Archive for February, 2010

This story is meant to show you that literally everything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it. I by no means know every aspect of Governor Schwarzenegger’s life nor have I ever met him personally. But let’s say that as a half Austrian I have followed Arnold’s career with curiosity and am happy to say that I am an admirer of his achievements.

Elevator Awareness
In many of my workshops and one on one coachings I have compared his accomplishments with the following elevator ride parable:
Let’s say that a high rise has 100 stories and a little kid would like to use the elevator to travel upward. Well, given his height he can only reach say the button for the 10th floor. Even though he might know that there are more floors, his reach is limited to the 10th floor. Period. A slightly older kid can reach the 20th floor and an even older one the 50th until the person is old (tall) enough to reach the button for the 100th floor. With height = elevated awareness comes reach = knowledge of what is possible.

In our own lives, we only see what we see. If we do not open up and sensitize ourselves to the great many opportunities that present themselves to us routinely in our life then we end up doing, more or less, the same (boring and mundane) crap for our entire lives. We basically are stuck with reaching the 10th floor – even if we might know that there is a 100th floor.

So what has all of this to do with Arnold you might ask yourself?
Well, Arnold was born in a small town in the southern parts of Austria. His family’s financial situation was anything but great. He, at a teenage age, realized that he was pretty good in building up a muscular body (an activity that then was not considered to be a sport – certainly not in conservative Austria of the early 60’s), so he ended up winning junior competitions starting at age 17.

Knowing he could not develop any further in Austria, he moved to Munich and London to become Mr. Universe and then ultimately to the US. Intrinsically he felt that only through outstanding achievements as an bodybuilder he could reach the next level – acting. Do you think that was easy for him? He was only able to reach the 10th floor button but now wanted to reach the 50th floor button. I do not want to know how many doors were slammed into his face while trying to get into the movie industry. Somehow, through his elevated vantage point as a bodybuilding superstar, he knew that he simply had to stay focused and continue to Ride His Horse, as opposed to be thrown around like a Bouncy Ball by what other people thought was possible or not (everything what he represented was used against him: his muscles, his accent, his face, you name it).

Despite many, many setbacks, he was given a chance. Then another and then another, until he became the Terminator and eventually the highest earning movie star of the 90’s. In the midst of all of this he ends up marrying into the Kennedy family in the 80’s. Do you think he knew he would become the governor of California then? No, of course not! But, having reached the 50th floor button, he aimed for the 100th floor button. Can you see the jump here? 10th floor, 50th floor, 100th floor! Having gained national recognition as the Health Adviser under Bush senior’s term, somehow he realized that he could go for gold. And believe it or not, the opportunity presented itself in 2003 and he grabbed it by its horns.

Would he go for the 1000th floor button and aim to become the president of the United States? You bet he would…but regrettably he was born on foreign soil which prevents him from running for president…

What is the moral of this story? Well, did Arnold know he would end up as the president of 1/8th of the US (as Time Magazine put it) when he took his first barbells into his hands? No, certainly not! But he consistently worked on Riding His Horse, no matter what! He knew what he wanted and only focused on what he had influenced over and trusted that the rest would unfold. He would have been a perfect student of my teachings – whenever I think of Arnold I see the perfect example of what we can achieve in a short human’s lifetime. Just mind-blowing and incredible!

May this story inspire you to continuously reach for the 100th floor button.

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I have very good friends in the Alps. They are a young couple in their 30s with two lovely daughters. I have known them for many years and once in a while I am lucky enough to be their guest. During my most recent trip to Europe, I was able to spend a few days at their house again.
As they are highly interested in my work and have seen all the things that I have done in my life: challenges met, obstacles overcome, and things achieved that many people might deems as “impossible” to do, we often end up having late night conversations about energies and how it is all connected and how to best utilize this knowledge. They both believe in the fact that we are not mere Bouncy Balls and that we can learn how to Ride our Horse, but just like anyone else, they also fall off their horses frequently and sometimes cannot see the forest for the trees.
Since our recent talks helped them to SEE how their own energies have supported them to overcome all of their challenges of the past year, I got their permission to recap our discussions in this blog.

Jimmy and Helen had stopped working at Helen’s parents organic farm to explore other opportunities. As there is always work to be done on a farm, they realized that they would need to move away to really not be sucked into the daily grind of a farm. So they found a lovely house, big enough to accommodate their family and their pets and two horses, about 20 minutes away from the farm. Mind you, Helen had become a stay home mom after having given birth to two daughters and Jimmy had stopped his career to pursue the life of an organic farmer. Now, not working on the farm and moving into a house somewhere else meant that money had to be made. Luckily they had some savings, not much, but enough to keep them going for some time.
Once they had settled into their new home, Helen found a part time job at a doctor’s office in a nearby town. This meant that she would need to take their sole car twice a week. But since Jimmy was working from home, there was no car problem. Jimmy always wanted to be his own boss so he spent a lot of time working on how he could make money as a solopreneur. While he was working on finding the best avenue for himself he kept working in different jobs so that he could support his family.
Now, after a year, money and savings had come to an end and something had to happen.
Well, and things continued to happen: Jimmy, through one of his part-time jobs ended up reconnecting with a former boss of a job he left a few years ago. As they were looking for a project manager starting as of January 1, and Jimmy had all the qualifications they needed, he landed the job. The pay is not overwhelmingly good, but enough to support his family. The great plus is that he has practically no boss and thus complete free hands to manage the project as he seems fit leaving him also with plenty of time to pursue his other part-time jobs and interests. One of which being producing and distributing a CD on meditation in major chains in Europe. Since Jimmy got his new full-time job, they had a logistical problem – they needed a second car as otherwise Helen would not be able to continue with her part-time job which is vital to their family budget. While i was their guest, right after the beginning of the new year, they found a friend who was able to lend them his car for a few weeks until a permanent solution was found. A day after their local friend offered his car, Helen found a great deal on a second hand car on the web. The problem was that the seller lived a couple of hours away as well as that they did not have the money to buy the car. On that very same day, their family and friends chipped in money to come up with the money needed to buy the car. Incredible!

On my last night I spent a couple of hours recapping the events of their past year which made Helen aware how incredibly lucky they are and that indeed it will be provided as long as you ask for a solution and believe in it:
1) When life on the family farm became unbearable and they wanted to move away, they found a perfect house for their needs, accommodating not only their family but also all their pets. The rent was fantastic giving them enough breathing space until they found new work.
2) Leaving the farm meant they needed to find other means of income. Helen, who had been out of the workforce for a few years, landed a part-time job at a doctor’s office, providing them with a decent pay but even more so the flexibility to continue to be a stay home mom. Jimmy found odd jobs here and there which were paid pretty well as well as giving him the time to focus on what he wanted to do with the rest of his life – eventually he wanted to succeed as an entrepreneur.
3) Through his connections and continued focus on creating of a successful self-employed person, Jimmy ended up producing a highly professional CD on meditation which will hit the stores in Europe soon. He also found a great niche in multi-level marketing.
4) Even though Jimmy was working hard on his career as an independent solopreneur the necessary means did not pour in. So, right when the reserves where coming to an end, he found a steady job that was in alignment with his believes, offered good pay and left him with enough time at hand to continue with his business aspirations.
5) When Jimmy’s new job meant that a second car had to be organized one of their friends offered to lend his car for a few weeks for free until a permanent solution was found. Once a temporary solution was found, a permanent solution manifested itself as well.

When we recapped everything that had happened for them in the past year, the coin dropped for Jimmy and Helen and they both realized that they have been “riding the wave high” so to speak. And they both ended up having a big smile on their face as they could see that they have been worrying about the future for no real reason as every challenge, literally every challenge, that they faced in the past was met; which meant that most likely they would also be able to overcome challenges in the future.

Out of personal experience and the work that I do with folks I know that 90% of the worries that we experience only happen in our minds and never become reality. So kick back and relax and allow things to unfold as they come – if you surrender to the cosmic energies, you can rest assured that things will unfold one way or another.

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