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.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Don't Wait! Celebrate!

We usually give ourselves permission to celebrate our fondest victory after we have achieved it. This is a perfectly logical and sensible way to behave--but it is all wrong!

The proof of the absurdity of this sequence is that your victories are probably few and far between and only the result of the most heroic effort.

Gedanken is a German word that means thoughts. It's what Einstein called his famous thought experiments. We are going to make our own Gedanken to show how modifying the standard rules of celebration affect the game of life.

Imagine you are the new coach of your local soccer team. You have 12 practice sessions to go before you meet the first team in the tournament. Unfortunately, the team you are playing against happen to be last year's champions. In addition, to make things worse, your team are last year's biggest losers. To put pressure on you, if your team doesn't win the tournament, you will get fired. Since you really, really need the job, because you have to keep your house from falling into foreclosure, you know you just have to win. In fact, the only reason you got this job in the first place is because no-one else was even willing to take on the job.

The only positive thing you can see right now is that you are being well-paid and the owner of the team has given you carte blanche to use any psychological or training procedure you like.

What are you going to do with this unrestricted power to act at your own discretion?

After your first practice game, you decide to celebrate a mock victory. Although your team is a bunch of losers, they are a congenial lot and really get into going ape wild in the locker room in mock celebration.

You do the same thing, week after week.

What is going to happen?

The pleasure of winning will become entrenched in their nervous system. Each practice of victory will bathe each team member's nervous system with an exhilarating rush of endorphins, enkephalins, catecholamines and serotonin to make them brighter. Their brain will respond to this stimulation and over time each brain will develop a more advanced neural network.

Besides the neurochemical transfiguration that is going on within them, they will also be increasing their vibrational levels and exciting the law of attraction to work in their favor.

In addition, they will train with more enthusiasm, enhance their skills sets, and work in a spirit of harmony.

The combination of neuro-stimulation, raising their vibrational levels, and the obvious expansion of skill and group coordination will drown at any vestiges of fear and doubt from their previous debacle and create a group consciousness of irresistible success.

When you unleash them during the first playoff, they will mow down the opposition, because that team will be complacent while yours will be highly motivated and empowered with well-honed skill sets.

Their first celebration in the locker room will be a highly-emotional experience as the realization of the cybernetic transposition between the past and the present experience sinks in.

This flow state will continue throughout the rest of the tournament and the probability of your winning it will be very high indeed.

Now how does this apply to you and your life?

Imagine that you are the head coach of your own sub-ego states. In the past, you have encountered defeat in achieving your desired goal. The team, in other words, is not in really good shape. However, through repeated mock celebrations, you will have completely routed out any opposition to victory.

You will attain your goal, whatever it is; no matter how many times you may have failed before.

In summary: a simulation of joy and a rehearsal of intended victory will create a completely new neuropsychological force in your life. When you practice the change you hope to see in your life, you will reach a point where it will be your experience.

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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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