Imagine landing on just one solution that catapults you to the life you always wished you’d have, one that’s abundantly rich and rewarding in every facet.
That solution exists. In fact, it exists today, this very moment – in your own mind!
Every person walking this planet carries this key, but few know how to plumb their mind’s depths to excavate a more rewarding life for themselves.
That’s where Bob Proctor comes in. For 40 years, Bob Proctor has focused his entire agenda around helping people create lush lives of prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness.
Bob knows how to help you because he comes from a life of want and limitation himself.
In 1960, he was a high-school dropout with a resume of dead-end jobs and a future clouded in debt. One book was placed in his hands – Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich – which planted the seed of hope in Bob’s mind.
In just months, and with further support from the works of Earl Nightingale, Bob’s life literally spun on a dime. In a year, he was making more than $100,000, and soon topped the $1 million mark.
Bob then moved to Chicago to work for his real-life mentors, Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant.
After rising to the position of Vice President of Sales at Nightingale-Conant he established his own seminar company. Bob Proctor now travels the globe, teaching thousands of people how to believe in and act upon the greatness of their own minds.
Bob believes your better life is already housed within you.
That it doesn’t matter how you grew up, or what you’ve struggled with in life – your mind is unscathed by any circumstance – and it’s phenomenally powerful!
Bob Proctor is an absolutely amazing person to talk to, so kind and full of wisdom, someone who really cares that you GET what he’s talking about.
When I did this interview I was so deeply involved in it, it resonated with me so well I was absolutely ecstatic when I hung up the telephone. I couldn’t wait to listen to it again…
I hit the play button on my digital recorder…
My stomach hit the floor…
It was flashing No Data, No Data.
Can you imagine my horror?
This wonderful interview – the knowledge – lost.
At that point my partner Ric walked into the room and saw my ashen face – I could hardly tell him what had happened.
We knew Bob’s schedule was very tight and we wouldn’t be able to call and redo the interview – besides – it had been PERFECT the first time!
Ric told me to just calm down that it would be OK.
When I stopped to breathe I realized that the world hadn’t come to an end, and that there was as great deal I could learn from the experience. I just regretted that I couldn’t share Bob’s exact words with you.
Then it hit me.
This was an opportunity to interpret and share an even deeper meaning of the experience that touched me so strongly. You see some of the principals Bob and I talked about were hard at work during that interview.
I caused the loss of that data by some very specific things I had done up to that point – and I’m not only talking about pushing the wrong button on the recorder, or not hitting it hard enough (I’m still not sure what happened there) – but we’ll talk more about that later.
Now let me relate what I can of Bob’s wisdom…
We started a bit unusually by both of us calling into a conference call line. You see Bob had been traveling and his staff wasn’t quite sure where he was going to be, so when we arranged the interview they decided it would be best if we used a bridge line – that way we’d be able to get in touch regardless of where he was. It turned out he was in Toronto.
We only had a short time so I dove right in to my questions.
From my own experience with his work I had found 7 major concepts he talked about for creating balance in your life and manifesting abundance, and I wanted to spend a little time on each one so we could get an overview of the process.
The first was his concept of the Image-Maker. This one really intrigued me and that’s where we started.
Bob said we are all Image-Makers, and that it is through pictures that we manifest our desires. We must clearly see something before it can come into our reality – we must first think it into being before it can actually come to us.
He believes that God wants to give us everything we truly want, but that we have to give him a clear picture. Saying I want to be happy or I want enough money to be comfortable is like writing out the alphabet and expecting someone to understand a message. All the components are there but they’re in no clear order.
In his book, You Were Born Rich, he says, Most religions teach that God is responsible for everything made in this world and I would fully subscribe to this proposition. However, as co-creators, human beings must bear the responsibility for WHAT God makes in their lives.
What he told me is that God is the creative force that is a part of everything on this planet. We are made up of that force and God is in all of us – we are made in his image. He said he thinks we’ve gotten the whole thing backwards though.
Most of us think of God as an old man with a beard sitting on a cloud in heaven, not an active creative force that permeates everything.
Instead of us being made in God’s image, we’ve created God in ours.
Now that made me stop and think…
And it lead right into the next concept that he calls, Let Go and Let God.
Once we can create the clear picture of what we want in our minds, we release it into this creative substance in our minds – we give it to God – and relax with the confidence that it will come to us.
He wanted to make very clear though, that we can’t just wish something into being. He says that though Spirit is the very essence of our being, something cannot move into form, or physical reality without our assistance. There must be action on our part. Action that is guided by the creation.
When we were talking about this it made perfect sense, but as I write its not coming out so clearly – so let me give you a concept from his book with an example to clarify the point.
He says that we live simultaneously in 3 planes of experience
- The Spiritual Plane of Thought – your highest potential
- The Intellectual Plane of Ideas – your middle potential
- The Physical Plane of Results – your lowest potential
Action flows more easily when it comes from the highest potential down to the lowest potential – think gravity here.
Lets use the desire to create $1,000 as an example:
If we think we want to create this $1,000 from the abundance that surrounds us, if we picture it and believe it is coming to us, we will begin to generate ideas for how this $1,000 could arrive. Since we know it’s already ours, and we just have to help it get to us, the result of the $1,000 manifests itself fairly easily.
If we start though, by looking at our bank statement – the result – and seeing a balance of $50.00 right next to a stack of bills, and needing $1,000, we’ll start thinking thoughts of lack and poverty. The ideas we generate will be those of lack and poverty and we’ll continue to manifest the same poor result.
In both examples we want to create $1,000, but only in the first does it work easily. Only in the first do you BELIEVE that you have the $1,000.
This leads us to our third concept of Expecting Abundance.
Now we’ve all heard about this one before, but Bob makes the point crystal clear. You see I told him that I’ve had problems with this expecting abundance in the past and that I knew some of our readers had too.
He said that for expecting abundance to work, we have to first firmly grasp the other two concepts first. We have to understand creating the image and its importance, and we also have to understand letting go and letting God. If we don’t, expecting abundance is just wishing and we’re liable to be disappointed often.
Expecting abundance on its own has no Power. We have to set the creative force in motion to attract to us the abundance we desire.
When he said that I saw how beautifully one concept flows to the next, and how important it is that they all work in concert.
The next one is The Law of Vibration and Attraction.
Bob believes that everything in the Universe is a vibration – even a body in a coffin is vibrating otherwise how could it change form (his example not mine ).
If you know anything about quantum physics you know he’s right.
In its simplest sense the Law of Vibration and Attraction means that like is attracted to like.
That one vibration is attracted to other vibrations like it.
It’s like when the piano repair man brings out his tuning fork, strikes it, and the string on the piano matching that note begins to vibrate.
I don’t know about you, but when something good is happening to me, or when there is something important I need to pay attention to, my entire body gets goose bumps. It’s the same thing – my body’s way of telling me that something is on my wavelength or vibration is the goose bumps. For some people its butterflies in the stomach, some people feel prickly skin, I get goose bumps and I had those goose bumps through most of the conversation with Bob.
When we combine the picture from the image-maker, the belief of letting go and letting God, and the expectation of abundance we are sending out the frequency as it were, of the thing that we desire – we’re aligning our own vibration with it and thereby attracting it to us.
Now the caveat here is that this works for things that we think of as good AND things that we think are bad.
Anything that we create a clear image of and really expect to get will come to us.
Remember I said earlier that I had caused the screw up with the digital recorder? Well I’ll tell you exactly how I did it.
1. I’ve been worried about some sort of technical glitch since the first time I ever used my digital recorder to tape a conference call we were doing. I hadn’t hooked it up properly because I was in a hurry and I tend not to read directions unless there’s a problem… well there was a problem and I just didn’t realize it until I played the recording back and only got one side of it!
2. Ever since I’ve been paranoid when I do our monthly cover story interviews. I’ve just known something would go wrong and I’d lose one – then what would I do?
3. So every time I check and double check the connections, I replace the batteries as soon as the little power bar goes down one notch, I generally psych myself out.
4. The morning I did Bob’s interview I was my usual technically spastic self – I checked and rechecked, Roger Houston, We’re ready for take off.
5. When Bob came on the line I hit the record button and immediately relaxed – we had a FANTASTIC interview.
6. I hung up, and you know the rest of the story.
I had pictured losing an interview so clearly and fully expected it to happen, so guess what…
As soon as I picked my stomach up off the floor when I realized there was nothing on the machine it hit me.
I had used the Law of Attraction against myself.
So from now on, please help me hold the image – the intention – that all of our interviews go smoothly, that they are recorded with crystal clarity, and that they make it through transportation, transcription, and editing with ease.
The next thing we talked about was Risk Taking, especially risk taking as opposed to being irresponsible.
To illustrate the difference he told me the story of a man who jumped from the top of the tallest building in the world – Toronto’s CN Tower standing at 1815 ft. or 553 meters! Now you’d think that would be a case of irresponsibility, but this man was a highly trained stunt man. He’d had engineers study the building, the fall, the equipment, etc. He KNEW what he was doing.
Was he taking a risk?
Was he being irresponsible?
OK, so how does this apply to you?
#1 don’t try to jump off the CN Tower.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…
In order to get what we want in life we must take risks. People who don’t take risks rarely have anything good happen to them and they lead dull boring lives.
The key is to take responsible risk.
Have an idea of what you’re doing before you begin.
If your image – your goal – is to make a million dollars and you’ve never invested in the stock market do NOT take your entire life’s savings, open up an account at E-Trade and start day trading like a fiend. You’re most likely not going to get the result you desire.
Instead, take your savings and invest it in something you know about. Or if you’re dead set on investing the stock market, learn something about it first! Take a RESPONSIBLE risk.
The next principle was something that Bob felt very strongly about, and it was Not Thinking in Reverse.
Even though I’d read about this one in his book I wasn’t quite clear on it so he explained it like this…
Too many people spend their lives looking back and living in their results. They waste their creative potential by insisting that what has happened to them before has irreparably wounded them in some way so that they cannot possibly have what they want now.
They say, I never finished school so of course I can’t be successful, or I’ve only ever worked at laboring jobs, or I’ve always been a stay-at-home-mom so I couldn’t possibly be a (fill in the blank with your vocation of choice). Or they say, I can’t sing – my third grade music teacher said so. Or they belabor some wrong perpetrated against them from their past like it’s a wound they keep picking the scab off of (OK, that one was my gross analogy).
The point is, people are living with such negativity, with such a poor vibration that they continue to attract more of the same.
To be truly successful and to live the life of your dreams you have to live in your vision.
Now this is where I started to lose him. I said, OK Bob, so how do you live your vision, but also live in reality?
To which he responded, What is your reality?
If you choose to live in your results – current reality – you can’t have your vision of a better reality, because your reality is already full!
I was confused so he gave me a few examples.
He asked me if human flight was a reality or a fantasy. Well of course it’s a reality – we’re zooming around the sky all over the place.
Is it possible for someone in Toronto, Canada to talk directly to someone in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia? Well duh… we were doing it.
Is it possible to harness electricity to create light? Yep.
The point was, flight, telephones, and electric light, are all part of our daily reality, but there was a time when they were fantasies, fairy tales told to amuse children.
Fairy Tales until the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison made them reality. Until those men lived in the reality of their desires and creations, they couldn’t possibly have existed.
When the Wright brothers were still trying to pedal bikes with wings attached off the sand dunes in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the flight of man was REAL to them. They KNEW it could happen, they just weren’t quite sure on the how. But they believed.
We all marvel at Edison’s perseverance in finding a viable solution for the filament of a light bulb despite thousands upon thousands of failures. The reality is that Edison KNEW incandescent light existed and he KNEW he would find the solution, he just had to eliminate what didn’t work.
Where most people see fabulous inventions, these men merely saw the physical manifestation of the reality they created in their minds long ago.
I thought about these realties after I got off phone, and they’ve stuck with me for days.
Bob’s words began to make so much more sense.
We all know we can’t be in two places at once. It’s physically impossible.
So how then can we possibly live in 2 realities?
The answer is we can’t.
Let’s go back to our making a million dollars example from earlier…
If that is our vision – that we are a millionaire – that’s great.
If we look at our bank statement and see evidence to the contrary, or we look around at our results and feel like a fraud or a failure we can’t possibly be a millionaire.
Because our reality is being occupied by the fraud or the failure.
We can’t be both – and right then we’re seeing the reality of what we don’t want.
That millionaire vision then isn’t reality, it’s a dream, and unfortunately, while dreams are nice – they don’t have power on their own.
The reality is, that what is happening now, in the moment – the balance on that bank statement as it were – is the result of past thinking and ideas.
Remember the 3 planes of existence – thinking leads to ideas that lead to results…
So if we insist on THINKING the balance on the bank statement is our reality it will lead to more ideas and results that support that thinking.
If, however, we are living in the reality of the millionaire and we see that bank balance, we can look back and analyze the Thinking and the Ideas that brought us that Result and know that pattern is one that does not result in a millionaire.
The BEING (thinking, ideas, and results) of a millionaire is different from the BEING (thinking, ideas, and results) of someone who’s not.
Just like the BEING (thinking, ideas, and results) of a person who is happily married is different from the BEING (thinking, ideas, and results) of a person who is unhappily married.
We can’t BE 2 things at the same time.
Now that I fully GROK not thinking in reverse, the final concept we talked about – The Vacuum Law of Prosperity, makes so much more sense!
So what is the Vacuum Law of Prosperity?
Bob was particularly adamant about this topic and he seemed truly frustrated by people’s inability to get it.
He says that sometimes we are so caught up in our lack thinking that we completely block what we want. That we stay in relationships where we’re miserable because we think its better than being alone, or that we’ll stay in the bad relationship just waiting until we find a better one. We keep furniture that we hate because we’re afraid we won’t get anything better. We keep closets full of clothes that we never wear and complain that we have nothing that we like to wear.
He said it’s just not possible for us to attract what we truly want when there’s no room for it!
Nature abhors a vacuum, so decide what you want, get clear, let go, and clear a space for it.
If what you want is a state of being – like our BEING a millionaire example, we must first get the poor person out of the way. The poor person and the rich person can’t occupy the same spot, just like you can’t have 2 couches in the same spot – one has got to go.
Just make sure the one that stays is the one you want to be.
As we talked I was fascinated how all the pieces fit together so perfectly and I asked Bob what the major influences or inspirations were that attracted him to these laws and concepts.
Had he just stumbled upon them or was there something more?
He said that he most definitely had not stumbled onto them. He had been deliberately led to them by the great mentors and teachers in his life. The two prominent ones being Dr. Roder and Val Van De Wall. It was from working with these two men that his life began to smooth out.
I asked when he learned about these Laws of the Universe was that when he made the big financial jump in his life.
To my surprise he said no.
His financial life had turned around many years before. Before he even knew there were any laws. You see another mentor, Ray Stanford, had given him a copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
With that book and the influence of Ray, and mentors Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant, Bob went from making $4,000 a year to making $175,000 in about a year.
As he was telling me this story he wasn’t boastful, there was no bragging, in fact he sounded a little troubled – as if he were feeling the confusion he went though so long ago all over again.
He said, You just couldn’t imagine what that sort of change does to you. Going from $4,000 to $10,000 would have been a big change – that would have been doubling my income in a year. $4,000 to $175,000 – that was mind-boggling.
He said that for a long time he was insecure and afraid he would lose it all – that he was way out of balance.
It was when he started working with Van De Wall and Roder that he learned about the Laws and how the universe works, and it was then that he began to find his balance.
I then asked him what was the single most important piece of advice he could give people that we hadn’t already talked about.
His answer, Find a mentor and follow them until they give you a reason not to follow them anymore. All my life I had great mentors who were walking before me and I just followed along behind. Find a mentor.
I thanked him profusely for his time and his insight then asked him if he had any parting thoughts.
He said that we need to learn to be resilient and to truly live. That too many of us walk around with gaping holes inside of us – the result of some wound from long ago. He said many of us have no life left in us – that we’re essentially the walking dead. We need to learn to come back to life and live with joy.
He closed our conversation with a beautiful quote that I’ll share with you here -we can all learn a great deal by pondering it and really making it a part of us.
RESILIENCE…the ability to come back after great disappointment and pain, after great loss and failure…and be Truly Alive.
And be Truly Alive…
If you’d like to explore Bob’s work more I encourage you to check out his web site at www.BobProctor.com.