Here’s the Biggest Secret…
There are no secrets.
There is only dedicated applied attitude and enthusiasm to a proven vehicle over a constant period of time.
Wait a minute you say – there’s the famous ‘ The Secret ‘ DVD (soon to be a musical) that has motivated hundreds of people, thousands of people.
Yes it has.
And that was about getting your mind right, sometimes called motivation and it is a wonderful thing, for a day or so – but no-one achieves any form of success because they watched a video or – (hard to believe) just because they saw a Tony Robbins video.
There also has to be a reason, a method and a dream, and a work plan that can be harnessed to the motivation.
‘The Secret’ offered different ways of believing – and belief is everything, yes – but not random motivation. First there has to be a thing you want to achieve, a dream, a goal, a reason -and then that dream and that goal needs fuel, and the fuel is belief.
Motivation alone does nothing other than produce adrenaline.
If you just think it would be cool’ to be successful in say, the Internet Marketing field, that’s ‘nice’. It’s not powerful, it’s not demanding, and it’s not enough. But if you want to ‘own’ a particular niche in Internet Marketing, and you are bound and determined to be the best part of that niche – that is powerful, that will drive you forward.
Motivation, ‘secret strategies” and ‘automatic guaranteed success software’- are great marketing pitches, but they do nothing, and produce nothing. No-one, ever (let me repeat) no-one ever, became successful because he or she was mindlessly motivated, or found a secret no-one else had. No-one has ever – ever- become successful on any form of auto-pilot.
Success is achievement – and achievement takes dedication, work, and applied enthusiasm. And it takes time.
Think of athletes, at say, the Olympics – are they motivating themselves there? Yes of course.
Are they self-talking and focusing to get into some form of the ‘Zone’? Yes
Is that their secret? -No.
The Olympics is the culmination of at least, at least, 10 years of training and effort and sweat and doing things when you didn’t want to, and when you hurt and when you were sick and when you didn’t believe in any fiber of your being that you could achieve anything. The Olympics is the stage show – but the effort is always behind stage, off stage.
Much like a speaker at a Success or Internet Conference -they don’t create success on stage. The work and the success is in the years of work and dedicated effort that put them there, on that stage, the work you don’t see. The work you have to do, when no-one is watching, when there is no applause.
Success is achievement and achievement is work.
No-one likes work, everyone like achievement – so what is going to get you through the work, the non-stop, endless work to get to the achievement?
Secrets? Yes – if you believe in secrets enough that they motivate you.
Effort – yes but directed effort.
Enthusiasm? Yes – but never just enthusiasm alone.
What keeps all these things together through the failures and the ups and the downs?
Your strong belief that you want the thing you want. That is called the dream. A dream you believe you can ‘own’.
Everyone at the Olympics is there to win, but there is only one winner in any event – so are the other dreams false – should they have never dreamed? Are all the rest losers?
Now that is language no ‘winner’ ever speaks, because to achieve you need focus, and the dream is the focus.
If you have trained for 10 years to win the 100 meter or 500 meter race, and you don’t, that year, you either go on to the next Olympics, wiser and stronger or if time has run out you stop – but you know, you absolutely know, those 10 years were the most important 10 years of your life – when you were focused, and rich in energy and belief and achieved something less than 0.1% of the world ever achieves. You went to the Olympics.
Having a dream is the ultimate secret. The dream and an absolute committed belief that – this particular dream – you own.
The rest is all work.
Success is never accidental – and that’s no secret.
“I remember one time I was driving through e a s t e r n Arizona and I saw one of those giant earth-moving machines roaring along the road with what looked like 30 tons of dirt in it – a tremendous, incredible machine – and there was a little man perched way up on top with the wheel in his hands, guiding it. As I drove along I was struck by the similarity of that machine to the human mind. Just suppose you’re sitting at the controls of such a vast source of energy. Are you going to sit back and fold your arms and let it run itself into a ditch? Or are you going to keep both hands firmly on the wheel and control and direct this power to a specific, worthwhile purpose? It’s up to you. You’re in the driver’s seat. You see, the very law that gives us success is a double-edged sword. We must control our thinking. The same rule that can lead people to lives of success, wealth, happiness, and all the things they ever dreamed of – that very same law can lead them into the gutter. It’s all in how they use it… for good or for bad. That is The Strangest Secret!”
Earl Nightingale – The Strangest Secret