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I’ve overcome stage IV metastasized melanoma and atrial fibrillation as well as achieved a lot of personal goals I thought impossible. So I tell people that whatever problem they are facing, There Is Always a Way to solve it. You simply have to find the way and follow instructions. Most times you can find someone else who dealt successfully with exactly your challenge and learn a lot from them. Other times you must chart a course on your own. Scary but fun stuff!

Everything you want to do in life has directions, whether it’s changing the oil in your car, making homemade ice cream, or learning to use an i-phone. And guess what, if you don’t know and follow directions, you don’t succeed. Unfortunately birth certificates, diplomas, and marriage licenses come with no instructions whatsoever.

Curious, but you can learn a fairly short list of techniques to make raising children, having a great career, and achieving life-long romance a resounding success. Even talking to God has directions. The Bible says several times that you have to (1) Ask for what you want and (2) Believe you will receive it. Trouble is that most people leave out step 2.

So you can control your destiny and create the life you want, to a degree you may have thought impossible. You can achieve goals and realize dreams. The processes of goal setting and dreaming are the first steps.

You have to use traditional methods and alternative methods in solving problems and manifesting dreams. I would be a dead duck today several times over if I hadn’t combined the best of traditional medicine and alternative medicine to survive cancer.

Sometimes it’s necessary to take baby steps toward your goal when the bigger steps are, for one reason or another, too hard.

Also, you must have the courage to try solutions you don’t totally understand. After all, most of us use computers every day but know very little about how they work. I’m told that we are bombarded constantly with electromagnetic radiation carrying radio signals, TV programs, phone messages, and the like. I’m not sure I believe that! But it seems to work when I press the button or flick the switch.

So, for example, maybe the concept of and existence of spirit guides make no sense to you. “Baloney!” you say. I would have agreed with you until some years ago, when I was very ill, and met a spirit guide who didn’t seem to care whether I believed in her or not! I don’t understand premonitions either, but when I got one telling me to wait at the end of my long and blind curvy driveway for a minute, I followed directions and avoided a head-on with the UPS truck coming my way.

The Universe is a very complex an interesting place. I believe that solutions, inspirations, and help are out there for us if we simply open up, learn, follow directions, and give thanks for what we have received!

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Murray W. Nabors, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology with a research interest in genetic engineering. He is Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Missouri Western State University. He grew up in Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yale University and Michigan State. Now, he lives with his family on a small farm near Saint Joseph, Missouri with numerous dairy goats, cows, horses, dogs, cats, and other animals.

His publishing credits include The Magical Dozen, a cutting edge self-help book; a book of romantic western Christmas stories; three novels about the Oregon Trail; and his latest book, The Adventures of Terrence the Tabby Cat—Terrence and the Terrible Jack Russells. For more information, please visit,, and

He is interested in providing unique combinations of traditional and alternative techniques to stimulate personal growth and to help people renew hope, achieve goals, and realize dreams. He has a weekly radio show, Achieving Your Dreams in a Crazy World, at 

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