Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Be Your Own Hero: Seven Success Steps

“What do you want to be?”

This is a deep question that we often ignore.

We are so busy caught up in making a living that we forget we have the power to design a life. We forget the possibility that at any moment we can turn everything around and become an outrageous success in life.

Most people opt for the default choice of mediocrity.

Yet this is not a pleasant choice. Nor does it provide more approval, control or safety than risking the idea of following your dreams. When you fail to aspire to be anything, your life rings hollow with the pain of feeling unfulfilled.

The main obstacle people encounter in following this line of thought is how to set it up.

While the dreaming and the intending can come to you with a little bit of effort to overcome your resistance, the challenge is in how to start.

The truth is that you can be anything that you want to be—but you do have to work at it.

The first step is to have the courage to dream.

The second step is to make an intention (even if you don’t have a clue on how to start).

The third step is to choose a role-model. Who is already doing what you want to do? Who is already the consummate actor, the best-selling writer, the charismatic businessman, the internet marketing millionaire, or the great humanitarian? Whatever you want to be—there is someone who is already an expert at it.

The fourth step is to study all you can about that particular person and that particular field of endeavor. You need knowledge…lots of it…you need to enter the arena mentally at first.

The fifth step is to emulate your role model. Adopt that person’s habits and skills from your reading or even from your actual relationship with that person. Do what they do to have what they have—and when you do this, you’ll be like or better than them.

The sixth step is to continue to study and practice. It’s one thing to have the knowledge and to see how it is expressed in the form of someone doing what you want to do—and it is another to have it so deeply rooted into your subconscious mind that it seems like second nature.

And the seventh step is to persist. Obstacles will arise. Challenges will have to be faced. And you will have to work on your own disbelief that something extraordinary is possible for you; but if you persist long enough, you’ll learn from your mistakes and become the person you really want to be, and do the things that you really want to do, and have the things that you really want to have.

Seize an hour today to dream your “impossible” dream. Over time, you will realize that nothing, in fact, is impossible.

Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. You can learn more ways on how to improve your life at You will receive my latest e-book on how to be unstoppable when you sign up at no cost.


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