This outstanding album by Simon & Garfunkel could be a wonderful topic for writing, not just an article, but whole books. And I am sure, if we boot together everything that ha sbeen witten about the album, books would be filled. This is not the Nth article about a musical masterpiece , but it has so many parallels to it, I felt this writing is worthy of the catchy title. What I am to write about could easily fill a book or more as well, would be worth to be written, and can potentially reach and touch and move as many people, as the album had. What this writing is about, is about that metaphor, chosen for the album, and the metaphor applies to a vast majority of people at one point or another in their life. This article is worthy to be written, and worthy of that title.
People ask Me, what is Strict Motivation Behavioral Discipline and how does it work. Strict Motivation Behavioral Discipline is a program I have developped, that is individually tailored to the specific needs of an individual who find themselves in a life’s ditch. It is a working, step by step program that will turn life’s adversity into the energy to fuel and propel its user at life. No matter what adversity we are talking about, step by step with the right working tools, the situation can be turned around not just for a lesser evil, or even the better, it can actually be turned into success. How? step by step.
Let’s get back to the metaphor of this writing. When you are in a ditch, in your life you feel a lot like you are an island surrounded by troubled water. Your efforts to get out of the situation are not being crowned with success. You have no reward in putting in the effort and so you are prone to giving up. Your faith is erraded, your self worth starts suffering. With every futile attempt to make things better, and often the experience on top with matters becoming even worse, and more dire you become more and more engulfed by the trap, until it starts growing to become your second nature.
You start giving up, because the troubled water around your island prevents you getting back on your feet on the main land, so you make the best from the bad – at best, and learn to live in that isolation. You have no means to cross over to the other side, and you are helplessly watching how that troubled water eats up parts of your island, in floods, or maybereveals new parts once flooded in ebbs, and you just learn to get along, more or less effectively on that island of yours, but you are feeling the emptiness of a cast away. You may over time even bring yourself to mostly forget, that out there is a main land, that you once were a part of, before the floods and troubled water cut you off.
I am the architect and builder of the Strict Motivation Behavioral Discipline program, which in essence means, that I know the theory and the practice of building that bridge over troubled waters. I will not be using, by passes, like a trunk of a tree, wet and slippery, for you to use as a bridge, from your island to the main land. I am talking of a sophisticated, safe bridge, stable enough to withstand the troubled waters, come flood come storm!
You may feel this is impossible, and from your prespective, it must seem like a dream, or a fantasy. It is not like you havent tried and failed miserably before! It is not like you arent intelligent and savvy-. How can I be so thick as to try where you, (and maybe others before Me) have failed?
There is a huge difference at play here though. I dont expect you, to know how to build the bridge, because your thinking and doing helped putting you in that situation. I rely on My working program and implement it with your help but not giving you much of a choice. You will do things as I tell you to, and the more effort you put into doing as you are told, as opposed to doing as you have gotten used to, the more progress there will be, and the sooner results will show.
And while you are the one who reaps the benefits of this in the end, My pay-off is not depending on your progress. I am not giving you the privilege nor the burden to make Me happy, to control the situation nor to determine by evaluation when the goal is reached. And while I am doing this with you and for you, I am not making it because of you. The cause why I am doing it is outside your reach, and thus you cannot mess it up. It is not in your hands to be messed up in the first place. My payoff is to have reconnected another island with the mainland and equipped the island owner with knowing how to keep and maintain this bridge functional at all times, no matter what the circumstance. To equip the island oner with the capabitity to not get cut off again, and to navigate safely and productively through life
It is a step by step approach. Metaphorically I am throwing bricks and stones into the water between the island and the mainland. It may appear to be eratic , coincidental, chaotic. It may not make much sense to you. You cannot see how at the ground of the water slowly the foundation is layed, stone by stone, brick by brick, for a solid bridge to be built upon. And yes there will be quakes, and break downs, and some of the bricks get carried away, and some of the stons will be moved. But with constant consistant effort, in the end, the foundation will have been built.
That very foundation may even make the troubled water appear more troubled, appear more powerful. As we are closing the gabs, and building that foundation we are reclaiming and seizing territory, where once the water could flow however it wanted to. Now it is taken away space and will therefore appear more rageing, stronger, and more dangerous.. But this is not My first rodeo. Eventually the bridge will be built, strong enough to become a headland itself, organic and strong, sustainqable and sustaining, forming an unshakable foundation for a bridge.
The lanquet itself would make for a good bridge, but experience shows that half way done is not good enough. Just rekindling the former connection will not bring an ongoing result. This is where others have failed. By thinking, well good enough, we got some dry land to the island, the rest will happen byitself. When you are dealing with troubled water as your counterpart, that same water that will eventually undercut a stone, you need to keep your efforts up. You cannot settle for almost. You have to keep getting better and strive for the once thought impossible, to bring that miracle to life
Together, with My instructions followed up by your directed effort, we will make this miracle possible. We will create a lanquette to your island on which we will build a solid bridge for you to use. We will equip you with navigational tools that work under any circumstance and give you an engine and transmission that are able to use any form of energy to propel you at life. We are equipping you with a true choice, to be paired with your free will. So you can make decissions based on freedom, and not under pressure.
This is how Strict Motivation Behavioral Discipline works. This is the music it creates. This is the bridge it is building, through hard work, dedication, and commitment to getting (you) better.
You will probably think, that a worthy program like this must be very expensive and only affordable for those lucky chosen few, who were born into wealth, but you would be very wrong to be thinking that. My rates are reasonable and easily affordable. For less than the price of an average fast food meal a day you could become part of the success at life, reaching worthy life goals, healthy living, achievements and happiness.
Now you actually are offered a choice: to stay in the ditch, on that island, in the mind to suffer from the arrows of outrageous fortune, feeding the principles furthering your miserey, or to take working arms against the sea of troubles and win at the game called life, learning to use whatever energy there is to advance, grow, propel and prosper. You have the choce between being held captive or liberation, between staying hungry or feeling satiety.
You have the choice to learn to use working tools and develop coping skills to end dysfunctional coping mechanisms and automatic reactive behaviors that so far are nothing but a band-aid and bond with misery. You can choose liberty. Choose wisely.