A Short Story of Personal & Organizational emPOWERMENT: Creating Company
Environments that ROCK

by Michael R. Shenker

Universal Truths

Creativity vs Competition

The Quest for a Worthy Ideal


Expectation & Non Resistance

Personal Freedom

Passionate Leadership

Measuring Up

The MasterMind

Daily Formula for Success

Today is bitter sweet. Although I’m enthusiastic about Myron sharing his personal formula for success, our time together is coming to an end. I came to Myron because of my inability to understand and absorb the meaning of a particular book and now as Myron promised, I not only can understand the book, I could probably write one of my own.

Perspective is such an amazing adventure.  One day you see yourself and the world in a particular way and then by being willing to open yourself up to another point of view or having a certain experience, everything can completely change and we can find ourselves with a whole new outlook on life. Knowing that we are capable of not taking anything personally, and having the ability to decide if a situation is good or bad, truly gives us the power to lead awesome lives if we so desire.

When I pulled up to the house, Myron was playing croquet on the front lawn with a young man about twenty years old. I couldn’t help but smile. “Myron You can’t find enough to keep you busy during the day so you squeeze in a little croquet?” I asked as I approached the walkway with a smile.

“The day waits for no man.” He replied without looking up from his shot. “I’m getting my butt kicked by my great grandson John for the third time. Let me just finish up here and I’ll be right with you.”

John and I exchanged pleasantries as I sat on the porch steps to watch. I couldn’t help but admire Myron’s energy and zest for life which always seemed so much beyond what his age would dictate.

He completed the game, barely loosing this one, yet approached me with a completely satisfied look on his face. “OK, Robert, let’s go to work, my ego cannot stand another defeat,” punctuating it with his trademark pirate laugh. “Shall we have a cup of tea?”

I smiled warmly, “I insist on it.”

“Today, I’m going to show you the exercise that I do every day in order to stay focused and to make sure that my wants and desires are in sync with my Worthy Ideal. By doing this, the Universe brings me whatever I want and I am happy and fulfilled,” he said as we took our places.

He handed me some paper and a pencil and said, “Now, write a short paragraph of the expectations you have about today’s session.”

When I was done, he carefully read it over, then without saying a word, took out some matches, set it on fire and dropped it into a small metal wastebasket sitting next to him. He then looked up at me with a look that I have come to expect. “OK, do you have any other expectations we should discuss?” he said wryly.

“No, that pretty much covers it,” I said with a slight chuckle. Myron was always a stickler about not having expectations. Throughout my lessons he brought me back to being creative and not expectant. “With expectations,” he would say, “you spend a lot less time being upset which throws a wrench into the creative process. Remember, emotions trump thoughts”

“The first thing I do in the morning is spend forty five minutes with Dr. Kravitz doing my Transformational Breathing, the benefits of this are too numerous to mention, however, I’m sure it is the reason I never get sick, don’t have high blood sugar and have an abundance of energy.”

He then picked up a typewritten page and continued, “Next, I read what I call My Practice, which includes many of the concepts and ideas we’ve been discussing for the last ten weeks. By reciting My Practice I am reminded of how the Universe works and what I need to do to in order to have my life be as wonderful an experience as it can be. My Practice puts me in the right frame of mind to start each day.”

He holds it up to show me, “As My Practice is a living document, I continue to edit and refine it. As I grow and change, so does My Practice.” He then reads aloud:


1.         The Universe desires to express itself through me and so every day I work at improving myself and the conditions around me. The more I improve and the more I can provide others, the more wisdom and prosperity comes into my life; growth begets growth.

2.         The Law of Gratitude states that ‘action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions.’ The more grateful I am for what I have today and what I will have tomorrow, the faster my dreams and desires manifest in my life.

3.         Non-resistance is my daily practice. I experience a STRESS-FREE life as I never argue with ‘my current state of reality.’ When I see what I don’t want, I stop and give thanks for what I have and am blessed with more of the same.
I see that there is an abundant supply in the world - not scarcity, and I choose to create success from an unlimited supply, rather than compete for a limited one. By doing so, I cease to be a victim of circumstances and reclaim my power over my life.

4.         Whenever I’m experiencing insecurity or have that ‘don’t have enough’ feeling in the pit of my stomach I:
            a)         Become aware of the feeling
            b)         I open myself up to experience all of the pain
            c)         I then ask myself ‘what do I really want right now?’
            d)         I then relax and take three slow deep breaths and listen
            e)         When I get an image of what I really want in place of what I’m currently experiencing, I use the feeling of ‘I don’t have enough’ as a REMINDER of what I do want.

5.         The Universe is a friendly place and there is an infinite supply of everything I want and need. There is always enough money, customers, time, love, friends, etc., so no situation can leave me without these things for very long, provided I invest my time in concentrating on what I want as opposed to what I don't want.

            I never need ‘any one certain thing,’ and am happy to move on to something even better should circumstances dictate.

             Every situation is like a two-sided coin; one side is good the other bad and I get to decide which one to choose.

6.         Although I am grateful for all of my accomplishments and blessings, I always know the value of accomplishing even more in the future as growth is the natural order of things.

7.         The Universe works by law, not chance. There are no coincidences in the people and experiences that show up in my life. And because the Universe is friendly, no circumstance or person shows up to punish me, but rather to teach me and provide me with an opportunity for more growth.

8.         I forgive everyone and take nothing personally as I know that the actions of others have nothing to do with me and everything to do with them. I am grateful for EVERYTHING that occurs in my life and forgive myself for all the supposed mistakes and imperfections that have occurred in the past.

9.         Through my giving, I demonstrate gratitude for all that I have been given today.  I give money, time, support and encouragement for all that I will be given tomorrow. I know that I live in an abundant, friendly, cause-and-effect Universe and by giving; I open the channel to receive in return.


A.      Now, make a list of everything you’re grateful for (NOTE: If your list does not include at least 20 items, you’re effort is questionable).

B.      Once your list is complete, take your time and review it.

C.      Now erase it and each day make a new list.

He gently lowers the paper to his lap as he looks at me. “That last part is essential. If I don’t write down at least twenty things each day, I know I’m not trying very hard. The reason I don’t just read what I wrote yesterday is because it wouldn’t have any power and would be a waste of my time.”

Myron handed me the pages he was reading and affectionately placed his hand on my shoulder. “If you’ve been paying attention you know that this whole exercise adds up to be about an hour of my time each day which is a very small investment when you consider the tremendous value it provides.

So there you have it Robert, you now know everything that I know.”

“Right, I wish,” I said feeling a bit anxious. My mentor was cutting the umbilical cord and even though I thought that I was mentally prepared for this moment, I realized I wasn’t.

“Just do what I do each day and you can stop wishing and start having. You can do it, I know you can.”

I didn’t know what to say as I found myself  looking down at my shoes and feeling like I felt when I was going to school for the first time so many years ago. “I guess that’s pretty much it, huh?”

He patted my shoulder, nodding his head and agreed, “Pretty much.”

I looked at him and in that single moment I realized that Myron had given me a gift. A gift of unequaled proportions that would change my life forever. And in that moment I knew that everything was going to be alright. “Myron, thank you. Thank you for everything.”

He smiled warmly and said, “If you really want to thank me then just make me proud and walk the talk.” He opened the door, “Now get the hell out of here, I think I’ve got a fourth game of croquet left in me.”


The Author

Michael Shenker, Human Performance Technologies’ founder and President, has been involved with the human potential movement for over twenty five years. He has been a business management consultant, an entrepreneur and has been involved in all phases of personal and organizational development. Michael's clientele ranges from individuals interested in personal growth to Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, Bell Labs, Intel, Planning Research Corp., Pitney Bowes and Coldwell Banker. In his career, Michael has consulted to over 150 companies on organizational development, marketing, sales and creating profitable work place environments. Michael, his wife Susan, of thirty years, son Troy and daughter Samantha reside in Portland, Oregon.

The concepts and ideas in emPOWERMENT, Creating Company Environments That ROCK, exemplify the services provided by Michael Shenker and his organization. He specializes in working with business leaders in developing company environments that dramatically increase the ROI of human capital - their employees. For a free consultation, Michael Shenker can be reached by e-mail at mshenker@a-teams.us .

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