I started my day with a few pages of a book by Glenn Bland entitled: Success! The Glenn Bland Method. I’m reading it for the second time, and lo and behold, I find within the first 20 pages AMAZING text that has not been underscored by pen; meaning, I didn’t find it important the first time. How could this be?
On page 17, the section is titled, “You Must Take the ‘Can’t’ Out of Your Life.” He goes on to list a number of quoted nay-sayers concerning the possibilities of electric light, airplanes, space travel, etc. Then he writes: “One of the most important and basic natural laws of the universe: ‘Anything you can think of and believe in, you can achieve!'”
In my series blog “The Alphabets of Achievement pt. 5” I asked the question, “What Makes You Like God?” My epiphany was that humanity is not made in God’s image because we have fingers, toes, arms and face. That may or may not be the case; but what really makes us like God is that we are the ONLY creation that can create original thoughts, and these formless thoughts can produce tangible results. Every other animal can learn and adjust thought, but they don’t “create” formless ideas.
Thus if we have this power to create formless thought that can be manifest into tangible results, why are so few people achieving the greatness that is embedded in all of us?
I’m sure there are more, but for time and brevity, here are three reasons I believe we stop short at achieving and how to overcome them.
Fear of Failure:
This is absolutely the primary cause of all under achievement. People fear pursuing ideas because they don’t want to fail. But do you realize the fact that an original idea popped into your brain is evidence of your god-like power. So if God gave you the power to think a formless idea, He also gave you the same power He has to manifest that idea.
Don’t be afraid to pursue because the pursuit guarantees success. I’ll write that again! Your pursuit of the thought is the guarantee of its success. THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE FAIL IS BECAUSE THEY STOP PURSUIT. Why do we stop pursuit?
We put timelines on success. We presume it will take too long to achieve, or we become discouraged if success doesn’t come in the time in which we want it. So we give up on our thoughts and ideas. There is no timeline on success. Yes, some people sprint, some people jog, and some people walk, but each will pass the finish line if they keep taking 1 step at a time. Don’t confine your success to a stop watch.
Fear of Suffering:
Whenever you pursue greatness, there will be degree of suffering. Napoleon Hill said that of the greatest men he studied, they were all great in accordance with the degree that they had been challenged. It’s easy to live on the greatness of others. I can easily seek to work for the great Bill Gates and prosper from the empire that he built by pursuing and manifesting his “formless thought”. I may have to work hard to reach the highest levels of administration, but yet, I’m still coasting on his success. But the challenge is building my own empire to rival his.
In the book, The Alchemist, there was a most wonderful quote which said, “The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” President Franklin Roosevelt said, “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” and Jesus said, “Fear not, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Embrace the finality of this statement, “If you can think it, you can achieve it.” This is not an inspirational suggestion. This is a LAW. If the thought comes to your mind, it is ONLY because you can achieve it. If you were not able to achieve it, the thought would have been given to someone else.
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