“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are so many amazing books in the world, but to me, a few stand above all the rest. The book that I have found most impactful almost never came into being. Following the success of his first published work, Napoleon Hill wrote a book that his wife refused to let him share with the world. Whether true or not, the book was deeply against her comfort. She worried that people would assume that her husband was insane or consorting with the Devil, both were problematic in the 1930’s and so, to appease her, the book lay locked away. Upon discovering it after his death, his son published it posthumously and it has changed countless lives.
Outwitting the Devil begins with Napoleon somehow ensnaring the Devil and convincing him to tell all of his secrets for keeping mankind down. The Devil, excited to gloat, goes into great detail on how he derails human endeavors and keep people from taking the forms that the Universe had in mind for them.
Thoughts Create Realities
”Remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon.” -Napoleon Hill
If we dwell upon lack, we never have enough. If we think we’re sick, we become sick. If we dwell on the negative, we become negative. Anyone disagree? Then why do so many people have trouble believing that the inverse works the same way?
”Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The things we pay attention to make their way into our lives. Think about the last time you bought a new car or coat…suddenly you saw it everywhere. Right? It’s the same way with negativity and conversely with success. The most successful people in the world don’t let failure even enter their mind.
”Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
Our thoughts become reality. There is no doubt. So, change the way you think, the things you think about, and how you think about challenges and you will be able to succeed in all things. I know that this is true. My success is 100% my responsibility and—here is the kicker—my thoughts are the only thing that is 100% mine to control.
Did you read that? Let me say it again:
My success is 100% my responsibility and—here is the kicker—my thoughts are the only thing that is 100% mine to control.
If you consider nothing else today, consider this: your thoughts and how you react to everything that occurs is the only thing that you have control over. You can’t control the weather, the stock market, or the driver that is texting, curling her hair, and drinking a non-fat, half-caf, Carmel Frappuccino and swerves into your lane. You can only control your thoughts and your decisions.
If we can only control our thoughts and our reactions than the only way to affect change in our lives is to think the way we want the world to be. If our thoughts really do determine our success or failure then our mindset matters more than anything else we could possibly do.
What thoughts do you need to change? How would a person (in your vision of “successful”) think? Think that way this week and see what happens. I think you’ll be very surprised.