Hey there, do you recall the first thought that popped into your head as you woke up this morning?
Most days, it’s a blur, right?
But today, something was different for me.
A phrase was flashing in my mind like the bright neon lights of Soho:
It’s not what you know. It’s what you do with what you know.
And let me tell you why.
Last night, I dozed off listening to Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret,” which has become my go-to lullaby recently.
His soothing voice just does the trick.
In his talk, he shares “6 Simple Steps to Success,” penned by psychiatrist Dr. David Harold Fink.
Now, here’s the catch:
These steps aren’t groundbreaking.
After going through them, you might think,
Is that all? Tell me something new.
But those neon words I woke up to?
It felt like Earl Nightingale was asking me,
So, you think you know it all? Tell me: What have you done with it?
Well, that’s a fantastic question.
Years ago, when I first heard Earl Nightingale, his opening message hit me like a lightning bolt:
“Some years ago, the late Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was being interviewed in London, and the reporter asked him,
‘Doctor, what’s wrong with men today?’
The great doctor was silent for a moment, and then he said,
‘Men simply don’t think.'”
That message was a wake-up call.
I realised I’d been coasting through life without truly thinking.
So, here are the 6 steps on how to achieve success:
Dr. David Harold Fink’s Inspired 6 Steps to Success
Success is not about what you know, but what you do with what you know.
1. Set a crystal-clear goal for yourself.
Having a clear goal helps you focus your energy and efforts in a specific direction.
It enables you to make informed decisions and prioritise tasks that align with your goal.
Not only does this bring clarity to your daily life, but it also creates a sense of purpose and motivation.
2. Stop beating yourself up and quit the self-sabotage.
Negative self-talk and self-doubt can be detrimental to your progress.
Recognise the power of your thoughts and make a conscious effort to shift your focus from your shortcomings to your strengths.
3. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and remind yourself of your capabilities.
Ditch the list of reasons why you can’t succeed and focus on the reasons why you can.
Instead of dwelling on obstacles, concentrate on the opportunities and resources you have at your disposal.
Adopt a solution-oriented mindset and build a positive outlook that fuels your journey towards success.
4. Reflect on your past and identify the root of any negative beliefs about your potential for success.
Sometimes, our beliefs stem from past experiences or the opinions of others.
Analyse your past to understand where these beliefs originated and make a conscious decision to let go of them.
Replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones that serve your growth.
5. Craft a new, empowering self-image by describing the person you want to become.
Visualise your ideal self and write down the traits, skills, and qualities you’d like to possess.
This exercise helps you create a mental blueprint of the person you aspire to be, making it easier to work towards becoming that person.
6. Embody the successful person you’ve envisioned and act accordingly.
Practise behaving like the person you want to become.
Adopt their habits, attitudes, and mindset.
Surround yourself with people who support your growth and strive for continuous improvement.
These steps, inspired by Dr. Fink’s original work, emphasise the importance of mindset, beliefs, and behaviours in our journey to success.
Remember the wise words of Earl Nightingale:
We become what we think about.
So, think success and take action with these 6 powerful steps. You’ll be amazed at the transformation that unfolds.
What are You Doing with What You Know?
Do you have a definite goal?
Maybe you aren’t happy with your current job.
Your job doesn’t get you excited to get out of bed in the morning.
But if you have a definite goal, use the current job as a stepping stone, and work towards your goal, you’re a success because you’re living intentionally and on purpose.
How about the other five steps?
Do you have the right mindset that aligns with the life of your dream?
Do you believe in yourself and know why you can be successful?
Successful people don’t wait around to be generous or kind until they become successful.
Be generous and kind now. Act like a successful person today.
Deliver more than you promise and serve others with no return. Be a giver and a helper.
By living a successful life, you manifest success into reality.
The Strangest Secret: A Must-Watch Inspiration
Before you leave, make sure to watch the embedded YouTube clip of Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret.”
His soothing voice and powerful message are sure to inspire and motivate you to take charge of your life and put these six steps into action.
So hit the play button, absorb his wisdom, and set yourself on the path to success.
You owe it to yourself to unlock your full potential and become the best version of yourself!
Final Thoughts: Unleash the Power of Your Mind
When something sounds too obvious, it’s easy to brush it off.
What we really want to do is think seriously about how we’re applying each step to our lives right now and, therefore, living a successful life today.
By truly understanding and applying these six steps, you’ll gain the power to transform your life, unlock your potential, and achieve your dreams.
It all starts with your thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
Take charge and make the choice to live the life you’ve always wanted.
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