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HOW TO USE EBONY POWER THOUGHTS
Getting the Best out of the Process
"Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won't quit!"
Mrs. Every Jo McClendon
Much like a stone cast into a placid pond, so is the first thought that we think in the morning. The stone creates ripples that affect everything in and around the pond. Since thinking is the process of asking and answering questions, the first question that we ask ourselves in the morning has a direct effect on the rest of our day and for that matter the rest of our lives. Thinking is the process. By asking some very specific questions first thing in the morning and before we retire at night we will be programming our nervous systems to look for what is good and best for our success, happiness, and fulfillment. By deciding in advance on the best thing to ask yourself in the morning and doing it in a very specific way, you will be causing a processional effect to take place in your own mind and subsequently your life. You will be planting the seeds that will produce the results that you desire.
We are excited for you to do this. If we may, let us share with you some tips on how to get the best results. You can use Power Thoughts any way you wish. You can thumb through it and use it as a quote book for inspiration, or, if you are willing to use it as a system, we think that you will find it extremely effective. It will take a mere seven to ten minutes a day.
FOUR SIMPLE STEPS
STEP ONE: MORNING QUESTIONS
These are a set of questions that you will want to ask yourself in the morning. They are designed with theunderstanding that what we focus on in life, we tend to feel and experience. If we focus on what is wrong, then we will experience more of it. Just as focusing on what we fear makes us more fearful, focusing on what is good and possible makes us feel more centered and confident.
Undoubtedly, what controls what we focus on are the questions that we ask. That's why we will ask questions that help elicit what's great in our lives, what's exciting, what we are excited by, etc. There won't be a set of affirmations. We can say life is great all day long and our brains will still say "bull." A question makes you search for and find out what specifically is great if you want it to be great. This is really important.
* What am I most happy about in my life now? Why does that make me happy? How does that make me feel?
* What am I most excited about in my life now? Why does that make me excited? How does that make me feel?
* What am I most proud about in my life now? Why does that make me proud? How does that make me feel?
* What am I most grateful for in my life now? Why does that make me grateful? How does that make me feel?
* What am I most committed to in my life now? How does that make me feel?
* Who do I love? Who loves me?
* How will I create even more love in my life and the lives of others?
STEP TWO: READ THE DALLY QUOTE ALOUD
Read the quote aloud, and hear the person's voice as you do. Breathe in, and think about what the author really meant and what it means to you and your life. Feel their soul in yours and sense what they must have felt to say these magical words. See and hear the author speaking to you or a group of your friends and peers. Fully associate to the moment as though you are there now.
STEP THREE: ANSWER THE QUESTIONS
Ask yourself what the quote means to you and how you can apply it to your life to create positive change.
Take a moment to answer the other questions given, so you can take the answer into your own life and make things happen. Searching for the answers is the growing and conditioning process that you will prosper from. Remember, just answer the questions and move on. You do not have to ask why or justify them. As soon as you get an idea that is positive, USE IT! It is very important to let your imagination fly. Dream and experience it as though you are in it right now. Your mind can't tell the difference between what's real and what is not when it is vividly imagined. Doing this will set your system up to expect the best and leave the rest.
STEP FOUR: SHARE WITH SOMEONE ELSE
The greatest way to learn something is to learn it as though you are going to teach it to someone else. Share with someone the quote; share with someone your thoughts for the day. Sharing with another human being gives you the chance to touch someone else in a positive way and feel great in the process.
There is magic in the process. By doing it, we feel that you will discover why Power Thoughts is more than just a quote book, why it is a tool to help you produce actions and final rewards for your precious life.
If you've done your best, then you will have had some accomplishments along the way. Not everyone is going to get the entire picture. Not everyone is going to be the greatest salesman or the greatest basketball player. But you can still be considered one of the best, you can still be considered a success.
Michael Jordan, I Can't Accept Not Trying
Q: In what ways Can I share my successes and good fortune with someone else?
When we finally get it that we all control our own destinies and we take responsibility for our lives, that's when we ignite our own divine drive to take action. That's when our lives change and that's when we start getting the things and situations that we desire most.
Joseph McClendon III, Make Your Fate
Q: What do I desire most in my life now that I don't already possess or experience, and how excited can I get about doing what it takes to get it?
My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.
Denzel Washington, Essence magazine
Q: Who are the positive role models in my life and how grateful am I for their influence?
Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical disguise.
Gwendolyn Brooks, "Exhaust the Little Moment"
Q: What am I most excited about now?
It's not our responsibility to prove to people who we are. Our job and responsibility is to "be." What you do is proof of who you are; manifestation is realization. People have a right to think whatever they choose to think. Just because they think it does not make it right.
Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith
Q: What can I choose to think about myself that will empower me?
We have learned that our blemishes speak of what all humanity should not do. We understand fully that our glories point to the heights of what human genius can achieve.
Nelson Mandela, Opening of Parliament Speech (South Africa), May 24, 1994
Q: What am I most proud of in my life?
When you're Black in White America, it's easy to stand out. To me, that's an incredible advantage -- use it!
Errol Smith, Thirty-seven Things Every Black Man Needs to Know
Q: What are some of my greatest advantages in this life?
It's OK to take care of ourselves. It's OK to be good to ourselves. When we treat ourselves well, we don't expect others to take care of us. When we treat ourselves well, we are more confident, positive, and self-assured.
Carleen Brice, Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color