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You may not perceive you have the talents of others, but history is filled with achievers who had nothing else but belief in themselves, the conviction in what they were doing, and the massive will to do whatever it took no matter what obstacles were present.

You will now learn something which will give you strength to help your ambitions become a reality.

The consequence of this exercise will give you outstanding drive, enthusiasm, dynamism, diligence, focus and confidence. It will also give you the capability to trust and believe in your instincts, aptitudes and abilities. For real. I'm not messing around here.

1) Stand in front of a full-length mirror, or at least a mirror that shows you from the waist up. If you don't have one, get one.


2) Face the mirror straight on and stand erect. Have both feet planted firmly on the floor with your weight equally distributed. Lift your rib cage a couple inches.

3) Look in the mirror into your eyes. Look deep into your eyes. Breathe deeply several times until a sense of determination begins to come over you. Looking in the mirror into your eyes will give you power and strength. 

4) Think of what you want. Think of a desire. Look even more directly and deeply into your eyes. Now say what you want out loud. Tell yourself you will obtain it.

5) That's it. Do exactly that. Do it while gazing earnestly into the mirror. Tell yourself out loud that you will be an extraordinary success. Give yourself a talking to. 

Do this exercise when you wake in the morning. Do it before an important meeting. Do it before a presentation or performance. Do it prior to seeing someone special. The subconscious is fully receptive to your verbalizations, especially when you look it in the eye. That's right; you are looking your subconscious in the eye.


The subconscious absorbs these verbalizations like a sponge until they permeate through your entire being helping you brilliantly handle important situations so you will succeed.

You must literally look in the mirror, pound your fist and tell yourself you are special and you are going to succeed.

Many great orators, performers, business leaders, civic leaders, coaches and athletes throughout history have used this same technique in some form.


I have seen people with a ghostly look of fear in their face go into a private room, do the mirror exercise, then emerge several minutes later filled with calm and confidence to address a crowd of thousands.


I've seen athletes, exhausted and drained, go into a private room during the intermission of a game, face the mirror, then return to dig even deeper and find energy reserves they never knew they had. And most significantly,


I have seen people transform their character, their temperament, their aura, their level of self-reliance by executing this exercise over a period of time.

Now you will too.

As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
’Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

- from Michael Jackson's



(c) copyright 2000, by Sidney Friedman.

(Originally published in Sidney's national best-selling book


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