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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Perfect "Diamond Hour" 8-10

Because of Saturday’s Diamond Hour show, I was forced to sit down and work out the rest of the “Perfect Diamond Hour” sequence, and I want to put this out as fast as possible, so BOOM, here it goes today!

We cannot control external events.  What we CAN control is what they mean to us.    And if you have been hurt in the past by aiming at a goal and failing, it is natural that you will associate pain with focus, hope and dreams.   This is just your nervous system trying to protect you, and one of the “dragons at the gate” of your performance.  Totally natural, and totally healthy.

That dragon is not your enemy.  It is actually a big friendly puppy which, once tamed, becomes not a monster or enemy, but one of your greatest ally.  The way we’re organizing the “perfect Diamond Hour” is designed to help you tame your fear, doubt, and pain.    Let’s take a look at the process so far (and btw—you are watching me formalize this in real time.  There will be modifications now and later, but the basic framework is solid):

1) 5MM.   Take a break every three hours and breathe (later, you will briefly visualize, doing a mini version of this process.

2) Re-write goals. 

3) Heartbeat meditation.   Self-love, centering, relaxation, focus…this and more, in a streamlined package.

4) Ancient Child.   Visualizing your innocent, enthusiastic, loving self.   Most of us can do more for our children than we can for ourselves.  This allows you to harness this tendency.  If you didn’t get the love you needed from your parents…give it to yourself.

5) Morning ritual.  Begin to create a morning ritual of thought, motion, and emotion.   This begins the alignment of body mind and spirit, which is the highest level of efficiency you are capable of.  Sun salutations, Five Tibetans, joint rotations…start MOVING! 

6) Raise energy.   Move with more power, jack your emotions higher.  Associate these powerful positive  emotions with your goals and daily actions.  If you have to do it—find a way to ENJOY doing it.   As Merry Poppins said: “in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  Find the fun and POOF!  The job’s a game!”  Smart lady.

7)Gratitude for past and current blessings.   Find gratitude for what you have already accomplished in your life.   If you think you haven’t accomplished anything, you are either lying to yourself, or you have standards that are so unreasonably high they cause you pain.   Start with the things for which you would praise your own child: learning to walk, and talk, and read.   Having a strong healthy body, heart, and/or mind.   Friendships.  Family.   FIND THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR.  If you can read these words, you should be grateful.  If you lost your sight or reason, you would mourn them.   If your child lost those things, you would be shattered.  BE GRATEFUL for another day of life!   

8)  Gratitude for future blessings (goals).   This is critical.   Take the SAME
 emotional energy you have raised  about the things you have now…and begin to give thanks for the
goals you have in the future, as  if you have already accomplished them.   Say it out loud.   If you
can’t say it, you can’t have it!   “I’m SO grateful for the new love  in my life!  I’m SO grateful I
 take the time to meditate every  day!   I’m SO grateful for my five new customers!   I’m SO
 grateful I look great in my size  X pants!  I’m SO grateful my children graduated college!” 
Use total physiology, emphasis,  enthusiasm, body language.  The message of “The Science of
Getting Rich” is that gratitude  for what we have now is the  foundation for our future accomplishment. 

9) Incantation (About three minutes)  chanting, aloud, with enthusiasm,  the belief that you already possess  the resources and power necessary to create your dreams.  

Success expert Tony Robbins suggests a statement like “All I need is within me now.  All the STRENGTH I need is within  me now.  All the CONFIDENCE I need is within me now.  All the  LOVE I need is within me now…”

  Again, WHILE MOVING, WALKING  EXERCISING.  Generate the emotions.  FEEL it.   If you don’t believe it, move your body as if you do.  ACT the part.  Put on the facial expression of confidence, throw your shoulders back.  Smile.  Move with authority, power, unstoppable energy.  SEE your goals “As if now.”
And we’re back to the 30-day challenge.   Do this, every day for 30 days.  I promise that at times you will feel silly.  You will have huge resistance on some days.   JOURNAL THE EMOTIONS that come up.  But I also promise that you will increase your output, and begin to see truly strange “coincidence” and instances of “synchronicity” occurring in your life.  

 “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”    Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

10) TAKE AN ACTION.   You’ve  clarified goals, raised energy, visualized your internal world and
 the external steps you will take today and this week to create your future.  NOW…take an action!  
Exercise, write  1000 words of your novel, write an email you’ve  put off.  DO SOMETHING. 

ACT ON A DECISION.  Never leave the site of a decision without taking an action, however small, moving you in that direction.  Mind: form a goal.  Emotions: generate the positive feelings you WANT to have…and experience them NOW.    Body: take an action.  DO something.   Make a phone call.  Check your goal list.  Read an article.   Perform a sun salutation.   Push away from the place.

TAKE AN ACTION.   Nearing the end of his life, actor Michael Landon said that it is a tragedy that we don’t understand from birth that we are going to die.  That that knowledge would lend both urgency and sweetness to our existence.  “Whatever you want to do, do it now.” He said.   “There are only so many tomorrows.”

If you will follow this advice for 30 days, you’ll understand something I’ve been trying to say all along.  You will have taken responsibility for your existence, and will be acting with greatly enhanced clarity.   These actions in the material world are the path to being what I refer to as an “awakened adult.”   It is the doorway to an extraordinary life.  I wish nothing less for each and every one of you.



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Steve, a question about incantation during the movement portion of the Morning Ritual. I've been working on "being breathed" by the movement, allowing breath to flow naturally and freely according to the compression and relaxation of the torso. I'm using joint rotations and Sun Salutations for movement. During the joint rotations I have no problem with incantation except of course during the neck phase. However in the Sun Salutations speaking aloud is difficult. I'm compromising by saying the affirmation during the Cobra portion of the movement. What do you think? Is there a better method I'm missing? It seems to work pretty well up to this point but if you have a suggestion I'd love to hear it. Thanks in advance. Ian