Achieving Goals and Changing the World: The Power of Right Attitude


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Text comes from: Rock your Life. Der Gründer und Gitarrist der Scorpions verrät sein Geheimnis. Mit Spaß zu Glück und Erfolg (2018) from Rudolf Schenker, published by Münchener Verlagsgruppe (MVG), Reprints by friendly permission of the publisher.
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What has Barack Obama got to do with the Scorpions? Not much at first glance, but if you take a closer look, there are many things in common.

Achieving Goals and Changing the World: The Power of Right Attitude

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Rudolf Schenker is a co-founder of the Scorpions songwriter and band leader.

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With the eyes of a child

If you look at our world through the eyes of an innocent child, you quickly seem to discover the secret of a happy and fulfilled life. If you stick to certain rules of the game, bring good grades home with you and work as hard as you can every day, the effort will be generously rewarded - with even more rules, even more school and even harder work. And once you have successfully completed your school days a few years later, you can expect the most ingenious that life has to offer: a job, money and a future that consists of a never-ending hunt for more - until one day you get old and is gray and falls dead. This is commonly referred to as a happy life.

“Honestly, what wild allegations! Where did this Rudolf get this cynicism from? "Some think now. “Yes, and what's the problem? Life is just like that! «, The others. Which group do you belong to? You may not know for sure yourself because you have never thought about it before. Easy, Tiger, it doesn't matter at all, just philosophize a little to yourself. In the meantime, I am telling you about a scene that I saw in my home village Schwarmstedt this summer.

Complaining doesn't help

It was a wonderful day, the sun was shining and the organic farmer was just setting up her fruit and vegetable stand on the village square, like every week. As always, I was drinking my good morning espresso at Gino's when two men entered the pizzeria and sat down at one of the tables next to me. Judging by their appearance and style of clothing, two typical representative fuzzis, around 40 and passing through. They ordered cappuccino and began to clamor about the effects of the financial crisis. They ceaselessly railed against an incompetent state, stupid and power-obsessed politicians and capitalism that was completely out of control. Worst of all was the greedy bank managers, who they clearly and without a doubt identified as the only real culprits in the dilemma. They had to serve for everything: for their bad-tempered boss, for their own fears for the future, for their children's bad grades, even for their private problems. I listened intently. Did one guy really blame a complete stranger banker for his marital crisis? Exactly! And he actually meant it.

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Before the financial crisis, he had never had any problems, not with his wife, not with his children, not with his job - his life had been perfect! But now one problem led to another, and of course that could only be due to one person - the bad banker. Discussion ended. The bill, please! When they went their way again a short time later, I watched them go for a moment. They didn't look happy to me. N / A? Did you recognize yourself a little in what the two men said? Perhaps not word for word, and you may have been spared the financial crisis, but haven't you made it a habit to blame others more often than yourself in difficult situations? Feel free to admit it, most of them do.

Everything depends on the right attitude

But let's just stick to the example of the bad banker for a moment. The general public opinion of the banker is notoriously the best, and when the news earlier this year saw plastic dolls dressed like bankers dangling from London lamp posts, you may have thought too - if only for a moment : "That's right. Hang them up, those crooks! ”Okay, read the last sentence one more time. Would you still think that way if the banker were your little brother? Your beloved husband, best friend, or even father? Then what would your picture of all of this be?

The banker is not solely to blame for the misery, if one can even speak of guilt. Take a step further in your mind. It may sound strange, but we are all equally responsible for our current situation. Where is your connection to the banker? Well, you certainly have money in a bank and support this system. You found it useful as long as you were personally fine with it, right? Nobody can absolve themselves of it. We are all in the same boat and we all entertain things that we accept - for our children and their children.

The world is programmed flat

The consciousness of the world has ultimately been steered in this direction by incorrect programming by all of us. Global economic crisis, climate catastrophe, religious wars - we are all of these because it comes from us and only from us. So from you too. It is of no use to look at the others, and certainly not to scold them, because they only do what the system in which we all live tells them to be: be the best, the smartest, the fastest, the strongest! You can see where this thinking leads. Or were you taught to be the happiest at school? Were you admitted to high school because you cared so lovingly for the well-being of the class community, or maybe "only" because you were able to memorize a significant part of it?

It is always said that the world is so difficult to understand, everything is so incredibly complicated, inscrutable and complex. It could be, but you don't have to be a super genius to see that it still doesn't work. As long as more and more people are starving, as long as brutal wars continue to rule entire continents, as long as people around the globe are still suffering and so unhappy that they don't have any Sense recognize more in their lives, although there are solutions for all these problems, no one can convince me with reasonable arguments that this system, which has only created all these crises, is the right one. It can not be.

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The Obama way

We all know that and yet we don't change anything about it. Why do people like these representatives from Ginos Restaurant complain about their unsatisfied life, instead of using the very energy they spend complaining and actively changing something about their situation? Because they don't take responsibility for their own life! They take on the role of victim so as not to feel guilty if they fail in the end. Then they would have to admit: “Shit, I screwed up. Me all alone and no one else!

One can see this phenomenon very well in the Barack Obama's success story. I don't think he's so admired solely because he managed to become the first black president in the history of the United States of America. Rather, it is because he did something that seemed almost impossible. The burden that came with his skin color was so immense that he had to muster an unimaginably strong willpower to overcome the seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Obama achieved his big dream and showed humanity that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself. That's why he's so adored and celebrated like a rock star. At last the world has a leader again to put responsibility for all its problems on. We have received a new messiah who is now to judge it, and we can breathe freely again, because from now on we no longer have to think about our own inaction.

Sometimes starting small is the best solution

Sure: Our world needs visionaries like Obama who break out, who jump off course and go their own way. People for whom there is no categorization, who create a new form of tension and bring us forward together. But you can be one too. No, it is you already! They just haven't noticed yet. Sometimes the most beautiful flower grows out of a stinking manure heap, but if we stand in front of it with our eyes closed, we will never be able to see its beauty. The economic crisis is such a stinking manure pile. We need the resulting tension to keep our normal

To mess up order once again. What we call "normal order" is being thrown mightily into chaos, and yet it does not seem so bad that we are taking this crisis as an opportunity to fundamentally change something in the way we all think. We are shaken up properly, but not really shaken awake. Head in the sand, close your eyes and through. Either we do nothing at all or we try to fi nd solutions to the problems, always resorting to the means that have brought us into this situation in the first place. We fly to the moon, launch rockets into space, but do not recognize the apparently simplest things.

We have to change the system

That is why there will continue to be lively crises in the future, in whatever form, until maybe at some point the last person realizes that our system should be changed. All well and good, but what has all this got to do with me? You might ask. You just want to get your own life going and not save the whole world right away. I understand that of course, but in principle there is no contradiction in this. The development of the big world works in the same way as your own very personal little world, like that of any other single person. We created it ourselves according to our ideas, constructed it ourselves.

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God has consciously given us free will on our way, that's why he lets us do all this nonsense. He has endowed each of us, you, me, Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, all seven billion people on this planet with so much power that we are not only theoretically but also practically in this second, now on the spot, everything different can do. We all carry this knowledge within us, but very few call it up.

Let's look ahead positively

At least I noticed that the global consciousness has changed massively for the better recently. That's good, because 30 years ago things looked very different. Humanity is slowly waking up from its slumber, at a snail's pace, but at least. As the saying goes: constant dripping wears away the stone. And yet we keep losing sight of the big picture and focus our energy not on change, but on the accumulation of matter: house, car, television, laptop, mobile phone and and and. Our children are already suffocating on all the toys in their children's rooms and at the same time no longer know what to play with because their brains cannot cope with this constant stress.

We flood our senses with new stimuli and do not even notice that we are desperately trying to cover up a deficiency. Because all the stuff that we put on ourselves is a clear sign that we are missing something important in life. Namely the ability to fill life with oneself. That's why yogis don't need anything anymore, because they have so much positive energy in them that everything outside is completely superfluous. Objects simply no longer have any meaning because their state of consciousness is already on a much higher level. If you will, they are hot on the heels of the mystery of life, and you will agree with me that a fancy sports car seems insignificant in comparison, doesn't it?

That all sounds very spooky, I'm well aware of that. I've been on this trip for over four decades and can only recommend getting a ticket as well. It doesn't cost anything, it's all for free. You won't be walking around overnight with the wisdom of a yogi, but you will find the fog slowly but surely clearing around you. It's a beastly feeling! I promise!

How to understand the world better

The world is not that difficult to understand at all if you take the effort to immerse yourself in it with all your senses. One trick is to try to turn off whatever knowledge you already have. Just imagine that you have lost your memory. Yes, okay, this is far from easy, but try anyway. When a baby is born it is endowed with all of the features that we as human beings have. But instead of expressing and developing this potential, society acts on the baby and continually kills these divine abilities.

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It is already written in the Bible: "Let us be like children ...", because children are the lucky ones. That's the whole point. This is where we have to start. Ask yourself why our children, the older they get, the more they move towards adulthood, the more unhappy and stressed they become. The answer sounds plausible: Because the system constantly forces children to fight against their own nature. Children instinctively approach life in a playful way, they do not tense up because their mind does not block them. They are not afraid of their future, which is why they can still have real fun. What percentage of adults can say that about themselves? I don't know, but the number won't be very high.

Virgin Killer

We wanted to express exactly this phenomenon back in 1976 with the cover of our album Virgin Killer. A young, naked girl sat behind a pane that had a crack in its most intimate place. For us at the time it was art and social criticism at the same time, but the youth protectionists only saw it as a huge mess. Admittedly, the motif was a very straightforward form we chose to indicate that time is the death of all virginity. The child is screwed up by information that some people cobbled together a very long time ago, partly with clear connections to the laws of nature, but partly only to mislead a society into keeping it trapped in its own system .

That too sounds quite adventurous and like a great dark conspiracy of humanity against itself? And you're still wondering where you come into play? You just want to be happy, have some cash in your bank account and have a good life. Exactly! But before you can do that, you need to understand the principle by which all of this works. We are all part of this system and the reason why everything, good and bad, big and small, is what it is. The fact that you are reading this text is a sign that you are open to change and ready to rethink. If you want to go through life successfully, find out what makes you happy and what you enjoy. Start playing again. Of course it sounds childish, start playing again ... but that's exactly how you have to approach it.

The game of life

In a way, I made my own fortune for myself. Life is one big game. Imagine you don't work anymore, you just play! Wouldn't that be an absolute hit? Because how can something be bad that is fun? Bingo! Now you have it. And so I officially declare the games open.

All right, Rudolf. Great idea! Let's go! Let's go play. Ahem, but what exactly? And where should I go, to the left, to the right? And anyway, what do I take with me to play? And what do I wear? Do I get dirty? Then I'd rather leave the white sneakers in the closet, right? What do you think it will rain Do I leave my cell phone here? Someone could call me! Should I quickly change my mood status on Myspace? Damn, in three hours the new season of »Dr. House «. Will I be back by then? Is it still worth it then? Shouldn't I stay here on the sofa and order a pizza? Or quickly go to the video store, then I can go ahead »Dr. House «watch another movie, have a pizza, chill out and put your feet up, what do you think? I have to get up early for my stupid job tomorrow anyway! Oh, I mustn't even think about it. What a stress! Shit, I'll post quickly on Facebookthat I can't start anything today. Doesn't the video store have a delivery service? Yes? Hammer! Then I don't even need to leave the apartment. Rudolf, I'm kind of annoyed by the whole action now. Everything is going to be way too much for me again. Let's have a chat next week, okay? So until then. Bye bye.

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Constantly under stress

Sure, until then, but do you seriously mean your answers will be different next week? Don't you have to get up early and have something to do that is totally annoying? Believe me, you will never run out of excuses to stick to the status quo. No matter what decision we have to make in our life, we find ourselves in a constant battle with ourselves. Every day anew. On the one hand we have our soul, our "heart", which sits in the form of a cute little angel on our left shoulder and wants to whiz around the world with us every day. Its powerful opponent is our intellect, which crouches as the devil on the right shoulder and constantly scares the angel with his huge trident of any change.

The mind and the soul are now constantly struggling for our favor and as you can safely confirm from your own experience, we almost always let the mind win. I decided a long time ago to just listen to my heart because I realized it would never make the wrong decision. Maybe it didn't always lead me directly to my goal, but it made me get up from the sofa every day and sent me out into the world with a great feeling.

I decided a long time ago to just listen to my heart because I realized it would never make the wrong decision.

Ocean's apprentice in Atlanta

In 1979 we toured the US with our Lovedrive album. In Atlanta we stayed in the Peachstreet Plaza, a super stylish hotel - round like a tower, with a glass facade. From my room I had a sensational view of the city skyline because I could look up into the sky on a straight line - beastly! I was sitting at my desk with my guitar, the television was playing without sound and I was composing a little to myself. I was just developing the beginning of The Zoo, a track from the upcoming Animal Magnetism album, and looked lost in thought at the screen. I had switched on the news channel, which showed a live broadcast of a helicopter flight. I paid no more attention to it and concentrated fully on the composition. Suddenly it got very loud around me. I put the guitar on the bed, stepped to the window front and saw a helicopter hover right in front of my nose. "Hmm, you know that one from somewhere," I thought to myself and glanced again at the television, back to the window front, back to the television, to the window front and indeed, it was the same. I immediately turned the sound on and learned that the helicopter was filming the bank next to our hotel, which was being robbed by gangsters. Totally crazy! Do you know the scene from the movie Ocean's Eleven, in which Basher Tarr is sitting in his hotel room in Las Vegas and excitedly watching a hotel blown up on TV, even though this scene is right next to him and he only has to look out the window? That's how I felt Hollywood up close!

You can experience it in your own way, in your world, if you don't keep putting the fun in your life off until next week. And most of all, don't be afraid of it. I know that you are thinking right now that you have to solve a million problems in order to even be able to loosen up for a moment. But you are wrong! There are no problems in life, just new situations. Problems cannot be solved, but stressful situations can. If there is really something that will keep you awake at night, give it your full attention now. Be present with all your senses, change something or accept this situation as it is, but do not let it hold you like a slave. Do you know who is creating all these damn problems in your head? Ask your mind! He keeps telling you what terrible horror stories you might expect one day. Do you see the trick he's using? The mind speaks in the subjunctive because your problems have nothing to do with the present, your actual life in the now. You are still in the distant future. Maybe they'll be at your door someday, maybe not. Who knows. Think about it in peace. They prefer to lie on the sofa and burden themselves with negative thoughts that are completely speculative, rather than having fun now with a free mind. This is crazy. This principle of stirring up fear is used everywhere, in the media, in business, in religion, in politics:

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There are no problems in life, just new situations.

All use this basic human feeling successfully for their own purposes, in order to bind the stupid victim people with their decisions on the nose. Nobody asks because everyone is too busy being afraid of the morning: For God's sake, I'll be the next to be fired, will my family have enough to eat, will I survive the giraffe flu as long as can I'll still pay my rent, I'll get sick from GM meat, what about my pension, is there a third world war? It's all utter madness! Is that what the picture you drew of your future life in kindergarten, when you could play carefree, looks like? To be honest, I can hardly imagine that.

We have to keep one thing very clear: we are all just a reflection of our society, our parents, our teachers, our faith, our entire environment, because we have been programmed according to their ideas and value systems. We in turn pass this knowledge on to our children. You really don't have to be a super-religious person to realize that God, in whatever form he exists for yourself, wants everyone on earth to experience the greatest possible happiness there is. But why doesn't it work? And there we are again - caught in the cycle of fear. Just break through it! The fear of pain is always worse than the actual pain. We know that it is, and yet we keep falling into the same trap of "what-if" - and in the end we can hardly move because of the fear.

No fear of fear

Even as a child, I was extremely suspicious of this adult behavior. I tried to explain this to myself with my naive and childlike means, but as hard as I tried, I just couldn't figure it out. My parents often discussed hypothetical events that could happen tomorrow, next year, or ten years from now. I could often see expressions of worry and sorrow on my mother's face. For example, she absolutely wanted me to follow in her family's footsteps and saw me as a telecommunications fitter at Siemens or Deutsche Post. She comes from a traditional family of officials and she wanted this kind of security for me too. Nice bourgeoisie, the main thing is that the pension is secure. She projected her wishful thinking onto her children, because of course she only wanted the best for us. And if something happened that could have caused this fantasy to collapse in her mind, she became frightened. How probably 99 percent of all mothers. Is not that crazy?

You're scared of something that hasn't happened yet. "What comes will come anyway, so don't worry." A little saying from my father that is so truthful. So if tomorrow doesn’t happen what I’m afraid of today, then I’ve had a completely empty stomach. And the time when I might as well have had fun is irrevocably lost. Martin Luther once said: "And if I knew that tomorrow the world would break into a thousand pieces, I would plant a tree today." He realized that it makes no sense to be afraid of the future. However, to enjoy the sight of a tree today, yes. What is coming is coming anyway so don't worry

Everyone is responsible for their own situation

The first step towards change is to realize that you are solely responsible for your situation. If you think about it again, it becomes clear to you why being happy, having fun and playing games is not as easy as it sounds at first. But why do we find it so difficult? After all, these are all things that we know are good for us. The answer is as simple as it is surprising: we've never learned anything else! As weird as it sounds, we've never been taught how to be happy from the bottom of our hearts, nor what it feels like to have real fun. All we are taught from birth is to perform and strive for visible success in the form of material possessions and social recognition. And then we fall into a lifelong hibernation called routine and only wake up when the Grim Reaper is at the door. "Oh, was that that already, wasn't it?" We wonder, totally surprised. “Fuck! Life hasn’t even started and is it over? I wanted to do so much tomorrow! "

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But then unfortunately it says: Game over! The idea is pretty frustrating, isn't it? So forget about them right away. The first step towards change is to realize that you are solely responsible for your situation. So I can't tell you what to do. But that's not bad either, because you already know the way. Now all you have to do is get up from the sofa and break the system


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