Your Success Is All in Your Mind
What is success?
The dictionary defines success as "the achievement of something
desired, planned, or attempted."
So you must decide for yourself what success is, depending
on what you seek in your life, your relationships and your
career. If you're an athlete, success can mean obtaining that
gold medal. If you identify yourself as a parent, success
can mean raising children with good moral values. For a doctor,
success can mean relieving pain or saving a life. To many
of us success means a job promotion or acquiring wealth. It
depends on your perspective and how you perceive yourself
and your life.
You are the only one who can judge your success. If you try
to achieve success according to someone else's standards or
society's standards, you will never be satisfied that you
have achieved it.
Yet even when we know that we define our own success, we often
seem to fail. We feel dissatisfied, empty, tense. Our minds
are not at rest, not peaceful, not harmonious. Our thoughts
are full of "if onlys." You know what they're like: "If only
I had more money, I would be happy." "If only I could lose
20 pounds, my life would be perfect."
What's the difficulty? Are we setting unrealistic goals? Maybe,
but that's not really the problem. Are we not trying hard
enough? Usually that's not a factor either. What is it? Us!
We are our own worst enemy. "We have met the enemy and he
is us," as Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo, famously wrote.
How do we sabotage our success, undermine our goals, subvert
our desires? Through the largely unconscious programming of
our minds. That's the whole answer in a nutshell. It's our
thoughts, the thoughts we allow to parade through our heads
and invade our subconscious. When we can learn to change our
thoughts, then our success is assured.
Your mind didn't come with an instruction manual. You were
given a lot of instruction by your parents, your teachers,
your friends, by books, movies, TV. But did any of it tell
you how to control your thoughts? Did it tell you how to program
You do have the power to change your life if you want to.
You do have the power to achieve the goals you set for yourself.
But you won't succeed if you don't learn to control your mind
The seat of power in your life is your unconscious mind, the
mind that works 24/7 on whatever program you have set for
it. You set these programs by empowering your thoughts with
vision, expectation, belief and desire. Before anything that
you wish for can happen, you must envision it clearly, desire
it, believe deeply that it will happen, and expect confidently
that it will happen.
The unconscious mind will act based on your ability to program
it. You constantly send your unconscious information and messages,
whether you think so or not, but many of the messages tend
to be negative ("if only"). When you think "if only" you tell
your unconscious that you are not a success, that you are
in a state of lack and limitation.
So be very careful of your thoughts, beliefs and actions.
If you worry about not having enough money, you are programming
your mind for lack. If you worry that you can't accomplish
your goals, you are programming your mind for failure. If
you believe you haven't the opportunities you need to get
ahead, you are programming yourself not to recognize them
when they appear.
Why? The unconscious mind is constantly working on the information
that you have sent, and negative information yields negative
reality. As the computer geeks say, "Garbage in, garbage out."
You can have success; you can change your life. But you must
change your mind first.
Steve Diamond is a student of the mental and spiritual
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