Towards Your Success

Dr. Purushothaman
December 11, 2013

Success is one of the most covered subjects in the internet. You will find many articles and books about how to be successful. If you do a complete research about success, you will find that success has a pattern. Success has its own laws, and these laws exist whether we know it or not. Therefore, if we want to achieve success for any area of our life, we simply need to know and apply these laws.
Laws of success exist like the law of Gravity: even if we don’t realize them, they work on us like Gravity.
2-Success Research:
Many researchers and authors spent years and years studying the nature & laws of success. For example, Napoleon Hill spent 20 years studying successful people in America until he finally developed his concept of these laws. He interviewed over 100 American millionaires across nearly 20 years, including such self-made industrial giants as Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison. In his book The Law of Success, a 1,170 page book, he found out that these laws are universal in the sense they are everywhere for everyone at any time. According to Napoleon Hill: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).
Tonny Robbins had interviewed many successful persons in many different countries. According to him “ If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results.” In Neuro Linguistic Programing NLP, they call this modeling excellence.
Brian Tracy talks in detail about the laws of success such as the law of attraction, law of expectation... etc.
Stephen Covey in his bestseller: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People demonstrates that successful persons follow a pattern to reach success, and this pattern is summarized in 7 habits.
What is common among those top experts in the field of success & human development is that all of them see a pattern or “common laws” for success.
3-The Mental /Emotional Attitude:
These laws are mental / emotional. Often, they are called “the Laws of the Mind”. They are like positive thinking but with more focus and more direction. If you know them well and follow them, you will program your unconscious mind UM to apply them with automaticity. This means you will apply them with relative ease, with natural continuity, and without hard struggle. In a way they will be part of your personality. You will begin to see opportunities rather than challenges, even within any challenge. You will take a positive look towards life. Your focus is on the solution rather than on the difficulty. Once you begin to develop this pattern of thinking, you will begin to attract success in your life. You will also attract successful persons in your life. You will attract positive energy in your body.
Your mental/emotional attitude is the basis of these laws. Once your mental thinking has become directed towards your goals, and once you direct it only positively, you will begin to expect the positive. Once you expect it, it will be much easier to achieve it. Success starts with a thought. Henry Ford had said: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” This does not mean that simply by thinking positively you will not get any problem in your life. It doesn’t also mean that if we get any challenge it is because we expected it or attracted it in our life. No, it simply means that the power of positive thinking, the power of your mind and the ability to use your mental thoughts/images will provide you with tremendous energy that helps you towards achieving that specific goal.
If you guide your thought towards success, the outcome will follow. Napoleon Hill calls it the master mind. Others see it as the law of attraction. Your thought attracts success. According to Deepak Chopra “Every thought you are thinking creates a wave in the unified field. It ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider and wider circles. You are like a light radiating not photons but consciousness.“
This view is based on “"like attracts like". It starts with a thought that you create in your conscious mind. On average, you receive 60,000 thoughts every day.
Focus on what you want, rather than on what you don’t want. As Norman Vincent Peale had said:” Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
Your thoughts are your imagination. As Albert Einstein said, “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Hill believes that imagination is the key to mastering all of the other lessons of his book: Law of Success. This is one of the reasons why visualization techniques are so powerful, as they are based on your imagination.
Your thoughts must be positively connected with your expectations. You have to expect the best: best of you, best of people & best of life. Many experts talk about the law of expectation as something inherent in success. When one expects with confidence that good things will happen, they usually will. Dr. Robert Rosenthal of the University of California - Riverside, has spent more than 40 years studying the idea that one’s expectations for the behavior of another, can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In his landmark book, Pygmalion in the Classroom, Rosenthal tells of case after case that students performance was directly linked to high expectations.
Our expectations are linked to our existing beliefs. According to Earl Nightingale”Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations”.

4-The Order of Success:
All of our actions are the fruit of our ideas: before we act on anything we must first have had an idea. An idea is a thought or a group of thoughts that ultimately determine the conditions of our daily lives.
The order of success is like this: you start with a thought; this thought will lead to energy, energy will in turn lead to an action, and ultimately action will lead to success. This is why it is essential to have the right thought from the start.
Remember that energy follows thought: we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. Success requires gradual steps. There are steps that you can take towards your success. I will talk later - in other materials- in detail about these steps and how to apply them. In the meantime, think of success as the stairs: The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time.
Finally, remember that Success is achievable, and this is within your potential.

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