If you’re a motivated person, or a person with passion and desire, read this material by the amazing speaker and author Earl Nightingale. It will shed some light on whether the current path and methods of living are going to bring you where you want to go. I’ve been studying his work for a few weeks now and it’s absolutely profound knowledge:
The Strangest Secret
By Earl Nightingale
When we say “nearly five percent of men and women achieve success” then we have to define success. The following is the best definition we’ve found: “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
If a person is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where to go, then that person is successful. If a person does not know which direction they want to go in life, then that person is a failure.
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Therefore, who succeeds?
The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. The person who says, “I’m going to become this”… and then begins to work toward becoming it.
Have you ever wondered why so many men and women work so hard and honestly without ever achieving anything in particular? Why others do not seem to work hard at all and yet get everything? We sometimes think it is the magic touch or pure luck. We often say, “Everything they touch turns to gold.” Have you ever noticed that a person who becomes successful tends to continue this pattern of success? Or on the other hand, how a person who fails seems to continually fail?
Well, the answer is simple — those who succeed have established personal goals.
Success is not the result of making money; making money is the result of success and success is in direct proportion to our service.
Here are five steps that will help you realize success:
1. Establish a definite goal.
2. Stop running yourself down.
3. Do not think of all the reasons why you cannot be successful — instead think of all the reasons why you can achieve success.
4. Trace your emotions back to childhood — discover where you first got the negative idea you would not be successful — face your fears.
5. Renew your self-image by writing a description of the person you want to become — Act the part — You are that person!
George Bernard Shaw said:
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
Well, that is pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered this believed – for a while – that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
Now, it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about. And we become what we think about.
Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion and anxiety and fear and worry, becomes what he thinks about. His life becomes one of frustration and fear and anxiety and worry.
And if he thinks about nothing…he becomes nothing.
So decide now. What is it you want? Plant your goal in your mind. It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make in your entire life. All you’ve got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, and work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality.
How do you begin?
First: It is understanding emotionally as well as intellectually that we literally become what we think about; that we must control our thoughts if we’re to control our lives. It’s understanding fully that…”as ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
Second: It’s cutting away all fetters from the mind and permitting it to soar as it was divinely designed to do. It’s the realization that your limitations are self-imposed and that the opportunities for you today are enormous beyond belief. It’s rising above narrow-minded pettiness and prejudice.
Third: It’s using all your courage to force yourself to think positively on your own problems, to set a definite and clearly defined goal for yourself. To let your marvelous mind think about your goal from all possible angles; to let your imagination speculate freely upon many different possible solutions. To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose. To act promptly and decisively when your course is clear. And to keep constantly aware of the fact that you are, at this moment, standing in the middle of your own “acres of diamonds.”
And fourth: Save at least 10 percent of every dollar you earn.
It’s also remembering that, no matter what your present job, it has enormous possibilities – if, you’re willing to pay the price by keeping these four points in mind:
1. You will become what you think about.
2. Remember the word “imagination” and let your mind begin to soar.
3. Courageously concentrate on your goal every day.
4. Save 10 percent of what you earn.
Finally, take action – ideas are worthless unless we act on them.