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One of the big lessons Star Wars got right in Personal Development -Personal Power Mastery moment by Douglas Vermeeren

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One of the big lessons Star Wars got right in Personal Development
Personal Power Mastery moment by Douglas Vermeeren

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Over the last ten years I have had the opportunity to interview, spend time with and learn first hand from more than 400 of the worlds top achievers. These lessons have become the basis of what many are calling the most powerful personal change and development program in the world today. It is called Personal Power Mastery.

I have presented this material on nearly every continent on the planet and to audiences of thousands of people in almost every country you could think of. As I have seen people learn this information the lessons have continued. This time learning about the different personality types on the planet, the different learning styles these people have, the different reason people want to succeed or make changes to their lives and some very interesting ways people make choices and evaluate what they will and won’t do. (Even if the outcome will be good for them.)

I know the title of this article talks about Star Wars so I’d better get to that point. I am still most drawn to the originally trilogy by George Lucas. For me anything beyond that was simply an attempt to recapture (unsuccessfully I might add) what that original trilogy did. The original trilogy introduced such amazing ideas and concepts that connected directly with who we are as people.

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One of those links that I would like to talk about today is the Force. Sure, you saw that coming. But as I have studied the worlds top achievers and also those who were trying to improve their own lives I have come to the conclusion that certain elements of the force are real.

Yes, you heard that right. Now I’m not talking about the part about moving spaceships out of swamps or choking people from across the room. (Who knows maybe one day we’ll figure that stuff out.) What I am talking about is the connection that trusting our feelings has directly with the results in our lives.

One of my favourite scenes in the original trilogy is in the first film, now known as A New Hope. (I’m pretty sure everyone in the world has seen this film so I don’t think I need to warn “Spoiler alert.”)

You’ll remember that Luke and the rest of the rebels are engaged in an attack on the Death Star as it looms closer and closer to blow up the rebel base. Several of Lukes collegues attempt to blown up the Death Star by flying down a deep trench on the surface to shoot a few rockets down a ventilator shaft. Certainly a very difficult shot by any space pilots standards.

They each use a special targeting technology made specifically to aid pilots in making difficult shots like this. And even with that technology the pilots who attempt it fail.

Now when its Luke’s turn, and time has run out. Luke has only one chance. He also prepared his special targeting computer and heads down the trench.

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Then the voice of his mentor, Ben Kenobi comes into his mind and advises him to trust his feelings. Luke shuts of his computer and shoots his rockets with only his feelings, instincts and power of the force to guide him.
Luke is successful and the good guys win.

Okay, so here’s the connection to personal development, the top achievers, those that attend my seminars and you.

I have seen many people come in and try a very logical approach to constructing their lives. They plan meticulously and itemize a list of things they need to do and sometime even itemize the order in which they need to do them. They lean almost exclusively on a logical approach.

I seen them start great. But soon life comes at them and external circumstances, other desires and new goals or values take them off track. The logic only approach seldom works. It’s like the targeting computer in Star Wars. The pilots who failed relied exclusively on the technology. They didn’t dial into their feelings and they didn’t have the force. They simply went through the motions.

Let’s jump over to the force, feelings and Luke. As I do I want to point out that Luke did have the support of some technology. The x-wing fighter for example. He couldn’t have done it without it. So I’m not saying throw out all logic. What I am saying is that there needs to be a partnership logic and feeling.

In the Personal Power Mastery Seminars I point this out when talking about creating outcomes. If you want to set a goal or create an outcome you need to begin with some very specific descriptions of what you want. This will not only face you in the right direction but it will also let you know once you’ve arrived. But more important than that are the feelings. (in other words the Force) If you have no feeling behind what you want to achieve you will have a hard time staying motivated to get there.

One of the saying we share in the seminar is that “Your Will-power is a result of your Why-power.” Without feelings, an emotionally charged reason why you will never be able to create the activity needed to achieve the outcome.

But trusting our feelings can be frightening. You’ll remember the reaction of Luke’s friends around him when he shut off his targeting computer. They thought something was wrong with him. You may even feel personally that trusting your feelings so much when it comes to creating outcomes may not be wise. But I assure that as I studied top achievers they consistently go further with their feelings than they ever had with logic alone.

In conclusion I want to invite you to find greater feeling in your outcomes. When you connect the logical activities and planning that is required to create these outcomes you find more power in your life to accomplish these most important goals.

More on this topic another time…

About Douglas Vermeeren
What would you do with the secrets of the world’s top achievers? Would you level up your income? Your business? Your opportunities? Now you can find out because those secrets are now available to you.

Over the last two decades Douglas Vermeeren has conducted extensive first hand research into the lives of the worlds top achievers. He has the success strategies of top business leaders from Nike, Reebok, Fruit of the Loom, FedEx, KFC, United Airlines, Microsoft, Disney and others to share with you. ABC television and FOX Business refer to him as the modern Day Napoleon Hill.

In addition, he is the producer and director of 3 out of 10 of the top personal development movies ever made. He is the producer of The Opus (featuring Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe Vitale, John Demartini, Marci Shimoff, Morris Goodman, Bob Doyle and others.) The Gratitude Experiment (Bob Proctor, Marie Diamond, John Demartini, John Gray) and The Treasure Map (John Demartini, Loral Langemeier, Raymond Aaron, Marshall Sylver, Randy Gage.)

He has authored 3 books in the Guerrilla marketing series and is the creator of Personal Power Mastery which has been consistently rated as one of the top events for personal change and development worldwide.

He is a regular featured expert on FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News and others.

For more info go to http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Why laugh at the learning curve? Douglas Vermeeren

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Today I am in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I will be speaking at an event later today. As I think about some of the things that I could say that would be most useful to the participants who are coming I think about their needs. Many of them are entrepreneurs, some of them are speakers and life coaches, some have home based businesses, there will be network marketers, there will even be students and some people who are either not employed or looking at starting a business.

As I have been sitting here eating my oatmeal and thinking about what would be most valuable to them I let my mind wander past all the experiences I have had that would be valuable to them. I think of some of the people I’ve met and the lessons they have taught me. For some reason my mind stopped on a one person, I’m going to call her Susan. (Not her real name but close.)

Susan wanted to be a speaker. She didn’t have a lot of experience yet so there were a lot of rough edges. But she had a lot of desire. Every time we talked she would take lot sod notes on what she could do. She observed every other speaker she could find and I could tell she was excited and fuelled to get to that next level. Soon she had her chance to get in front of a few groups. Just like when I started the groups were small. (My first speaking event I had 3 people show up.)

I attended her first event and there was about 12. Her second one that I attended had 7. And I am told her third was about the same. Her speech was valuable but not polished.

She was frustrated not with herself but with the numbers who came. She thought that she was ready and the world should have responded. She let those experiences effect her. And rather than laugh at the learning curve she projected the lack of people at those that were helping her. They should have helped her better. They should have filled the room. They gave her false expectations and hope. She fired her mentors. Ultimately you guessed it she shifted from being a speaker to something else where she continues to take the learning curve too seriously.

You may have guessed by now that this is a pattern she had experienced before. A repeated challenge that is destined to repeat again. She had amazing potential but failed to recognize that there is a learning curve, a progress curve and that all development takes time.

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frank_maguire_sc_photoFrank is another person I thought about this morning.  He knew how to laugh at the learning curve and as a result he went on to create some pretty amazing things in his life. Whenever a failure or setback or experience was less than he wanted he dug in deeper and recognized it as a temporary station. He did not let the setback or situation define him or put him off track from his dreams and desires. One such business failure he was involved in lost millions and millions of dollars every month for close to 36 months. Yet he knew the idea would work and together with his partners they hung in there. That company today is known as FedEx.

Frank Maguire became one of my personal mentors. Almost like a grandpa to me. He taught me again and again that it is important to expect the learning curve and although he didn’t use these words he implied that you should laugh at it. When you failed or things didn’t flow like they should put on a smile and laugh at your mistakes. Don’t take failure personally or too seriously. It’s gonna happen. And its never as bad as you think its going to be.

Even the best laid plans have challenges and bumps. But more important that the plan is the person behind it. Are you a leader or a limper? To you whine when things don’t flow like you expect or do you accept it and make adjusts to improve each time.

The amazing thing about learning curves that I have learned is that it is in the shape of a J. Success follows and comes in this shape. After you get past the low rolling curve at the bottom of the letter goes straight up. Had Susan recognized where she was on the curve she would have understood that there is always a period of time to pay your dues on the curve. Once that’s through success comes in a very big way. Most people are like Susan and when things don’t flow immediately and powerfully they abandon ship.

They never give themselves a chance to succeed because they never get past the inevitable learning curve.

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Don’t make the same mistake. Get committed! Decide that you will hang in there. Go the distance. Be like Rocky and even tough things are tough you keep going. Take the punch and stay standing. You can do it. And it you hang on long enough you will always win.

th-1Howard Putnam former CEO of Southwest airlines once told me that the key to success in his life has always been to keep going when the other stops. It’s not a matter of being smarter, or better looking, or better connected or luckier. It’s mostly a matter of hanging in there especially when it gets hard.

So to conclude today. I just want to say go for it. This is your time!

Now is your time – Make it count!

 

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Douglas Vermeeren – Are you ready to level up? You’ve come to the right place. Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top leaders in personal development and achievement psychology. He is considered by many to be the modern day Napoleon Hill for his extensive research into the lives and psychology of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren is the creator of The Personal Power Mastery program which helps you unlock your most powerful self and created positive changes in your life.
http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com http://www.PersonalPowerMasteryEvent.com

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