Launch Yourself to Success with the Power of Belief
What is your definition of success? Is it having a great job, a fancy car, a beautiful house, the ability to take annual vacations, the acquisition of new things or giving your children the maximum advantage in life? For many of us, these things help to make life bearable but do not always say that success has been achieved. There are so many who can do these things and more but some are miserable and face multiple challenges in their family lives and businesses. So if having all those trinkets and trappings don’t necessarily define success … what does? Jim Rohn once said that success is being happy. Happiness is something that eludes a wide swath of the population and the lack of it contributes to many of our societal issues. As a population we seem much better off than our forefathers were financially but comparatively speaking our levels of happiness don’t come close to theirs. In their lack they shared and everyone had enough. During their struggles they were resourceful and found a way to overcome. We have become so busy that our lives are filled but not fulfilling, active but not actualizing, colourful but not impactful. If success is truly the attainment of happiness then what is preventing so many of us from reaching that destination?
In chapter 1 of ‘The Magic of Thinking BIG’, David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. states that “success means freedom: freedom from worries, fears, frustrations and failure. Success means self-respect, continually finding more real happiness and satisfaction from life, being able to do more for those who depend on you. Success means winning.” Everyone wants to succeed. If asked, no one states that they want to fail. Everyone wants the finer things in life and wants to be happy. Dr. Schwartz presents the concept – ‘believe you can succeed and you will’ as the title of chapter 1. He refers to some of the most practical success-building wisdom being found in the Biblical quotation stating that ‘faith can move mountains’. The basis of success is a belief that you can succeed. What is it that you believe for? Whatever that thing is, the desire for it signifies your inward hunger and that inward hunger will guide you to attaining it – once attained you will be happy. Is achieving that goal or creating that program or helping that section of society is what would really make you happy? Believing that you can do it, gives you the fuel to pursue it. Staying the course enables you to eventually reach it. That accomplishes success.
There are some key elements needed in order to achieve success. They are as follows;
Desire (Goal) + Belief (Action) = Success (Happiness)
As I mentioned earlier everyone wants to succeed and that speaks to the innate desire for more in all of us. That desire is made more realistic when you actually believe that you can achieve it. That rock-solid posture of belief gives you the foundation to actually see an intangible thought or idea become a tangible physical thing, all because of your belief. Dr. Schwartz states on page 11 that “Belief, strong belief, triggers the mind to figure ways and how-to … those who believe they can move mountains, do.” It really is not our jobs to hack at the mountain that lies between us and our goals. It is our job to think of where it is we want to go or what it is we want to achieve and let go of it. Our minds will find ways to get us there. There is a piece of our future trapped inside of us and it longs to reunite with its future self – that is desire. As that desire is sparked within us our minds along with the resources around us start to move us towards that reunion. When we get there that piece of the future that was trapped inside us finally connects with its larger self and there is wholeness or happiness/success. I recognize that it is never this easy and that there are several factors that contribute to us achieving or factors that contribute to us not achieving.
Dr. Schwartz makes a profound illustration regarding your mind as a “thought factory”. In essence he states that “production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen … Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat. Mr. Triumph is in charge of manufacturing positive thoughts and Mr. Defeat produces negative thoughts. Mr. Triumph specializes in producing reasons why you can, why you qualify and why you will while; Mr. Defeat is an expert in developing reasons why you can’t, why you are weak, why you are inadequate.” He goes on to say that both foremen are intensely obedient; give a positive signal and Mr. Triumph comes to the fore and executes, conversely give a negative signal and Mr. Defeat takes charge. By your outlook or your communication you strengthen either of these foremen and ultimately you reap the rewards they bring.
In his summation Dr. Schwartz states the following;
How To Develop The Power of Belief
- Think success; don’t think failure. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success.
- Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do.
- Believe BIG. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.
Ralph J. Cordiner former chairman of the board for General Electric Company said … “whether a man lags behind or moves ahead in his specialty is a matter of his own personal application. This is something which takes time, work and sacrifice. Nobody can do it for you.”
I encourage you to take the time to develop yourself, fix your goals in your sights, know that you can achieve them and move forward. There is no such thing as failure only resistance; and resistance can be overcome eventually.
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