“Success begins with you exercising your power of choice to take systematic, purposeful control over the thoughts you hold in your conscious mind. By rigorously disciplining yourself to think and talk only about what you want, and by refusing to dwell upon the things that you don’t want, you begin your journey towards the stars.” – Brian Tracey
Hello, Thrive Detroit followers! The above quote is an excerpt from the book Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracey, one of the world’s leading authorities on success and personal achievement. I selected this quote for this month’s JOW because it summarizes in two sentences the collective wisdom and knowledge that has been shared by some of the most successful and accomplished men and women throughout history, who know and have applied “the secret” to attaining success.
In fact, I am quite fascinated by the subject of success and personal achievement. In an effort to crack the code so that I and others may benefit and live lives with a greater level of contentment and personal satisfaction, I have studied with great depth and analysis psychology, religion, philosophy, business, history, and metaphysics. I have read and probed countless books, attended seminars and lectures, participated in workshops, and interviewed “successful” people.
What I have discovered, as the above quote succinctly summarizes, is that “success” requires that one be ever-mindful of the power of thought and self- suggestion. We must be conscious of what we are choosing to think in every moment, because what we are thinking influences how we feel, and, in effect, what we say, what we do, and thus what we experience in our lives. If you have been following the JOW, then you know I reiterate this point over and over. This repetition in intentional, and my objective to crystallize this in your mind, as well as my own, because within this universal truth lies the secret!
To make this point even more practical and impactful, consider the fact that the average person has between 50,000-70,000 different thoughts every day! Imagine that… and now reflect on the content of your own daily thought. Actually, try to go beyond “reflecting” and do an inventory and analysis of your thinking by doing this exercise: Choose a day, and on that day, carry with you a pen and small notebook, or use the note app in your cell phone, or in some other way capture every negative thought/statement you make to yourself. I have done this exercise a few times now, and being a fairly positive person (or so I thought), I am always surprised at how much of my thought that I’m not even conscious of on a daily basis is centered on fear, doubt, insecurity, anger, and other irrational thinking.
In “Ask and It is Given,” Esther and Jerry Hicks explain, “every thought, every idea, every Being, every ‘thing,’ is vibrational. So when you focus your attention on something, even for a short period of time, the vibration of your Being begins to reflect the vibration of that which you are giving attention to. The more you think about it, the more you vibrate like it; the more of that which is like it is attracted to you.” Therefore, it is imperative that you discipline yourself to think about and speak about only that which you want: only the positive, only the good, only empowering thoughts and words.
“Today” is the day. “Now” is the time. Life is so short. These words have found you, and it is not by coincidence or accident. Through the Universal Law of Attraction you have attracted this to you. If you embrace this moment, then this moment will affect every moment after it in the most resplendent way!