Thursday, October 12, 2006

Instant Success

Instant Success
Copyright (c) 2006 William Frank Diedrich

People say there is no such thing as instant success, but I
say that there is. Success is a way of thinking. Success
has to do with how you feel. You may have a lot of money,
but if your thoughts and emotions have you in a terrible
state, then you really aren't successful. Why do people
achieve goals? Why do entrepreneurs start businesses? They
do it because they believe it will make them feel a certain
way. They will feel accomplished, victorious, joyful, or

Success is in the mind. People tell themselves that they
will feel successful when they get the money, obtain the
right job, find their perfect mate, or lose the weight.
Success is a someday thing in this context. Someday never

Success is a gift you give to yourself. It is a way of
thinking. Success thinking creates the emotions of success
including joy, peace, personal pride, self respect,
freedom, and gratitude.

If you do not see or feel yourself as successful right now,
you are but a thought away from it. Success is one thought
away from where you are right now. The distance between
your current thoughts and success thoughts may seem
overwhelming. This is due to your physiology. You see,
constant repetition of negative thoughts (blaming,
complaining, victimized, anger, etc.) trains your body to
react in certain ways. Physiologically, you are wired to
feel the way that you do. Constant practice of negativity
and doubt build those emotions into your body. Your
physiological responses can be changed.

Since we are often battling physiology when we attempt to
make changes, it is the body we must employ as our change
agent. Here are some steps you can use to create success:

1. First, there must be an intention to succeed. Failure
and giving up have payoffs we must be willing to give up.
We must be willing to take responsibility for our own
lives. When we intend to create success we recognize that
our success, past, present, or future, is not up to anyone
else. No one can stop you from being successful.

2. Following up on your intention, there must be a
decision you make to succeed. You make this decision every
day. Every time you experience disappointment or setbacks,
you decide again to succeed.

3. You must envision success. It is important to write out
a vision that includes what your life would look like. More
importantly, you need a vision that articulates what kind
of person you want to be. Words like confident, loving,
compassionate, forgiving, helpful, competent, joyful,
tenacious, graceful, grateful and others come to mind. In
this vision of your success, who are you being?

4. Focus on the feelings that you believe are part of
being successful. If you were successful right now---if you
felt totally successful right now--how would you be sitting
in your chair? What would your posture be like? How would
you carry yourself? Get up out of your seat and walk across
the room. How would you walk? Go greet someone or talk to
someone on the telephone. How would you greet and talk to
someone if you were successful?

5. Consciously bring the feelings and thoughts of success
into every part of your body in each of the parts of your
life. In other words, you are not looking for success--you
are being success.

Some may say that that's nice, but it is play acting. It is
like living in a dream world. This is true. You are acting
and it is living in your dream world. Success comes from
the inside out. In order to create your successful world
you must first live in it in your mind.

So, if you want a promotion, how would you walk and talk if
you were already in that position? How would you deal with
people? How would you approach your work? If you were a
great leader with big responsibility and compensation to
match, would you be tracking how many hours you work each
week? Would you be gossiping about your coworker? Or, would
you be fully engaged in the moment, making decisions that
benefit the highest good for the organization? Would you be
complaining about how unfair certain people or situations
are, or would you be envisioning positive situations and
taking constructive steps to create them?

Someone said to me: "I can play at being successful but I'm
really not. I still don't have the money I need. I still
don't have the influence I need. I don't have time for
games like these." This reaction is common and
understandable. My first question is: "How much money,
influence and love have you gained by worry or by feeling
sorry for yourself?" Generally speaking, other people are
not going to help you be successful because they feel sorry
for you. People gravitate toward success. Whether you want
others to buy from you, vote for you, listen to you, or
join with you, they are going to be more interested if you
are successful. If you see yourself and feel yourself as
successful, others will agree with you. Motivational
writers and speakers call it: "Fake it until you make it."

Personally I don't think we are faking it at all. That
confident and joyful person we envision is who we really
are. As we set aside the negative thoughts and emotions of
blaming, complaining, resentment, and general unforgiveness
we expose who we really are. You are already a success. If
you can imagine it and feel it, you can be it.

Give yourself the gift of instant success right now. Sit,
stand or somehow begin moving as if you are already
successful. Practice will build the positive emotions of
success into your physiology. Your body will become wired
for success. It will truly be the servant of a success
oriented mind. As you move forward in confidence your outer
conditions will begin to change to reflect your inner

William Frank Diedrich is a speaker, executive coach, and
the author of three books including The Road Home: The
Journey Beyond The Spiritual Quick Fix.
To learn more about his books, services, and free gifts go


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