Three years ago, when I heard we were going to be crossing out words in “The Greatest Salesman” I was initially surprised and a bit horrified. Defacing a book! But, being open to the process, I went along with it, and now I love it!
It really does read much better without the “will” words. And one of my favourite passages is even better now, without the “will’s”, and since I can now leave out the negative ending about strife and sorrow:
As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor increases, my enthusiasm rises, my desire to meet the world overcomes every fear I once knew, and I am happier than I ever believed it possible to be.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman
Much better! After all, when writing our DMPs (Definite Major Purpose) we speak in the present tense. What would you rather visualize for success – something that ‘will‘ happen, or something that happens right now?
And yes, I am stilling waking with vitality! My morning sitting exercise is tremendously uplifting. It is perhaps my best time of the day, and I do look forward to it.
And now, when I read almost anything, I remove the word will in my head. If it is a paper copy, I often still cross it out (not library books, of course).
How can YOU use this to improve YOUR life? Give it a try.
YES. That is favorite passengers as well. I actually do wake up every morning saying that now. Well most mornings.. 😉 😇♥️🙏😇
Yes, it was difficult for me to cross words out of my book too–I had extra cement about that as I work in a library, LOL! But I agree, it reads much better without all those “will”s! 🙂
Thanks for the comment. So true!
Thanks Darren, I appreciate the comment.
Removing the word “will” was a new idea for me! And I enjoy omitting it from the book now. Definitely empowers me to imagine it all in the present tense!
Thanks Ashley. It is empowering!