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“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right” - Henry Ford

Here’s a “secret” of success you can use to overcome virtually anything.

(You can use it to overcome information overload. You can use it to overcome procrastination. You can use it to overcome “failure” and” “setback.” And everything else you can think of …) Here’s the “secret:”

“Choose to be successful, and keep taking action.”

This may seem like “positive thinking” and being “determined” however it’s something much more potent and powerful than that. Sometimes you read something and think you know what it means when you have to experience it yourself to truly grasp it.

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Do you remember Edwin C. Barnes from “Think And Grow Rich?”

From the very beginning he chose to be successful. See, he turned up at Thomas Edison’s laboratory saying he had come to go into business with the great inventor.
As Edison recalled:
“He came before me looking like an ordinary tramp. But, there was something in the expression of his face that communicated that he was determined to get what he had come after.” And that’s exactly what he accomplished and amassed a great fortune.

Are you beginning to see what I mean? Edwin chose to be successful and kept taking action until his “dream” became a reality.

There are many more examples including the coloured sharecrop child who made the decision the get that 50 cents and stand by until she succeeded.

Thomas Edison chose to invent the first practical light build and made that choice a reality by continuously taking action. (Despite 1,000 “failures.”) Now that’s the kind of power I’m talking about.

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See, in my mind the only reason I can fail at being a successful entrepreneur is if I stop trying. That’s it. That’s the only reason. It’s not because my first (or even fifth) attempt as being successful was a “failure.” It’s not because I procrastinate. And it’s not because of ___________.

Again, the only reason I can fail is if I stop taking action. Success is guaranteed providing that I choose to be successful and keep taking action.

If you think this kind of thinking will benefit you, then by all means adopt this mindset. And if you haven’t already read a copy of “Think And Grow Rich.”

Here’s an “affirmation” to leave you on:

“I’m choosing to accomplish ___________ by continuously taking action until I succeed. The power is in my hands, and I control my destiny.”

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Thanks for reading. :-)

(This post isn’t perfect by any stretch but I hope I’ve conveyed the “secret” I promised.)
#secret #success
  • Profile picture of the author AlanT
    Being determined is a very valuable trait, and certainly necessary for success.

    When I first read "Think and Grow Rich", determination was the central idea I came away with, and I applied it in many ways.

    However, I still ended up failing more often than not.

    Although I was 'determined', I also had experienced so much failure up to that time, I expected to fail in everything. Which led to my making bad decisions, procrastinating, and unconsciously self-sabotaging myself.

    Yes, determination is important, but a belief in oneself is even more important.

    With a healthy self-belief -- a belief that you WILL succeed, as long as you keep at it -- will evoke determination, decisiveness, and an openness to learning better ways of doing things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Hi Alan.

      I think it's more than being determined.

      It's about being “certain.” You choose something to accomplish. You know it's possible. Then you do everything to achieve it. And if it doesn't work. You do it again and again.

      And if you can learn something from your failures (like Darby who stopped 3 feet from gold) then you're well in your way to being successful.

      By the way, I just realized who you are. I purchased your ebook on persuasion a couple of years ago. Clever stuff. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    Awesome read, thanks for the share jonathan...
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  • Profile picture of the author multistreams
    The TRUTH! The whole TRUTH! And nothing but the TRUTH!

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author P.Sharma
    very nice affirmation. I remeber there was a time when I had an affirmations diary under my pillow. Everyday when I woke up, I would write my 5 affiramation with a smile (forced for a few seconds and then it became real). It really work, I think I need to get myself a bigger diary now
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  • Jonathan,

    Thanks for taking the time to share what many of us know but due to time and distraction forget about it.

    I read and in some cases re-read all the great books of the last century like Think and Grow Rich and I know they formed the foundation of what I do in my business, personal and spiritual life until this day.

    It's sad but I think this new generation doesn't seem to gravitate towards these concepts and feel that these truths are no longer relevant. Our world is in shambles I believe, because of it.

    Do you think we are heading for a modern "Dark Age" something to consider maybe.

    That's very sad. How's that old PPM, I believe, song go and I hope my impending dementia doesn't mess it up....."When will we ever learn"

    Maybe I spoke out of place. Some of you guys may be of this generation....
    If you are I congratulate you for realizing the gifts that those even much older folks than I have left for us. Although I believe these truths are older than mankind. Nuff said!

    Old Dog

    P.S.
    Not wanting to be too dismal let me maybe add a little to....“Choose to be successful, and keep taking action.”... "Make the Choice, find a spark, then throw gasoline on it." If you did that you will be forced with very little "choice" to take action. A lot of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      You're welcome guys. (Nice addition Old Dog.)
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  • Profile picture of the author Robertjack
    Hey Johnathan,

    Powerful post, sometimes it requires great skill to recognize the depth of what may seem to be on the surface to be a simple message.

    Clarity, know what you will do , believe it and focus on achieving it.

    Thanks
    Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    I cannot recall how many times I've read Think and Grow Rich. I agree with the central thrust of your thread. To me, it's about the power of persistence, and how we re-frame failure.

    What you're suggesting is what I practice.

    We ought to recognise that true success in any sphere of life is not ''bush-button'' easy. Success is a process. It takes time. And, what we term failure, most of the time, are really little wins, stepping stones to the ''other-side''.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Michael Newman
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Michael Newman View Post

      I cannot recall how many times I've read Think and Grow Rich. I agree with the central thrust of your thread. To me, it's about the power of persistence, and how we re-frame failure.
      Persistence and learning from “failure” is an important thing.

      However that's not exactly what I'm saying. See what I'm saying that when you choose something to accomplish (and you know without a shadow of a doubt you can accomplish it ) and then you stand by until it happens ... That's what I'm talking about.

      Like I said before, it's about being “certain.” (I would use another example from TAGR but I have already said enough to those who are ready to learn from it.)

      Originally Posted by Michael Newman View Post

      Thanks for sharing your insights.
      You're welcome Michael. Thanks for contributing. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    But for the few who are endowed with prophetic abilities:-) Who can ever be ''certain''?
    There are really no guarantees. Belief, conviction and passion for the work makes the process easier, and all that gives one great hope, that's further reinforced by some degree of success, but ''certainty''?

    I'd love to understand that part.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Michael Newman View Post

      I'd love to understand that part.
      Read "Think And Grow Rich" again. :-)

      (Seriously.)

      Something that always stuck with me is when Henry Ford said that he wanted to invent the Ford V-8 motor. All of his people said it couldn't be done. “It's impossible,” they said. “Go right a head and do it.” Ford commanded. And (eventually) that's what they did.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Gillum
    Once you have determined that your goal is indeed realistic.......
    Just keep at it...aware that there may be obstacles....
    Then think your way around, over or through the obstacles.....

    Ignore...CAN'T........or it will get you.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Acumen
    good post, thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author fernandorc
    "man is free the instant he wants to be" voltaire.
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    • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
      I am of "this generation" and I can't agree with Old Dog more. I'm distressed to see others my age becoming complacent with their situation even though all they do once they get home from their j.o.b. is complain about how much their lives stink. And we're so young! There is no reason for them to feel stuck!

      I've read "Think and Grow Rich," I diligently listened to a couple sets of Tony Robbins tapes my Dad has had since I was born, and I try to absorb all the positive thinking and motivation I can around here. I don't ever want to stop growing, and I feel "certain" that I am getting closer and closer to achieving the life I want.

      One of my biggest leaps forward was looking at failure differently. Someone mentioned "reframing" it, and I think that is a brilliant term. I am a perfectionist, grew up being terrified of failure - and recently realized that my fear of failure was preventing me from moving forward.

      Thankfully with all the good books we've mentioned here, and some others on "failing your way to success" I've made some great progress, and now see failure as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block.

      Great post, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic Eagle
    Great post Jonathan.

    You mentioned Henry Ford who was once accused of being stupid. In court Henry was asked questions like what's the capital of such a country, what's the worlds tallest mountain etc. and he couldn't answer.

    He said however, that on his desk he had a row of buttons and whenever he needed the answer to something he didn't know, he would press one of these buttons and a man would appear, who knew the answer as he had numerous specialists working for him.

    The court agreed that such an arrangement was not the creation of a stupid man and he won the case.

    Its the same with the Warrior forum. If you need an answer to a specific problem relating to IM you can search for it or create a post and experts from all walks of life will endeavor to provide the answer for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vortex Creator
    Truth

    We don't get discouraged when we drive 300KM or 3000KM across a nation or a continent that we aren't there yet as soon as we got started.
    We don't beat up on ourselves for not being faster, smarter, better.
    We don't say every KM: "I'm failing, I'm not there. I'm still failing, still not there. Oh my god, I'm still failing, not there yet."

    We know that by pointing in that direction we'll eventually get there because we have guidance (GPS) and know that the end exists. We are certain.

    It's the same with everything and I believe that we just need 'more determination' with other 'successes' because we don't believe it's as easy as driving across the country. In actuality it is but our level of acceptance is not there.

    One great tool for reality creation and needing less 'determination' is that when you can say that your desired reality is as certain as you knowing that you exist then it's very close to manifestation. If you only doubt it a second it means that it still takes some time.

    Do you believe it's coming? YES!
    Do you believe it's there for you? YES!
    Simply knowing.
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  • Profile picture of the author cynthea
    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post



    "Choose to be successful, and keep taking action."

    OOH Jonathan! Likey! Likey! I wrote this on my goal sheet for this and the coming weeks. It's so simple, but rockin' AWESOME in its clarity.
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  • Profile picture of the author edricwage
    Great post! Thanks for sharing this info, this serves as a motivation to all of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author pikeman
    So true. The people that fail are the ones that give up. If you believe in yourself you will keep trying, keep working, and should eventually find success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edie47
    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post


    "Choose to be successful, and keep taking action."

    I immediately wrote this quote on an index card and placed it on the bulletin board above my desk before I even read any responses! These words are so true.

    I've read Think and Grow Rich several times over the years, but not lately. Sounds like I need to pull it out once again!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by cynthea View Post

      OOH Jonathan! Likey! Likey! I wrote this on my goal sheet for this and the coming weeks. It's so simple, but rockin' AWESOME in its clarity.
      Originally Posted by Edie47 View Post

      I immediately wrote this quote on an index card and placed it on the bulletin board above my desk before I even read any responses! These words are so true.
      Hey Cynthea and Edie.

      It's awesome that you can see the value in that and have taken action. (You're way a head of most people ...)

      (Thank you for the feedback everyone. :-)
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  • Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    See, in my mind the only reason I can fail at being a successful entrepreneur is if I stop trying. That's it. That's the only reason. It's not because my first (or even fifth) attempt as being successful was a "failure." It's not because I procrastinate. And it's not because of ___________. [/FONT]

    Again, the only reason I can fail is if I stop taking action. Success is guaranteed providing that I choose to be successful and keep taking action.


    Here's an "affirmation" to leave you on:

    "I'm choosing to accomplish ___________ by continuously taking action until I succeed. The power is in my hands, and I control my destiny."

    ...
    This is golden, and agrees with everything I believe in! I honestly think the exact same thoughts on a daily basis!
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    • Profile picture of the author Shack0812
      Yes, not stopping from doing something is crucial, but you will not win always. Life is more complicated than that and there are more variables that you have to keep in mind when making decisions. Going forward and not stopping is like a blind man in a maze.
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  • Profile picture of the author accendo
    Seems like your secret aligns with The Secret - The Laws of Attraction. Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyHartie
    thanks jonathan grat advise will certainly take it on board ...take action !
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  • Profile picture of the author kaisamuel
    It is a very interesting post, also thank you all for the additions.
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