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Believe in yourself

16 Jul 2016   Shanti Gowans
Barry was a business executive, deep in debt who could see no way out. Suppliers were demanding payment. His creditors were closing in on him. He sat on the park bench, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his business from bankruptcy.
 
Suddenly an old man appeared before him. “I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.
 
After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.” He asked for Barry's full name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.” Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.
 
The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!
 
“I can erase my money worries in an instant!” Barry realised. But instead, he decided to put the uncashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.
 
With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, Barry was out of debt and making money once again.
 
Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the uncashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as Barry was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.
 
“I’m so glad I caught him!” she said. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller.” And then she led the old man away by the arm.
 
The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.
 
Suddenly, he realised that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.
 
We all have the capacity to turn our dreams and desires into our reality. We just need to believe in them. And most people don't. Most of us get caught in fear, doubt, limitation and uncertainty. These qualities block your power to manifest and create the reality you want. The quest is to master the art of believing. The more you believe the more you receive. And that goes for all of us! Getting what you desire doesn't have to be a struggle:
 
"I'll see it when I believe it."
                    Wayne Dwyer

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

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