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Think & Succeed

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“Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.”
- James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Every act that man performs germinates from the realms of his mind as a seed of thought. The mind of man, when born, is like pure, fertile soil. Something has to grow on it. If he fails to sow seeds of prosperity and joy, then the weeds of poverty and sorrow will find ground there. The challenge for every man is to make a wonderful harvest in his lifetime using the very best fertile seeds of thought.

Every one of us is plagued by various desires – desire for riches or fame or good health or a peaceful family life or all of the above. All of these are within our reach. We have to just open the arms of our mind, demand them to come to us and they will be ours. Surprised? Yes, it is true. The only thing other than hard work that can lead us to the summit of success is our thoughts. Today’s thoughts will serve to build our dreams of tomorrow.

Each of us has a thousand reasons for our failure. However, the world does not want to know why we failed but only wants a reply for whether we succeeded. Napoleon Hill in his bestseller, ‘Think and Grow Rich’ states, “success requires no explanations; failure permits no alibis.”

“It has always been a mystery to me,” said Elbert Hubbard, “why people spend so much time deliberately fooling themselves by creating alibis to cover their weaknesses. If used differently, this same time would be sufficient to cure the weakness, then no alibis would be needed.” So, let us stop finding excuses to explain away our lack of persistence and planning and laziness. Any circumstance or obstacle can be overcome by us. Remember, all adversity, failures and heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.

Now that we have put our minds into achieving the very best of our ambitions, let us analyze the pathway that we should pave to reach our desired goal.

(1) Goal setting

What is it that we really want from life? What are our innermost desires? It is very vital that we identify them. Only then, we will get a definiteness of purpose. We have to know where we are heading only then can we reach there. Remember, anything that the mind of man can conceive and believe in, it can achieve.

“Dwell in thought upon the Grandest,
And the Grandest you shall see;
Fix your mind upon the Highest,
And the Highest you shall be.”
-James Allen.

Do surely write down your goals on paper and see them everyday. That will reinforce in your mind the direction in which you should be heading. This way all unnecessary and unwanted thoughts and acts that deviates you from your destination can be checked and avoided. Focus only on worthy acts and thoughts.

(2) Absolute faith

“If you believe you can do a thing or
If you believe you cannot-
You are right.”
-Henry Ford

We should develop a burning desire for the goals we wish to attain. Read that sentence again. I did not mention a liking or a wish or a hope but what is needed is an absolute craving and burning desire. We should have complete faith that we will achieve it in spite of the umpteen obstacles and failures which we meet in our endeavors. Remember, the minute before dawn is the darkest of all. Just before success, there is mostly a heartbreaking failure. The one who succeeds is the one who uses that failure as his stepping stone to success.

The only way that we can develop this level of confidence in our goal is by constant reinforcement of our goal in our mind. Keep repeating the “can I?” to “I CAN” and keep repeating it to yourself. We should establish in our minds the thought that we have reached our goal and live our life as if we have succeeded. This fools the subconscious into believing that it is true and it starts working to make it true.

When I was a CA intermediate student, I had made a name board for my study room with the words ‘Ms. Archana, B.Com., A.C.A.’ What I had done for fun had actually played a vital role in my subconscious mind and it fooled my mind into believing that to be true. The rest was a walk in the park. I achieved my goal easily as my mind made way for the best of opportunities to reach me. The name board made for fun is now hanging true.

The opportunities always exist, but we never discover them because we do not have clarity and coherence in thoughts. Once we write down our goals and reinforce in our mind our desire for them, we start identifying opportunities in places and people everywhere. Remember, the time when you got the latest fashion shoes, how everyone you saw on road was also wearing them. The truth is that they were always wearing them. It is only now that you are noticing it.

(3) Knowledge

Knowledge is power. To achieve our goal, we should gain all the requisite knowledge. If you want to write a bestselling biography of Mahatma Gandhi, you have to gain absolute knowledge of Gandhiji. You have to read all of his books, books written about him, the old articles about him in newspapers and magazines, etc. Without gaining this knowledge, it would be impossible to write a book about him. Since you have fixed your goal and written it down, the subconscious mind will direct you to all the places and books that you may need. The act of reading them and gaining knowledge is up to you.

(4) Planning

Failing to plan is planning to fail. A definite plan with a burning desire for success is the only dependable means of achieving our goals. Making practical and workable plans is the first step to reach our goals. If you face failure, don’t change your goal but change your plan and try again. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

Break up your master goals into a series of small goals and keep a time frame for the achievement of each one. Be ready to give up television, useless magazine reading, sleep and everything else necessary to achieve your goal. Once you achieve each small goal, reward yourself with something you like. Maybe, you can go for a spa treatment or curl up in bed for extra two hours as a special reward. This will make you happy and give you a sense of achievement.

(5) Persistence

A long while ago, a great warrior sent his armies against a powerful foe whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers and equipments into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded everything and then burnt all the ships. Then, he addressed his men, saying, “You win or you perish!” They won.

This should be the mindset that each of us should develop. Most people give up their goals or accept something lesser than what they desire at the first sign of failure or misfortune. Will power and persistence is required at these times. Accept nothing else except what you desired. Burn all your ships behind. Don’t make any ‘otherwise’ plans. Only then will you persevere and attain your goals.

(6) Support Groups

There is no meaning in success and joy if we have none to share it with. Spouse, kids, family and friends play a vital role in our lives. Having a few people to whom you can confide your goals and who would inspire and urge you to attain them is a real blessing. Try to find such people in your lives. Friends are people easy to find but hard to keep. So, these special people should be safeguarded by and from your words and actions.

Reflect on these few nuggets of relationship wisdom and incorporate them in all your dealings with people.

i)Always have a win-win attitude. You can never reach high by trampling on the people below you. Even if you do, the resultant success would be temporary and unpleasant.
ii)Surround yourself with positive and inspiring people who influence you to think and act for yourself. Keep your mind closed against all people who depress or discourage you in any way.
iii)Speak less and listen more.
iv)“Manners maketh the man”. Show politeness and courtesy to all around you. No one can insult you without your permission. So, do not stoop to their level but remain controlled and poised. Never get angry and never raise your voice.
v)Don’t condemn or criticize anyone. Avoid arguments. Keep quiet if you do not agree.
vi)Give honest and sincere appreciation abundantly.
vii)Always develop your contacts. Try to remember the names of all people you meet. Write letters and make phone calls to all your distant friends and relatives.

The first thing which we all should learn is to control our minds. If you fail to control your own mind, you must be sure you will control nothing else. Plato said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.”

Meditate for at least 10-15 minutes everyday. Sit in a quiet corner and calm down your mind. Now imagine that your mind is a huge diamond inside a cage and you are the guard standing at the door of that cage. Check every thought that comes to your mind and allow only the positive ones filled with joy, love and appreciation to pass through. Banish the rest right away. Not just during the meditation time but even during the rest of the day, you can continue doing this sub-consciously and this will lead to self-control. Your mind will be clean and fertile and you will reap a huge harvest out of your endeavors.

“Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
Published: 2007-05-08
Author: Archana Sarat

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I am a freelance journalist for the last one year. my published pieces are displayed in the Blog page of my site. i am interested in challenging writing work in all fields. i can undertake extensive research. i am a student of the Writer's Bureau, UK. I am also a member of the Association of Freelance Journalists, England. my writing style and vocabulary are my strengths.

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