current situation in the most positive light. Faith has NOTHING to do with your perceived lack. Instead, it focuses on the future that you can’t see. It focuses on opportunities not yet realized in the natural world. It focuses on our God-given ability to produce results beyond our wildest dreams as a child. It focuses on victory! Seeing production requires the activation of our faith. We have already seen affirmations. Soon, we will complete an exercise that will make you think about your wildest dreams and write them down. By doing so, you will activate your faith and begin the journey toward success.

Affirmation: I walk by faith because I believe God has a plan and a purpose for my life.


Next post: If… an excerpt from the book: Defining Success, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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Wish Upon A Star: What is Your Dream?

… an excerpt for the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World: One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

What exactly is a dream? When we think of dreams, we think of the visions and fantasies experienced while sleeping. These images have both fascinated and puzzled mankind throughout human history. However, as it relates to Motivation for the World, we need to use the definition that refers to aspirations as the concept that makes a clear distinction between our nighttime dreams and our success related dreams. Did you notice the definition of dream used here has the words goal and aim attached to it?

We want on focus on dreams that we create by using our conscious mind in order to start the creative process. These dreams go through a filter to determine whether or not they are achievable or unrealistic. I believe we think about the dreams we believe we can achieve, and allow the unrealistic dreams to sit in far corners of the mind. The dreams you think about the most are attainable! The things you give your attention to can become a reality. These are the dreams that should go from thought, to action, to reality. The process of making this happen starts with belief that we can achieve victory.

Is it just me, or does this sound too good to be true? Our society has us brainwashed into believing success is tucked away in some place far away that the “average” person can never find. Success belongs to them, not us. So, we should be happy just to get through this life by merely squeaking out an existence. Nothing is farther from the truth! You have already been introduced to the concept of victory. You have explored the power of faith. Through using if and when, you have the capability to dream a lot bigger than your current existence. You have the ability to think without limits, and then attract those thoughts until they become a reality.

What is your wildest dream? If we knew in advance this dream will come true, I am sure we would start working on it immediately. If not, then we do not have enough belief that it will come true, even though we know it will happen! This is a perfect example of the limits we place on ourselves. We limit our ability to dream! We limit our ability to have faith! Those of us who cannot muster up enough faith to believe a dream will come true have a major roadblock to overcome on the road to success. Thankfully, there are endless supplies of tools that can be used to overcome this thinking.

… the exercise we will complete is called Wish Upon a Star. It will be the easiest task I will ask you to complete, but for some it will be very difficult to do. The reason for this has already been explained: we dream like a child, and then we rationalize our current or future situation like an adult. We lose our childhood dreams because of our false perception of reality. We only see things we think are possible and shut off our visions of achieving the impossible. However, If we take a stand by completing our first exercise, then the self-imposed limits we place on ourselves will be taken away.


This is a call-to-action so let’s get started!

  • On a sheet of paper, write the title Wish Upon a Star at the top of the page (download available here:)

Wish Upon A Star- by Gary A. McAbee’s Motivation for the World

  • Next, write a list of things you will accomplish (at least 5).
  • Do not continue reading this book until you have a list. Once completed, hang this list on a wall, carry it with you, or put it in a memory book.
  • Remember to review this list daily and start to work every day to make your dreams come true.


Motivation for the World: one person at a time!