In my last two posts, I asked the question: are there tried and true, timeless, unchanging principles that, if you understand and apply, success must follow? My answer was: yes! OK, so what are they?
Last week, I said the first principle is: there is no such thing as a neutral thought. You are an infinitely creative being and what you have been given to create with is your mind. Every thought you have gets planted in the fertile soil of creativity and produces a result.
Second: your emotions are the fuel that waters the soil. This is the principle that gets the least attention and the one that often is the reason why so few people produce the results they desire.
Here’s the problem: mostly, we are like a weather vane reacting and responding to what’s going on in our lives. Circumstances occur that we like and we’re happy. But when circumstances occur that we don’t like, instead of realizing we created those circumstances and doing what we have to do to change our thoughts, we become a victim to the circumstances and become unhappy. We just don’t realize that what I’m calling happy feelings are like putting fertilizer on the soil and what I’m calling unhappy feelings are like putting acid on the soil.
Here’s the reality: no truly successful person allows the circumstances to dictate their attitude. Successful people choose their attitude and bring it to the circumstances of life. Think about it for a moment. Do you know people who always seem to be upbeat, enthusiastic, and optimistic. If you do, odds are that they are successful. I have a particular friend who is the most enthusiastic person I’ve ever met. He has a 7 figure income, lives in a villa in Florida and has an amazing life. People think he’s so happy because he has such a great life. I say he has such a great life because he’s so happy. When I asked him which was true, his answer was: “I just popped out that way. I’ve been that way ever since I was a little kid.”
But the reason why this isn’t the case for most people is that we live in a fear-based world. It’s really hard to be excited and enthusiastic when you are constantly worrying, concerned, angry, frustrated and disappointed. So your job is to understand this and choose to be joyous, passionate, excited, enthusiastic and optimistic. It’s not that hard to do. It just takes a commitment and focus. If you want some help, by now you know what to do.