Success Formula for 2015…and a New Website
Want a simple formula for success in 2015? Realize we’re in control of what we think, and our thoughts become our beliefs and define who we are. Wonder what someone is thinking? Look at his or her life. If you see health and success and abundance, it’s because he feels entitled to it and believes it can happen. If you see someone struggling with a job or financial challenges, she must, on some level, believe that’s what she’s worth or that’s all she can do based on the economy, her skill sets, etc.
If we want change we must change how we’re thinking. Well-known psychologist William James decided, after a bout of failures, to believe he had control over every part of his life. He said to himself, “My first act of free will, will be to believe I have free will.” We can’t outperform faulty thinking, but we can replace faulty thinking with the mentality that breeds success, joy and productivity; it’s our choice.
In celebrating the launch of my new website this month—focused on the power of belief and its magical qualities--I’d like to share the names of a small group of people who had stumbling blocks along the way. Most of us get stuck, but it’s the ability to celebrate what we’ve done, to foster an appreciation of every single day regardless of its ups and downs, and in the process to realize just how much control we have over the circumstances of our lives that determines our success.
A few people who had to utilize the power of belief in order to succeed:
• Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
• Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was rejected by 121 publishers and after publication the book has sold millions of copies in 27 languages.
• Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school and applied three times to film school but was rejected due to his C grade average.
• Beethoven’s music teacher told him he was a hopeless composer.
• Harry S. Truman was rejected by the Naval Academy due to poor eyesight and worked as a movie usher and clerk in a newspaper mailroom.
We’ve all heard of the well-known examples like Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Babe Ruth, but the point is some people take disappointment and rejection like a verdict, others decide to believe differently and prove the naysayers wrong.