I Am a Reverse Paranoid

I believe that forces outside my control are out to do me good.

I'm busy preparing to be ready when the good stuff happens.

What are you preparing for?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Antone Roundy

    When I read your post title, I thought you were going to say you had a nagging fear that you were out to get everyone. 🙂

    • That actually made me laugh Antone!

      Sent from my iPad

  • Anonymous

    For sure! I’m like that too and I think it’s a big part of my happiness and being able to make a difference.

  • Randy

    Ray, I think that is the BEST way to look at things!!

  • Charles Emery

    Thanks for the positive attitude reinforcement Ray!

    I’m preparing to work with you on an amazingly lucrative and useful new product launch–with your permission & blessing of course.

    Gratefully & Respectfully Yours…


  • Stuart

    Don’t you think this might be a rather trite and supercilious comment?

    The more obvious things that come to mind are systematic racial persecution, like the holocaust, etc. But, that’s just one particular manifestation of human prejudice and mindless persecution that comes to mind amongst the manifold ways people vent their displaced rage and cowardice.

    To take the more obvious example, do you believe the forces outside the control of a Jew in a concentration camp were out to do him or her good? And, that they should have been ‘preparing to be ready when the good stuff happens?’

    Or are you trying to create your own reality? lol

    • Stuart,

      I don’t deny there is evil in the world. I simply choose to align myself with the good, instead. No, I don’t believe in “creating your own reality”.

      The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

      I also don’t deny that bad things still happen. This year I watched loved ones suffer financial ruin, lost jobs, broken relationships, and death at the hands of a disease that could only have been designed by the satan himself.

      Yet I also believe that, as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He wrote this to people who were undergoing harsh racial and religious persecution.

      I choose to believe that the “force beyond my control” – God Himself – is true to His Word.

      And I don’t find that either trite nor supercilious.

      Thank you for sharing, and I pray that the Lord will bless your socks off.


      • Hardships are what draw our hearts close to the Lord, and that’s the time when most positive growth happens… for those who allow it to.

        Some will choose to let the hard times make them bitter and resentful, others will choose to allow God to work good from them. I’ve chosen the latter, and I see God’s blessing on my life every day.

        “Lord, you know how long I need to be under these pressing circumstances to be broken and crushed so that Your fragrance can come forth from my life.” Zac Poonen

        For years, I clung to those words, and now, years later, God has lifted those pressing circumstances and I am able to bless others far more than if I had never been crushed.

        Was it easy?

        Was it what I would have chosen at the time?

        But did God use the hardships for my good… hardships that Satan clearly meant for destruction?


        He is true to His Word and He has proven Himself to me time and time again.

        What an awesome God we serve!

        Kirstyn Sierra

  • Pre74700@bigpond.net.au

    Yes Stuart but you should read Victor E.Frenkl’s book! About coming through and out the other side of the holucost to a life well lived.One cannot stop and be stymmied by cowardly truisms.It’s about reaching for the light which takes courage and strength.Not easy but ,,,,!