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to it at the oddest moments, almost always when it was least expected. On
Friday the 13th, while racing to an appointment, all four tires (and the spare)
blew out, one right after the other.
It wasn't superstition that blew the tires. Pat knew they were due for
replacing and had done nothing about it. The "coincidence" could have
happened on Monday the 1st. But it happened on Friday the 13th. It taught
Pat a lesson. If we let things slip then blame it on superstition, we're kidding
We build our problems step by step. If we have one problem, we're likely to
have another. I think repetitive "happenings" are like self-fulfilling
prophecies. If we let ourselves think that way, we may already have created
the conditions so they will happen.
In my book Leadership from Within, I say, "Your past was perfect to get
you where you are today." Your "character" didn't just happen. It was built,
brick by brick-by you-as the result of your experiences, and your reaction
to them. That's the reason we call the heartbreaking, upsetting, frustrating
experiences that happen to us Character Building!
Things that happen to you have a reason for happening-and that reason lies
within ourselves. As Shakespeare has Cassius say in Julius Caesar: "The
fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves...."
Superstition can be good for you if you react to it or manage it in a positive
way. But you must be aware of what it is. Realize it's like a "still, small
voice" suggesting a course of action. For instance, I always cross my fingers
behind my back before making an important presentation. Then I make a
good one. It works!
If you utilize superstition from that point of view, it's a power for good. But
if you allow it to claim you, if you believe every superstition you've ever
heard, you're headed for trouble.
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