Finally: It explains why two people can seem to be equal in all things. Yet one turns everything they touch into gold and the other person goes from one back-breaking crisis to the next...
Thirteen words took me from a life where I'd lost my home, my last car and was living below the poverty level --- to a seven-figure business, million-dollar waterfront home and jet set travel to the hottest glamour spots in the world.
Maybe you find yourself confronting some of the same challenges I faced:
- Do you find yourself on the edge of succeeding at something and then all of a sudden everything falls apart? (it's called self-sabotage and it kills millions of dreams everyday. Learn how to blast away self-sabotage forever)
- Have you struggled for years with the knowledge that you have at least as much on the ball as many others who have succeeded, but you're still mired in mediocre results?
- Do you come up with some great ideas that you know could change your life but you never seem to get started on them?
- Are you working harder but can’t seem to make any progress?
- Are you frustrated because you just can’t breakthrough the barriers in your life?
- Do you have a “settle for” attitude (ie., “it’s not what I want but it’s better than a lot of people have.”)
- Are you tired of watching others zoom by on the super-success highway while you seem stuck on the side of the road?
The 'mental thermostat' that controls all
At a weekend seminar in October 1997 I heard the thirteen words that forever changed my life: "The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief." Read those words again. In fact, read them over and over until they really strike home.
When the speaker uttered that quote from The Magic of Thinking Big, I instantly knew that I had finally found the missing piece to my success puzzle.
I realized at that moment that all my years of frustration had been governed by the "mental thermostat" called "belief." Where ever my belief was "set" would determine how successful (or how unsuccessful) I would be.
The miserable life I was leading at that time was a direct result of the beliefs that I held. If I wanted to change my life, I had to change my belief.
Napoleon Hill, writing in the classic Think and Grow Rich, said that belief and desire are the beginning of all achievement. If one of those key ingredients is missing, success is almost impossible.
That might explain why a lot of people get excited about an idea (desire) but fail to follow through with it (belief). It's rare that we will attempt to do something that we don't believe in, and we will never give 100% of our effort to something without a strong belief that we can do it. It's our human defense mechanism. In As A Man Thinketh, James Allen tells us, "The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do." In Above Life's Turmoil he tells us, "Belief always precedes action."
That certainly helped me understand why I'd find myself with some great ideas that I thought would be successful, and then six months would pass by and I hadn't done anything about them. I didn't have the deep down belief they'd be successful, so I simply didn't take any action on them. And that's the same experience that most people have that steals the great dreams they have for their lives.
Napoleon Hill wrote a very telling line in Think and Grow Rich: "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." That's pretty clear and straightforward. And you can see that power of belief at work in the lives of all successful people...