Nike had it right!

February 4, 2011

Well, there are two big lessons that I'm taking away from my recent reading. 1. Visualization of one's goals is a key component of success. 2. Take action! I've heard about visualizing what I want in as much detail as possible, blah, blah, blah for years. The entire premise of "The Secret" is based on it. It's one of those things I hear about all the time but never seem to get around to. Since my intention this month is to not only read "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield but to also do the exercises, I have been spending a few minutes, no more than 5 actually, twice a day visualizing the goals that I set. I have to tell you that I can feel my energy changing when I imagine having, doing and being all that I have dreamed of (so far.) I'm amazed at how good I feel after just those few minutes. I think all the folks touting this visualization stuff might actually have something.

The second big lesson is to just take action. Now. Jack talks about the concept of 'failing forward'. It means that of course we're going to fail, at some point, in some process. But where most will simply stop trying once they fail, the successful person sees it as more information, makes the course correction and then tries again. For the average Joe, each action is seen as a success or a failure. For the wildly successful, reaching the goal is what matters. Any setback at any of the steps is merely a delay of the inevitable.

I'm working on emblazoning these two lessons on my brain so that the next time my fear meter starts to go up, I can simply envision success and remind myself of what my goal is.

Chapter 11 - See What You Want, Get What You See
Chapter 12 - Act as If
Chapter 13 - Take Action
Chapter 14 - Just Lean Into It

"Visualization simply makes the brain achieve more."

"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail." Charles F. Kettering

"The universe rewards action." Enduring axiom of success

"How you do anything is how you do everything." Universal truth

"There's rarely a 'perfect' time to do anything.

"Successful people, on the other hand, realize that failure is an important part of the learning process."

"...mistakes are just opportunities for learning something new...."

"...there are many ways to accomplish your goal if you know what you're really pursuing."