It’s Christmas so we are taking a break this week from meeting together on the MMA Webinar. Nevertheless the tough mental work goes on unabated because we have learned that persistence is vital. I will persist until I succeed. Even when it looks like failure will be the reward for all my effort I will work on because I know that success is just around the corner. My choice is whether to press on or not, will I take that corner or will I go home in defeat, and if I do take the corner and success is not there will I take another, and then another?  I have said it out loud many times over the last three weeks.  “I will persist, I will win.”

I live and work and worship alongside the person with the winning attitude and also with the person who sees something wrong with every idea, with the company they work for, with the church, with society, with the government, with people, particular people or groups of people. And when he sees that things are not perfect he simply wants to surrender, to abandon the plan, abort the mission, give up on the goal, forget all about the ideal. His default setting is, ‘What’s the point anyway?’

And in some things he is right, the faults do exist, things are really not perfect, and they never will be: there is always something wrong with every idea, no church is perfect, no company gets everything right and there was only ever one perfect human being and look what they did to Him.

So let’s try to be the person that picks out the positives and wants to help our brothers become people that see the imperfections and yet look beyond them for all that is good about everything. Persistence, focus and concentrated thought needs to be applied until every problem is isolated and eliminated and everything of value is extracted from the idea.  When every possibility has been exhausted then we will either have a workable project on our hands or we will know for sure that no-one could have done it better. So even if we do eventually need to move on and work with the next idea nothing will be wasted because we will have learned so much from the exercise.

The only time anything should be rejected out of hand is if it violates our moral, ethical or religious value system.

Every idea isn’t going to work out, maybe it’s not the right time and maybe it never will be but you only need one or two good ones in a lifetime and they will make your fortune. Just keep getting the ideas, and milking them for all they have and never accept defeat. If you fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. Now doesn’t that sound like a good idea for a song?

Somebody did it already, shucks.

Part 1 of my new Blue Print Builder, taken from Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” Says I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) in life, therefore, I demand of myself PERSISTENT continuous action towards its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

So that brings us to the second key ingredient…Action.

All the thinking in the world will change nothing without a Plan of Action and even then we may still be stuck.

Question …5 frogs are sat on a lily pad when one decides to jump off. How many frogs are on the Lily pad?

Answer 5  Because deciding to jump off and actually jumping are not the same thing.

We must create the plan of action using focussed, concentrated thought but only by taking the action, by working the plan, will anything change.

So we can conclude that with right thinking, ie A Definite Major Purpose clearly written down, a Plan of Action also written down in great detail together with a Positive Mental Attitude. and then right doing, ie Having made a start, taken the first steps, however faulting and then committed to continuous, persistent action until we have the desired result, there is nothing that we cannot do.

I suppose I have taken many words to say what Jesus said in a few words in Matthew 17:20 “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible for you.”