Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Has anyone read Anthony Robbins huge paperback called “Awaken the Giant Within”?

For many a year I have persuaded friends to buy it, saying if you just read the first three chapters and decide you don’t like it, I will buy it back at the full price. Needless to say I knew that once they read the first three chapters they would read the whole book, and not one out of at least a dozen asked for their money back.

Anthong Robbins also holds different seminars to “help the giant within” awaken within ourselves. I went to a weekend seminar when he came over to the UK, at the Alexandre Palace. And yes, I did walk fifteen yards over burning coals in my bare feet.

One of his seminars he holds in the USA is about how we can force ourselves to win or obtain money by unleashing unknown powers in the cosmos. I know it sounds stupid but one couple were so certain in the States that the first year they attended the course they won $150,000 and the second year they one a quarter of a million.

Everyone thought he was wonderful but this idea was mooted as far back as the eighteenth century when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

For thos who don’t know, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Goo-er-ter) was a German playwright, poet, novelist and dramatist. who was born in 1749 and who died in 1832.

I have emphasised the most important word above commits.

Until recently I have never won more than one and a half raffles (that’s another story) until last year when I thought I would put this into practice at press events. I have one numerous gadgets, worth between £50 and £500. I have wone a £1,000 specialist German mountain bike from Compaq. I even won a five day trip to San Jose,

The thing was, with only between 50 and 500 people in the raffles, it was easy for me to commit myself to winning. I told everyone and when the lady drew the card out of a box for the five day trip, I shouted, “Don’t bother to look at the card, just say Andrew Taylor”. She looked angrily at me and then proceeded to draw the business card. She shuddered in shock when she saw the name on the card she had drawn and that was the moment when I knew! I had won!

People suggested I could win the lottery but this is where the whole procedure falls down. In two areas. First it is almost impossible for you to give that total commitment when you sub-consciously know that the odds are 12,000,000 to 14,000,000 to one! Secondly, it doesn’t work unless you have specific objects in mind. A lot of money is not a specific objective!

So my wife and I have planned a retirement in the Algarve. We checked property prices in Almancile, priced out a Land Rover Defender (for me) and a Jguar XKS (for her) and also a ten berth Princess motor yacht (for us). Regular trips home by first class air, one trip by road at the beginning of the summer, keeping our house in the UK for these three months when the weather is not so hot.

We have planned our cost of living and how much we would have to invest at 5% return. The total has come to £3.29M and this is what we have in mind when we now do the lottery.

And yes, we know we will soon win.

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