Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations. — Ralph Charell
Whether you think you can — or think you can’t — you’re right! — Henry Ford
If you constantly think about a particular goal, then you’ll take steps to move toward that goal. Let’s say that someone thinks he’s capable of earning $30,000 per year. Like a human magnet, He will attract those employment opportunities that will move him in that direction. As long as he clings to that thought, he’ll reach his goal of earning $30,000 per year.
Now, what if he begins to think, “Hey, I’d like to earn more money to meet the growing needs of my family. I want to earn $50,000.” Will hiss income increase? It depends. Just how strong is his belief that he can earn $50,000? It’s quite possible that he would like to earn $50,000, but he doesn’t believe that he’s really capable of earning that amount. In that case, he will not reach his income goal of $50,000. If, on the other hand, he continually thinks about earning the higher income… and believes in his ability to achieve that goal, he will, in fact, increase his income to $50,000.
As you might expect, this concept is not limited to monetary goals. Suppose you’re shooting a round of 95 on the golf course right now. By concentrating on bringing that score down to 85… and by truly believing in your ability to do so… you’ll begin to take steps to move toward that goal. You may take lessons. You may practice more. But in the end, you’ll bring your score down and reach your objective. Dominant Thoughts Rule The Day The idea that we become what we think about has also been expressed as the Law of Dominant Thought. This means that there’s a power within each of us that propels us in the direction of our current dominant thoughts.
The key word here is DOMINANT. You can’t expect positive results when you spend 10 seconds a day thinking positively and the remaining 16 seconds waking hours dwelling on negative outcomes! Here’s the bottom line. A little positive thinking doesn’t produce positive results. Just like a little bit of a diet doesn’t work. It’s like trying to lose weight by eating a healthy, low-calorie breakfast… and then pigging out on cake and ice cream for the rest of the day! The same is true of exercise, you can’t do a few minutes of exercise ONCE a week and expect to be physically fit.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha
Look at positive thinking in the same way. A little bit just doesn’t get the job done. Instead, you must take control of your mental activity and think positively throughout each and every day until it becomes a habit. Remember, it has to be your dominant thought pattern.
Take a moment to consider your dominant thoughts in the major areas of your life. Are they serving you… or
holding you back? Attitude Adjustment Leads To Real Estate Ownership Let me share a personal example to demonstrate the power of our thoughts.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, I observed many people in my area (Long Island, New York) who were making a lot of money by purchasing homes for investment purposes — and renting them out. The homes were appreciating in value considerably each year. Sure, there were the usual headaches of having to deal with tenant problems, but the return these investors were getting was incredible! Well, I kept thinking that I should start buying some investment homes. But I never took any action because I continued to doubt myself. My thinking was dominated by all of the things that could go wrong. Simply put, I had a lousy attitude. And with a negative attitude, is it any wonder that I never took the first step?
However, after I started reading books and listening to tapes on the power of attitude and belief, I decided to change my attitude about real estate investment. In the summer of 1986, I decided that before the end of that year I would purchase two investment homes. This time, I wasn’t going to allow any negative thoughts to creep into my mind. For six months, I focused my thinking on one thing owning two investment homes. I wrote down my goals several times each day and referred to them often. I believed, at the deepest level of my being, that I’d own two homes before the end of the year. In the evenings and on weekends, I went with real estate agents to look at homes.
I personally visited about 100 homes and researched hun-dreds of others. In the fall of 1986, I purchased an investment property. What a great feeling of accomplishment — to do something that I wouldn’t allow myself to do before. But I still had work to do. And on December 29, just two days before the end of the year, I reached my goal and bought the second investment home.
As I look back at why I was able to purchase the real estate in 1986, while I “couldn’t” do it in the years before then, the answer is clear. In 1986, I believed that I could do it. I had an unshakable positive attitude that propelled me forward to reach my goal. This entire experience was tremendously valuable to me. In fact, it was priceless… because it taught me that you can achieve your goal when you believe in yourself and keep your thoughts focused on the positive.
Attitude Vs. Action
I’ve been talking a lot about thinking and you might be wondering where action fits into this process. It’s true that
you don’t get results without action, but recognize that thought precedes action. I always knew the actions that I’d have to take to buy those investment properties — contact realtors, visit properties, review newspaper listings and so on. But I never took the first step as long as I had a negative attitude. The instant I changed my attitude, I felt compelled to take action… and nothing was going to stop me! That’s why a positive belief system is the starting point for the achievement of any goal. When your dominant belief is that you can achieve your goal, you begin taking the actions necessary to move in that direction. Your Circumstances Reflect What You’ve Been Thinking About
Face this fact: Your beliefs brought you to where you are today, and your thinking from this point forward will take you to where you’ll be in the future.
In fact, your results in every area of your life reflect your deeply held thoughts about yourself. Consider your finances. What are your beliefs in this area? Are you constantly thinking about not having enough money? Dwell on that thought (a lack of funds) and you block the flow of money to you.
And then, there’s the matter of relationships. If you think that you don’t deserve much, you attract friends and partners into your life who won’t treat you very well. I’ll bet you know someone who always seems to go out with the “wrong” person. In fact, the last 29 people they’ve gone out with were wrong for them. Do you think this is a mere coincidence? Oh, no. There is a deeply held belief inside that individual that attracts these people into his or her life. And whether we’re talking about finances, relationships or careers, the fact remains: If your thoughts don’t change, your results won’t change.
Change Your Thinking
Fortunately, there’s exciting news. You CAN change your thoughts, thereby changing your results! Here’s how. For starters, become aware of what you say to yourself all day. Each of us has an internal voice; in other words, we talk to ourselves! Too often, however, what we say is negative, critical and self-limiting. Perhaps you find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this” or “I always mess things up.” These thoughts work against you. Instead, repeat to yourself that you can and will accomplish your goal. As we’ll discuss more fully in Part 2 of this book, it’s also important to become aware of the words you use on a regular basis. For example, do you put yourself down or talk about the things you could never have or achieve? Your mind hears every word you speak — and, like a magnet, you’ll ultimately attract the events and circumstances that correspond to your dominant beliefs. So, make sure to use positive words about yourself and your goals.
Repetition Is The Key
Here are two more action steps to help you become more positive and get the results you want.
STEP 1. Every day, read some positive, uplifting literature. Find 15-30 minutes in the morning to do this and it’s also a good idea to do some reading right before bed. There are literally thousands of motivational books and articles to choose from. Read whatever speaks to you — it could be the Bible or other spiritual material, or perhaps inspiring biographies. You’ll find a wide selection of success books in the Psychology and Self-Improvement section of any bookstore or library — so check them out.
STEP 2. Every day, listen to motivational cassette tapes. You can listen to audio tapes in your car while commuting, at home or during your exercise routine. The key is repetition. When you hear these messages over and over they become part of you and you begin to implement them to improve your life. The tapes will get you thinking about your attitude and other success principles on a daily basis. Of course, cassette tapes are not a substitute for ACTION. It’s up to you to put these ideas to work! So, if you read something positive and listen to motivational cassette tapes every day, it will make a phenomenal difference in your life. I can tell you from personal experience that these techniques work if you have the discipline to stick with them.
Suggesting Reading: Attitude is Everything by Amazon–