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I’m not referring to the psychedelic drug, lysergic acid diethylamide. When South Africans visit foreign countries on “LSD Trips,” that LSD stands for Look, See, and Decide – about whether or not to immigrate to that foreign country. And the reason why 99% of us have immigrated is that since Mandela, South Africa has become the murder and rape capital of the world, where three out of four South African women have been sexually abused at least once. Why would anybody want to live in a country that boasts (officially) upwards of 50 murders a day?

Back to the LSD Trips. Friends of ours arrived during a bleak Vancouver winter. It rained every day they were here, and many things went wrong during their trip. They immigrated anyway, and have created a successful, happy life for them and their four children. Another family we know arrived during a glorious Vancouver summer and were wined and dined in our best restaurants by their hosts. They complained continually and decided not to immigrate to Canada. They’re still in South Africa – waiting to be raped or murdered or both. (Torture usually accompanies the murders.)

These are very common observations, and here’s my point: People decide whether or not they’re going to immigrate before they even get on a plane in Johannesburg. All they’re looking for when they get here is evidence to support that decision. After all, isn’t that basic human psychology? We seek evidence to support our dominant beliefs, points of views, and decisions. LSD Trips are no different.

The same applies to people who get into home based businesses: we decide in advance how well we’re going to do, based on our previous performances and decisions. When things go right, we take full credit, and when things go wrong, we blame the company, our team, our leaders, the weather, the economy, our products, and our mothers-in-law. Like sports fans who brag “We won!” when their team wins, or “They lost” when their team loses.

Your attitude and expectations determine your decisions, and your decisions determine what you will accomplish. South Africans who fail in their adopted countries run back to South Africa and blame the county to which they immigrated, the people there, the weather… you get my drift. We decide what we will accomplish.

From the Dhammapada:
“Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. Just as a fletcher straightens an arrow shaft, even so the discerning man straightens his mind — so fickle and unsteady, so difficult to guard. Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”

As a man thinketh, so is he. (Picture: Our Canadian Citizenship ceremony.)

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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