I have to admit that I avoid trendy things like the plague. For example, I've never seen "ET". My feeling is that something that gets that much hype could never live up to it. Right or wrong, that's my philosophy and I usually stick to it. I made an exception this week when one of the agents in our office headed up a discussion on "The Secret" as part of our monthly book club. We talked about the book and then watched the DVD and I realized that the ideas discussed matched a lot of the same things I had been learning in other venues. In my last post I talked about some of the things I had learned from hearing Terry Watson; he also discussed "The Secret" when I saw him. He relayed the lesson of 'target fixation', whatever you focus on is where you'll end up. Motorcyclists and skiers know this lesson all too well. "I don't wanna hit that tree, I don't want to hit that tree...I can't believe I hit that tree!" We were focused on it the whole time. We were so consumed with avoiding that tree that on the entire mountain it was the only thing we saw. We aimed right for it. We really shouldn't be surprised!
So how does this relate to "The Secret" and specifically your business? Sometimes we direct so much energy to not failing that we become obsessed with it. We're not planning for success; it's not even on our radar. We're too concerned with not failing. Terry asked us to think about the two words that when used together are the most powerful in the English language: I am. Whatever follows "I am" is true or will soon become true. I used to always say "I am terrible at remembering names". Of course this gave my mind complete permission to be bad at remembering names. I was off the hook, I was bad at names. Now however, 'I am really great at remembering names'. Am I there yet? No, but I am getting to be really good at remembering names. Hey, Rome wasn't built in a day! The story behing "The Secret" and so much of the great things I've been learning, is that we really need to unleash the power of our minds. Think positively, and good things will happen. Wake up every morning saying "I am..." followed by several positive statements about what you want to be and what you want to achieve. Never allow negative thoughts to follow 'I am'. It's too powerful a statement to misuse it!