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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It’s Not Over Until You Win!

The wind was up to 25 miles per hour before the event. Some 3,000 spectators were gathered at the Iffley Road track in Oxford. It was a meet between the British Amateur Athletic Association and Oxford University.

The howling winds dropped just before the race.

They decided to do it. A margin of opportunity had suddenly opened up for them.

Chris Brasher and Christopher Chataway, his friends, provided the pace.

On that day the lanky 25-year-old man changed the course of history. Roger Bannister
broke the 4-minute barrier. His exact time was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

The history of the human race was changed on May 6, 1954.

Yet prior to that day, it was believed to be utterly impossible. The thinkers of the day even gave informal opinions as to why it was not possible. It was not physically possible…because human body simply could not move that fast. It was clearly
against the laws of biology and violated the dynamics of physics.

Yet on that day, one young man did the impossible—despite the solid facts of history and the carefully weighed opinion of the intelligent people of his time.

Once it was proven possible, others began to do it.

Since that time an estimated 200,000 people have done it.

Consider, in the history of the world, this one feat was considered impossible. Yet one man dared to dream the impossible, train for it, and prove it.

The impossible dream is just as possible for you if you dare believe in it.

Even if you are the first person in the history of the human race to dream it…it is possible.

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Your will is an irresistible magnetic force that will draw all that you need to accomplish your goal—even when you have nothing going for you at the moment.

Your task is not to ponder how. Your task is to simply ask, “why not?”

Insist on your yourself. Insist on grasping your gift in the present. Insist on using the cumulative force of your will to bring it to you.

The Buddha once said, “Your work is to discover your world then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

Who are you? Where did you come from? Why are you here? And where are you going?

Can you define your world?

Dare you dream? And dare you give yourself over to your dream?

No matter what tribulations and heartaches you’re currently experiencing, no matter what obstacles and setbacks, no matter how great your frustration at the relentless forces opposing your dream, remember one thing—it isn’t over until you win.

If you can truly believe that it is possible—regardless of your current reality—then somehow and in someway, you will make the greatness that is you come into reality.

Follow your dream. Even if it is an impossible one. You can never hope for too much.
You can never dare too much.

“It isn’t over until I win.” Make that your mantra.

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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