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Success Begins in the Mind

posted 22 Nov 2010, 11:11 by Mpelembe   [ updated 22 Nov 2010, 11:13 ]

POW's during World War II lived in some of the most
unbearable living conditions imaginable. Those who survived
the Bataan Death March were among the most ill treated
people on the earth. In his biography, Russell A. Grockett,
Sr. tells of some of these horrible circumstances. He was on
the Bataan Death March from April 1942 until August of 1945.
During that time he faced starvation numerous times, often
times having to eat food that virtually no one alive today
would consider eating. He also survived beatings at the
hands of his Japanese captors as well as facing the dangers
of cholera, dysentery, and other illnesses.

It is amazing to think that someone had the ability to watch
over one hundred people die every day, and still maintain
some level of sanity. How did he and the other 4,000 who
survived the march do it? They maintained some amount of
hope...they had hope for a better time and a better place.
After time, it has been assumed; their minds became
conditioned to accept that better time and place; and that
made the horrible present bearable. Understanding that the
mind controls everything will help you to control the
outcome of any event by simply controlling the thought.
"There is nothing good nor bad, but thinking makes it so".
This same practice can be applied into the lives of everyday

Often, when a person is in a rut the most effective way to
break free is by some positive, forward thinking. Some
people have found that if they wake up every morning and
say, "It's a great morning, and It's going to be a great
day." They will find themselves naturally gravitating toward
their dominant thoughts. That is forward thinking. That is
positive attitude. That shows just how success can begin in
the mind. If you understand the mind you will be able to
control it. If you can control it you decide what type of
thoughts come and go and what thoughts stay.

If you become what you think about, them simply think about
what you want to become. If you have a desire to be the best
sales professional in your company, then picture yourself
having already achieved it. We always act in a manner
consistent with our beliefs. It has been said, "As a man
thinketh, so is he." If you continue with your current frame
of thinking, you will continue in your current direction of
travel. What is meant by this is; you become what you think

If you maintain positive thoughts you will become a positive
person, and positive people will want to be around you. Have
you ever known a successful person that had a bad attitude?
I never have, if a person has a bad attitude they will not
become successful. Self-image or self-concept is one of the
most important concepts when it comes to ones earning
potential. People will never accomplish much more or less
then they believe they can.

Our minds look for a degree of stability or balance in all
aspects of life. If we become unbalanced from what our
self-concept perceives, we will do things to bring us back
into balance. A person will be unable to earn an amount of
money that is unrealistic to his or her self-concept. I have
known many people that had huge opportunities for growth,
they did not believe they had the ability for such growth
and they failed.

I have known other people with less opportunity accomplish
greater heights due to an elevated self-esteem. What is
self-esteem? I believe it to be how you feel about yourself.
I believe the more you like yourself the higher your
self-esteem will be. When you like yourself, you become a
likeable person; people that are similar will be attracted
to you. Once again, you will be given the opportunity to be
blessed with the law of synergy. It is vital that you have a
positive self-image, you need to believe in yourself; you
need to understand there is nothing you can't accomplish if
you only put your mind to it. Wake up every morning and tell
yourself you are successful! If you hear something enough you
will start to believe it; once you believe it you will become
it. To illustrate this point further I was speaking to a
counselor about why some people do the things they do. The
counselor explained to me just how powerful this concept of
balance within your self-image could be.

People that are raised with a particular set of values have
a self-image to parallel their values or goals. Their mind
desires to have a degree of balance or to simply live in
harmony with its values. If an individual believes one thing
and continually does something in contrast to their beliefs
they can become imbalanced. Their brain has a difficult time
bringing itself into harmony. The brain will even go as far
as to create two totally separate identities in order to
balance the differences. With the mind so dependent on it's
balance it will not allow you to achieve more than your
self-image thinks your capable of. The only way you can
overcome this is to elevate your self-worth, know you are
created for something better than you have now. Know that
you can have anything you desire you just have to convince
your mind it is achievable. Once your mind believes it and
its part of your self-concept you will have no problem
accomplishing it.

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