by | Oct 9, 2020 | Behavioral Finance

“Thinking of Success”

  One of the leaders in our RIA firm (Cambridge) posted on the idea of Success.  I wanted to share these thoughts with you this week.   Success is not a miracle. Nor is it a matter of luck. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad, positive or negative. When you are absolutely clear about what you want, you only need to copy others who have achieved it before you, and you will eventually get the same results that they have experienced. This is referred to as “the Law of Sowing and Reaping,” which says that “Whatsoever a man sows, that also shall he reap.”   Sir Isaac Newton called it the third principle of motion. He said, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”   For me, I state it as this universal law, “Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects.” Let me explain it another way, “Thought is creative.” Your thoughts are the primary creative forces in your life. You create your entire world by the way you think. All the people and situations of your life have only the meaning you give them by the way you think about them. And when you change your thinking, you change your life!   A wise man once said: “As a man thinks so is he.” Napoleon Hill wrote a whole book on “Think and grow rich.” What is the message? Your thoughts are powerful, so “think about what you think about.” John Maxwell wrote a book on this subject called: “Thinking for a change.” I highly recommend you spend time thinking, think about where you are, where you want to go, how you will get there, but more importantly “Think about what you think about!” The most important principle of personal or business success is simply this: You become what you think about most of the time.   It is not what happens to you but how you think about what happens to you, which determines how you feel and react. It is not the world outside of you that dictates your circumstances or conditions. It is the world inside you that creates the conditions of your life. Brian Tracy has written much on the subject of thinking vs. doing to gain success. It is through his inspiration, I share with you these thoughts.   Many we serve are all looking to feel and achieve so called “success.” I challenge you to step back reflect and realize the “successes” you have already achieved. Begin to feel positive about the impact and differences each of us have made on the lives around us. We are all successful and leaders in some capacity, as parents, friends, business professionals, and through community service. Reflect on the success and let those motivate you to the next success.   Control your thoughts and you can control your moods, emotions, stress levels, and amazingly the direction your day and life go.   In closing, I want to share what my good friend Dr. James Wendling, said to me many times: “Make this a Positive Day…unless you’ve made other plans!”
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