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23Jun/111

Stop Counting Your Blessings…

… If you want more out of your life.
OK, maybe that's a little extreme, but let me explain:
Counting your blessings is great if you need or want to feel good about yourself, or to just be happy overall. If you're depressed, discouraged, or suicidal, then go ahead and count your blessings, watch some cute kittens on YouTube, grab a beer and chill!

Life is good! Or so you tell yourself as you sit in a threadbare couch and watch TV on a 17" screen.

But some people actually want more. Some people want abundance in their lives. Some people want more options. The choice to have what they actually want on the menu, not what they can afford. The choice to pick the color and full options on their car instead of getting whatever they can afford at the used car lot. The choice to live in the country of their dreams.
Getting these kind of results is not easy, and certainly much harder than counting your blessings and feeling good about yourself.
To get these results you need one of two things:
1. A burning, unquenchable desire, or:
2. Pain.

The desire that I speak of can come from just about anything, like seeing someone else living the dream and knowing that you must have it too, at any cost. Or it can be something you're born with, the urge to be the best at everything you do.

The thing I want to talk about here though, is pain. Pain can be manufactured at will, and is a very powerful tool to obliterate seemingly immovable obstacles.

If you want to drastically improve your life and your situation, then STOP COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS. It reminds me of the joke about the pharmacist who accidentally prescribed antidepressants to a patient who was supposed to get antidiarrheal medication. Upon realizing his error, he immediately called the man and asked if everything is OK, to which the patient replied: "I feel just fine, but there's shit all over the house."

Allow some fire to build up under the comfort of your seat and welcome the pain because it represents potential progress!

Last of all, have faith that it will happen, that you WILL get the results that you desire.

"Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

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