Sunday, September 19, 2010

Three Steps for Getting Power from Quotes

Hero School's Three Steps for Getting Power from Quotes

"Man lives not by bread only, but by words." - Tiger Todd

Quotes are everywhere. They can console us. They can inspire us. And they can even motivate us. But most of the time they just sit there and do nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Just more advice from old people or dead people. Super.

So what's the point?

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” - Henry David Thoreau

I want more. In fact, I expect moreI don't need some stinkin' quote that was spoken or written by someone who has been dead for a century-or-more to just sit there and do nothing! If quotes are so powerful, why am I not experiencing any of that power?

"But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." - The Book of Hebrews

What if we could experience power from quotations simply by mixing them with something else, like when flour, sugar, milk, and baking powder are combined with eggs to produce cake, or when two-parts Hydrogen is combined with one-part Oxygen to make rain? Even though each ingredient contains its unique properties and latent power, each will also continue to sit alone in the kitchen or the cosmos until they either rot or evaporate unless they are combined with other substances and become something greater.

I discovered the recipe for experiencing the power from quotes - purely by accident - during some traumatic relationship events in 1999. In reading Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People during that tumultuous time, I was introduced to this excerpt from a quote by Albert E. N. Gray:

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things that failures don't want to do." - Albert E. N. Gray

If Mr. Gray was correct, then successful people have the habit of doing what they don't want to do - but know they must do - while unsuccessful people have the habit of not doing what they don't want to do - even when they know these are the things they should be doing! Whew! Since I was tempted to do only what I wanted to do in my relationship crisis - which included keying her car and giving all of her things to charity - this quote helped me keep my integrity in the midst of challenging circumstances.

This understanding led me to the formula - or recipe - for experiencing the power lying dormant within quotations. After typing the Albert Gray quote into a document, I was inspired to also type a message to myself, instructions on how to live by those words. Here is what the document looked like when I was finished:

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things that failures don't want to do." - Albert E. N. Gray

So Tiger, the very things you don't want to do are the very things you must do first if you want to succeed.

The quote gave me the wisdom regarding success, and I wanted to be successful - particularly in future relationships. Next, I needed to align myself to this wisdom. It has been ten years since I first began living this way, but only recently have I been able to understand the operation of this very simple formula.

I now humbly share the formula with you.

Three Steps for Getting Power from Quotes
Keep in mind, the following formula will work only after first deciding to live by words.

Step 1. Write out the quote that speaks to you.

Step 2. Below the quote, write a message to yourself of how you will follow the quote's wisdom.

Step 3. Read the quote and the message to yourself every morning and, without a second thought, just do what it says!

Step 1. (The quote)

"Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade! " - Anthony Robbins

Step 2. (The message to yourself)

"So (insert your name), stop thinking about what you wish you had done last year, and instead write down some elements of what your dream life would be like in ten years. Now (insert your name), what could you do today that would bring you a step closer to manifesting the life of your dreams?"

Step 3. Do what the message says, NOW!

Find the quotations that speak to you, but rather than simply collect them, invest the time to experience each quote's power by combining them with a message to yourself, and then take action until your quote has manifested itself in your life.


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