Print June 2020 Wall Calendar: -I soon acquired an ability that I would later realize was self-motivation. After reading about5 these monthly calendars and June 2020 Wall Calendars, I read all of Self-discipline and time management books. I also began buying motivational audiobooks to listen to in my car and as I went to sleep each night. Everything I had learned in school, in college, and from my family and friends was out the window. Without fully understanding it, I was engaging in the process of completely rebuilding my own thinking. I was, thought by thought, replacing the old cynical and passive orientation to life with a new optimistic and energetic outlook. So, what is this master key to riches? “The great master key to riches,” wrote Hill, “is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind. Remember, it is profoundly significant that the only thing over which you have complete control is your own mental attitude.” Taking complete possession of my own mind would be a lifelong adventure, but it was one that I was excited to start. Maybe Hill’s book will not be your own master key, but I promise you that you’ll find an instruction book on how to make your life work if you keep looking. It might be The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, The Last Word in Power by Tracy Goss, Frankenstein’s Castle by Colin Wilson, or The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden.
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All those books would have worked the primary transformation for me, and they have all taken me higher up the motivational ladder. Your own key might even come from the spiritual literature of your choice. You’ll find it when you’re ready to seek. It’s out there waiting for you. Henry Ford used to point out to his colleagues that there wasn’t any job that couldn’t be handled if they were willing to break it down into little pieces. When you’ve broken a job down, remember to allow yourself some slow motion in beginning the first piece. Just take it slow and easy. It isn’t important how fast you are doing it. What’s important is that you are doing it. Most of our hardest jobs never seem to get done. The mere thought of doing the whole job, at a high energy level, is frequently too off-putting to allow motivation to occur.
A good way to ease yourself into that motivation is to act as if you were the laziest person on the planet. (It wasn’t much of an act for me!) By accepting that you’re going to do your task in a slow and lazy way, there is no anxiety or dread about getting it started. In fact, you can even have fun by entering into it as if you were in a slow-motion comedy, flowing into the work like a person made of water. But the paradox is that the slower you start something, the faster you will be finished. When you first think about doing something hard or overwhelming, you are most aware of how you don’t want to do it at all. In other words, the mental picture you have of the activity, of doing it fast and furiously, is not a happy picture. So you think of ways to avoid doing the job altogether. The thought of starting slowly is an easy thought. And doing it slowly allows you to actually start doing it. Therefore it gets finished. Another thing that happens when you flow into a project slowly is that speed will often overtake you without your forcing it. With these June 2020 Calendars, the natural rhythm inside you will get you in sync with what you are doing. You’ll be surprised how soon your conscious mind stops forcing the action and your subconscious mind supplies you with easy energy.
Take your time. Start out lazy. Soon, your tasks will be keeping the slow but persistent rhythm of that hypnotic song on Paul McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway album, “Oh Lazy Dynamite.” The dynamite is living inside you. You don’t have to be frenzied about setting it off. It lights just as well with a slowly struck match. Politely walk away from friends who don’t support the changes in your life. There will be friends who don’t. They will be jealous and afraid every time you make a change. They will see your new motivation as a condemnation of their own lack of it. In subtle ways, they will bring you back down to who you used to be. Beware of friends and family who do this. They know not what they do. The people you spend time with will change your life in one way or another. If you associate with cynics, they’ll pull you down with them. If you associate with people who support you in being happy and successful, you will have a head start on being happy and successful.