Someone please help me understand. I’m sure its basic psychology, but for the last 37 years or so that I’ve been in the business world working; observing; studying; teaching; training; and coaching. This entire time, countless books and articles; research and reports and more research continue to review and study in search for the secrets of success. And, over and over again there are a few basic elements that always, always emerge. Every time…without fail, these basic elements of success reveal themselves. So after a hundred years of so of this you would think that people would listen. You would think that they would take notice just a little more than they have to these recurring SUCCESS SECRETS.

The most basic of these recurring elements revolves around your personal belief structure. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, and I paraphrase here “If you think you can….or you can’t…’re right!” Brian Tracy in a recent Financial Success newsletter calls this the Law of Belief. It says simply this: Whatever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality! In other words, whatever you intensely and with passion believe becomes your reality. Successful people block out and consistently work on not allowing any negative force to enter into their world. Mr. Tracy goes on to say that, “…they will not entertain, think about, or talk about the possibilities that they’ll fail. They do not even think about the possibility of failure.”

Sometimes this is called POSITIVE KNOWING vs. POSITIVE THINKING! Positive thinking is trying hard to think positive with quite a lot of wishing, dreaming and mental trickery going on. However, Positive Knowing is when a person can absolutely and passionately know that whatever happens personally; in business; in the economy; in the world….no matter what that they WILL be successful. This is accomplished only with an unwavering willpower. Willpower drives your confidence, it is the fuel for your success engine. Brian Tracy says, “Willpower is essential to any success. Willpower is based on confidence. It’s based on conviction. It’s based on faith. Its based on your belief in your ability to triumph over all obstacles.”

With so much negativity going throughout our world today, your success can be a simple as adjusting the level of belief that you have in yourself. If you’re surrounded by negative co-workers, get away from them. If you’re surrounded by negative friends, find new friends. If you’re in a negative job setting, change it or go somewhere else…but you must believe and you must create a support network around of others that believe in you and what you’re trying to accomplish. I firmly believe that we are now living in the ultimate, “Is the Glass half full or half empty” point in time.

I met a business person last week that was moaning about how bad the economy was and I asked them realistically how bad the economy had hurt his business…and he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Well it really hasn’t yet but it will!” In every recessionary economy there are opportunities for those who believe enough to see the opportunities. The author, T.Harv Eker of The Millionaire Mind fame suggests it’s the difference in understanding the difference in WHAT IS vs. WHAT IF. Be realistic and honest about What Is. Use What Is to base your strategy on and simply smile and steadfastly hold to your beliefs and willpower with confidence and your success will blossom while others will still continue to wonder what your secret is.
Coach Dan

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