Stand Up and Win!
Recently, longtime contributor and friend Renee asked me to share my spiritual thoughts. Normally I'm reluctant to discuss such personal matters, but I've been reading a new book that is proving so helpful to me that I decided to share portions of it with all of you in the hopes that it might help some of you.
Chick Healy is an ex drug addict and male prostitute who began turning his life around while in prison. The Stand Up and Win! system is the culmination of his life's study of the world's major religions as well as its best-selling self-help guides.
I'm including a small excerpt from the first chapter.
Stand Up And Win!
By Chick Healy
Your Eleven Step System For Personal Growth, Getting Rich, Finding (Heterosexual) Love, and Getting Into the Best Shape of Your Life While Eating Whatever You Want!
Step Number 1:
Transform IOU into “Y”OU!
These days it seems like we owe everybody something: our boss needs a few hours on the weekend, the tax man wants his pound of flesh, our spouses need our time. So do the kids. And so we rush through life handing out IOUs. I owe you my time, my money, my energy. It seems like we always owe somebody something. But what about you? What do you owe yourself? Answer: Plenty!
The Stand Up and Win system is all about transforming IOU to “Y”OU! I call it the “YOU Force.” Because YOU are the most person in YOUR world. In fact, without YOU, none of those IOUs are ever going to get paid, because you won’t be around to pay them. That’s why rule number one of the “Stand Up and Win” system is:
Transform IOU into “Y”OU!
What does that mean? Simple. It means you’ve got to make YOU your number one priority.
Maybe it doesn’t seem possible to put yourself first. Not with all those IOUs out there. But trust me, it is. When a baby is born, that baby is exactly how God made her. Perfect. She’s not worried about anything other than getting what she needs when she needs it. And when she doesn’t, boy does she let you know!!!
Do we go around saying, “What a selfish baby?” Of course not. Her cries are the "YOU Force" at work. When a person makes their needs known, and then goes out and fulfills them, that person is acting in concert with the YOU Force, the natural universal force of positive attraction. When you put your wishes and desires into the universe, that’s exactly like the baby crying out to be fed! Only the difference between you and a baby, is that you have the ability to go out and get whatever you want.
Maybe you want a new job. Harness the YOU Force to go out and get it.
Maybe you want to find a wife or husband. Harness the YOU Force to go out and get it.
A flat-screen TV: The YOU Force can help you get that too.
The YOU Force is limitless. It doesn’t judge you. It doesn’t get mad at you. It doesn’t call you names. Why? Because the YOU Force IS you! YOU are the one putting that energy into the universe. YOU are the one creating all the goodness in your life.
Some people might say, “No, that’s God’s work.” And it is. Who created the YOU Force? God. When you use the YOU Force, you are working with God’s blessing because God made you in His perfect image. And if you want a flat screen TV, that’s exactly the same thing as saying that God wants you to have one, too.
I know what you’re thinking: “Sounds great, Chick, but how do I harness the YOU Force?"
It’s not enough to simply “want” something. I’ve got a little saying about “want.” And it’s this:
WANT stands for:
When we want something, that’s only the first step towards achieving our goal. The desire is essential but it’s not enough. The desire is The Receptive Posture at work.
What’s the “Receptive Posture?” I’ll get that into that in Step 2. All you need to know now is that the Receptive Posture is critical, but it’s the Active Posture that gets things done. And that’s what the Stand Up and Win! system is all about.
When we Stand Up and Win, we are using every fiber God put in our beings to bring about the positive change we desire into our lives. And when we do that, when we actually get what we want, when you take care of “Y”OU, that’s when we can start paying off all those IOUs!
Do you see?
If you want the Lord to help you, who do you have to help? Exactly. Yourself.
Think of the YOU Force as a swiftly moving river. Your job is to let the river’s current carry you wherever you want to go.
Most people never even get off the shore. They see the river and they think to themselves, “Boy, that’s a pretty river.” Or “Gee, I bet that river goes some exciting places.” But when you suggest that they take a swim, they’ll give you a whole bunch of excuses why they cannot:
“It’s freezing in there.”
“I didn’t bring the right bathing suit.”
Or my favorite:
“I can’t swim.”
Back in the old days, when a child couldn’t swim, you know what they did? They threw that kid right in the river. That’s where we get the expression “Sink of swim.” Some kids drowned, sure, but some kids grew up to world champion swimmers. And that’s what I want you to become – the Michael Phelps of what YOU do.