Life-Changing Habits: Jim Rohn
Life-changing habits can have a positive or negative impact on your life. But it depends on the habit. So here’s what else I hope you’ll find here today and that is inspiration. Who knows the mystery of inspiration? Why some people are inspired and some are not. You were inspired to get here. Some were not. Who knows the mystery of that? I don’t know how come you made it. The rest of them didn’t make it. And we don’t know what that mystery is. Some people turned it down. And some people said it cost too much. But some people say it’s gonna take too much time. So some people are too busy, right? A lot of different excuses why some are inspired to take advantage of something that comes to town, others pass it up. We don’t know the mystery to that.
Here’s what I call it: mysteries of the mind and I just leave it at that
Some things I don’t try to figure out. I take the simple approach now, right? Some people do and some people don’t. I mean that’s about as profound as my philosophy is. Some buy in, some don’t buy. Some go forward and some don’t. Some change and some don’t. And if you’ve been around for a while, you can usually work out the numbers, right? Out of ten you know three do, seven don’t. Whatever business you’re involved in. Pretty soon you got this ratio going. The ones that do, the ones that don’t. You say, well why don’t the ones that don’t how come they don’t? We don’t know. So I just leave it as a mystery.
I used to try to understand all that. But I just take the simple approach now. The guy says this happens to him he just happens to me this goes wrong for me and all the stuff goes wrong for me how come all that stuff happens to me? So I say I don’t know, beats me. Best I’ve been able to figure out is those kind of things always happen to people like you and me, right? That’s the best I got. I don’t know. I’m an amateur on this stuff. What do I know? So I just take the simple approach, right? That’s how it is. Who knows?
Life-changing habits: Your Perspective
Interesting story – the day the Christian Church was started. Now I’m an amateur on the Bible but best account I can remember the day the Christian Church was started, a magnificent sermon was preached. Great presentation and if you’re a student of all at all of good communication it was one of the classic presentations of all times. The sermon the first day Christian Church was started and it said this sermon, this presentation, was given to a multitude. Meaning a lot of people. But it was interesting as the account gives us the record. It says when the sermon was finished, there was a variety of reaction to the same service. Isn’t that fascinating?
I find it fascinating. And it said some that heard this presentation were perplexed. I read the presentation, and it sounded pretty straightforward to me. So why would somebody be perplexed with a good, sincere, straightforward presentation? Best answer I’ve got – they are the perplexed. I mean you know, what other explanation is that it doesn’t matter who’s preaching? And it said some that heard this presentation mocked and laughed made fun of the presentation. I thought, hey this looks pretty sincere to me. If you give a sincere, honest presentation why would somebody mock and laugh? Easy explanation – they are the mockers and the laughers. So what else would you expect them to do, right?
I used to try to straighten all that out
Say well, they shouldn’t do that. But I don’t do that anymore. I’ve got peace of mind now. I’d sleep like a baby not trying to straighten all the stuff out. I used to be so naive. I used to say a liar shouldn’t lie. So how naive can you be? Of course they’re supposed to lie. That’s why we call them Liars. They lie. So I don’t straighten this stuff out anymore. Anyway, it said some that heard this magnificent presentation didn’t know what was going on and they’re usually easy to spot. They’re usually saying what’s going on, right?
I mean they don’t know what’s going on but interesting, right? A variety of reaction to the same sincere honest presentation. Now it also says and wrapping it up, some that heard the presentation believed. And I think that’s who the speaker was looking for; the believer’s interest. Now it said the number of believers was about three thousand. So, a pretty good first day – three thousand. I’ve had some good first days but I never had three thousand. But some people never will have much. They’re too cautious.
Now you can also be too reckless, but you can also be too cautious. This is called the timid approach to life and my caution was always the risk. The risk used to drive me right up the wall. I used to say what if this happened. But it’s called the language of the poor. What if this happens and on top of that if this was to happen, look at the fix I be in. I better not try. I could always ace myself out. Then I’ll tell you what changed my whole life.
When I finally discovered it’s all risky. The minute you were born it got risky. So if you think trying is risky wait till they hand you the bill for not trying. And, if you think investing is risky, wait till you get the tab for not investing. See it’s all risky. Getting married is risky. Having children is risky. Going into business is risky. Investing your money is risky. So it’s all risky.
I’ll tell you how risky life is: you’re not gonna get out alive. That’s risky. The Englishman says well, if that’s the way it’s gonna work out, let’s give it a go, right? That’s what it’s for. Give it a go. Somebody says yeah, but I’m looking for safety and security. Fine, then huddle in a corner. And we’ll cover you with a sheet, bring you three meals a day and we’ll protect you, feed you, look after you, care for you. We won’t let anything happen to you and you’ll probably live to be 100. The guy said well yeah I’d live to be 100 but what a way to live, right? What a way to live safe and secure.
Don’t ask for security. Ask for adventure. Better to live 30 years full of adventure, than 100 years safe in the corner. And see, it’s not important how long you live. What’s important is how you live. Here’s the next attitude disease. We’re almost through with this motley list. In fact, we’re almost through. Hang on, the next one is pessimism. Pessimism the deadly disease of always looking on the bad side. The problem side, the difficult side, checking all the reasons why I can’t. It can’t be done.
He doesn’t try to figure out what’s right. He tries to figure out what’s wrong. He doesn’t look for virtue. He looks for faults and when he finds them, he’s delighted. The poor guy looks through the window, but he doesn’t see the sunset. He sees the specks on the window and this is the poor guy right who rushes up take such leave of his senses. So this guy rushes up and he says I’ve got five good reasons why it won’t work. But he’s so dumb he doesn’t know all he needs is one. Instead, he’s got five – the pessimist the glass is always half-empty – the optimist the glass is half-full.
Life-Changing Habits: The poor pessimist leads an ugly life
Why would the same measure affect people two different ways? Answer: it all depends on how you look at it. Our lives are mostly affected by the way we think things are. Not the way they are. The way we think they are affects us most. One of the major things I learned: poor thinking habits keeps most people poor. Not poor working habits.
Most people work hard, but they don’t think hard. The mind is like a factory. A mental factory and whatever you think about all day long pours ingredients into this mental Factory and that’s what builds the economic social financial fabric of your life. A Bible phrase says as you think, so you become. How awesome when he talked about poor thinking habits, he had me. What you think about can become life-changing habits, so pay close attention to what you think about all day long.
I used to start the day reading the morning newspaper. I mean, you can believe that or not. I’d get a cup of coffee and read the paper. I’d load up on wars and riots and murders and stabbings and killings and bank robberies and muggings and car wrecks and tragedies I’d even read the back pages. I seem to like that stuff for some weird reason. I’ve laid upon all that and then I start the day. So you can imagine the kind of days I used to have. You walk around on your financial knees. They call you economic Pewee.
The guy says I want to be a great leader. Wonderful the first thing we do is follow him to his house. When we get there, we walk in and check his library. Number one, somebody says well why check his library? The reason is because what a man reads pours massive ingredients into his mental factory. And the fabric of his life is built from those ingredients.
You would not believe what some people have got in their house to read. You would not believe it. So one of the best words I know for a lot of it is trash. Can you imagine dumping a bale of trash into this mental factory every day and coming out with a rich, dynamic positive life? It can’t be done. You might as well try making a cake with cement.
Life-Changing Habits: Everything starts with thought
The kids back in Danbury Connecticut high school. They’re asking me questions one day I’m talking to the kids. Kids got good questions these days. One of them said to me Mr. Rohn, how do you build the good life? I said it’s simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Here’s how you build anything. Select the right ingredients, keep out the wrong ingredients, and it starts with thought. And everything starts with thought. So you must be wise and careful what you think about because that starts everything. But you gotta be wise and careful.
I asked the kids what would happen if somebody dropped sugar in my coffee? They said you’d be okay. I said what if somebody dropped strychnine in my coffee? They said well, you’d be dead. I said correct. Lesson 1: life is both sugar and strychnine. So you gotta be careful. I said what if my worst enemy drops in the sugar? They said will you be okay? I said what if my best friend, even by accident, drops in the strychnine? They said well, you’d be dead. I said correct. Lesson two: You got to be careful. See, it doesn’t matter who hands you the bad stuff. It doesn’t matter who you get the bad stuff from – it’ll still do its damage on your bank account wherever you get it.
How important! Life-changing habits: Stand guard at the door of your mind and you decide what goes into your mental factory. Don’t let anybody just dump anything they want to in your mental factory. Because you’ve got to live with the results.
Okay, here’s the last disease and we’re through with this list. In fact, we’re almost through. Hang on, the last subject is very brief. The last disease, but this one is deadly. Engage in this one, indulge in it even slightly and you might as well forget the future because it’s gonna forget you. Complaining, crying, crying griping a Bible word called murmuring. See that will ace your future. But spend five minutes complaining and you have wasted five and you may have begun what’s known as economic cancer of the bone. Surely they will soon haul you off into a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret.
I hope I said that well so you won’t forget. It’s a deadly disease. So if you don’t think it’s bad, ask the children of Israel of Old Testament fame. Typical of us all, their story just happened to get in the book. And the story says children of Israel were slaves. But God performed a series of dazzling miracles and got them out and now they’re heading for the Promised Land. Remember the story? Heading for the Promised Land.
The tragedy of the story is they never got there
Reason: from day one they started to complain. They griped about the water, they griped about the weather, they whined and cried and griped about the food, they griped about the leadership. They whined and cried because it was too far, too cold, too hot, too difficult, too miserable. But I mean they wined and cried for years. So will you allow complaining to become one of your life-changing habits?
And finally God said I’ve had it. Trip canceled or something like that. So the story says they died in the desert; and never got to the promised land. Which I think means two things. Indulging this long enough you get your future cancelled and I guess it also means even God Himself can only take so much.
Life-Changing Habits: Okay just be on the lookout of the things that can destroy all the good you start. The war is on and this evening, tomorrow, mentally, personally socially, economically, you got to make sure you’re winning the war and this is part of it. Check out my free report about getting the right mindset.
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