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How Do You Handle Times Like These?

Recently, a reader wrote:

"Hi Tony,

How do you handle times like these when everything around you seems to be falling apart and you find yourself in all sorts of situations that you'd rather not be in?

I'd really appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

Thank you in advance!"

Great question!

Here are 3 steps that I suggest you take in the order that I suggest you take them:

1. Take stock of what's right in your life and be grateful for it.

In any sort of upheaval, when it feels like your life has suddenly been turned upside down, it's real easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything is wrong in your life when, if fact, that's usually not the case at all.

To avoid falling into this trap, simply sit down and write a list of all (the key word here being all) the things you have to be grateful for.

Now, I'm not, even for a moment, suggesting that you run around painting little happy faces on things that don't deserve to have little happy faces painted on them. I'm not suggesting that at all!

What I am suggesting here is that you put things in their proper perspective, and a well-written list of all that you have to be grateful for will do just that.

See my article "What 9/11 and a 3-Year-Old Taught Me About Gratitude" for a great example of this. Click or tap the link below to read it.

Click or tap here to read my "What 9/11 and a 3-Year-Old Taught Me About Gratitude" article.

2. Reevaluate what's important to you and what you want next in your life.

Whenever your situation changes, especially when it changes dramatically and suddenly, it's usually a good idea to reevaluate what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life. So, after you take stock of what's right with your life, I suggest that you rethink your values list and your next-level vision and refine and/or revise them as necessary.

Don't have a values list?

Then now would be a great time to create one. See Chapter 1 of my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide for detailed, step-by-step instructions. If you don't already have a copy, click or tap the links below to get yours today.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide along with my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide bundled together at a discounted price on Amazon Kindle.

No Kindle? No problem! Click or tap here to get a free Kindle reading app for your device.

Prefer paperback?

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide along with my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide bundled together at a discounted price in paperback on Amazon.

Don't have a next level vision statement either?

Then now would be a great time to create one of these as well! See Chapters 6-8 of my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and Chapters 2-12 of my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide for detailed, step-by-step instructions. If you don't already have copies, click or tap the links below to get yours today.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price on Amazon Kindle.

No Kindle? No problem! Click or tap here to get a free Kindle reading app for your device.

Prefer paperback?

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price in paperback on Amazon.

3. Decide what you can do now to be better prepared next time and start doing it.

Are there some things that you wish you'd done in the past that would have better prepared you for where you find yourself now?

Now's the time to do something about it!

Not enough cash? Now's the time to incorporate building up your cash surplus into your next-level vision and start moving toward it.

Too much debt? Now's the time to incorporate debt elimination into your next-level vision and start moving toward that ideal.

Not enough toilet paper (who'd a thought?!)? Now's the time to start building up your reserve. Am I suggesting that you become a "prepper"? Not really. However, building up a reserve of the things that you commonly use, if, for no other reason than to take advantage of bulk-buying discounts, isn't a bad idea.

Remember this:

Action is the great cure-all!

Repeat:

Action is the great cure-all!

One more time:

Action is the great cure-all!

Note: I've received a fair number of questions similar to this one from readers over the last few weeks. If you have a related question that you'd like me to answer, you may ask it by leaving a comment below. I'll do my best to answer it here or in a post of its own. Please *do not* ask me medical or political related questions. I won't answer them. As a matter of fact, I won't even post them. My interest here lies solely in the "cure", not the "disease", so to speak.

Related Pages:

Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start & Advanced Vision Bundle

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide

What 9/11 and a 3-Year-Old Taught Me About Gratitude


Was Wallace D. Wattles Successful?

Recently, a reader wrote:

"Hello Tony,

I really enjoy reading your blog, and I also get inspired by reading the writings of Wallace D. Wattles, and the reason I have not bought more of your Kindle writings is because I have this thing in my head that says if all this that he wrote is fact, how come he appeared to have so little success in his own life?

Thank you for your time, and hopefully you can provide me with some clearing advice.

Kind regards."

To which I replied:

"Hi <name deleted>,

I'm glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog and are inspired by Mr. Wattles' writings.

Unfortunately, time doesn't permit my answering other than support related questions by email; however, I'll do my best to answer your question in an upcoming blog post at tonymase.com.

Stay tuned!

Tony

P.S. It may be several months before I get to it as I've got a number of other reader questions that I've committed to answering first. However, I will get to it. In the meantime, if you'd like a quick answer, which I may end up largely referring to in my answer anyway, I refer you to https://www.tonymase.com/how-wallace-d-wattles-got-rich-and-how-you-can-too.html."

Well, I've finally gotten to it, and, in the time it's taken me to do so, I've given a lot of thought to how I'd answer it.

At first, I was going to define success as Mr. Wattles defined it (a definition that I like and agree with) and provide some examples of how Mr. Wattles met that definition of success. In other words, I was going to counter your assertion that "he appeared to have so little success in his own life".

However, the more I thought about it, the more I went back to when I first read The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, which was my introduction to Mr. Wattles' writings. From the very moment I started reading that book, it made perfect sense to me, and I knew, absolutely knew, deep down in the pit of my gut, that this was it, that these were the answers that I'd been looking for my entire life. So, I simply started doing what he said to do and, long story short, my life changed, and it changed dramatically, in a relatively short period of time.

I never, even for a moment, questioned Mr. Wattles success or lack of success. I never, even for a moment, questioned whether or not Mr. Wattles got rich following his own philosophy. I never wasted one moment of my time searching on Google for things like "wallace wattles net worth" or "wallace d wattles net worth". I simply did what Mr. Wattles said to do, and I got results, big-time results!

Now, every once in a while, someone will say something like this to me:

"Yeah Tony, but what if this is all just a total crock of s--t?"

My answer is always the same:

What if it is? The fact is that I've made more progress, far more progress, following Mr. Wattles' simple philosophy of thought and action than doing what I was doing before, so does it really matter? I think not. Positive results were what I wanted, and positive results were what I got.

So, here's my "clearing advice":

Stop concerning yourself with this, that, and the other, and start concerning yourself with doing what Mr. Wattles said to do.

If you need some help in that regard, I highly recommend that you read my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide. In them, I lay out the exact system that I extracted from The Science of Getting Rich and some of Mr. Wattles' other writings that I followed to make more progress, financially and otherwise, in just a couple of years than I did in the previous thirty years combined. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price on Amazon Kindle.

No Kindle? No problem! Click or tap here to get a free Kindle reading app for your device.

Prefer paperback?

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price in paperback on Amazon.

There are two other reader questions that I've been asked recently, both of which tend to come up from time to time, that I want to address or, as the case may be, readdress today.

First, in reference to a chapter in my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide, one reader wrote:

"Hi Tony,

I am currently reading your book 'quick start guide' and am thinking intensely about the competition idea:

My favorite sports to watch and participate in are mma/Brazilian jiu-jitsu. On a superficial level it seems to be the most competitive sport one could think of: for a fighter to win a contest he needs the other one to lose. On a deeper level I have to say, I feel my opponents/training partners are my partners in my evolution and we are helping each other sharpening our tools, skills and perception.

Do you know of any thoughts Wallace directly had concerning sports? Have you ever shared your thoughts on this topic?

Wishing you health wealth and success."

This post here on my blog should answer your question:

https://www.tonymase.com/2014/04/what-about-competition-in-sports.html

Second, in reference to Lesson 2 of my free Wallace D. Wattles minicourse (the Constructive Science Minicourse), another reader wrote:

"This is incredible content. Have you discovered other writers?"

If it's such incredible content, why would I have been looking for other writers?

Let me share something with you, something that changed my life for the better...

In The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles wrote:

"Others still are poor because, while they have some notion of science, they have become so swamped and lost in the maze of metaphysical and occult theories that they do not know which road to take. They try a mixture of many systems and fail in all. For these, again, the very best thing to do is to show the right way in your own person and practice; an ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

You can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get rich by the creative method, and not by the competitive one.

Another thing. We assert that this book gives in detail the principles of the science of getting rich; and if that is true, you do not need to read any other book upon the subject. This may sound narrow and egotistical, but consider: there is no more scientific method of computation in mathematics than by addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; no other method is possible. There can be but one shortest distance between two points. There is only one way to think scientifically, and that is to think in the way that leads by the most direct and simple route to the goal. No man has yet formulated a briefer or less complex 'system' than the one set forth herein; it has been stripped of all non-essentials. When you commence on this, lay all others aside; put them out of your mind altogether.

Read this book every day; keep it with you; commit it to memory, and do not think about other 'systems' and theories. If you do, you will begin to have doubts, and to be uncertain and wavering in your thought; and then you will begin to make failures.

After you have made good and become rich, you may study other systems as much as you please; but until you are quite sure that you have gained what you want, do not read anything on this line but this book, unless it be the authors mentioned in the Preface."

Up until I read those words for the first time, that described me to a t. I had tried a mixture of many systems (many, many, many systems), and I had failed in them all. Right then and there, I made a commitment to myself to stick to one writer and one system until I had "made good", as Mr. Wattles so nicely put it, and guess what? After a life of one failure after another, it wasn't all that long before I did make good!

So, that's my advice to you. Stop looking for more writers to read and more systems to follow, and, instead, stick to one writer and one system until you've "made good." If you'd like a track to run on for Wallace D. Wattles' writings and his system, I suggest you read my Which of Your Books Should I Read? post, which you'll find at:

https://www.tonymase.com/2017/12/which-of-your-books-should-i-read.html

Related Pages:

How Wallace D. Wattles Got Rich and How You Can Too!

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Wallace D. Wattles Readers Make and How to Avoid Them

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start & Advanced Vision Bundle

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide

Related Posts:

What About Competition in Sports?

What Is Success?

Which of Your Books Should I Read?

Resources:

Constructive Science Minicourse

Tony Mase


Do You Want to Change Your Life? Start by Not Complaining Anymore!

We all love to complain whenever we're feeling angry or frustrated in our lives. But some people fall into the trap of complaining instead of taking action. If you're not happy with your life, then you can't expect for complaining to fix it.

Not only is it pointless to constantly complain, but it makes other people uncomfortable to listen to it. After all, do you like hearing other people complain about their problems and grievances? Of course not. You probably go out of your way to avoid them so that you don't have to hear their complaints and angry rants.

It's natural to want to complain though. That's why you need to learn to avoid complaining whenever you feel like doing so. Realize that complaining is really just a bad habit that you've picked up over the years. It's no different than a bad habit like smoking, drinking, or biting your nails. You keep doing it to feel better in real-time, but then it causes you problems in the future.

Every bad habit is like that, including complaining. You complain in order to vent your frustrations and feel better at the moment, but it doesn't help you get to a better place in your life. For this reason, you need to focus less on complaining and more on doing something to change things.

Complaints are the result of negative thoughts and feelings. When these emotions are all bottled up inside of you, then it's natural to want to release them as aggressively as possible. But if you discipline yourself by not letting your negative thoughts control you, then it'll be easier to stop complaining. Negativity doesn't need to control you anymore if you don't let it.

Think about dieting as an example. People who want to lose weight need to have positive thoughts in order to succeed. If your head is filled with negative thoughts like "this is impossible" or "I can't do this," then you're going to reinforce those negative thoughts by not taking action. On the other hand, if you tell yourself "yes, I can do this," then your actions will reflect that positive way of thinking.

How do you stay positive when everything feels so bad or hopeless? Well, let's take a look at some strategies that can help you release those negative emotions and thoughts.

1. Relax.

Find a way to relax your mind and body. Take a hot bath, read a good book, watch a comedy film, or do anything that allows you to feel positive inside yourself.

2. Be confident.

You can believe in yourself if you give yourself a chance. Don't be so hard on yourself if you make a mistake. Own up to what happened and move on. If you keep dwelling on the bad things that happened to you in the past, then it keeps the negativity of those incidences inside of you. Then you'll never stop complaining.

3. Stay in a positive environment.

A positive environment can give you positive energy. If you stay around negativity for too long, then you become negative yourself. Negative environments basically enable complainers to keep on complaining. It almost becomes a habit that they continue to feed. If you want to stop complaining, then you must find an environment that gives you no reason to complain. This could mean finding new friends or relationships that give you positive feedback rather than negative feedback.

4. Stop the blame game.

Complainers never want to take responsibility for their actions. Instead, they'll look for someone else to blame in order to feel better about themselves. You can't overcome your problems by doing this. Even if you feel like other people treated you unfairly, how is complaining about it going to make you feel better? It won't.

You need to make peace with what happened and move on. If there are people in your life that are toxic or a bad influence, then stay clear of them if you can at all help it.

5. Keep your mind focused on what you want, not on what you don't want.

Think about it. When your thoughts are those of what you want, how likely are you to complain? Not very, right? It's the things we don't want that we complain about, isn't it?

How do you keep your mind focused on what you want and off what you don't want?

The absolute best way I know of is to have a clear and definite vision that accurately reflects what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life. Then, whenever you find yourself thinking about what you don't want, regardless of what it may be, you simply, gently switch your thoughts to that of your vision as your already accomplished reality.

The clearer and more definite your vision is and the more accurately it reflects what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life, the easier this is to do.

Need help creating your vision and using it to control your thoughts? I highly recommend my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide, read in that order. Between the two of them, you'll learn just about everything you'll ever need to know about the subjects. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide on Amazon Kindle.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price on Amazon Kindle.

No Kindle? No problem! Click or tap here to get a free Kindle reading app for your device.

Prefer paperback?

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide in paperback on Amazon.

Click or tap here to get my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide bundled together at a discounted price in paperback on Amazon.

It's not necessarily easy to stop complaining, especially if it's been a long-time habit of yours. But if you continue to work on it, soon, before you know it, you'll find yourself never complaining again, and your life will be all the better for it.

Related Pages:

Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start & Advanced Vision Bundle

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide