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!


Mental Health Issues: Help Is Available

There are many people in our society who are experiencing mental health issues. Often, these people do not know where to turn to get help. This is an outstanding resource for those who suffer from mental illnesses. The struggle is real, but so is the help being offered by people who care.


Another Life Foundation

Another Life Foundation


Please feel free to add additional resources and links into the comments section below. Also distribute this resource and others to those in need of help.



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 am able to 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.
Gary A. McAbee
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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.

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.


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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

Vision: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Vision… an excerpt from the book:

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

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By definition, vision means we have been given the power to see what we will or may become a reality. It is called vision. We can use our vision to see victory. We can use our vision to see the results of activating our faith. We can use our vision to create if statements that have meaning and purpose. We can use our vision to dream about the possibilities of a brighter tomorrow. It should probably scare, and then excite us when we realize we really can see the future. It does not matter how far away we believe we are from the future we want. We can see our ultimate destination: success.

One of the greatest gifts given to man is our ability to imagine, and use what we “see” to create a vision. To be clear, I need to establish a clear distinction between the vision of the eyes (natural), and the vision of the mind (spiritual). These are two totally different things that can disrupt the process of success if they are not separated. Remember this fact: we cannot trust the natural vision we have from our eyes. It is created for us. On the other hand, we can trust the spiritual vision we have from our mind. It is created by us, a gift given to us from our Creator.

Wait what… we cannot trust what we see? This is 100% correct. For all the non-believers, I need to have you complete a short exercise. Use your natural vision (or imagination) to look (quickly) in the direction of the sun. How big does it appear to be? Now look up the real dimensions of the sun. The object you saw and thought you knew based on your natural vision is actually a lot larger than it appears to be. Your natural vision let you down in terms of identifying the true size of the sun. If it can let you down here, believe that it can, and does, let you down all the time.

Instead, we need to focus on the spiritual vision we create in our minds. This is the ability to create through our imagination anything we can conceive. It is a scary thought that we have the ability to put ourselves in any situation and visualize it over and over again. Yet this universal skill is right there for the taking. In fact, we use our spiritual vision all the time without even realizing it. Today, you visualized yourself doing something in your mind that was totally different than what you were actually doing. You might have seen something from yesterday. You might have seen an event in the future. Either way, you used your spiritual vision to see something that is not actually happening in the present moment…


Affirmation: My gift of spiritual vision will work to attract the resources readily available to achieve the ultimate victory I will attain.


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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

Dream: Defining Success, One Word at a Time

Dream… an excerpt from the book:

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



What exactly is a dream? When we think of dreams, we often 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 our 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 someone else, 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 about things 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 know in advance this dream will come true, I am sure we would start working on it immediately. Yet some still would not have enough belief that it will come true, even it is guaranteed to happen! This is equivalent to turning a definite victory into a defeat. It 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 concepts and tools that can be used to overcome this thinking.


Affirmation: I am a dreamer and I have the ability to turn my dreams into the victories I want to accomplish.


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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.


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Victory: Defining Success: One Word At a Time

Victory… an excerpt from the book:

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


I believe one of the greatest joys is when we successfully overcome an opponent, difficult situation, or challenge. At least, this is the way I feel when I achieve a level of success that I did not expect nor anticipate. For me these are special achievements and I consider each of them a victory. I thank God every day for small victories, because sometimes that is all that goes right in a given day. Major accomplishments take time, and finding your victory when pursuing major goals may be a prolonged wait. Unfortunately, sometimes the ultimate victory never comes along.

The road to success is littered with obstacles, hardships, and challenges that must be faced on a daily basis. If we are not careful, these hazards can slow us down or grind us to a halt. It happens every day. One of the coping mechanisms we can use to fight this is the concept of celebrating each and every victory. It does not matter how big or small the victory. Just be sure to celebrate it. Give yourself a pat on the back (it may be the only one you receive that day). Hidden in this idea is the ability to recognize when you have achieved a victory and how long to celebrate before you move on to the next challenge.

The only way to know when you achieve a victory is to have written down goals and milestones to reach those goals. Some go as far as creating daily to-do lists and then crossing off accomplishments upon completing tasks. These are small victories, and the celebration of theses feats is the physical act of crossing them out on paper. Now magnify this act tenfold. Write down goals and then break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Then you can knock them off, one at a time, until the larger goal is in reach. All along the way, celebrate each and every victory. These acts of self-praise will spur you on to greater actions…

Affirmation: I achieve victories both great and small because I am willing to pay the price for success every day.


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Kick Plates: A Story about Perception

A story about perception…

Years ago I worked in a big box retail store like your typical Walmart or Target. The store received weekly inspections, called visits, from the district manager. Their role was to check the store to make sure it was operating properly. Visits could include an inspection of everything: from the outside of the store to the sales floor, backroom, and offices. These visits should have been a good time to address and discuss what was going on in the store, both good and bad. However, these visits really consisted of trying to convince the district manager that all is well, while hiding everything that was going wrong in the store. As a result, this cat and mouse game occurred on a weekly basis.

Some store visits were considered more important than others. Usually the time of year, or amount of changes that needed to be made to the sales floor dictated the level of the visit. Visits after Christmas sets and during the holiday season were a big deal. Visits during back-to-school sales were a big deal. Visits when sales were sagging were a big deal. In this particular store, the management and employees were good. We were so good that we were on top of our game year round. It did not matter what was going on or the time of year. Everyone knew our store would be clean, neat, and organized.

We were completing a major store remodel because our store was selected to be a prototype for other stores companywide. This means we went through weeks of preparation, 12-15 hour workdays, for 7 days a week. Normally stores got 3-6 months to remodel. Not us. In one month, we were able to remodel the entire interior of the building while remaining open during normal business hours. It was a monumental task and an incredible achievement. On the day before a visit by upper-management to see what their prototype looked like, our district manager came by for a final visit.

Everything was immaculate. You could eat off the floors. Every shelf was clean and full of merchandise. Every clothing rack was sparkling and in perfect alignment. Every sign was in place and every fixture was brand-new. It looked like a brand new store that was opened for the first time. It was under these circumstances that it happened… kick plates.

Kick Plate

What are kick plates? Kick plates are those rectangular strips on the bottom of some doors. They can be brass, bronze, or chrome so when people kick them, a visible mark or smudge could be left behind. If you have ever noticed these things at the bottom of a door, you must be the most observant person on earth. To me, they are the most non-descript thing and the last thing I would ever notice when walking through a door. To the surprise of our store management team, after all of the work we put in and the incredible attention to detail we possessed, our district manager lectured us for 30 minutes about a smudge left behind on a kick plate!!!

He didn’t have anything else bad to say about the store. Everything else was perfect. However, he went ballistic over a smudge on a kick plate. You would have thought someone’s blood was smeared on a doorway! No it was a smudge on a kick plate that could have been left there five minutes before he saw it. There was NO WAY we could have been aware of everything, especially not a mark on the bottom of a doorway. I know you’re wondering, what is the significance of a small mark left on a kick plate? Let’s start with the reaction to the mark, and our reaction to that.

Our district manager rarely offered any praise for anything, but he was quick to levy criticism when something wasn’t right. Since our store was so good, his criticism was always focused on something small: a rack out of alignment, or merchandise on a top shelf not even across the top. It was these small criticisms that led to an erosion of our trust, and quite frankly, our affection for this man. In fact, it led to disdain and contempt for this man. I think if he would have provided more praise when thing were going good, we could have tolerated his ranting and raving about small, insignificant things.

Now he could have been trying to say that even the small things are significant and deserve our attention as well. Maybe that was his intention. But his words and actions did not indicate that he was trying to teach a lesson. Even if he was, his lesson did not take into account that some things are beyond your control and can’t be prepared for. We could not have someone stationed at the door to make sure no one left a smudge on a kick plate, especially when trying to monitor a very large building and the hundreds of employees and shoppers inside it.

I believe he was just that kind of person. He always looked for the darkness. He always searched for the mistake. He always pointed out the negative, even when there were positive signs all around. I think this is a special talent that a lot of people possess. They are able to focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right. I suppose this is some people’s way to identify and fix the problems they see. This is a good thing. However, when it is used to define another person’s actions, it can lead to resentment and hard feelings. In my book, Wake Up: 42 Ways to improve Black America Now, I summed it up in this way: surround yourself with positive people.

The next time you walk through a door, check to see if there is a shiny brass kick plate attached to the bottom. If said kick plate has a mark on it, ask yourself if it was intentionally left there, or merely overlooked by whoever is charge of monitoring the door. You may not be able to figure it out, but your answer could tell you a lot about your general outlook. Do you have a positive outlook or a negative outlook? An old question spells it out: is the glass half empty, or half-full?

May your kick plates shine all the time!!!