Mike Dooley: I remember my first big lesson with words

I remember my first big lesson with words when I was in high school. I had my first girlfriend and I hated those quiet times. We’d be walking somewhere, or I’d be visiting her and all of a sudden silence.

And your mind starts racing, you know, Did I say something stupid? Doesn’t she like me anymore? I wonder if she still feels the same way?

So being young and green and in love I didn’t know what to do about that, so I would just banter. Well, at the same time that I had this new girlfriend, my uncle  my British uncle  was visiting us from the U.K.

We were living in Florida at the time and his mantra  Jeez it was his mantra whether or not he was visiting us  was [adopts a bad British accent here], “I’m so tired. I’m soooo bloody exhausted! I am sooo exhausted! I don’t know why but I am so tired.”

Well, having a need to fill up silence, and being willing to banter about anything, I used my uncle’s words without even knowing it. And to fill up the silences with my new girlfriend I would say, “Wow, I’m really tired today. I’m so tired today. I have no idea why but I am exhausted. I am so tired.”

As you can imagine, this is not a good way to foster young love. I became so tired, and she’d be like, “Mike, why are you always so tired?”

And I’d be like, “I don’t know but I am, I’m so tired!”

Well, back then I wasn’t saying “thoughts become things,” but I had begun my journey into understanding the powers of thought, the powers of our mind  and it dawned on me one day  it must have been an angel whispering in my ear  “If I stop saying, ‘I’m so tired, I’m so tired, I’m so exhausted, I don’t know why.’ I wonder if I’d feel a little better, if I wouldn’t be so tired?”

. . . And it was virtually instantaneous. Immediately the fatigue I’d been feeling went away. It was shocking. Even then as a high school student I was blown away by the immediate results that I was experiencing by not saying, “I’m so tired.”

And I bet you know the truth about what I’m saying. In fact I bet you know that you could make yourself as tired as I did by saying that again and again, day in and day out. “I’m so tired. I’m so tired. I’m so tired.”

Right? Am I right? . . . I’m right.

Excerpted from this audio CD set by Mike Dooley:
Leveraging The Universe And Engaging Life’s Magic
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