One of the constants in life is that results are always being produced. If you don’t consciously decide what results you want to produce and represent things accordingly, then some external trigger – a conversation, a TV show, whatever – may create states that create behaviors that do not support you. Life is like a river. It’s moving, and you can be at the mercy of the river if you don’t take deliberate, conscious action to steer yourself in a direction you have predetermined. If you don’t plant the mental and physiological seeds of the results you want, weeds will grow automatically. If we don’t consciously direct our own minds and states, our environment may produce undesirable haphazard states. The result can be disastrous. Thus it’s critical that – on a daily basis – we stand guard at the door of our mind, that we know how we are consistently representing things to ourselves. We must daily weed our garden.

One of the most powerful examples of being in an undesirable state is the story of Karl Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas. He had performed arial routines for years with great success, never considering the possibility of failure. Falling was just not part of his mental make-up. Then, years ago, he suddenly began mentioning to his wife that he had started to see himself falling. For the first time, he had begun to consistently give himself a representation of falling. Three months after he first started talking about it, he fell to his death. Some people would say he had a premonition. Another viewpoint is that he gave his nervous system a consistent representation, a signal, that put him in a state that supported the behavior of falling – he created an outcome. He gave his brain a new path to follow, and eventually it did. This is why it is so critical to focus in life on what we want versus what we don’t want.

Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find.”