So far, I have read Scroll 1 in Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” 12 times in the past 4 days. I immediately fell in love with it, for the messages contained in those few short pages provide simple clarity on how and why we settle into mediocrity and complacency…..but then empower us to break free and create a new life of abundance through study and application of the Scrolls. The passage starts and ends with the declaration, “Today I begin a new life”. For me…it’s a clear line drawn in the sand, discarding old habits. There will be no going back. It’s exhilarating. The exercise of reading Scroll 1 three times per day exactly as prescribed has been interesting, for each time a different segment resonates with me in that moment. It’s almost like rediscovering the passage over and over. Below is one paragraph that I found particularly impactful. It’s about habits:
“As a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all grown men. I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future”.
How profound is that???
“My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear, environment, habit, and the worst of these tyrants is habit. Therefore, if I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits. My bad habits must be destroyed and new furrows prepared for good seed.”
“I will form good habits and become their slave”.
So clear…..so simple. And it simply starts with creating the discipline to read Scroll 1 exactly as described. It has already become a task I schedule, anticipate with pleasure and almost crave.
Another amazing experience. It’s only Thursday….but the fast progression of this exercise from challenging (Day 1), to easier (Day 2), to pleasurable (Day 3), to rewarding (Day 4) has blown my mind! The first day I consciously focused on passing the time – so of course, it seemed long and uncomfortable. Though I did complete the exercise without movement (other than breathing), my back started to ache and it was all I could do to ignore the various itches my brain delivered to either ear or my nose. But by today, I found it hard to break the stillness when my 15 minute timer went off….in fact, I sat for 5 mins longer. I felt peaceful and relaxed, powerful and in control. It’s amazing how adaptable we are, especially when the new experience rewards us with positive feelings.