Success comes when these four principles are evident in your life: (1) when you experience the joy of overcoming, (2) when you acquire a burning desire, (3) concentration on some undertaking and (4) establishing more faith in your power.
How do you experience the joy of overcoming? First, by creating in yourself the intense longing to become a different you. Giving yourself permission to unfasten the prison doors of unbelief, weaknesses, self-belittlement, and disappointment in your past. Substituting these negative attributes with positive characteristic helps build the new you. Next stop struggling; allow the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and the Omnipresent God/Universe handle the baggage so that you can experience freedom. Just let go of it. You have to be willing to give up what you don’t need to get what you do need. Next, the joy of obedience, which can be found in watching children. Children seem to have so much joy when they do something good or are doing something, which they at one time couldn’t do, but now they can. Lastly, the joy of victory when overcoming obstacles, or roadblocks in your life. For example, having victory over smoking by quitting, or victory over your weight by eating nutritiously, exercising, and watching portion sizes. When you’ve accomplished some or all of the above, you then come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.
How do you acquire a burning desire? According to Steve Pavlina there are eight steps you can take to cultivate burning desire. The first step is burn the ships, such that you have no choice but to press on. For example, if you want to launch your own business, you can begin by quitting your job: write a letter of resignation, put it in a stamped envelope addressed to your boss, and give it to a trusted friend with firm instructions to mail the letter if you haven’t quit your job by a certain date. Step two, fill your environment with “Desire Boosters”. For instance, let’s say that one of your goals is to lose weight. Get some poster boards and make your own posters that say, “I weigh X pounds”. Where X is put your goal weight along with pictures of people who are at that weight. Change your screen saver to a text message that says the same thing or to some equally motivational imagery. Step three: surround yourself with positive people. Make friends with people who will encourage you on the path to your goals. Share your goals only with people who will support you. Fire the negative people from your life. Meet people who have lost one hundred pounds and kept it off. Their attitudes become infectious and you begin believing that you can do it too. Step four, feed your mind with empowering information on a daily basis. Inspirational books & audio programs are some of the best ways for cultivating desire. Fill your mind with some form of motivational material for at least fifteen minutes a day. This will continually recharge you and keep your desire strong. Step five, replace sources of negative energy with positive energy. Observe what sensory inputs affect your attitude—what you read, what you watch on T.V. and other events in your home environment. Fill your time with positive input such as motivational & educational programs. Watch light-hearted comedies and stories of triumph over adversity. Spend more time laughing and less time worrying. Step six, dress for success. When you pass by a mirror what image are you currently reinforcing? How do you visualize yourself in the future, having achieved certain goals? You need to find a style of clothing that looks professional and is also comfortable. Remember, are your clothes that you wear everyday consistent with your goals and your new you? Step seven, use mental programming which is a neuro-linguistic programming technique that helps you associate positive emotions to whatever goal you’re working to achieve. For example, find some music that energizes and inspires you; listen to it for fifteen minutes daily. Step eight, take immediate action by setting a goal for yourself and then act immediately. Don’t think about it, don’t ponder the consequences. Just do it now.
Now let’s look at concentrating on some undertaking that you want to do. You need to be so interested in this undertaking, so engrossed in this subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Your mind absorbs the undertaking and it gives it life and being. Help will come in the form of information and resources to accomplish the undertaking, which will lead to success. All discovery & attainment are the result of desire plus concentration, which will wrench any secret from nature. Always concentrate on the undertaking as an already existing fact.
The final principle that is needed in your life for success to occur is establishing more faith in your power. Your power is determined by your mental attitude. If this attitude is one of success, permanently held with an unswerving purpose, then you will attract the things you silently demand. By understanding your true source of power, you will no longer be interested in shams or put-ons.
Since you’ve discovered the principles needed for success, now take them, and apply them to your world. For after all, the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. Or as Conrad Hilton put it “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” The ball is now in your court, what are you going to do?