What do most people do when they need money? Some borrow, and get deeper in debt. Others tighten their belts and adapt their needs to their meager income. Instead of challenging themselves and their world to fulfill their dreams, most people limit their dreams to their perceptions of the world’s constraints. They have a passive, wait-and-see attitude — “Let’s see if this miracle happens.” And, most often, it doesn’t happen.
Our Lives Reflect Our Beliefs — Unlimited Success Comes from an Unlimited Belief System
To improve your financial situation, to track down a job, to get a raise in your salary, to double your income, to become fit and healthy, you have to passionately want to improve your life. You have to take action, adopt precise measures, and change your attitude.
This has to become a fixed objective. This overriding desire is mandatory to create the life you want. Determination and will are all the strength you need. Kazuo Inamori, CEO of Kyocera International and author of A Passion for Success, puts it this way:
An entrepreneur must first have a clear vision of what he or she wants. A mere dream of what you want is not adequate. Instead, cultivate a desire so strong and a vision so clear that they become part of your subconscious mind.
So many people honestly desire to improve their lives but still fail in their attempts to become successful. The reason is that they have mistaken wishing for wanting. Wishful thinking is far more common than really wanting something. A wish is weak, changeable, and passive. It’s not strong enough to overcome procrastination or other obstacles that may arise in the process of getting what you want. Really wanting something is a spur to action. It does not tolerate delays. It bypasses obstacles. It gives us wings to fly.
One day a wise man was asked by a disciple what it took to obtain wisdom. The sage led the disciple to a river and plunged his head underwater. After a few seconds, his anxious follower began struggling, afraid he was going to drown. But the teacher continued to hold his head underwater. The student struggled even harder.
Finally, the wise man let him go just before he would have drowned and asked him, “When your head was underwater, what did you want most?” “To breathe,” the frightened boy answered. “Well, there you have it. That’s exactly how much you must want wisdom.” And for those of us seeking to improve our lives, that’s how much we must want success.
Life gives you what you sincerely want. James Allen wrote in his classic work As You Think, “If you cherish a vision, a lofty ideal in your heart, you will realize it….You will become as great as your dominant aspiration.” If you content yourself with mediocrity, that is what you will have.
Since you’re reading this book, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your situation. But this dissatisfaction is a gift, as there is something intensely motivating about dissatisfaction: it fuels dreams. As we mentioned before, many successful people had difficult, impoverished childhoods. They felt humiliated. Their desire to rise above poverty and low social status was so intense that it propelled them toward their dreams.
It is important to bear in mind, however, that even if you have high aspirations, you will still encounter obstacles. “Even with such strong desires, circumstances will change…” Inamori says. “Still, do not use these circumstances as excuses. Your determination should be so strong as to overcome any obstacles, foreseen or unforeseen.”
The dreams you carry and nourish in your heart are your most noble part. Those who stop dreaming, those who ignore their most intense yearnings are living a life of emptiness and frustration. Don’t let this happen to you. Change your life by daring to let yourself be carried away by your dreams and to live out your dreams to the fullest.
This philosophy may appear naive — it is. Without naivete, without the innocence of dreams, nothing great would have been created in this world. Humans would not fly; epic films would not have been made; Ford wouldn’t have created the mass-produced automobile; Edison wouldn’t have lit the world. A serious outlook, cynicism, and even strictly rational thought are great obstacles to success.
We aren’t arguing in favor of extravagant, irrational behavior. Far from it! The truth is: At the root of every great discovery and exceptional success story lies a dream, an aspiration, a desire. This desire transcends cynicism and strictly rational thought.
Within your deepest desires and highest dreams are the keys to your success.
Summary and Recommended Action
To sum up this first chapter, there are four initial conditions to fulfill in order to become successful:
1. Believe you will be successful.
The first prerequisite is having faith, believing that you can attain success, believing in yourself. This belief can be created by using self-suggestion to change your old programming. If you don’t believe in yourself or your ideas, you’ll never convince anyone else to believe in them. Success never comes out of the blue, handed to you on a silver platter. The obstacles you’ll have to overcome, the difficulties you’ll inevitably meet, and the sustained effort you need to make all require a good dose of faith to spur you on.
2. Be aware that your situation will not magically change if you do nothing about it.
Set a clear goal, and take whatever steps you can each week to move a little closer to the goal. Great success is the result of a great many small steps. It doesn’t require taking huge, scary leaps; it only requires taking the next obvious step in front of you.
3. Passionately desire to improve your life.
Make a list of the excuses and the inner monologues that keep success at bay. This stage is absolutely essential. It makes you aware of your limiting beliefs. Once you know them, you can overcome them. Successful people have learned to release doubt from their minds. They have tremendous faith in both themselves and in their plans, despite any opposition they may face.
4. Dare to dream — and to dream great dreams.
Within your deepest desires and highest dreams are the keys to success. Your subconscious mind knows only those limitations you have imposed upon it through your own limiting beliefs — and those beliefs can be changed, using the tools in this book.
From the book How to Think Like a Millionaire © 1997. Reprinted with permission from New World Library www.newworldlibrary.com.
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