106 lessons from “How good can it get?”

How good can it get? is a wonderful book written by Alan Cohen where an old mentor advises a financially strapped young man with a surprise twist at the end. The end of each chapter has a list of lessons learnt by the young man. I have culled these from the book. They should inspire and guide you and act as a friend, philosopher and guide for all of us.

  1. When you most needed help, it shows up. Life did not leave you to drift and die. To the contrary, your ordeal leads you to greater life.
  2. Do not confuse the medium with the message. Teachers of truth come and go, and with them their human foibles. Yet the principles they impart are eternal and immutable, more solid than steel.
  3. The truth is like a diamond. If you take any one facet and follow it all the way in, it will lead you to every other facet.
  4. What you see is what you believe
  5. The universe was created in utter abundance, even extravagance.
  6. For every limit you can imagine, there is something beyond it.
  7. Almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know, everyone you see, everyone you talk to. Only a few people are awake, and they live in constant amazement.(from the film Joe versus the Volcano)
  8. If all you are receiving for your work is money, you are being grossly underpaid.
  9. Choose a job you love and you will never work another day in your life.
  10. Notice signs of enoughness in and around you.
  11. Remember that there is more available than what you are settling for.
  12. You shrink your world when you think and talk small. It gets even smaller when people agree with you.
  13. People find strange comfort in living tiny lives, and resist change even if it might help them
  14. The cause of poverty is not lack, but fear and withholding.
  15. Great thinkers have always received violent opposition from mediocre minds-Albert Einstein
  16. Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
  17. It is not a small world, after all.
  18. Do not feed on media with scary headlines
  19. Make a list of things you would do if you are not afraid.
  20. Keep your mouth shut when people complain about the economy, weather and politics.
  21. Laughter opens the doors to answers I can’t force.
  22. Instead of limiting life to my beliefs, I need to expand my beliefs to allow for all that life has to offer.
  23. Successful people pay more attention to their own visions and goals than to the history or opinions of others.
  24. Life is too important to be taken seriously.
  25. Confusion means you are on the verge of a breakthrough.
  26. If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.
  27. Make a list of your beliefs about money.
  28. Write down what you would do with money if you were not in debt.
  29. Start to focus on role models of people who have money and enjoy it, rather than those who consistently struggle over it.
  30. Your finances mirror your beliefs and expectations.
  31. Money is important but a wealth mentality is essential.
  32. When I change my mind, my situation changes to reflect it.
  33. You can get over being poor, but it takes longer to get over being ignorant.
  34. It is hard to defeat an enemy who has an outpost in your head.
  35. Your thoughts are the strongest currency at your disposal.
  36. Consider your financial situation and ask yourself, “What would someone have to believe, in order for this to happen?”
  37. Quit blaming, and ask for what you want?
  38. You inherited your beliefs about money from your parents and other authority figures.
  39. We teach and learn through feelings, energy and example more than words.
  40. You do not have to stay stuck with the ‘lack’ messages you received. You can reprogram your mind by focusing on prosperity images now.
  41. The present moment is your point of power.
  42. Creative minds have been known to overcome the worst programming-Anna Freud
  43. Feeling guilty is punishing yourself before God doesn’t.
  44. Write down the messages your parents and teachers gave about money. Decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to let go of.
  45. Quality and integrity are the best advertising.
  46. If I take good care of people, life will take good care of me.
  47. Every business interaction is an opportunity to practice business connection.
  48. Excellence is not an act, but an habit.
  49. The more that he spoke of his honour, the faster we counted the spoons.
  50. Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
  51. Make a commitment to return phone calls and e-mails within 24 hours.
  52. Fix or get rid of stuff in my apartment or office that does not work.
  53. Ask your coworkers how they are doing in their lives out of the office.
  54. It is more fun to watch people enjoying themselves than to try to force them to do what I think they should do.
  55. Everything I purchase( and do) is a statement of what I believe I am worth.
  56. I am worth having anything I love.
  57. If it is not a “Hell, Yes!”, it is a “Hell, No!”
  58. Give yourself abundant pleasure, so that you may have abundant pleasure to give others.-Neale Donald Walsch.
  59. You are not a beggar at the table of life. You are the honoured guest.-Emmanuel.
  60. Money is a current of energy that becomes good or evil depending on how you think of it and use it.
  61. If people knew their power to generate wealth, they would not need to force or withhold it from others.
  62. The only money worth having is that which is given and received with joy and choice.
  63. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat-Lily Tomlin.
  64. You can’t get to heaven by putting other people through hell.
  65. Take care of people, and life will take care of you.
  66. You can make anything out of anything.
  67. If you cannot change a situation, you can reframe it in your mind so it works in your favour.
  68. When the defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you. from the movie-Tin Cup
  69. Struggle to get, struggle to keep.
  70. For a web begun, God sends thread.(Inscribed on the ceiling of the US Library of Congress)
  71. Remember the big picture.
  72. Ease is a more effective success attitude than struggle.
  73. Your intuition is wise- you just have to listen to it.
  74. There is always a next level of relaxation you can go to in any situation.
  75. There is a reason people don’t have pictures of their office at home.
  76. Before you climb the ladder make sure you have it set against the right wall.
  77. The hours that make us happy make us wise.- John Masefield
  78. Don’t eat your lunch at your desk.
  79. Turn your cell phone off when you are with people you value.
  80. Happiness is not something that happens to you. It’s an attitude you cultivate.
  81. If you feel rich, you are. There are lots of riches beside money.
  82. Wanting more is healthy and natural. Just don’t forget to enjoy what you have.
  83. Why get rich quick when you can get rich now?
  84. There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle- Einstein.
  85. A visionary thrives under all conditions.
  86. Write a list of reasons why you have enough.Write a list of reasons why you want and deserve more. Look at both of them and relax.
  87. Life is guided by an intelligence that matches people with the things they need.
  88. There is a part of you that is clear and strong, even when other parts are not. In a crisis, my best move is to let that part lead.
  89. Somehow everything works out.
  90. Worry is a rocking chair. It gives you the feeling you are doing something, but you don’t get anywhere.
  91. As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.- Goethe
  92. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.-Madame Curie.
  93. People will pay you to feel the passion and energy you breathe into your career and creations.
  94. You cannot afford to do anything with less than a full heart.
  95. You can retire from a career, but never life.
  96. Chase your passion, not your pension.- Denis Waitley
  97. Let the beauty we love be what we do.-Rumi
  98. Before you die, dare to walk the wildest unknown way- Bryce Courtney.
  99. You have to walk in your own shoes, never someone else’s.
  100. The mark of a good teacher is the success of his students in his absence.
  101. Enjoy people you love as if it is the last time you will see them. It might be.
  102. It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
  103. To know what you prefer rather than simply saying “amen” to what the world tells that you should prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.- Robert Louis Stevenson.
  104. You future is not what it used to be.
  105. Tell your mom how much you love her.
  106. Make a list of things of what you would do if you had a year to live, and make plans to do it.
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