Have you ever gone to a fortune teller? Or at least know of anyone who has gone to one? When I was younger, my mom would bring me and my sister to “Aling Erly”, a very gifted “manghuhula” (fortune teller) every so often to ask what the future holds for us.
I say “gifted” because I remember one time when a significant amount of money went missing from the “house fund”. We searched the whole house for it but to no avail, so my mom called up “Aling Erly” and consulted with her. And after a few minutes of reading cards, she said that the money was not stolen and that it was in good hands and it will appear soon enough.
A day later, my mom receives a call from our long time accountant who says that my (late) grandmother gave him the envelope with the cash by mistake and he will return it that evening. Spooky? You bet. Mystical powers? Who knows, but I will say that there are indeed people who can do amazing things and may have real psychic abilities. But, (yes there is a ‘but’); for the most part, fortune tellers don’t really use any “mystical powers” but rather something more basic, and, if used properly can be very, very potent. It’s called “The Power of Suggestion”
Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? — You go to a fortune teller and she tells you that tomorrow, you will meet the man/woman of your dreams? You’ll probably say that you don’t believe that and shrug it off. But, that very same night, even if you really don’t believe, you will most probably take a bath twice, make sure to put on an extra coat of that whitening lotion, and in the morning before leaving the house, you look at the mirror a few minutes longer checking out all angles making sure you look absolutely perfect. And then, all throughout the day, whenever you bump into a stranger, you start thinking “Could he/she be the one?”
If this has happened to you, then you know what I’m talking about, this is the power of suggestion at work. Fortune tellers most often than not say things that you want to hear, and they use the power of suggestion to make you believe that what you just heard from them will come true. The result is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy which, I believe is something that anyone with the right mindset, focus and a few practical guidelines can use to achieve unimaginable achievements in their lives without needing to go to any fortune teller (or anyone for that matter) anymore.
Read on because what I will share next will actually translate to your destiny.
“Destiny?” Well, not to be dramatic, but I believe we are all destined for something in life. While there are those who believe that their destiny in life is already pre-ordained and there is nothing they can do about it, I believe that we can all choose what are destiny will be. The problem that I see is that most people don’t know what they want in life let alone what they will be destined to become.
How about you do you know what you want in your life? Yes? Good, why don’t you write it down right now on a nice clean sheet of paper (even if you said NO, you can start by putting your thoughts down in writing, go ahead, try it). Now what I want you to write down are all the things you want to accomplish in your life time. So ask yourself this question after writing what you want in life “If I accomplish all of these, am I willing to leave this world happy and content?” If the answer is Yes, then congratulations, that is it. If the answer is No, then keep writing all the things that you want until you say Yes. Now once you say Yes, what you are doing is “suggesting” to yourself what your life will be like, what your destiny will be.
Okay good, what I want you to do now is to read silently what you wrote down every night, forever. Of course if you want to add more to what you wrote, go ahead and don’t feel at all limited by it. In fact, I suggest that you start a “journal” that you will update as you go along.
Okay, once you’ve got that down, here’s the critical part. Every time you read your “Journal” to yourself, I want you to ask “What am I willing to do to achieve these?” Are you willing to work harder? Are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to take a bit more risk? Your answer will now determine the choices that you will make. Your choices, based on what you are willing to do, will lead to not “if” you will achieve what you wrote down in your Journal but rather “how fast” it will take for you to fulfill your destiny.
Do you know this saying? “Be careful what you wish for…” Well I believe that the next sentence should not be “…you just might get it.” But rather, “…you will get it.”
And so, my wish for you my dear reader, is that you will have the greatest life ever and that all your dreams will come true. May you strive everyday to live your life to the fullest and may you make the choices that matter. May the power of your suggestions, give you hope and direction and may you help yourself fulfill your destiny sooner rather than later.
Mark So is a fervent businessman, forex trader, marketer, sales consultant, and educator. He is the Chairman and CEO of Businessmaker Academy—a business, finance and corporate training center. He is also the Chief Forex Trainer of Forex Club Manila. Mr. So is slated to conduct his 7 Point Formula for Business Start Up and Expansion this October 9, 2010. If you are interested in attending this seminar, email Mark directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more of Mark’s interesting and life enriching articles you can go to his blog at http://www.markso.wordpress.com