By Cliff Baird
RISMEDIA, April 2, 2008-Young Arthur was not the first to try to pull Excalibur from the rock. The legend tells us that many others had attempted to use their vast array of skills and powers in their lust for the bounty. The reward was certainly great. The one who could dislodge the sword from the rock was going to get the kingdom. No small bonus.
The most powerful in the land all took their turn. The muscle-bound titans tried to use brute force. The alchemists used their knowledge of metallurgy and geology. And then there were those who waited for an appropriate alignment of the stars. Some would even think this was their lucky day. But they all failed. Countless scores of them left the scene miserably discouraged because everything they had assumed would work was rendered utterly ineffective.
But one day, after spending considerable time with his mentor, young Arthur was finally encouraged to make his way to the rock. It was probably a damp, foggy morning. Arthur gazed from a distance as the others continued to line up one by one, brimming with arrogant confidence that they knew how to unlock the prize. He watched as they all ultimately shuffled away…some in anger, some in despair, but all in failure.
After a brief moment of inner contemplation, revisiting the beliefs that had been his source of strength, he approached the rock. As he stood about 40 feet away, he steadfastly fixed his gaze and his heart on the Excalibur sword. He was aware of all the ramifications and welcomed them. Even though every other attempt thus far had produced nothing but failure, he never doubted for a single moment. He simply glanced back at his mentor one last time and then took the step.
Arthur had now been empowered, not merely with cerebral knowledge and ladened down with an abundance of facts, but rather with a life force sufficient to overwhelm any circumstance. He had evolved. Arthur had gained what everyone else lacked. He had faith. He just simply knew that he could accomplish the task. And he did.
The very moment that Arthur took his first step, overflowing with inner peace and assurance, the rock immediately released its grip. Although the rock had aggressively imprisoned the prize for a long time, how wonderful is it to know that there is no power that can withstand a simple, unadulterated act of absolute faith. When Arthur placed his small hand on the great sword he pulled it out as though it had been resting in putty. He wasn’t thinking of the “kingdom.” He had loftier goals. He recognized his amazing opportunity and accepted his responsibility to embrace it.
If I need to explain this metaphor, you are most likely struggling. If you are dismissing this legend as completely irrelevant in today’s real estate marketplace, you are already positioning your future as grossly mediocre. However, if this has sparked the fire within and you are again awakened to realize the sheer simplicity of success, then you will thrive-not just survive. It’s a law and no amount of doubters, failures or headlines can change it.
You can arm yourself with all the gadgets. You can even have a plethora of websites. You can attend every seminar, listen to every conference call and enjoy every webinar. But cerebral brute force and an armament of real estate battle weapons alone will not get you to the land of your dreams. You can get certified, clarified and glorified, but no special alignment of your “stars” will get you to where you want to be.
In the end, it is profoundly simple, really. Do you believe in yourself or have you surrendered your power to all the new forces that are promising you success and beckoning you to their door? Not until you take back control of your life will any of these tools have power. They will have no power if they remain external to you.
The moment you internalize them and embrace them as part of your “faith” system you will rise above these circumstances. You will no longer view the current negative news headlines, such as “Real Estate is Tumbling,” as something disturbing. You will see them for what they are.
This is now your opportunity to pull Excalibur from the rock.
Cliff Baird, MBA, PhD, has spent over 25 years coaching agents and managers to focus on business systems that lead to abundant success. He is the developer of The RealSTAR Online Recruiting System, which helps managers handle the recruiting process.
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