InspirEmail No 297 - November 2015 - The First Secret of Success
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The First Secret of Success

'It's not what you are that holds you back,' says entrepreneur Denis Waitley . . . 'it's what you think you are not.'

The evidence leans towards this: Those who believe that they will never do well in a particular area probably never will. Those who believe they are not good at anything will forever feel inadequate. But those who believe that it is possible to succeed at what they attempt can surprise themselves. Let me tell you about a man who learned that important lesson.

Adam was ready to retire. His wife Anna, however, was less enthusiastic. As she explained to a friend . . .'Adam has never done anything that required physical exertion. He never played golf, mowed the lawn or even washed the windows. When he retires, he will sit in his easy chair and expect me to bring him his food.'

But to Anna's surprise, soon after her husband retired, he joined a health club. And one night, when Adam arrived home from exercise class, he announced, 'I signed up for the wrestling tournament. I am going to wrestle Friday night.'

Anna was shocked. 'Please don't do it, Adam,' she begged. 'You're not in shape. You will be so beat up they will have to carry you home!' However, he couldn't be dissuaded and she told him that if he went through with his 'lame idea,' she was not going to watch.

True to her word, she stayed away that Friday evening as Adam wrestled. And just as she predicted, two men practically carried Adam home. He lay down on the couch, every muscle strained and bruised. Before she could speak, he sputtered, 'Don't say a word, Anna! This is not the worst of it. I won tonight. I have to wrestle again tomorrow night!'

Adam believed he could do it and he did, though, in this case, he didn't think through the consequences of winning. As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, 'People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.'

The first secret of success . . . Believe in Yourself. Nothing changes in your life until you believe you can do things that are important to you. And if you have a low opinion of yourself, nobody else is likely to raise it. Adopt the first secret of success and you might surprise even yourself.

Written by Steve Goodier

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