According to Earl Nightingale, “success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal.” Earl believed that the biggest societal failure was conformity. He argued that this mind-set is formed through the belief that life happens to us. Instead, he defined the successful as those who are progressively realising a worthy ideal. Quite simply, success is if we work in a certain profession because that’s what we truly want, that we form a family because that’s what we truly want, and that we buy things because they’re what we truly want. Let’s dive into Earl’s nuggets of wisdom to find out how to strive for the right kind of success, not the success that we think we want.
Don’t Compete – Create
We are not here to compete, we are here to create. To avoid conformity, think about what you truly want in life, your own priorities. Each individual has different pleasures, passions and perceptions. Do not choose a career based on another person’s definition of success. Choose a career that aligns with your passions and interests.
The key to success is setting goals. Goals ensure that we have something to work towards, thus enabling us to constantly make progress. Goals provide us with guidance in order to create the life we truly desire. Think about what you truly want in life, and make that your goal starting from today. It’s important to set attainable goals and work towards them each day.
We Are the Seeds We Sow
The difference between success and failure is mind-set. Life is what you make of it. So, if we are what we think about this means we can alter our lives. We become what we think about. What we plant, we reap; if we think it, it will materialise. Planting your goal in your mind is of vital importance to your success. Visualise the moment of reaching the goal; imagination is key. Focus to determine the future because our mind is our guidance. By controlling our thoughts, we control our mind. Ensure that positive thoughts override any negative ones, self-disciplining the mind is key.
Earl encourages a 30-day experiment to work towards success. The experiment entails doing your best, forcing yourself to think positively, and believing that it is impossible to fail. Firstly, write down what you want more than anything else on a card, a single goal. Carry this with you and look at it each day. It gives you something to get out of bed for and strive for.
Mind Over Matter
Think about it and soon it will be yours. Stop thinking about what you fear. Each time fear strikes or you feel like giving up, take control of your mind and remind yourself of your goal and why you want it so much. Know where you are going and ensure that you don’t get distracted. Do your best to focus on this purpose and progress towards it. Give more of yourself every day, do more than is expected.
According to Earl, “you get back what you put out in life” and remember, you are what you believe yourself to be.
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