Ninety percent of success in any walk of life is a direct result of how the mind is used. Top athletes, top business executives, top parents, top entrepreneurs, and the most successful individuals all understand the important truth that the mind is what counts.
It really is as simple as Henry Ford said: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
We often fail before we ever begin an undertaking because we use our minds in the wrong way. We use past failures, imaginary fears, and feelings of unworthiness to scare us away from pursuing our biggest dreams.
There is no prerequisite for success in life except for the 100 percent belief in yourself and your abilities.
Learning how to cultivate complete belief or faith is one of the challenges that stands in the way between where you are and where you most wish to be. It takes consistent effort to convince yourself that you are capable of succeeding.
You can't tell yourself that you believe in your abilities just one or two times and expect it to make a real difference; you have got to affirm your belief in yourself day after day, month after month, until it becomes an unbreakable habit.
When you reach the point of having complete faith in yourself you will know it. There is a noticeable rush of positive energy throughout the entire body that lets you know that in this moment, you do in fact believe in yourself. Use this knowledge of the positive emotion to gauge whether or not you believe in yourself at any moment in time.
The human mind literally creates our world.
Take a look around you and think about everything you see... Everything that has ever been created, from the chair you're sitting on to the lights above you, were first created in the mind of one individual. Contemplate this fact, the implications are huge! This means that literally anything your mind can conceive and most importantly, believe, it can create.
You might think that this is some bogus positive thinking strategy that you've probably heard so much about. I urge you to hold off on making snap judgments until you experiment with the power of positive thinking in your own life; you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Up to this point we have never had a way to scientifically explain the power of thought, but the field of quantum physics is now doing just that. The great mystics and philosophers throughout time, including Jesus, Buddha, William James, and Marcus Aurelius, have always known and taught the power of the mind, but as westernized scientific societies we couldn't go on blind faith alone. Quantum physics is the result of our curiosity about the Universe and our desire to understand how it works on a scientific level.
What quantum physics is uncovering is that one's perceptions and beliefs about reality actually alter reality to fit that perspective.
This is huge!
For example, scientists have performed experiments attempting to discover whether the basic building blocks of our Universe are either particles or waves. They argued and argued as each scientist obtained different results whenever the experiment was performed, and eventually they took a step back and began experimenting in a new way.
They discovered that the fundamental building blocks became waves or particles depending on the expectations of the scientist doing the experimenting. If the scientist expected them to be particles, that's what they appeared as; if the scientist expected them to be waves, that's what they appeared as.
This new understanding of our world has yet to make it to the mainstream individual. Thus, people continue to believe that their reality is the way it is because of something beyond their control when, in fact, their reality is the way it is because of the specific way they expect it to be.
Kind of funny huh?
This explains why the most successful individuals place so much importance on their minds. They realize that they create their own reality by their beliefs and so they throw their full efforts into cultivating a mindset that inevitably leads them to the phenomenal success they enjoy. While the average person forever blames people and circumstances for their failures, the successful individual always looks within for the source of both achievement and failure.
I have but one question for you: If your success in life is almost entirely a result of how you use your mind, how much time are you devoting to developing it?
Answer: Probably not enough.