Monday, February 17, 2014

The Laws of Success Part Three

Sir Isaac Newton
     
The founding father of modern political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes, described human beings as physical objects, sophisticated machines all of whose functions and activities can be described and explained in purely mechanistic terms. Even thought itself, therefore, must be understood as an instance of the physical operation of the human body. Sensation, for example, involves a series of mechanical processes operating within the human nervous system, by means of which the sensible features of material things produce ideas in the brains of the human beings who perceive them.  Its this deep appreciation for what he observed and experienced that caused, the Psalmist David to proclaim, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works.." (Psalms 139:14). 
      Newton's third law explains the mechanics behind the successful movement of the human body both physically and mentally.  This law recognizes the coexistence and cooperation of opposing forces. This law states: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body. In summary, this law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  
     For every thought considered another appears which is counteractive.  Choosing which thought to act upon paralyses most people.  Most times they look outside of themselves for answers.  Here we see the second law (teamwork) being applied.  Based on the advice received, the first law (continue in the same state or take action) will be applied.  Most people hold themselves back due to their ignorance of the existence of these laws.  These laws are called the 'whys' to success and are mistaken for the 'whats'.  "To be successful what must I do?" many ask.  In search of answer to this question many purchase or borrow books, but quit reading after completing only two or three chapters.  They enrol in school and take classes, only to end up deeper in debt and depression.  
     The search for success and life's meaning isn't restricted to those who are lacking.  The new testament chronicles the life of a rich young ruler who came to Christ asking the same question many are asking today, "How can I find true success and fulfilment?" (Mark 10:17-27).  Looking at him with compassion Jesus realized he was more consumed with 'taking' than with 'giving'.  "Sell what you have and give to the poor," Jesus told him.  Shocked and disappointed he turned and walked away.  
     'What can I do for others?' is the question that everyone seeking success in life should be asking.  Reciprocity reflects Newtons third law.  To receive something you must be willing to give in return.  In the human body, in order for the red blood cells to receive oxygen it must be willing to give up carbon dioxide. If this process is broken the body becomes toxic and dies.  There has to be a trade.  You don't have to be a millionaire to begin the process of giving to be successful.  You can give of your time as I do with seventh and eighth graders.  You can also give of your knowledge as Dr. Diane Thompson through her blog and radio program:  (http://drdianethompson.com).  Others do it in an art form as Marlon Ming (www.marlonming.com).  
     Newton's Third Law warns of the setbacks and struggles we all have to overcome.  However, application of these three laws of Newton have taken us all a long way.  Your reasons to succeed is the fuel that will take you to your greatest achievements and its force must be greater than that which keeps you settled and content with your present situation.  

ACTION STEPS

Are you satisfied with your current situation?  If yes congratulations.  If no - make a list of reasons why you are not.  Now turn these into your 'whys' or your fuel to move forward.

Seek advice from individuals who are willing to help you.  However, if the answers make you uncomfortable adjust your internal thermostat so you can go to the next level.  Don't be like the rich young ruler.

There will be obstacles along the way.  Prepare to meet them.  To orbit in space a rocket has to breakaway from the force of gravity that is pulling it back to earth.  

Remember in all things I pray that you may prosper and be in good health.     

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Laws of Success Part Two








Sir Isaac Newton

Two weeks ago we looked at Newton's first law of motion as it relates to the initiation of success in an individual.  It is eighty per cent psychological and twenty per cent physical. Once a burning desire or great fear of loss is present, the mind puts the body into motion.  This week we examine Newton's second Law which states:

The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impress'd; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impress'd.

This law broken down simply means:

If a force generates a motion, a double force will generate double the motion, a triple force triple the motion, whether that force be impressed altogether and at once, or gradually and successively. And this motion (being always directed the same way with the generating force), if the body moved before, is added to or subtracted from the former motion, according as they directly conspire with or are directly contrary to each other; or obliquely joined, when they are oblique, so as to produce a new motion compounded from the determination of both.

     It is a well-known fact that some minds are naturally adapted to each other.  The second law highlights the power of team work or the meeting of the minds. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich wrote, 'the effect of the meeting of these minds is obvious to even the most casual observer," and called this phenomenon, the Mastermind Effect.
     Though some individuals are able to get things started on their own, to establish momentum, a team with the same goals in mind needs to be in place. God taught us this important concept in creation when after assembling His team said, "Let us make man in our own image!" (Genesis 1:26).  The powerful beings needed no help from each other, however, to demonstrate the need for us to work together, they led by example.  In creating Adam they wanted him to learn how it felt to be alone.  Before creating his "help mate" God declared, "It’s not good for man to be alone."  In putting the man to sleep a rib was removed from his side and was used to create his companion whom he called "woman".
     As Newton's law suggests as the number of members on your team increase, the more you are able to do and make.  Teams can be independent of each other and yet dependent.  For example someone's family constitutes his "home team".  If he owns his own business, then he develops his business team.  If his home life is in shambles; it may affect his business as well as everything else.  Individuals such as Bill Gates have practiced this concept over the years and have retired from the company he and his good friend Paul Allen established in their teenage years.
     John D. Rockefeller is known to have read few books as much as he read the bible.  He applied as much of its principles in his personal and business life as he could.  At times it was overdone; however he lived a long fulfilled and successful life.  He made it his duty to enjoy every breath he was blessed with.
     Who do you associate yourself with the most?  Are these associations taking you closer to your goal or further from them?   Are you looking to increase your momentum or are you burning yourself out trying to accomplish everything on your own?  
     To accomplish extra ordinary things in life you need a team and God is always willing to help His children.  He knows what is right for us and only asks us to trust Him.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,” the wise King Solomon recommends, “and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”