I’d like to tell you about The Strangest Secret in the World.
“WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.“
“The late Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was once asked, “Doctor, what is wrong with men today?
The Great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, “Men simply do not think!”
It is about this that I want to talk with you.
We live today in a golden age. This is an era that humanity has looked forward to, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. But since it is here we pretty well take it for granted. We are fortunate to live in the riches era that ever existed on the face of the earth. A land of abundant opportunity for everyone. But do you know what happens?
Lets take 100 individual who start even at the age of 25.
Do you have any idea what will happen to those men and women by the time they are 65?
These 100 people, who all start even at the age of 25, all believe they’re going to be successful. If you ask any one of them if they want to be a success they would tell you they did. You would notice that they are eager toward life, there is a certain sparkle in their eye, an erectness to their carriage. Life seems like a pretty interesting adventure to them.
But by the time they are 65, only one will be rich, four will be financially independent, 41 will be working, and 54 will be broke – depending on others for life’s necessities.
Now think a moment: Out of the 100, only five make the grade!
Why do so many fail?
What has happened to the sparkle that was there when they were 25?
What has become of their dreams, their hopes, their plans?
Why is there such a large disparity between what these people intended to do and what they actually accomplished?
The Definition of Success
When we say about 5% achieve success, we have to define success. Here is the best definition I’ve ever been able to find:
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
If someone is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where they are going, that person is a success.
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.“
Roll May, the distinguished psychiatrist, wrote in his wonderful book called: “Man’s Search for Himself”.
“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice – it is conformity.”
And there you have the trouble today; the reason for so many failures.
Conformity … people acting like everyone else, without knowing why or without where they are going.
I’ll tell you the successful people are:
*A success is the school teacher who is teaching school because that’s what he or she wants to do.
*A success is the woman who is a wife and mother because she wanted to become a wife and mother and is doing a good job of it.
*A success is the man who runs the corner gas station because that was his dream.
*A success is the entrepreneur who starts their own company because that was their dream – that’s what they wanted to do.
*A success is the successful salesperson who wants to become a top notch salesperson and grow and build with in his or her organization and sets forth on the pursuit of that goal.
“A success is anyone who is pursuing deliberately a predetermined goal, because that’s what he or she decided to do … deliberately.”
“Plant your goal in your mind and water it.” You are guided by your mind.” – Earl Nightingale