I was with a friend sometimes ago and we were discussing about books. He asked me about the book I was reading and I told him ‘Shoe Dog’ by Phil knight. I asked him the same and he opened his back pack and brought out a book. ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari‘. I was fascinated by the tittle( I love Ferraris) and I had to plead for the book, but he declined. Well, I wasn’t too heartbroken( I’ve been learning to accept rejections from people) and this dude here has learned to protect his books like treasures. Long story short, I had to get the book myself and I started reading right away.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is all about two lawyers and how one of the lawyers traded in all he had to become fulfilled, happy and healthy again. Julian Mantle from the book, sold all his possesions after he had an heart attack and travels to the Himalayas to become enlightened through a group of monks. He then comes back to the western world after studying the seven virtues of Sages of Sivana and shares all of his wisdom with his former colleague John. I’d love to do a proper review of this book(maybe later)but all I want to talk about now is just part of the wisdom he shared with (John) his colleague in the book.
The Sages of Sivana had created a five-step method to reach their objectives and fulfill the purposes of their lives. It was simple, practical and it worked.
•The First step was to form a clear mental image of the outcome. The clearer this mental picture, the more effective the process would be. He said that the mind was the ultimate treasure-house of power and this simple act of “picturing” my goal would open the gateway to the actualization of this desire.
•Step Two was to get some positive pressure on yourself. Pressure is not always a bad thing. Pressure can inspire you to achieve great ends. People generally achieve magnificent things when their backs are up against the wall and they are forced to tap into the wellspring of human potential that lies within them.
•The Third step is a simple one: Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it. To breathe life into a goal you must attach a precise deadline to it. Remember that a goal that is not committed to paper is no goal at all. Go out and buy a journal — a cheap coil notepad will do. Call this your Dream book and fill it with all your desires, objectives and dreams. Get to know yourself and what you are all about.
•The Fouth step is to apply the Magic Rule of 21. The learned men and women of this world believed that, for new behavior to crystallize into a habit, one had to perform the new activity for twenty-one days in a row. Put your goal into constants practise and it will soon become an habit.
•The Fifth step is to enjoy the process. All I’m saying is make sure that you have fun while you are advancing along the path of your goals and purpose. Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Most of us set goals, but instead of enjoying the process, we all set our minds at the destination.