“I Am Nature’s Greatest Miracle”
Og Mandino starts in Scroll number four with this declaration. Yeah, right! you hear your subconscious mind say with a degree of cynicism reserved for political promises. But, you ask why? Why is it that we completely blow off the possibility that we are as Og has us read aloud, “I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of my muscles do I flex.” It seems so strange to apply it to ourselves, thus there is an immediate push back from deep within.
Marianne Williamson’s poem titled, “Our Greatest Fear” tells us why subby is so afraid. It’s because his/her programming has made a comfort zone outside of which is the unknown. The Unknown is a threat to subby, the little reptilian guy in your head.
Marianne goes on a pushes the button harder…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.
Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson
Now Og, presses further…
“But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I will do, beginning today.”
Guess what, She and Og are both absolutely right! It turns out we rarely use the full measure of what we are capable of…
Here are several excerpts from and article titled “A Navy SEAL’s Secret for Pushing Yourself Way Beyond Your (Supposed) Limits” which was posted in Inc.com:
“Fact: 99 percent of people who start marathons finish them.
What are we to make of this incredibly high success rate? As anyone who has ever run a marathon can tell you, the correct takeaway isn’t that running 26 miles is a breeze. Everyone hits a wall of pain at some point, yet almost everyone keeps going.
Instead, the real lesson, according to entrepreneur and endurance athlete Jesse Itzler, “is that we have so much more in our reserve tank than we think we do.”
It seems Jesse got this great idea to invite a Navy Seal to his home to live with he and his family and team them some of the mental toughness that all Navy Seals have been trained for. Somehow they are able to summon strength and persistence that seem superhuman to the rest of us.
The Navy Seal taught them the “The 40 percent rule” that he had been trained to understand and leverage to accomplish amazing physical and mental endurance tests and tasks. Below is a portion of the article.
“It’s all well and good to tell people they are capable of accomplishing way more than they believe they are, but when the going gets tough, vague reassurances probably aren’t going to count for much. That’s why Itzler’s unusual houseguest offered something more specific than empty encouragement. He taught Itzler the Navy SEALs’ “40 percent rule.” (Spoiler alert: He also made him do a lot of pull-ups to illustrate it.)
“He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done,” Itzler explains. “And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. And that was his way of every day forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside down.”
It turns out that the 40 percent rule is why so many people are able to finish marathons. When you hit that wall, you’re really only 40 percent through your stores of energy and determination. When your body complains, your will still has a lot to give. And as the success rate of runners makes clear, that’s true of just about everyone.
That’s handy to know if you suddenly feel like your legs are going to fall off at mile 18 of a marathon, but it’s a truth that can have a huge impact even if long-distance running really isn’t your thing. Whenever life puts a challenge in your path and you feel like you’re on the edge of giving up, you can lean on the SEALs’ 40 percent rule to remind you that your apparent limits really aren’t.”
So, when subby starts to send off alarms, you don’t need to even acknowledge it, use the Law of Substitution and replace it with an image of a Navy Seal and his team mates swimming 5 miles in the dark or hiking 40 miles in a day to reach rendezvous point alpha where they’ll meet up with a chopper to airlift injury team member. Then imagine the smile of satisfaction on his face knowing he has taught his subby that “I have unlimited potential” and I use it to reach my objective! As any military man knows, be it physical or mental Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance …