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A magical maxim is WYTUG. You can remember WYTUG
because it sounds like 'Why tug?' So many of us are
tugging at our life, trying to pull it along as if it was
an obstinate, stubborn, headstrong mule. Why do that?
Your life can be like the old children's song:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.'

Read on to make your life a merry one full of all that
you have dreamed.

Known For Centuries

WYTUG is an acronym for What You Think Upon Grows.
That what you think upon or focus upon increases is
not a newly discovered fact; many have known it since
at least as early as the writing of the Bible (Phillippians 4:8).

Many more since then have written about this simple and
yet profound principle -- Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon
Hill, Agnes Sanford, Dale Carnegie, Joel Goldsmith, to name
just a few.

Our thoughts are very powerful; they are our mental magic
wands. What we dwell upon becomes our reality. This simple
fact is what makes our thoughts so powerful. If you cast
your attention upon poverty, you will attract poverty into
your life. If you think about illness, you will get sick.

No matter what the situation 'health, wealth, peace,
happiness 'thinking about the negative side will get you
more of the negative; concentrating on the positive will get
you more of the positive.

Too simple, you say? It may be simple but it is not easy.
Watch your thoughts for a half day. How often do you think
of the good and the positive, and how often of that which
you fear or do not want? Many of us think much more about
the bad things in life and imagine these fears coming to pass.

Not a good move! Fearing a thing invites it to become manifest
in your life. Think miracles instead. Wonderful, enchanting,
golden miracles.

Fear, Fear Everywhere

Why do many of us find our thoughts drawn not to the
wondrous, the marvelous, the triumphant, but to the
pessimistic, the fatalistic, the creepy?

Perhaps it is because we are told so often what to
fear 'diseases, interest rates, crime, foods, chemicals,
addictions, politicians, violence, road rage (and all the
other rages du jour). One potential fear after another.

Regardless of what messages we may be hearing out in
the world, we can hone our magic wands, our thoughts, so
they bring us a good and joyful life. Our thoughts are actual
things and they have a very tangible effect on what we get.
We have the choice to think fear thoughts or fortune thoughts.

The Golden Key To Happiness

What do we do when we are having thoughts about things
we do not want to attract to us? Say we are concerned
about our finances and fearing our lack of money. Fearing
something invites it.

Okay, so what do we do instead? We think about what we
want instead of what we are fearing.

Perhaps we do not know what we want? Surprisingly, this is
a problem with many people. You say to them, "Here is a magic
wand. You can have anything you wish." They do not know what
to wish for.

Until you know what you desire, here's a simple alternative
method when you find yourself thinking of things you do
not want. Emmet Fox describes the Golden Key: "Stop thinking
about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God
instead." Fox says that this Golden Key will get you out of
any difficulty.

For those who do not believe in God, think of wisdom, truth,
love, joy 'something powerful and good.

Sometimes the thought of things negative are so persistent
you do not seem to be able to use the Golden Key.

Sarah was very upset at a person, too upset to turn to any
lofty thoughts at all. As she filled a glass with water at
the sink, her eyes rested on a spice bottle. She began to
appreciate the red letters that spelled out 'Cayenne Pepper.'
By turning to the red of the letters, she was able to lose the
thoughts that had been upsetting her.

If you are overwhelmed with negative thoughts, find
anything positive in your environment, no matter how
seemingly trivial, and use it as your Golden Key.

The Simple Truth

Distill, purify, and refine your thoughts and you
can have that of which you have only dreamed before.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.'

NOTE: May 31, 2002, is the first annual WYTUG Day.

About the Author

Stephanie West Allen, JD, is the author of _24 7 This!
The Merry Method To Accelerate Success_. Excerpts at
She coaches people in using the two Merry
Maxims, WYTUG (What You Think Upon Grows)
and LULU (Loosen Up, Lighten Up), to achieve health, wealth,
creativity, and harmonized relationships.
Contact her at


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