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.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Alchemy Of Focus

The alchemy of focus is changing the lead in your life into gold because you always get more of what you focus on.

Here is a complete blueprint on how to use focus to turn lead into gold.

Your focus stimulates you in many ways. It connects with your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It influences your ingenuity and your energy levels. And it sets the law of attraction to move in a particular direction to bring you more of what you focus on.

The way to get full value out of focus is to improve your skills at it.

First, decide on what you really, really want and make that your focus. Just one thing which will give you a feeling of massive satisfaction when you succeed in it. It could be working on your business, improving your relationship, or experiencing health and vitality.

What in your life is not working for you? What one thing could you change that would improve everything else? When you can answer those two questions, then you will have found what you need to focus on.

Second, decide on focusing on it the way you want it to be rather than the way it is right now. Focus on the future, not the past. Envision how you want it to be. Then act as if it were already in the process of happening.

As you do this focusing, it doesn't really matter if you have a clear idea on how to change things. Just by choosing your focus you are giving your subconscious mind permission to come up with insights.

Third, decide on breaking up that focus into an even smaller unit. What one thing in your field of interest do you need to start on? If it is your business, for example, what one thing can you do today to start things rolling in the right direction. You may have a list of a dozen things that need to happen, but what is the ONE thing that you can do right now.

Fourth, decide on whether you are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Which perceptual modality do you tend to use more often? You can discover this through some self-observation.

If you are visually oriented, you can make the image of what you want to happen a movie that is colorful, bright, close, fast, specific, and three dimensional.

If you are auditory oriented, you can make your inner voice louder, clearer, and more promising. You can alter content, meaning, volume, tonality, tempo, location, harmony, inflection, word choice, duration, and uniqueness.

If you are kinesthetic oriented, you can alter the temperature, texture, flexibility, vibration, pressure, location, tension, movement, speed, weight, steadiness, size, and direction.

Once, you've done this inner work of identifying what you want to focus on, identifying what aspect of that focus to hone in on, identifying your ideal outcome,
and identifying your sub-modality, the next thing to do is to take action.

So, the fifth step is to take action. Here is a mnemonic to help you. What is the ABC of success? It is to take Action. It is to Believe in the value of your action. And it is to have Courage as you take action. Thus, you need Action, Belief, and Courage.

The sixth and final step is to monitor everything you are doing by creating charts and logs.

Focus is not an easy thing to do. It takes work. It takes practice. It takes discipline. It is more than just a good idea. It is the way to succeed in anything. It is the modus operandi of success.

The opposite of focus is distraction. Unfortunately that is the place where most people spend their lives.

Here is a brief story to hammer in the value of using your time and energy in a focused way.

An apprentice to an alchemist was told to go to the desert, to find a particular oasis, to gather up pebbles, and to bed down for the night. The alchemist told him that in the morning, he would wake up, look at the pebbles and feel both delighted and saddened.

The apprentice went to the desert, found the oasis, gathered up the pebbles, put them in his pockets, and bedded down for the night. In the morning, all the pebbles had turned to gold. He felt happy that he was now a wealthier man. Upon reflection, he also felt saddened. He had not focused much when he was gathering the pebbles. He could have picked bigger pebbles, more of them, and stored them into a large sack instead of his small pockets. He could have been much, much wealthier indeed, a man with an abundance of resources to do anything his heart desired.

Because we cannot see the outcomes of our actions, we tend to withhold our power. The result, in retrospect, is that we come to realize how much better we could have done if we had just applied a little more effort.

When you focus, you bring the possibility of real power to completely change any of your experiences for the better. Focus is the real secret behind any success. The better you get at it, the more successful you will be. At any point in time, you can turn your life around by choosing the magic of focus. With focus, you can turn lead into gold.

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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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