Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Johnny Ray Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines

Posted: 2018-08-22

Samuel Adams’ answer, “Then you may tell Governor Gage that I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of Kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my Country. And, tell Governor Gage it is the advice of Samuel Adams to him, no longer to insult the feelings of an exasperated people.”

I do say, I love the vim and vigor of that. 

I do believe that this chapter talks about the reasoning behind indecision, and that is just fear. I do see in my character that there are some elements of fear. I'm a recovered addict, over 6 years sober. One of the key links to relapse is FEAR. Fear of ______ (and it's usually relationship based) will lead to relapse. Identify the FEAR and kill it. Add that the Bible states that a Christian can't have FEAR within their character... it becomes an important issue.

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the fearful, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:6-8)

So actually, I have been addressing this thing for several years now. I was terrified of dogs. I worked hard on overcoming that fear. After coming to the Philippines earlier this, I walked a dog for the first time in my life and another dog ran up and bit me on the leg. I had to get rabies shots for a month. I have no problems with dogs. I was terrified of spiders. I went to a pet store and let a massive tarantula crawl up my arm. Roller coasters... was freaked out by them. It was when I was teaching this "overcoming fear" thing to them that I started riding every roller coaster that looked intimidating. 

Fear is actually a verb meaning to be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. It's a verb that creates non-action, really in how we are talking about indecision. And so, like the exercises I have been doing over the years, decision requires action. And sometimes repetition, like a workout, may be something that is required. Flexing the muscles on the basketball court. 

One exercise that comes to mind that I recommend is actually a TedTalk that you can look up. I think it's gold. I tested this and it actually works phenominally. And I can't say that I tested it only once, as I tested it a bunch of times. And it really works. It's a TedTalk by Amy Cuddy entitled: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are. It talks about posture and blah blah blah... but the science is something I wanted to bring up. Indecision, if rooted in FEAR, then that raises the cortesol and you can't think clearly. A good posture, the superman posture, then keeps the cortesol low, thus a clearer mind, and a more sound decision can be made. 

I would think it best that we work on our posture, and thus our confidence. I've been keeping a strong, solid back, shoulders back, confident look. I may go out there and fall down, but I do it with confidence. And I get back up and give it another go. 

My last name is Ray. And a Ray doesn't stop until it reaches its destination.

Johnny Ray

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