The following true story happened in mid-1970s in a mid-western state of the U.S.. to a third-generation barber and his son. I first heard it told by Mary Morrissey at one of my certification workshops.
The barber's son had not been home in over a year because he was attending graduate school; however he does check-in with the business periodically. He lived in a community where families come into town on the weekend to shop, the children get their haircuts, and mom and dad do their shopping, and maybe they get their hair cut also. This third-generation barber shop has become a community staple. It is a place where families come. They have both male and female hair stylists. They have a coffee bar and a donut shop because the barber shop is a gathering place for the locals.
The son comes home on spring break and finds his father distant, quiet, and even depressed. As the few days that he is going to be there are coming to an end, he finally sits his dad down and says, "Talk to me. What is going on?" His dad says, "We're going bankrupt. I don't know what to do. I'm the third generation and it's going to close under my leadership." His son says, "Well, what's happening?"
This is during the time where the low-cost cutting salons were moving in across America. One of those establishments had recently moved into town and was offering $6 haircuts. The father explained, "There is no way I can compete with six-dollar haircuts. I cannot pay the overhead. I've run numbers every way I can. I've gone through all of the reserves, and we have maybe enough to survive another 30 days, but at this rate it is over. I didn't want to alarm you, but I don't know what we're going to do."
The son said, "There has to be an answer to this. Definitely, there cannot be a problem without an answer. We just may not know the answer." The son had been studying Napoleon Hill, he'd been studying masterminding, he'd been studying all kinds of things, and the success principles about how you make yourself think. In explaining masterminding or thinking beyond the problem. he said to his dad "Look, just try this out with me. Let us sit down and we'll write down every idea that comes to mind about how this problem could get solved, how you could stay in business…how you could thrive." And his father said, "There is no way. I ran the numbers and I can't compete against six-dollar haircuts."
The son responded, "Just do the exercise with me. What is one idea? Just give me one idea." The father says, "Close the shop." So he writes it down: Close the shop. That is an idea about how to solve that problem, right? It is an idea isn't it? So he said, "That is one idea. Now let's look at some other ideas." Then the son says, "Advertise." The dad is thinking, I did advertise, but he's already been given the paradigm in masterminding, which is no editing. Once you edit, you shut down the stream. It is like putting a clamp on the stream to the universal intelligence. No matter what the idea is, you write it down. So they are writing idea after idea and they are getting a rhythm going.
They do this for about 20 minutes and one of those ideas just jumps off the page. They execute that idea. The son goes back to school. A few weeks later he calls his dad and he can tell by his dad's voice–the energy is strong–and he says, "Things are better?" The dad says, "It sure is…Not only did our normal clientele return, we are 11 percent higher than the highest census they have ever had in the shop."
Do you know what the idea was? It was to put a big sign on the top of the shop that said "We fix $6 haircuts."
There is a truth greater than the facts.
There is an answer to every question and a solution to all problems. Every question has an answer, every problem has a solution and every answer and solution is right at your fingertips if you will just BE solution-oriented and answer-oriented rather than focusing on the problem.
You may have a long list of problems or a long list of what you want to be different and I want you to understand that the universe is all lined up orchestrating and standing by–ready to do anything and everything you want IF you are a vibrational match to it. This requires you to clean up your vibration – which means simply you have to focus on what you desire and where you are going. You have to tell the story of your life the way you want it to be and not the way it is. Forget about what is.