Over the years I’ve had many people ask me about being best friends with Dan Kennedy. They want to know what the common denominator is that makes us friends. The truth is we are both very introspective. We enjoy analyzing what makes things work and why things don’t work. Dan and I strongly believe that the quality of your mindset and beliefs determine how successful you will become in the entrepreneurial world. If you don’t have a good inner game, your outer game is going to be below average. Sadly, most entrepreneurs do not recognize the important fact that they must value their minds as their most important asset in creating wealth and happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson declared that “The ancestor of every action is thought.” Napoleon Hill of the famous book, Think and Grow Rich said that “You have absolute control over but one thing—your thoughts. This divine prerogative is the sole means by which you may control your destiny. If you fail to control your mind, you will control nothing else. Your mind is your spiritual estate. What you hold in your mind today will shape your experiences of tomorrow.”
The bottom line for us as self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners is that the sole means by which you may control your destiny is through your thinking processes. A very easy way for you to begin using your power to create the future you want is to simply think of your mind as your personal computer. It has two distinct parts that are under your control: the conscious mind, the part of your mind that is rational, knows right from wrong, directs your thoughts and makes decisions; and then there is the subconscious mind, a huge memory bank that records everything that you have ever heard, read, seen, or told yourself. Your subconscious mind records every thought that goes through your conscious mind through all of the five senses. These thoughts are then classified and recorded so they can be recalled through memory.
Your subconscious mind doesn’t know right from wrong; it simply receives and files thoughts. It does exactly what the conscious mind tells it to do. According to scientists, your subconscious mind will hold more information than all the libraries in the entire world put together. Your power to be whatever you want starts with your desire and commitment. Program new information into your computer that makes you feel good about yourself, and allows you to use your potential. New beliefs created from your new thoughts will enable you to stay motivated to do whatever it takes to reach your goals or dreams.
As the most important organ in the body and a highly sophisticated memory bank, the mind works upon the information and data you feed into it everyday; and, with it, creates the reality of your life. That’s why it’s so important to carefully consider the kind of information you feed your mind. Everything you think — true or false, good or bad — goes from the conscious mind and imprints on the subconscious mind. That information is translated into a picture. So, whatever information is programmed into your subconscious mind about your abilities, your potential, and your worth, is what you believe to be true and becomes your self-image. Too often, you don’t see your real talents and skills; you simply see the information that has been programmed into your computer from outside sources and your outdated thoughts (whether it’s beneficial or detrimental to you). And your self-image — whether real or illusionary — is a foundation upon which your entire future is built. You will simply act out the type of person you conceive yourself to be, based upon your own beliefs about yourself.
It’s no wonder that some of us fail at new ventures before we even start. Unless we take charge of the caliber of information that goes into our computer and change our inner pictures, we will be saddled with an outdated self-image and a comfort zone that will not allow us to become motivated to make our dreams come true. In the words of Dr. Maxwell Maltz, in his famous book, Psycho-Cybernetics, “The self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. It defines what you can and cannot do. Expand the self-image and you expand the areas of the possible.” The development of a positive, realistic self-image will imbue your life with new capabilities, new talents, and literally turn a life of constant failure into one of repeated success. Decide today to no longer be a victim of the past. Consciously decide to change old, negative programs and give yourself a new lease on life. You can do that by maintaining constant awareness about your daily thoughts.
You’ve heard the old saying that people teach what they most need to learn. This has been particularly true in my life. As a child, I had a very poor self-image. Although my “inner voice” kept affirming that I had something important to offer to the world, my environment did nothing to reinforce it. It wasn’t until I decided to take charge of my destiny and change my life that I really started seeking help. I read every book and listened to every educational audio program I could find on self-image and personal empowerment, and gradually over the years, gained the courage and resources to revamp the negative picture of myself. Today, I know that this was one of the most critical decisions in my life. Without changing my self-image, I could never have created a better life for myself doing what I really love to do, speaking, coaching and writing. I would have simply continued without using my inborn talents, and most likely would have ended up an unfulfilled person. Sadly this is the story most people will live in their lives. They will look for the quick fix and not do the necessary inner game work that has to be done to sincerely create long term success and wealth. As I say in my book: Success is an Inside Job “No matter how great your ability, how large your genius, or how extensive your education, your achievement will never rise higher than the confidence you have in yourself.”
When you consider the brain as a computer, you can act only in a manner that will match the pictures of who you think you are and what you think you can do. The great news is that you have the power today to reprogram yourself with new, empowering information that will change your life for the good forever.
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