By: Molly M Grubb, AIF®
I want to show you how you can be a part of the 5% of people out there who are truly successful. Let’s begin with defining it. I am going to refer a lot to “‘The Strangest Secret’“, by Earl Nightingale. He defines a person who is successful as, “one who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. It is someone who is doing a predetermined job because that is what he decided to do deliberately.” Take for example, my mother whose life goal was to be the best wife and homemaker she could be. She had to stop with me (runt of 6 children) but truly wanted to have 10 boys and one girl. She taught us everything we needed to know about God, a strong work ethic and how to be a good spouse and parent, and she was wildly successful.
The biggest enemy to success is your mind, not your competitors or negative close family or friends…it is you. Your success relies on the ability to control your mind to allow in only positive thoughts, ones that are all focused towards your big hairy audacious goal. Think of your mind as a lush field waiting to be planted. Now, that field does not care whether you decide to plant fields of poison ivy or fields of green beans, it will grow both equally with your care. If you put negative thoughts in, negative results will occur. If you think we live in a world of limited resources, you will have limited success. I ask you to look at a field of corn, look at a field filled with tall stalks of corn, then consider for all those hundreds of corn seeds from each plant, how many seeds did it take to produce one stalk … one? Resources are abundant if you open your mind to the limitless possibilities of your goal.
Here is a simple exercise that will hopefully create a habit for you that Earl Nightingale calls the 30-day test. Write on a Post-it®, write a note in your phone or somewhere you can look at it frequently, your one goal that you want above all else. This can be double your income, be the best spouse, or own your own business. Whatever it is, just reach for the stars. Look at this every day as often as you can. By doing this, you will be a part of the small minority of people who are living with purpose. On the other side of your Post-it®, put a reminder: Seek and ye shall find; ask and it shall be given; knock and the door shall open. Earl Nightingale states, “earning money is a result of success – and success is in direct proportion to our service.” Most want to stand in front of a stove and say, “Give me heat and then I’ll add the wood.” “No man can get rich by himself without enriching others.”
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