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Crossing The Belief Barrier

Feb 10, 2008
"Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible." - Frank Gaines

When I was young I accomplished an amazing feat. I learned how to play the guitar. By the time I was 17 I played in a band with a group of musicians and music became more challenging with each day. As I look back now I wonder when I began believing I could do that. At 10 years of age I used to watch my dad play his guitar, play the harmonica in accompaniment, and sing the verses to some great country songs as he entertained family and friends that dropped in at the old homestead. At some point I became a believer. I said to myself, "I can do that" and that is when I picked up the guitar for the first time at 12 years of age and began plucking on the strings. Five years later I was entertaining in clubs for a living.

We watch, we desire, we believe, we do. That is the natural course of events. But Frank Gaines points out an important detail I did not mention. His words became the quote for today. He said, "Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible." What I left out was the invisible part. We watch, we desire, we see the invisible happening in our mind, we believe, we do the impossible. That's more like it. At some point when the desire starts to build up, our imagination starts to go to work. It conjures up pictures in our mind. I started to see me behind that microphone instead of my daddy playing those songs and entertaining the family.

Now you may be working up a new dream right now. You watched, you began desiring, but then for some strange reason nothing happened. Well don't be so surprised. If you are any older than 25, you could very well be stopping your dream by sabotaging it yourself. That's right! You probably started with the I cant's. "I can't do this" and "I can't do that" started to erase that picture you were working on in your head. That invisible picture in your mind is so important. That's what fuels the desire which makes us believe more and more that we can do something. Maybe it was "That's impossible" that got in your way. That will do it every time. Those negative tapes we play in our heads will destroy what the imagination is working on all the time.

We must learn to ignore the negatives. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character." I started to play the guitar much earlier than 12. I started playing it in my head by 8 years old I would imagine. The "I cant's" and "That's impossible" never had a chance. When you are young its easier to believe in the invisible.

What dreams are you working on? Have you been experiencing difficulty in seeing the invisible? You must learn the secret of Emerson. You must allow your mind to be dominated with thoughts, invisible thoughts of you doing that thing you are dreaming about. In time you will pass what has been known as "The belief barrier". Like a jet that beats the sound barrier you must put your invisible thoughts into high gear and break the belief barrier. You will know when you have done so. It will be much like the experience I had when I played my first song on the guitar. Feelings of well being will rush through your body and you will know you have accomplished an amazing feat. You will be empowered as you learn to believe in yourself again.
About the Author
John Cyr is a retired workforce development trainer and motivational consultant who writes articles and editorials under the pen-name Johnny Cyreous, or Cyreous. He maintains a website of quotes by famous people and advocates his method of teaching at www.cyreousquotes.com
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