Do You Suffer From Being a Born Thug?
You need to know, it could affect your future. I love Louis Theroux. His style of the ‘anti’ interview always has me compelled to watch and listen and hang on to almost every single word. His latest documentary was based on the streets of West Philadelphia. Just out of interest before I go on did you know the word Philadelphia means the city of brotherly love? Wow … what a real shame. West Philadelphia looks more like a city of hate and death.
Anyway, the point I wanted to share with you was this. Louis was working and filming the hardened police as they went about their business of cleaning up death, shootings, and drugs. They stopped this guy and pinned him against the wall. On one set of fingers, it read the word ‘BORN’ On his other hand you could read the word ‘THUG’ So … BORN THUG! When Louis asked him why he said … ” because that’s what I am, this is my life, this is how it is around here” Although astonished at his reply I wasn’t surprised.
Here’s a guy around 30 years old or more and had been brought up surrounded in fact engulfed in violence, drugs, and death. He has seen strangers shot dead walking down the street just for being a stranger. He had no prospects, no future, no nothing as he saw things. But can imagine the power those two words had on him? When he wakes up he reads the words BORN THUG. When he shaved he would read BORN THUG. When he ate he would read BORN THUG. When he held his baby he would read BORN THUG. When he sat in church holding his Bible he would read BORN THUG. If he never wore gloves in his life from the say of the tattoos to the day of his death he would be reminded that he was BORN TO BE A THUG!
Can you see what has happened here? The guy has reinforced his internal self belief that he was actually born to be a thug. Isn’t that sad? Isn’t that shocking? The chances of him living until he is 40 where he lives or I should say ‘survives’ is virtually zero. He knows he’ll be shot to death at some point. Can you see the almost magical power reinforcement can have for good or bad? What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe that you are destined for a great job and an income of $60,000 per year? Do you believe that you are a going to eventually drive a great car but never a top of the range BMW? Do you believe that being self employed is for those that are crazy risk takes and although you like the idea of it you think you are only just good enough for your job? What is it you believe about YOU? Do you know? What is it you tell yourself on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly basis? You don’t just say it, you act it, you are it… you are what you think, you create your own version of your daily reality. So if you spend your life thinking “I don’t know how he does that” … you are actually reinforcing a belief at YOU CANNOT do it yourself! You know the BORN THUG in Philadelphia (city of brotherly love) do you thin he could ever get out of the ingrained self belief he had locked himself into? The simple answer is YES he could, he can. He does what almost everyone does.
In fact, it might be something you do also. He blamed … his environment…! When the truth is … the blame lies with HIM! If he would only change himself inside and truly believe of his limitless possibilities he could easily smash out of the mold he has grown into. Is there proof he could escape? Masses of it. If he thinks he would be the first to it he would be wrong.
There are hundreds of case studies where people in dire circumstances escape into something much better. So how about you? Do you belife you are a small time salon owner that will never have a huge salon? Do you believe that you are a small time self employed business person struggling to make it and will never be a giant in business? Do you belief that your job is good enough for you and you will do your own thing when you retire? Do you belief that you get what you get and that’s good enough for you? But … If you TRAIN yourself, your mind, your heart, your body, your whole person to SEE with your internal eyes and external eyes the true possibilities of yourself … your life or business will not only change, it’ll transform beyond any previous belief. You know what … I believe if we follow what the rest of the world is doing, we’ll get what the rest of the world gets… not a lot! So what is your daily enforced message to yourself? Is it… BORN THUG… or negative self locking belief. Is it … BORN TO LIVE … or a positive progressive message that’ll guide you daily? You know what. The guy in Philadelphia had created his own reality. But he could change his reality but only if he really wanted to. How about you?
I really hope this helps you. I’d love your opinion by going over to my blog and posting a comment.
Regards, Alan Forrest Smith